it started off as a realy nice day for wheelin. Me, Randy in his
newly 4-linked jeepster, and a friend Gene in Poco (vintage bronco).
We are all veterans of this trail having run it many times.There
were only three other jeeps up there and the usual bunch of snobby
hikers and cool climbers. The first part went realy smooth no issues
or over heating and was at Jaws 1 in less than an hour.
went first over the middle with no problems that 4-link is realy
sweet! I was next and took my usual line of riding the fin with
my driver. You get some realy cool air on that line. I motored right
over it. Next up was Gene. For some reason he was realy hesitant
to run it and we thought he was going to back out. He finaly took
his line kind of in-between the other two. When his left front got
about 6' off the ground he kind of panicked and turned away from
the line but he made it over okay.
bronco was having holley issues after that and the three behind
us stoped to help and showed him how to adjust the floats on the
rig. Holley problem solved. We all kind of wound up running together
for a while. Cool bunch of guys from Trinadad/Raton area.
Jaws 2 Randy popped right over with me spotting. I was up next and
my spotter was a little off had me to far left. I felt the back
end kick over before I had crested and all I could do was hit the
gas and drive out of it. No pucker prints yet on this trip. Gene
again was a little hesatant but made it right over. That bronc is
pretty awsome as well. Randy hit the tippy section before the V-notch
and got a little spooked but we all made it okay.
the v-notch Randy took the far left line with no problem. I took
the middle line and went on over okay. Again my spotter was off.
Gene took the inbetween line again and popped right over.
were at Jaws 3 in less than 2 hours as we had been motoring along
pretty good.We told the Trinadad guys to go on up and we would be
up before long. (They had us out built and out classed vehicle wise).
Randy went first and after a couple of attempts got his tires wedged
front and back on big rocks. He got some realy cool air a few times.
After about 4 tries we decided to strap him up. Gene backed down
and took the by pass up to strap him.
backed down and thought I had gone far enough as no one was watching
me. I moved about a foot forward when I felt the front end go! I
steered into it hoping to drive out of it but all it did was a nose
dive. Hit the Right front corner first and I realized I was going
over! Killed the fuel pump and engine in route to being on my top.
Tried to lay across the seat. I had gone right to the edge of the
bypass road and stopped. Good thing cause from there it is along
one saw me roll but they heard it and came running from up above.
I was already climbing out of my window but they couldn't see me
cause I was on the other side on the edge. Randy was yelling for
me and started to kick out my window but I walked around the front
and told them I was okay. Un hurt un scratched!!Gotta love the protection
of an FSJ.
they all cussed me out for scaring them to death (they puckered
more than me!) we proceeded to eat lunch and figure out how to get
it back over. We chacked out the area to see what happened and saw
that I had driven off a near vertical 8 foot drop. If I drank I
would have an excuse but I don't! Man I felt so stupid!!! All
we had were straps come alongs and hi-lift and bottle jacks. Thankfully
there were 4 climbers commeing down and helped us turn it over.
I am very grateful to them.
all the fluids and replaced them hit the fuel pump and it fired
right up! We cleaned up the glass and fluids. Then cause I couldn't
turn around and Gene wouldn't back up the bypass I had to repeat
my previos moves (while being spotted this time) to let Gene go
by and go up the bypass to the top to turn around. I had almost
no brakes so I went in the middle just in case. The
trip down went okay till jaws one where once again my spotter was
off and I got hi centered and had to take the strap.
Jaws 1 it was time for the lights and we drove on down in the dark.
That's a trippy trail in the dark, but it is much easier to see
the trail at night without a windshield. LOL. I actualy got a cell
signal up there and some friends were on there way from Pueblo with
another trailer. Made it down to Randy's trailer and loaded up.
the lights we saw a rabbit laying on the trailer. I got to looking
at it and it had no head!! We went on down to the hiway and waited
for the trailer to arive and found the rabbit head stuck under the
windshield wiper. What kind of sick twisted fu*^#$ kills an animal
cuts its head off and puts it front and back on your tow rig I'll
never know!! We all made it back home safely and in one piece about
1:00 am Sunday morn.
is pretty much totaled now. Time for another Chero so I can run
this same trail next year! Can't wait!