Run the Old Telegraph Track with Campers

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We did it from Gunshot up, and had a ball, well almost !
Everything was easy, a little slow at times, but relatively easy.
We took the bypass road, as the banks of Palm Creek have really been chewed up.
So it was down to Gunshot Creek and was amazed that idiots would just drive over the vertical walls, bust their vehicles, and risk the lives of their families.
I unhooked the camper, and drove up and then back down the onlysafemway, and if need be I would run up with the camper, but didn't have to.
Northward over some easy crossings, some deeper crossings, some easy crossings with difficult approaches, and departures.
Thank god we went Sth to Nth, as some of the Sthern aproaches would need a winch, if going the other way, with trailers,
Then came this little puddle !
Bugger me if someone named it Nolan's Brook.
Walked it thought yes we can make it, even though it was a little muddy, and just under 1 mt deep.
I fired up the Patrol, and used the straight thru run up, and give it to her, good momentum.
Made it, with the best gear snatch in history, high and dry
Ray & Viv's turn

Opps ..... Hi drama, got her bogged, and their Prado started filling immediately.
Panic stations, amres 78 series cruiser backed up and in under 4 minutes had them out, together with anout 400 lts of water. Their Kimberley Kamper was bone dry inside.
Viv did a deally good job in geting almost all electrical gear up high, and saved
After 2 days of drying out at Punsnand Resort, and driving about, that tough little Prado is running sweet as.
They lost a Waeco fridge., but won't know till we get back to Cairns, ina week or 10 days
Ray's phone died too, but he brought another in Seisea, and I managed to get his existing phone numbers over to the new phone.

The other vehicle that drowned was a V8 petrol 100 series Landcruiser
with a trailer. Both filled with water, as he stuffed up his tow rope/snatch strap setup, and nothing seemed to work. They were in the water for nearly 10 minutes, but managed to keep it running
He parked it up, then it stopped, and would not start, so he ripped out all fuses, relays, and got out the wd40 'and started spraying all things electrical.
Last we heard was they were still there, and waiting for a tow truck to
probably Bamaga, but apparently he has has it going, but only in limp mode

Suppose you might call us lucky ?
A calculated risk, or whatever ?

But it certainly not too challenging
Just one little hick up, that could heve been an expensive one, but wasn't

The rest of the trip with water crossings will be voided, if we can

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Reply By: Uncle-Laurie - Thursday, Aug 18, 2011 at 21:09

Thursday, Aug 18, 2011 at 21:09
Sounds like you are all having some good fun there Bucky...Except for Viv & Ray's poor Prado.!! take care and give em our regards , Laurie & Jodie
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Reply By: SIF4X4 - Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 17:55

Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 17:55
Silly old buggers...we took the 'old peoples' (bypass) roads and stayed dry...:-)
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