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WINTERSUN 2002 - A TRIP I'LL NEVER FORGET (Reprinted from http://www.poorboyz.com.au)
Well, recently I have found myself holding court on several occasions and those who had gathered around me to hear my yarn about WINTERSUN suggested that I should put my saga down in words for all to enjoy. Only after they stopped killing them selves' laughing that is! At my expense I might add.Let's do this day by day.
I cherish my holidays as most people would and for the weeks leading up to WINTERSUN, I was sooooooooooo looking forward to the relaxing time away with mates. This was my first Wintersun. My wife and I had decided to take not only the Chev (47) but to take the family car as well as two close family friends were joining us for the trip (not enough room in the Chev for 4 people and luggage).
Saturday 1st Jun. Left Canberra at 8 am, crystal blue clear skies above 3%, bloody freezing. My mate Ed and I were in the Chev and my wife Carol and Elizabeth were in the family car following. Got to Pheasants nest just outside Sydney, first stop for fuel. No problems so far. We arrived in Newcastle at about 1pm just in time to catch a major thunderstorm. Couldn't see where we were going, but never mind we stopped for fuel and something to eat at a servo that had a big bloke running around in a chook suit. What's the big bloke in a chook suit got to do with this story? Well stay tuned! After lunch we continued on, my mate was driving, still hasn't stopped raining, just out side Newcastle he went to put his foot on the brakes and we proceeded to aquaplane straight ahead towards a round about. The tyres gripped just in time to allow us to pull up before we played chicken with the traffic on our right going through the round about. Struth there was some water on the road. NOT HAPPY JAN!!!!! We continued on to Coffs Harbour where we pulled in off the road for the night, pretty buggered it had not stopped raining all afternoon.
Sunday 2nd Jun. Left Coffs and guess what still bloody raining, we decided to stop off up the road some where for breakfast. Well that never happened! The old windscreen wipers were working overtime, so hard in fact the they started to cease up on and off, while I was at the wheel of course! Anyway at some little obscure town we blew a fuse and the whole bloody car came to a stop . Nothing, nothing at all. Fortunately I was able to roll the Chev into a tiny pokey service station before it came to a halt. What luck! Yes all I had to do was to locate the guilty party and buy a new one and we're back on the road again, oh yeah before I forget to mention it, IT's STILL BLOODY WELL RAINING! I get the fuse, go into the servo and the young girl behind the counter says to me "What's that" Oh this is gunna be good I'm thinking. "It's a fuse I say" do you have any?. 'No' is the reply 'Is there another Servo in town that might be able to help me' I ask? Once again 'No' is the reply. 'Then may I have some cooking foil please? 'Yes she says, but why do you want that she asks?' Anyway she now knows that cooking foil has more than one use.
Just after we went through Grafton the rain got heavier and the storms more violent, we hit some pretty big potholes in the road, couldn't see them for the water. Every time we hit a pot hole for some unknown reason the word SHIT! Just fell out of my mouth. I was driving when we got to Woodburn about 40 kms south of Lismore when I smelt something burning, I asked Ed, my mate, what was on fire? He said 'Your dreamin' I looked down towards the passengers side, near the dash just as the wipers gave up the ghost 'Fu.. Me! 'I said. It was literally pissing down and I couldn't see the guideposts on the side of the road the rain was so heavy. I asked Ed to stick his head out the window and tell me where we were going. Semi up my bum and I couldn't see a thing. Ed told me that there was a servo up ahead on the left. We pulled in there. (Woodburn) I asked my wife Carol to call the NRMA and ask if they could come out. We had registered the Chev with the NRMA, which cost $75.00 over the phone than you very much. They didn't see me coming, they sent me a singing telegram.
Still Raining, NOT HAPPY JAN! 21/2 hours later the NRMA came along, what's the problem they ask? 'A burnout wiper motor I think, I replied' Oh we can't fix that, aren't you even going to take a look I asked, why we can't fix it. Shit!!!!! Now Not Happy even more!!!! The NRMA suggested I leave the rod in their depot garage over night and come back tomorrow and get it. I suppose I didn't have much of an option so I agreed. Lucky we brought both cars. NRMA told me 'wait until the rain eases off a bit and drive it to their depot it's only two kms up the road. 'Hold the phone' I said, 'your depot is only 2 kms up the road' 'then why have I been pacing up and down waiting 2/12 hours for you to travel 2/12 kms?. NOT HAPPY.
So we load everything into the Fairlane and we're off. We were going to stay with Ed's brother on the Gold Coast. Arrived at his place, very late as to be expected.
On our way into Caloundra I spotted another sign to a wrecker, so off we go to the wreckers. I go into the wreckers and am waiting at the counter. The buzzer on the counter, didn't work! There was a young fella working on the workshop floor just to my left, he saw me then got up and went out the back. A Minute later another employee walked out of the office and said 'gidday mate' and kept on walking before I could get a word out. Bugger Me!!!!!! Another bloke came out of the office and asked if I was right, Thank Christ I showed him the unit and asked if he had one?
He replied 'No - I've got several' smart a.. I said' I'll have one, he checked it out works very well, that will be $60.00.
Saturday was good spoke to a lot of people about my car, terrific.
I gave them both an option buy some drinking water and wash my car or deal with the Police. Now I had no idea that the woman who witnessed all this had flagged the Police down and two policemen were standing behind me. One of them leaned into my ear and asked 'what was going on?'. Frightened the hell out of me! I told them what this no hoper had done, then they stood back and let me handle it. Was about then I thought to myself 'where would I rather spend the night? 'In jail for assault or with my wife and friends' the wife and friends won. The idiot's son bought some water and we turned around to cross the road, to my surprise, lucky I didn't throw any haymakers, there were now 4 Police there.
The Chev got washed, I went to collect my wife and told her what had happened, and I was still pretty upset by the ordeal. Soooo finally of to the Drive In night. I had an idea where it was being held but not sure so I said to the girls ' follow us and stay behind me. Sure enough we got separated in traffic, so I'm looking for them in the rear view mirror when a flash in front of me catches my eye. I look forward to see that I have just driven through a stop sign. I was to scared to look to my right. I just got through the intersection. Anyway the girls caught up to us at the Drive In and I have just about had enough, I'm into them, and they couldn't understand why!