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This is the first day of
our tag-a-long Tour and I left Yatala in sunshine after saying goodbye
to Russell and Karen who have been great hosts for Yemmy and me. It
became overcast during the trip and as I was setting up down came the
rain. It's cold as well with intermittent heavy showers. I've anchored
Yemmy's awning down as it's a bit blustery.
I'm not sure when I'll be able to post this to the website as the
reception is pretty poor. It may improve tonight although with this
weather I probably won't be able to put the modem on the roof.
While the ladies continued
chatting and catching up under their umbrellas, some of the men were
glued to the television for the AFL Grand Final between Collingwood and
Despite the wintry weather we had a great happy hour in the camp
kitchen and it was good to catch up with people I'd met before at
The forecast is for better weather on Monday when we move to Casino -
either via Kyogle or the longer route via Nimbin which is well known for
its hippie inhabitants.
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Today started quite sunny
after a windy, gusty night. Graeme and Lyn took me for a lovely
sightseeing tour intheir Prado but unfortunately my camera battery was
flat so there are no pics althought the scenery was great and I'd have
liked a few shots. Never mind it's fully charged today so I may be able
to post a fewv pic.
There was very little mobile cover here and I stood outside in very chill conditions to call Sue. Brrrrr!
At happy hour tonight I was able to tell them about Anne and Don's new
situation - they were very interested as A&D had been on a lagalong
to Mildura atwo years ago.
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Scenery on the way to Nimbin
Colour was everywhere in
Yemmy's site at Casino Village
A lovely drive from Mt Warning to Casino via the 'hippy' town of
Nimbin. It was a bit warmer at Casino and I took advantage of the
weather to ride my bike into town to shop at Woolworths. There are a
few steepish hills but the bike was up to it and I only had to assist a
At night we went by courtesy bus to the RSM Club for dinner but
unfortunately my 'very rare' steak turned out to be tough and well
cooked. However good company and a few reds made up for uneatable steak!
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The wind was savage when we
arrived at Iluka and I wasn't quick enough getting the awning roped
down when a violent gust got it, sent it over the roof and it looked
completely wrecked. However a willing team of worker salvaged it and
made it OK to transport home where I'll get it fixed. I rang my
insurance company but when she told me I was on a $550 excess I said
I'd leave it for now. I'm sure I'll get it fixed for less than that. In
the meantime I have no awning to use but I'm on the last lap now and
will be home in about three weeks. The man on my bike is one of the team
who worked on the awning.
Yemmy has a great view of the Clarence River and one of our number was hoping to catch a feed of prawns!
I managed to buy custard tarts today - one from each Iluka bakery and they were yummy.
It was a good place to ride the bike and I gave the town the once over - and tumbled off once doing a very tight turn on gravel!
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I rode my bike up to the
Coast Guard Station where I took this pic. Fishing was the main pastime
but not many fish were caught. The cruise boat was not busy
It was better weather here at Iluka today and we all sat looking over
the river as we ate our fish and chips. Unfortunately they short
changed us on the fish and Max had to go back for more - in the end
there was more than enough and it was very nice.
Ron has given me a lot of photos he's taken on this trip and I'll put them on a separate page when I get a round tuit.
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Wooli is a lovely place and
the park is good with lovely green, grassy sites, plenty of trees and
the river running by on one side. I rode my bike down to the river
mouth but on the way back ran the batteries flat! I had to pedal a few
km and the saddle made me sore. Ah well - I had done a lot of riding at
Iluka and hadn't charged the batteries.
We went to the Bowling Club for dinner - taken by coutesy bus and the food and company made it a great night.
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Our leader Max in pensive mood
Happy hour in full swing
King of the fishermen - Jake with his catch!
Lozza in sleepy mood
climbs ashore after checking the temperature
It's a lovely leafy park
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A short hop today to Jackadgery - it's said Jack-ad-gery -with the 'ger' like in 'her'.
It was a lovely spot on the Mann River and I went down the steep and
rocky track and took a few pics. Just after I got back we had a king
daddy of a thunderstorm but it fined up for happy hour, a bbq and then
a great campfire that we sat around till late.
