b'Once back at Flat Rock, we headed same thingIm no rock expert. plan and hey, its always good tooff to Freemans Camp for an early All these tracks with FALLS in the practice some recovery skills on thelunch and pit stop. Freemans camp name made me think that there must track. The team worked well togetherwas a lovely spot with picnic tables be some waterfalls in the area but this and before long the Patrol had beenand long drop loos. Over lunch Karl was all I could find today, a little winched out safely.filled us in on the plan for the after- below the wall. Once we were done Once the rocovery was done we werenoon and promised plenty of bog sightseeing it was time to hit the track on our way againKarl stoppedholes. I have to admit I was pretty again. We started off with a quick little briefly, contemplating this track up tosceptical as so far despite recent loop below the wall which had some the right. Straight up with lots of deeprains, the tracks had all been dry and good rock steps and then began the ruts and rootswe decided againstdusty. Karl said hed been here last in trek south. it.December before the rains and there As we meandered south along For anyone doing this triplook outwere bogs back then. multiple tracks (Rockwells Track, East for the turn on to Rocky Track. ItBills Track certainly didnt disappoint. Falls Road, Army Road, Georges looked very much like there was onlyPlenty of muddy ruts, most of which Road, Jenkins Track to name a few) one option but this soon came to ahad an easy option. There were quite there was a discussion about chain- dead end. Once we got back out toa few where we erred on the side of saws and Karl lamented that Santa the junction we could see that Rockycaution but still plenty of stinky fun. had yet to bring him a chainsaw, just Track was in fact to the rightaOnce we were off Bills Track we lumps of coal. A bit of indecision on sharp turn off the track. Australiansstarted to make our way north to our the turn into Bridge Track and his co are famous for their creative roadnext destinationTrawool Reservoir. pilot Yvette said it looked like a names and it was evident how RockyWe headed up tracks such as Falls chainsaw was unlikely this Christmas Track got its name rocky indeed.West Track, Falls Creek Road, Loop either. Santa can be so harsh some- From the end of Rocky Track weNos 1 & 2. The forest had been times. headed up Magazine Track and wereconsistently bushy so far but now The day was wearing on when we hit soon back at Freemans camp.began to thin out for a while, opening Cable Track. My Rooftops map was Karls first trip as Leader was a bigup to some clear, flat areas. last surveyed in 2014 and had an success. It was well researched andWest Falls Road was the final descent arrow pointing to Bog. 6 years is a planned and Tallarook State Forestto the reservoir and was a bit like a long time for a bog to have been has a lot of variety to offer in a smalllong, dusty rollercoaster with stunning around but sure enough it was there space, from rocky tracks with chal-views right over the Goulburn Valley.and a good one at that. Everyone got lenging steps, to deep ruts and bogsThe reservoir itself has an old dam out and had a good look at thesomething to satisfy a range of dif-wall. A short walk past the wall you options, poking the deep bits with ferent skill levels and vehicles.find a quarry where they must have sticks to check the bottom. Once Looking at the map Im sure there arecut the rock to make the dam. On my again there were options to one side lots more adventures to be had in theRooftops map it says that its blue- which most people opted to take. area.stone, however the DEPI forest notes Brendan however decided to power Lee Kernighan sung that things weresay the following Traawool Reservoir through the deep sideIm so glad crook in Tallarook, but on this day Iwas built in the 1890s to supply water he did as it made for some great would disagreethings were beaut!to Seymour and the nearby railway. action shots. He made it look so easyThe 350 foot long, 23 foot high granite I convinced Jamie to give it a go in Mandy Pittsashlar masonry weir is no longer used the Patrol. Surely with the higher City West 4x4 Clubas a water supply. Maybe Granite clearance it would be a piece ofAshlar Masonry and Bluestone are the cake.Oh well, some things dont go to TRACKWATCH SEPTEMBER 2020 19'