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I did Gunshot! I was still on a high when I woke up the next morning.
But it didn’t take long before I came down to earth with a thud. Gunshot is definitely not the hardest creek crossing on the Old Tele Track.
After a morning spent relaxing at Fruit Bat Falls and Eliot/Twin Falls I felt ready to take on anything. It’s lucky I didn’t know what ‘anything’ meant. The further north we went the more difficult the crossings became. Particularly without lockers! (Is anybody noticing a pattern here? The next car will definitely have lockers.)
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I did Gunshot!
I was on such a high. Gunshot is the stuff of legend. Even the chicken track at Gunshot has a deep, long creek crossing. And the easier of the 2 exits is steep & rutted. It’s not an easy crossing however you do it.
We’d camped at Bertie Creek the night before, so it was only a short drive to Gunshot in the morning. Just long enough for me to ruminate on how difficult this might be.
Was I going to take one look at give up? How bad could it be? Last time we were up here one of our party nearly slid off the side of the entry into the creek, and that was the easy track. Could I really do this???
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After spending almost 5 months in Adelaide on family matters, with only small weekend trips away, I felt the need to do something a bit bigger.
“I need to do something challenging” I said to Doc “Something that will push me out of my comfort zone, and even scare me.”
Well, the Tele Track certainly delivered. In spades!
There’s no such thing as easing yourself into the Tele Track. It starts the way it means to go on, with the drop in to Palm Creek almost vertical. Even the chicken track is steep, soft sand. And once down it’s almost a given that you’ll have to winch out again. Unless you have lockers, which we don’t.
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There is little more disconcerting in life than waking up, climbing out of your tent for your early morning pee, and being greeted by a round of applause. When you’re all alone.
That’s what happened to me at Bathurst Bay.
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It was with some excitement, and more than a bit of trepidation, that we left Cairns and headed toward Daintree Village and the start of the Creb Track. And the official start of our holiday.
We didn’t drive along the Creb last time we were up here because it was closed. It’s closed more often then it’s open because it’s steep and clay based. The slightest bit of rain and the track becomes impassable because it turns into heavy, sticky, slippery mud. It’s just as well we were late leaving this year because the track had only been open for a week when we got here.
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Doc and I are heading up to Cape York.
This is where it all started for me. 8 years ago we went on our first big 4WD/camping travel adventure up to Cape York. To keep in touch with family I started this blog, and now here I am. Many adventures later, including two solo trips across the Simpson Desert, we’re back where we started.
This time we’re doing more tracks – the Creb, Frenchman’s, and the Old Tele Track. Last time we travelled with friends who weren’t very confident 4WDers, so we missed the first two tracks, but did the third. This time it’s just us, so we get to pick where we go, when, and for how long.
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