Venus the love potion

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, April 25, 1998

We arrived a little way up the coast, where once again we pitched our tents, but this time, we were joined by another two trucks from two different companies. One had been shadowing us all the way from Egypt, whilst the other one was starting out. As there were enough people on these three trucks, it was decided we would do a booze cruise and watch the sun go down. We all jumped on the boat, us fully loaded with beers and away we went. As there were loads of small balloons floating around, Helen, who was still the Queen of RB, decided, as she was not well endowed, she would stick one down the front of her shirt. Naturally, Glenn and I kept groping. She was even more happier, later that night when she had two down the front. Twice the fun. The drunker we got, the more fun we had, until we ran out of beer, and then we found out another truck had been drinking ours. I gave a mouthful of abuse to some Kiwi girls who said to Lucy, not realising that we were together, that I was an idiot. Lucy stood up for me and gave them a mouthful of abuse herself. Huggy and I then thought, now this is the time to do the Titanic, the sea was rough, and it was dark. Well, there we were, up the front flying, especially when the boat hit the wave and I grabbed Huggy as she went tumbling and was hanging over the edge. Hero episode number two !!!!! The next morning, all quite sick, we went to the bottlo as we were going to Gallipoli and we needed beers to have with out bbq after the service. As Davey was the smallest, Glenn, myself and Stevie, bullied him into drinking a bottle. So we bought it. Venus the love potion. Why ? Don't really know, but it had a good ring to it, and if it tasted as good as the name suggested, we would be in for a good day afterwards. We arrived, set up camp and then went and toured around the battlefields of Gallipoli. It is quite amazing seeing these fields and how close the soldiers were to each other. Makes me glad that we are alive at this age and not theirs. Saw the donkey mans grave, John Simpson Kirkpatrick. Hard to believe he was only alive there for three weeks. In the evening, we went back into town and hit the Vegemite bar. Beers were flowing down, I think music was playing, I was getting very drunk. Then it was time to leave. Outside, were the tents of the nasty beer-stealing group. So, I did the only honourable thing that anyone would have done. I started ripping the tent pegs out of the tents whilst they were in there. They fell, it was a good laugh. All of a sudden there was a ruckus and I was being dragged out of my tent, don't know how I got there in the first place, but it was time to get to ANZAC Cove for dawn service. I was throwing up as we ran to get our spot, it was cold and there was a Maori dressed in traditional gear. I was rugged up and freezing, how was he handling this. We listened and took it in, and then it was over. We had four hours to kill before the Australian service at Lone Pine, and it was getting colder. We were wrapped up in blankets and I was freezing. Finally the time came and it was so surreal. I used to do ANZAC day in Australia with Lawrie so I thought of him and his father whilst listening about the diggers who fought in the name of the ANZACs. Once finished, we then ran to the Kiwi service. It was now even colder and there was a group of Maoris in traditional garb doing a different type of haka to remember the dead. How were they coping. It was like being at a ski field, I was expecting snow. Once the service was finished, we drove back to the campground and hit the bbq and Venus was the love potion that the name suggested. It was not as good as the Albatross and it did kill all loving but it was indeed a superb night. To finish the evening, we sat down and did the only thing we knew that we should do, we watched the mighty Mel Gibson in Gallipoli
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