Dixons Long Point - March 2012
Attendees – Driscoll, Gartland, Van der Wel families, Paul Morton and Aaron Gibson.
Visitors – Moore Family, Chris and Peter.
Finally another trip which has had to be postponed in the past due to weather was off and running unfortunately for Andrew and Kylie only as far as the climb up from little Hartley where the Disco spat an idler pulley and left us stranded on the side of the Great Western Highway. After a few choice words and several phone calls Paul decided he would come back and render assistance while Aaron took the rest of the group through to Sofala where we were to meet up with Chris and Peter. While everyone else made it through to the Village camp ground in Hill end without further incident Paul and Andrew set about getting the Disco mobile. This involved a four hour round trip to a wrecker in Silverdale to grab a used pulley. Meanwhile Kylie with the kids had the car towed to south Bowenfels to wait. We had the car up and running again by late afternoon and finally made it to camp and met up with everyone about 7pm. Dinner was had, a camp fire lit and a few quite drinks consumed before turning in for the night.
Sunday morning saw an early pack up and departure for the drive out to Ophir. Our first port of call was the Cornish roasting pits. A short walk from the car park and look around the ruins before heading back to continue the drive. Most of this trip is through private property so we had to mindful of the many sheep and cows traversing the tracks as we made our way along. We made the decent to the Macquarie river crossing and on approach it looked higher than reports had predicted. After arriving at the bottom Edwin volunteered to walk the crossing as there were some well founded concerns over the river depth. About half way across Edwin suddenly found it necessary to swim as the recent floods had left a large depression about 2m deep which left us unable to cross the river. The decision was made to turn around and head back to Hill End for lunch. This proved to be a 90 minute exercise as we were at the bottom of the decent with nowhere to turn around and almost everyone had camper trailers. Each trailer had to be unhooked and turned around by hand while the cars execute 30 point turns in the scrub before hooking up again for the climb back out. A great display of team work with everyone pitching in to make an arduous task at little more bearable. After heading back in to Hill End for Lunch we all headed for home. While it was not one of our more successful trips it’s always good to be out and about and we now have yet another reason to come back to this great spot in the future.
An especially big Thanks to Paul for once again going above and beyond and spending Saturday helping get our Disco back on the road.