Midnight Run

Submitted: Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 17:36
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Well guys what a adventure of a night. Some may recall a post last night about friends in trouble in Toolangi state forest . Well after 20 odd call , the guilt got the better of me . i was sent a sms from another friend who was willing to go out to find them , but didnt know the area. Well l got in the car at 9 pm with the thought of , there got no food , no water, cant light a fire . At least I can get some food to them and water / blankets ect.
After some shocking dirrections ( they had no clue were they were ) I finaly started tracking them through radio signal strength. Finaly when I got them up to good numbers ( 9+ ) We started shinning a spot light up the trees were they finaly spoted the light. After a few min of changing possitions on the light to get a better fix on there are , we find the track that they are on .
One of the cars that came along ( hilux ifs ) has a brain wave thinking he can get to him , I winch him out twice and asked him to give up . I desided to walk the track and messure the depth of the bog hole , ( some were a meter + ) , I deside that the cruiser can make it . Well the cruiser clomed it like nothing ( much to the discust of the hilux owner lol .
We reach the guys to find , one landcruiser on its side , one Pajero Bogged behind him with a flat battery , One hilux with a seased engine and last but not least a feroza waiting in line . Once we got the cruiser back up , we had to winch it through a bog hole that took it to the windscreen . Well i wont bore you with the fina details , but we finished around 6 am . In the process , i snapped a CV in the cruiser ( the boys have offered to pay for ) , The bogged cruiser lost flairs side steps and got swamped , well the hilux got swamped and lost a engine , the pajero got swamped and hidrolic the engine .

This just goes to show what can heppen when you get cowboys, inexperience and high tostestorone levels . Luckily there problems can be solved with money , sometimes you dont get that option
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 17:52

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 17:52
Geez Eric,

I bet you still love em too. They shoud really call you Member - Eric EXPERIENCE and I expect you should charge them fairly well for the recoveries as their options were getting limited. It is great report though mate but sorry you spent the night chasing them up, I have no doubt it will take days to catch up.
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 17:54

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 17:54
Eric....... you came through mate, lets hope the favour if needed is returned.

This all makes for good mateship.

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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:14

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:14
Eric, don't know how old your kids are, ( if any )....... just think of it as practice when they are 18 - 20..........

Others out there will understand.......lol

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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 21:21

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 21:21
Well Wolfie , Dean is 6.5 and Natalie is 5 , i am trying to put things in place for this not to happen as much when there older , I make sure they spend as much time in the bush and try and teach them all i know lol .

I now know that at this point of this post you have sat back and laughed knowing what a dreamer I am , let me guess Your turn will come right ?
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Follow Up By: terracan tim - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 19:14

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 19:14
Will you still be right to show us around on the 24 of jul also will you be bringing your kids with you so let me know and i will bring mine with me riley 6.5 kira 5
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 19:25

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 19:25
Yep Kids are always with me Tim . If they take that long for a CV, heads will roll , dont stress mate , got plenty of 4by to go away with lol
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:07

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:07
"We reach the guys to find , one landcruiser on its side"
" snapped a CV in the cruiser "

OH WHAT A FEELING...
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 19:58

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 19:58
just sent a 2 wheel drive to pick up all the Nissan truky , they all broke down on the tar top lol
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:09

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:09
Geez Eric, what a story. and what a night, O what a night (good name for a song), still they were lucky someone cared enough to go look for them.

Yannow if they had had a Nissan there they would have been fine. Shame about the CV, but if the guys have offered to pay, then good on em.

The question on everybarbys mind is, what connection did you have with this mob? Why'd you feel you needed to go?
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 08:06

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 08:06
I really didnt want to go , more so because they were on a closed track, but the guilt of them been out there with no food ect got the better of me .

