Picking up a car and meeting a dog

I was quite happy to use my 2000 model Ford Fairmont Ghia as the towing platform for our planned trip but the option to get a newer 2009 model Ford G6E was too much too resist. It’s 6 speed auto gearbox will certainly help out with towing.

While we were staying with my sister Cheryl and brother in law Graham Benn each morning was spent walking with their dogs. The youngest Bree was a real live-wire when walking for an hour but liked a good lie down and a rest when we got back home.

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Flying like it used to be

Buying another newer car for my trip entailed a trip from Sydney to Grafton (about 500 km North) to pick up the car and then drive back.

This was my first trip in a propellor driven plane for 35 years. That time was a Fokker Friendship this time in a Saab 340B. A maximum of 33 onboard including the 2 pilots and the hostess. I think REX aviation now fly more of these aircraft than anyone else in the world, having bought and refitted 25 from American Eagle. Saab stopped building them in 1998.

Landing in Taree after 30 minutes to drop off one passenger and taking off again for the flight to Grafton also meant that we spent more time taking off and landing than flying. The things that we have forgotten after flying internationally on the big jets is the difference that flying low and slow makes to what you can see out the window and how noisy a propellor plane is!

As you can see from the background to the jet it was a bumpy flight and landing through some storm clouds