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Moore River Mud   
April 19, 2003
Three cars and a lot of mud. What else can I say?

It was the Easter weekend and all through the house, nothing was stirring, not even a.... Wait a minute. Wrong holiday.

Anyway, MacGyver, Gadget and I decided the the Blackwood River (where the rest of the club had gone to) was just too far away and wasn't muddy enough. So, we headed up to the Moore River area to one of our favourite mud playgrounds. And (as Gadget said on the way back) we weren't disappointed.

Our valiant travellers for the day were: Gadget had his "real" mud tyres on and was sporting a new lift kit but was missing his roo-bar (and therefore winch - very important) due to a mishap on the road.

Macca and I missed Gadget at the meeting point, but I snapped a photo while we waited a bit further up the road. Note the cleanliness of the cars... Next stop was the playground - we didn't waste much time and dove (drove?) straight in. Through the course of the day, all of us got stuck at least once. Gadget really only was hung up on his diffs when the wheel ruts got to deep - MacGyver and I had less traction (not having mud tyres) but were also getting the diff dragging problem as we have smaller wheels - Macca runs 33 inch tyres and I run 31's as opposed to Gadget's 34 or 35 inch mud tyres. After this we headed down to the river to wash the cars off a a bit. I managed to soak my air filter which promplt destroyed itself and I hit a large submerged log, denting a rim severely (I could feel it hitting on the steering knuckle), necessitating a wheel change on the sand in the middle of the river. We made our way out to the highway, inflated tyres and went on our merry way home. Overall not, too many bits of damage. I was having major power-loss issues because the air filter was being sucked down by the engine vacuum, so had to stop and jury-rig it so that at least some air made it in. Gadget managed to break a tail-light on a tree that nature had placed in the way but other than that, a great day out.

Thanks to Gadget and MacGyver for taking me along - I had a blast and managed to get mud and water everywhere - inside and out...
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Nice and clean at the start
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Gadget in first
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Nice rut where Gadget's diff dragged
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That's a short car you have there, Macca
Macca stuck
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Macca stuck
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Getting dirtier
Nice look!
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Kids and mud - what a combination
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Kids and mud
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Kids and mud
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Gadget and mud
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Gadget and mud
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Gadget stuck
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Another nice diff rut
Note the mud in front of the axle
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Go Macca!
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Brettski stuck
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Brettski stuck deeper
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Still stuck
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Fast Gadget
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Getting dirtier
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Dented rim
Dented rim
Collapsed air filter
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At the end