Cape York.Crossed Wenlock by Raft '89.Contact

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 13:08
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Remember we built the raft to get our group rigs over the Wenlock River 1989.(Be honest Brian..They built the raft..You took videos and pix)..The raft helped a lot of other folk also.Our hundreds of group photos are aging rapidily.Let us all get them on to digital media..CD & DVD..Then distribute them to all interested..(Yes my 1980 Diahatsu is still going strong..18-R Toyota motor now.) Email me at rockyoneaustralia@yahoo.com (Member)
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Reply By: Tripp'n Around - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 13:32

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 13:32
Hi Rocky

I was not one of those people you are after but if you contact Linda Rowe at the Croc Shop now in Cooktown.
P.O. Box 788 Cooktown Q 4871 or 07 4069 5880 (info from the book)
Linda maybe able to help you as she knows many people and keeps in contact with some.
Linda has one of those pics of the rafts on page 59 in her book called "Paradise Lost", that she wrote of their times spent in the Gulf area many years ago.
We have met Linda on a few occassions and we finally bought the book which is a a great read.

Cya
Tripp'n
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian F H (QLD) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:38

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:38
Hi Tripp'n 'n thanks..Will contact Linda and must get a copy of book..Got a few more to answer..Great..Ain't the www magic? Regards Brian F Harris..My pix http://public.fotki.com/RockyOne/
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Reply By: Pedro14 - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 15:47

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 15:47
G'day Rockyone,
Can't help you with photos of your crossing but have sent you some by email , scanned from the book "Battlers in the Bush" by Joe Fisher , of the Wenlock River circa 1935

Pedro
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian F H (QLD) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:43

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:43
Hi Pedro and thanks..Yep! Want all the pix I can get hands on.Name of owner of pix would be good too.I will make piox avail to all that are authorised to use them.See you out there somewhere.Regards,Brian F Harris (RockyOne) my Cape York pix at http://public.fotki.com/RockyOne/ but will have to pull them and put larger file sizes there.Was learning when I posted them..Still learning.
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Reply By: DesF - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 19:31

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 19:31
hi, Rockyone, Did the Cape in 89 on my XR600 in September didn't need the raft as the water was just over the front wheel but it was against the bank and have some photo's of it , also a photo in a 4x4 mag of a 4x4 on the raft being pushed across. If interested I can scan and send to you. Cheers Des.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian F H (QLD) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:50

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:50
Hi Des! Yep! Send the pix.Love the North or just about any dirt track..My son and 3 mates bought 3 brand new Suzuki DR-650's and did the Cape adventure.One of others got knocked off bike at speed in Hearhlands by 'roo hopping out of bushes.Twisted his h/bars.As my son has knee problem,I bought(and ride) his bike and he got a Yammy elect start 600.They carried a bottle of Port ea. (not legal now?? as no fridge for Gold-ies.Regards Brian F Harris (RockyOne)
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Follow Up By: DesF - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 20:20

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 20:20
Hi. Brian, Have spent 1/2 a day reading 4x4 books but have yet to find photo of the 4x4 on the raft ( still looking ). So I am sending a couple from our bike trips 1982 & 89.( if I can) Cheers Des,

How do I add photo's ????
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Reply By: Well 55 - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 07:25

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 07:25
Did a double crossing in '76 using a block on the north bank and used a SWB on the south bank to pull a tray back across, the water was waist deep. Re-crossed a couple of days later.

The cable and block were already in place, but washed away a year latter.

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Follow Up By: Member - Brian F H (QLD) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:52

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:52
Hi mate..Not much fun now..They wasted our $$ built bridge over Wenlock...Regards RockyOne
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 11:01

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 11:01
I did the Cape in June 1988 with the Goulburn Valley 4WD Club. Found the Wenlock reasonably low and had no trouble driving across going both north and south. You're right about the photo's aging - mine are already suffering from sepia. I guess our crossing pics will be fairly tame compared to most but if you're interested I can send you some copies taken off the negatives. A great idea would be to arrange everyone's pics in chronological order to create a "living" record of Wenlock water levels and conditions across the years.

:o) Melissa
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