We headed off down the pass , and where doing quite well (about 7km in 6 hours ) when we reached a point on the pass that was totally no go . Koos decided to try find an alternative route , but only ended up wrecking his transfer case . Read all about it here .
We decided to turn around and head back up the pass , camping at a section of flat road we had seen earlier . We camped the night in poring rain , and headed out quite easily the next day to our starting point , as we had done a lot of road building the previous day .
We did another small pass (Jockstrap) on the way back to Roma . As it turned out , the road wasn’t quite finished , and we had to do quite a bit of construction to get down , as it wasn’t possible to turn around and go back up the pass .
We spent an enjoyable night back at the trading post , before departing home the next day .
The trip was great fun , despite the appalling weather , and I must thank Michele Zimmerman for organising the trip , and Ashley Thorn for guiding us .
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The weather looked fairly harmless on Friday morning as we left Roma
Koos’ Land Cruiser
The river at the bottom of the pass
This local is convinced he knows the way through
Our view up the pass
The last we saw of Koos under his own power
What can I say all the water makes me want to go
Michel getting back onto the right track after bit of a wrong turn
Niel in his hilux
4 degrees at 12:30 pm !
The river , erhm road
Getting Barry off a rock
The root of the problem
Giving Barry a hand up one of the more difficult obstacles
Some more roadworks
Paul on the new “road”