Well, I wanted the trip to go differently. The JK has been fantastic, though and it's had a LOT of wheeling. So far:
I was supposed to have the JK as a trade show display, however, I was deathly ill when I was supposed to catch the Auto Train. cancel that. Anyways, a few days later, when I felt better, I figured, what the hell? I've already got three (3) weeks off. I'm going on a road trip. So I loaded the JK up like a pack mule and began the trip to Maine. I did, however, stop in CT to catch the last day of the show. What a bumer.
Anyways, the BFG's and the Teraflex 4" long arm suspension are a fantastic combination on the road. It it secure and does not wander a single bit! Just phenominal handling... far too good for what this beast is capable of.
I made CT in about 26 hours. Damn, this thing is thursty. I've been averaging about 14 mpg on the highway... tailgating every slow moving truck I could find. Luckily, I have the LOD rear bumper/gerry can holder. I actually had to use it to make it to a gas station. Woops. Some of the exits are far and few between in South Carolina. And that must be the longest, most boring state to drive through.
I left CT and got to Maine... what a beautiful state! I found a great place to stay in North Yarmouth. This is wheeling heaven for the east coast! The powerline trails run for miles and miles in each direction. I traveled almost 40 miles one day - taking 10 hours to do so. They have every combination one could love... deep, sticking mud, large rocks, big granite boulders and shoulders, streams... need I say more?
The Teraflex suspension has been getting a throrough workout, but it takes it without flinching and just gives the plushest ride over rocks and boulders. I took my cousin (who lives in the area) for a ride and we sent on some trails he can't take his quad on. He was convinced we would get stuck... I was not too sure myself. But the JK goes. and goes. Over anything. There was an old lifted Toyota that was in front of us, but he kept littering parts all over the trail. we passed him after pulling him out from being stuck. There was a Hummer H2 on the easy section of trail. I tried to convince him to follow me, but he refused (even after I assured him I would pull him out when he got stuck).
Speaking of stuck... I did manage to get is severely stuck in some DEEP, thick, black mud. the mud was so thick, in fact, I sheared the roller fairlead pin doing an extreme-angle pull (nothing else to latch on to). The Mile Marker winch was amazing... the whole winch was submerged for several minutes and I honestly didn't expect to make it out without a snatch block. but I did. It was a LONG, WET pull that made me glad I had a hydraulic.
I have some fantastic video and photos, but I will have to wait until I get home to post them. Maybe. I'll see if I can find a transfer cable and make some video for you peeps. All I can say is I never want to leave this place.
I will be driving the JK home on the 26th - all the way to Florida. God, I wish Florida would break off and fall into the Atlantic before I get back. That was I have a real excuse to return to Maine.