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PJ810
11-08-2009, 03:32 AM
Our group from Sydney and Canberra had a fantastic drive today. The weather in Sydney was wet and miserable all day, yet we had clear skies and enjoyed a warm sunny BBQ lunch at the famous Wombeyan Caves.

The drive included three XC70s from Sydney and one from Canberra. Special mention must go to the '09 which saw it's maiden dirt roads and tackled them with style!

We met in Mittagong (1.5 hours from Sydney, 2 hours from Canberra), drove to Joadja (there was nothing there but the journey was great), then turned around and headed to the Wombeyan Caves where we had lunch. The decent down to Wombeyan would have been tough for most vehicles. Steep, rugged, dangerous cliffs with lots of guard rail missing, tight turns, and mostly unsealed. The drive out of Wombeyan was a little easier and saw smoother and brisker driving, albeit still unsealed conditions.

At the turn off to Big Hill we were greeted by a sign suggesting that "EXTREME CAUTION" had to be taken and how dangerous the road would be. It was narrow and the terrain provided us with sensational views of the valley and the road beyond.

At Muralun we saw another XC70, rego number "VXC25T". My waive to him was returned, just as our group all turned in front of him. [thumbup]

We stopped for a cold bevvie at the pub in Berrima before parting ways, having made new friends, shared some stories, and inspired ourselves for another drive in a few months time.

Photos will be posted in this thread by the participating members during the next few days.

PJ810
11-08-2009, 03:53 AM
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First major stop during the trip.

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We don't want to fall down there!

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Our BBQ/picnic spot at Wombeyan Caves.
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MATTERS shutting the gate for us. These gates we came across regularly are to keep live stock on the correct side of the various fences. It is the driver's responsibility to open and close the gates.
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sydneyv70xc
11-08-2009, 04:27 AM
Hi Patrick & Fellow XCs,
Sorry I'd missed you today as had previously arranged drive day over Heathcote/Bulli Pass this morning. Was hoping to catch up with you guys later but you would have hit the dirt roads by then. Anyway will catch you at the next one and hopefully not clashed with another drive day elsewhere. Attached are pics of our day out as well and although wet, the hairpin turns were manageable with these things [thumbup]
Cheers

myzomela
11-08-2009, 04:28 AM
Thanks for getting some pictures up so quickly, Patrick!

We were fortunate enough to have Matters' brother along for the ride, as de facto official photographer, so there will be many more photos, I'm sure. As for my photos: well, you'll have to wait for the film to be developed...:(

Another fun point of the day for me was hearing drivers of other vehicles (Toyotas and utes and stuff) speaking over their CBs, exercising their stereotyped views of Volvo drivers - and then have the Volvo drivers answer back on air!

Matters
11-08-2009, 05:55 AM
Patrick, thanks so much for arranging the itinerary. My brother and I had a wonderful day. It was a great escape from the trials of everyday life!

As Andrew noted, our Volvo motorcade caught not only looks of bemusement but also some antipathy. In particular, some large SUV drivers disparaging our more light footed rides over the CB radio. It was with great satisfaction that I heard Patrick inform them "that the Volvo drivers can hear you". Sadly for them we coincidentally were sharing the same CB channel. Some of them didn't realise at first, in particular the lady who mused "are the Volvo drivers wearing hats?". Only to be reminded by her friend "they can hear us, the Volvos can hear us". The silence thereafter was golden, but I could not help but squawk "cat got your tongue now, eh?". A few other choice remarks were thrown in before the tyranny of distance tore the signals apart.

More importantly, we had a great time fanging around the winding lip of dirt that led down to the Caves. Full credit must go to Patrick who was clearly determined to honour the memory of Colin McCrae with a mixture of speed and deft control. Andrew, must also receive mention for his drifting in the dirt. Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift: eat your heart out!

This event, as Patrick noted above, also heralded the first offroad outing for my MY09 XC70. Whilst covered in dust, it emerged triumphant and rattle free from the grazed and jagged track. Now having had a taste, my XC is keen to go again and so am I!

The upshot of it all was not only beautiful scenery, but also great company. I will post some of my brother's pics. I will also post my pics in due course as well.

Bring on next time!

Matters
11-08-2009, 06:02 AM
Ready set go:

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Three wheeling:

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Designated parking:

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Lunch:

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Not Lunch:

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Cave:

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Caution:

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castaway
11-08-2009, 05:13 PM
Meeting Points:
Start of the Day - Mittagong

http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=100508480575535204052.000477e43edb0c6dce5c6&ll=-34.509386,150.102768&spn=0.462275,1.056747&t=h&z=11

End of the Day - Berrima

Matters
11-09-2009, 01:12 AM
Dangling:

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Convoy:

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MyZomela:

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Eat PJ's dust:

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A long and winding road:

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Baby not on board:

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Eat my dust:

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So much for the forest:

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The Aussie Dirt Track:

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Matters
11-09-2009, 01:24 AM
The descent:

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MyZomela's bumper and the our track [can you see it winding in the distance?]

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River crossing without the river:

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Found some mud though:

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So did MyZomela:

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The Cattle fence that PJ810 was posting about:

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Shut the gate:

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Emerging from the valley:

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Blue sky dreaming:

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Rolling hills:

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Matters
11-09-2009, 01:31 AM
Fields of gold:

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Brother Castaway driving Matters' ride:

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Wildlife and wonderful weather:

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The long road home:

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Creases in the landscape kissed by the shadow of a cloud:

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Beer time in Berrima:

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Matters
11-09-2009, 01:34 AM
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Hayabusa
11-09-2009, 01:38 AM
Awesome photos!
Sorry I missed this one!

