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Jeffro06 09-15-2013 12:46 PM

The Badlands Off Road Park: September 14, 2013
Yesterday a group of us met up at the Badlands Off Road Park for a day of wheeling. One of my 12 year old daughter's, Mallory, rode along with me.

It's a 3.5 hour drive from my house to the Badlands. I always dread the drive, but it's usually worth it....even though I do have to drive another 3.5 hours home...ugh.

We arrived at the park at 0830 (IL time, IN time said it was 0930....but what do they know?)

We met up in the parking lot and got the Jeeps and buggy ready to roll.
My Jeep.
A group shot.
A shiny new Rubicon joined us....for awhile.
Another group shot.

First thing we did was head to the quarry and play on some rocks.

After that we headed out on some trails.

Jeffro06 09-15-2013 12:47 PM

There were some things of interest along the way.
This hill required a lot of skinny pedal, and those who were willing to use it (I wasn't) made it.
No skinny was required here....the buggy crawled it with ease.

We made our way towards the creek, by way of the ravine or wedge, and once we exited that we found the normal hill climb and it's bypass blocked by a downed tree.
We turned and went back towards where we had come from, but on a different trail.
You weren't getting up this without a front locker.

We made it back to the creek....which was just a trickle, since there hadn't been any rain in awhile.
We crossed over the creek and did a climb.
Will cresting the top of the climb.

Jeffro06 09-15-2013 12:57 PM
A gathering at the top of the hill.

We lost a few rigs along the way....still not sure why.

After this it was back into the creek and onto the rocks along the way.

After watching Kevin and Brad play on the rocks we made our way down the creek to the area by the quarry pond, which had more rocks for Kevin and Brad.

We then made our way along the quarry rim to Purgatory.
Along the way I accidentally hit the gas and brake pedals at the same time which caused my Jeep to lunge forward then stop suddenly,
which caused my daughter, who didn't buckle up after watching the guys play on the rocks, to bump her head on my windshield, while she was texting.
She didn't hit it hard, and wasn't hurt, but the windshield cracked like a spider web. Lesson learned here, always, always wear your seat belts off road (and on).
You expect things to happen on obstacles, but not while crawling along and less than 5mph, but this proves things can and will happen, at any speed. Buckle Up.

I tried the hardest line I had ever tried in Purgatory, but as far as I know there are no pictures of it....which is par for the course.
Here Kevin watches Brad as he makes things look easy.
Kevin gives it a shot.

I sat and watched Kevin for several minutes, he wasn't having much luck, or making much progress so I left to find some rocks of my own.
I managed to find an obstacle I had never done before, again I'm sure there are no pictures of it, but Tracey did it too.

I then returned to where Kevin was and as I arrived I saw him tip over backwards, fall on to his lid, and roll over onto his side....

Kevin was fine and so was Jeffery...his Jeep.

After we got Jeffery back on it's wheels it fired right up and we headed to the parking lot to give it the once over and eat lunch.

Jeffro06 09-15-2013 01:14 PM

After lunch we headed over to the Orange Trail.

Things were going pretty good, for awhile, then I told Kevin I was going to turn left and follow the an orange arrow...which I was pointing at.
I got in my Jeep, turned left, and Kevin went straight. I was a bit confused, as he was right behind me. We then played a game of chase your tail, as we went around in a
We got that mess straightened out and headed on down the trail...but then we lost two more, so we stopped and searched for them.
Once we were all together again I just took the easy way out, to where the big rock, cement piles are.

We headed on down some more of Orange, a section that leads to the rock garden, but before we got there I found some mud....
It was deep and sticky.

While I was winching myself out Kevin got a call from Brad who was off by himself and in need of a rescue.

Kevin and I went to help Brad and the others called it a day.
This is how we found me he's in there.

Brad was high centered on top of horse power hill. I was able to go up a side trail and get positioned to winch him over. It didn't take much.
Of course Brad went right back up....and over this time.
Kevin gave it a shot or three....
A 4bt Cummins doesn't have horse power.
So this was as far as Jeffery made it.

I managed to save another Jeeper, in a TJ, who had ventured off by himself, and was royally stuck.
He had mud up to his knees and his elbows. I
managed to winch him out with ease....lesson learned here, never wheel alone, not even in an off road park.

Our Trip, via Google Maps

We had a great day, with great weather. I wish the Badlands was closer, as the drive just keeps me from going as often as I'd like too.

I'll have a short video of Kevin doing a climb backwards....eventually.

99TJSahara 09-15-2013 01:43 PM

Looks like a fun time, I need to go back to the badlands.

Jeffro06 09-15-2013 02:54 PM


Originally Posted by 99TJSahara (Post 16026329)
Looks like a fun time, I need to go back to the badlands.

I wish it was as close as The Cliffs is as I like it so much more.

Here's a link to all the pictures I took.

Jeffro06 09-15-2013 03:29 PM

TheHeilis 09-16-2013 05:19 AM

Great time, great pictures (us usual) and great weather. It was nice to meet Idiot Magnet from the forum too. A pleasure to wheel with you guys.

The time now is 05:50 PM.

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