Raid Day 29, Saturday 26th September

Raid Day 29, Saturday 26th September

I woke early to see the sun rise over the point at Cape Kimberly, then returned to camp to make breakfast of tea and toast for the last time, this was a leisurely affair as we didn't have to leave for Cairns until 9AM, We packed the car with Steve and Barry's bed-rolls to make room in their car for me and my bags for the trip to Cairns. I said goodbye and goodluck to Paul who left about 8.30 with most of the other Raiders to go on the Barrier Reef cruise, leaving from Port Douglas.
Steve, Barry and I left just after 9AM for Cairns about 200km away, it was with some sadness we left Cape Kimberly and out through the rainforest, then over the Daintree ferry for the last time. We drove on through the canefields to Mossman then on down the coast road to Cairns. The views along this part of the coast are superb, and we stopped at several places to look at the views of headlands and beaches.
We arrived in Cairns about noon after dropping my luggage off at the airport, Steve and Barry were to finalise details of their trip to Cape York, while I did some souvenir shopping, we then had lunch and visited "The Pier," a large modern shopping complex built out into the bay.
About 2PM it was time to leave so Steve suggested we go via the Cairns van park so I could say goodbye to the Raiders who were there, only a handful had arrived as most were still on the Barrier Reef cruise, so after a few handshakes, Steve drove me out to the airport, after a last goodbye Steve and Barry drove off back into Cairns and I checked in to wait for the plane back to Sydney.
The plane left Cairns at 4PM on a direct flight to Sydney and left me with a little over 2 hours to remember all the good times I had enjoyed with my fellow Raiders over the last month, just north of Sydney I watched the last sunset of my Raid, this one was above the clouds, then as we decended into Sydney about 6.30, the carpet of lights was beautiful, it was good to be home in Sydney again but I was sad to leave my fellow Raiders.
I was picked up from the airport by my eldest son Scott, in our gold CX, on the way home we had a meal of McDonalds (yuck) and he told me of the problems which had occurred in my absence.
Our normally reliable white CX had split the hydraulic regulator return pipe and had been towed home several days earlier, while the car he had collected me in was making scratching noises at the rear, but only sometimes, this turned out to be rear brake pads worn out.
My wife Anne had decided not to chance a trip to Tathra, some 500km south of Sydney, in a car with noises in the rear, so had taken the bus with our other two children, we had booked a week in a holiday unit long before Raid started.
She left word that I should follow after fixing the car's, OK then, I had better get started, both jobs were easy, the hydraulic line was split just above the regulator, so I cut the line about half way up and inserted a piece of steel tube into it, this gave me the extra length needed to remake the connection at the pressure regulator, now fill the reservoir and bleed the hydraulic system, everything worked OK.
Now the gold car, off with the back wheels and in with a new set of brake pads, now this car was OK too, Scott then asked if he could take one of the cars to an outing he had planned for the following day, yes, sure take the white one as it has N.R.M.A. membership in case it breaks down.
Next job was to do some washing so as I had clothes to take with me to Tathra next day, I got to bed about 11PM with the sound of the dryer humming in the background, it had been a very long day.

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