Sunday 27th October, (Bathurst).

We are finally at Bathurst; the road over the mountains was not as bad as expected, then we were hyped up for it to be bad. Victoria pass, which we had heard a lot of bad stories about, including one of how a couple lost there van and car on a similar downhill, wasn’t as bad as I feared, but then I was being extra careful. Linda mentioned when we reached the bottom that she was glad for that section to be behind us as she was the most worried because of the stories.

Today is for setting up and watching a little of the Indy racing from the Gold coast, then tomorrow the first priority is to do a lap of Mount Panorama, the famous Bathurst circuit, while there are hopefully still some black marks from the recent race still on the road.

Tuesday 29th October, (Bathurst).

I am now satisfied, I have done more than a lap of Mt Panorama, I did three laps with Linda in the passenger seat with the camera taking photos.

I now have a different outlook on the track and will now be able to appreciate the race all the more, knowing how steep and windy the track actually is. I must admit I did have the idea that I would have liked to remove all the gear from the rear of the panel-van and have a good lap, but logic prevailed and I stuck to the 60k limit that is strictly adhered to. I have heard that there are several permanent speed traps around the circuit, although none were apparent. If this is the case and they are hidden the spot one would most likely be is at the beginning of Conrod strait just out of the Dipper, and this is the spot that the vehicle on its own accord took off, and I did notice I crept up to 85k or so. I guess I will find out if I get a ticket.

The rest of the day, being a bit of a let down after that experience, was spend wandering town taking photos.

We have now moved on about 100k south to Cowra. Although this is quite a nice town, I am beginning to dislike it. This is only for the insects in the area. There appears to be a greater variety of insects here than I have experienced in one place anywhere else. A decent spray around the van will hopefully keep them out.