Day 5. 95km. Manildra – Bogan Gate

Posted: October 16, 2020 in Australia, Cycling, NSW
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The scenery has changed. One side of Parkes it was still rolling hills, and the other, the scenery became flat, and although it had a rain-induced covering of purple, it felt harsher. I am approaching the outback.

Flat and purple tinged

Flat and purple tinged

Parkes is famous for its radio telescope that played a part in the 1969 lunar landing and starred in the 2000 film ‘The Dish’. I didn’t go there – it was an hour’s cycle off my route. Parkes is also famous for its Elvis Presley festival. I passed something that was probably part of that – Elvis and a rusty car in the purple field.

Elvis and the car

Elvis and the car

Elvis and the car

Elvis and the car

I am staying at a pretty much abandoned town – Bogan Gate. At the end of the Bogan Way, this old railway town had a pub and cafe that have both closed due to COVID. I called before I left Parkes and they left a door to the hotel open. ‘Leave the money on the table before you go.’ The streets of this town are eerily empty.

Bogan Way

Bogan Way

Bogan Gate

Bogan Gate

Bogan Gate

Bogan Gate

Bogan Gate

Bogan Gate

I cooked some spaghetti sitting out on the verandah out the back. The dog and the cat watched on hungrily.

Hotel cooking

Hotel cooking

Hotel cooking

Hotel cooking

Comments
  1. Bogan Gate. I love the name of it! I might have to pay it a visit. Not too much of a detour on the way to Ungarie.

  2. Bev Parkes says:

    Really enjoy your travels , taking us to places we haven/t been and hope to get there sometime.. Take care.

  3. Justin says:

    Fantastisch dat je nog steeds al je fietstochten beschrijft en ons op de hoogte houdt. Ik lees je al vanaf Nederland en vind het heerlijk om je verhalen te lezen. Was zelf ook 20 jaar geleden in Parkes om een antenne op een hotel te installeren. 5 jaar later ben ik op de fiets Australië rond gegaan. Heerlijk land om te fietsen. Droom ervan om er weer te zijn.
    Geniet ervan,

    Justin

  4. valerievolk says:

    So good to see you’re eating healthily. …. ?? And I love the idea of Bogan Gate.

  5. Frans Driedonks says:

    Ik volg je al een paar jaar. Elke keer weer leuke updates met weinig tekst en genoeg foto’s voor een sfeer impressie. Nog 1 1/2 jaar dan ben ik met pensioen en kan ik ook zoiets gaan doen. tot nog toe alleen kortere tochten in Europa. Ik kijk er nu al naar uit :-))

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Looks awfully quiet out there… I love those purple wildflowers – so beautiful.

  7. Matt Bunton says:

    ‘Leave the money on the table before you go.’ …leaving the door open for you…empty streets, …that says it all about the vibe of the place. Travel safe. Matt B

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