We headed off with 5 vehicles. Travelled up Herveys Range Road and on to the dirt through the army training area.

The road was fairly well maintained and an easy drive. It’s been a few years since the club has gone this way due to the level of water in the Burdekin River, which needs to be crossed to get to the camping spot.

There was plenty of timber along the way so we loaded up as there is no collecting firewood in the surrounding National Park at the camp spot.

Crossing the river was not a challenge but getting out up the sandy bank was entertaining for some.

We met up with 2 other cars who went up on the Friday afternoon.

During the afternoon some went for a swim – the water was not deep but was cool and refreshing.

Some went for a hike around the local area – checked out the tombstone dated back to the 1870’s.

Happy hour entertainment included “Pictionary with a difference”   Team 1 got off to a slow start but by the end Team 1 and Team 2 were both equal “Winners”.

Highlight of the evening was the tremendous meals produced by the camp oven cookoff.

There were 8 different meals shared. The only hard part was trying to fit a bit of each on our plates.

A secret ballot declared the best meal – equal placed Steven & Vikki with their BBQ chicken, and Errol & Danni with lasagne. Second place was Howard with his pickled pork. It was a difficult choice – all meals were great.

There was some debate as to whether we had enough firewood – in the morning there was still some left. Oh yeah – Lindsay wasn’t there on the weekend.

Sunday morning saw us with plenty of entertainment as we watched a couple of vehicles getting recovered from the sand – even a 2 wheel drive car.

On the way home we cruised across the river – even Frank blitzed it. We stopped near the turnoff to the bitumen to air up, have a quick lunch and head off. Well it was for some. Steven thought he had a flat tyre but it turned out three of the five wheel studs on one of the wheels had sheared off.

After a trip in to town to buy wheel studs and nuts, Steven managed to replace them and we got away and home well before dark.

So a point to learn fellas, when driving on rough roads – regularly check your nuts…….

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