Well, this was our second off road foray, and again returned to Wales with Milemaster. This time it was the wife & kids who were keenest for the outing, and looking forward to what Keith promised would be a lot tougher going.
So, there we were, bright and early at the cafe at the top of Horse shoe pass, waiting for the off. A few Pejaro's, a Ford Explorer, our 109, and boatpainter's 88" S2, with S3 front end.
We were soon, well off the tarmac, and exploring some great tracks. Look, another photograph of my spare wheel, this time with a Pejaro infront of it!
With long trails like this, we hardly touched tarmac all day. With some rain during the week, we were beginning to get our wheels muddy, but the long dry summer meant that the going was generally fairly firm.
I have no idea where it was, but we stopped at the top of this long climb to look at the view. And a pretty fantastic one it was too!
Now, I don't know if it was the Pejaro, or its mud loving driver, but I think the passengers were trying to escape!
And here's a fellow landie fan we spotted on route in a Zebra! This particular camouflage scheme doesn't work so well in Wales!
And when the going gets tough - you'd better fold in those wing mirrors!
Makes you feel really insignificant, doesn't it, all that open space.
We were driving trails almost the whole time, so it's no surprise that we should eventually run into another group of green laners. Keith stopped to have a chat, and talk about surface conditions. I think he knew some of them, and he just had to have a look at the Lada, that apparently does pretty good on the rough.
This made our day this did. A good long mud bath to get the landie dirty. It doesn't look so spectacular... but look, and think again; the sides of that track are half way up the doors; the wheels are in ruts 6" beneath the surface of the mud, and that moore grass is almost to the roof! You would LOOSE a Mondeo in a hole like that; and this is Wales! Think what it would be like in Africa!
At the top of the Wayfarer, we stopped to sign the book and take some pictures.
What can you say about a view like that?
Ah well, the end of the run, Corwen car wash. Boatpainter giving his S2 a bath. We had a good paddle in there, we did.
And so the day concluded, with our aged 109 well and truly muddied. Time to clean the headlamps and number plate and head off back to reality