Sunday, 24 April 2011

April 20 – Gatton to Caloundra

Leaing Steve & Beatte at Gatton Airpark

Wow – How quickly time has flown.  30 days into this adventure and still so much to do.

We spent an easy morning with Steve and Kevin talking about aeroplanes whilst Beatte and I talked about teenagers, daughters and in-laws.  Lots in common – very funny.

Watts Bridge Airfield

We enjoyed a lovely lunch of home made vegetable soup with warm bread.  Beautifully prepared by Beatte.  We then completed a rushed trip into Gatton for necessary supplies (another bottle of Scotch) basic food and something to settle my stomach which had been upset for some weeks. 

Packed and pulled from the hangar we said our goodbyes and climbed aboard to fly the short leg to Watts Bridge.  Watts was a ‘must see” on Kevin’s list as it is very famous and has very good airshows.
Qld Aviation Mobile Museum Watts Bridge



Descending into a lovely wide open valley with a range of steep hills behind we joined downwind for runway 12, landing on a beautiful grass strip.  Being a weekday absolutely nothing was happening except for an unmanned aircraft operating locally.  Having strolled around the clubhouse and soaked up the ambiance of the area for half an hour we blasted off to fly up the Wivenhoe Valley over the infamous reservoir (Brisbane floods), past the Glasshouse Mountains and onto Caloundra.

Glasshouse Mountain

Arriving at Caloundra

After trying to source a hire car I phoned Barry and Anne Spencer (Corrie’s parents) and they came to our rescue.  Having secured the aircraft, they collected us and drove to Bli Bli where we settled in to drinks and nibbles on the verandah looking down the valley towards Maroochydore.

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