DAY 199 Thursday 24th October
It was another pack up this morning, and after breakfast we left from the Green Point Budget Camp soon after nine am. We took one last drive through the small town of Sofala and back on the main road to Bathurst. Kay needed to see a Doctor to have a script written so we stopped near the race course at Bathurst to find a local GP that could oblige with an appointment. This done we drove through the city and out to Mount Panorama Race circuit for a closer look than the TV gives and also to do a couple of fast laps complete with 24 foot of Roma tagging along behind. Consequently, we did not break any records, but we did do a half lap to the McPhillamy Park for a cup of tea before completing the lap and doing a second. This second lap did not seem as daunting as the first, but daunting no less.
Back to town for Kay’s appointment and some lunch where we all became lost to one another, this included Kay at the surgery, Neil parking car and van, Maree and Jim parking their car and van, and to top it all off I had lost (er) misplaced the mobile phone. I at last found Kay and headed back to the car to see if phone is missing or lost. Phone is still where it had been put while changing jackets in the morning at the McPhillamy Park at morning smoko. And where was it placed?…. on the top of the bulbar on the front of the Prado, still sitting there after a lap and a half of Mt Panorama and the five or six km back into the Bathurst. I guess I’m just plain lucky.
Jim and Maree headed out after eating while I waited for Kay and then we followed the Tucks to Blayney where a few last minute purchases were done and then we drove to another budget camp, Carcoar Dam, right on the waters edge. It’s a lovely spot, sunny but with very cold wind. As the camp ground sloped down the water it was necessary to build ourselves some marvellous stilts under the tyres to obtain some form of level, this done we headed off for a nice walk around and over the dam wall for photos.
Returned for happy hour, but it soon began to become very cold so into the vans with heaters working and a meal cooked inside as this part of NSW is under Total Fire Ban still. Tea, shower, bed in that order and then turned the heater off.