I was (not) asking for it... it\'s a Jeep thing!
Monday. HEavy traffic 'round 16:00. My work-2-home line is some 5 miles, and for the first 2 miles it took me 35 minutes! [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] So, just after the big bridge I had to cross, I turned right off the road, over the grass 'n stuff, to get home quickly. With most of the other drivers around giving me thumbs up for the idea & the possibility to cut (nice Jeep [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] ).
And can you guess - I got stopped by the police right in the middle of the grass & dirt & stuff. In those 5 seconds I thought of the way to pull myself out (winch wouldn't work here, no?). I kept my idling hight (hand throttle), as the (stupid) PD asked me if I was crazy or what. I explained that my Jeep is out of order, and continues to shut itself down, etc, etc, so I'm keeping my gas pedal hight & cutting this way 'cos I wouldn't like to create more of the jam than it already is there. He bought it! I got off with no consequences (apart from a gallon or two of "lost" gasoline).
So, a week or so later, same street, same scenario, only it's friday afternoon, and it was some 5 PM. But this time I was getting clever: why to wait & pass the bridge, when I could go off(road) before the bridge? And so I did!
To explain: the bridge has 2 lanes per side plus a bicycle lane on each side plus a pedestrian lane at both sides. Pedestrians also have a staircase they can use to go down the bridge to the "coast" (sorry for the wrong terminology!). And so, I took off just before the bridge, got over all the bumps, water pots & similar (actually a 2+ trail in the center of the city! [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]). I found myself in front of the river, some 100 meters wide (should be about 5000") with perpendicular sidewalls of some 4 meters (200")
and no way to cross it. Also deep (over the top). Now what?
Looked around for a minute or two, and then I saw the divine light - the stairs! Stairs go up for some 10 ft, then there's a small platform, stairs change direction for 180 degrees, go up another 10 ft, change 180 degrees again, go up another 10 ft, etc. Some 6 platforms, all together.
Now, my stock YJ went up as if it was flat! Just like that, 4-LO and going straight up. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] I was so happy!
The ONLY problem was that those platforms were like only 15" longer than my YJ and also only 15" wider. With steel borders. Obviously, I tried to make a turn there (180 degrees), but I got stuck very fast. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
So, I thought, nuttin'. Going down, end of story. Gonna do the traffic.
But... Can you guess?
The very same policeman! [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] The very same! Came down the same scales, to my door, pushed his hat a bit up with a finger, with his hand on his hip, and with a stupid grin on his face.
I was all out of myself thinking of how the hell am I going to pull myself out this time, when he said to me something like:
- Good afternoon AGAIN, Sir! Idling problems again?
I looked back at him, and when I saw his silly face, I just cracked. I was laughing my guts out while he was watching me surprised, a bit angry, confused...
He asked me again if I was normal, and what was I thinking of. Like in a movei I saw my situation like one would see it from the airplane. It became perfectly clear that moment that I ain't gonna get out of this one easy. If I get out at all. And I said the only thing that came to my mind: It's a Jeep thing...
He looked back at me, obviously not understanding what I was saying...
Anyway, I got down, and I got a ticket, a "symbolic one" - the maximum amount he can take on the spot by our laws, and it's not a joke here!
He didn't take my driver's licence just because I continued to beg for a good 15 minutes. Plus he told me that, since it's the first time he has ever heard of a "vehicle on staircase" (not blocking it, but actually going UP!) he'll let me go.
So, my wallet isn't loaded anymore (like it was before!). But, deep down inside, I still feel happy. I still remember the look on the faces of the people who saw the whole thing, faces saying "I can't belive he's actually going up!"
I think I'll do it again, as soon as I get the money for the ticket!
I'm just sorry nobody had the camera to take a picture or two...But I'm still waiting for somebody to contact me with photos. You never know...