Days 35 and 36 – Bathurst and Canberra

August 10th Bathurst

Another trip back to the Mount Panorama racetrack to give Charlie a real workout.  New Zealand team member Steve Day was just so excited to have a lifetime ambition fulfilled and was positively glowing when he returned from his runs around the track.  The run from Bathurst to Goulburn was through very hilly country with spectacular scenery but was showing evidence of the lack of rain this winter.  A stop was made at Binda, a picturesque village with very quaint buildings from another era – shame we only had time for a quick stop. Our Chamberlain 9G Club member, Rob Temple, met up with us at Crookwell along with two members of his local vintage machinery group and guided us to Goulburn where he had arranged for us to camp overnight.  Then it was time to head into Goulburn to meet up with representatives of various support groups, predominantly the Pink Ladies of the local Goulburn and District Breast Cancer Support Group who presented Ron with a cheque towards our fundraising, again very much appreciated.

Rob had organised a BBQ dinner and get-together of his local club, the Southern Tablelands Vintage Farm Machinery Club.  This was held in the shed on his property and was very well attended and as has been our experience, the local people were very interested in Charlie and our fundraising, for which they donated a cheque – the total will be looking much healthier once these latest cheques are banked.  Many thanks to Rob and his group for looking after us so well.

August 11th, Canberra

This was a date eagerly awaited when the approval we had gained to take Charlie onto the grassed area in front of Parliament House had arrived at last.  The drive through the city from our accommodation at the Capital Country Holiday Park was interesting, with many road works in evidence.  Dr Lesley Arnott, a Research Officer for Rick Wilson MP and a friend of Dick’s, supervised Charlie being parked in front of the House – then it was time for lots of photos to be taken before Lesley invited us into the House for a tour which was really something quite unexpected and thoroughly enjoyable – to see where our country is governed from was enlightening.  Many thanks to Rick Wilson MP for arranging our visit.

Rob Temple’s boys joined us for the day in Canberra – our next generation of tractor enthusiasts.


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