was our family's 2nd trip to the Two Rivers 4X4Blast. Last year we ran our Grand
Cherokee and had such a good time that we started building our TJ shortly after.
Like last year, this year we had our 2 children (Talon-5 and Myla-3) with us on
the trails. We chose Back 40 and Lakeshore Drive this time. Friday Morning we
headed out for Back 40. The weatherman said that storms were heading our way,
so we put the top on but decided to leave the full doors off (that would later
prove to be a mistake).
After the entertaining drivers' meeting we headed out to the trail. Our group
consisted of 16 rigs. We had a wide variety, with TJ's, CJ5's, CJ7's, YJ's, a
ZJ, an old flatty and even a Suzuki on the trail with us. Our first vehicular
casualty came before we made it to the trail. Magid Tachan's yellow CJ7 from Wisconsin
decided to stop running, but it was fixed in time to line up at the trailhead
with the rest of us. After a short drivers' meeting, our trail guide Walt led
the way down the trail. We didn't make it very far when we had our 2nd casualty.
The old flatty broke a motor mount. This repair took a little longer to fix, but
after a bit it was heading down the trail again.
were having some fun winding through the woods on an off-camber section when it
started to rain
and rain! Just as we were wishing that we had
brought the doors along, we noticed that our friend Jeff Hillman's CJ5 had stalled
in the trail behind us. We jumped out into the deluge and worked to get it off
the trail so that the remaining rigs behind it could continue on. Trail guide
(and fellow Union Pipefitter) "Hay" and his fiancé Kathleen in
an LT1 powered CJ7 came up and we winched Jeff's rig off the trail. Hay and Kathleen
stayed behind with us to get Jeff's rig back to civilization. Hay strapped onto
Jeff's rig and towed him back down the trail and we followed behind. It was still
pouring. We could see the red barn that we were heading for, but unfortunately,
recent excavation had removed the last section of the trail that we were on. After
some clever winching and considerable work by Hay, Kathleen and others, we managed
to get Jeff's rig down to the barn where everyone else was having lunch. Upon
later inspection, we found the culprit to be a Mallory ignition coil that had
managed to get wet and explode.
lunch we pulled TJ in behind the rest of the group and continued on the very,
very muddy trail. The rain had made everything very slick. On an off-camber entrance
into a small creek, we managed to slide down to the bottom and get the two drivers'
side wheels off the ground
way off the ground. And then there was the big
drop off into the creek (if you've been on Back 40, then you know the one that
I'm talking about). We managed to get both back wheels off of the ground and do
a front wheel stand coming down that one. We wound through the muddy trail the
rest of the afternoon and had a fun, challenging time. We met a lot of nice people,
had a great day 'wheelin' and I can't say enough about the great job that our
trail guides did.
Thanks for yet another great Blast.
We'll see you next year.
Dave Sherri, Talon and Myla Selph.