April 20-22, 2007
short version is, we all got there ok, one group had had a crazy
time on Steel Bender, while Scott and I ran Fins 'n' Things in his
rig (mine was not ready and left at home). Friday
we ran Hell's Revenge which was a lot of fun.
Saturday was a repeat of the epic day and night marathon wheeling
nightmare we did in 2005. Only way worse.
Saturday we ran the triumvirate trials of tribulation: Poison Spider
Mesa, Golden Spike and Gold Bar Rim.
we ran Gold Bar Rim early Sunday morning...
the time we rolled off the trail at 4am Sunday, half our rigs were
broken and barely limping off the trail. The drivers weren't doing
a heck of a lot better. Since we started at 9am, that's a gruelling
18 hours of of slogging through some of the hardest obstacles Moab
has to offer, patching together rigs as we went, and wandering around
with flashlights trying to find the trail. So far, and hopefully
forever, 18 hours will be our record for that trail.
all about the Mayhem below!
The trip out
was mostly uneventful for us, at least. We ran into some icy conditions
around near Eisenhower
Tunnel. Unfortunately, someone in an SUV in the eastbound lane
ended up losing control and rolling multiple times as Scott watched.
We pulled over and I dialed 911 while he went to render aid. Thank
God, they all appeared ok, and were walking. Whew. That is scary
stuff. People forget that having 4wd isn't the same as being invincible.
Scott and I took it slow through these icy patches. Both our vehicles
did ok (the Element has on demand 4wd).
couple of times we came to Moab, Scott was thwarted by Fins
and Things, our traditional shakedown trail. The first time
out in the J20, all the problems started right at the beginning
(the second time he was a passenger, like I am now). Not this time!
The 74 Wagoneer did superbly. Here it is tackling that first obstacle.
We only did
the first half, sure, but after navigating down the first very steep
descent, he went back up onto this fin via the middle path, not
an easy climb, but with the 34" Swamper LTB's and a rear mini-spool,
it looked pretty easy (movie)
crew who were already here yesterday or earlier ran Steel Bender
and I guess Jason had some problems and had to get towed back to
town. :( The plan tomorrow is to run Hell's Revenge.
Rest of the
story at Michael's Blog:
(Poison Spider, Golden Spike, ...)
(... Gold Bar Rim)