Written By ~ Scott Gibbons
Participants ~ Brian Chisholm (Trip Leader) Colorado
Ian & Anette Moll Mitsi Triton
Liz, Eduard, Brandon & Zac Grueninger Mitsi Pajero
David & Megan Stelzer Mitsi Triton
Peter Khomenko Range Rover
Scott Gibbons Toyota LC200
Duration ~ One day
Destination ~ Cox’s River Campground, 6 Foot Track & Bowtell’s swing bridge
Mud, rain, drizzle and as the song says, “Slip, Slid’n Away”
Mud pools, river crossings, lots of low range and glorious scenery.
Our drive out was steep, slippery and exhilarating.
Mud, rain, drizzle and as the song says, “Slip, Slid’n Away”. The slippin' and slidin’ downhill was epic as none of the traction aids were of any use. It was the chance to put the skills and confidence from driver training to use. Driving on ‘buttered paper’ would have been less challenging but not as much fun! The fears and bulging eyes on many turned into huge grins. Our trip leader Brian was delivering a memorable day in spades.
Mud pools, river crossings, lots of low range and glorious scenery all combined to create a happy group. If ever there was a day where panel damage would be deserved, this was it but Brian got everyone and every vehicle through unscathed!
Morning tea was a nice stop with a kangaroo, some pretty scenery, a cuppa and lamingtons! Then it was off again to take us to lunch.
We met motorbike riders and other 4WD groups on the tracks. Everyone was totally enjoying themselves. Peter our Tail End Charlie in his Range Rover, didn’t get to choke on anyone’s dust because there wasn’t any. Lunch was at Cox’s River Campground, a pretty spot with facilities and covering as well as a 3km trek to the 'wire bridge’. The little gas cookers appeared for snags, buns and sauce, or in my case a noodle cup.
Brian (the wiley grey fox) aced everyone with his souvenirs of the day. He picked up two pretty girls, Mary-Eve from Montreal, Canada and Laetitia from Paris, France. They had camped the night in torrential rain and cold weather whilst bush walking. Laetitia had sprained her ankle and being miles from nowhere, Brian put on his Superman suit and rescued them.
As the saying goes, “what goes down, must go up”. So our drive out was steep, slippery and exhilarating.
Eventually the call came that it was time to ‘air up’. Another great TLCC trip. Thanks again Brian.