Hunter Picnic Run

07 November 2017 / Story: Barry & Jenny Luttrell Photos: Ian Nunn

After days of rain, wind and generally poor weather the sun was shining and sky was blue for our Sunday run. Eighteen cars including two visitors met at McDonalds Rutherford for a 9.30am start. Parking was at a premium for the excellent attendance. It was great to see one of our club members who has been suffering with serious health problems being able to participate in most of the day’s activities.  We all wish you a speedy recovery.

With driver briefing completed we set out on Aberglasslyn Road for an easy drive through the outskirts of Maitland and then Maitland Vale road with beautiful scenery across country to Elderslie and then on to Gresford for a relaxed picnic morning tea. This was also the opportunity to swap stories and check out other member’s cars.

Gresford Hotel-E

Leaving Gresford we then continued north and onto Bingleburra Rd which sweeps through the very lower portion of the Barrington Tops National Park and provides spectacular views over valleys on both sides as you climb the road across the ridges. This road is also a brutal reminder how poorly some country councils maintain their roads. Dropping down off the ridges we then turned north towards Chichester.  This is a fun twisty road that leads to Chichester dam, located in picturesque foot hills of the Barrington Tops National Park.

We then dropped down to a well maintained and pretty picnic area for a relaxed lunch and the opportunity to meet up with new and old members, and visitors, watched over by the local Kookaburra population.

Chichester 2-E

With lunch over  and photos taken, we then did a convey tour of the dam area and left for home via Dungong where the muscle car group were parked up in the main street. We then progressed on to Bucketts Way with a comfort stop at Stroud and then home via Pacific Hwy.

Many thanks to John and Chris for organising a great run and a perfect day’s weather (your influence on the weather was amazing), and everyone who participated to make it a great day.

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