Rausch Creek Recap:
I went wheeling yesterday with Mike and Lori (MO2500), Scott (ScottD16) and Chuck and Rich (Squazz). It was an interesting day for sure at Rausch Creek. I didn't start off on the best foot, after driving home from South Carolina the day before (almost 12 hours) I got up 40 minutes late. Quick shower, packed the cooler and grabbed a couple things and I was out the door. I had "packed" the jeep the night before, (tools and recovery equipment) so I was all set. I stopped at the near by Sheetz and the problems began. I paid for food and gas, but forgot to buy ice. Walked back in and had to pay again. (I also spilled alot of ice trying to fill my cooler too.) Then the TJ was being temperamental when filling up. I couldn't just leave it and wait as it would shut off, so I had to hand fill it very slowly. (Anyone able to comment why it might do this?) Finally back on the road and I came to the realization that I had forgotten the tie down straps for my gear. Great, so I was running late, had to pay multiple times at the register, Jeep wouldn't fill up correctly and I forgot my straps.
Made it to Rausch Creek without any trouble, filled up at the station down the hill and met Mike and Lori in the parking lot. I had never seen Mike's Jeep, the only time I had met him prior was at KOH and he right seated the day with me. His jeep looks badass and works awesome. Maybe a little under powered though.
The rest of the crew rolled in and we started over towards the Jotter's Way area. Chuck got stuck in less than 5 minutes into the day and Mike yanked him out quick. We did some basic trails while Mike did some harder obstacles along the way. (Your welcome for that rock stack.
) I decided to take the lead and led us over to a trail called 1c. It is a black level trail (steep hills) with one challenging rock spot. Everyone made it through except Chuck broke his rear window and tore off the roof rack. He split off back to camp to drop off the rack and we continued on. We did a small section of pole line and met back up at trail 5. Trail 5 is mainly known for the hill climb, but there is an actual trail leading up to it. Myself and Mike made it through fairly easily, but Scott lost some skid bolts so we took a few minutes to get him fixed up. I should make note that a few rockwelled buggies past us, we would meet back up with them shortly. After completing the trail we watched the high hp buggies do the hill climb. Mike also did the climb and Scott decided to try it as well. Thats where the day turned for the worse.
Scott is ok, other than some small cuts and probably feeling pretty sore. We then towed the Jeep back to camp to drop off at Scott's trailer. He then headed home early to avoid the rain and the rest of us continued on for the day.
Our group headed towards the pole line area to watch Chuck get stuck again.
We continued to the south property where myself and Mike ran some basic blues (18 and 12) while Chuck and another Jeep went to play in the mud. It took us awhile to find them, and keeping up with Mike is difficult since he has the fancy shocks and suspension.
After finally regrouping we did a part of trail 10 and headed back to camp. A lot of damage for the day but a good day of wheeling non the less.
Proof I was actually there: (Pizza Rock)
Photo Attempt #2
Mike racing until he forgot of the giant drop off at 30 miles an hour.