Ok so this is when things go downhill, fast. I came upon the same big mud hole that I had tried last time and it was much dryer than it was before. I thought, "The XJ is doing great so far lets see if I can make it through this time." Sounds good right? Wrong.
Coming up on the mud hole from hell.
There is the *****. If you look back through the pics from my last wheeling trip you can see how much dryer it is this time.
Decided to go for it, kept to the high side of the hole, then BAM. I fell off into the ruts and landed perfectly on my axles. The front right and rear left wheels were off the ground, and of course with open diffs, they are the wheels that get all the power.
You can see in this picture that I started piling rocks around the floating wheels hoping for some traction. I didn't get any.
FINALLY after walking the wheel back and forth for about an hour and some pedal fineness and a perfectly thrown rock that landed under the front right tire and using the brake pedal while pressing the gas to get the diff to "lock" I freaking made it out of that stupid ***** hole.
It was bad. The Jeep is covered in mud and I was filthy and the interior isn't much better. You can also see my Jeep hubcap is broken on the front right wheel because I accidentally dropped a very large rock on it while trying to find some traction.
While rally driving in an effort to hurry up and get home it started thunderstorming, bad. The hail came soon after, about the size of large marbles.
It turned the muddy parts of the trail into washouts and turned the rocky parts of the trail into ice. Thank God I made it out alright and didn't break anything. As I was getting back onto the pavement and driving through the valley I watched the fog roll in and head right for me.
I eventually made it home. No more sippy holes for me till I get some real tires and have some recovery points/gear as well as another Jeep to pull my sorry-*** out if I get stuck again. Lesson learned.