Penny Spring Farm (Detling) 13 October 2002

Our second trip to this site, but our first excursion in Myrtle. Knowing the site I thought it the ideal place to get used to the new toy, it would also be a good place for my passenger, Steve, to get used to a new hobby! Their new website is excellent for whetting the appetite too!

Myrtle gets warmed up
Myrtle gets warmed up
We spent most of the morning playing around the various levels of White Runs at the top of the site, with a couple of Black sections mixed in. Once we were happy that Myrtle was happy, Steve took the wheel. Having recently bought a SII / Rangie Hybrid, it was time for him to get some mud miles under his belt. Myrtle took the everything in her stride, not getting stuck once. Her shorter wheelbase and zero rear overhang certainly make her less bumpy and more capable than Daisy. There was just one Black 3 hole in the top part of the site that caused us problems. We got through eventually, but some work on my technique is required to get the balance between going too fast and breaking something or going too slow and stalling. Head for the trees!
Head for the trees!
Steve takes lessons
Steve takes lessons
In the creek 1 In the creek 2 In the creek 3 In the creek 4
Cross Axle Creek
Can we climb it?
Can we climb it?
After a tea-break we headed down the hill for some more severe challenges. This is where you really begin to appreciate the shorter wheelbase (still had to shunt a couple of times!). Myrtle loves climbing the steep hills - 'Make it look easy, why don't you?' complained a marshall :) - and Cross Axle Creek was challenging fun but much more manageable.
Yes we can!
Yes we can!
Other vehicles 1 Other vehicles 2 Other vehicles 3 Other vehicles 4 Other vehicles 5
With an egg burger in hand we admired some of the other vehicles playing on the site before doing it all again!

After trying that Black 3 section at the top just a bit too fast (we really thought we had broken something!) we pottered around for a bit longer. It had been raining gently and the top section was becoming very slippery - great fun. I'm sure we'll be going back when the site re-opens in the new year, especially when Steve's beast is ready for an outing!

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