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Horseshoe Bend weekend meet



Horseshoe Bend weekend meet

Victorian members meet near Dimboola

held on the Queens Birthday long weekend from Saturday 9th to Monday 11th of June 2007.


    We left early Saturday morning to join the campers already at Horseshoe Bend. A quick stop at Beaufort for a bite to eat, and a very slow coffee later, we were on our way again pushing through the fog.

    By 10.30am we had breezed into Dimboola and were in search of the camp ground. Remembered Paul and Leanne’s directions about keeping left. Stopped at a small intersection but noticed the road quickly turned to 4WD territory, so decided this must not be it. The confusingly bent signpost at the corner gave little assistance.

    Apparently several others discovered just how quickly the turn off turned into a muddy 4WD slog – they had some fun anyhow – and all managed to find their way to the camp ground, eventually. You a beginning to make a habit of that Dale. J

    Our arrival was greeted with an excellent outlook of the camp area, campers spread out and several small campfires smoldering away. To us this was an early indication for a wonderful weekend away.

    We set-up the hard sided camper near – but not TOO near – Ron and Shirl in the Goldstream. With our friend Wally pitching his swag under the ‘van awning. Dale made the trip up with a tent in the back of the Rodeo, only able to stay the Saturday night

    Behind us were Dean, Anna and kids in the Trak Shak, and in the other direction were Frank and Janice in the Adventure. Barry, Lyn, Paddy and Ben in the Supreme. Bill and Mary in the Trek Kudu, and then later that morning David, Jayne and kids arrived in the Tru Blu to join the fun.

    Further around were Warren and Diane in the new Odyssey ZR, across from them were Nev and Vicki in the T-Van, with Wayne and Hayley in the tent.

    On either side were Paul and Leanne, and Kevin, Jeff, Cassandra, Hayley and Courtney. Each had a southern Cross camper. One being on-road while the other was an off-road version.

    Finally, making up the group were David and Bernadette in the Halls camper.

    Our little “ring of wagons” surrounded a rather wet central spot in the camp grounds, but had the pleasant mix of being close enough to see everyone else, yet far enough away so each group could enjoy the solitude when wanted.

    As expected, there was little water in the river, and the one wily fish left in the “pond” wasn’t going to fall for the old “lure-on-the-end-of-the-pole” trick, no matter how hard Wally tried.

    Later that morning several campers went out to explore more of the National Park. The going was fairly easy as the rain in the previous weeks had settled the sand down nicely. Dean remarked how it was a wonderful introduction for beginner 4WD’ers as it was remote, but not difficult.

    Frank and Janice did a few laps of the park before deciding to head along the blacktop to Nhill, then returning to Dimboola and the camp ground.

    The remaining campers spent the day in the camp ground, chatting, stoking the fire, and generally having a good time.

    With temperatures Saturday night dropping to near freezing, fires were stoked, campers warmed where possible and thermal underwear brought out.

    Envious mumbles flowed across to Dean and Anna’s Trak Shak – they have often talked about the Webasto heater fitted to their camper. A travelling Webasto salesman could have made a tidy profit Saturday night!

    Sunday morning and the early birds caught the frost on the canvas of their campers, the rest of us merely shivered in the near zero temperatures. Things didn’t improve when Kevin proudly announced it had got down to -2.6C that night.

    Thanks Kevin, we feel much warmer now.

    By 10.00am all were up and a small convoy ventured into Dimboola for our tour with members of the local Dimboola & District Historical Society.

    Evelyn King and several society members proudly discussed some history of the town and the society to the 20 camper group members present, before taking us through their museum located in the old court house. After this the group meandered around to the office of the Dimboola Banner newspaper. This is a recent acquisition by the historical society. Much of the equipment in the building dates back to the early 1900’s.

    We were given a short demonstration of the machinery, which provided great interest and an amount of discussion.

    All group members were appreciative of the effort put in by the society and enjoyed the morning. It certainly made the week-end memorable.

    For those campers travelling to new areas, always remember to take the time to visit the local communities. Not only will you learn more about the area but you will be helping their economy.

    We even managed a story and photo in the local paper.

    Sunday night provided more of an opportunity for chats around the camp fires. I was having a nice long chat to Paul over at the Southern Cross camper, unaware of the entertainment being provided for campers around Frank and Janice’s camp fire. Apparently noise and commotion coming from our hard sided camper was a source of some amusement. I returned some time later to find a nice sultana damper sitting on the coals ready to be eaten, unaware that Holly and Wally had first tried to cover the inside of the ‘van with flour when a lid came off the container,  and then tried to burn it down when my newly acquired silicon bake ware caught fire in the gas oven, and set the smoke detector off.

    The comment was made about leaving a couple of kids by themselves for an hour. NOT a good thing!

    Several campers took the opportunity in the warmest part of the afternoon to have a shower. All felt better afterwards and ready to tackle another cold night, except for Wally of course, who almost exposed more than he planned when he inadvertently pulled all of the tent pegs from our shower tent while trying to adjust the hot water. It is still a matter for discussion who would have been more embarrassed. Wally in his birthday suit in the open, or Ron, Frank and myself standing at the camp fire nearby.

    After the previous two nights, campers weren’t going to take any chances, finding every gadget and bit of blanket to cover their beds, only to have the cloud cover roll in that night and keep the temperature to a more comfortable 5C. I’m sure we were not alone in spending half the night removing the extra layers trying to cool down rather than warm up.

    A wet and overcast Monday morning greeted the group, and at 10a.m. a camper walk-around was arranged, in order:

Trak Shak (with webasto);
Tru Blu;
Southern Cross Off-Road, (Where Leanne’s much anticipated Dream Pot scones were consumed with gusto);

    Right on cue the rain stopped just as we were completing the walk around. Many campers had lunch and then packed for the journey home, leaving the lucky ones to spend an extra night and make their way home slowly, avoiding the long weekend traffic.

    All up another enjoyable get together by the Mexican chapter of the Australian CamperTrailerS Group. So much so that by Monday afternoon we were in serious discussion about the next get together.

    A final word from myself and Holly. It is a pleasure for us to host such get togethers when our fellow campers make it all so easy and enjoyable. Perhaps there IS something in the way we Victorians work.

    Spend time planning to get together, meet in the same place, and then all spread out as far as we can. J

    Hope to see you all again at the next meet


Rolande and Holly



Ron and Shirley Goldstream RV Patrol
Dale Tenting it  Rodeo
Dean, Anna and kids Trak Shak Pathfinder
Frank and Janice Adventure Camper Navara
Nev and Vicki T-Van ‘Cruiser
Paul and Leanne Southern Cross  Navara
Barry, Lyn, Paddy, Ben Supreme Getaway Discovery
David, Jayne and kids  Tru Blu Rodeo
Warren and Dianne  Australian Off Road Odyssey ZR ‘Cruiser
Kevin, Jeff, Cassandra,
Hayley & Courtney
Southern Cross Prado
Bill and Mary  Trek Kudu Rodeo
David and Bernadette Halls Camper Discovery
Wayne and Hayley Freedom Minit Tent Magna
Rolande and Holly Coromal Pioneer Seka Patrol
Wally Swag Tagged along with Rolande and Holly  




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