Re: Holy Jim, Thursday Oct 9th 2008
Ok, we're back. We got there at about 10:30 this morning, and aired down to 18 lbs all around. There were 3 other vehicles on the trail as we went in. Mike got used to the truck in 4 Hi, and kinda played around a bit on some off-camber stuff. We got to the end, and turned around to come back. We decided we were gonna take a few of the side trails, and he had a blast doing it.
We went thru some ruts, rocks, and some whoops. That little GMC pulls HARD in 4 Lo!! So, as we get close to the trail head, we hit the south side spur of the main trail. To get in there you have to go over a hump. We got in, but scraped the frame rails a bit. Those frame rails hang down really far on that truck, and they hit everything. They came in handy, though.....
We played around a bit, did a hill climb, and decided it was time to go back to the trail. We went to the spot where we thought we came in, but we were wrong. High-centered, with all 4 wheels off the ground. Those frame rails did a good job making us a teeter-totter
the rear wheels were a good foot off the ground, and the fronts were a few inches up. We were stuck good.
I called Dom, and left a message stating we were stuck good in Holy Jim, and he STILL hasn't called me back. Thanks. Appreciate it. So, I called Arien. He was getting his exhaust completely reworked, but at least he answered the phone! Thanks Mud...I REALLY do appreciate that!! I tried rocking the truck as he said, but no go. So, we started looking for rocks and hooking up the snatch strap to the right rear spring shackle.
A Water and Power guy comes by in a Ford Expedition 4X4 with winch. He says he can't help and drives off. Great. Thanks dude. But hey, I understand....he doesn't wanna get in trouble if anything happens while winching with a government truck. A few minutes later a Ford F150 goes HAULING past us, and doesn't even slow down. Thanks. We're stacking rocks to make a pretty monument. Yeah. But as the F150 passes, I see a VDB FJ 4X4 with a trailer coming from the other direction. He stops, and introduces himself as Robert. 2007 FJ with ARB bumper, caved-in bling plate, and Warn winch. He drops the trailer, and comes around behind us. We hook up the snatch strap, and about 10 seconds later we are exchanging handshakes and back on the road. See? FJ drivers are the coolest!!!
So, we go off to meet Mud at the shop where he's getting his exhaust done. As we meet, the shop next door fires up a 1969 Camaro (that does a 9.8 1/4 mile)...that thing sounded SWEET!! Mud's truck was done, so we headed out for lunch. After lunch I went to FJCruiserAudio (JT's) shop in HB, and I bought a pair of NICE Alpine 6.5" door speakers for my son's truck. His radio was KILLING me all during the trip. So, for an AWESOME deal (less than $100 installed), the stereo sounds 80% better. I can live with that. And Mike is STOKED. We had a great day, and bonded well.
Then, to top it all off, when we got home, his first paycheck from Disneyland was waiting for him. All in all, a great day.