Trials Moto X Ski and Wank Boats
Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
42Trip End Apr 24, 2013
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The portable Pommy cleansing unit was fine tuned to ensure satisfactory operation and loaded on to a trailer unit,ready for delivery to its new home on the Hawkesbury River.
Young Jackson decided that Pommy Wally needed pre cleansing with a hose pipe. Luckily Jack when caught didn't need a trip to the local A+E!
Timing isn't too much of an issue here in Londonderry as the proposed early am departure actually took place early pm!
We headed off at a leisurely pace due to our load to Pitt Town which is approx 20 miles away and the banks of the Hawkesbury River where we would be camping for a couple of nights
The actual site is in the grounds of Michelle and Blueys friends Geoff and Debbie's property and they were to join us for the weekend on the river bank.
Somehow the shower unit was safely unloaded and put into position and we managed to erect our tent in a wonderful position overlooking the river.
Wally was last on the Hawkesbury nearly 22 years ago and he couldn't water ski then,things haven't changed much in the interim period! The ski boat hasn't either,the immaculate 52 year old ski boat Snipe was soon on the river and the Chevy 327CI V8 engine fired up.
It's hard to describe the water skiing on the Hawkesbury as I'm sure it wouldn't be allowed anywhere in Europe. There were numerous very powerful and fast boats on the river pulling all manner of contraptions from traditional water skiers to wank borders.
We had never heard the term before but apparently a wake boat is technically different to a ski boat in that it is designed to leave a substantial wake. One way to produce this additional wake is to load the rear with ballast which can be either water or deaf drunks. The other form of wake produced is really 'awake' as it is extremely loud music which must be of the crap boom boom variety designed to keep every one near the river awake when having their afternoon nap. One of the deaf drunks will then volunteer to be towed behind the boat and try to ride the resultant wake on a tea tray.
Invariably this isn't a very successful exercise and they fall in on a regular basis. It hasn't yet been determined whether they fall because they are useless or pissed. They do piss everybody else off though as their constant slowing and circling to retrieve deposited boarders results in water skiers slowing and more importantly eroded river banks. Therefore collectively they are known as a bunch of wankers and the drunk on the tea tray is a wank boarder. No doubt Ellie will put us right on that one!
Eight year old Jackson and his sister Jaime gave us a fantastic demonstration of how to water ski on one ski as we headed off down the Hawkesbury and past the site of the Red Bull Cliff diving site. At 27m I declined the opportunity to have a go but next weekend the real event takes place (3rdFeb) .
We were convinced that Jaime's skiing style was so elegant she didn't even get wet the whole trip.
Off the river dinner was a traditional BBQ and a few beers followed by a good old chin wag.
As the water tanks hadn't yet been filled we were unable to use the new shower block so while Wally enjoyed a traditional bush cold shower ( I did really the water was quite naturally warm) the wimps headed off to Debs house to freshen up.
It was mentioned in previous blogs that the rain follows Wally. This trip wasn't going to be any different as an almighty crack of thunder woke us at 4 in the morning and the advance rain drops of Cyclone Oswald arrived. This was also a case of Murphy's law. There hadn't been any meaningful rain for approx 4 months so arrangements for a water tanker had been made to fill the 2000 litre tanks. It arrived on Sunday morning along with the really heavy rain!
Sunday wasn't really a washout as we had fun on the river and the Pommie cleansing unit entered service. Bluey had the honour of the first shower and apparently Wally broke the shower unit being the second one to use it!!!!
Monday was a Bank Holiday in Aus and with the rain abating and the kids skiing off the back of Snipe we headed off to Pacific Waterski and Trials Park.
It was here Wally failed to master the art of water skiing 22 years ago when the caravan park was essentially a ski park. However during that visit Wally also failed to master the art of trials riding. Seeing an opening Bluey's brother siezed the opportunity to open a trails school and Moto X track. Now a flourishing operation covering 200 acres just 50km from the centre of Sydney, business is booming.
The combination of muddy types and damp types seems to work quite well.
As a thank you for Wally's inspiration Dave had arranged for the Aussie champ and works Gas Gas rider Troy Middleton to attend along with JJ a youth champ. They proceeded to seriously impress us with their bike handling skills and routines. Wally declined the opportunity to attempt to ride over the rocks with the front wheel and forks removed from the bike like they could!
I will eat my hat if the place doesn't produce a few future champions as the standard of some of the youngsters was truly amazing.
By now we were hearing of the damage that Cyclone Oswald was inflicting on the coast and while we didn't have the wind we sure had the rain and the return trip up the Hawkesbury was rather damp for us in Snipe. Despite the stinging raindrops the kids still skied the whole 12Km back to base with Jack insisting we were flat out for his grand beaching in front of a depleted damp audience. Watch out for him in the Bridge to Bridge in 10 years time. I might put a bob or two on him now!
Back to Londonderry to pack again for our first foray into Sydney and the land of the Kiwi on Wednesday.