04/03/2011 - LV Speedway. On our way over to the track we visited our other next door neighbours to the left who didn't have any tickets for Friday - so they got lucky and got our tickets. We said to them that if they wanted any more for Saturday / Sunday to let us know and we would sell them ours, so that we could give Linda and Ray some money to give to their friends who unfortunately had to pull out at the last minute. We wandered over to the track to see the Kobalt Tools 400 qualifying. The new seats that we have are fantastic, they are up a lot higher so you can see the entire track and the noise isn't so deafening (although the Big Fella still had his ear plugs in). We were lucky enough to see Marcus Ambrose (from Tasmania) qualify 2nd on the Pole. His average speed was approx. 300km's per hour. Back in Stubbie that evening our two neighbours dropped by to thank us for the seats and then bought our tickets for Saturday and Sunday - so at least we can give Linda and Ray some money to give to their friends.
05/03/2011 - LV Speedway. Today the helicopters started flying in - it is $500 for a round trip from Las Vegas - it is amazing just how many people use this mode of transport. We wandered around the Track area etc. We have estimated that there would be close to 4000 RV's here - it really is amazing. We watched the Sam's Town 300 race. It is 300 miles, the track is 1.5 miles long so it was 200 laps. Dave and I where actually relieved when we found out it was 200 laps, being the novices that we are we thought it was 300 laps - it was going to be a long day. After about 50 laps we were starting to count down, but a nice cold Strawberry Margarita fixed that problem so we sat back and enjoyed the rest of the race before heading back to Stubbie. After a wee rest for the Big Fella we went and had a drink with our next door neighbours - who gave us some interesting facts. NASCAR racing started out in the deep south, when the moonshine runners started to suped up their cars to outrun the police. Then of course everyone was bragging that they had the fastest car, so of course they started to race around a dirt track - and that's where it all began. After dinner we then headed on over to Ray and Linda's place for yet another drink (so much for drying out), where they tried and enjoyed some of Dave's Bundy Rum, their enjoyment didn't last too long when the Big Fella bought out the Vegemite - I think Linda's comment was that she didn't really go for it.
08/03/2011 -10/03/2011. We arrive back into Vegas - and have decided that it is time to get our front TV fixed - so the Big Fella gets it out and takes it over to a repair shop. The TV intermittently goes all static - of course it doesn't always happen when you want it to. So after Dave drops it off at the shop - it sits there going for a day or two before it actual happens. We've had a couple of relaxing days and have decided that tomorrow we will head off to Death Valley and wait for the diagnosis on the TV.
12/03/2011 - Of course we are both up bright and early ready to hit the course. The Furnace Creek Golf course is 214 feet below sea level - the lowest golf course in the world. Well I don't want to brag - but hey it doesn't happen too often (okay never) after about 11 holes it was all over - I was 9 holes up on the Big Fella. I was still really nervous as I have never ever ever even come close to beating the Big Fella off the stick. I was two shots up after the first nine and coming into the 18th hole I only had to Bogey it to beat him - but yep you guessed it I choked - double Bogey - but still I'm so so happy we tied off the stick. Something that I will remember for a very long time - I'm sure the Big Fella will try to forget it and get his revenge today. By the way we both had an 86. One of the little quirks about this course is that when you need to go to the cafe / bar you just drive your cart right upto the window and order - you gotta love it.