Brian and Ivan had left Canberra at 8am, with a short stop in Jindabyne
for morning tea - Ivan falling short when he dropped his passengers off
to prepurchase tucker, and then driving up to the servo with Brian -
Ivan's wallet was with the boys 500m down the road, so here was his
first dollar to the RFDS as Brian forked out for Ivan's fuel.
Back on the road, they drove past Thredbo on the way down to Tom
NSW Convoy meets ACT
Roger the Ranger
came to visit early on in the morning, and had a chat about the
possibility of opening Davies High Plain. He reckoned we
were a day too early, so the decision was made to head for Suggan
Buggan down Barry Way
Glen, Scottie and
Stephen packed up
camp and retraced their steps across the Station Bridge at Tom Groggin,
and up the hill towards Thredbo - as they crested the hill, they came
across the ACT convoy who were headed south.
stopped for a chat, and
Ivan and Brian decided to stick with the numbers and the two groups
joined to take the safer option of Barry Way. Back through
Jindabyne again so that the NSW guys
could refuel, and then back up Barry Way before stopping for morning
We continued on, looking forward to meeting the main group, but
unfortunately Brian had vehicle issues and returned to Jindabyne with
the NSW guys as company. Ivan continued on to let the main
camp know that all was well, arriving at around 7pm to find Craig and
Kristen just serving up their roast - a couple of tidbits were borrowed
and dipped in the gravy - beautiful!!
There were cars, tents and campers everywhere and we just found enough
space to set up camp before hitting the campfire where lots of tales
Back in Camp
NSW Convoy minus
On returning to Jindabyne, no accommodation was to
be found, so a quick detour to the beautiful town of Dalgety saw us set
up in the van park, near the Pub whilst repairs were organized
Now let me tell you, if you never need an excuse to stop in at the
Dalgety Pub for a T Bone countery, just do it…senbloodysational
The ranger came in from the closed Davies
Plain track while Darren was in
camp, and they had a chat, invited him for lunch, and mentioned there
were some run off issues with the track coming in, and that we would do
some repairs to get the campers out when leaving without trying to cut
a new track.
He said he was aware of the track water issues, and would get it
repaired next when the earthmoving machines from Tom Groggin had
finished on Davies Plain. They had a discussion about a new
pipe to channel water under the track,
instead of running into the ruts, and then down the track, and he
explained that he had the
gear ready to do it.
Whilst on the track, we stuck to the track, not trying to drive around,
and removed all the timber on the way in, previous vehicles had been
using trying to chock up the wheel tracks, to prevent vehicle damage to
Our group also spent many hours carting in rock to shore up the sloppy
wheel tracks on a rest day the day before we left.
Most 285 tyred cars drove it with no assistance, camper trailer towing
cars all got stuck. [Ted, Myself on 35’s, John on 35’s, Phil on 285’s
as last car heading out all drove the ruts with no assistance]
The ranger was a great bloke, and was glad we were doing our
there, and enjoying ourselves, and we bumped into him on the Cobberas
next day, [after he had left us out the track from Charlies Creek, in
his 265 all terrain tyred undifflocked Pajero,] where he stopped for a
chat over lunch, took some pics, as he was impressed with our
organisation, and formation parking, and helped our large convoy once
in front, by getting others to wait for us to come through.
The ranger had no issue with what had transpired, and understood what
was needed to fix it, and helped us out where he could on the trip.
Canberra Convoy on the way down - that's snow on the hills - and not
just a sprinkling!!
Just over the top of Thredbo (heading south), Ivan and Brian come
across the NSW contingent heading north to redivert around Barry
Way. Some discussion on options and the plan.
Far too much serious stuff for Adam, Matt and Jordy - lets get that
ball pumping (can you see it - just to right and bottom of centre
Jordy - what are you doing!! - that's not the ball!!
Better! (Big boys still talking and working on options!)
On the way into camp - first river crossing - bitumen now long behind us
Meanwhile, the main group is on their way up to Pinnibar
One of the views along the
One of the two wet patches coming back into camp - staying in the ruts
so as not to widen the track any more than we need to..
Michael, Stephanie and family around the fire - looking good!