THANKS DON - ANOTHER MUD STORY

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 09:30
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Local advice didnt match the plans or the physical roads. Short Story - got bogged - nothing worked.

Smoke Signals attracted Ron from Yalda (somewhere between White Cliff and Tibooburra). A BIG THANKS Don on a busy day for taking time to help us out. We hadnt seen anything but two emus for 24 hours and it looked like it might stop that way for a few days.

We had food, shelter, water and felt we could walk if necessary back along the road to the turn off road (realising we should stop with the car but feeling no one would know we were there and that it wasnt a long walk 20K we thought but it was in fact 30K).

We learnt some lessons:

No. 1 take a starpost or two with you. Sometimes even if you dont mean to be off road you are!!!!!

No. 2 go back through on the ruts and dont leave the road for the seemly hard paddock.

No.3 even if you mean to stick to proper roads a proved communication system is needed for emergencies if you travel alone.

No wonder Australia is the great place it is with country folk like Don, he gave up his time, lent us a starpost, would have contacted another farmer who could get through to us with a vehicle if necessary, offered us hospitality and even gave Sparky a ride in the whirlybird to check out the roads to his homestead. Was even concerned if I would be frightened left alone for awhile. I told him I had picked up a straw broom in Coonabarrabran and heaven help anyone or thing that came near, lol.

Sparky got us out easily with his winch and the starpost, sadly the road looked too bad for us to attempt but another time we will visit. It was a beautiful spot to be in except for the Troopy sitting in the mud.

Carolyn

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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 09:49

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 09:49
Hi Carolyn

Good to hear you got out safely.

I deduct from your post that you tried to go around the mudhole and ended up with the troopy on its belly?

Yes starpickets are handy because sometimes there is nothing to winch off.

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Follow Up By: GOB & denny vic member - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:11

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:11
morning willem

did you fix the headlight ???

steve
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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 09:52

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 09:52
There's a device called a PRT, portable rescue tree. Weighs around 15kg but easy to store. Excellent especially for mud and even wet sand. No trees or star pickets needed.

Anyone travelling without comms is relying on someone else to come along. Sadly in some cases it doesn't happen.

In your case at least you had supplies and the sense to stay with the vehicle.

Most people in the bush are absolutely wonderful when it comes to giving a helping hand. Be sure to return the favour when you scream past the next stranded traveller, and when you come to the next gate :))
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:12

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:12
It would seem to me that a star picket is somewhat more compact and certainly much cheaper than the PRT. I have seen these advertised of course, but its just something else one needs to find room to store.

If it works.......................................
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:20

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:20
I'd dispute that sand man. I'd need 3 star pickets to winch to, and carrying them is a pita, I've done it before but never again. Yes the prt costs , but around the same price as a decent compressor. And no I don't sell them or have any relatives that do :))
I'd also bet my prt against your star picket on , say Fraser Island.
Yes the star pickets work. I've used them. But the prt is easier to carry.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:03

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:03
Good you got home safely any way Carolyn even though you don't tell us much how you got into the pickle.

So you picked up a straw broom in Coonabarrabran, legend has it they can carry some, even a distance.......... ;-)
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Follow Up By: GOB & denny vic member - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:10

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:10
goodday john
6 sleeps till we head off but who s counting or looking forward to a holiday me me me lololol
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:22

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:22
Hi Steve, glad you are not hijacking the post mate. A few more than that before I head North on the wing to drive back, but as you say, "who is counting". Got your number so will try you just after we head South. Got an appointment with Austravel too just after we get there....
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:05

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:05
goodday carolyn
correct me if i am wrong but didnt you recently buy a hf radio and join the vks radio club

if i am correct was embarrassment a problem

never be afraid to use the radio to call for help

steve

ps which way are you headed
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Follow Up By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:18

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:18
We do have some kind of radio (hey, I am just a female, lol) but have not joined any club. Carolyn
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Reply By: Member - RockyOne - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:07

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:07
I don't want to be mean..But I am :-) Hope you post a pix of the rig bogged..Strange,how,some time after the event,it becomes a joke..Nothing ventured,nothing gained.. (Says he,who got sand bogged between Betoota and Birdsville,in little 2wd Mitz one tonner for 3 1/2 hours,because his camera wanted to turn around on top of the sandhillt to tale photo..Fool driver went off the road..Could have ezy turned around on the road..Great folk from Birdsville pulled me out.Landcruiser) Oh what a feeling!..I can vouch for that..Did'nt take my 4x4 'cause I was'nt supposed to go offroad..Rgs RockyOne..!MPG:6!
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Reply By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:30

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:30
Must be the the truth - "Is Don - is good"

or was it Ron?? You attracted Ron but thanks Don.....hmmm.
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Follow Up By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 11:01

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 11:01
Ha ha sorry about that I had a senior moment and thought I had corrected the Ron to Don throughout, a perfect typist I have never been, rofl. I am sure DON will forgive me, mmmmmmm .... Carolyn
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Reply By: Member - 'Lucy' - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:59

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 10:59
Good Morning TT'S

Definitely need some pics and full story on how how it happened so that I and others may be able avoid a similar situation if we find ourselves in a area like you were in.
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Reply By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 14:04

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 14:04
!MPG:10!!MPG:11!
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