The weekend started early for the two Kevies, Julie and Lorraine who took advantage of the great weather and headed to our bay side camp on Wednesday, follow on Thursday by Frank, Little Rod & Heather, new members Ian & Cassie, then Karen, JJ and myself as the night fell.
After setting up camp we settled in for a few refreshments and a quiet night.
Friday morning we were joined by Kieran & Grace and being Australia Day we waved our flags with pride and after breakfast headed to the point for a relaxing swim and to watch any antics in the soft sand on the way to the Fraser Barge.
After a few hours and with the tide coming in we headed back to camp for lunch, then spent the afternoon relaxing with a few cold ones in the shallow water of the bay. Barry & Steff arrived and after they set up joined us in the water with their blow up thongs, which were quite entertaining as the wind turned them into kites.
Friday’s dinner was a treat. Julie had been slow cooking the leftover meat from our Christmas party, and created Pulled Pork and Beef Rolls with Coleslaw. We had so much we had a young group of campers join us for a feed. Thanks Julie
With dinner over we sat around the fire and had a great night of laughing and even an arm wrestle. A great Aussie Day was had by all.
Saturday after breakfast we headed off for a drive around the circuit of the Pettigrew & Kingsbore tracks only to find you now needed permits, so we headed to the pump station for a cool swim in the fresh water creek. After this some members headed back to town while the rest of us paid the permit fee and headed down the track. It was a very scenic drive with the more interesting sections now closed off and the hill climb repaired with rubber matting making for an easy drive. We stopped for lunch before completing the full circuit of 40ks and then headed back to camp for a relaxing swim and refreshments.
Sunday morning saw the weather change and after breakfast we decided to pack up and head home.
Thank you to all who attended for making this another great Aussie Day weekend.
Mapleton state Forest.
Petrina and myself (80 series) were first to arrive at the ginger factory which was our meeting point, followed by Trever, his son and Sandy (80 series) Jim(gu) Brad(gu) Frank(Colorado) and our trip leader Rob(Hilux) .
9am we headed off down to the Yandina side of Mapleton Forest were we aired down and got straight into our first track, and it was a good one. Roughly 200m in we had to stop and bring out the chainsaws to clear the track as Rob and Jim were using the chainsaws Brad, Trever and myself dragged the cut pieces off to the side while Petrina had the job of photographer and Frank took on the roll as supervisor to make sure we followed safety procedures. This went on for the next km or so then it became a nice little drive for the morning.
At 11:30am we headed off to lunch were we had a great chat.
About 12:30pm we were back on the track think it was called Wind break North which had some nice scenery. Then we turned into Port break then a un-named track and wallens track which all had nice challenging descendants and good climbs up. At Mount Bottle and Glass we found a mountain bike track were Jim was a little kid and had to run over some of the jumps. We made our way out to the road were we called it a day at 3pm.
Trever and myself headed home and the rest of the club headed on a quick reccy for the afternoon