Merv got a shot of Yemmy traversing the huge bridge over the river - a very impressive bit of engineering.
Just playing with my camera!
Barb wanted to get a shot of me riding my bike
The walk down to the
river was steep but the views it afforded were good as you can see by
these shots of the river and the bridge.
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No pics today folks. Although
the scenery was magic climbing the Gibralta Range, I didn't stop to
take and picttures as it was a bit misty. With that wonderful thing
called hindsight I should have taken some just the same.
I spent the afternoon watching a thrilling Bathurst motor race with the
last few minutes a nailbiting duel between Tander and Lownes with
Tander winning by .2 of a second.
The Formula 1 Japan Grand Prix was only on Ch One and I couldn't get it
so contented myself with putting on Live Timing while I went to happy
It was quite hilly in
Inverell so it was a very good test for my bike. We were a bit out of
town and it was downhill to the town centre where I went to the
visitors centre. From there it was up hill to the turn off for the
National Transport Museum but will just a little pedelling help on the
steep bits it went very well and I must have covered about 14km.
Unfortunately I only had the long lens for the camera with me and so
couldn't get far enough away from the crowded exhibits for good shots.
Here are a few.
We will be at the ACC National Muster at Bingara NSW until Monday 17th so I'll post a report and pics then
As you can imagine the past
few days have been full on, on the 11th I travelled to the Muster and
almost immediately took part in the opening ceremony.
I'll copy the report I did for the magazines so you can read what happened.
Then we went to the new chairman's 6,000acre property for a Board
Meeting during which I resigned as Chairman and Tom officially took
over the reins.
After the meeting we stayed over , had a lovely dinner and yesterday
morningI woke up with no voice! Despite that I did about 450km, camped
in a grassy area alongside a gravel road and today arrived in Narooma.
My friend Roy took me to the Golf Club for dinner but I didn't eat mush
as the cough persisted. However we played the pokies and showed a
decent profit for once.
Here's the Media Release:
ACC MEDIA RELEASE
Dramatic Changes to ACC Constitution
In a history making move the Australian Caravan Club has opened its ranks to all RVers. (An RV is a Recreational Vehicle)
At the fifth Annual General Meeting of the club held recently at
Bingara in NSW, a resolution was carried that now makes membership
available to anyone who owns a Recreational Vehicle whether it be a
camper-trailer, caravan, fifth-wheeler, campervan or motorhome.
Another sweeping change saw full voting rights given to both members of
a couple – effectively doubling the number of members to around
In two new initiatives, a group for people travelling on their own was
formed called ACC Lone Trekkers and a team called the Technical
Advisory Group (TAG) is being set up to investigate all aspects of RV
With branches in every Mainland State and more in the pipeline, the ACC
is a truly National body with a role of not only promoting social
activities for members but of carrying out lobbying to protect the
rights of all RVers. This includes approaches to Councils and other
bodies when attacks are made on free or budget camping.
Changes to the Board of Directors
After five years at the helm, Caravan World’s ‘On the
Wallaby’ columnist, Lionel Mussell, has stepped down and his
successor is NSW Grazier Tom Smith. New Directors Debbie Cohen from
Sydney and Brian Ward from Queensland join Tom while Craig Humphries
has taken over the role of Secretary. Former Secretary Alan Lazarus
while not a director will still be vitally involved as Assistant
New Chairman, Tom Smith, says, “ With a new team and
constitutional changes, I feel the Australian Caravan Club is poised to
become one of the leading players in the RV scene.”
He went on to commend the work of the previous Chairman, Lionel
Mussell, and Secretary, Alan Lazarus. “The efforts of these two
people has given us a great foundation to build on and I thank them for
Action Packed Muster
About 250 ACC Members gathered for the action packed Muster at Bingara from the 11th to the 16th of October.
Besides a variety of talented speakers on subjects ranging from
Tips, Tricks and Security on the Road, Fishing Tips, Computers on
the Road, Legal Issues and Sharing the Road with Trucks, there were a
number of social activities including a Boules Competition, tours to a
farm and to Copeton Dam.
