October 2003 Page 17
Time Slip in
It was about 1995/96. I was traveling from the north of South Australia to the Barrossa Valley. This was a regular trip. I was with my wife and two children, all of whom fall asleep as soon as we drive off in a car. Due to the amount of extended traveling we did, I developed a driving habit of picturing the next few kilometers and checking side roads, etc. Once one section was completed, I would concentrate on the next. This would keep me awake and alert for safe driving. I was entering a straight level stretch of road from some hills. I could see the small town ahead called Allen-Dale North (which is basically a small stop with a hotel on the main road), which is just outside of Kapunda. Looking ahead, I could see a large group of people milling about the hotel. This interested me as there had only ever been a couple of cars outside the hotel at anytime when I had traveled through.
As I got closer, I could naturally see this group in closer detail. These people were at a fair of some kind; I assumed that this gathering must have been a reunion of some sort. Every person was dressed in early 1800s style. Very English/Victorian era dress sense. I needed to slow down and recall on my left was a horse and buggy. As I traveled through the group, there was a boy about seven years old holding onto woman's hand who I presumed to be his mother. He watched intently as I approached and drove past. I watched him as he was close to the road. He was dressed in a navy blue sailor outfit with white frills. He had the most penetrating blue eyes. No one else seemed to notice my travel through the group, but his eyes did not leave me. I thought the authorities would have closed the road off due to the number of people walking across the road and I also considered stopping to check out the festivities. I wish I had.
My wife stirred and asked where we were. I told her and suggested we stop... at which point I looked in the rear view mirror - and saw an empty main street.
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