There's a track winding back...
I'm not sure if Slim Dusty was singing about this track but it's a walking trail converted from a stock trail so maybe.
It's more the road from Gundagai as I'm facing away from the town heading towards the dog.
So the story goes a Bullock team had some trouble, a really bad day in the 1850s.
The wagon bogged, the yoke broken the teamster called Billy thought it can't get any worse so he decided to have lunch.
He found his dog sitting on his tuckerbox ( a box to store Tucker or food).
Not so bad? Well, it is Australia so this was possibly rhyming slang for the dog doing much worse than just sitting on the box.
Good news buddy, it's a ex stock trail trail not a rail trail.
Walking and bike trails in the country get mixed reactions.
On the positive side, they are pleasant paths that add to the charm of a location and bring in tourists.
The negative side is a mixture of wanting to keep it for it's original use, concern of crime, fencing or stock issues or just inbreds not liking strangers.
For the rail trails, those trains are never coming back.
Gundagai is known for three things:
1. The Slim Dusty song
2. The dog on the tuckerbox
3. The twin wooden bridges over the floodplain and Murrumbidgee River
I think the best of the three is the bridges. The photo doesn't do it justice but the road bridge in front with the rail bridge behind.
The town is bypassed with a fancy concrete bridge (just in front of the hills in the photo) and the rail line closed so the bridges are on disrepair.
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