Join Date: Dec 2001
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Re: Murphy\'s Law and Getting Stuck
Last November we took the toyota pick up on a duck hunting trip to a lake in northern california, had to leave the CJ, doesnt haul decoys very well. We arrived where we were staying to late the night before and did not have time to scout out a place to hunt. In the mourning we missed the turn of to the lake that we were told to take, so we thought we could take the next one and travel along the lake bottom back to the spot. The Lake was way down from the DRY summer and lack of winter rain, but watter was starting to flow off the hills through little creeks, causeing thick sticky MUD. While trying to double back to the road we missed I navigated the almoast stock Yota, with mud tires, into some deep [censored], I had not noticed that the old tracks stopped, because it was about 3 hours before the sun came up, before I knew it we were sinking. The pick up sunk to its frame in the stickies mud I have ever seen, the tires looked like choclate glazed donuts, not a bit of mud was being cleaned as we spun them.
We walked about a mile up to the road, to get help. We were about 4 hours from home, so we couldn't call a buddy to come yank us out. We ended up having to walk 5 miles back to the nearest town and calling a tow truck, AAA told us they had 4 wheel drive anD it wouldn't be a promblem. The tow truck that came was 4 wheel drive but it waited as much as three toyota pickups and had street tires.
The driver was to scared of sinking his truck to get even close, he stayed about 300 yards away.
Then the storm hit it was raining and snowing and we thought we were F#cked, this storm was expected to dump 4 inches in the next 2 days, plenty to bring the lake up to 10 feet over toyota level. The road that we came on was getting sloppy and we were begining to wonder how or if we were going to save this truck. Once the storm hit the tow truck driver hit the road, he thought he was going to get stuck also, and get fired(understandable). We were sitting there getting pissed of, when out of nowhere we here someone coming, we hadn't seen another vehicle out there all day. Around a corner came a killer JEEP, it was a 80 CJ 5 with a winch! We were stocked, it still took a couple hours of trying differetn aproaches, but he got me out.
This was a few weeks after I had bought my 79 CJ5, I was convinced it was a sighn to start the Jeep build up.
Thank God for Jeeps, that CJ sure saved my ass.
79 CJ 5, 258, dana 30, model 20, T18, dana 20, 2.5" rancho lift, 1" shackles