Non Members Run April 2016

Pom Poms Trip Report  Pom Poms

Normal start to the non members run as I was late.  Had to stop in for some fuel, as ‘E’ for enough wasn’t going to cut it today.  At the lookout I meet up with the rest of the crew looking well after having their BBQ Brekkie.  After a quick briefing and finding a spare channel to use over the CB we were off.  I was volunteered the role of leading, with I decided to make the most of as the group was small and I hadn’t driven the vit in anger in a while.  We cruised down the xtrail to start off before heading down the power lines to get some key start practice.

At the bottom of xtrail I had a quick chat to some lads in jiminys who were keen to stick with us and see where we ended up. For some reason my car was feeling a little loose toady, but more on that later.  With the extras in tow we assembled at the top play area for a little bit of key start education prior to everyone having a little drive around and lifting some wheels.  With a bit of confidence under the belt we headed around to the back of ball bearing hill for a climb up the southern side to the main track. First bogging of the day went to tanked as he head suzuki first into the mud.  I’m presuming after some muddy feet and the use of a snatch he was free to join the rest ascending the track. This little track go some wheels up in the air, especially those with a rear spool (greenzook) and proved James had more clearance under jellybean than first thought.

From there it was up to the top over a fun little section of rocks and lots of different lines to choose. I didn’t catch how people were going to well as I was under Jellybean with James trying to find where a knocking sound was coming from. Apart from an oily remedy  to nothing on the stick I think the nock stayed with the bean all day. This is also where I found I had been driving in rwd all morning as one the front hubs was not quite engaged, no wonder it was a little loose.

At the top of the climb, I gave a call out for all the interested parties to have a look at driving the harder side of the hill as I was itching to give it a go. In the end all who tried but tanked had a successful trip up the hill, with a great drive from one the tag along crew in the unlocked jiminy, who turned out to be someone I had been on a random drive with before.  Tanked got a little crossed up in an awkward spot and had to be secured with a snatchy before being directed back down after a top effort getting to where he did. I think greenzook had a bit of fun and by the sounds of it the jeep just walked it.

After that little bit of entertainment we headed to the bottom and followed the tracks north before stopping for a bite for lunch. The tagalongs said their thanks and good buys and went off in the search for some lunch of their own. After a bit of a yarn in the middle of the bush we set out again following a nice little track with a few climbs and drops and some mud. Which I drove into, and promptly got stuck. After a bit of mandatory trip leader getting stuck rubbing, greenzook was my hero and dragged the vit back to dry land. With a bit more mud in the gills were off to the baby red play hills where few more photos were taken, and few more stories where heard.

With the day getting on I decided to pull up stumps at the play hills opposite big red, after having a little play of course. Good to be reminded that it’s actually steep when the front washers work from gravity alone.  Thanks to everyone who came a long, hope to do it all again soon.

Comments:

Tanked82: “Was an awesome day thanks all will definitely come to more”

Pete79: “Big thanks to everyone for showing us such a great day yesterday. Clapping
Our whole family had an awesome time.”

Ladies Day Mt Mee – Glasshouse Mtns

Mt Mee – Glasshouse Mtns Ladies Day

Trip Report: Jason

Meeting at Dayboro Bakery at 8am, saw myself, Bec, Lockie, Lauren, Tim, Carmel and Alec. After a quick breakfast we headed off to Laceys Creek Road. Bec driving the Navara, Lauren driving the TRD Hilux and Carmel driving the Patrol. We turned onto Wirth Road which has a locked gate, ( thinking to my self Great). So we back tracked to Laceys and continued along it until we hit the dirt which finally lead to a Open gate which is where we aired down.

We followed our nose along Range Road Forest Drive until we came to Jacky creed road. Turning left onto Jacky creek road the rain had started, wasn?t heavy just enough to be annoying. With no hick ups along the way we came to Byron creek road, turning left and heading towards A break.

