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Walgett Rodeo then Lightning Ridge – rained out

Walgett Rodeo CANCELLED due to rain WHAT??

Venue changed to Lightning Ridge

And so said the WRV or Winnebago RV Club, ok no worries I thought, gear all packed should be ok have to be there by 3pm on the Friday – no worries!!

First of Walgett… ok well we sort of didn’t really stop just drove through slowly and waved back at people as it had been a long drive so far and we were running a bit late but a happy snap anyways

Entrance to Walgett

I have never seen so many dead skippys as I did between Walgett and Lightning Ridge there would have been at least one every 5 to 10 metres was quite sad actually seeing so many I mean I know on farms they are a pest but still a sad sight – anyways I digress…

Saw the sign to turn right to Lightning Ridge and a female PW had traffic stopped both ways for a breath test – you’re kidding but she did her job so happy snap number two of the Lightning Ridge Cement Mixer…

Entrance to Lightning Ridge

Well we made it to the alternative venue – Lightning Ridge Tourist Park in Harlequin St, Lightning Ridge yep a bit different to a Rodeo at Walgett but apparently they had rain which meant we would have never gotten on and especially off of the oval.

Entrance to Caravan Park

Well time to set up I guess then meet some of the WRV Club members and locals then have dinner relax and get ready for tomorrow… yup sounds good and after all it doesn’t rain in Lightning Ridge does it?

Setting up

Saturday morning and breakfast time and yes it had rained a little but the forecast was for lots of it and the locals were excited I wasn’t tho

Saturday breakfast

By Saturday afternoon it was raining and by Saturday night I was crook with the flu… it rained all Saturday night so no getting the guitars etc out and no music and rained on thru Sunday and although there was tours on I was just too crook.

Sunday breakfast

In typical fashion the rain started easing on Monday morning so breakfast was enjoyable and the limited time we all had to mix was still enjoyable.

The 2 girls from the WRV Club Shelley and Catherine did an outstanding job considering the last minute changeovers and the shocking weather, they held it all together and made the best of what we had – well done

Sunday breakfast

Well it was time to head out of Lightning Ridge and yes it was sunny and the locals thanked us for the best rain they had received in 4 years – so we stopped and had a look at the John Murray Art Gallery (brilliant and worth going to and free to look) and stopped at the local radio station to hand in some of my albums plus say gday you know the touristy bit

Monday tourist and time to go

Then the happy touristy happy snap wish you were here type photo…

Wish you were here

Well it was an interesting weekend and we’re going to the WRV Club NSW Xmas Party in December which is on the coast at the White Albatross or similar with about 50+ Winnebagos so should be interesting.

Hey if you see me out on the road say gday or hit me up on UHF Channel 40

Leigh Warren - Country Music Outlaw

 Till next time, take care, yours in country music – Leigh

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