THIS WEEK ON ALL 4 ADVENTURE…
Jase and Simon are back, and this time their mate Kiel from Western Australia is along to join in the adventure! The boys have been given a mission by Norm Beck whose father Syd ran the Beck Museum in Mareeba for many years prior to his passing. The museum was home to many aviation and war treasures collected over Syd’s lifetime. Now Norm would like to send the 1.2-tonne engine from a P-47 Thunberbolt back to Horn Island where the aircraft had crashed on take-off in 1944.
Old mate Stew arrives with a spare trailer to tow the massive engine for the first leg of the 950k journey. So they hit the road north, and as soon as they leave the pavement, the skies open. It’s an omen of what they’ll be facing ahead, and Kiel has a baptism of fire when it comes to the Cape York wet!
Arriving at Musgrave Station, the team unload Swampy, which will stay parked up here for the next few days. Now the challenge is to move that engine from one trailer to the other without the benefit of an antique crane. Using a tree, ropes, straps and Boss Ring plus a little bit of physics knowledge from back in the day, they manage to get the old machine over without sending Kiel flying.
Back on the road, the team come across some fellow travellers who got caught up in the mud left behind after the rain. Using the recovery gear on board, they make quick work of getting the caravan out of its sticky situation and back on solid ground.
With everyone on their way again, it’s not long before they hit Deep Creek, which is living up to its name. This crossing is too deep and swift to attempt, so the boys find a spot to set up camp and wait for it to drop.
The next morning, it is smooth sailing until they hit the Archer River. Though it is running high, it’s still driveable as long as they stay on the high side of the causeway. Blackout, Maxy2 and Maxy all make it through without issue, but not long after the boys get past, the cameramen ring through on the radio saying that another driver in a lighter vehicle had come off in his crossing attempt. The boys quickly turn around to attempt a rescue.
There are more crossings ahead with 300ks to go. They spot more vehicle carnage along the way before hitting another crossing. On this day, there is no bridge and only troubled water. When it’s proper deep like that, there’s no choice but to wait it out… and cook up some afternoon tea! Jase makes up Butternut Snap Cookie Desserts or Butternut Wagon Wheels. But no matter what Jase calls them, Simon calls them ‘delicious’.
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