This trip was set to be a good one for the fact that there were more people and more campers than previous trips and as they say “the more the merrier.”
I decided to arrive late Thursday leaving straight after work so as to be able to greet everyone as they arrived. Too late there were already 3 keen campers set up and getting to know one another.
We took a short run with a few vehicles Friday morning just to check out the softness of the beaches and have some fun on a dune I know as “Little Red”
A couple of the dunes proved to be testing but enjoyable for a short run with one steep incline requiring Frank and Dean to be snatched up and yes I did give them a little razzing but not to much since it was day one.
Later that day as more arrived we took another run as per the morning just to give everyone a feel of the area but avoiding the one steep incline. The weather was on the cool side in the evening creating a number of small group get togethers and a quiet night.
Saturday morning we decided to take a leisurely drive along the beach to the beautiful little town of Southend in which nearly everyone was keen to do.
Did I say leisurely!
After spending 10 minutes letting tyres down we had not driven 10 minutes along the beach before the sand was getting very soft.
Oops wrong gear, no momentum I’ve stopped.
Shouldn’t be to bad, run a few straps out, have Frank pull me out and we can take a detour off the beach.
Well an hour later and luckily for me I guess after the light razzing the day before Frank had gotten himself stuck trying to get me out. So, as I should have done from the start, I let plenty of air out of my tyres down to 10 psi or less and slowly rocked my way out in reverse, back past Frank.
The Toyota saves the day again pulling Frank out and finally we were all off the beach. It was actually all set up so we could play with the recovery gear Max Trax, joining snatch straps the exhaust jack and plenty of digging. I think we all had fun.
Anyway while this was all happening 3 4wd’s who could see that we were stuck went past us just to get stuck themselves some 20 metres away. So the good Samaritans that we are we made our way through the dunes on foot and back on the beach with 4 Max Trax. We could see the relief on their faces as we arrived and laid the Max Trax under the stuck vehicles tyres and within seconds out he drove.
Since not many had been to “Little Red” yet we took a drive out this way again after lunch and everyone had plenty of fun including the kids who played in the sand and on the nearby dune fenced off from vehicles.
After discussing the camp fire situation with the park owner we were given the thumbs up and he even supplied us with some wood on top of what David & Jenny had lugged along.
We all sat around a nice fire and planned the next day’s events along with a few drinks.
9.00am Sunday was departure time for our big day out starting with a drive along the bitumen to Robe.
Once everyone had aired down and sorted out there lunch etc we were on our way on to the beach and by dune number two Ian was stuck just to realise he had forgotten to lock his front hubs in which he told us had nothing to do with the number of reds he had the night before. Sure!
Everyone progressed along nicely with only a couple of people needing a little assistance as we made our way to Nora Crena a beautiful little bay for lunch.
After lunch we headed for the big dunes known as the buggy club where some of us played like kids getting stuck on top of sand dune crests.
Others went harder so as not to get stuck. Maybe too hard hey Ian.
Allan’s car decided it didn’t want to run anymore after going over a dune and conking out. This is when travelling in a group really shows through there was no lack of helpers with their heads and hands under the bonnet going through the process of elimination as the sand blew hard at us. Within 10 minutes or so the problem was located a wire had disconnected itself from the distributor which was repaired and away we went.
To all of those who got in here and helped once again well done.
Finally back at camp by 4.30 ish the fire was stoked up and finished of another great day.
Monday was a free day to explore the surrounding area which was varied but enjoyed by everyone.
Robert was itching all weekend to try the Canter in sand which performed well but as I found out sitting over the wheels makes for a rough ride.
Dean & Tracey lead a trip out to some wineries after lunch with a few of us ending up at Cape Jaffa for ice creams and viewing the Woakwine Cutting on the way back to camp.
Another great camp fire topped of with some beautiful scones cooked by David & Jenny. Glad I left my camp oven tucked away in the camper this trip I “might” have been shown up.
Tuesday morning was an early pack up for me as I had to get home and tidy up ready for a plane to Perth the next day for another camping show.
Once again to all of you who put the effort in to come along and join us it certainly is appreciated and obvious that you all enjoyed yourselves. The 2007 Adventure Group trip is in early planning which will be in the Murray Sunset National Park at about the same time of the year.
I hope we can get just as many on this trip.
Thank you to Tracey Worsley. Outbound 4wd Camping Adventures for the photos.