… And Getting Bogged.

One of the disappointing things about driving a conventional car is the ease of getting bogged. An unfortunately placed mud puddle, some slippery grass… and you’re stuck. On the other hand, off-road vehicles are different. You still get bogged, but in much more interesting places; and getting out again, if possible, changes from being an annoyance to being a real adventure.

Although in retrospect… the “adventure” bit did tend to get overshadowed by the “annoyance” part. Here’s Ron stuck at Bent’s Basin, West of Sydney, and getting out by muscle power.

Mind you, things could have been worse. A couple of hundred yards south of this spot lay the turretless remains of a WW2 tank (possibly a Matilda?), stuck on the side of a hill. We were told that after the War a local farmer had bought the tank as a sort of heavy-duty tractor. But after crossing the river, the machine got stuck on the hill. The farmer tried to winch it free using a heavy wire rope, but the rope couldn’t take the strain and broke. So the owner just walked away and left it.

At least we always managed to rescue the ‘Rovers!

I don’t know if the tank is still there. Several years later the local authorities put up barriers everywhere and the usual signs saying “people caught having fun in this area will be prosecuted”. So I haven’t been back for a long time.


About aquadraco

I'm a grey nomad who enjoys living on the same planet as Australian Eastern Water Dragons. And turtles.
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