Thomas Simpson was the first settler in Hay and was a Blacksmith for the squatters. The chains, bolts and hinges were everyday items for the Smithy and also represent the strength of the pioneer spirit.
We love spending time on the Murrumbidgee River affectionately known to the locals as "The Bidgee". We've found one of the best ways to explore is by push bike, so we grab each opportunity to go for a ride. Hay has this fantastic walking/bike track, Bidgee Riverside Trail that has a series of Stainless Steel sculptures along it with picnic spots. John Wood is the Artist Blacksmith. Last year the track flooded and as the sculptures were mounted on concrete slabs, they survived well and only needed a hose down after the water subsided. Hay itself didn't flood but it came to within cms from the top of the levy bank.
Been on the road since 10.11.2010. We still call Newcastle (NSW) home as that's where most of our family and friends are. In reality home is our Opalite caravan 24ft, and our Ford Ranger (hence the name Lonie Rangers). Our car is the Silver Bullet from the Lone Ranger, put this together with Dave's surname being Lonie, and there our title was created.
I'd say we travel at a snails pace, there is no rush, we have the rest of our lives. However, going slow allows us to experience each place and move when we're ready for the next adventure.
We do a fair bit of independent camping in the bus... full info
Simmo's SeatSimmo was the town's blacksmith. In 1867 the skill was an integral part of Hay's early history. The anvil and the horse shoe make up the table and seat.
Swivel BridgeIn 1874 Hay Bridge was unusual because it swivelled rather than lifted to allow river trade through.
TurntableThis is the turntable that allowed the bridge to swivel. 1874 to 1973
Closer LookA caretaker would have to turn a handle and when a boat passed, he would be hanging out in the middle of the river. Young kids loved to have turns as a treat.
Cobb's WheelsThis pays homage to Cobb and Co., the company set up in 1865. Hay was it's most southern base. The wheels have broken spokes to represent the problems faced with establishing reliable transport over thousands of kms of rough roads.
Lang's CrossingThis was once a well established stock route river crossing, supplying beef and sheep to Victoria. Then a punt was in operation in 1858.
Leonard's PuntIn operation 1858 to 1870.
That concludes our little adventure along the Bidgee Track. I've walked and rode this track daily since our first experience. Great spot.