16th July 2017 Wollombi Pub Lunch.

19/08/2017

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July’s club run saw us go on a trip up north for a cruise and a pub lunch. This seems to be quite popular format with STC members and the turn out for this one was great.

Our meet point was the old faithful Thornleigh McDonalds. With bellies loaded up on McMuffins we gathered for a briefing and the all important lucky door prize. This time going to new member Bruce (by the time you read this it had burnt a hole in his pocket and has been well and truly spent along with a little more).

In the cars we hopped and headed out onto pennant hills road. Our cruise route was to take us along the old pacific highway a great stretch of road much better than sitting bored all the M1. the road was a little bumpy at times but the Torrie seemed to handle the bumps nicely. A quick pit stop along the way for a toilet break and we arrived at the Tavern just on lunch time. We scored a spot in  the camping area and we were able to line all the cars up which made for a great display.

Being a warm sunny sunday there was a whole lot more people with the same idea as us and the lunch queue was lengthy. Thankfully some quick thinkers in the group headed up to the local chippie and ordered there. From there it was an afternoon of relaxing in the sun and watching the passing parade of onlookers checking out the cars. I took the chance to purchase a bottle of the taverns home brew “Jungle Juice” the term only milk and juice come in 2 litres….well add this bottle of goon to that.

By 2.30 it was time to head home. Originally the plan was to head back via wisemans ferry but we thought it best to take what we thought was a more direct route back to the M1 and home. Keith took us on a great trip through god knows where but made for an interesting drive. I love these out of the way, out of the ordinary trips. Don’t ask me to tell you where we went but soon we joined up with the freeway.

We pit stopped at the Warnervale service centre for a splash of fuel then it was off on our separate ways home. 

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June 2017 Avon Dam Observation Run.

19/08/2017

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The hope was for a run a little different to the usual STC fare. We set off from our departure point, Leos Dinner and fingers were crossed this would turn out to be a hit. The plan for the day was an observation run. Usually the way these go is participants set off a few minutes apart and answer a list of questions along the way. The trouble is a long convoy of bright shiney Toranas is always a good sight and the million dollar question was how do we run an observation run with out splitting up the group?

Our solution was to cruise along a set route and then ask 20 or so random questions from the 90min journey. You had to keep your eyes peeled. Our route took us through Campbelltown out along the back roads of Menangle, Picton Thirlmere Tahmoor and finally on to our destination of Avon Dam near Bargo. Along the way we picked new members Rod and Michelle in their midnight blue LX.

Don’t tell anyone about Avon Dam, as a lunch spot it cant be beat the road in has just the right amount of twists and turns to make the drive interesting. This is the 2nd time the club has ventured there and again we had the picturesque picnic idyll all to ourselves. We filled the carpark to capacity and found a spot to set the picnic rug up. Lunch was the usual sausage sizzle and bread. There was BBQ facilities and even hot water.

After lunch we all gathered around for the big quiz. the rules were simple Simon read out the questions and offered an A or a B answer for each. Hand on heads for A and hands on Bums for B, easy. Some took it seriously producing pace notes joted down along the way. In the end we filtered down to two, Michelle and Harrison. The unforeseen trouble is they just kept getting the answers right even facing away from each other the two could not be separtated and finally they exhausted all the questions. It came down to the tie breaker question guess the street number of a house we passed during the trip closest wins. Michelle won the prize but Harrison was not far off the mark either congratulations goes out to the pair .

The lucky door prize of a $50.00 rare spares gift voucher was won by New member Joe the lucky devil joined the meeting before. You’ve got to be in to win it so they say. Lunch finished it was time to head for home not before a quick trip to the dam wall, built in the late 30’s the architecture makes for a great photo op not to mention the solid sand stone carved wall it is a must do shot. A few took the opportunity and a walk on the dam wall.With pictures taken it was time to head home via the say. Lunch finished it was time to head for home not before a quick trip to the dam wall, built in the late 30’s the architecture makes for a great photo op not to mention the solid sand stone carved wall it is a must do shot. A few took the opportunity and a walk on the dam wall.With pictures taken it was time to head home via the Hume highway. And with that the curtain fell on a successful day. 

 

Report by Simon R .