Roma should be congratulated for putting on such a punch packed and entertaining weekend. Whatever your taste in country experiences, it was catered for. Carrying your partner around an obstacle course and winning Her/His equivalent weight in XXXX Beer was incentive enough for many, whilst, a leisurely walk around Roma's Bush Gardens or a farm visit to Eldorado Station, was sufficient for others. There were street fairs, Drag Racing, Mud Derby, the Turf Club, (where none of us SCLROC members picked a winner!!), Triathlon, listening to a few Bush Poets or the amazing voice of Caitlyn Shadbolt, winner of the X Factor. The list just went on and on. Of course, the list was topped by the Rodeo, and that was pure gold ( excuse the XXXX pun!! ). We guesstimated that there were about 5000 people at the showgrounds for the Sunday events. Akubras and Sunday best denim, or mole skins were the order of the day........... and the blokes wore similar!!
I hate to say it, but for those of you who didn't attend, you missed a great experience. But... we are told that next year will be bigger and even better, so, mark it on your 2016 calendar for sure. The camping facilities at the Show Ground were good, but, that was possibly due to many vans there with ensuites. On a few occasions there were small queues, but, what the heck. I don't think I have ever seen such large showers. For those who are more demanding, there are a couple of other parks in town. The showground is located about a kilometre from the town centre. The town itself, for those who have never been, has a population of about 7000 and is well catered for. Sadly, there is a KFC, McDonalds, Subway and Woolies, but that is progress, some would say. You can buy pretty well anything there except a Land Rover, although we did see a few. Dare I say, Prado is the order of the day with many hundreds seen over the 5 days.
Only Rob and Sue, Darren Williams and his son, John, and Phil and myself attended but that didn't really matter as we had a hoot of a time. It did rain buckets on Friday afternoon and we blame Rob n Sue for slightly flooding our camp site, but, that's another story. LOL. Not that they will read this, but their awning kept filling with water and they were forever using a broom to raise the tarpaulin and gallons of the stuff hit the rock hard ground and flooded us. Great neighbours!!!......NOT... LOL. Seriously though........ we all had a ball and will certainly consider another visit next year. We need our country cousins, and they certainly needs us to support them and that was certainly the case at "Roma's Easter in the Country".Hey Phil................ how come I didn't get an egg, other than the one with the bacon??
A most pleasant day out with the Sunshine Coast Land Rovers Owners Club.
The meeting place was at the Bruce Highway turn-off to Steve Erwin Drive, then off to Dave’s for the trip briefing and pre-departure checks. After a short section of tarmac it was into the forest trails, being somewhat ‘green’ to the challenges, I took the first ‘chicken’ track. It wasn’t long before we were stopped in out tracks by an abandoned car (a small VW, certainly showed some ability to get where it was). Shortly after the imposed detour, there was an option to take a short side trip down a steep gulley; Dave did it then Ian had to help Matthew out with a winch back up. Ably lead by the trip leader Dave, we meandered our way along tracks, arriving at a scenic look-out with fire watch tower (8km). After a coffee break and admiring the view, it was time to hit the tracks again; following a power line trail lead to a short ‘fun’ spot with several short steep climbs of varying degrees of difficulty (15.6km), yes correct, I took the easiest option. Another group of 4x4ers were also enjoying this play ground. We were to come across another large group a few k’s further along (19km). It was at this point that four of us thought – no, let’s go around an easier way! Soon we were slithering around in muddy rutted tracks, helping to recover one stuck member of the public, followed shortly by recovering one of our own. Enough of this, Dave thought, and lead us to a somewhat technical descent, unfortunately Don suffered a puncture during the descent, which made for an interesting exercise in safely completing a wheel change on far from flat ground (27km). Some manual work had to be undertaken to pack up a deep rut in a gulley. This was followed by an equally technical ascent. Thus in a space of a few kilometres: straps, chains for hold back, chain saws and winches had been used. It was now time for an easy run out and completion, reinflate tyres, clean lights and prepare for the highway to return home after an interesting and pleasant day around the Glass House Mountains.
Seven vehicles in, 6 hours and 33km later, seven vehicles out, a wonderful end to the year.