With Maxim from the Ukraine
visiting, it was a perfect excuse to get together and get dirty.
Well that was the plan at least....
the last minute, Maxim decided to satisfy his life long desire to
watch a bunch of Penguins waddling up the beach at Philip Island
(if you ever get together with Mick Barson, ask him about penguins
;-) so he pulled out. In retrospect it's probably just as well.
Cameron & Daniela and I
met up at Yarra Glen at a respectable 10:30 am and after some
bladders were satisfied, we headed off into Pauls Range. Cam, a
NSW refugee, was pleasantly surprised to see tracks so close to
Melbourne. This area is a great escape if you only have a few
hours to spare.
After a brief morning stop at the
base of Pam's track to admire Dave's aerial collection on the
front of his 80 we headed to Toolangi where we would meet with QLD
refugee Matt and his photographer Jason. For those that attended
last year's Easter 80sCOOL trip, you'll be pleased to know that
Matt finally tied the knot after his cunning stunt - catching his
lovely girl friend off guard by proposing at the top of a mountain
at sunset. A new video camera and a honeymoon was matt's reward -
but he seems happy ;-)
Into Toolangi State Forest
we went and turned up Vic Range Track. The bog holes at the bottom
have been repaired however with all the rain in the area, Vic
Range track itself was a bit of a mess.
cut a long story short, we spent 4 hours to travel just 1km. Mud,
ruts, mud, ruts and more mud. Winching, snatching, digging,
swearing, laughing and with 3 of the 4 vehicles stranded with flat
tyres deep in mud and ruts, despair.
just how cool LCOOL members are, everyone knew what had to be done
and we all just got down to do it. Help when help was needed,
battling on your own if you could, and with Daniela running around
with a packet of biscuits, we had all vehicles unstuck and tyres replaced
well before dark. Matt was too weak to lift his tyre on his own
and I'm still trying to make my mind up about Matt's friend Jason.
He spent his time giggling behind the view finder of Matt's video
camera and he was remarkably clean at the end.
all vehicles now pointing back down Vic Range Track, our exit was
brisk. A welcome break and a #6 at the bottom of the track to pump
up tyres and we were on our way back home - entertaining ourselves
with radio chatter about getting your money's worth at Car Lovers
and what they would do with the hundreds of kg's of mud we'd all
Until that is someone asked when the
next trip was planned. It's that enthusiasm after a moment of
awkward radio silence that reinforces just how keen we all are.
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