Sorry this has got out of order, This should have gone before my last one as I have not yet told you of the return trip from the blue mountains.
I have driven in almost every part of this world and Australia is no exception there are as many crazy people here as anywhere else, though some of the rules are different lets just take Cyclists her they use the Motorway technically speaking its a Highway and restricted to 80 / 100/ 110 kph with equates to between 50 and 70 very similar to our speeds, However I would hate to be a cycelist pedling down the hard shoulder with a Road Train passing 6ft away at 70mph, not what I would regard as safe however I am told that this is because when the roads were built that was the only road from A to B then with mounting population they were improved but still being the only road fron A to B they could not impose any none use restrictions anyway it all seem to get along very well and unlike UK i did not see anyone abusing the system. Roads here have a very long run on the highway changes from three to two lanes with an alarming frequency and you really have to be aware of what's going on or you just end up running out of tarmac though give the drivers here their due they are very good at letting you in as everywhere else you get the moron who just sits there with an empty lane to his right and will not move over because "I was here first attitude " the other strange aspect is that here you are allowed to overtake on the left or the right at the begining its a bit disconcerting to have a Road train on your right and one on your left and you in the middle of becomes a 70mph vacuume .
On the return trip we encountered some rather bad weather rain that came with such force that most drivers just stop as you litrally cannot see your bonet as alwas you have mister Moron who still continues at 70mph oblivious to everything around him/ her Have way I remembered a little village we stopped at some 5 years ago it had a nice cafe so we managed to pull in there, we had a lovely rest and walk by the river (Clarence) and then it started to rain again but this time I meen rain withing 20 minutes the road was flooded so bad that we took our shoes off to get back in the car BUT as always here in Aus 20 minutes later we were driving with the Aircon on and earing sunglasses such is the diverse weather here on the east side of Australia
Then the flood