This is where the trip become a little interesting. With the recent rain it had made the tracks a little slippery, after waiting for a vehicle( stock Prado) to come down the first bit of A break area (the Diana bath turn off) he said there was a slippery hill ahead which had him turn around watching a motor bike slip everywhere. We continued up A break, to where we came across the motor bike covered in mud and saying ?goodluck? (now we were a little concerned).
Coming up to the hill they were talking about I could see why he was struggling, 5 big holes even spaced apart for a LWB to get crossed up and go where, Bec was first up, when she got to the holes I flicked the front locked on, a quick kick to the left seen the car hit the passenger tyre into the embankment and grab traction to the top (only just).
Next up, Carmel decided that this was a little too much for her and elected Tim to drive. Unfortunately the patrol didn?t have enough traction seeing it flex out in the holes with no where to go. A quick decision was made to winch him up. Getting Bec to turn around Lockie and I decided to do a Sling slot winch off a tree as it was safer for bec to stay up the top on the flat section with traction. 10 mintues later, 30 metres or winch rope, 20metre winch extension folded in half, Tree trunk protector, snatch block and a few shackles, we were all hooked up ready to winch. Bec started winching, Tim started driving, up over the holes and onto the flat section. Quick pack up wrapping the winch rope around the spotties of the nav, we were ready for the TRD Hilux, and also ready for a recovery. Well, No need to recovery the supercharged vehicle when it has power on demand, Lauren also decided that this was a little to hard for her so lockie drove the TRD up over the holes and to the top with no recovery needed. Lockie jumps out of the car with a smile ear to ear and saying ?I cant believe I got up that?. After that we continued along A break which came the steep section of the track, everyone got up no problems at all and the exposed rock provided some traction even in the slippery conditions.
We arrived at the Gantry around 12-12.30 where the Wood clan had just arrived 10-15 minutes earlier. We sat down for lunch, under the Saw mill Shed as all the tables and chairs were wet from recent rain.

After lunch we continued along Lovedays Road and headed out towards the Somerset lockout, there was a little play section off the main track which most of the girls decided to have a play on, just a few holes with a decent sized v at the top, all of this was on a slight hill. All Ladies drove this section with guidance (bar Sarah as Deakin was saying ?no mummy, no?.)
We reached the lookout with nil clouds down low allowing us to have a nice view over looking Sommerset and Wivenhoe dams. We headed back to the gantry where we aired up and parted ways from there.

All in all, the Ladies did exceptionally well offroad even with the slippery conditions, All should be proud of what they drove today as you ladies don’t get a lot of seat time.

Tough Tracks Warm Up

Started off nice and windy. After setting up we spent sat morning driving around on easy to moderate tracks until the TT boys wanted to stretch their legs. A short course was marked and proved challenging but driveable. Jellybean watched from the sideline but was soon joined by Adam in his GV. A scenic stop at a couple of view points showed the clouds rolling in. The TT vehicles pushed a bit harder and so we took the easy road back to camp.

Not long after arriving back the sprinkle started. Then got got heavier. Before long we were sheltering from rain and debating whether to pull the pin. A bit over half stuck it out through the night and woke to a much clearer day. Keen for some more play time, the TT boys let the GV boys ride shotgun and we again ventured out. The overnight rain had left surprisingly little ground water and, if anything, made driving easier as the ground was soft rather than crumbly. That didn’t stop carnage though as Casper managed to make chromoly snap sound – but not before all the drivers and vehicles involved managed to perform some impressive driving.

On top of bald hill – please note – all Zooks

 

Comments

Bruce: “Yes was a great weekend. The rain was a little bit of a downer but it is what it is. Sunday morning drive was just bloody great.”

 

 

Nonmember’s Run JAN 2016

Trip Report:  Couchman

Late morning start at the meeting point had people filling up on fuel, coffee and pointers for the day. With all the paperwork done we were off to a slow start with so many people around the meeting point for the long weekend.

Nice mix of bitumen and gravel took us almost to the top of Bald knob for a look at the view down over the Sunshine coast. First recovery honours went to Zarb after finding the only stump in the long grass. A few people lifting and a bit of reverse action and he was free. I hope someone got a picture I can have, the work notice board needs to know  ;). Back in the cars and through the twistys we ended up at the northern end of Glasshouse mountains were it was time to let some air out of the tires and lock the hubs.

As usual I wanted to try a different way of getting where I wanted to go and promptly ended up at tracks that some what would call un-suitable for the group, the rest would say I was lost. Quick u turn and we started to have a play as we went before coming across a rider out of fuel with a mate down somewhere else in the forest. GP volunteered his services while the rider ditched his bike so he and GP Could find his downed colleague. A few misunderstanding and radio calls later the convoy was back on track.

