We had 7 Cars meet on
Boxing Day in Benalla head over Mt Hotham to Omeo. Daz’s 80 smoked out
a few slow going Winnebago’s on the way down who seemed intent on
purposely holding up as many cars as possible. We met Muddy, Tanya
& Terry at the Bakery, topping up fuel before heading onto
Across to Benambra we took the Beloka Road & Buckwong track into
Charlie’s Creek where the 1st lcooler to arrive Phil, had just arrived.
With rain threatening everyone quickly got set up including the giant
group tarp just in time for a huge thunderstorm to hit. This added to
what was already a pretty wet camp area but we all managed to squeeze
into the higher ground.
Unbeknown to us this downpour was causing all sorts of problems down at
Tom Groggin Hill which explained the late arrival of the NSW
contingent. This brought us up to 14 cars on day one, a huge turnout
compared to previous trips with many old lcool friends catching up for
the first time in many years along with plenty of new
introductions. The scene was set for a great eight days in the High
NSW Convoy (enroute to Charlie's Creek)
Matthew and Paula where by far the first to arrive
at 7:45am. We left Pheasants Nest at 9:30, Right on
schedule. There is 8 vehicles coming from Sydney and we are on our way!
With frequent talk on Channel 26 we are all occupied. Igor only has a
handheld radio so we can't understand him properly.
We passed Canberra and had a view of the airport. We are on the way to
Cooma for a lunch stop. We are finishing our lunch stop in the park and
are about to head off from Cooma. We are passing Jindabyne and the lake
is full, which is unlucky for Matt because he brought his surfboard for
no reason! Farmer Dave has recently joined us while leaving Cooma.
We passed the Murray River at Tom Groggin but had to use the Tom
Groggin Station bridge because the water was too fast! We didn't
get very far along the Tom Groggin Track before we came to a steep
muddy hill and Bob went first in his 100 series and he managed to get
through with some difficulty. Next Glen went in his 200 series with
trailer but it was too slippery and with the added pull of the trailer
and he couldn't make it! :(. As the car towing the trailer failed to
proceed all the trailer towers decided to go back around Jindabyne and
meet us tomorrow, we hope that the rest of us can get up or it will be
a long day! Bob now attempted to pull Matthew up with a snatch-strap
but this time they both got stuck. So once again a change of plan, we
are going to Dogmans Hut to camp at tonight because who knows how long
these two will be trying to get up that nasty hill?! Finally they have
finished but Igor is now having a go and people are starting to have
second thoughts, or third thoughts at this stage so we will have to
wait and see what happens! Since Igor had a rather easy run Farmer Dave
decided to have a go too, he was also successful at this and now it's
our turn! Well that was a wild ride and I think Dad went the fastest
out of everyone so far! Now Michael in his 200 series and trailer made
it to the top with ease. Now Darren in his 80 series with a
trailer made it up easily.
We have now entered thick cloud and are very high up. On the way to
camp on the mountain we just saw about 10 Brumbies and 3 foals! They
were very cute but only we saw them because they got frightened. We
arrived at camp at about 9:15 pm with 3 bog holes on the way in.
We sat around the fire and relaxed after our long day.
NSW Convoy Minus
(overnight at Dogman's Hut)
After coming back down off the hill, we (Glen, Scott and Steve) left to
night at Dogmans Hut before going in via Barry Way. We
quickly set up camp, got a fire going and settled in for a cosy night
in and around the hut
NSW team enroute to Tom
NSW mob ready to roll from
Pheasants Nest Servo
Having a chat to the
locals at Tom Groggin, Raina, Paula and Jess
MadMat with trailer
looking for a bit of assistance to pull up and over the pinch
Bob - "are ya ready mate"?
A bit further up - some
big ruts sucked Matt in..
Glen looking to set the
winch up to help the car up the hill
Still a bit of movement on
Isaac, Michael and
Stephanie - guessing the thumbs up is for getting up the top ;-)
Muddy had some great signs to lead everyone into camp
As the day got on, the
mist rolled in..