Discussion in 'NSW' started by bagman, Oct 4, 2015.
Love your work Cephlapod Man! Thank you very much for that fleeting escape.
Yeah Sutto - nice DC and Beetle
Steve kool clip
great job steve, even saw a glimpse of Milly on the cruise.
nice to catch up and share some great waves with you, mark and chuck again.
Until next time brother, take care.
Cheers for the effort!
Nice clip loved the song ,Whos the band/singer would love to hear more
Years around the sun is the band and the song is an acoustic version of Miles away
Cheers Squidy Ill look them up.Greg
Ok, a little late I know…..
Here we are ready to roll with the new Pod trailer's first long-haul trip
Same ride height as the Tardis & a nice long draw-bar for easy positioning
Our set-up at Lani's
The Pod meant I could bring a few more toys this time
Luxury sleeping arrangements
Introducing Harvey….( the ute )
Towing the Pod with a loaded camper with two adults returned a respectable 10.94 lts/100km.
Given that it meant we could bring more toys, it was definately a valuable addition to the stable.
Ironic that there was a review of these Pods in the goodies bag on the oval park-up on Sunday. I can highly recommend them as they have all sorts of added benefits like, being able to secure the trailer contents easily, a waterproof/dust-proof gas-strut lid, light & very easily moved by one person - even when loaded, perfect ride height & width when towing…I could see about an inch of guard each side when driving = no guesswork where the trailer is sitting, light & easy to tow….I reckon the bus actually felt better towing this load rather than having it all loaded on board..
Old Bar 2015…? Another fantastic opportunity to catch up with our Kombi Family & meet new faces. The weather was perfect, swell consistent with great little waves on offer for those not too hung-over & other than the power failure that hit the whole town on Sunday morning for a couple of hours, the event ran pretty much without a hitch.
As usual, we booked for next year, on the way out…..this is one event that's too good to miss.
Tardis & Pod look good mark
Sorry this post is delayed, much like our trip home really. But for anyone who can be bothered reading this... here's our adventure.
After missing last year's festival, we decided to try never to miss another so off to Old Bar 2015. We thought it was best with the two little ones to travel at night on the way up. Everything seemed to work well with this plan, apart from the freezing temp and no heater! I stayed in the back to keep the kids warm which meant no conversation for Paul and I and I felt so sorry for him up front with no blanket.
Anyway, finally arrived at around 7 am Tuesday morning. A couple of days to ourselves and then arrived my sister and her three boys who hadn't had a holiday for so long that Harry, the youngest at 9, couldn't really remember the last. Of course the beach was the biggest thrill for the boys who were also treated by dolphins and whales playing in the ocean in front of us and the festival and markets did my sister the world of good. One of the highlights for me though, was having them participate in the Komvoy with us. They were completely amazed with how many people came out to wave and cheer. They said they felt like celebrities and to see them so happy was ecstasy for Paul and I. A real credit to the people of Old Bar for getting out and wave to all included. I particularly enjoyed the dressed up hippies out the road, what a great effort!
Always a pleasure to catch up with the KC crew. Slightly disappointed that I didn't get to spend more time with you vibrant people but we plan to make up for it at Bus Stop. Perhaps Joseph will be a little less dependant by then to free up my socialising time. It was excellent to finally meet Grant and his lovely wife (forgive me for forgetting her name) who I have deep sympathy for after hearing of her motion sickness woes! I would have loved to catch up with everyone at the dinner but was uncertain with how the kids would be after a big festival day and for the record, I wasn't one who booked and ended up a no show. Can't say I blame Lorraine for not wanting to take the reins next year. Big job and a kick in the guts really.
So the weekend went way too fast and we had to return to reality. Glad we decided for Tuesday travel because from all reports the Monday traffic was pretty hectic. But... we decided to travel during the day for the return trip and the temp was completely opposite. It was well up in the 30's and my spot was once again between the kiddies, (complete with Labrador at feet) trying to keep the family cool by splashing a bit of water on their little faces and fanning them with a japanese fan. You'd be suprised how much cooler they can keep you!
