So, for the first time in like 8 or 9 months, I think (probably a year), I went on a trail ride in the jeep. Everything is working well it seems, so we decided to roll out cottonwood canyon to the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings. Today was the saloon's 100th birthday (they have been doing a big promotion all year), so they unveiled the anniversary monument (our names are on it for supporting them), and it was a big ole car and bike show, etc.
So, trail was normal in most spots, but we had been told the rain did a number on the washes and some of the road this summer.
Beautiful day, so we hit the trail.
Well, about 1/3rd of the way in, I went and messed up....
Its hard to see in the pics, but the rut started way back, and it was DEEP and NARROW. I had straddled it because I didnt want to drive off the trail earlier, and honestly, I stopped paying attention for a moment and slipped into it. Man, we came to a STOP. My girl in the passenger seat starts freaking out (very uncomfortable with off camber situations and anything sketchy in vehicles.) So that doesnt keep me very calm....I popped it into 4x4, and tried backing up, moving forward, etc. I got a little movement but couldnt turn my wheels because the rut trapped the front wheel. Had i been able to turn I could have driven out. The front of the rut was basically a wall, so i couldnt get out that way either. After 3 or 4 forward/backward tries, the truck stalled, then the tires just started spinning. Front driver, rear passenger. Now I gone and done it!
Basically, i got high centered the long way. My rear diff and gas tank were supporting the truck. Just couldnt get any grip. I suppose lockers could have given us a different outcome.
Had the guys hook up and pull me backwards without any trouble.
got to test the diff cover, haha.
I know its cliche to say, but pictures dont do it justice. sucker was deep and narrow.
Anyway, truck wouldnt start at that point. Weird. Noticed my e-pump wasnt coming on, and the breaker was tripping. Searched for a second and saw that when the gas tank got lifted up, it trapped the power wire for the e-pump, and split the coating, shorting it out. 2 minutes and 3" of electrical tape and It was back to moving in the right direction.
I believe you have seen my friends Willy's before, he joined on this trip because he needed a shakedown run too after having the truck off the road for 9 months.
This thing is a BEAST!
I bypassed that wash, haha. Didnt need to embarrass myself with my lack of flex.
1 built TJ, an XJ, the Willys, the Wag, and an F150 (who invited that guy!? haha)
A few more pictures...
Riding with me was my girl, her sister, and her man.
Also riding with me was the newest addition to our family. Meet Bulleit (like the bourbon). He is a 4 year old blue heeler (australian cattle dog) and we adopted him from the shelter on Tuesday. He is proving to be an amazing dog. I think I may have given him a fear of jeeps when I hit that rut, hahaha.
Well, the rest of the trail was uneventful, we hit the saloon had lunch and a beer, partook in the festivities, then headed home.
Lil fella was tuckered out, kept passing out leaning against me, haha
So, overall a good trip. I had my first stuck, minor technical issue as a result of that, but otherwise the truck ran (and stopped!) great. Awesome day out in the desert with friends.
Thanks for reading!