I'm just curious... If you didn't go through the water feature, did you turn around at nightfall and go all the way back, or did you use the illegal go around up through the woods?
Yeah, that's a facetious question, because I know that at nightfall and being efficient and all, you didn't turn around to drag the TJ on 29s through 6 miles of rock.
Apparently, you didn't read through this thread thoroughly, as you would have seen early on, where to go with RE to the water. The state and local land owners don't care WHEN you went where you weren't supposed to be, just that you did. had you been prepared enough to have several sets of HD off road lights, crossing wouldn't have been an issue; or had you not been dragging a TJ on 29s along, the crossing would have been forded with ease.
(actually, the TJ would have been able to make the correct line, with only possible minor water infiltration)
OPINION: A winch is another tool, much like a locker, AAMOF, we often call our winch "the third locker"
However, when I think of getting a vehicle through any trail easily
, my mind thinks DRIVE... as do most who will only skim this thread and feel the same way and then attempt to drive OFR, with no winch (and maybe only 30s, cuz "if 31s did it easily, we don't mind having a hard time.."), and of course, due to not thoroughly reading, they will also be unaware of the fact that the go arounds are illegal and will help to get OFR permanently closed.
As for signs...
NEA4WDC and EC4WDA have been doing maintenance on OFR for nearly 20 years. Recently, NEA posted signs all along the road, warning of the illegality of said go arounds. Most if not all of them have been removed by what could be referred to as renegades...
The water: The road pre-dates the water. The water is there due to years of beaver activity. Now that beavers have been out of the area for several years, the water is MUCH lower, BUT, with so much built up silt and vegetative growth, what water IS there has a hard time leaving, keeping a sizable "puddle" over the road.
The reason the state hasn't closed it is because they CAN'T. They tried all sorts of scare tactics over the years, but our research (via real live attorneys and enviro techs (your association dollars at work.. JOIN a CLUB)) showed that the road existed before the water/swamp, that road law will supersede wetlands law ( what happens when I90 gets flooded? They don't close it for good..) and that if the state had a real leg to stand on, they could have easily closed it. The towns (currently) want to keep the road open. The local towns LIKE people going there and spending money camping, buying food, gas, supplies, even souvenirs. HOWEVER.... The local land owners WILL make a stink about THEIR land getting destroyed by wayward/ill prepared vehicles, lead in there by false premise. They make a loud enough noise and OFR goes away.
BTW, my sig no longer contains the 23+ years of national, regional and local land use efforts I have been involved in. Trust me to say that there are few who have the years of involvement, experience and hands on that I do.
Its arguments like this (along with a myriad of other issues) that have lead to my current sig and "retired" status...