Travelling along pretty well when there's the first breakdown. I know what everybody is thinking... how unusual for a Kombi to break down in the heat, right? Ah but it wasn't us. My poor sister had our usual job of calling NRMA for her overheating Holden Berlina. We caught up to her at Peats Ridge. She was told by the NRMA bloke that it would be a risk to keep travelling but with company on the road, she decided to chance it. She of course was nervous travelling through Sydney amongst bloomin' peak traffic but the the vehicles temp went down after turning off the AC, which, believe it or not had been against the NRMA guy's advice.
Finally got out of the city and she took off past us. We thought all was good until being too cocky about Kombi's usually being the NRMA's dream, bit us on the bum and it was our turn to pull over. Luckily not a needed roadside call but a fix that Paul was capable of. Issue with number 4 valve becoming very noisy and spark plug being shot out. The funny thing, 3 other breakdowns at the same rest stop we pulled into. No other Kombi's though.
It was starting to get quite late, around ten I think. Kids had fallen asleep, temp was quite pleasant so I thought I would finally jump to the front seat to converse with Paul who I felt like I had hardly seen during the past week. Then, the loud noise again. So, as above... problem fixed again.
Four very sleepy humans and one sad Lab for having to leave the surf, finally back to the farm a little after midnight, all glad to be home but hanging out for the next adventure in Vera...
The apprentice's apprentice...
The marine life put on a top show for us...
Good tucker and a drink or two at Flow...
Beautiful beach weather...
Got our hippy on the sand...
Even Tallulah had a tipple...
Popular with us of course is 'FUN' Gracie!
A cool couple in a cool bus!
One of my all time favourites, Gus Bus!
Gracie could't wait to meet Sequinella.
One of the joys... make that the only joy of being woken up early by Master Joseph was the sunrise.
And to complete the album, the roadside shot
Excellent wrap up and pics Chrissie!
And thanks so much for venturing up to "T3 Island" to find me on the Sunday, to finally meet up - great stuff, and another highlight of our weekend.
Had I known you were staying virtually next door, I could have lent you another Labrador for the evenings, (no dogs allowed at Meridian), but she would have suffered with the 38 degree temps on the M7 around Sydney on the Monday, like Carole & I did. NASTY! Should have been around 25, like every other October.
We dined at Flow on the Sunday night, with Nils, Jane & Luckyphil.
Let me know next time you're in Canberra and have time for a drink or meal........
So glad to finally meet you Grant and Carole. (I told Paul it was Carole but wasn't confident enough to type it... never mind, a lovely lady!)
The heat wouldn't have been helpful for Carole either
We will definitely get in touch next Canberra trip and of course if you ever venture this way, same goes. Labradors always welcome at the farm, Maltese Terriers not so much.
Hey Chrissie, great wrap up !!
Thanks for the fantastic pics. too…..yup, gotta agree catching up was all too short but that's life….for the moment anyway.
Loved seeing Gracie,Paul & Joseph again….& of course you too !!
Look forward to doing all again at Forbes.
Paul was hoping for a few surf tips from you Mark, but again, it all went too fast.
Never mind, we can at least catch up for beers at Bus Stop which will be here before we know it... hopefully
Sorry to hear you had so many troubles.. I can absolutely relate though.... I can also say that you reflect on it and it really is about the journey isnt it. I wish i were able to return the favor and help you guys along like you did for us on the way to Sawtell. Despite taking 15 hours to get there, you and Paul contributed to a great trip that we will never forget/regret.
Above and below - that fin on the far left has "sharper" lines than the others
It's not about the dorsal…..it's ALL about the tail fin.
Horizontal tail-fin = dolphin….all good
Vertical tail-fin = shark….not so good.
Generally, a dolly's tail-fin remain unseen unless they're jumping….
Shark's, on the other hand, become visible when they cruise the surface…...
Thanks Chrissy for the story (worth the read ) and the pics with notations
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