Hayabusa
11-09-2009, 04:06 AM
Out of curiosity, was this a trip with one person in each car or did families come along? I think I'd prefer a shorter trip if I was going to bring wife and 2 little kids...

PJ810
11-09-2009, 05:47 AM
Out of curiosity, was this a trip with one person in each car or did families come along? I think I'd prefer a shorter trip if I was going to bring wife and 2 little kids...

Kids were discussed during the trip. This trip featured no children but I am of the opinion that our itineraries should cater for kids if they are to come along. On the first trip in the Blue Mountains which was all day we had one 7 year old who didn't get bored. I believe that a combination of regular stops, the presence of walkie talkies in every car, and at least two families, should make the day interesting and fun for all ages. An appropriate finishing time should also be considered. If kids can chat between cars while the parents drive, I'm sure they will entertain themselves to no end.

I don't think we had drives of longer than 30 mins without a break, with exception of the 1.5 hour leg to and from the start. Further suggestions and opinions to make these events family friendly are essential, as the essence of the XC70 is to facilitate an enjoyable lifestyle for the whole family.

myzomela
11-09-2009, 12:22 PM
Out of curiosity, was this a trip with one person in each car or did families come along? I think I'd prefer a shorter trip if I was going to bring wife and 2 little kids...

I'll second Patrick's thoughts, and add that a family trip should perhaps avoid too many twisty roads (such as Wombeyan Caves Road) and thus motion sickness for passengers in the back. And a good lunch spot with a playground would be advisable. Suggestions for a family trip for the third drive would be welcome!

Hayabusa, how old are your children? I have a 4-year old boy, who is already differentiating Volvo models.

Art
11-09-2009, 08:09 PM
Spectacular photos guys!! [thumbup] They truly define the lay of the land on your side of the pond! Also looked like an epic day for a XC get together. Thanks a ton for sharing! :)

Hayabusa
11-09-2009, 11:13 PM
I'll second Patrick's thoughts, and add that a family trip should perhaps avoid too many twisty roads (such as Wombeyan Caves Road) and thus motion sickness for passengers in the back. And a good lunch spot with a playground would be advisable. Suggestions for a family trip for the third drive would be welcome!

Hayabusa, how old are your children? I have a 4-year old boy, who is already differentiating Volvo models.

5 year old boy
1 year old girl

He can't tell Volvos apart, but he can name any of the Thomas the Tank-engine characters from 200m away!

myzomela
11-11-2009, 07:04 PM
At Marulan we saw another XC70, rego number "VXC25T". My waive to him was returned, just as our group all turned in front of him. [thumbup]

I notice that Google has indexed this thread. If the Marulan man googles his number plate, he'll find us!

castaway
11-12-2009, 08:36 PM
Hi,

As the maintenance man, is making all sorts of noise at my unit block.. I can't concentrate so I have created a Cup and a couple of shirts...

Drive day shirt\cup have the XC Picture on the front with the map of the route on the back. You can change the colour of the shirt, think all the cups are white.

http://www.comboutique.asia/verdakampo

There is also a plain XC 70 shirt with just the picture on the front.

Don't forget to change to AUD dollars (shirts are sent from Singapore).

Jeremy

coastal
11-19-2009, 05:36 PM
this thread reeks of awesomeness, nice work guys! :D

Taylor

myzomela
11-27-2009, 03:54 AM
At last, the photos from my prehistoric (i.e. film) camera have been processed and scanned.

Meeting in Mittagong, which included a quick coffee:
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First photo stop, the tunnel on Wombeyan Caves Road
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Can PJ810 get a wheel of the ground?
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Yes, he can!

Second photo stop:
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After lunch, the entrance to Swallow Tail Pass:
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Here's a view across the valley, including the road up the other side.
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On the way home for the Canberra contingent. Late afternoon shadows creeping across Lake George (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_George_(New_South_Wales))
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Hayabusa
11-27-2009, 01:16 PM
Excellent stuff. Thanks for that!

gary
12-01-2009, 07:36 PM
Great photographs, guys! Thanks very much for sharing. I've made a couple of trips to Canberra, but always business related and never enough time to actually get out and about and do some sightseeing; although I have managed to visit a few wineries in the region. You have a beautiful country and I always enjoy my time there.

Ocean Racer
12-11-2009, 06:28 PM
Great pics guys!

Im loving the tunnel area shots. [thumbup]

mrslomo
01-09-2010, 11:21 PM
Thanks for posting these incredible photos! Looks like XCs can tackle just about ANYTHING! I must admit the 2009 looks more impressive off-roading than on asphalt. What a great drive!

martinb
03-18-2012, 07:44 PM
Hello All,
Can I ask if you guys are going to hold a 2012 drive day in NSW.I am on my fourth volvo but first XC70 and love it.Havent been game to take it off road yet.
Martin
Berry, NSW

myzomela
04-04-2012, 11:41 PM
Yeah, I dare say we'll have another drive day some time this year. We had another in January, starting in Canberra and into the Brindabellas, but haven't posted any photos yet.

Wombeyan Caves Road was one of the best routes in our area. Maybe we need to do it again.

cls350
04-24-2012, 05:38 AM
Ant,

Martin is in Berry? Let's hook up there = you come up from CBR and the 2 Pats and I meet U'All at Berry.

Martin: Any good drives around Berry you know of then?

Cheers