Bellthorpe Day Drive Trip Report
Meeting at Daisies Place were Andrew, Mick & his son Seb, Brad & his son and myself.
We headed out to Beerwah to meet up with Eddy & Christine, then up the range to Peachester and down to Cruice Park for a quick pit stop.
We entered the forest through the gate at Woodrow Rd and took to the tracks that were more challenging with some interesting winding descents that required the use of the little lever.
When we reach the bottom we decided to lower tyre pressures for the first hill of the day which is easy on a good day, but has been known to cause a few challenges.
After we reach the top we made a multi point turn and headed back down the hill and headed to the picnic area for lunch, but on the way we came across a tree that had fallen across the track.
So we put Micks new second hand winch to work and pulled the tree to one side and continued only to be stopped in site of the picnic area by a locked gate.
Knowing it would take about an hour and a half to go around we headed for plan B which was lunch at the Bellthorpe Community Hall.
While we were cooking lunch, Kev turned up for an afternoon drive after spending an hour or so trying to find us with intermittent uhf and mobile communication.
After a good feed of sausage sangers we headed for the tracks off Brandons Rd before pulling into Beacon Rd where Brad, Eddy and Christine decided to head home.
The rest of us head off for a 3.30 track with rain clouds over head not sure want we would find.
Well find we did with the first descent down a very steep and slippery track where the ruts and low range were more than handy.
At the bottom we commented on the fun that hill would be if it started raining.
Travelling along the valley floor and with the weather closing in we headed out by another interesting hill, this one being very loose and off camber making the bends a lot of fun.
As we headed back past the community hall down came the rain to make the road slippery on the way down the bellthorpe rd, topping off a good day of 4wding.
Big thank you to Mick, who did a great job for his first time as trip leader.