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Old 08-13-2006, 04:13 PM   #1
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Yes it is true we got Jack and his jeep out to trails last night. As it was a night run we have no pics but we did have a fun night. We went to Florence Junction. The area has a had a lot of rain in the last couple days which is great for the trails as it clears all the stacked rocks. Water was following in most areas. We headed out to run Axle Alley upon entering the trail we could tell it has seen to heavy water flows in the last couple days and no tracks on the trail showed we would be the first to see the effects.
For the most part it was great all the water falls were unstacked we did not push our luck to hard as we had no idea what we would run into ahead and did not want to try it with a broken rig (this would prove to be a good decision later in the night).
The first water fall had running water on it if it had been dry we would have a good chance to not pulling the winch. The second water fall everyone drove up. The third we went to the top to set up a strap if it was needed and notice something I have never seen on the trail before. It seems the area we usually just drive through to exit the trail is an old stock tank. Tonight for the first time not only did it water in it but it was full and rather green.
I took one for the team and waded across to check the depth and it was waist deep on me. We decided to go easy on the last fall to make sure we did not have to pull a broken jeep through the much as the other side is a steep loose up hill.
Needless to say we made it and the water line on my YJ is about 1" below coming into the tub.
It was a fun night and thanks to Jack for helping me out when an electrical problem drained my battery. Thanks to Pro8TJ for leading and a great trip. I am sure at least Jack will have something to add to this report.
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Old 08-13-2006, 05:00 PM   #2
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Sounds like you guys had a great time last night! I love night wheeling, and am very jealous!!! Glad to hear that you get Jack out every once in a while, he gets grouchy if you don't do that!

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Old 08-13-2006, 07:02 PM   #3
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Hey, That's great. Glad you guys had a good time. Plus, yall have given me yet another reason to idolize Jack.
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Old 08-14-2006, 01:17 AM   #4
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Idolize Jack?????? Wow he sure was LUCKY we didnt have any cameras. No, Really, Considering this was the first time that Jack actually had his TJ sitting on his spare tire while I took my time to get the winch hooked up to his front hook, he held his cool really good.......(6 smokes later... ) Hackle and I have run this trail Numerous times before this, but this was the first time for the stretched TJ. It now has an AUTOMATIC in it and this was its first real test going vertical. I was really happy with it. And talk about a trooper........Watching Hackle walk through the water (in the dark, with frogs croaking and nasty green slime floating on the top up to his WAIST) was something that should be in the Mastercard comercials. It really was priceless. All in all it was one heck of a kick arse night of wheelin (complete with both Hackle and I burning the retina to the back of Jack's skull with our HID "nightlights") that I cant wait to do again. I cant wait for it to cool down so we can get some good pic shots before the Jeeps get too ugly.
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Old 08-14-2006, 01:28 PM   #5
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After watching Hackles last video of that area, I can only imagine what you all went through. Sitting on the spare tire, is no fun......lol. And Joe, did I see you flipping Hackles rig over on it's side, in his last video? Glad you all got a chance to wheel, in all this heat. It sure has slowed me down. Also good to see you back on here, Joe. Even Hackle has been awful quiet lately. You all probably really needed the run, sure helps the attitude out. Now all we need is Jack's version of the trip......lol
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Old 08-14-2006, 01:47 PM   #6
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I've never been out at night, but would do it, if the opportunity presented itself. I know ya'll had fun........

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Now all we need is Jack's version of the trip......lol
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Old 08-14-2006, 06:32 PM   #7
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Yeup, I will handily admit that was my first real 4.5 trail. It was pretty sick out there and it being at night made the falls look even taller. Got home at about 2 a.m. sunday morning and went to sleep with the sound of Joe's voice yelling DRIVE IT....DRIVE IT.......OH SHIT STOOOOOOOOP. This trail was a blast. I had seen some pretty good rock gardens before, but never the water falls of this magnitude. This trail isn't called Axle Alley for nothing. I did get a bit frustrated once and almost let the trail bite me. Some wet directional tires, almost pitch black and wet ground put me in a position that I didn't want to be in. But L I B driving that second fall with out a strap or cable was just about the coolest thing I've done in my rig. I still have yet to roll mine over so I don't know exactly the point that it's going over. So everytime I think the damn thing is going over but I keep at it and it just powers thru.

Thanks again to Joe and Jim for the run, and Joe I need to get that 4:1 from Ron, but I just found out he lives at 107th Ave. DAMN!!!! Hackle, your Yellow Top is all nice and charged up for ya also. However these guys are talkin smack about finally getting me out on the trail. But this was the first time they'd gotten me on a trail of this level (I always refused to take my junk on trails that it wasn't remotely ready for).

Blu, Personally I thought sitting on the spare tire was almost the highlight of the night. Until we got to the second water fall, and then the third waterfall. Not gonna say ther pucker factor wasn't rising, but it was definitely BAD ASSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

Oh, and PS Jim and Joe aren't BSing about that water. It was the nastiest water I'd ever had to drive thru.

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