THE RaTTAToT TOUR
(Ramsay's Terrific Tag-a-long Adventure Tour of Tasmania)
For 25November 2001
Report by Alan.C and Marie
Most members of the Club a little surprised at the breakfast
time shown on our tickets - 3am. That's a first for most Dato
Another good ferry crossing with tea early at 6pm, then we
watched the sun set over the waters of Bass Strait and Steve
amazed us all with the digital photo display on his PC. Most
people were up bright and early and made breakfast - some
had it taken back to them in their rooms. Jim offered to do
the 'wake-up' duties for Steve when we docked at 5am.
We were off the boat fairly rapidly as Syd's sporty was on
the front of the line, breaking the waves across Bass Strait.
The Canberra mob set off and the rest of us had a quick cup
of coffee whilst waiting for Lou Mondello to arrive with an
air-filter for André.
We caught the ACTers at Macca's near Wangaratta where we
learnt that Bev and Des had experienced a short circuit in
their amp gauge that had killed the engine. Otherwise though
they all arrived home safely at around 5pm. Jim was amazed
at Rachel for amusing herself with a piece of duct tape in
the car for 3 hours (apparently it makes nice earings, bracelets
We all headed through Beechworth to Yacandanda to pick up
an antique mirror that us Cherry's had purchased on the way
down. But shock horror, the Bicycle Victoria ride was on that
road and 2700 push bikes were scattered from Wangaratta to
Yackandandah. Good on them for riding BUT it was very hairy
going for cars and at time dangerous to try and pass people
riding 4 abreast or overtaking without any signalling.
After this nerve-racking experience, Geoff and June, Michael
and Sylvia decided to head straight along the Free-way to
Gundagi and organise the motel accommodation. For the rest
of us, we chose to take a more scenic route near the Home
Dam. Nan and Haydn's friend Chris from Albury (who also entertained
us on the first night of our holiday) showed us a way to Gundagai
through Tumburrumba through Batlow and Tumut which was great
fun. Haydn and Nan took a slightly different route and due
to having no phone reception (a continuos problem whilst we
were in Tasmania for those not with Telstra) we doubled back
to Batlow to search for them.
A lovely meal at the local RSL Club concluded a very long
day (3am-9:30pm) and the official end to our holiday. The
following day was a straight run home.
Two weeks worth of luggage is a tall ask for any 2-seater,
so Alan.C had kindly made some spare wheel brackets to attach
to the rear of the chassis. Complete with individually designed
covers, the spare wheel 'displays' gave the cars a more vintage
Geoff's car was unofficially voted the 'Passengers Choice'
(Geoff not included) due to its passenger neck pillow, adjustable
seat lumber supports, high-tech sound system and brand new
soft top with un-zippable back window. Bliss !!