First challenge of the day was a little rocky hill where everyone had fun testing their cars. Darren was testing the mallarado’s capabilities, while Dave looked cool in his air con and traction control meandering over the holes. James when one better and just drove through the holes, something about a door taking a different shape on the way through… No one will notice. Non members looked to be having a fun with everyone picking different lines and making it up without assistance. Sammie a bit nosier than the rest, testing the clearance under the car Huh? The pathblocker lived up to its name but only needed a few pavers under the wheels to climb up without any damage.

On to the next hill, and I couldn’t help myself driving the fun line, much to the delight of the ladies at the top who thought we were goners for driving on three wheels ROFL. The mallarado was next and deserves crawlarado status after only just falling short of the top without risking damage. Getting it back down off the hill was a little more interesting but, with a bit of tracking building and a max track thong (patent pending) we were safe for Josh to show the stretch of the coily. After picking a few different variances of the line he cruised to the top.

Through the car park of multiple clubs at the top of the hill, we hit the scenic trails again. Time was running a little low so we took the easy way out to get back to the main road. We followed this back down to the scenic lookout where James and Dave cooked up a storm. Snags and steak went down a treat after all the rock packing of the morning, but the cold drinks weren’t quite keeping the heat at bay. So after everyone had finished up we started the drive to the swimming hole at Stoney creek. GP finally caught up with us after helping out the bikers. (GP will have to fill us in on the details.)

The gravel road was very dry and extremely dusty, so being at the front I was calling all the oncoming traffic for the people behind. Only none of the calls where being heard as I had turned the radio off at lunch – Goose.

At the swimming hole there was much relief as the water was perfect to end a hot muggy day. Not sure if there was any more wheeling on the way back to Brisy, but I had a great day driving the scenic tracks that are usually reserved for a Sunday drive. Thanks to all for coming along and hope to see you all at the next one.


Side Report: GP

I decided to look after the downed biker because there’s a good few times in the past that I’ve been there myself and I’m more experienced with first aid than picking lines so it was an easy call.

So as Couchman said, we came across this fella (Nick) pushing his bike.. out of fuel. Apparently in the excitement of the crash Nick went off the fetch the ute and trailer, which was down in D’Aguilar, he pretty much gets to the ute and realises that Noel, the injured rider, still has the keys!

This is when we came across Nick so I volunteered to do the recovery and parked up at the top of the hill that we turned around on, walked down and brought Noel up to the car. Nick had meantime gone off on Noel’s bike to get the ute and trailer.

I couldn’t tell for sure what the actual injury was but didn’t see any broken skin or nasty colour so put it down to a detached shoulder/collarbone. He was also having rib pain so seeing as the spleen is in that location where he was sore, decided to stay with him and keep him hydrated and awake till everyone was re-united.

Fast forward to tonight, had a chat to Nick this evening and yes Noel did have that difficult conversation with his wife, as you do. But it’s not too bad really. Dislocated shoulder so obviously some ligament damage to go with it, broken arm up round the bicep and a few broken/cracked ribs. No surgery needed, he’ll just stay strapped up for a handful of weeks and be right as rain. We didn’t discuss what physio is going to be like but he’ll find out Im sure. hahahah been there done that!
Nick says they didn’t take my advice and cook up a non-bike related accident and sure enough the doctors and nurses probably gave him crap for it LOL.

Both Nick and Noel also wanted to pass on their sincere thanks for help from the club.

I’ll definitely be bringing the little Garmin GPS on future drives up there, so many tracks, so easy to take a wrong turn and yes I took a good few wrong turns!

Anyway, I really appreciated you all waiting for us in the heat and that swimming hole was a lifesaver hey.

Seeing as that was my nephew’s 1st 4WD drive, after the swim we decided to go home over Mt Mee Forest Drive, aired back up at The Gantry, then home from there. Nephew got a few tips on real driving instead of computer game type driving and agreed that there’s no comparison between the two, real driving beats computer game driving.
Looking forward to the next drive, promised my nephew next time Scruff will get a few challenges to test out. (and hopefully no bikers)

Comments:

 greenbankGV-: “A huge thank you to everyone who came along and made it a fun day. And um… If we could just keep the damage to Jellybeans door between us for now that would be great ”

Kor3y101-: “Was great to meet everyone today and put a face to usernames. ”

Sinister soul-: “Had a great time! Was heaps of fun thanks for putting on the non members run.”

