2’nd Valley/LeonardsMill Weekend May’14

Well, what a fun weekend! Thanks to Greg Moorhouse’s organisation, 17 members of CCSA had a wonderful time with their special vehicles and good friends.  The route was very scenic, with the Adelaide Hills looking green and parklike after the autumn rains.      We drove through Coromandel Valley, Clarendon and McLaren Vale to Mt Jagged for a morning tea stop at Alexandrina Cheese Company, where we were treated to a very informative guided cheese-tasting before our scones, jam and cream accompanied by tea, coffee or a milkshake. The milkshake filled those who had space for one – but it made sure there was little room for lunch at Port Elliot. Despite our best efforts here, we could not conjure up any frolicking whales in the bay.          En route, the rally organiser only lost his way once – the excuse being that he was busy taking birthday phone calls.       We all sang the appropriate song to Greg at our Crow’s Nest lookout stop.  The afternoon run was on through Victor Harbor along the Range Road to Delamere, though some enjoyed the Waitpinga diversion too.       At Delamere store, “hollow legs  Henderson” felt the urgent need of an icecream fix before we drove on to Second Valley, our overnight destination. Pre-dinner drinks and driving others’ cars followed before we headed to Leonards Mill for an excellent dinner, quite a bit of frivolity and a not-too-early night.                 On Sunday morning, having helped John Henderson in the search for his room key, we all headed to a delightful restored stone cottage nearby where Col and Mary were staying. Here we cooked up a storm … bacon, eggs, toast, mushrooms, tea, coffee and fruit and Mary’s special egg casserole were enjoyed in the balmy sunshine. The famous “Moorhouse Boiler” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02JXJtlZDXI ) was put to good use to provide quick supplies of hot water and smoke – despite the electric jug doing the same job in a similar but smokeless time.      Other breakfast highlights were the close sighting of a mistletoe bird and a pair of wedge-tailed eagles soaring above us. By about midday, most had finished breakfasting and headed off home via whichever route took their fancy.        We stopped at Lady Bay to watch some parasailers, before driving through Carrickalinga and across the Myponga Dam wall to join the main road and saw Colin and Mary come up behind us – having finished their tidy-up at the cottage. We called at the cafe at Aldinga Airfield for one of Gaylene’s wonderful affogatos before heading home through Willunga and Clarendon to home.         It was good to have the grey mystery 2CV on the run, and there are a couple of new prospective “Raiders” in the wings now.                 We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend of good fun, excellent company and lovely cars in our pretty countryside. Many thanks to Greg and Rose for their organisation – especially with the route notes.