Post Raid 1992

Post Raid 1992

I rose early, and packed the clothes I needed for a week at Tathra, it was cold in Sydney after 3 weeks in the tropics, then after filling the CX I left for Tathra, it was just like Raid except this time, I was in a car with some go, out through the Sydney traffic and onto the Princes Hwy, I had lunch at Moruya, and arrived at Tathra about 2PM.
It was good to see Anne and the kids again, and the rest of the day was filled with catching up with all the events of the month I had been away.
The next week can best be described as Raid withdrawal, I felt that I should be driving somewhere, I was getting up at sunrise and had nowhere to go. I started writing the story of Raid to give myself something to do and also to help with the withdrawal.
After returning to Sydney on the 2nd of Oct I still had a weeks holidays left before returning to my job at T.A.F.E, this week was filled with little jobs around the home, then on the Wednesday evening Paul showed up in the Dyane.
It appears that after all the plans to go to Cape York, the other Raiders either decided not to go, or went by other means.
Paul drove to Cooktown, then came back down the coast slowly, looking in at many places and people on the way, he said the Dyane had done 14 000km for the round trip and he hadn't had any trouble on the way down the coast, he was glad to be back, and after unloading my gear from the car and having a meal with us he left for home.
The next day I went to the doctor, I had been having trouble with by bad leg since the Ayres Rock climb and it was getting worse not better, this resulted in a couple of days in hospital, and a small operation to clear up the problem.
It was now mid October and I had to return to work, this gave me a new audience to tell my Raid story to, my students as well as the other teachers enjoyed the story as much as I enjoyed telling it.
There were several evenings in October when Steve, Paul, Barry and I have got together with other club members to look at Raid video's and photo's, and go over the trip again.
I thought that would be the end of Raid, but people keep popping up, like Edith Boesch who was in Sydney in mid November and came on a club outing to a car restoration place, and David Gries who rang up one Sunday night just to see if my phone was still working, also Neil and Wendy Trotter have called in and phoned up.
Now it is early December and I expect most of the overseas Raiders will have gone home as their visas will have expired by now, but on the other hand I wouldn't be surprised if the door bell or phone rang and there was another Raider......

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