Date and time: 2 May 2012, 1900 hrs
Written by: Ali Harley, Crew 118, MSPS
EVA time: from 1630 hrs to 1830 hrs
Brahe Highway 12s utm 0517078 4254556, elev. 1363
It was too late in the day to go to Coal Mine Wash so we decided to scout the so far unexplored Brahe Highway.
This has got to be the set of countless cowboy movies! A totally different landscape again - not red this time, but yellow. There was a patch of quartz out of a seam, and some bits of petrified wood which is tree-coloured. There were a few hairy moments on the ATV's due to following the wrong tracks.
Following ATV tracks doesn't mean you are following an established road - we took a wrong turn and came to a dead end. We about-turned and came back to the Hab the way we had come (Lowell Highway). Note for all ATV riders: by cross-country'ing on the ATV's, you not only chew up the beautiful landscape, but you also confuse riders trying to stay on the established road.