Days 44 to 49 – Myponga to the Nullabor

August 20th – Myponga to Kadina

This was Dick’s birthday and he was pleased to receive a gift of a composite collection of ‘Charlie the Tractor’ photos from the trip to date.

The road taken from Myponga to Kadina went past the very large Lady Buddha which overlooks a very beautiful stretch of coastline.

During the day Dick & Barbara prepared a friend’s shed for a Birthday Bash in the evening which was attended by locals and trekkers alike.  The weather was extremely cold and very wet, so the indoors fire was much appreciated and the perfectly cooked lamb and vegs went down well.

August 21st – Kadina to Cowell

The drive into Port Pirie was still damp but with signs of clearing skies.  We had been invited by Elders, Port Augusta, to have lunch with them which was much appreciated and gave an opportunity for a farewell to Steve and Debbie Day who were leaving us to head to the Clare Valley for a couple of days before flying back to New Zealand on Friday.  The Days were presented with a ‘Tail End Charlie’ trophy to thank them for their participation in the Re-enactment event and as an extra special farewell gift, Steve was handed a ‘Speeding Fine’ for his run around Mount Panorama Racing Circuit – he was relieved to learn that it was a ‘mock-up’ and he was not really in trouble with the law!

To complete the day, the team attended an evening meal at the Franklin Harbour Agricultural Museum in Cowell which was jointly hosted by their members and the local Lions Club Members.  A very enjoyable meal was presented and then George gave a run-down on our travels and aims.

 

August 22nd – Cowell to Port Lincoln

For the first time in several days, the sun shone as we drove into Tumby Bay and what a difference it made to our photos.  Charlie met a much larger cousin at one of George’s mate’s businesses, but still looked good against the big blue model.  Morning coffees were enjoyed by the seaside before heading to Port Lincoln where George had kindly arranged for Charlie to visit the school attended by his grandsons Beau and Drew and where his daughter-in-law Tracy is a teacher.  Drew had run a sausage sizzle to raise funds for our cause and he and his brother were thrilled to present a cheque for $220.00 being the proceeds of this event.  There were very many children present to see the tractor and to ask questions of George who did his best to find nearly correct answers.  The local press gave interviews and it was considered to be a really special time for all trekkers.

Some of the group spent time in the afternoon in town, enjoying the ‘best ever’ fish and chips and again showing off the tractor and accepting donations into the collection pots.

The group had been invited to attend a Rotary Dinner in Port Lincoln and Ron was invited to be guest speaker.  Ladies of the Dragons Abreast group at Port Lincoln also attended and presented a donation, along with the Rotary Club.  This was a very pleasant evening and arrangements had been made for trekkers to park at the Ravendale Sport Centre which was very convenient.

August 23rd – Port Lincoln

George escorted Tail End Charlie and the crew around the Port Lincoln Fishing Wharf before heading home to Smoky Bay where the team were treated not only to a delectable lunch, but also a great spread at the Smoky Bay Club.

 

August 23rd – Smoky Bay

George was presented with his Tail End Charlie trophy and thanked for his participation in this year’s event and also as a member of the 2007 event.

It was discovered that everyone in South Australia and beyond seems to know George Baldwin from Smoky Bay and several more photos came to light of him catching up with acquaintances along the way – old friend Peter Treloar, State Member and a lady who showed him cuttings of her participation in a car rally many years ago.  Also more fun shots of the evening Charlie visited the Smoky Bay Tavern.

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