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the area to map out more tracks.

In preparation for the club's ladies day Skip and I went out in my car to have a look through the Chittering Valley area. The scenery was excellent and we found a lot of good tracks to explore in the future.

Along the way we found a little bit of mud that looked ok to drive through. It wasn't. After a bit of hard work with a baby hand winch that we threw in the car at Skip's place, the car was out. No problems.

More driving followed and we got a whole heap of tracks on the GPS to look at later.

Nearing the end of the day, we found the edge of the forest and a bitumen road. I went to do a U-turn and decided that the ditch on the side of the road was ok to turn through. Skip commented as I was going in "Gee - you're brave" and that was the end of that. We went back and forwards and made things worse. A guy in a Falcon panelvan stopped to help but he didn't even have a towball so he couldn't really do anything.

Then we jacked up the car using the hi-lift and shoved some hefty branches under the wheels. Still no better.

As we were considering what to do next, a semi-trailer came along and stopped. So, we attached the snatch strap to the side of the truck and he dragged the car out. The mud was so sticky that even on full lock he had to pull it all the way through to the end of the ditch. All I can say is that I'm glad I'm making new mistakes rather than the same old ones over and over.

At this stage it was time to go home. Later, we'll be revisiting the area to map out more tracks.
Dug in at the front
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Hand winch does the trick.
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Pulling power!
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The end of the ditch
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The result