Hay Runners run home

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“I would do it again tomorrow,” the Bay Removals driver said.

”I drive all around Australia, but I have seen nothing like that.

“One fellow tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘are you a truck driver?’ He said ‘thank you for everything you have done’.”

All involved in the conversation remained dry-eyed, but only “just”.

“They go on and tell you their story,” Denny said.

“When his family bought the farm in 1939, they dug a dam. His father said if the dam everdries up, we are walking off.

“It dried up last year and he is still there. He believes it will turn around. He is hanging in. He had 8000 head of sheep and is down to 800.”

Just 50km down the road, Denny saw green pasture; the result of a belt of rain that came tantalisingly close to Ilfracombe.

Denny said it was “good to meet new friends, to see the looks on the farmers’ faces”.

“When you are going through town, people are waving with signs saying ‘thank you’ and all the kids are so excited to see all the trucks.”

On Monday afternoon,he and the crew were back at Lynchs Creek, south of Mogo, washing the red dirt of Ilfracombe from their trucks.

“We have to clean the trucks, wash the trucks, unload everything,” he said.

“We are all helping each other. It is mates helping mates. That is all it was about.”

Asked if they were exhausted, Denny said:“We are used to it.”

Any rest on Monday nightwill be short lived:“I am off again tomorrow, to Brisbane, trucking furniture.”

The farmer/truckie who founded the Hay Runs, Brendan Farrell, said the coast crew had sacrificed income to help.

“These guys have given up more than $5000 worth of work to help with the dream,” he said.

“It’s a dream I started withone truck and to where it is nowis all because of blokes like those fellows down there.”

Mr Farrell did the first solo Hay Run in November 2013 and this latest effort was the eleventh.

3.26pm:The first two of the trio of trucks came over the hill heading to the Clyde River, with the third truck following a few minutes later.

2.45pm:Toot your horn between 3pm and 3.15pm on the Kings and Princes Highways as our Hay Runners roll back home.

Scenes on the Hay Run road.

Bruce Reid, his son Denny and son-in-law DanPiggott are driving down the Kings Highway on their way home after the epic journey carrying Far South Coast hay to drought-stricken farmers.

Supporter, Bruce’s daughter and Dan’s wife Joanne Piggott said the trio was expected back in the Bay between 3pm and 3.15pm.

They carried three truckloads of hay as part of the massive Hay Run convoy.

It included hay fromDaniel Allen and Aaron Salway, of Cobargo;Richard and Kat Dowling, ofBoorowa and fromDon and Rowan McDonald, ofBredbo.

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