08 March 2008

Already a Quarter of the Way into 2008!

Hello All!

How quickly time has passed, and we're basically into March already!

Well, I capped off January and began February with a pretty active weekend roster. At least for three consecutive weekends something exciting was due to happen...


Dubbo

Some friends had played with the idea of trekking out west to go to Dubbo and the >Western Plains Zoo. We all thought why not? and so decided to head out. Not only that though, with common belief being that you would need an entire weekend to fully enjoy the Zoo, we decided we'd prove them wrong and embarked out on our day trip!


It was about a 5 hour trip by road, taking in the sights through the back of nowhere on the way to Mudgee and then onto Dubbo. The zoo was quite large, and we got to see an array of different animals in replicated habitats for them. Due to the heat, they weren't all active however.

It was a slightly shorter trip home, but we got back with enough time to grab a decent meal before ending our day.


Melbourne

The following weekend I had decided to attend the Small Ford Sunday which is a car display held annually near Melbourne for the smaller Fords. Michael (my brother) accompanied me so we could tag team the driver responsibilities and we convoyed down with a few others from the EuroFordClub.



What a drive! I think we calculated it took us about 10-11 hours including stops to get to our destination! Plus, the roads in Victoria were long, straight and quite uninspirational... no matter how many 'Powernap Now!' signs they posted along the side of the highway.



Whilst we spent much of Friday driving, Saturday allowed us to explore a bit. We drove with Damo and Sean through Melbourne and around other parts including Geelong, and to the otherside to meet some of the EFC guys for a barbecue.

Due to some stupidity on my part, I had the Cougar 100% clean before heading down to Melbourne, but drove through a dusty carpark which meant all my hard work was undone. So, Saturday night, thankfully our accomodation was right next to a car wash... it was re-cleaning time!

Sunday was the day of the show, so a relatively early start as we headed in to put our display together which turned out to be quite impressive. We almost had one of each modern EuroFord available within Australia. The only noticeable exception was the Ford KA. It was a long day as I tried to keep on top of car cleanliness before judging. Once that was done, we could leave the car and go for a walk to take in some of the other vehicles on show.

Presentation time and our club took out a few awards for Best cars, including Best Focus, Best Fiesta and mine winning Best Cougar/Mondeo :) I got to shake hands with V8 Supercar driver Steven Richards!

Sadly, once the show ended though, Michael and I had to hit the road home! Michael had to work the following morning! We set ourselves a goal to make the VIC/NSW border by sunset, which we did quite comfortably and we still saw daylight towards the halfway point. The weather decided to give us more of a challenge though as it started pouring, and Michael had a tough drive in the pitch black darkness along the Hume Hwy in pouring rain and whilst contending with other trucks. Considering we left at about 4:30pm from northern Melbourne, we arrived back in Sydney (home) at 12:45am.

Maybe next time we'll fly...

Blackheath

The following weekend was a birthday party adventure for one of Eleonor's work friends. She had decided to rent out a nice place in the Blue Mountains (at Blackheath) which was awesome. We had fun there, but, since it was raining had to do indoor activities, including cooking, fighting for which room we'd sleep in, and playing cards til the early hours of the morning.

Unfortunately, our planned canyoning adventure went up in tatters the following day though as the weather truly disintegrated (though the guides insisted the weather was actually perfect) and there was a stuffup with the booking. So we ventured back to the 'big smoke' instead.

Back to normality after all that. Although I did venture out to the airport for another round of spotting a couple weekends ago with a friend. Now, I'm looking forward to my trip to Perth with Eleonor over Easter, while the parents will be leaving next weekend for the cruise in Singapore, oh yes, and I have a birthday of my own to look forward to...

Will be in touch,

Dan