Maybe we shouldn\'t be wheeling in the woods?(long)
I'm thinking the trees are getting tired of us being in the woods. Why you ask? Well, last night, a buddy and I decided to head out to a nearby wheeling spot outside of Oregon City. All was fine and dandy for the first hour or so. We were coming up a tight trail, loaded with small trees and brush on each side. I believe I was telling him about the last time I blew my rear driveline out. Anyway, as I was speaking, I heard a few snaps and cracks. I really didn't think anything of it, as I had been hearing them all night as tree branches snapped off on the windshield, fenders, and everything else they could grab a hold of. Well, this snap, crackle, and pop got VERY loud, and very up close and personal. I really can't put into words how it sounded, other than a rather large tree breaking. Of course, by this time, I had a faceful of small tree branches. I stopped the Jeep, shouted, "What the hell was that?", and then looked over my left shoulder. This is where it gets strange. Somehow, while driving up this trail, a tree decided to pop into my open window, and proceed to feed itself inward. By the time we figured out what had happened, this tree came through the window, UNDERNEATH my shoulder harness (yes, right next to my head and neck), back to the rear of the jeep, where it hit the top of the softop, halfway broke, and proceed downward to the rear passenger portion of the Jeep. The end of the tree then slithered between the Jeep tub and the softop, finally coming to rest about 1ft outside the rear end of the Jeep. After sitting there about 10-15 seconds, thinking to myself, "Damn, what just happened?", my buddy and I climbed out the passenger side door. Man, this was a Kodak moment if there ever was one. We finally broke part of the tree off inside of the Jeep, and fed it out the passenger side door. Then I had to back the Jeep up while he was outside pulling the remainder of the tree out of my window. All in all, the total length of the tree that came into my Jeep, and then back out the rear, was somewhere close to 9ft long. It pretty much accordianed itself. There was still about 5 feet of tree left in the ground. Surprisingly, there were no tears or rips of any kind that I can see as of yet in the softop. The thing I just can't figure, is how the hell did it make it under my shoulder harness and poke out the rear of the Jeep before I even noticed it was there? Man, I feel as though I'm a lucky man. If I'd of been sitting farther left, that sucker could of poked an eye out, or gone right into my neck. And in case you're wondering, the tree was about two to two and a half inches in diameter.