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Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« on: 01 April, 2016, 06:46:14 PM »
Waiting for a trip report Howezit and Kim  8)
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Re: Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #1 on: 01 April, 2016, 07:52:04 PM »
Why don't you harass AB and Fish?

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Re: Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #2 on: 01 April, 2016, 11:19:28 PM »
because your trip reports are a great read Kim

makes you feel like you were there, or wishing you were..........
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Re: Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #3 on: 02 April, 2016, 12:33:13 PM »
Technically I was first to arrive in the Esperance area but last to arrive at the Duke of Orleans.....

My trip start Wednesday morning as I packed all the things I would need and covered it with a tarp as it was looking quite dark in the sky. Setting off down Albany Hwy and I get to about Kelmscott and notice the tarp is misbehaving so I make a stop to fix. Out past Armadale and before and after Bannister I had to make a few stops as the Hootchie cord I had used to tie down the tarp kept snapping and at this stage there was constant rain. Pushed on to Williams and bought 2 lengths of Rope to tie down the tarp but as I was heading towards Narrogin this still wasn't enough. Called into the first servo in Narrogin I saw and bought the only rope they had which was 20m long. Tied this on and made my way towards Harrismith and Lake Grace where I stopped for a late lunch and met a nice pommy lass  ;).

At one point in between Lake King and Ravesthorpe the cable ties I had used to attach the tarp to the headboard let go and my fridge was sitting exposed to the rain so time to stop and make another fix. Get into Ravensthorpe and then was pushing onto Hopetoun to head out to Masons Bay, a DEC campground nearby. Little did I know it had been raining for 3 days prior to my arrival and the gravel had turned into a slick slippery track and I was sliding and fishtailing everywhere. At one point on the Masons Bay Road had a bit of a pucker moment when the ute decided to fishtail towards the side of the road, luckily I managed to get her back under control. Light was fading fast and I managed to get the campground just before dark.

Find a spot to setup and by this stage its urinating down with rain, up goes the tent, on with the fly. Reverse the Ute up against the fly and connect the tarp to the tent to give me more shelter. The rain continues most of the night but the next morning after the odd shower it lets up.

Friday morning I pack up my site and head in to Esperance to stopping past my grandfathers old farm he had near masons bay. Luckily springdale road had mostly dried out apart from the odd floodway that had running water. Pretty uneventful run into Esperance to get fuel and last minute supplies....

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Re: Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #4 on: 02 April, 2016, 01:13:44 PM »
Uneventful drive out to the Caravan Park where I met Kim, Graham and Andrew. Quickly setup my Tent and unpacked the Ute and then off for a quick explore around the area. Started at Wharton Beach just around the corner from the Caravan Park. I had a brain fade and forgetten how to use an ezi-deflator. Air down and go for a drive up the beach before we head onto another beach on the other side of the caravan park and Kim shows us how you get bogged in a bunch of seaweed. Lots of digging later and the recovery point finally located Kim is snatched out of the seaweed bog and we head back up the beach and call it a day. A few beverages and stories before and after dinner before everyone calls it a night and we agree to try for an 8am start the following day.

Of through some tight and twisty coast tracks before we finally find the beach we are looking for and of we go. Pretty good going until we were trying to get off the beach to get onto the next one, some soft soft sand and a N/A TD42 were not getting anywhere, finally got Andrew off the beach after the use of some Maxtraxx and a Snatch to find Kim had ended up with a flat tyre. This was changed and we were off again up another beach. More beaches followed before hitting some granite rocks and up we go. Kept going up a small climb up and around on a dune and more rocks before we finally hit a point where we all decided to stop and go back the way we came. Back to find some gravel to finally get to our end destination which was Cape Arid. The gravel road ended and became a very rough track but eventually brought us to the Cape Arid National Park entry. Off we go driving 22km into the park only to find the track we wanted to drive was closed with a locked gate, drove on to poison creek and then drove back mostly on the bitumen as it was getting late. Quick stop in Condingup for Diesel for some and beer for me.
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Re: Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #5 on: 03 April, 2016, 09:35:19 AM »
Great Trip Report Fish, I seem to recall some of that! What about the other half of the trip?

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Re: Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #6 on: 05 April, 2016, 09:03:53 PM »
Easter Sunday was another 8am start, no rest for the wicked  >:D. The plan was to head to the Cape Le Grande National Park.

