year's July 4th Club Run again had a great turnout. Our trail master reported
at least 54 Jeeps brought their owners for the weekend. That totaled out
to around 122 people. Four of the higher rated trails were run, and have
we got a list of vehicle casualties! Actually, most of them were minor
- or else we're just getting used to it.
Dave Jacobs led us through Tall Dog while riding in Don Sterne's Jeep.
Tall Dog starts out with a challenging climb Dave calls the 'Guardian'.
You'll realize right away that if you don't like this spot, you'd better
turn back a.s.a.p. Once you climb or winch through the Guardian, you'll
squeeze through muddy sloughs and encounter lots of steep climbs and narrow
shoots. There were only 8 of us that day, and we all worked well together.
I got a kick out of John Toumbs. He breezed over each obstacle with his
Mangler, and then kept an eye on his old T-Rex. He gave Mike (it's new
owner) advice on how it could handle things. Seems we never stop feeling
responsible for our "babies". And Randy Whitaker's son Isaac sure enjoyed
the ride. He was all smiles, all day long.
Lee and O.R. led Dutch Creek on Saturday.
writes: Just thought I would write a little note about the Dutch Creek
Trail. It was my first time on this trail, and I had a real good time.
Well maybe except for when the body flex caused my clutch control tube
to release from the ball stud and bracket on the bell housing side. (I
thought John T. would give me heck if I didn't use these technical terms.)
Anyway the clutch thing fell off of the little dealy and we had to do
a trail fix for ˝ hour or so. Or when I took the wrong line up that hill,
and received my first body damage. Hope I didn't hurt that tree much.
Or maybe it was when I got stuck and the fine gentlemen with the Cherokee
came to my rescue. My brother Frank was in the shotgun seat with me (his
first time). He said he had an outstanding time, but he thinks we're all
nuts. (It's a Jeep thing he doesn't understand.) We ran the new part of
this trail, and our Trail Guide was as helpful as he always is. All things
considered I believe everyone had a full and fun day. About 4 p.m. we
went over to Tom & Debbie Wombles place for the feed they put on. The
food and company were great. Thanks Debbie for all the work you put in.
(Did Tom help you? Well ok, thanks to Tom also). Anyone having pictures
of that Red, White, and Blue CJ that they would like to share please let
me know. Thanks to all for a good time!
After Saturday's trails everybody ended up at the rock pile. Then we all
raced for much needed showers before heading back to Tom and Debbie's
for a great picnic and hog roast. They were smart and had the hog roasted
ahead of time to save us from the added heat. There was a good variety
of roast pork, BBQ pork, and ham, and plenty of it. Along with great salads,
coleslaw, chips and cake. Many of Tom and Debbie's family were there too.
(Not only do they enjoy the club, they are also landowners). After the
picnic, Tom led the group to a spectacular fireworks display at Pleasant
Hill. He arranged private parking for the Jeeps right behind the stage
area. And when the show was over, they even got out before the rest of
the crowd. A few members went back to Tom and Debbie's for drinks and
snacks and general tall trail tales.
On Sunday, Garry (yes, it's 2 r's) from GDS and his other brother Gary
(Doc) took us through Tom and Debbie's newest trail, 'Atlas'. Debbie designed
most of the layout for this trail. It has plenty of long vertical climbs
that loop up and down and around each other, and it's deep in the thick
of the woods. While Rongway had a great time putting his CJ to the challenge,
I had difficulty finding a place to hop out for videos. If I wasn't so
afraid of the itch-weed, I would have taken some great footage… (yeah,
ok, enough excuses). We had only 7 on the trail, so Garry kept us moving
pretty fast. That is until we reached the mud hill. After winching himself,
he had to winch us all up. John Toumbs and Tom Wombles had a bet to see
who could get the farthest. Tom was in the lead until Debbie suggested
he try one more time. The second run wasn't as far, so John took his money
back. Garry's winch held out until the last Jeep, and then it died (sorry,
Val). I heard comments from those who walked up, that we need to install
chair lifts on this trail. Woodpecker broke both front springs, so he
opted to take his Jeep back to town. Tom gave him directions to the main
road while we all finished the trail. We kept in contact on the CB, but
Woodpecker must have been enjoying his shortcut. He made enough wrong
turns that the group got to the main road before he did! We finished the
trail just in time for lunch so we all joined up with Kim Miller back
at the air-conditioned motel to bid her and Tim goodbye. Too bad we had
to get back to work to support our sport. On their way home, the trailer
tire loosened up and Tim lost the retaining nut for the axle. Lucky for
him, Eagle Eye Kim walked back and found it along the highway.
Junior led the Back 40 both days. (I heard he claims "Killerman" chickened
out on Sunday). Marcus got into a tough spot on T-Bucket, slid sideways
and around, then ended up doing the obstacle backwards. Everybody got
strapped at least once or twice, except for Brad. And the Cherokees seemed
to have the least amount of trouble. They finished the trail in such good
time Sunday, that they decided to turn around and run the last half again
backwards (but not like Mark did).