Jeff, Jim, Gary Lee, Melissa, and guest Jeff went out to run the Pickle and Mashed Potato trail on Saturday. Boy, it is summertime now and we really felt the heat along with the biting gnats. The Pickle is always fun though and we were looking forward to it.
Look at this new rock that fell over the winter, partially blocking the left line of the first obstacle. There is another rock up at the top of the obstacle, partially blocking the road to the right. It’s amazing how much a wash trail can change when exposed to winter ice and water.
Guest Jeff and his family flex out their YJ in the Pickle obstacle.
Big ol’ Redroxx takes the higher line but it’s not as impressive on a wide Jeep as it is with the Sammi’s.
Rick is trying to make Flipper into flopper. Actually he was easily able to back out of this and back onto his tires. Pretty impressive though.
Gary Lee’s Over EZ does the same thing. Lots of laughs and yes, we are crazy!
Here’s Jim going up the last obstacle of the Pickle, making it look easy. Well the Pickle is short and although we had lots of fun, we only took about 45 minutes so it was off to the Mashed Potato trail.
This trail has some really neat sandstone features that look like lumps of Mashed Potatoes, hence the name. Jeff and his family tackled the first mound of taters only to hear the dreaded driveline snap.
Yep, there’s the broken u-joint and a shiny new driveline still with the name on it. There was also a problem with the shifter cable that required a length of Rick’s bulk wire and lots of zip ties.
We all had lunch while the repairs were made and then since we were near the county road, Jeff and his family decided to head back.
But wait, what’s this? What could Jim possibly be thinking?
a. Does church automatically begin when the temperatures reach 100 degrees? You betcha!
b. Why are we dressed alike? Competing with Davon and Marlene?
c. How does Gary Lee drive so well with just one leg?
d. Let’s quit horsing around and head off to the Gravy Boat!
Here’s Jim headed up the now gravy-free boat. Small tire lift as can typically happen in this obstacle.
Here I am in Redroxx making it to the top.
Here’s Rick getting twisted into position.
And, no problem, up he goes.
Here goes Gary Lee. This obstacle sure is easy today. But wait! What’s this?
Uh-oh, what’s going on here. Is Jeff just showing off, starting to give the Pirate 1 finger salute? OR……could he possibly, just possibly be having trouble.
Yup! Trouble. Jeff took a strap line with a couple of guys holding the front of Drtsqrl down while he got his truck into the proper position.
Oh well, it happens to the best of us and I’ll quit now before I get put on probation.
Another great but hot day on the trail!