Continuing northward we revisited the countryside where we sought the meeting of the waters.  Known to be very scenic, it is where two rivers join to form River Avoca.  in 1808 Thomas Moore wrote a poem about this locale.

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The bed and breakfast, aptly called The Meetings, where we decided to spend the night and scout out the area, is adjacent to a bar with decks overlooking the merge of waters.  We were given a modern clean room with a view of the parking lot but also accessed a common area with a deck.

For dinner we chose to drive to Rathdrum which in the late 1800’s had a thriving flannel factory and a poorhouse.  A small town of about two thousand people is a bit uninteresting yet has a fabulous restaurant, Bates Inn, which was a coaching inn back in 1785.  The food was delicious, and the waiter kindly started a fire for me on this chilly evening.

There wasn’t much to do in Avoca, though there is a weaving centre which was closed by the time we got there, so the next morning after a hearty breakfast we drove further northward.

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