We spent about 4 hour running the trail. We were not in a big hurry and the weather was giving us a pleasant morning for off-roading. The trail takes you within a couple hundred yards of the Verde River at one point. We stopped and the "younger kids" went down to the river to take a look see. It was flowing pretty good. I don't think I would have wanted to have made a crossing at that location.
So, who says you can't off-road a Grand Cherokee. Here is Bob, one of the more recent additions to our friendly off-road group. Bob shares a common interest with me, that being ham radio. One day I will remember his call sign. Since everyone else in the group are non-ham types, we all run CB radios. One of these days, I will get them converted over to FRS and the quality of FM radio! Bob just put a new D44 in his Cherokee and a Lock-Rite locker. This was his first trip out with it since finishing it up earlier last week. Rumor has it that he was pretty happy with the improved traction. There were plenty of places for him to test it out on this trail.
Here is Lady again, playing on the last hill of the day. This hill was NOT on the main trail, which you can see the trail in the background. These optional hills are what we come to enjoy. Lady worked at getting to the top of this one. As you can see, there is not enough droop in the front axle to keep the driver side tire on the ground. I'm taking her down to the shop in a couple of days to have the front axle checked out. I might be having a problem with the Detroit TrueTrac front diff. Jimmy and Steve commented that it was not keeping both tires turning as I was doing this hill (hence the struggle I had getting to the top).
Although not very well shown in this shot, I was coming up a very steep hill and got off the desired line. My right rear tire dropped into a pretty deep hole which caused the front end to lift several feet into the air. Dion hopped onto the front bumper while Steve pushed down on the front corner. It was quite an air show for the rest of the folks up on top of the hill. Jimmy finally got me spotted onto the correct line and Lady made it to the top.
Here is Steve in his YJ coming up out of a wash. You can see where the bank behind him has crumbled away. A lot of water had moved parts of this wash around. As the trails crossed some of these areas, they would often times crush beneath the weight of the vehicle, making for a potentially dangerous situation. The drivers needed to be alert at all times less they find themselves with a wheel dropping down into nothing on an off-camber situation.
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