The 2004 4X4 BLAST is over; now I can fix my broken
Jeep. About 15 minutes into the Lakeshore Trail, on Friday morning,
how hit a massive log. The log had somehow gotten between my
drive shaft and transmission. When we went to pull it out, somehow
the clutch slave cylinder broke and jammed the transfer case
shifter. T.J. a/k/a “The Video Man” said it was not
a massive log but just a little twig. Now I don't know what
he was looking at, but lying in the water, in a creek, during
a rainstorm, I still think it was a massive log. I made a call
and Little Jess Jeep in Quincy thought they could get the parts.
By the time I got the broken parts off and drove to Quincy,
they said they were in Springfield. No way to make it to Springfield
by 5:00 PM so I will ride with someone else tomorrow. A big "Thanks"
to John Toumbs for driving T.J. around for the rest of Friday.
On Saturday, T.J. and I drove the truck out to Montezuma where
we got rides from anyone we could, thanks to Craig and Lou.
We did get some good pictures during our rides. Boy what one
night of drying can do to a trail. We ran the trail by noon
so the six or seven Jeeps decided to follow us North to the
County Line Trail. I had called Mad Dog "Dave Jacobs" and
told him we were on the way. Just as they were pulling out
we pulled in. What timing we have; thanks to Sparky and not
filling up with gas. We spent the rest of the afternoon with
Pete, Dave, and Gerald on County Line and had a great time.
There was some very good wheeling going on and good film was
To have a great weekend like this I would like to thank all
the people of Pike County, for allowing us to play in their
yards. A very BIG THANK YOU to the landowners who let us use
their property for the sport we dearly love and the American
Alley, and John Wood College for the use of the parking lots
As I was saying my thank you's Saturday night I was sure I had
left some people out. Two that I saw after my thanks were Ardis
and Deanna Lozenski, Ardis helped with the raffle
prizes and sponsors as did Deanna, but she also did both the
back of the 2004 4X4 Blast T-Shirt. So THANKS girls
and sorry I missed both of you.
Dave Christensen and Graham McNeill were again the backbone
of the team. They keep me on the straight and narrow making
sure I had all the information and pages of papers to make
registration always fun. Tony and Andrea Prochaska had a great
crew and it seemed like the registration moved fast this time.
Rick Miller did a very good job of selling raffle tickets
at the last minute. He had to put together a crew at the Blast
and they did a very good job. Garry Shadwick and Team Plesko
also did a wonderful job with the Tech Inspection. It was no
fun looking under 100 Jeeps and other type of want-to-be-Jeeps
in the rain to see if all could pass the inspection. John Toumbs
and his crew did a great job both Thursday and Friday with
the Rodeo. Saw some impressive Jeeps on the ramp.
We had a smaller turn out for the Blast this year but I have
to say I never had so many people who where there to
help and do anything that was needed of them. A big "Thanks"
to all that have been left out or forgot or I just can't
remember. We also want to congratulate Warren and Karen Dixon,
winners of a set of tires from Neal Tire and Don (Pokey) and
Becky Walston winners of the Warn Winch from GDS and Warn.
Like I said, it's over. Now to start next year. I have volunteered
to coordinate the 2005 Safari and Blast so if any of you
would like to help, look me up at a work weekend. You can also
call me at (217)827-2899 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have openings in registration and other jobs that need