Day 18 – Robinvale to Murray Kulkyne Park

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We set out on a calm morning after viewing a spectacular view of the Murray River on sunrise. Without any wind, the reflection of the trees looked like a kaleidoscope (with two mirrors).

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Lock 15
Lock 15

 

We booked a time to pass Lock 15 and had to race there because Kiam was stopping to take lots of pictures in the morning. River Spirit got us there beautifully and it was breathtaking gliding through ‘glass’ at about 46km/hr. By mid-morning the temperature was rising very quickly and getting a bit windy at times.

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_IGP2427It reached about 42 degrees C in the afternoon when we arrived at Murray Kulkyne Park._IGP2448 We only took short breaks as it was too hot on the boat and had to keep moving to keep cool.

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Pelicans by the river bank
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Galahs above our camp site
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Rosellas drinking to keep cool
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Corellas across the river

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At our camp site, we had to take dips in the river to keep cool.

_IGP2460IMGP8755_IGP2454The sun was so hot that some shallow sections beside the banks were warm like a hot bath.

_IGP2446Birds can be seen coming down to the river banks for a drink.  We were relieved the sun set but the heat stayed on until the early morning. While we had some sleep, it night was interrupted by a shower, strong winds (we were sleeping under red gum trees) and sounds of animal activity throughout the night.

 

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