22nd-28th October – Week 3
My final week in Bathurst involved lots of travel to events and catching up with locals. On Tuesday I visited Graham Russel’s cattle farm to assist with inoculations and weighing of the cows, with a visit from the Western Advocate too. It was a real learning experience and was great to experience rural farm life – it’s not easy!
On Wednesday I travelled into Sydney and explored Darling Harbour and China town in the evening. I was in Sydney for the Invictus Games for the athletics on Thursday, which truly were spectacular. It was amazing to see so many heroes surpass their own expectations, pushing past any mental and physical limitations and for the crowd to support them in such an engaged and supportive manner. I was so fortunate to attend the games and it truly was a marvel to see, and I really encourage everyone to try to attend the games in next year’s location.
On Friday I had a jam-packed day of catching up with people. I visited Tremains Mill to see the great work that Steven Birrell is doing to restore the mill and the plans for what the whole site will be developed into in future; which I think will serve as a real asset to Bathurst. I then caught up with friends over ice cream and enjoyed the sunshine in the park. Later in the evening was the Business Chamber’s Business Awards, which was a lovely event recognising local business and the hard work that they and their employees do to provide the best services to Bathurst. It was brilliant to be able to support so many deserving winners.
At the weekend I did my second park run, even beating my previous time! We then brunched and headed out into the hills for camping with friends. Despite it being very windy it was a wonderful night, aided by marshmallows, beers and great people. – A perfect way to round off my time in Bathurst. I really have had the best time in Bathurst and I cannot thank everyone enough for all their support and the memories made.