The Canberra Story...

Discussion in 'The First national Kombi Club Bus Stop 2007' started by melissa, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. kyznet

    kyznet Active Member

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    Hi Tom, nice to have you back.

    I've been losing sleep about this - did you find your knob? he he
     
  2. 1975 Westfalia

    1975 Westfalia New Member

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    Finally, a post from us

    Our Canberra Story...

    We were last to arrive (I think) in Canberra, but for a good reason. We had left our overnight stay at Thredbo/Jindabyne on time to get to Canberra for 2pm, but I had something in Jindabyne to attend to. I had left my horse there 10 years ago, headed back to the UK, and not heard from his carers since. Letters had remained unanswered and the phone number had changed. He could have been alive or dead or sold. I knew he was old at 28, so I prepared myself for the worse. The only way was to bravely turn up. Well I'll cut a long story short... I found him. An emotional reunion, and yes, he remembered me.

    After travelling from Tuesday lunchtime, Friday night was an exhausted washout for us. My dear other half made an attempt at making a meal before finding the pub, leaving me a dinner of cold lentils, beans and big garlic chunks in gravy. Now I wanted to make friends this weekend, so opted to pass on the lentils and eat some chocolate cake instead. I took over the cooking for the rest of the weekend.

    The kombi toy races were one of the highlights for me. It was so much fun I waddled off to get my video camera, but alas it was over when I returned.

    It was great meeting all the characters that went to Canberra. What a diverse bunch of lovely people.

    During our drive to and from Canberra, we didn't see ANY kombis for the kombi count, apart from one in Cowra on the way home. Oh, there were about half a dozen in Katoomba, but there always are. They have enough kombis to have their own club there! One kombi couple in Katoomba I handed a flyer to were glad to hear of the club. They are travelling round Australia. I'd said "I've come all the way from Adelaide to give you this flyer". They said, so were they. The distances you have to go to recruit these days... Still, when they finish travelling we should have more SA members.

    David cautiously made us fill up every half a tank. Our sender guage is callibrated wrong, reading only 3/4 full on a full tank. We found some great little bush camps on the way home, well away from the sounds of the highway.

    There was one baby boy who was SO glad to be home. He'd been crying for the last 20 minutes of the drive, and when he realised we were home his mood swung completely around to one of pure excitement. It was 6.30pm on Sunday 15th. 13 days away, 3150 kms of road and Otto went beautifully for the whole trip.

    It's taken ages to wade through everyone else's photos and postings. Brilliant pics from so many, thanks heaps from those who posted.

    Don't know whether we will make next years trip, as we will have an additional 5 (?) month old baby, but you never know.
     
  3. Alice in Kombiland

    Alice in Kombiland Well-Known Member

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    Glad you guys made it back okay....it was great meeting you.
    P.S. I loved John's song and the song that Ruth (yourself) and Ariel sang....what a wonderfully musical family......Heaps better than the Von Trapp family singers.:)
     
  4. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Great to hear you got home safe and sound Ruth, :)

    Book a cabin for next year, if that makes your stay easier. I am amazed at how cheap it is to stay there. Let me say it's just a bit over half the price of the cabins at Canberra..but a thousand times better location view wise ;)
     
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  5. 1975 Westfalia

    1975 Westfalia New Member

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    Thank you Alice. The song evolved over a long time, and the ending use to change, but is now finalised. For those who missed it ... sorry. Next time I'll chose my key better so I don't strain my voice! Thanks to Kommodius for the guitar accompanyment. BTW, Banjo has been practicing the guitar and is ready for his next lesson!
     
  6. Alice in Kombiland

    Alice in Kombiland Well-Known Member

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    Strained voice or not it sounded awesome....and Banjo getting guitar lessons...I think that he's destined to learn a different instrument;)
     
  7. Van Housing

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    A Finnish shouting band would be better than the Von Trapp family... :D

    It was great to meet you guys as well... and it was great to check out a Westy for the first time! (and then the second, then the third....)

    It's a pity your video of the kombi races didn't happen....

    It was great to read about the horse, that is so cool.... I would have been teary too....

    I look forward to seeing you guys next time... and we'll pack a heater!
     
  8. melissa

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    Dave (Necro), we (The Manning family) have a little confession....
    being the warped sense of humour lot that we are and being fans of The Far Side... when we were in the camp kitchen on the first night, you came over and asked everyone for matches to light the gas BBQ. Being non-smokers we couldn't help out, but when you went back to the BBQ and tried to light it, Scott had to turn away and say to us "What does that clown think he's doing?" We just cracked up...and this is why.....

    [​IMG]

    Hope you think its funny too :)
     
  9. Schmoburger

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    hehehheheh. I have that in color on a Far Side calendar! :D

    SO appropriate!
     
  10. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    LOL! I love the Far Side.....
     
  11. Doc

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    Larson hehehehehehehehehehehe
    Dave would love it; :) :D :) :D
     
  12. 1975 Westfalia

    1975 Westfalia New Member

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    A Finnish shouting band looking like a musical version of Happy Feet? Brilliantly off the wall that was.

    I hope we can make it to the next one. With two babies it may be an idea to book a cabin. Then again, I love micro-living in a kombi, and perhaps an awning and a hammock will suffice. Twas brilliant meeting you too, with all your pirate shenanigans.
     
  13. Necro

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    Now which button is it....?

    Ahhh there it is....
     
  14. cammokombi

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    Im so proud of her

    Isnt she clever?!! I think so. Hi dunegirl, I'm currently in Casino Northern NSW. I'm sitting in the Public library recharging my laptop while i pretend to be researching etc. Ha! That was a great trip and that is a great poem to remember it by. Onya mate!
     
  15. Chadwell64

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    What an epic journey! This was our first Kombi get together, as we are relatively new to the wonderful experience of owning a Bay'76, but couldn't have picked a better run. It was good meeting some of you, we are relatively shy else we would have met more of you, maybe next time. Good to finally run into some of the SA crew, Tom, Mafti and clan and Ray, Helen and crew, hope to meet again on any future runs. Thanx of course to Melissa and Roy and anyone else who had anything to do with this memorable moment in our lifes, it was a special treat. When I work out how to post some pictures I will do so. Best moment for me was the 30+ Kombis in a convoy through the streets of Canberra, priceless!

    Cheers Peter, Tracy and tribe.
     
  16. Alpal

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    Back in the bend of Islands after some 3000 + km without mssing a beat. Lots of memmories fron Kanberra and a visit to the Grandaughter in Newcastle before dribblind back down the East coast and home. A long lunch today and as we drove in the laneway the Kombi stalled and would not start. Its raining (YIPPEE) so we will return tomorrow to get it going.
    The Bustop was GREAT! The Konvoy from Melbourne was fantastic and the Konvoy thru Kanberra brilliant. Look forward to next year.
    Thanks to all who organised and participated. Love you all.

    on our travels we were Kombi spotting all the way. At Merewether (Newcastle) met a Laughlin who is painting his Kombi in the traditional Hippie designs and doing a great job. Otherwise Kombis are getting a bit sparse on the highways. Will post a photy of the mereweather bus ASAP
     

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