10 of us started the day and on my warm up ride I realised I still hadn't fixed my vibrating bash plate that I had been meaning to for the past 3 pr 4 rides. A quick look from dusty and we discover that I'm missing a bolt so I ignore that and we head off. I always find Dissa pretty slippery to start the day so I donned the yellow vest and volunteered to sweep. Not to far into the trails Nathan pulls the pin with a bung shoulder from a mountain bike injury, heal up quick and strong mate and see you at the desert (damned pushies). The crew were flowing through the trails and needing no real work from the sweep until we find a real slippery clay uphill with a few roots thrown in for good measure. I turned off my fuel, jumped off my bike and with a few pushes, prods and wheel turns everyone gets through. I get back on my bike and just getting through the slippery uphill stuff nicely until the engine dies at a terrible spot and I swear as I turn the fuelcock back on. Plenty of engine revving and a bit more pushing and I get to the top with a few giggles coming from the crew and Dusty acknowledging the fact I may need a quick break! We are about to get going when Habs realises he has no gear lever and starts the march back down the slippery clay hill in search of his lever. This gives me time to rebolt the bash plate and plenty of banter before Habs finds it, climbs back up the ill and puts it backs on. Dusty pointed us in the direction of a hill he had only ever done once with a mention of a step up in there. Being sweep I was up the back and watched everyone coming back down and heading to Hamburger 1. I thought this looks fun and when I get my go I give it a bit of throttle then see a couple of guys struggling to turn there bikes around and that looked like hard work so I gave the throttle a bit more of a twist and hoped for the best and got up the rocky step up grinning. Another highlight for me was 3rd gear hill. I have only done it once and it was a terrible effort . I gave it quite a few cracks watching what the others were doing and was keen on smashing the rock line on the right. One failed attempt was petcock still turned off (damned carbies!) and I think the bike flipped on a couple but I finally nailed it and really easily. When I got to the top I wanted to do it again to reaffirm what I did and a fail or 2 later I got up but terribly and its on film, cheers Marko! Another hill to mention was Swamp Hill. The word went around that there was a new hill just up from Swamp Hill and we navigated towards it. As a few of us up the back saw the guys at the front struggling with trees and off camber terrain we also noticed BenG making swamp hill look like a mere lump in the ground. I thought, yeah I can do that and turned around and headed for the bottom of the hill to replicate Beng's form. I get on the throttle, point the bike in the general direction and from there on the bike was all over the shop and I almost thought I was in control of my Kato for a second before I failed miserably. As I pick up my bike I watch Marko trotting off to the far right and doing it really easily and Dann follows and does the same. I jump in behind them and then do all sorts of awful efforts and get the bike to the top, eventually, minus the clutch, I think that burnt down somewhere down there! Highlights for the day was watching BenG and Doug Trez constantly riding when we were catching a breather and smashing hills over and over again. Also catching up with the rest of the crew and a bit of banter hear and there, Cheers Dann for helping with the sweeping and a massive thanks to Dusty for leading us around even though you were clearly under the weather and having to kick the bike as well. I said to him at one stage its alright if we head for home early but he pushed on.