In addition there were Line Dancing sessions, Craft Groups, a Hamburger Night, Trivia and Charades.
There was great support for a Blue Ribbon Afternoon Tea that raised
more than $600 for the Anti Cancer Council and a speaker from the local
hospital outlined the risks of different kinds of cancer.
A Lighter Note
After the serious business of the Annual General Meeting,
the Inverell Male Choir gave a lovely recital of old favorites before a
session called ‘Conversations with the Board’.
The Saturday evening concluded with a dinner provided by the great ACC
Catering Team and country music from a great band led by ACC member
After a communal breakfast on the Sunday morning, came the raffle
drawing. Generous local businesses and RV Industry traders donated a
wonderful selection of prizes and the drawing kept everyone’s
attention on their ticket numbers.
A closing ceremony concluded what had been a great muster and the
organising team led by Tom Smith did a fantastic job putting it all
Next year’s National Muster will be at Mallacoota in Victoria and
work has already begun by the organisers to make it another great event.
For more information about the Australian Caravan Club contact Publicity Officer Lionel Mussell : 03 59758630
Some Bingara pics:
What's cookin' good lookin'?
Winners of the Boules Competition
beautiful Copeton Dam
Around the drilling machine at the farm
wheels were huge
Some of the
crowd at a session
Some of the vans at the
... and from the lookout
Lionel wishes Tom
well for the future
Two days after the Muster I
lost my voice. It started coming back the next day but I felt lousy and
then it developed into a very sore throat and cough.
Here at Narooma I've met up with my friend Roy and today we went for a
drive to Bermagui. Unfortunately although I took my camera I'd left its
battery on charge so sorry folks - no pics.
I'm in a Big4 caravan park and I an cross that despite paying $96 for
three nights, my site is so sloping I've had to put ramps under both
wheels on the passenger side to get anywhere near level. I've never had
to do that before even in the bush..
Scenery along Thunderbolts
Yemmy at Narooma
The sun was bright in Narooma
today and although I still felt crook I went for a long ride on my bike
along the lovely cycle track and up to the lookout. Whales can be seen
from here - but not today.
Roy came fotr a while - it's been great catching up with him but a shame I wasn't fit and well.
In the evening I went out to dinner with the publisher of Boiling Billy
Publications and we had a very interesting discussion which will
probobly result in a new book with me as the author. It was quite late
when we said goodnight so I hope I'm up bright and early as I'd like an
early start to what will be the second last day of the wonderful trip.
Away by 8.30 - about an hour
later than intended but the roads were quiet and Yemmy ate the
kilometres up with no trouble. The route was through winding hilly
roads that made it more interesting. It would have been excellent if
I'd been feeling well but this darn cold has now turned to a productive
cough and sore throat. I swallow lots of 'remedies' but none do much
Despite this and an eye that started getting bleery I covered a bit
over 500km and just left a mere 180km for the morning. It doesn't seem
possible that my trip is almost at an end.
Well this is it folks - journey's end!
I arrived back here at the Mornington Caravan Park at about 10,30 this
morning and had a warm welcome from Roger and Jeanette the park owners
- Christine from next door heard Yemmy's engine and popped round to say
welcome back plus friends Graham, Marlene and John. It was almost like
I hadn't been away.
Feeling a bit put out with all the attention I was getting, Murphy
swung into action and made the gas HWS impossible to light! It's always
hard after a trip but although I could light the pilot light it went
out as soon as I released the button. A gas-fitter will be here
tomorrow so you'll have a 24-hour victory Mr Murphy!
It was a lovely trip home using my favorite road from Drouin across the
hills to Lang Lang and the sun was shining making it even better. Much
better than yesterday in fact as that was pretty ordinary.
I've still got my sore throat and hacking cough but I'll be seeing Doctor John tomorrow and I'll see what he has to say.
for travelling with me these past four and a bit months. We covered
20,090km! Your comments encourage me to keep going with these diaries.
Yemmy back home
PS - there could be a new book in time for Christmas pressies next year so stay tuned.