As in how do I know them , every group of mates has some black sheep lol
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Reply By: Member - Rick (S.A.) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:11

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:11
What an adventure for you & an experience for the turkeys?...........Lurvve to see a few pics -or were you too stuffed/muddy/busy/annoyed?
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:12

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:12
well it had rained for the past 8 hrs and was still raining when we were there , was removing leaches between recoveries . all I caould see and think of was my bed
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:32

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:32
Eric.... you're a bloody good bloke! Every one of us would be hoping like buggery that someone like you is out there looking if we were in trouble! I know I would be!!!!!!!!!!
Good on ya!
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:19

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:19
Brian , I have asked them not to ever ring me again lol . So dont praise me to much lol .

I was upset more to the fact that they were in a seasonal closed track
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:32

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 18:32
I find it funny that nothing was mentioned about the Feroza other than perhaps it may have been bogged. All those $$$ in 4wd and the little frozi sounds as though it was unscathed. Benny1, you'll be stocked eh?? LOL.

Saw all sorts of trouble up the powerline trek sunday before last too, hilux with built in footspar, jackeroo with hydro lock, defender with blown front diff, and a Supersurf (mine) with a broken sway bar saddle (easily repaired in 5 minutes with some local fencing wire luckily).
But we took 10 vehicles up there and mine was the only one to have any problems and it was my dogy fix using a wheel barrow spare part let go, can't blame the car too much for that!
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:16

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:16
From what I was told Jeff , they pretty much had a snach strap on the feroza the whole way . He didnt even get to were everyone was stuck . I had him shut off the motor and winched him through the mud hole that almost covered the roof , it started ok though and got it home safe , He was probably the most sensible out of the lot
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Follow Up By: Member - Sparkie (QLD) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:21

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:21
I no comprenday!
Jackaroo with hydro lock,please explain. Sorry, but as a Jack owner my curiosity has got the better of me.

Sparkie(IE not Y) ;-)
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 21:08

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 21:08
When the intake , take in water and it enters the combustion chamber , the piston will try and compress the water . This will bend a conrod like a bannana , This is called hydro lock
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Follow Up By: Member - Sparkie (QLD) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 21:19

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 21:19
Thanks for that info.
So a snorkel is a good thing to think about....um....hey, now all I need is $600.00. Small price compared to repairing motor.I wonder if SWMBO will let me.

Sparkie(IE not Y) ;-)
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Reply By: Member - Nick K (VIC) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:06

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:06
Not many people would have driven an hour and a half to help some one out. Well done mate but as I said to you tonight next time take a camera. The photos would have been outstanding.

Well Done

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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:20

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:20
1.5 hrs to get to Toolangi and 3 hrs to find gooses with no idea were they are lol
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:55

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:55
Eric, I don't think they deserve you as a friend mate. You should have let the Parks heads get them in a closed area.....
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 21:09

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 21:09
I was pretty rude to a couple of the dudes that were there
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Reply By: Member - Sparkie (QLD) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:29

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:29
MAAATE. Eric, pal, old buddy.

You wouldnt consider moving to QLD by any chance, would ya?

If I get in the s!@t I would be ever so happy to know you were at hand to call on.

Sparkie(IE not y) ;-)

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Reply By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 22:42

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 22:42
Eric,
Well done. Just hope they appreciated your effort,time etc,etc
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 23:21

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 23:21
Eric, I can't say your typical of the members on this forum.
Your a cut above the rest.
Give yourself a big pat on the back from me.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 22:15

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 22:15
HOnestly, DL, you are UNBELIEVEABULL!
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 22:23

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 22:23
DAR(Dearest Aunty Ruth) Its not a BULL Camel in the photo its a lovely cute Alpaca just like me. Your lucky I don't have your E-mail addy or I could really send you some crap. LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 16:35

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 16:35
Very defensive tonight, DL, who said anything about a camel - don't Alpacas have boy bulls???? Signed, GG, WWW,DAR, Madam.
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 22:54

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 22:54
Dearest DAR, Iwasn't being defensive, I was just trying to cover up my ignorance on what you call boy Alpaca's. I'll call you Eddy and you can call me Al. Alaa Niel Simon
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 18:39

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 18:39
Is that like Eddie as in Edina in Absolutely Fabulous - oooh, thank you Al.
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 22:06

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 22:06
I just love Edina, my kind of girl!!!!!
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