Arriving at Camp Curra late Friday afternoon to find members Rob, Dave, Kiwi, Nigel and Daniel along with visitors Alex and Annemarie all set up and enjoying the serenity.
After a quick set up of the club gazebo, we got our fire organised and dinner with baked spuds and meat pies cooking nicely in the embers. After dinner we were joined by property owner Deb and her daughter, who came down for a chat and a beer around the fire.
Saturday after a nice breakfast we headed out for a drive to try and find the other end of a track we didn’t finish on our first trip to Curra.
With Alex leaving his nice Colorado at camp (as it was for sale), and hoping a ride with Nigel we went into the state forest and travelled along a couple of different and challenging tracks with Nigel getting a chance to engage his new lockers in the 100 series. With a bit of guess work we found the track we were looking for and headed in and were rewarded with a nice rocky accent which soon a proved to be a real challenge for most.
After walking up and down I went first in the Patrol and with a bit of luck took the right line and made it up to the top. Next was Nigel with the locked Cruiser and soon discovered just how tricky the rock ledge could be and ended up with his left rear bumper against the bank and after a couple of attempts to go forward we decided it was better to winch to avoid damage.
Next to have a go was Dave in the FJ Cruiser and he suffered the same result, so he too was winched up. Now it was Robs turn in the Hilux and after hitting the ledge quite hard we heard something break. After inspection we found the bolt on his pitman arm had snapped meaning no steering.
So we secured the Hilux with the winch and went to work strapping up the steering and Rob made a few phone calls and found new one at Repco in Maryborough about an hour or so away. With only a few hours before they closed we decided to lower the Hilux off the hill with the winch and then reverse it off to the side of the track and while Rob and I went to get the new pitman arm Kiwi would go home to get the tools we needed.
Of course before we headed off Kiwi in his Patrol ute decided he needed to have a crack and took a different line, that soon had him in need of a winch as well. We turned around all cars and headed down and out to the main road the fastest way according to Google. Back on the road near camp we started pumping up tyres on the Patrol only to discover my back left wheel nuts loose again, (recurring problem). So we pumped up Nigel’s tyres and he and Rob took off to Maryborough with Dave and I going back to camp.
When everyone was back at camp we headed out to fix the Hilux. With night falling we got to the poor Hilux and got started on the repairs. Well Rob and Kiwi did most of the work while others supervised from the peanut gallery. About an hour later we packed up the tools and had a fun night drive on our way back to camp and dinner around the fire.
After dinner and a few ales we had a good laugh about our about the days events with Nigel sure that a helicopter must have picked up my patrol and carried it to the top of the hill. A late night of music and fire topped off a great day.
Next morning with most having to leave early we decided to have breakfast and headed home about mid morning determined to return soon for round three on the track we are yet to complete.
Thank you to all who came along and to Rob for the leading the trip.