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 .

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April 2017 Illawarra Tree Tops.

27/06/2017

Easter Sunday turned on picture perfect weather as we all met at Pheasants Nest for our little trip down south. All fueled up and ready the lucky door prize was drawn and the lucky winner scoring the $50.00 gift voucher was Dean Moodie. Leaving the service centre we travelled in convoy down the Hume taking the Bowral exit.
John who bought his LJ coupe for a run had a gearbox issue and had to turn back home with what turned out to be an issue with the shift linkage, It had him travelling down the freeway in 2nd. Luckily for him he lives just past Campbelltown and made it back to home with out any further incident.
Down one, the rest of the convoy headed south through the back roads of the highlands towards our pit stop and meet up point at the Robertson Pie shop. Parking is always a premium at the pie shop and today was no different with the car park full of bikes. Never the less our colourful convoy found ample space to stop.99491ed0-9753-44a2-b2cd-02d83d253680
We met Alan, Denise, Daniel and Pete. Alan had the HB out for the first time since Feb 16 after it almost gave up the ghost incidently on this very road. We took the chance to grab a world famous pie (some sweet tooths had other ideas) and a trip to the loo before re grouping and making the short trip to the illawarra Tree tops.
Parked up we milled around and Simon handed out some easter eggs as it was Easter Sunday. For some standing around chatting in the sun was the thing to do while a brave ten of us went for an wander down to the tree top walk way. $20.00 got us in and a short walk down to the attraction. For those who have not been the walk is a metal structure hanging out from the escarpment offering veiws all the way to New Zealand. Truly spectacular. Poor old Daniel and Simon did not have heads for heights but managed to climb up the tower to enjoy the white knucked views. Simon called it quits when some who shall remain nameless started swinging the tower. Needless to say he took off at a pace that made Usain Bolt look slow. A little more stooging around and we headed back to meet up with the others and make the trip to our lunch destination.
Back in the cars we headed back into robertson and then with a bit of local knowledge our route took us through picturesque Wildes Meadow and onward to Kangaroo Valley Inn.
We arrived and found parking and headed over to the pub for a hearty lunch. Having been here before we knew the food would be great, traditional pub fare with generous serving sizes. we chanced on a table in the beer garden to sit back and relax the afternoon away with the live band and some good company. We all manage to cruise back together. Alan in the lead in the HB had its rubber band wound up tight maxed out at 80 kays but thankfully this time it did not miss a beat and got home to Bowral safely.Thankyou to all who came out it made for an enjoyable day.

Report by Simon R