As I drove home from my failed attempt to cross over the mountain from the valley to Ophir, I pondered why there was not a thread that would simply serve as a warning to others; Learn from my FAIL. SO I shall relate my story of woe.
I got off work early and had a thought of going to Ophir, taking the long way (like everyone else) past 5 Mile Pass. After passing Eagle Mountain I wondered if the newly updated Nav in my 14 GC would have a more "adventurous" way to get there over the mountain. Sure enough there was a "short" way that took me up Lewiston Rd to Manning Canyon Rd and up and over to Ophir Canyon road. After all I wanted to do some off highway travel.
I'll try to be brief. The drive up is quite lovely and peaceful. Towards the top there is a T in the road. So the GPS was a bit confused at this point. If you go right you come to a dead end in the form of a gate and a big sign warning you of hazards from a mine. (apparently people go to get busy here, as evidenced by the good amount of used condoms on the ground *EEW!) So figuring it MUST be the other way, and it WAS on the screen, I went back and took the left turn. I came across a hill in the road made to keep all but high clearance vehicles out (or at least a bit higher than a WK2 with quadralift at max height. Good thing for sliders). I keep going down the one lane "road" and come to another mound just like the last. There was a third even farther down. The scrub is growing closer to the road and I am scratching my paint now but there is no where to turn around on the, well lets face it, its more of a big goat path now. I keep going and the road just ends. No warning, unless by now you are smarter than I and realize that those mounds may be to keep people out.
Major pucker factor as I back down the goat path and over one of the mounds, making sure I scratch up the tailgate too, to a point where I can do a 15 point turn, and head making sure the other side gets scratched up just like the other side.
So learn from my fail and:
-Don't go up Manning Canyon road past the mounds
-Realize that sometimes you should just turn back
-I'm sure there is more to learn but I cant see thru the tears I have from having thought about the work that needs to be done to repair the scratches in the paint. Maybe it will buff out. There goes what's left of my bonus.
I may be exaggerating a little about the goat path.
Let the virtual slaps upside the head begin and feel free to start sharing your own FAILS and help a brother out.