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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:09 pm    Post subject: The Cape 2013 Reply with quote

Just thought I'd put a couple of pic's in here from our trip up the Cape last September. We are in Ingham right now (Mar 2014) waiting for the roads in the Cape to open up, and we are heading up there again ths year for at least 4 months of fishing.

Last year we were told we could get the BT all the way into Virlya Point out on the west coat without too much trouble.
But after we arrived at the Crystal Creek Log Bridge, I had second thoughts.
You see Virlya Point is a favourite fishing hornt for the Tip Locals and as quick as the sign goes up on the Development Road pointing to the turnoff it is ripped down and desposed off. They don't want the travelling terrorist out there.




Anyway I was given the GPS Reference to the turnoff and headed on in. When I arrived at Crystal Creek, which should be called Clear Water Creek I was amazed just how clear the water in this little creek really is.
Apparently when the locals do an extended fishing trip out to Virlya they come back to here to refill their water supplies.

After checking the log bridge I thought that with SWMBO as the guide and proper wheel placement we could do this.




Something in the back of my head said go check the other side of the bridge first.



And here was the problem. On the way back from Virlya, I'd would'nt be able to straighten the BT up enough to line it up to get it back over the log bridge so I aborted our mission.
This decision ended up being a another job'n-half just to turn the BT around with it bottoming out and with limited room to move.
Luckily we own the strongest caravan made in Australia otherwise I'd never ever attempt things like this with any other make of van.

We do all this by ourselves, no satilite phone, no winch and no backup crew.
I just love being an adventurer....






If you haven't been to the Cape, then you have no idea what your missing out on.

There are big Ant Hills....




There are Magnetic Ant Hills.....



And you just have to watch the sunsets every afternoon. Just magnificent...



Have you started planing yet?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Devils.
Nice post, thats an interesting track.
Yes I have started planning but wont be going for a couple of years yet.
I have an 18 footer towed by an 80 series cruiser, it looks like your rig is a fair bit longer than mine. Do you think i would be able to manouvre a shorter rig over that bridge?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Devils, me again.
Did you take the BT on any Part of the Old Telegraph Track either top (Fruit bat end )or bottom section (Gunshot end)?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pics & Great to see these vans used for what they are built to do Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm!

Here we are helping a mate who anchored his Patrol to the axel at the very same bridge.

We weren't pulling 3 tonnes of van though. That's very courageous of you Devils.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great post and thanks for the heads up. We are heading that way next year after doing the Gibb this year.

Still more research to do but will hang onto this useful info.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Trish & Adrian

Your rig will be about 7 foot shorter than mine which may help you maneuver it back & forth on the other side to get a straight run at the bridge.
See the Pic taken from the rear of our van, you can see the dog leg on the other side of the bridge that I was talking about.

The Old Tele Track, attempting it this year if the weather permits.

Cape Tips:
This would be the best map for a trip to the Cape. Get them off the net or ARB, TJM etc







See the sharp doglegs in the track as you head out to Viryla, I’ve no idea if a towed van will get around those. We usually solve one problem at a time as it arises.
Once, we were given directions to that "magic spot" and had to reverse out 1.7 kms with heavy bush lining both sides of the track. I can tell you an exercise like this, puts a lot of strain on a marriage.

Make sure you are setup in a camp spot before the Qld – NSW – Vic school holidays start.
These people have already put in long 800 – 900 kays a day for many days from Victoria to get to the Cape.
They’ll spend 4 – 5 days exploring, before departing to get back to Vic before school starts again. Because of poor planning they are flat strap all the time…



EMU

I can guess what came into your mind when you read this post…
Emu, we are full timers entering our 11th year on the road. I don’t do things like this without assessing the problem fully.
I’m 39 years old, my body shows a different story and SWMBO keeps reminding me of my real age. But, hey, we’ve got all the time in the world to do this.
Even if it took me 3 – 4 hours or even a full day to plan and negotiate the crossing of that log bridge, it wouldn’t bother me.

So whats my alternative, sitting on the verandah in the sun reading the newspaper thinking I should’ve done this or that in the past waiting to fall off the perch?
We only get one shot at this life thing and there’s no re-tests, so I’m gunna get it right the first time.

Is that a BT I can see hiding up in the bush in your photo?

And being Queenslander I thought you would’ve had 4 XXXX’s on your number plate.

We may meet up one time under a gum tree an exchange stories while blowing the froth of a couple fourex’s.

Did you brave a swim in Crystal Creek? There are salties much further down that waterway. It sure did look inviting...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you take the BT on any Part of the Old Telegraph Track either top (Fruit bat end )or bottom section (Gunshot end)?

Trish & Adrian

I'll just clear this up incase others think I'm attempting the travel the full length of the Tele Track.

We'll try to get into Fruitbat Falls & Twin Falls for a look and a swim.

Even if I have to hide the BT back out just of off in the bush from the development road for couple of days.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So whats my alternative, sitting on the verandah in the sun reading the newspaper thinking I should’ve done this or that in the past waiting to fall off the perch?
We only get one shot at this life thing and there’s no re-tests, so I’m gunna get it right the first time.
Did you brave a swim in Crystal Creek? There are salties much further down that waterway. It sure did look inviting...[/quote]

Here here!!

Yes, we did swim in Crystal Creek! Never saw a big lizzard on the whole trip, but we knew they were there! I reckon sending the SWMBO in first to check is reasonable; Isn't it?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great idea, but who would guide me over the log bridge then???
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Devils On The Prowl wrote:
Great idea, but who would guide me over the log bridge then???


Maybe get a dog? (checking for crocodiles for clarification)

By the way here we are at Viryla - Magic Place

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
I can guess what came into your mind when you read this post…
Emu, we are full timers entering our 11th year on the road. I don’t do things like this without assessing the problem fully.
I’m 39 years old, my body shows a different story and SWMBO keeps reminding me of my real age. But, hey, we’ve got all the time in the world to do this.
Even if it took me 3 – 4 hours or even a full day to plan and negotiate the crossing of that log bridge, it wouldn’t bother me.


Hey Bob, are you sure you have that 39 bit right?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HEY, HEY, HEY!!!!

Cut us some slack... I am in my 60's and still......

FOREVER 39... Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Bruce, your've been a bit quite, so I guess you must be back over this side of ditch again.

Anyway you just ask me, I'll soon tell'ya how old I am.

Just make sure SWMBO is not around to interject and tell'ya lies...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi how are you .
We also have a 20 ft bt we went that way last year but gave it away as we only had a 100 seris toyota a boy trying to do a mans job. We have since brought a f250 and getting it ready to go that way againe around the end off may . Maybe if your still up that way we could catch up and get some idears from you about that country .

The sundowners brian and josie
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No worries brian1957.
We are heading up there again this year.
Already at Mareeba just waiting for the roads to dry out.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your reply.
We are just getting stuff sorted out as we are heading off for 4 mounths . We are about 4 weeks from leaving brisbane .You are the first bt owners i have emailed is the done thing to share mobile ph numbers as it would be easer than the computa thing . How do you find your f truck on fuel as i said i have just brought mine never owned a ford thay are a serouis machine engine and running gear.Looking foward to towing the bt with it .

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