Page 94: Pictures from in and around tamworth
  Some More pictures from the tamworth region.  
  Very close to the caravan park is a most magnificent motor cycle museum. The bikes are one man's private collection and are valued at over three million dollars. Rather than start with the very earliest motor cycles, this collection starts in the late sixties and is an ongoing project. All of these machines are in pristine condition; in fact, some have never been ridden!  
     
   
  We've visited Tamworth four times and never realised what was on the doorstep.  
     
   
  This desmodromic Ducati was one of my favourites. Desmodromic? When engines rotate at very high speed the valves - closed by springs - bounce off their seats, preventing higher revs. Ducati invented engines that had their valves both opened and closed by cams. Result: No valve bounce, increased revs, greater power.  
     
  I went to the museum with Rob James, our friend and next door neighbour. Pam was working and so escaped what she'd call a "blue day" - visiting anything really interesting like engines and aeroplanes; things that don't include coloured wool and dolls.

Changing the subject entirely, at the Banalasta Winery we met some interesting animals - an Arabian camel (or dromedary), an ostrich, a pony, a llama and a mule - none of them native to Australia.
 
     
   
  What, I wonder, did the dromedary find so amusing about the rear view of the pony?  
     
   
  Banalasta's llama and mule.  
     
  An odd sign . . .  
     
   
  In the centre of Tamworth is a large car park on the roof of a shopping complex. The sign hanging over the car park's exit is puzzling. Why warn drivers leaving the car park about height and weight restrictions? The warning sign itself reduces the overhead clearance by about one metre.  
     
  . . . and a rainbow  
     
   
  Taken from the caravan late one afternoon. A strong rainbow with a faint one to its right.  
     
   
  And on a sunnier day, another view from the caravan, the Peel River flowing past on its way to town.  
     
  Tamworth and more Tamworth but still no employment prospects. To pass the time productively I have volunteered to drive for the local community centre and also to become a guide at the Tamworth Powerstation Museum. When I went down to the Museum the first time I met three other volunteers, all very knowledgeable and friendly men and all older than I am. How often does that happen? Not very often at all, let me tell you!

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