We started the day as per Saturday driving a short distance from the Caravan Park before Kim spotted a track that look interesting so we all turned left onto a track that was very well overgrown, pretty sure I brought back half the bush from that area  >:D. Had a good start apart from lots of thuds and side mirrors being pushed in to the windows. It wasn't long before we hit a nice muddy section that turned out to be a fun time for A.B. He did a great job in making it more of a challenge for myself and the snatch strap had to be used with Kim turning around and snatching the GQ out of the mud. I then powered through it doing a great job to chew up the mud, unfortunately not well enough as Graham had no issues getting through it. Lots of bush striping going on after this before we come across a puddle about 100m long. A bit of a stop to work out whether we could get through it without too many issues however Kim stumbled across a chicken track, just in time as I was getting attacked by the ravenous flies that were determined to drink all my blood, Thanks to Debbie for a bit of Deet spray which seemed to keep them at bay.

On to more bush pinstriping and some more mud which A.B. managed to get through with no issues before we had a de ja vu moment where we ended up back on the bitumen from where we had just left not 30-45mins earlier. Off we head north towards Merrivale road before another left turn and then another one a short time later on Saddleback Road which after a brief check to ensure the No Through Road sign was indeed actually lying to us, my idea was the locals put it there to keep the beach to themselves. We finally arrive near the beach where we stopped to air down to beach pressures before heading onto a near deserted beach. Off we go up the beach with a bit of aerial wildlife keeping us company before passing a few people fishing and few campsites like the previous day with the odd shower or 3. On to Rossiter's Bay before a call from A.B. on the UHF about an oil pressure problem a quick stop in the Rossiters Bay parking area where we all were scratching our heads why his Oil Pressure was up, his oil warning light was on yet the dipstick was reporting a full sump of oil. From here it was onto Lucky Bay for a spin up the beach before trying to find some mobile reception to work out why might be causing A.B's oil issue. Then on to Cape le Grande Beach where we drove 22Km up the beach in 2wd and then turned around and drove back. Then some heavy rain set in for a drive back to the caravan park before a few yarns and few beverages before the rain forced us all to call it an early night.

Monday morning and everyone but me was heading on either back to Perth or other destinations. A.B. and Kim hit the road about 8:30 and Graham and Debbie took off to Esperance a couple of hours later, while I thought I'd go fishing on Wharton beach, before discovering the best beach of the trip for a swim.
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Re: Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #7 on: 06 April, 2016, 08:18:53 AM »
Great report Fish :)
Incidentally, some of the bush pin striping was sufficient for me to scratch my side windows.. scratches that look almost like cracks!
It was, after all, a Kim trip, so to be expected :)
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Re: Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #8 on: 07 April, 2016, 09:20:01 AM »
Great report and photo's Fish.

Where's your take on events Howezit? AB? Kim?

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Re: Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #9 on: 07 April, 2016, 10:21:48 AM »
So Debbie and I decided this was to be our maiden trip in our new Tvan.
We drove down on the Thursday, and spent an afternoon and night in Esperance, before heading over to Condingup on the Friday.
There we caught up with Kim.
And within a very short period of time both Fish and AB arrived.

Kim was accommodated in a couple of large gazebos, and warmed by the nostalgic warmth of 1,000 watts of halogen work lamps. LEDs just don't do the trick when you need to keep warm at night.
Myself and Debbie were warmed at night by (don't jump to conclusions!!!) a nice little heater inside the Tvan.
Fish and AB probably froze in their tents.. I can't be sure.. I was too busy [reading] in my Tvan to be worried about what was happening in the tents!

As mentioned by Fish, the exploration of the area started on Friday arvo.
It's kinda comforting when you have a few extra 4WDs around.
You tend to go places you would normally be cautious of otherwise.
So Kim went head first into what, in all fairness, looked like a bit of seaweed covering the sand.
The seaweed was, in fact, covering the bottom of the adjacent creek, it appeared!.. because Kim went down!

A bit (no.. a "lot") of digging ensued as we endeavored to find a recovery point (and the front left wheel) .
Gee.. that seaweed can be hard to dig up.. It's just everywhere but has no substance. It would have been easier digging in mud. It was akin to digging with a teaspoon in a bowl of tomato sauce covered spaghetti.
Well.. after the obligatory round of photos were taken (part of the price you pay for a recovery!), I dragged him out, and life continued.

Basically Saturday was spent exploring east along the beach and adjacent tracks into Cape Arid national park.
And Sunday was spent going west into Cape LeGrand national park.

