Off Road trip #2: 11-5-05
Okay, as always, first off is the existence, or lack of damage. I got a tiny bit of rock rub on my front differential, which in perspective is like a house fly landing on Godzilla. It means nothing. I scraped the front and rear bumpers again, but no biggie.
I apologize, I didn't take many pictures again, I WILL take pic's next time. When I'm wheelin' it's hard to take pic's of myself, so I depend on Marshall to jump out and take pictures, but he's only got a disposable camera and he hasn't gotten his film developed in months.
Interesting trip though. Shawn came this time, rode shotgun with me. He did better than I anticipated. No offense meant, but he does have trouble shutting up some times, but once on the trail, "shut up" told him that I needed to concentrate and he did just that. Yes, maybe not next time, or maybe so, but he's welcome to come again, but I'd like to rotate passengers if at all possible. I�ve got more than one friend, makes since I should have more than one passenger.
We rode the regular trail nice and easy at first. In fact we got there much earlier than last time due to the fact that I got my truck 80% ready the night before hand. We reached the tour at about 11:00 and took in the views. Hey, you can too!
It is here that we came across the 4X4Him Christian Offroaders and the Christian Four Wheelers clubs, who were on Bald the same day. They took the "Complete Loop" while Marshall and I took the plainer trail.
Pretty cool huh?
Oh, since I did take it, I guess I've gotta include this pic of Shawn with Shaver in the background. He wanted a copy anyways.
From here, we left at 11:45, with a 45 minute trail ahead of us, to meet Marshall's friend at the trail head at noon. We made it in 12 minutes. Damn that was a fun drive! After meeting his friend, the "group" then had lunch and headed back to the trail. I knew we wouldn't be doing too much because the new rig in the trio was a newer 4runner that didn't have too much done to it. He did okay though.
We played on the rocks between Bald and Hollywood for a while. The 4runner couldn't make it, so he rode with Marshall.
Of course, I had some fun too, but these pic's are pretty much the same as before.
We showed the newcomer Hollywood, where his opinion changed from "no biggie" to "oh $***." Suddenly, his girlfriend reminded him that he had a gig at six back home, and he had to leave. Bummer....
After he left, we found the remnants of the two clubs talking, trying to decide where to go. Marshall and I decided to tag along. Before we left, I snapped this shot of "BigRed" climbing V-rock, err trying at least.
He later came on the radio and announced he had just broken his axle, right there. Bummer. A week or so later he announced he was selling that rig and it's tow rig, in order to get a larger rig. We're officially scared, lol.
It was at about this time Marshall and I realized that they we were doing the harder part of the trail, so we sucked in our guts and went. Marshall didn't care, he's done harder, but I haven't, I'm still new at this.
The trail was much more extreme than the "dirt road maoutain." It was AWESOME. The environment was much different than the mountain top of the other trail. At one point, Marshall and I both almost flipped. Even on the same rock! Marshall slipped off the side, and due to my lack of experience I took a bad line and almost flipped forward. I yelled "to the left!" and Shawn and I leaned to our sides trying to keep it on all fours. I hit the gas and the front end came forward, settling us down. I then announced over the CB, "hold on, I've gotta change my pants." J/k
There was one obstacle that I couldn't climb, but had I had tread on my tires I would have easilly. I then cursed my bald tires and took a bypass. As I pulled outta this, I saw Marshall up ahead, with two or three guys on the back, swaying the weight trying to give him traction. Shawn and I drove to a clearing and hopped out. Marshall had gotten stuck.
It was fun getting him free, and there's no shame on being towed off an obstacle in offroading. Heck, it's even fun! Imagine that, fun to get stuck, lol. I saw someone take pic's, but it's been over a week and they haven't posted them yet. I was busy helping get Marshall unstuck, so the only picture I've got is of the hole Marshall left behind.
The rest of the trail was awesome, I can't wait to go again, but I'll talk about that in a minute.
We came to the end, aka "base camp" right at sun fall. We all popped our hoods and started to air up. This was an awesome picture opportunity.
Idiotically, I didn't include my own rig in this pic. I'm just to the left.
The two clubs left while Marshall and I aired up. I don't have my own pump and Marshall's started to get tired after airing up his.
We left after nightfall and stopped in Shaver Lake Pizza to get a snack. Shawn and Marshall tried to get me to hit on the two employees, I told them I was happy as is. We then proceeded to leave when my truck wouldn't start. I left my CB on by accident, so I assumed my battery had drained dry (its shown signs of being on it�s last leg�s already), so I had Marshall jump me. No help.
Long story short, Marshall's brother drove up in his truck (not his rig) and towed me back down Sunday. My pickup sat in my yard for a week not working. Finally, we got her running, after learning almost the entire electrical system of a 1983 Toyota pickup. But she runs now, she's idling a little high, and i've got a throttle cable sticking, but that's just a WD-40 spray away from being fixed.
With her doing that I'm not going off roading for a few weeks. I wanna make sure this is normal and nothings wrong. Marshall's officially done for the season, he's getting ready to do some MAJOR work to his jeep. Many have said that his jeep isn't "Extreme" enough for off roading. It is, but it just don't look like it, his Jeep seems to hide it. Soon, very soon, his rig will be sweet.
As for mine, I have some repairs and upgrades in mind for my rig, and work's all of a sudden decided to work me again, so money's coming back. I've already installed some new speakers, because the 23 year old ones had seen their last days. Next up are new wheels and tires, the wheels are in my garage right now, but they need some cleaning up, some major cleaning up. Tire's will be 33" BFG Mud Terrains, once we get them installed. The next page will be before and after pictures, with close up's and such. It'll be much shorter.
This trip was better than the last, that is until I broke down, and all for a stupid $42 part! Anyways, stuff happens, and my baby is again purring like a kitten. Although, at higher RPM's, it's more like a low growl. W/e, still koo though.