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19 September

I have been back in the UK for 2 weeks now after that wonderful Aussie road trip. I’m still suffering – really missing the daily drives in the Oldsmobile and the company of the other participants.
I’ll go to Shelsley Walsh this weekend to meet some ‘like-minded’ people. Perhaps that will get me out of the doldrums!!

8 September

After the end of our Adelaide to Darwin drive the Oldsmobile was booked to be shipped straight back to the UK. We were going to pack her into a container the day after the Run finished before we all flew down to Geelong for a week. During the trip I kept agonising about sending that fabulous horseless carriage to Geelong (my hometown) so she could have a ‘starring role’ at the Geelong Revival but a cheap and suitable way to transport her south didn’t seem to be available until the day after we arrived in Darwin. She must have really wanted to go as she is now in Geelong waiting for my return for the event 28/29/30 November, thanks to the assistance of fellow event participant Chris Knoop. I’m really excited that she will be able to strut her stuff along the waterfront at Geelong at the event my father started back in 1956. OK….it’s a speed event and my Oldsmobile is not a speed car but at least that will give her more time on the track so that the spectators have time to admire her.
I’ll let you know what her role is going to be when I have more information.

Gosh it’s hard settling back to ‘normal’ life after such an epic journey. I’m having withdrawal symptoms, missing that rhythmic chuff chuffing sound of the Oldsmobile for at least eight hours a day. Television doesn’t have the same appeal!!

30 August

Just showing Bruce and Mark around my hometown (Geelong) and Victoria before heading back to the UK next Thursday. More news about the Oldsmobile in a few days’ time. (Exciting!!!) I have to work out a way to get sponsorship.

24 August

ANNOUNCEMENT.

The Oldsmobile arrived in Darwin at 12.30 today, under her own steam, intact and sounding perfect as always.
What an emotional time – Over 2,500 miles and she drove every inch of the way.

She is a fabulous 110 year old horseless carriage and I am proud to be her owner.

The Team did a wonderful job, without whom the results may have been different. Mark and Bruce looked after her every whim and Lorraine looked after our every whim.

More words later…..

22 August

Today we travelled through Kakadu. Lorraine and Bruce went on a early morning boat trip to look at the birds and crocs so Mark and I left at 7.45 arranging to meet up whenever possible.

I was expecting to see tropical rainforest type trees and vegetation but I was surprised to see a variety of eucalyptus and palm trees. As we were driving along I started to consider why there weren’t more tropical type plants and I suddenly thought that the area must have been logged at some point and I am aware that delicate tropical vegetation does not grow back again as it was. The area becomes drier etc. When we had our first oil check stop a Kakadu Ranger stopped to photograph the car. He gave us considerable information about the trees and vegetation and when I asked him if the area had been logged he replied that it had but years ago but without expert knowledge I came to the conclusion that this was the reason. Please correct me if I am wrong. I’m only an amateur!!

We arrived at our destination at 2.30. I’m glad because the temp. now is in the 30’s. Not complaining but my face is looking somewhat like parchment even though I’m wearing 50+ sun block.

AND the Oldsmobile? Absolutely wonderful. She has been running a bit hot at times on the longer climbes but she arrived all intact.

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