Meeting at 8.30 were Jim & Mick in the Patrol, Andrew in the 76 Landcruiser and visitors Konrad and Julie, pronounced Ulie in another 76 Series.
We headed off to the lookout and met up with another visitor Scott in his 80 Series at about 9.30. After all paper work was done we aired down and headed off for our first track.
Because of the small numbers we turned the trip into a recky and went looking for some tracks we either haven’t done before or not done for a while.
Turning left just before Beerburrum woodford rd we headed down a number of different tracks looking for a particular steep hill. Once found and with a bit of discussion we chose not to head down due to the inexperience of our visitors.
So we made our way back to the main road and using the map on my phone we went looking for the bottom of the hill. Once at the bottom and looking upwards we could see why it has been named by other 4wdrivers, Insane Hill Climb.
After marking the bottom of the hill climb in the GPS we headed back to Beerburrum woodford road and turned left at the power lines at the top of the mountain bike track. Heading down we took the left track beside the pines and soon found we had to squeeze through some trees as the track was very rutted out and off camber.
We all got through except for Scott as the 80 was about 3 inches to wide, and so with some good guidance, we manage to get him square on with the drop off and down on to the track.
Down the bottom of the track we came across a couple of Navara’s. We later found out they were owned by Lisa and Dylan. After a quick chat we headed for the play hill to have some lunch.
On the way there was some weird knocking noises coming from under the front of Micks patrol. We stopped a couple of times and after what we hoped was a repair to a radius arm bush we headed for lunch.
While Andrew, Konrad and Scott had some fun on the play hill at the quarry Mick and I cooked up a feed of snags for all to share.
After lunch we said goodbye to Konrad and (J)ulie who headed home. Our pan was then to head over to the tower area, but not far along one the radius arm bushed on Micks Patrol totally failed, so we called an early day and limped the car home.
Thanks to all for a fun day and to Mick for leading his second trip.
TRIP REPORT FOR SUNDAY 10TH JULY
We started out around 9.30-10ish with 5 vehicles, Andrew with Jim as navigator/passenger as Jim had already broken his 4WD the day before. Although I was very impressed with the quick fix they did on it, who would have thought a stubby holder would be able to hold a car together and get him back to camp. Anyway they were leading the group then we had Brad and Sam followed closely by Sam’s son and daughter-in-law, then we had Rob, and I got talked into going with Little Rod the Maniac as Ken had hurt his back and our Pajero would not have made all those hills and tracks. Little Rod also had another passenger Paul . So we set off on the trip we are travelling along fine until the track is blocked off my a lot of fallen trees too many to clear to make a pathway through, so we then turned around and headed off in a different direction to somewhere else, I still think they had no idea where we were going.
Andrew and Jim tested out a track to the right and got half way up and then turned around and came back we all watched and waited at the bottom. So then they headed off on another track and found a huge hill to climb up,Little Rod gets a fine for getting us bogged in a rock pile at the bottom, forgot to lock in the hubs. We get up the hill and guess what was on the other side another huge hill to go down which was pretty steep and rocky and rough. We kept on this trail for a while then Sam’s son did a CV joint in his Nissan Nivara just as he was heading up a hill, so they turned around and Sam and Brad went back with them. The vehicle still driveable but not on these rough tracks. So now we were down to 3 vehicles, we headed off into the distance and we come across a massive big steep hill which was huge and really rough so the thrill seekers Andrew and Jim have a go at getting up it. I was in the back of Little Rods car pleading with him not to go up there, so he and Paul thought it was funny to tease me and say yep we’re heading up there to shortly. I am so lucky I went to the toilet before we started because I was nearly wetting my pants just watching Andrew and Jim the front wheels of his vehicle were lifting off the ground, very scary stuff for me but everyone else seemed to enjoy it. Thank god they only got half way up and had to turn around so I was pleased to take the low road.
Paul seemed to be enjoying the trip, I guess the good thing for him was he was in the front seat and he couldn’t see the steepness of the hills and the roughness of the tracks, although he got a running commentary from me in the back “OMG OMG we’re not going there are we?” He just keep laughing and hanging on. Although the whole time he was looking at himself in the mirror, he had the sunvisor down in the front seat which had the mirror on it. And I am so glad Little Rod knew what he was doing as I was hanging on so tight my knuckles went white, he drives like a MANIAC , foot down and go, go go. I think Little Rod was probably wishing he hadn’t taken me as a passenger as I was pretty quiet most of the way until the scary stuff and then I would freak out. Anyway eventually we found our way back to the track and made it back to camp. I must admit the few times when I did open my eyes and look around and relax the scenery of the bush and landscape was lovely. But I have decided next time I think I will bring my colouring in book and pencils and sit with Heather back at camp and relax colouring in.
But thanks guys, for an adrenaline fix on a Sunday drive and for getting me home safe and sound.
Sam's short trip and trip report
So myself Brad & our son along with his girlfriend arrived on Sunday morning for the day drive . Most campers hadn't had breakfast , so we headed back into Amamoor for brekky.
Ready to head off on our return with 5 cars in convoy along the fire trails . Approximately 30 min into the drive our son did a CV joint up one of the hills , consequently we left the group along with our son and made for home .
Trip report 10th July- Cedar Grove
Arrived at camp about 4pm Friday avo .Jim, Andrew and Rob were already there.
We set our van up and settled in for dinner and a great night around the camp fire.
Saturday morning Kerri & Ken arrived with their caravan. Also Robyn, James and Heidi arrived with their campervan. Steve arrived on his bike later in the day.
My car was playing up on gas so I jumped in with Andrew for the drive. Heather stayed behind as she had a sore hip.
We set out on our drive and wasn’t too long we had the winch practise happening.The hill we wanted to go up was not doable and it was nearly as hard going back the other way.
With everybody up we set off to explore other areas.Got back to camp and stated cooking our family feast for dinner. The club supplied the lamb,pork and chicken and we all bought a side dish or a dessert to share.Even Meaghan turned up which was a nice surprise.
Thank you to very one that came. The food was yummy and the the fire, drinks and company was great.