Dave and Karen Ramsay’s Wattle Flats ride report

Wattle Flats done and DUSTED for another year. No mud until late Sunday arvo for some.  Awesome effort from Craig Wilson and the wonderful crew from the Coffs 4×4 Club. We ate well, drank cold beverages and had a top night discussing bikes and recent adventures around a ripper fire topped off by Wilbers Damper.
Thanks to everyone’s generosity we had $102 profit after costs on the tucker and drinks, which Craig has asked me to put with the sticker money of $160. That’s $262 going to the rescue chopper this time.
We were so lucky to jag the quiet weekend with the whole place to ourselves – after Nigel moved the stunning Euro backpackers on to the next closest camp :(.  A lovely, refreshing swim in the Styx was a fitting end to a hot dry day. There was even a nudie to frighten Karen (you know who you are ;) ).

We left Coraki with 25 bikes of all breeds, with eight more meeting us out there. There was some minor carnage along the way, with mainly only pride dented.

It was a great effort from Paul to dust himself off and with Warren and others to help fabricate a bush fix on his 1190 brake pedal and stick with the ride.
With a big group and so much dust, progress was steady through the tighter and bull-dusty sections, but things opened up and flowed better up on the range back to Glen Innes. Time didn’t allow for the run down Spirabo to Billirimba Fire Trail, and& probably lucky, too, given the storm that came though there and whacked us at Cambridge Plateau at 7.00pm.
Most folk split for home at Glen, to Brisvagas, Toowoomba , the Goldie and Grafton. With the few riders left we opted for a happy finish through the gorgeously green Pyes Creek, Gunyah Road, Doctors Nose and back to Tenterfield.
Next planned group ride will be out Emmaville Ashford way.


Dave & Karen

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