Day 2 – Oberon to Orange

From a very chilly Oberon this morning, we headed off on a short transport section to reach the first rally for the day. A 64km Class 3 with lots of forest and quite a few Roos. We hit some big rocks and fallen trees but the Kar seemed to bounce over most and we came through unscathed!

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Plenty of sheep to slow us down!

Then a 40km transport section to take us to our second rally for the morning – but first we had to get past the sheep! Fortunately it didn’t take too long as the farmer was there in his golf buggy and had his kids helping to herd the flock across the road! Anyway, onto the next rally section – this one a class 4 of 83km. This section replaced the one that was originally planned so we had replacement pages for the road book. Lots of very short distances between instructions so there were lots of turns and I really had to keep my wits about me to make sure my instructions to Ken were clear and we didn’t miss a vital turn along the way! We hear many weren’t so lucky and missed the odd turn here and there, but we can be thankful we did well!

Another short transport to head towards rally 3 – another class 4 of 75km. This one had lots of grids with cattle on the road along the way. The last part of this rally took us down razorback which was a pretty hairy ride from my side of the Kar with a sheer drop down off the edge of a very narrow, rocky road! I admit I was leaning towards the driver just a bit during this part! The views over the Turon Valley during this stage were quite spectacular, but the time you get to glance at it is only a fleeting moment!

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The Turon Valley

Finally it was time for lunch, so we headed back to Mt Panorama to the Bathurst Light Car Club where the SES put on a fantastic lunch for us all!

Due to the road conditions north of Orange, our last stage for the day was cancelled. The ‘day before Kar’ had been bogged the previous day and the occupants walked several kilometres to find a farmer with a tractor that could pull them out. Much of the track was like this so it was decided to cancel the section, rather than risk dangerous conditions. So from Bathurst, we headed straight to Orange where we spend the night. Dinner tonight at the Ex-Serviceman’s Club so if there is any news to report from the dinner I will include it tomorrow!

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