Charlie Moreland 19th to 21st August 2016
Just a short trip report from the Charlie Moreland weekend. A majority of club members had arrived by Friday evening with the remainder on Saturday morning. Set up camp in the revamped area of the camp grounds close to the new facilities and it proved to be quite OK.
Friday night found us sitting around the camp fire telling the usual tall stories and enjoying each other company.
Saturday dawned to a rather nice day with nothing planned for the day. Breakfast was had and mid morning Jim Deakin, Paul Adair, Robert Mangelsdorf and Brad Taylor with a few passengers headed off to do a two hour recon for the Saturday night drive and Sundays day drive. No real dramas for the recon drive other than a few steep sections where traction became a bit iffy and a couple of tracks ended up as dead ends so other ways back to camp needed to be found. The 2 hour recon ended up closer to 3 1/2 hours.
We were told prior to leaving that scones were being baked for morning brew but alas, on returning to camp all that was offered was a plate full of crumbs.
Saturday afternoon was spent in the camp area and a damper bake off was scheduled for later in the afternoon. Robert Mangelsdorf created an excellent fruit beer damper. He was very disappointed when a small area of the damper was found to be under cooked while being carved up. That didn't stop people from devouring the whole thing. Christine Lieshout also created a damper, this one being a savoury herb, cheese and pesto damper with a camembert cheese topping. This one also turned out to be a winner and needless to say it also disappeared quite quickly. The standard has been set by these two for others to follow!
Unfortunately a few showers dampened the spirits on Saturday night, nothing too heavy but enough to force us under cover. An amusing time spent around the camp fire watching others cooking the evening meal. A few bits of the meals accidently found themselves in the fire rather than the pot when some over zealous stirring and flipping occurred.
The same crew from the morning recon drive did the night drive. The small amount of rain did not seem to have affected the tracks as we got through without any issues.
Sunday morning dawned to a beautiful day and we on our easy drive by 0915hrs after jump starting Kens car. All started out OK but we soon found a few slippery sections on the track as previous posts have already highlighted. A bit of digging, towing and snatching got us out of trouble and the drive continued to the top with a view over Lake Borumba. Decision was made to head toward Imbil for the return leg rather than face the slippery conditions by returning the way we came in.
We were back at camp by around 1300 hrs with all cars bringing their share of mud back with them, some more than others. We had lunch and then proceeded to pack up camp and most were on the road by around 1500hrs.
Thanks to all that took part including the visitors, a great time was had by all.