Lake Lyell - FEB 2011
20-2-2011 Lake Lyall Track Survey.
In attendance were Andrew and Paul with visitor Ciaran and his back seat driver Owen. The trip was planned at Stockton last weekend to utilise a day that had originally been booked for another trip since cancelled.
Lake Lyall is located near Lithgow and the plan was to survey some tracks in the area for driving suitability. Some of the tracks were known but many of the side tracks are unmapped so we were going to drive a few just to see where they led and how difficult they were.
The group of 3 cars met at Lithgow at 9.00am and were mobile at 9.30am. A short trip west to Wallerawang and we were off the bitumen and into the forest. The initial track followed the power pylons and proved to be a useful side trip. First casualty was the Disco. It spat out a rubber shock absorber bush. Nothing too dramatic.
The rest of the morning was taken up in much the same manner. A short side trip that often meant turning around and backtracking. We did encounter some great driving and some creek crossings proved to be challenging. Lunch was partaken on the side of Lake Lyall with the occasional jet skier or skier passing by.
The afternoon started out with a backtrack across the Cox’s River and then the trouble began. Ciaran was having trouble getting traction on some of the steep terrain and loose gravel. This proved to be the end on one particularly steep rocky backtrack and he was towed to the top by Pauls GQ. A discussion was being had over the CB about the problem. There didn’t seem to be much drive to the front wheels. A consensus was forming that it was probably an auto locking hub not working when the front CV fell apart. So much for our theory!
We pulled up and set about putting the broken CV back into place. It was currently jammed between the shock and sway bar preventing the wheel turning freely. The car was then put into 2WD to isolate the front axle and disengage the freewheeling hub. Problem solved. It then took about an hour to get back to the highway with Ciaran being towed over any obstacle that may cause a problem to his now 2WD car. On return to Lithgow our group split up to return to our various homes.