The picturesque Western Escarpment drive

by Matt Fossey


While we may not have had the smoothest start to our trip, once the 12 Roks got underway, we had an absolute blast!

After the trip pre-start briefing, we all set to let the tyres down a little, which proved to be the hardest part of the trip. Out came my brand new tyre deflater, purchased at the caravan expo, that was supposed to make me look like a pro… Should have practiced before taking it into public because it is not a brilliant look for the trip lead to be scratching his head and reading instructions on how to let tyres down.  Funnily enough, this wasn’t the worst of it. We had one valve screwed all the way out and another screwed out and jettison into the bush somewhere, as well as a couple of broken tyre deflaters.

Not to be disheartened, we took off to check out some of the medium tracks to see how wet they were after the rain over the last week.

Lucky for me, it wasn’t too wet because Lola is still in road tyres. We managed to do two side tracks then stop at the breathtaking lookout. This time, we weren’t shrouded in cloud like we were at the last trip.

Regrouping after the first detour down a sidetrack

A new friend for the kids to play with

After leaving the lookout, we stopped back in to the Gantry for a quick bite to eat before a few of us headed back out to tackle A-Break. I am pleased to say that it was not too wet, which was great news because Lola only has HTs and I did not want to miss out.

The view from the lookout over Wivenhoe and Sommerset dams

After going down A-Break then turning around and heading straight back up, we found a nice little mud puddle and did our best impression of playing piggies.

This great video by Andrew Priest pretty much sums up the entire day:

Even though we were playing until 3:30, we only scratched the surface of the tracks within the glorious Mount Mee State Forest. After a quick recap of the shenanigans, it was time to pack up and head for home. So, in true Fossey family style, I took everyone along the scenic route down Peggs Road.

The Fossey family shortcut