Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Alexandra Hills, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Hey Brian, I've got lots of memories of teh winters in and around Orange.
I can remember when I used to swing spanners on earthmoving gear, I used to do a lot of field service work in and around Orange, Bathurst and Blayney in mid winter. Brrrrrrr!
Bang ya bloody knuckles in those kind of cold temperatures and it hurts all day. Worst job I ever had was at Illford (on the Mudgee Rd out of Lithgow).
It was sleeting, blowing a gale, and I had to drill out a heap of broken grade 8 track frame bolts on a dozer. We gave it away at about 2 in the arvo cause we were dead set certain we were getting hyperthermic, so headed to the Illford pub where there was a roaring log fire and lots of rum to warm up.
Crazy thing was, we went back the next day to finish the job and it was hot that day. Strange weather in that area at times.
First time my kids ever saw snow was at Mt Conobalas in Orange, we drove down from Dubbo for the day just to show the kids what snow was like. Driving up to the top of teh mountain in a 2wd Holden Rodeo we sliped off the road and got stuck on the side of the road. Had a 4wd give us a hand to getback on the road, then tow us up to the top of the mountain. He also acted as an anchor for is coming back down the mountain as we had no traction at all.
Fun times back then.
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