Eleven vehicles tackle the Moore River and a convenient mud hole. Almost everyone gets stuck.
After what looked like a very fun mud run previously, West Coast 4x4 invited us along to their next trip which was to try the same track again. Naturally, we accepted - after all you can't turn down a mud run for no good reason. You can find pictures of their previous trip here and here. There was a huge turnout for the day.
Dennis - 80 Series LandCruiser diesel
Skip (Holden Rodeo turbo diesel)
Froggy (60 Series LandCruiser petrol)
MacGyver (Holden Jackaroo petrol)
Mudrunner (Chris) (4Runner gas)
Leroy (4Runner petrol)
Brent (4Runner petrol)
Gadget (GQ Patrol gas)
Bullet (Prado petrol)
Pommy Pete (60 Series LandCruiser petrol)
Brettski (40 Series LandCruiser petrol)
The basic plan was to head for the mud via short detour on the Moore River. That's pretty much how it turned out...
As usual, things were pretty clean at the start. Along the way to the river, we stopped to let down the tyres a bit as the sand was getting a little soft. The first stop at the river was quite nice. Good for a picnic, but not much opportunity to cross. Still, the kids and the dog got out and had a bit of a splash around. At our next stop, there was plenty of opportunities to not only cross the river but play around like the big kids we are. So, we did. The water wasn't too deep so much fun was had. Rather than check how high the bank was first, I drove off into the river on someones suggestion. Rather, I attempted to. Unfortunantely, it was very high and I didn't make it down. Whoops. Chris came to the rescue and dragged me off. Chris then decided to try and climb up the same bank. Without a huge degree of success. He did eventually make it up by going diagonally. Off we went down the river. Rather than taking the easy path and use the tracks along the bank, we used the river instead. This was quite ok and we found a nice place to park while Froggy went on ahead. Froggy get himself stuck in a huge hole, so we wandered off to do the recovery. There are pictures of his troubles on the other site. While on the way there, I got stuck in a large hole myself which everyone else (somehow) miraculously managed to avoid. I don't have any photos of me in the hole (but Skip does - here and here). Instead, I have a picture of me in the hole after we took the car out. It was rather deep and we broke a snatch strap belonging to Skip while we did the recovery. If I had been about a foot either side, I wouldn't have found the hole. After our little river adventures, we had lunch and headed off to the mud. This consumed most of the afternoon, and rather than provide commentary, here are a whole heap of pictures. At the end of the day, my little truck was quite dirty. As we were driving back, the rain came down and washed off some of the mud. Bummer. I should note there was also a lot of mud inside the car. As you may have guessed from the numbering scheme, there are a whole heap of photos not up here. If you'd like to see them all or like a set emailed to you, contact me. The photos on the site are also one quarter the size of the actual shots, so if you would like a higher res copy (for printing or viewing) email me.