We had overcast weather with a little rain.
But that section of coast east of Esperance is stunning, even in overcast conditions.

The beach driving is beautiful.
I think AB will, by now, attest to the benefits of lowering tyre pressures on the beach.
There was one spot where I had to drag him over a dune.
But on another occasion we were attempting a nice dune with a pretty severe drop on the other side, that AB just couldn't get up, until a few more PSIs were dumped.. and voila! no problem!
Although the downside to all the airing down on the beach, is all the airing up when you get off!
Gee.. up.. down.. up.. down... all weekend!

One of those occasions where we needed to really rush at the dune to get off the beach resulted in a flat front tyre for Kim.
More photos of Kim!
Another downside to low pressures.. a bit of rubbish in between the tyre and the rim.
That involved a wheel change in the dunes just off the beach.
Nothing like some good solid soil to set your jack down in!

Talking of being dragged around, poor AB was also the victim of a bogging in a large muddy section of one of the tracks behind the beach.
Kim did the honours this time and dragged him out. But not without, once again, the obligatory photoshoot!
Kim's chance to be the photographer rather than the photographee.

Driving out on Lucky Bay on Easter weekend proved interesting.
The first section of the beach was rock hard, and it was like a shopping centre carpark.
However, as we drove further up the beach, the sand softened, and the Commodores were no longer seen.

Actually it was quite interesting to see just how much camping was going on in those long sections of beach between the 2 national parks.
Both on the beach, and behind the dunes.
Camper trailers abounded.
There were a few places where local knowledge would have been required to find a spot to get those campers out there.. because they would never have made it using some of the tracks we took!

And then there's the 22 km beach run between Cape LeGrand and Wylie Bay (just outside Esperance)...
A lovely stretch of beach alternating between softish and pretty firm sand where some decent speeds can be attained.
What a view!

Well.. 'nuff said!
It was a good trip.
Lots of bush tracks (muddy in places.. pin striping in others..).. lots of beach driving.. a fair bit of rocky ledge driving between sections of beach...
And enjoyable evenings talking $rap at the campsite.

Talking of the campsite... Orleans Bay Caravan Park...
I'd say that they cash in on Easter... 'cos I don't believe they offer value for money.. and their PR sucks!..
But a warm shower at night is still a warm shower (even with nowhere to hang your towel/clothes/etc..), and was appreciated.
The 240v was also appreciated for my heater in the Tvan and the power for Kim's halogen clothes dryer / warmer.

On Monday AB left (nursing his truck, as mentioned by Fish), followed shortly by Kim.. both heading straight home to Perth.
Debbie and I left a little later and spent Monday night back in Esperance, before heading out to Hyden to spend Tuesday nigh there, and then wandering home on Wednesday.
Fish hung around an extra day in Condingup before heading home.
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Re: Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #10 on: 07 April, 2016, 11:28:47 AM »
Sounds like a great trip Graham - So AB what was the problem in the end and is it fixed yet??
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Re: Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #11 on: 07 April, 2016, 12:07:18 PM »
Good summation, Howezit.

I expect to have my Report ready in a few days. Just waiting on some photos.

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Re: Kims Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #12 on: 07 April, 2016, 12:10:42 PM »
I expect to have my Report ready in a few days. Just waiting on some photos.
Tonight.. I promise..  :P
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Re: Kim's Cape to Cape Easter 2016 - Trip Report
« Reply #13 on: 09 April, 2016, 05:54:49 PM »
Sorry to take so long getting this Trip Report prepared.

I find resizing and uploading photos takes sooooo long. If anyone has a few tips, please let me know.

I am no camera buff but for those who do have an interest in the subject my issues with my first camera may strike a chord. Had a lot of trouble with my Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 Auto Focus VR Zoom Lens. Many photos out of focus. Real issues. Looks like it needs a service or perhaps replacement. It sits in front of a D80.

And my other lens is just so BIG and difficult to handle (Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG IF HSM APO Telephoto Zoom Lens) I shy away from using it. But it does take beautiful photos coupled with a Nikon D200.

My favourite camera is the iSight 8-megapixel, panorama enabled, stabilised, LED flash, auto focus, geotagging camera that comes with the iPhone 5. Easy to use with so many great features.

Anyway,  my report of the Cape to Cape Easter 2016 trip is here:

http://www.adventures.net.au/vehicle/cape-to-cape-easter-2016

 

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