August 7th, Coonabarabran to Dubbo
We were pleased to have a visit at the park by Keith and Jan Doel from Baradine. Keith has been a member of the Chamberlain 9G Club for many years and it was great to catch up him and Jan again. Then after having a chat with Lisa, the proprietor of the Getaway Tourist Park, we headed down a route to Dubbo suggested by 9G Club member Darryl Brooks. We stopped along the way to take photos of Charlie going through the covered bridge on the Castlereagh River, then met up with Darryl who guided us all the way to the Rindfleish property at Dubbo. Roger and Elke made us very welcome and allowed us to set up camp on their property. As a thank you to them, the whole team went into Dubbo City to the Macquarie Inn for dinner.
August 8th, Dubbo
A big day, having been invited to take Charlie into the city to park next to their rotunda where representatives from Elders and both the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and the Breast Cancer Network Australia set up information tables along with a table of Tail End Charlie merchandise and information. Donna who represents both BNCA and the McGrath Foundation came along with her Groovy Booby Bus which had to be seen to be believed, absolutely covered and full of pink everything! Donna also had a Groovy Booby board where visitors could pose in the two cut-outs.
Elders kindly offered morning coffee and then we headed to their branch where a sausage sizzle was available, along with succulent lamb chops courtesy of Fletcher International, fortunately owned by a mate of Dick’s. The support groups had their wonderful raffle prize on show and were selling tickets – this will be drawn at the end of August and will be a great addition to any family, having both toy farming implements as well as a trailer and other useful items.
Next it was off to Fletcher International’s business where some of our members accepted an invitation to have a tour of their abattoir (not us!). Then we had a tour of the property, an amazing collection of grain storage facilities, containers ready for rail shipment to Sydney in the company’s own train and new sheds being built for cotton storage.
Many thanks to Roger Fletcher for not only allowing our group to tour his property, but also for his generous donation to our cause. We then proceeded back to the property to Roger & Elke’s property to camp for a second night.
August 9th, Dubbo to Bathurst
We awoke to find the whole property covered in frost which proved that it really was cold. First stop of the day was to share an enjoyable chat and morning tea with 9G Club members Ted and Jan Tobin at Yeoval, having caught up with them in the city the previous day. From there we journeyed to Mount Panorama to check out the track and for a photoshoot arranged by Alicia Horton with Journalist Jacinta. While there, our New Zealand team, Steve and Debbie Day, arrived and were welcomed into the throng. Other 9G members Bruce and Joan Heinrich also joined us, reviving a memory of having joined us at the track 10 years ago on the 50th Anniversary visit. Dick did a quick trial run around the track before travelling to Alicia’s dad Chris Horton’s property for our overnight camp. Chris has an awe-inspiring collection of all kinds of exciting machinery to capture the imagination of our team.