I received an invitation from Bill (87YjBill) to join his group for a day at Elbe, and jumped at it. Rob (RBXj) was my co-pilot on this trip. Accustomed to his Cherokee, it was going to be a different experience for him in the shorter wheel base Tj of mine.
We met up at the old Krispy Kreme at the South Hill Mall/Puyallup, and followed Bill's trailer to Elbe.
We met up with some of Bill's friends across from the entrance to the access road that leads to the Elbe Hills campground. There we aired down, and talked a bit of story as Rob & I introduced ourselves to some new friends. Once we were ready to go we made our way to the campground where we met up with a couple more guys/rigs. That brown Toy was a clean little rig. Spartan locked in the rear, he was open in front. Bills 87Yj is Lockrite Locked front & rear on 33'S. That's Bill unloading his rig way back there in tat pic.
I believe everyone was on 33's with the exception of that red Yj.
I left my disco's connected, and aired down to 9lbs.
That red Yj is sportin' Rubi 44's on 36's...
It seems every time I go to Elbe we start out on the Sunrise Trail. I think it's been two years, or darn near that, since I've been to Elbe. And for the record, I'm never really sure which trail I'm on up there, unless I see the marker.
My camera is in camera heaven, so Rob did the photo journalism honors. Thanks Rob. We made our way up Sunrise, and then to the Mainline ("I think"). There's a bypass around the big mud hole between Sunrise and the Mainline now, that I don't remember being there the last time I was here.
The trails were wet, but not sloppy, and not a drop of rain fell on us all day up there. A bit of carnage at the log jam for Bill, and for Jesse in the red Toy. Bill popped his front drive line and Jesse/Toy busted off some bolts on his passenger side knuckle.
Bill had to pull the front of his driveshaft at the axle end, and slip it back over the yolk. An easy fix that took all of 10 or 15 minutes. I took that time to eat my sandwich.
Jesse's carnage occurred within moments of Bill's. His fix was not that simple. He'd managed to shear off 2 or three bolts from the knuckle, rendering us all hostage to a two hour delay while he fixed his rig. When he was done, he was done for the day, and limped back to the campground where he trailered his rig, and made his way back to the barn.
That's Jesse in the Toy, and Bill on the right by his Yj. The dog is Chinook, Bill's dog, and a great dog he is!
It was on the rocks at the log jamb where Bill's heap took a dump.
The day ended early. The trails I think" we did were, Sunrise, parts of Mainline & the Mainline Extension, Gotcha & the Swamp Trail. Never did any of the Alder's, Rainier Vista or the Busy. That said, I genuinely enjoy the Alder trail, and was disappointed we never made it there, or Rainier Vista for that matter.
All in all a good day. What's that they say? A bad day wheeling is better than a good day at most anything else...
Thanks Bill, we had a blast!