The trail seemed to go on forever, which was fine with me.
After Fins-N-Things we headed back to town, grabbed lunch at McDonalds, did some souvenir shopping and headed out to Long Canyon.
Long Canyon is an easy trail, and can be traveled in either direction. We travled up the canyon. As you enter the canyon you can see Jug Handle Arch:
A view up the canyon.
We passed a TJ, coming down the canyon, which Polecat noticed had a flat front passenger side tire. We turned around and stopped the jeep, which was being driven by an older lady, and she was alone. She had dropped her friend off back up the trail a bit, who was walking with her dog. The lady driving the TJ, stock with street radials, said she was trying to find cell service to call AAA. Polecat broke out his floor jack and 4-way tire iron and we started changing her flat.
The lugs on that thing were so over tightened it wasn't even funny. Polecat just about twisted his tire iron trying to get those things loose. We told her to yell at whoever put the tires on, as she would never have been able to change a flat by herself. One Polecat broke all the lugs free I completed the tire change.....he did the hard the part. Once we were done we headed back up the canyon.
I felt like I was in a John Wayne movie, but in a jeep and not on a horse.
The trail kept climbing and climbing, steeper and steeper, and it got to the point where I had to put it in 4lo just to keep moving.
This is probably the most well known spot on the trail:
Once we completed the trail we had about a 45 minute drive, via the hwy, back to town, and the end of my off road adventures.
Polecat had to return home the next morning, so I decided to call it good as well. I had done what I wanted to do, didn't have anyone else to wheel with, didn't feel like pressing my luck, and I missed my girls.
The next morning (Thursday) I pulled out of Moab at 8am (central time) and headed for home.
Climbing back through the mountains was harder than it was the first time, I think coming from the west is much steeper than coming from the east. There times I could only muster 50mph @ 3600 rpm's. Once over the top it was easy to run the posted 75 mph.
Once through Colorado, and with nothing to stop for I just kept on driving home. I ended up making it back home Friday morning @ 3:30am. That's a bit over 20 hours on the road, in a jeep.
All in all I traveled 2982.6 miles, spent $822.85 on gas, and averaged 13.9 mpg, which includes the time spent wheeling as well. The best mpg I got was 17.96 (coming down the mountain) and the worst was 4.9 (on Hell's Revenge), but the worst hwy mpg was 11.34.
The jeep performed flawlessly. The Rampage top performed great too. It was quite, it never leaked, despite all the rain on the trip out.
The wheeling out there is a lot different that it is here. Moab seems to have the risk of death where here it's the risk of breaking something.
I cant' way to go again, but I'd like to do it with some of the guys I wheel with here, back home. I think that would be a blast.
If you have a lot of time on your hands and want to see all of the photos, click HERE.
I have an hour of video from Hell's Revenge and I'll post it when I get done editing it.
Hopefully Polecat will post up some pictures too.
And of course a big thank you goes out to Polecat for meeting up with me and showing me around.