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    The Springs 2015

    An excellent trip.

    I think we had 11 cars in total by the end of the trip. Some arrived on Friday evening, unfortunately it started to rain at about 5pm, which meant we were setting up in the rain. Luckily Bullets had a tent house setup including tunes. Josh brought his Aldi heater. So we stayed in there for a while. No one had chainsaws to get wood, plus the rain made the idea of a fire impossible. It rained for most of the night but had cleared by morning although still overcast which meant we could get out on the tracks close to 9am as planned. Eric would have liked it earlier. A bit later would have suited me so I could finish airing down at the camp site rather than a different spots on the first few tracks.

    The plan was to have 2 groups but as numbers were a bit small we started as 1 but did end up splitting up due to lack of grip with the road tyres on the RR Sport. Group 1 with The109 leading and group 2 with DJ leading. Tim did exceptionally well for driving an unlocked vehicle. Better lines and a bit more right foot is required in places. Unfortunately the Sport had a side wall puncture just near the top of Bald Knob, which was a great opportunity for Josh to check his Facebook status. We stopped for a while. We thought we could hear Grimace revving the Rangie in the back ground but didn't see him until we got back to camp.

    Upon leaving the hill as one group again, I though I'd straddle one of the wash outs - the track of the disco is slightly different to the setup I've had in the rangie for the 15 years, which meant that the back wheel slipped into the washout rather than staying on the top. That was an interesting moment, not the best feeling having the rear downhill tyre slide out from under. I may have asked for "Help" on the UHF. It was nicely balanced and was able to be pulled down at the front, but I wanted photos first. Then it was again pulled down so I could reverse back and take a different line.

    The last photo was leaving Love Hill heading back to the campsite for lunch. The Wattle (pretty sure that's what they were) were in full bloom and lots of Cacti made the landscape look great.
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    Some photos but I only managed to take a few.
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    After lunch it was just Eric, Tim and myself that went with group 2. Bullets jumped in with Eric to spot/winch. Its much better following a car with similar size tyres as both Tim and I discovered Eric will just drive over the top where we have to pick better lines or completely different tracks. My side steps really need to be removed as they hindered clearance on quite a few spots, hopefully I'll do that before the next trip. The creek runs really do provide some interesting side angles.
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    The creek run that only Eric attempted, for good reason. He did manage to get himself wedged and had to winch out. Some panel damage was sustained. Beer O'clock Hill, TimJ went first but wasn't successful. The109 went second but equally didn't make it although he did get slightly further than Tim. The Springs owner said that when its been wet, whoever has the first run has the best chance, then after that no one will make it. Grimaces rangie was having a rest and didn't attempt it. The last pic was Sunday morning, the Hilux was a ringin and after it had made it up the slippery loose hill, Tim had to have another go as he wasn't letting a Hilux make it when he couldn't.
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    The creek run next to Main Street with the Rock slope, I didn't make it, but Tim did. Eric parking up a tree - he claims it was on purpose. At least with the disco having those rear roof windows you can see how close your roof racks are to branches and trees. The last pic is Eric playing in the rock garden behind the house.
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    Having packed up and signed out round midday, it was time to start heading home. I normally try and find an alternative way home if at all possible. Just before Warwick there is a sign to Queen Mary Falls (the club has a trip there later in the year), now I can't remember if I have been there before or not so I decided to go for a look. But first, as I was already in the area I did the Condamine River Road to clean some of the mud off the under side of the car from the Springs. This was a great idea until I found some other muddy roads. But it's good to see it in overcast/damp conditions. At the end I headed up the range to Corrs Lookout and onto Queen Mary Falls.
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    Moss Gardens and White Swamp Lookout. Now there may have been a look out in the past when this sign was first installed but since then the trees have grown and everything has become further covered in Moss. White Swamp is actually a Historic Town. I went through it on the way back to Boonah, then to Brisbane via Peak Crossing. I didn't back onto the Cunningham Highway until Yamanto.

    And I haven't needed to re-fuel since leaving home, something I never experienced when driving the Rangie.
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    Had another great weekend, a little bit of rain made some of the tracks more interesting . Its always good to watch the serious cars get places and then its fun to have a go in the Series 3 with standard suspension and no lockers. There is no way that I can follow The109 everywhere but I got a lot of places with careful wheel placement and sometimes a lot of right foot.

    I didn't get a lot of photos as it is difficult to drive and take photos but here are a few.

    The campsite -





    The fire -







    Guy in a creek run -





    Up on top of Bald Knob -







    Another example of why I think General Grabber AT2s are not a good tyre, went through the sidewalls of more than one on my D3.



    Dave showing how easy it is to lift up a Disco -



    The 109 makes anything look easy -





    And that is pretty much all the photos I got. Forgot to take the camera out of the car most of the time when going to watch.

    Cheers,

    TimJ.
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    Check for ticks - I just found one although I'm not sure if it was from The Springs or Queen Mary Falls area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuyG View Post
    Upon leaving the hill as one group again, I though I'd straddle one of the wash outs - the track of the disco is slightly different to the setup I've had in the rangie for the 15 years, which meant that the back wheel slipped into the washout rather than staying on the top. That was an interesting moment, not the best feeling having the rear downhill tyre slide out from under. I may have asked for "Help" on the UHF. It was nicely balanced and was able to be pulled down at the front, but I wanted photos first. Then it was again pulled down so I could reverse back and take a different line.
    I think it was more HELP!... SERIOUSLY SOMEONE HELP

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