El_Freddo's first solo trip - November 2015 - Strathbogie

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El_Freddo's first solo trip - November 2015 - Strathbogie

Postby El_Freddo » Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:58 pm

It's about time I got around to posting about my last (and first for 2015) offroad trip, this one being my first solo trip in "unknown territory" that's longer than just a day trip.

It started out with packing at home and getting Ruby Scoo sorted for the trip - new gear such a Uniden CB given to me by a good mate Venom and some lights on the rear bar finally! Packing the gear in a different manner took a little longer than expected, plus there were expected storms in the area, this is what we saw from our backyard:

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I decided after our later than expected departure time that we would head off after dark and have a bit of a solo night 4wd session - which was totally awesome. We fuelled up at Elmore Shell servo enroute to the Stratbogie Ranges. Start point was the northern end of Lightening Ridge. A few hundred metres up we aired down to about 20psi. There was one particularly challenging section of eroded granitic rock that was a decent amount of fun at that time of night before making camp at 2am - this pic is prior to making camp for the night:

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The next day was a bit of exploring - not knowing what sort of tracks to expect, was hoping for some challenging stuff but the majoity of it could've been done in 2wd :(

This was an impressive boulder covered in moss on Lightening Ridge Tk:

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We checked out a lookout on this track but it wasn't as spectacular as anticipated :(

Following some "old" logging tracks that were very tame (and disappointing) we came across this impressive gum over the road:

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In this area we noted quite a number of trees that had been burnt out in two or more directions, creating a large number of tree like this one:

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I can't remember the location off the top of my head, but there was an awesome lookout that was occupied by a bunch of motorcyclists that we weren't waiting for them to leave, so we headed to the top of the peak of this place:

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An interesting seasonally closed track caught our attention - and from the DSE signs about closing the track it made sense after curiosity got the better of us - there's no way we would have passed this, or the next section that would've been impassable unless you ran a full blown tonka toy anyway:

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It was quite a shock to come across the pine plantation that had been cut down for production:

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And more after trying to navigate our way through the continually changing maze of the common pine plantation:

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After working it out we found ourselves at camp after having a sneak peek of what was to come tomorrow - the climb up Lincoln Ridge Tk (from memory). We setup camp before a thunderstorm ran in:

Before camp:

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Mid setup:

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Final setup - rear bar swing arms got in the way since adding the rear lights not allowing me to remove them:

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It rained heavily that night, we managed to get a fire going amongst it :D

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Once we got a fire going it was time to chill out - a bit of mucking around due to boredom and his is the end result:

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The next camp from us sent two 4wd's up later that night - they both got stuck so we decided to give it a miss the next morning and opted for the easy way up in the same direction since we were a one vehicle show.

Mt Bugaree was our aim - a particular rock that was vehicle accessible, here are the results:

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On our way down from the rock we stumbled across this local - not every day you get to see a little fella like this:

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On our way out we stopped by some good friends then headed home. For a double over nighter it was a great trip that marked one year offroad since second gear was lost on the Dedick Tk - one that's on the list ;)

Upon arrival home this is how Ruby Scoo presented:

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I'm looking forward to the next offroad adventure - hopefully a few more challenges next time. Strathbogies was still very enjoyable with plenty of tracks to check out next time!

Cheers

Bennie
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Re: El_Freddo's first solo trip - November 2015 - Strathbogi

Postby beaujest4 » Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:11 pm

Great report looks like you had a great trip. The old Subbie is doing well
Cheers Al

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Re: El_Freddo's first solo trip - November 2015 - Strathbogi

Postby Taziiy » Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:48 am

sounds like it was a great trip you had well done
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