Glen Davis - August 2011
Attendees: Andrew, Aaron, Paul, and Higgins familiy
Over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of August, the club organised a trip to Glen Davis in the beautiful Capertee Valley. Start off was early at 8am at Lithgow with four cars attending. The Flu had claimed at least two other starters. The weather was brilliant - very un August like. The trip from Lithgow to Glen Davis via Capertee was relaxed and surprisingly dusty on the unsealed sections. We turned into private property just before the township to access our campsite in the National Park. It was a great spot with roos everywhere and the wattle flowering. After setting up camp and lunching, we departed to the lookout to view the refinery ruins. This was quite a large undertaking in its time and the ruins are quite extensive. Unfortunately they are off limits to the public except by a guided tour from the town on Saturdays at 2pm. We arrived there at 3. A drive through what remains of the township shows that Glen Davis was quite a large place in its time. Further remains of houses were numerous in the property that we had gained access through.
The night was spent around the fire with varying culinary delights for dinner. All retired when it began to rain persistently. The rain continued through the night but the morning was greeted by still very cheerful campers. The group packed up after Lunch with the still persisting drizzle ever present. The track out to the main road proved to be very slippery due to the soil that the road had recently been resurfaced with. The main road heading out to Capertee showed was little effected by the rain. A leisurely drive was soon altered when one of the group lost a clutch slave cylinder, just as the road began its long climb up to Capertee. This section was finally accomplished in FIRST gear. Once on the highway, the trip became a little faster as I could get the car off the road if I missed the crashing clutchless gear change. My thanks to the other members for their assistance.