A restful day in and around Dongara today. We started with the Dongara Museum, and then the helpful volunteer opened-up the old Russ Cottage for us just back over the bridge. (It’s a bit disturbing when lots of the stuff in museums isn’t that strange to you!).
After Russ Cottage, most cars headed north towards Geraldton and had lunch at the historic Greenough Village. After lunch, some people looked around the village, while others headed back to Dongara and people tended to do their own thing for the rest of the afternoon.
– and that’s about that for the day. Tomorrow Dalwalinu beckons.
Russ Cottage, Dongara
our caravan park is relying heavily on big rocks for it’s King Canute act
the grey shade in the trees is bird poo from the roosting darters and cormorants
A much longer today of 340km from Wongan Hills to Dongara. Things ran more smoothly for all the cars – no stopping for repairs. Our car did have a little period of loud back-firing, but enriching the fuel mixture a bit seemed to solve that problem.
Morning tea stop was at Moora where we also bought lunch – which was eventually taken at Carnamah. After an ice-cream stop at Mingenew, we eventually got to the beach-front caravan park at Dongara about 4:30 – enough time to unpack and relax a bit before walking down the road for dinner at a table set for 18.
Another glorious day weather-wise that cooled-off a bit as the Dongara Doctor took effect.
Model A mid-west run, Day 1: Today was a short 200km run to Wongan Hills. I think it was about 30 degrees – and that is enough in a Model A.
Six Model As, an FB Holden and a “modern” left Midland at 9am, and had morning tea in Toodyay where we were joined by the Bristow-Staggs in another Model A. Next stop was Goomalling for lunch, and an early knock-off in Wongan Hills before 2:30. There were a couple of hiccups along the way: the Fowler’s points needed a tweak, and the Paisley’s fuel filter needed hurling in the bush, but no major dramas (Alan Jeffree to the rescue – including a tune-up for the Fowler’s car in the Wongan Hills Hotel car park).
A wander around the main street for some, then an early dinner for all in the pub – ready for an early start on a long day to Dongara tomorrow.
The three of us arrived home on Monday 12.30pm safe and sound, only a flat tyre on Old Mort 30kms from Collie, apart from the normal oil leaks on a Model A both vehicles performed quite well. Both vehicles will require some electrical work before another long run, Nellie Fordor requires a complete re wire and Old Mort needs wiring upgrade.
Sue and Anne did a wonderful job of driving over 2,500kms averaging 360kms per day (although Sue did all the driving and Anne listening for any strange noises) it was quite an achievement. I must say it is a concern having to worry about looking after two 90 year old vehicles and getting two ladies home.
An update on total funds raised including online and donations collected along the trip was $1441.93 thanks to all those generous people who donated to this worthy cause.
Anne and Wayne
Departed Balladonia for Coolgardie yesterday, only got a few kms down the road and the electrical gremlins popped up. Rang a mate Mick Williams an auto lecky instructed me how to fix the problem by disconnecting the amp meter problem solved, thanks Mick.
Made our way to Coolgardie without any other dramas, booked into a motel because of inclement weather forecast, rained all night. Set off this morning for Corrigin rain and strong head winds to Merridin, arrived at Corrigin approx 4.30pm. Last leg back home tomorrow.
Hope you have enjoyed the updates as much as we have enjoyed our tour.
Anne , Sue and Wayne
Since leaving Wirrulla on Wed made it to Nullabor Roadhouse for the night, then onto Madura for next stopover, no problems so far. Left Madura yesterday hoping to make Fraser Range, unfortunately there was a Roadtrain accident and the road was closed 5kms west of Balladonia so stayed the night at Balladonia.
Met up with Sue and John Watson at Caiguna they are travelling well, have also been in contact with Peter Satori they were at Nullabor Roadhouse last night all is well with them.
We are heading to Coolgardie today and should be back in Collie on Monday
Anne, Sue and Wayne