Whenever we have a free day at the weekend we try to find a different country road to drive. We find some great views and interesting stuff on these drives. Here's some photos from last weekend. The first photo is of Lake George, which has water running into it for the first time in decades. It has a long way to go before it gets deep enough to run speedboats on it again, but we look like having a very wet winter so maybe I will actually see the lake full. It has been empty all of my lifetime. Check out earlier photos of the lake by using the search box at the top of the page. The bridges on Australian country roads are a mix of styles ranging from rickety old timber plank structures to really classy-looking steel and concrete ones. This one is across Dick's Creek on the road between Murrumbateman and Gundaroo. I like the lattice truss sides. Just a bit further along the road is a quarry with interesting coloured layers in the rocks. A good spot for a stop for drinks and nibbles for the Oldies and a tree break for this small bear.
On the few afternoons when the rain was not falling, we did a couple of road trips along the western side of Viti Levu, the main island of Fiji. If you do this, don't expect superhighways. The roads are narrow, sometimes very rough and potholed, and they wind along the shore and across fairly high mountain passes. There is never a dull moment with lots of interesting views, buildings and people. Here are just a few. From many places you can glimpse islands out beyond the fringing reef. This one is Beqa (pronounced mbenga). It has great snorkelling and diving spots, but is too expensive for the Oldies to take me there. Along the road you often come to roadside stalls where the locals are selling their garden produce. This one had bundles of something I had not seen before. It is Taro, one of the staple diets of islanders, but not of small bears. There are cows tied by the roadside with no sign of who they belong to, and horses just wandering around loose. It turns out that they all belong to local villages, not to any particular person, and if you need milk or a ride you just use the nearest critter. We passed this happy "cowboy" on the road north of the Warwick. He was on his way to harvest some bananas. Someday I may get back to Fiji and see more of the big islands; we saw lots of the smaller ones during our Fiji cruises and you can see lots of images of them in my older posts.