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Published: June 11th 2009
Day 46 - Willowbank Raceway to Tweed Heads
We really do need to get our arses out of here today, not that we want to but we need to! We’re up early, honest Jeff, and we pack up the caravan and the car. We’ve been here for 9 days now and it feels like home already.
Nick’s up too so the three of us head up to Roger at the top of the pits so we can assist with the packing up. I think he’s a bit surprised to see us as he’s sitting on the tail lift at the back of the trailea'r eating grapes! So, what jobs can we do? Darryl gets the cleaning tank to wash down - pretty gross! Sarah, well Sarah gets the $$’$$$ clutch grinding machine to clean out - really really gross and Roger describes it as ‘a mongrel of a job’ and what he’s been least looking forward to doing!! We happily get to work and it’s not long before the tank is clean and the clutch grinder is gleaming! Then we’re on to the general take down of the pit and the put away in to the trailer. Everything has a
specific order to be loaded as it needs to fit in a certain way and in a certain space. It’s not long before the front section is full, the awning is down and the frame is being slid into place at the top of the trailer. We’re chuffed that we’ve helped Roger get maybe half a day off tomorrow, he deserves it and we really hope that when we get to Pokeno in NZ he’ll be there and able to meet us for a bit of a drink. Cheers Roger, we really wish you well in everything that you do and Happy Birthday for July!
We wave goodbye to Nick and Roger and head off to get cleaned up! We say a sad farewell to Jeff but there’s talk of us somehow finding our way back here for another couple of events in August! We’re certainly going to try and we’ll definitely be keeping in touch. Thanks again Jeff, we’ve had a fantastic time.
We head off through the gates of Willowbank, passed the best mailbox in the world and get on the road to our next destination - Tweed Heads. We want to see a bit more of the Gold Coast and get up in to the mountains so we’re going to set up camp at a Big 4 site for a couple of days and then see what happens. The journey is mainly highway but there’s a lot of traffic today so it’s not very quick. We arrive around 4.30pm and find the site is tucked away but has it’s own ‘billabong’ with plenty of fish! Should be interesting! It’s very expensive even with our Big 4 discount so we don’t think we’ll be staying too long but we book in for the 2 nights and use the site facilities to cook dinner, a change tonight as we had beef tortillas! That’s a first for us! One of the other campers offer us some bait if we’re intending to fish but we haven’t got any rods as yet so we decline the offer! We have booked onto our first ‘tour’ though! Wahoo! It’s a whale watching cruise so we’re quite excited about that! We will go up onto the headland afterwards to see if we can spot them ourselves but being out in a boat will be something pretty amazing we think. Fingers crossed they don’t decide to go off out for the day!!
So there we are, we’re back on the road! We’ve had our fix of nitro and drag racing, it should last us a little while we think but it’s never far from our thoughts! Good luck to everyone this weekend at the Summer Nationals back home, we’ll be checking things on ED to see what’s happening.
Love to all, Dar and Sar
PS Yet again Dar is getting his fill of aircraft activity as this ‘quiet, tucked away’ Big 4 site is at the bottom of a bloody runway!!!! Would you adam and eve it!!!
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