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Datsun Sports Owners Australia

THE RaTTAToT TOUR
(Ramsay's Terrific Tag-a-long Adventure Tour of Tasmania)


For 19 November 2001


Report by Syd and Alan.A

Monday morning - after a couple of days in Hobart, it was time to do the impossible - pack our large amount of belongings, market and winery purchases into the incredibly small Sportie luggage space. Before leaving, Liz drew the results of the 2nd knowledge quiz which was won be the intellectual giants of Syd and Alan.A (me). By the time we left all cars except ours has been cleaned. Syd said he wanted Tasmanians to know that at least HIS car was capable of non-bitumen driving. As a momento. Michael enscribed the words "Happy - Not Gay" in the dirt on the back of Syd's car, which he must have liked because they stayed there until washed off by rain.

A decision for the day - what to do - where to go. One group visited the Tasmanian Devil Park and saw the Devils being fed and watched a bird show. They were surprised to see that there were other devils in Tasmania besides the Ramsay kids (sorry girls). A friendly cockatoo took a fancy to Megan and held her captive in the birdcage for about 10 minutes until she could be rescued.

The group that we were in returned to the summit of Mount Wellington, which was now covered in snow - cold enough to freeze the walls off a bark humpy. The men had their throats develop lumps and the women put on their headlights. We refuelled and headed for the Port (Arthur that is) to our accommodation.

Our afternoon was spent at the historic Port Arthur site where we were able to explore the ruins and take a ferry trip to various points of interest in the Harbour. Each of us was allocated a convict identity, most people having been convicted of steeling some small item (or even being innocent). But Anne-Marie got much enjoyment about having been deported for buggery!

Dinner was at the motel and during the meal we were presented with another set of questions. We also presented a thank-you gift to the Ramsay family for their much appreciated work in organising a wonderful 2 weeks, (because, even though we had only had half of it, the fun we had had to date was worth two weeks !).

After dinner we returned to the ruins for a ghost tour around the site. The guide requested volunteers to carry the lamplights. People were selected to take up the fairly 'safe' positions at the back and centre of the group. Then the guide asked for a REALLY BRAVE person to lead the group into the darkness. Without a moment's hesitation, Syd leapt forward and was duly selected. Cecil admiringly said "OOOOH Your so brave Cyril". Everyone laughed, but André was already in stitches having been responsible for Cyril's 'bravery' in the form of a firm 'shove' in his back !!.

Despite wandering around the eerie ruins for a ghost by lamplight and listening to some great stories, we encountered no spirits until our bedtime nightcap.


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