ACT mid week TT
17-19 July 2018
Photo contributors - Rick Fletcher, Bob Watters, Claire Brohan, Gayle McEwan.(Report below)
The complete "cast" at Wyangala Dam in the Central West NSW
By Bob Watters
Mid Week Run to the Mid West
Six couples, two from Canberra and four from The Sapphire Coast Chapter, braved the winter chills for a very pleasant drive around the Forbes/Crookwell region. With great organising by Graham Brohan the group was able to enjoy three days of scenic driving and interesting sights in an area not quite on the beaten track. The participants met at the McEwen residence on Monday evening for a terrific meal of three varieties of home made soups created by Gayle which were enjoyed by everyone.
Tuesday morning was chilly but not as cold as the previous morning when it was minus seven, tops and sidescreens being the order of the day but beautiful conditions for TR motoring under cloudless blue skies. The conditions stayed the same for all three days with only some light showers on Friday morning for the drive home.
The group stayed at Forbes on the first night and spent a few pleasant hours at the local RSL for "happy hour" drinks and dinner whilst the ladies boosted the local economy by visiting several boutiques during the afternoon and backed up again the following morning. After a run up the Newell Highway to Parkes, the Elvis Museum and the local Motor Museum were visited, something of interest in both however the Elvis display has had some of the better items relocated to a new museum in Las Vegas.
After a quick lunch it was off to the overnight stop at Canowindra. A very enjoyable afternoon drinks and nibbles session on the back deck at Eddy's of Canowindra, a former convent which has been restored and is ideal for groups, finished the day nicely before the group adjourned to one of the local pubs for dinner.
An icy start the next morning but everything was sorted after a leisurely breakfast and it was another day on the back roads to the Wyangala Dam before heading to Crookwell for lunch where we were joined by Russell and Kerrie Holliday.
After lunch the best road on the trip was discovered and everyone delighted in a great half hour run to Taralga for the overnight accommodation and Christmas in July venue, The Argyle Inn. This historic pub has been renovated and reborn as a quality restaurant and accommodation place where everything has been revamped to a very high standard. Suffice to say the group had a great time with drinks around the fire and a fabulous meal followed by a Secret Santa with a twist which added a touch of fun to the evening.
Friday morning saw the group break up and head for home. This was a great run with highlights too numerous to mention but well planned with comfortable driving times each day and excellent dining and accommodation options. Thanks again to Graham and Claire and Peter and Gayle for their splendid organisation.
The only downside to the run was the Watters' TR3, Walter, had a wheel bearing collapse on the way home and had to complete the journey on the back of the tow truck.