Gatton to Crows Nest Explore

We all meet up at the KFC at Greenbank around 7:30am and quickly jumped on the Warrego heading for Gatton.

We hit Gatton around 8:30 and after a quick refuel and some friendly directions from the young servo attendant we were heading for the Women?s prison on the North side of the Highway. This is where we entered the Lockyer National Park.

After Airing down our tires a bit we headed into the unknown with the plan of getting to Ravensbourne at Gus Beutel Lookout for lunch.

The tracks through Lockyer National Park were well maintained and almost as smooth as the bitumen and seemed to have had little traffic. Some areas were a little over grown with Lantana weeds and I had to whip out the Gerber Machete to clear the way on one occasion. This was a steepish hill with a few side angles which would test the less experienced so I guided the fellas up after clearing the way with the Poo Troll..

We arrived at Ravensbourne right on 12:30 and whipped up some lunch while sitting at the park benches provided. This is a Good little spot to visit and had a great view back over the ranges towards the coast.
Lunch done we were back on the road heading towards Esk with hope to finding a track that headed over through Deongwar State Forest and linked up with the Kipper Creek Rd but with a nice gentleman in a Ford sedan tailgating me we missed the turnoff and just ended up in Esk which was not such a bad thing as we were able to grab some supplies from the Esk Co-op store.

Moving on we got onto Esk Crows Nest Rd and about a hours drive we were at Crows Nest but not after a wrong turn which saw us taking a detour which was not so bad as it was dirt road and not bitumen.

At the camping area which is quite small and is centred around the toilet block which is cut into 12 spots each with a concrete fire pit and a basic fireplace bbq plate. Fortunately we were able to book 2 sites for the 3 vehicles and next to one another. Unfortunately we were booked in next to a bunch of young noisy bunch with music blaring from one of their cars.. With thought of this noise all night our spirits were a little low but just on cue the local sheriff cruised in. Of course the music got turned down quickly. So I flagged the officer down and made mention of their shenanigans which he said he have a chat to them. This must have put the wind up them as we barely heard a peep out of them for the remainder of the evening.

We had some trouble getting our fire going as the wood got a little damp from a brief shower. But eventually we got it going and were sitting around the fire enjoying the serenity, this was until Bruce got a txt from his daughter saying there was a massive storm heading in from the west and there was a weather warning for Crows Nest. We could see the lightning from the west and saw the stars disappearing in the sky.

With the storm approaching we took shelter under my Oztent and side awning off the Poo Troll which I had set so they met on the ends.  The storm came with fierce winds and allot of heavy rain which lasted about an hour but we all rode it out and it was good to see our fire survived as we stacked a heap of timber on it before the rain hit.

After the rain had stopped we ventured back to our fire and enjoyed the rest of the night.

The night was cool but not as cold as we’d expected and we awoke to find out fire was still smouldering and with a few pieces of light wood and it was going again. Out came the fry pan onto the fire then some bacon and eggs were cooking away.

After brekky we packed down camp and hit the tracks and headed into Crows Nest for a look and to get rid of our rubbish.

We then headed for Lake Perseverance where we stopped for a quick look but the wind and a cold southerly was blowing though so we continued on towards mount Jockey Rd which lead us back to Ravensbourne. From here we did a little bit of the track from the day before but continued past heading towards Helidon along Seventeen Mile Rd.

Helidon was where we parted ways as I had to head up the range to Toowoomba and Jake and Chris wanted to goto Laidley.

All in all a great weekend with some easy track driving with a few good bypass tracks which were a little challenging in places but nothing hard.

Big thanks to the guys who came it was great to see the new faces and get to know you guys better. Cant wait for the next adventure.

Gatton to Ravensbourne
Distance: 44.9Km
Total Time: 3hr 9min

Crows Nest to Helidon
Distance: 75.9km
Total Time: 1hr 44min

Trip Report / Leader: Chris sp1086

 

Quotes

BeastOfAJimny “Awesome trip. Some amazing scenery. Well and truly tougher tracks than I’ve ever done but I was amazed by how capable those Suzukis are!!”

white liner “Great trip!  Thanks for the good company, a little adventure, nice scenery, new experiences, a good laugh and time well spent.  Wouldn’t be dead for quids!”