Seven rigs, some Moab local, some from out of state and 1 from Illinois, ventured out to Coyote Canyon on Sunday Aug. 12. The heat was on as these are the dog days of summer (it was around 100 degrees). Not to be deterred, we started off and soon found that conditions definitely changed to make obstacles a little more challenging. Everyone had a great time and was duly challenged by the trail (except for Jeff and Jim who generally make things look easy). Our only casualty was Dave’s Green Jeep, driven by his wife, Dani. It was having mechanical problems and finally had to be left to be recovered later. Dani did a great job driving and was smiling the whole way! Of note on the trail was the fact that we had two Range Rovers: Alex Schubow’s ’98 Discovery (near Chicago, Illinois) and Larry Grubbs ’90 Classic(Denver, Colorado). Although both were severely modified Larry was particularly proud that his rig has a heated windshield. This probably came in handy at 100 degrees.
Jim and Jeff went out to BFE for a couple hours to test out new modifications & repairs on the sammi’s. We ran Minor Threat (including the Gatekeeper to Helldorado), and Green Day, and messed around at the Test Area. Everything went well, and the trails are in good shape. However, it seems that the rock-stackers have been busy in the Gatekeeper, and Minor Threat dosen’t seem to be as tight as it used to be. Also, we saw more trash on the trails than in the past… sounds like a clean-up and rock un-stacking day is in order.