Stuart’s Birthday Holiday, Part 3b

It didn’t take long to get both some great views and some interesting drops. The road however remained fairly wide but we failed to meet anyone!

Occasionally there were camping areas including one we should have photographed called “No Name Campground”. There was also a ridge called “Sign Post Ridge”…

There wasn’t much other than trees to see at that point though.

Another stopping point and lookout with a view…

And the view…

Before more of the same…

And the now standard stopping on corners…

Then another stopping place and a much better view in the opposite direction

We were in Victoria now.

Then we changed life and turned off just before a hamlet called “Seldom Seen”. Next time…

…before life continued with many more twists and turns and just generally a narrower road and greater drops if that was actually possible!

Told you. The road got narrower and twistier
And the views continued… (that’s Little River Gorge).

And that’s McKillop Road

Yep, he claimed that bit of Australia for the Taylor household!

And then it was time to make camp. It was late in the day now and we had decided to take the first campground no matter what.

That what was to be a sign that said “4×4 only”, not recommended as it usually said, but only. I’m mean how bad could it be? Cough… Only 5km of road, no road is the wrong word. That implies anyone could drive it… 5km of rough track that would have been hell to walk might be a better description. It started off lulling you into a false sense of security. Then suddenly it went down and down and down. Now a flat bit, then up! What do you mean up? we’re meant to be going down to the river. It repeated this several times. We were following a ridge down to a river junction apparently. But that was only to become visible the next day.

When we got to the campground there were loads of 4x4s in it. A 4×4 club had selected this campground for the night… But it was getting late now so we stayed. There were one or two surprised looks to see me driving Serenity and a few questions were asked when they saw I was on crutches… At least we knew we would have help if we needed it though I was informed that I should have dropped my tyre pressures for the track. Personally I would have done if I had felt that there was a need, however it was bone dry and was to remain that way and Serenity had never shown any reason as to have dropped them. She never had the slightest problem with the track. I was asked if I had felt scared at all doing the track. Err, no. It was actually good fun to drive it although I did have to ask Stuart at one point if he had any idea where the track was because I couldn’t see it because it dropped off that steeply I had stopped and decided that low ratio was needed at this point just for the engine braking alone and had now lost sight of it below the bonnet of Serenity. We made it to the end without any issues.

Our pitch for the night. Only the 1 dead branch above but it wouldn’t hit us if it came down.

The campground was busy!

There was definitely a change in the weather coming. That track would be interesting if not challenging to drive tomorrow if it rained overnight but for now, I was too tired to care.