Silverton National Gathering

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Currently at Silverton where the weather today has been almost perfect. Around 25deg with a light southerly wind. Yesterday we had 35deg with about an 80k westerly. It brought in the dust from the Mundi Mundi plains which covered everyone and thing and tested a few setups as well. I have to say a huge thank you to Dave B and any helpers for the amount of work they have put in to keep everybody accommodated, occupied and entertained. The poor guy has been run off his feet so far and I'm sure by Friday he will be looking forward to a well earned rest. I think there are around 60 people attending and we have been chauffeured or lead to a local attraction each day. We have had some interesting history talks, some information sessions and have met some wonderful and knowledgeble people. Once again Dave,THANK YOU. Your hard work is really appreciated. Bob and Marie
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Reply By: Fiona & Paul - Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 at 08:14

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 at 08:14
Fully endorse your positive words regarding the work Dave B has put in Bob and I wish everyone the best for the rest of the gathering. We had to leave early on Monday unfortunately as I had to get the boss (Fiona) out as she got a bit crook. She is fine now as we sneak back home away from all that dust.

We met up with some old and made some new people, this was our first gathering (didn't last to the start), but we will be trying again next year.

Don't drink too much - all my training with XXXX has been wasted, but, we did get to meet Mark G, he was my drinking target.

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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 at 12:19

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 at 12:19
You have missed an entertaining week so far Paul. A trip out to Umberumberka Dam with a guided tour from the staff. The highlight was walking the Dam wall with wind being funnelled up the face at possibly 100k and trying to take photos.Dave has lead tag tours through Broken Hill,Mundi Mundi,and a no. of other places. Today we have had an informative talk from the local director of NPWS, at present their is a local Silverton artist giving a talk on painting and the surrounding colors. This afternoon we are going out to the Desert sculptures with more personall info and access from their staff. My internet connection is pretty sporadic but I will try to upload some photos. Cheers,Bob
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Reply By: On Patrol & TONI - Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 at 14:44

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 at 14:44
Dave B is a fabulous host,
Penrose Pk & its managers are also great, Silverton is an iconic location, so how could this gathering fail?? well exept for Mark Goldie!!!! LOL

Add to that the condition of B Hill & surrounds being as they are following the fantastic rains they had early this year & you have a recipe for a brilliant gathering, wishing I could have been there.

Enjoy guys.
Cheers, Colin.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 at 08:05

Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 at 08:05
Second all the above comments, has been a great gathering, great to meet people and put faces to EO names.
Lot's of good prizes in the raffles, great trips and speakers even the dam wall in the huge winds.
Thanks again to Dave B.

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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 19:19

Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 19:19
We were there last Sat/Sun and departed Monday as we had been on the road for 47 days and heading home.

Met Dave and a heap of others. Thanks very much Dave B for the organising you did, it was great.

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Reply By: Member - cuffs (SA) - Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 19:49

Friday, Sep 23, 2011 at 19:49
Just got back after a great trip Adelaide- Birdsville-Longreach-Innaminka-Corner Country-Silverton-Adelaide.

The down side a broken rear window in the Prado 100km north of Mungerannie replaced in Longreach, the rats at Birdsville & 24mm of rain.
The 40km winds at the Gathering on the first day, not great Tent weather.

The up side got to revisit favourite spots in the outback the Ferry crossing the Cooper, swimming in the Diamantina & fishing in the Cooper.
Putting faces to the names at the Silverton Gathering.

It was a great Fathers Day present to spend this time with my son & I did not have to drive.

Thanks Dave for a well planned Gathering.
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 09:46

Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 09:46
Kathy and I with Lil Wes arrived home at about 10 30 last night after a great week in Silverton.
I must thank Dave and Nora for a most enjoyable time . Dave even put on a dust storm for us last Monday and tried to blow our camper across the desert but to no avail.
To all the others that made our trip enjoyable , thanks.
There were a few minor problems with Lil Wes 's Rocky , but Murray R did a wonderful job with repairs . I must thank John and Suzette for there help in diagnosing the problem on the Rocky. So if you fellas need a good mechanic , ask Suzette , I heard she can crochet a 4 speed gear box in 45 minutes.

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Reply By: Member - Richard W (NSW) - Sunday, Sep 25, 2011 at 17:30

Sunday, Sep 25, 2011 at 17:30
Just got home.
Was a great event with plenty for everyone and thanks to hosts Dave and Nora.
Great to catch with some old faces and meet a few new ones.
Spent the weekend at Rydal Showground where it bucketed down last night and today.
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