Final Collection Total: $107,159.85
- Days on the Road: 566 - Total KM travelled: 67,219 - Number of towns visited: 408 - NSW Total: $42,763.40
- QLD Total: $32,560.70
- NT Total: $1,345.15 - WA Total: $5,479.95
- SA Total: $4,612.80
- VIC Total: $10,283.00
- ACT Total: $10,089.90
Todays fundraising total $382.65
Total raised to date $25,526.90
Total km travelled since Official Start in Canberra 5782
We were up early today and just had a cuppa and then went in search of the local polling booth. Gail was most helpful with directions and we had little trouble finding it. We initially positioned ourselves in the car park at the back of the booth but when Doreen went inside to see if we could put our absentee votes in from here they suggested we park on the street near the exit. Even in the car park Garry still had plenty of attention and was surrounded by a group of residents when Doreen returned from the polling booth. We couldnt vote here, and were advised that interstate voters had to go to Wyalong to vote which was on the highway just a few kilometres away. We decided that we would do that later in the day and stick around here for a while. We moved the trike to the street near the exit as suggested and received heaps of attention and as you can see raised a good total for today. We had been advised earlier that the scouts would be holding a sausage sizzle at the front of the polling booth but they were nowhere in sight until about 11.30am. We had seen a ute driving around several times with a barbeque on the back and had also seen a lady wandering around as if she was looking for something for quite a while. Eventually we put two and two together and asked her if she was looking for the ute. She was of course and a few minutes later they had found each other and were setting up. It was a very windy day so they had a great deal of difficulty starting the barbeque as the wind constantly blew it out. They eventually borrowed bits and pieces from cars to form a barricade to the wind and the sausages were on their way. Garry was rather hungry and was waiting patiently (rather impatiently actually) for the sausages to cook and was constantly joking around with the group. Eventually they were ready so off he went to collect his sausage sandwiches.
We were also joined by another trike rider from Wyalong who had just received his trike 3 weeks ago so was keen to talk about trikes in general with Garry. They had a lengthy conversation before he had to leave to go and vote but we took a photo and have added it to our trike section. By about 1.30pm it had become very, very quiet with hardly anyone around so we decided to move on the Wyalong and do our own voting. The voting booth was easy to find but it was a little harder voting without a how to vote card and we found we had to really read the forms carefully to find the parties we wanted. It was quite an interesting experience actually as neither of us has had to put in an absentee vote before. It was a bit more complicated that usual and the vote didnt go into the box as you would normally do, it had to be placed in an envelope with our details including a signature. It made us both wonder why you had to sign to vote in this manner when no signature or proof of identity is required to vote normally.
We returned to the West Wyalong booth but it was still really quiet, obviously everyone had decided to get the vote over early today. We decided to call it a day and returned to the motel. When we arrived we were once again greeted by our new best friends Gails boxers Roxy and Reggie. They obviously felt they knew us better by now as before Doreen could get out of the trike they were both in the back with her which then made it impossible for her to get out. They were all over her as you will see from the photos and it took at least fifteen minutes for her to get out. By this time Garry and Gail had both takes several photos of Doreen love affair with the dogs and certainly had a good laugh about it. Roxy decided before removing herself from the trike that she was going to lick Doreen to death and with Reggie on one side and the helmet visor open and nowhere to go, Doreen just had to sit back and take it!! It was all good fun and we think that the dogs would have loved to have gone for a ride with us as they were quite at home on the back of the trike. Doreen finally was able to get off and we both returned to the room. Garry did the washing and we just relaxed and watched Bathurst on TV until dinner time. We ate at the motel restaurant once again and Garry was so full he was complaining he couldnt move, and that was from eating a small portion, heaven knows how big the big portions would be!! Garry played on the computer once again and Doreen just relaxed and watched TV eventually falling asleep.