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Hassayampa River to Fools Canyon

A funny thing happened to me on the way back to Wickenburg.  As we were driving along, we were passing a great looking hill that was just calling my was amazing...."Stu, bring Lady and climb this hill....Stu, you will have fun...".  Not wishing to pass up this opportunity, I announced on the radio that I was stopping to play. 

After walking to top of the hill (actually, that is a lie....about 1/2 way up, I resorted to using my hands and crawling the last couple dozen yards), I made sure there was enough room to turn around.  I slid down the hill and jumped into the driver's seat, with Donna riding along as co-pilot.  I made it about a 1/4 of the way up and that was it.  All four MTs were turning nicely....the Detroits were doing a great job....I just stopped making headway up the hill.  I backed down the hill to try again.  Before doing so, it was suggested that I drop my tire pressure a bit more.  Sure, why not!  There wasn't really any clearance problems to worry about, and I certainly was hurting in the traction department.  I have been running my tires right at around 15~16 lbs during the past several trail runs.  This has done very well for me, and seems to be a happy compromise between traction and clearance.   But, what had been working for me was not working now. 

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I dropped all the tires to 12 lbs and gave it another try.

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That did it!  Lady climbed right to the top on the first attempt with very little wheel spin and the engine turning about 1700 RPMs....slow, steady, and no traction problems!

I must admit that I have not put a lot of miles on the MTs yet, and this was a learning experience for me.  I made several other trips up the hill, all with no problem.  If you had told me that the difference between success and failure was 4 lbs. of air pressure, I would have laughed in your face.   Well, not any more.  It made all the difference in the world!

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A shot from the top of the hill.
The previous pictures looking up the hill makes it look a bit smaller than it really is.  

After playing on the hill for a while, we continued on into town and hit one of the local burger stands for dinner.  It was a great time for Donna and I.  We met a whole group of new friends, and look forward to exploring some more trails with them in the future.   Remember, the worst day 4-wheelin' is better than the best day at work!   

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