Our Mid-Week Run on the 13th February, started at our usual spot at the Darnum Stump Tearooms and there were a great number of members there for a coffee. Some didn’t continue on the trip and some met us at the dinner destination, which was the Trafalgar Hotel instead of the original Yarragon Hotel which we found out couldn’t cater for such a large number of people on the day.
There were 17 vehicles and around 31 people attending today’s outing, a great turn up. We set off on our drive at approx. 11:10am with the weather being a little unkind with drizzly rain, but as we traveled into the hills it became quite nice.
John had given us all a few warnings regarding debris and some evidence of fallen trees on some parts of the roads due to the previous days’ strong winds, so we found some areas were covered in tree bark and small twigs, but when you’re in a Porsche any small twig feels like a log. There were also a couple of dangerous corners to maneuver around.
The drive up Sunny Creek Road was very enjoyable. As per everywhere at the moment, the farming area is very dry, and many dams were seen to be very low, if not dry. We stopped at the Childers intersection for all the cars to catch up, then we continued on to Thorpdale. Up until now, the weather had been very kind to us, the sun had popped out making our drive very pleasant.
It was lovely to see green in the hills – potatoes not grass, but the crops seemed to be flourishing.
On arrival at Thorpdale it was great to see the Pub has been refurbished and reopened after the fire. Great for the town and adjoining areas.
Then onto McDonalds Track which had some lovely scenery, down through picturesque Narracan, then along the winding Coalville Road where the scenery once again was lovely – a bit hard for the drivers to notice, but great for the passengers. Then it was back along the Moe South Rd. and its more open views. Going up to one of the slow dangerous corners John had warned us about, a couple from Wesburn who had joined our Club for their first trip with us, had a minor hiccup on this wet corner and had a spin out which caused damage to the radiator letting out the coolant, so unfortunately that was the end of their day with us. A tow truck was called to rescue the mildly-damaged car and luckily no one was hurt. John & Jenny Rooke (from Dandenong) stayed with them until the tow truck was organized and on its way.
Eventually the group moved on. The views going along Lawrence Road and Rogers Road in Trafalgar South were spectacular looking over the valley with the Trafalgar township in a spot of sunlight. If the day had of been a bit clearer it would have been great for photos.
We arrived at the Trafalgar Pub about 12:30 and all managed to get parking spots in the car-park behind the Pub. Everyone agreed the trip was, as usual – very enjoyable.
We all had a lovely dinner – especially Jan who had a little bit more meat than she ordered, hence she removed it and took it outside to live again (a Lady Bug). It was a very social atmosphere with a lot of talking, so it was after 2pm before we all started to leave. When we were traveling home, at the lights in Traf we saw the damaged car on the back of a tow-truck, so all was well, but they obviously spent a while waiting to be picked up. Unfortunately, they missed the lovely dinner. MAYBE NEXT TRIP! (Footnote – they said the Tow-truck driver was a lovely obliging chap, and Shannons will cover the expense.)
Thanks again John & Jan for organizing a great day.