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Barefoot Explorer – Toombom State Forest – October 7

19 Oct Trip Report | Comments Off on Barefoot Explorer – Toombom State Forest – October 7

 

It was a foggy drive to our meeting place at Moe Maccas.  It was a bit of a squeeze to fit in for breakfast with all the renovations going on but managed to get a good feed and hot coffee.

 

Then 10 Jeeps made their way to the base of the Thompson Dam for the first river crossing with a Ross at both ends. It was mostly JK’s with the addition of a Grand, a Cherokee and Commander Glenn in “The Tank”.

 

We all aired down and KK wisely removed his tow bar before taking to the water. Tales of the high water levels on Ross’s reccy raised questions whether Nigel and Matts snorkel-less jeeps should don their water bras, but the lack of rain over the past few days made the crossing easy. Crossing the Thompson was no issue, with water no higher than the fenders, after that it was onward and upward on Beardmores. There weren’t too many big bog holes to be found on the trip, but Ross K. showed the way taking the mighty XJ where no-one else dared.

 

We travelled east on Fulton’s Track and Burgoyne Track and crossed the Macalister River at the scenic reserve.  River levels had dropped a little making for an easy crossing, although the Tank decided it had had enough of its underbody plastics when it reached the other side.

 

Plenty of steep rocky track work with careful wheel placement needed to make sure there was enough clearance. Also, the Tunny’s Gypsy decided to collect as many sticks as possible just so Glen would have crawl underneath to extract them.

 

Finishing up at Licola we checked out the Lions Camp (site of the MJOC Muster 2018) before heading home.

 

A great day out in beautiful country with a good bunch of people.

Ross B

Nigel & Karen

Glen and Denise

Glen and Cindy

Chris & lollie

Andrew W.

Andrew H.

KK

Matt

Ross K