Today we had more miles, more Mallee and more mighty Murray river towards the afternoon.
We had some really cool Wackos today, some nice soft sand and some tight and twisty roads. As we left Dimboola this morning we rallied around the back blocks of the sheep and wheat belt of the Victoria Wimmera country.
We all stopped for lunch at the Patchewollock Hotel. This great little town is well known for its Silo Art Trail. As part of a regional tourism initiative, various artists were commissioned to paint amazing portraits of locals on massive seed silos.
After lunch we rallied north of Underbool, through back tracks, sand hills, salt hush plains and clay pans and come across the beautiful Pink Lakes. Like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Amazing.
Tonight we arrive into Mildura and we will be here for two nights. We have a sit down function for dinner at the Mildura Working Mans Club. Juliette Wright from GIVIT has flown into Mildura to be with us for remainder of the rally. Tonight we are also going to be officially acknowledging and thanking our wonderful, amazing volunteer officials, which is something we rarely get to do “officially”.
Our ‘DumbleBee’ recipient today went to Lyle Swallow in Car 2020. Lyle was serving himself up some dessert last night and thought he’d scoop a bit of cream into his bowl. He got the spoon and was jabbing the cream in the bowl and said, “Geez this cream must be frozen!” Now it is cold down here in Victoria, but not that cold! He was soon made aware he needed to remove the cling wrap to get to the cream. How could he BEE so stupid?!
Today’s notable happenings:
- Gearbox is slipping, and there is a hole in the fuel tank of car 666. They drove straight to Mildura today and didn’t complete any Wackos.
- Car 104 had a large oil leak. Got to Mildura and found it was the tappet cover not sealed properly. Being fixed tonight.