Creek, May 20, 2006
it was actually quite uneventful, which was remarkable enough.
showed up @ 8:50 and NO ONE was there. Not an FSJ in sight. I did
see some old customers of mine filling up @ the gas station, however.
Then Jason showed up in Brutus. And soon after, Ken showed up in
his (unnamed?) orange FSJ. Right after that, Ray rolled in with
his black WT Cherokee. We headed out promptly at 9:20am. Ken
took the lead, since he seemed to be the only one who had been on
this trail before!
passed Kelly Flats entrance and noticed a park ranger there. Rumor
has it that the Mountaineers were doing trail opening cleanup on
that trail. We got to Rustic and took the Boy Scout road exit and
headed to the trail. Almost immediately, we found a stub trail that
allowed some fun hill climbs near some mining claims. We headed
back down to the main trail and continued on, crossing the stream
several times. Our tires got wet, but no need for snorkels on this
had found another stub trail the previous week when he was up there
on his motorcycle, so we headed up there. It reminded me of Heart
Attack Hill on Kelly Flats. Lots of fun. A little bit of moguls
mixed in with rocks. Everyone got good flex at this spot. At the
end, we sat around and ate a bit.
12:30, we headed down and encountered our only "problem" of the
day. Ray's truck was having fuel issues and had trouble starting.
Once we got it started, it ran fine the rest of the day. I resisted
the urge to tell him to get fuel injected.
bounced along the trail some more and hit some more water crossings.
There was one spot off to the side of the trail that was a well
used mudhole. Problem was, it was off to the SIDE and you had to
swerve into the trees to get to it. I hit it at speed, and THEN
realized that I was heading TOWARDS the trees. Not wanting to eat
the tress, I stomped on the brakes and disaster (for the trees,
I'm sure) was averted. :-)
stopped once more for a "on the trail" photo op and got pix of all
4 trucks somewhere other than a parking lot or a gas station. Soon
we hit graded roads again and it was back to Rustic for hte trip
back down the Poudre.
in all, it was a fantastic trail run. I think this is a good shakedown
trail, just as good as Moody Hill and the bottom of Crystal Mountain.
Total mileage from Ted's Place (at the bottom of the Poudre) was
about 80 miles. A good way to see how your truck handles mountain
roads as well as the trail. -Ethan
just thought I would give everyone an update on the Seven Mile trail
run today. Ken (74 wag), Ethan (67 M715) and Ray (?? Chero) and
myself (74 J10) represented all classes of FSJ on the trail. What
a lot of fun. I got to test out my hand throttle... AWESOME!!! I
broke the linkage at the carb about halfway up but no worries. I
will have to make a bracket this week because I had about a 12 ga
wire with ring connectors on each end that broke.
have some awesome video and snaps, Ethan got some snaps, Ken got
some snaps, and Ray got some video of us sittin' around on lunch
break. I will get mine posted sometime tomorrow. I have to get going
to the rockies game now.
I REALLY have the itch. I think I am going to purchase that M715
up here and put my axles/tires under it and leave Brutus where he
sits right now. We will see. -Jason
pictures and video from Jason