Rain in the Pyrenees (Vic) makes the day a fun one

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:26
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Well this weekend was supposed to be a big relax and sit around a fire. It started well, a ramble up the road, and caught up with member onespark and his family and a mate in a troopie from his work, and we had Vaughan and the McG Crew tagging along.

Well towards the middle of the afternoon we headed for Old King Tree track as Vaughan wanted to test the LR Defender Xtreme out and impress his 4 passengers with his driving prowess.

I tried the track first, it had been raining and was getting quite dark. Got up past the ricky outcrop only to be stopped by slushy mud in the ruts, hmmm a sliding stall start descent is NEVER MUCH FUN, especially when you cant see where you are backing. Got almost to the bottom and as I drove forward to straighten the vehicle it seemed to want to have a go up the track so I assisted and up we went, although even at the top after all the slipperiness it was still hard going. Oh well, we made it anyways and took the chicken track back to the bottom.

Vaughan had a go just as the heavens opened, slipped and slid and then bogged down just before the rocky ledge. As we watched his second attempt the rain intensified and wow did it pour, he got past the hard ricky bit and then halted. Not a fun time to leant a stall start technique but ever an expert instructor I talked him down over the UHF (tongue in cheek that) As we were watchign him the track was awash and we actually saw the "head" of the water start to run down the track, quite a privilege to see such a sight.

Anyone who knows the track will appreciate the youtube file below. It was sure damp. I shant mention the towing to get the LR home, but it was a great day and all enjoyed themselves.

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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:29

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:29
Bonz thoughtfully, that was a previously uploaded video that wouldn't do anything for me. I got 0.00/0.00 of video.

LR in it's natural environment eh?
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thoughtfully- Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:30

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:30
give it another try mate its fixed now
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:31

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:31
11 seconds that time. Wet, I want to be there for the creeks actually flowing and water crossings
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:38

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:38
You should have done the same fix to the LR
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:38

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:38
Darkie is keen on trying that track again this year, hopefully he will make it to the top this time and not have to use the chook track hahaha

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 19:21

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 19:21
Sir Kev, that isn't a chook track, it was a CHICKEN track, and still is. LOL
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 19:33

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 19:33
sssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Don't say that hahahaha
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 07:52

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 07:52
Hi Bonz

Good shots.
Great track to play on that. Wow and didn't the conditions change throughout the day , had our own lucky escape to , good to see all got through with no extra dents, and I bet the fire was truly appreciated.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thoughtfully- Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 07:54

Monday, Apr 27, 2009 at 07:54
yes Robin the fire was a great sight as we got back to camp. The rain was just something else.
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al- Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 10:00

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 10:00
YUK!
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thoughtfully- Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 16:19

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 16:19
nice rig pic
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al- Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 18:17

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