by Shirley Schubert
A super-sized group of 18 vehicles and 28 people took part in the run from Balhannah to Mannum in glorious autumn weather on Wednesday 18 May.
Russell’s radar was spot on – perfect weather and perfect conditions on the roads.
The convoy left the Balhannah Oval at 10 am and had our first spot of excitement as we approached a railway crossing blocked by a stationary train of interminable length, only to find that Russell’s map directed us to turn right and avoid the holdup. On we went, via Nitschke Road and Blakiston Road to the Old Princes Highway. This long stretch on a good road let the navigator have a nap while the driver could see the convoy uninterrupted by other traffic.
A wee stop at the Monarto Sporting Complex gave us a chance to chat before the next 20 mile(32 km) stage through various roads to our morning tea destination at the Mypolonga Community Cafe. A great spot to sit and savour coffee and cake in sunshine with a view of the river.
It was hard to rally the troops but once we started the engines and drove out of town we could see “ the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended” as we rounded the bends on Heinrich Road to Zadow Road.
The traffic picked up a bit on Mannum Road which meant a couple of cars missed the turnoff to Belvedere Road but they were able to catch up easily when we all arrived at the Mannum Community Club.
Our tables were organised with a view of the river and we all enjoyed lunch and a drink and especially the camaraderie and comfort. Special thanks to Russell and Judy for researching and planning such a successful run.
A good day was had by all!