Running Creek Track, Old Telegraph Track, Vrilya Point
Running Creek Track, Old Telegraph Track, Vrilya Point
by Tracy Morcom
We missed out on Frenchman's track although the rest of our group did it. We had a random starter motor issue that we tried to resolve with no luck in Weipa. Apparently one of the crossings may have been challenging with the camper on but we met other people who did it with campers.
We did do Running Creek track. There were some rocky sections and also sandy sections but all up it was good. I did all the driving here. Make sure you have a good mapping system as it would be easy to get lost. There were a few gates to open and close but I think it was a great track to whet your appetite for the Old Telegraph track. We did not end up do doing the Old Coen track due to timing.
I did a good percentage of the Old Telegraph track. Palm Creek (hubby did this) was challenging to get out of going northbound and we having the camper had to winch out. The other significant one for me was driving out of Gunshot. We had two out of our group of five vehicles having to winch out but not me (a great Townsville couple with a camper joined us at Bramwell Junction). We did bend our steering arm of one of the crossings and spent the rest of going north and back to Weipa driving with the steering wheel upside down. Our start motor or its wiring continued to intermittently and quite randomly not work and this happened at the start of Cypress Creek and also Nolans but my hubby as awesome at bump starting. We did not do the traditional Gunshot entry but watched our trip leader (who is also an instructor do what is called Slingshot.) I did not do Cypress not because of the log bridge but because the tight right turn straight after with the camper on the back and the random starter motor issue (especially if I stalled it) However I had taught myself on this trip to remember to come off the brake a bit when coming off the clutch when in LOW 4X4, partly due to processing the mechanics behind it. At Nolans, we chose the easier route due to our camper but the others did the difficult crossing. Two made it and the third drowned the car. Just to let you know we had two Patrols (one was us with the camper), on Landcruiser with camper, a Pajero and a Prado.
We also ended up breaking one of our camper leaf strings totally near the Croc Tent but the camper is fifteen years or older and it has done some severe corrugations. Thank goodness though, we found a Marine place on the way to Seisa who sold them, and hubby and three guys replaced both springs in a caravan park in 1 1/2 hours. We now have a spare with one of the old ones.
We decided to go out to Vrilya Point to the northern campsite. I drove all this. As much as the corrugations are bit nasty and the sand in places was extremely soft we think it was well worth the trip.
Our leader told one of the other drivers in the group that he categorized the Old Telegraph track as Black Diamond. Everyone was suitably impressed with my driving skills and he thinks I could do our club's Advanced course. I have suggested that they do a female one.
tracy @ morcom.com.au (no spaces around @)
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