THERE would not be many married couples who would choose to spend three days together cooped up in the cab of a tractor, but for Pat and Judy Kilby it was a barrel of laughs.
Their tractor was among 28 taking part in the second annual Tractor Trek, which has has raised more than $140,000 for Camp Quality.
The loud noise of the tractor engine and the need to wear earmuffs was a bonus joked Mrs Kilby.
“The beauty of it was you can’t get into any arguments,” she said.
The couple sat side-by-side for the 340km three-day trek that wound its way from Orange to Millthorpe, Blayney, Newbridge, Rockley, Oberon, Portland, Bathurst and back to Orange.
It was jovial Mr and Mrs Kilby who arrived in Orange on Saturday afternoon on board their Chamberlin 306 tractor.
Dozens of well wishers gathered in Robertson Park to welcome the trekkers back.
Mrs Kilby said the only downside was the “cold and bitter wind” through Oberon and Yetholme, but there were many good points.
“The hospitality on the way was great,” she said
“We’ve already formed a committee to do it again next year.”
Trek director/co-ordinator Graeme Eggleston said it was a wonderful three-day trek with double the number of tractors and almost double the amount of money raised as last year.
Mr Eggleston says he is amazed at the amount they have raised so far and he expects more money to come in for a while yet.
Still on a high from a great fundraiser, Mr Eggleston said there were many great points the participants will remember.
“The highlight was when we were at the schools with the Camp Quality puppets,” he said.
For more information or to support Camp Quality visit www.campquality.org.au.