Weather today was again hot and sunny, very hot at 36C, 97F. Today as we were staying 2 nights in Mildura it was a rest day and for a change we did no cycling at all. Quite accidentally as I had not checked for this when planning the trip our rest day fell on Australia Day, a Bank Holiday.
We started the day by going to the Mildura Australia Day Breakfast in the Park laid on by the Lions Club and District Council. We were given Australian flags to wave and after breakfast a band played Australian folk songs including Walsing Maltilda. We really felt we were getting the swing of things especially as we had learned and were using the local expressions such as "gday" and "no worries!" Peter even decided he was starting to believe he was really in Australia.
For the second part of the morning we walked along to the River Warf and boarded the Rothbury paddle ship for a 2 hour cruise up the River Murray. The Murray is The major River for the States of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and runs for over 1000 miles. It is very wide and in this area forms the border between New South Wales and Victoria.
After the cruise we headed back into town to find a good air-conditioned lunch. We decided the rest day was much needed with about 87 miles to ride tomorrow.