Written By ~ Sheila Eiffert
Participants ~ Ian & Sarah - HiLux Ute - Trip Leaders Malcolm & Arron - Pajero Lutz & Innes - HiLux Alexander Fry - HiLux Ute Josephu Che - Pajero John Difazio - HiLux Ute Steve & Valerie - 100 Series Richard & Sheila 100 Series
Duration ~ One day
Destination ~ Watagan Mountains
A wonderful day out with great people in the Watagans.
We were all due to meet at Mooney Mooney for 8:30am, but as it was a beautiful crisp morning most of us were early. We were on the road by 8:40am heading off down the freeway towards our destination which was the Watagans. It didn’t take long for the fun to start. As I had never been to the Watagans, I had no hesitation at following our leader off at the Doyalson exit and as we were in perfect convey procedures everybody else followed too. It wasn’t long before we were in beautiful rural surroundings just enjoying being out in the country.Then our intrepid leader started doubting that his GPS was playing nicely with him and reported that we may be slightly off course. None of us minded as we ended up doing a bit of a loop through the country side to find ourselves re-entering the freeway where we had exited. All part of the fun.
Innes knew the car could do it as Lutz had already run the course, but for her, the car didn’t want to behave. After quite a few attempts, much noise and a bit of smoke Innes made it up the hill. Whilst most of the guys had concerned looks on their faces, I have to admit that as Innes had kindly allowed me to join her as a passenger I had a great time. Well done Innes. I would like to think the looks of concern were for us, but I am sure it was for the car! It was a fun hill and most of the HiLux’s did it with ease.We continued along a very narrow bouncy track through to Prickley Ridge Road where we found a really big deep mud hole. So, of course that had to be driven through with Alex getting stuck, but it made more fun with the need for another rescue.
We stopped and had lunch at Olney Camping Area which I was quite surprised to find was fairly populated with campers as it was just a normal weekend. It started raining just when we were finishing lunch. We started off down an overgrown track which didn’t seem to be that challenging and we all assumed it was going to be one of the easier tracks of the day. Suddenly, the track turned into a major drama, as we met a very tight U bend that had a rock jutting out at an angle which really gave most of us difficulty getting around it. This was immediately followed by an extremely steep hard climb which was now a bit slippery.We slowly managed our way around the rock only to find Ian stuck towards the top of the steep climb. With everyone else still getting around the rock, Ian had been on his own, but luckily had a winch on his car which he used to pull himself out of his predicament.