We had enjoyed Ironfest so much last year that we were determined to go again, even when staying overnight was not an option. Nick suggested a day-trip and we all agreed, rather than miss out altogether.
Vaughan had been counting "sleeps" to Lithgow all week - as had the rest of us. Such was the anticipation that when Nick was woken repeatedly with cramps through the Friday night, I kept waking too - ready to leave!
As it was, we got up at 4:00am and were ready to leave an hour later. There were so many stars - and even more special, we had good views of the planets in their triangular alignment on the way South along the Freeway.
We left the Freeway at Berowra and took a lovely scenic route (with a ferry ride) through to Bilpin, where we made a brief comfort stop at a quaint rest area. Vaughan had been soundly asleep and looked very lost when we woke him, muttering "where the heck am I?"!