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Kim's Avon Ascent
« on: 17 August, 2015, 09:52:47 AM »
So how did this trip go?

Who got the trip report?

Where's the "legendary" pictures?
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Re: Kim's Avon Ascent
« Reply #1 on: 17 August, 2015, 10:20:51 AM »
yes im looking forward to them, it was a cracker weekend weather wise so it would have been a great trip.

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Re: Kim's Avon Ascent
« Reply #2 on: 17 August, 2015, 10:51:26 AM »
I'm sure Kim will post a link to a trip report with pictures, etc..
But in the meantime..

Yep, the weather was absolutely awesome!
The clear skies just brought all the greens (of the wheat), reds (of the road) and yellows (of the canola) up so bright.
And the recent rains put enough water into the Avon river that there was a decent flow all the way back to the river's source at Yealering Lake.

The night we spent at Yenyenning Lake was stunning. The lake was like glass, and the smoke from the campfire rose straight into the sky.. no annoying smoke in your eyes :)
Normally I'm a 9:30-10:00 in bed guy, but myself and Dman were up chatting till after midnight.. very unlike me, but a testament to the environment.

And waking up to the water a few feet from the swag, with the sun rising up over it, was a perfect start to the day.

Any trip with Kim is incomplete without his constant flow of information over the radio, and at pit stops.
I'll be buggered if I can remember even half of it.. and I have no idea where he stores all this info!

I will say one thing...
Anyone who wants to tour a bit of our state on the back roads, and get fed mountains of info in the process, should get on some of these trips that Kim puts together.
My experience indicates that you have a fair chance of getting into some scrub.. but for the die hard 4WDers there is not much actual 4WDing.
This is more "touring" that "4WDing".

And the quality of preparation (and reconnoitering)  that Kim puts into these tours puts them on a par with any of these expensive tagalong tours that are available out there.
And, for us, they're free! :)

Anyway.. the "legend" comment..

Well, if you go to Northam, and stand in front of the tower that the Avon Descent race is started from, there are 8 (I think) nice shiny metal plaques embedded in the paving at the base of  the tower.
And these plaques are for "Legends of the Avon".
Kim is one of them!

So, during the rest of the trip we were referring to "the legendary" Kim Epton.

Anyway.. a lot of driving (as usual with any of Kim's trips).. and a lot seen :)
« Last Edit: 19 August, 2015, 02:43:58 PM by Howezit »
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Re: Kim's Avon Ascent
« Reply #3 on: 17 August, 2015, 11:31:00 AM »
I don't think there is much I can add to Graham's comments, it was a fantastic weekend away - it made our weekend feel very long, full and relaxing even though we only spent 1.5 days out of Perth.

I hope Kim doesn't mind me posting this, I found this on the Avon website, and it explains one of the reasons why he is such a legend.
http://www.avondescent.com.au/?page_id=462

I can definitely say, after only my second trip out (after the Dwelly cook-up) - that people like Kim, Graham and Dermot are what make it so appealing to join a community like WPC.

I also will try and post a few pics tonight to share.

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Re: Kim's Avon Ascent
« Reply #4 on: 17 August, 2015, 01:06:52 PM »
What was said above!! Awesome weekend "touring"!! But still managed abit of vehicle damage!! No idea how but a small branch managed to wedge itself between my sill & side step! Putting an impressive dent considering it was only a stick!! But anyway hope this helps the explanation of "LEGEND"
& Thanks again to Kim, Graham, Tim & Sarah!


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Re: Kim's Avon Ascent
« Reply #5 on: 17 August, 2015, 05:54:20 PM »
Wow.., I emailed Kin saying I am down in Albany with work so had to pull out.  Sounds just brilliant.

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Re: Kim's Avon Ascent
« Reply #6 on: 19 August, 2015, 02:31:21 PM »
Well, that's all a bit embarrassing.

Anyway, the photo essay of the Tour is at http://www.adventures.net.au/vehicle/avon-ascent

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Re: Kim's Avon Ascent
« Reply #7 on: 19 August, 2015, 03:07:15 PM »
Anyway, the photo essay of the Tour is at http://www.adventures.net.au/vehicle/avon-ascent

Wow Kim, great write up - its awesome to look back with such a detailed review. I've even shared it around at work haha

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Re: Kim's Avon Ascent
« Reply #8 on: 19 August, 2015, 03:57:15 PM »
Great write up indeed Kim, looks stunning

 

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