Day 18 Mon 2nd April
Dubbo to Bathurst - distance 204 km
Dubbo departure was an Official Start and each entrant in line was flagged off by Mayor Mathew Dickerson. The sun celebrated our departure and as we motored east reflecting on the wonder of the green pastures from Perth to Dubbo and beyond. It was the opposite for Ferguson, Birtles and dog Rex, dry and dusty. Now the cars are about 100 years old and the new roads now exist. Then the cars were new but real roads did not exist.
It is amazing that almost all the vehicles are covering the miles with much support from their loving owners and support crew. Wellington and other villages passed by. We introduced ourselves to the truckies as we have done daily. Telling them who we are and why we are sharing their road. They call us little things and and bicycles with motors Our top speed is never over 60 kms an hour.
We made our finish in the shadow of Motor racing Hall of Fame where the locals wandered about and looked at our vehicles and spoke with the drivers and we looked at their Vintage and Classic wonders too.
I saw a friend of mine Graham was there with his Harley and side car. Before he could take a breath I was in the side car and on a spin with him of the Panorama Circuit.
Happy hour @ the Bathurst RSL was lots of talk about our progress tomorrow over the Blue Mountains. There some of us dined and as always exchanged stories of the day. In two days this expedition will be history so be a part of it, look for us as we pass by. Some will see the Australian flag that flaps out of our car window as we travel. Find, Sid our dog and mascot. The finish alas is sooooooooooooooo close.
Noon to 3pm Martin Place, Wednesday 04 April 2012
Her Excellency Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales and supporters will meet us all.
We welcome you to attend to see our veteran vehicles
all over 90 years old that have NEVER before been viewed together in Sydney
Oh, bring your cameras and videos too
Judie Stephens OAM - Expedition Director