On Sunday the club had its annual Poker Run. This was my first ever
poker run so I was looking forward to it. With Winter upon us it was
something that would sort of keep us warmish! As it turned out, it was
a glorious sunny Winter's day in the Capital.
So we all met up at Supercheap Autos in Queanbeyan for our first card.
There were probably about 20 of us all up, including kids. Lawrie and
Phil took on the duties of handing out the cards. Once we were all done
dealing the first round, it was off to Bungendore Pie Shop for our
second card. As always it was nice to see a string of Torry's driving
in convoy. Today was a nice mix of three 4 door LH/X's and two LX
hatches. It was also the debut of Lee's hatch which he had just
completed. And a fine job was done on it too as it looked stunning in
its original colour if Royal Plum and chamois trim.
We arrived in Bungendore about 20 minutes later. Naturally we headed
straight for the pie shop to feed the worms. As always the pies were
very yummy. I had the "Bloody Hot Chilli Pie" and wasn't it something
special. Even our resident chilli lover, Helen B commented on how good
it was. After were had replenished the stocks, we were dealt our second
hand of cards. At this early stage there didn't appear to be anyone
with a pair of decent cards. So off to Bywong Pub for our third card.
The trip to Bywong was probably only 15-20 minutes through the back of
Bungendore and along Max Reef Road. CB led the way as he had drunk at
this particular pub before. The pub was in fact another member/s
property with a fantastic shed set up with a lovely, cosey little bar at
the back. Just how a 'man cave' should be! Seeing it was a little too
early for a beer, and the fact we were all only half way through our
drive, we stood around and admired the scenery instead while chewing the
fat. After half an hour or so we dealt the thrid round of cards. This
time things were starting to take shape for some. Certainly not me
anyway! After the official business was done, we jumped back into the
cars and headed for the Sutton Shops. Again it was another leisurely
drive of about 15-20 minutes.
Once we arrived at Sutton, we briefly stopped for our fourth card. By
this round there were a couple of members really in the hunt for the
main prize. The last stop would prove interesting and see who would
fork out for an additional card in an attempt to take home the prize
pool. So back into the cars we jumped after a short stop and onto the
final leg at Eagle Hawk Tavern where we would pull up stumps for lunch.
Once we arrived at Eagle Hawk, we lined the Torry's up for a few pics
and then headed into the Tavern for lunch. The menu was really good and
well priced. I think everyone got a decent meal and given that they
were short staffed, the wait was very short. Hats off to the chef as
they say! The draft beer was to die for even on a coolish day. And
sitting out in the sun after lunch made it much more enjoyable. So after
the tribe was fed, it was down to official business. The last cards were
dealt and Bevo was holding the lead with Phil and CB in the hunt if they
were to purchase an extra card. The rest of us simply licked our wounds
and watched on as it came down to the very last card. And to no
surprise the bookend CB took out the prize pool of $115 with an Ace
dealt to him....typical LOL..
Anyway as it turned out, it was a really good outing, a good bunch of
people, a puppy for the kids to play with, a good feed and a couple of
quiet beers and soft drinks to keep all happy. Thanks to those that
made the effort to turn out, including Lee's parents and thanks to the
staff at the Eagle Hawk for their great hospitality.
Cheers for now,