Had my 50th birthday party last weekend and my son was able to get a 4-day pass to come celebrate it with the family.
After way too much scotch and cigars we woke up and decided to go up into the Ozark National forest for a little light trail running, remember the scotch the night before!
We came out near Byrd’s Adventure Center near Cass AR and I remembered they had some trails on their property. Paid the fee, got a map, and headed into the woods. Of course I didn’t bring anything with us because we were just going for a light trail run in the national forest. Scotch has a habit of making me forget important things! First trail doesn’t seem so bad (son’s driving) until we rounded a corner and started up a nice little climb, nothing too bad until we rounded a tree that was hiding a very steep climb with a ledge that my little 33’s couldn’t get over. I have a winch and I’m not averse to pulling cable and it was too late to back out so the son gave it a try. When we hit the ledge and couldn’t get over it the son hops out and secures the jeep to a tree so the winching can start. After about 20ft the battery takes a dive and the jeep dies and we are in a lot of trouble. He hikes back to the main office and finds out we are the only vehicle in the park, no one can assist us, but they have a spare battery and jumper cables he can take it and see if that helps. He thought he got out of PT by coming to visit his old man!
Cut to the chase spare battery didn’t help, not enough juice. So we moved the tree strap down 20ft to the next tree and slowly backed down the dead jeep using what I could get out of the brakes and parking brakes, and repeat, over and over again. Two hours later we are down and stop a truck to give us a jump and we are mobile again. Lesson learned, bad
to run alone and always have your tools and spares on hand!
Only two pics, first is son heading off looking for help and the other is a pic of the jeep while waiting on son to return. Still, it was a great day. There is nothing in this world I would rather do then spend time with my kids, plus HE will remember this day for a loooonggg time! Hauling a battery 1/4 mile up a steep mountian and his a#$ was dragging!