It is our 3 rd day of Spring with forecast for our drought conditions to continue for the next 3 months without any rain in sight. This morning a mate and I too off from our home town Newcastle on the east coast of Australia. to the upper Hunter Valley for a ride through, what use to be lush green wine, horse studs and cattle country. Along with the biggest industry, being coal mines along the routes. We have being having brought conditions in Australia for some time now ,in fact years now. The land is sure so dried out in this sun burnt country of ours The pastures we so brown and rivers dried up to less than a trickle of water if any at all. The poor horses and cattle were grazing on the driest fields I have seen in years. We turned partly out westward before turning back towards the the eastern roads, going through mining areas with Kangaroos being killed all over the roads from trucks and cars. They are normally a pain on dust or in the early morning hours but they were everywhere thought the day, they would have been looking for food and water. The smell of dead carcass of both Kangaroos and wombats was so nice to ride with (not) but with so many all along the road sides you soon had no choice but get use too it. In total the weather was a nice warm spring day average temps. being round the 27c so we will be in for another really hot dry summer, with bush fires and no water to put them out . We managed to do just under 400 kms or about 249 miles for the days ride ,not a lot but enough to enjoy the bike , the ride and the country side.