On Sunday I ran into and hooked up with Steve Siez, a local Rock Garden club member, and his guests Paul Ceaseu [sp?], his buddy Matt, and two others from Colorado Springs. We were having a ball testing our machines against unfamiliar trails and past ARCA competition gates including this one, "The Cobra", which is extremely difficult due to it's treacherously steep, narrow, and winding accent.
Paul was doing great and almost got it when this left rear didn't quite make the horribly tall and under cut ledge step.
As you can see, when his Jeep started settling backwards after a heroic lunge, his left front wheel cocked and fish hooked into one of the Cobra's coils.
There was no going back down as his front wheel was hopelessly cocked and jammed with a broken U joint to top it off.
And there was no bringing him up as his rear wheel was firmly cupped into the under cut ledge despite our attempts with THREE wench cables on him. Stuck but good! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
Even after we got his rear wheel free of the Cobra's jaws by lifting it out from two sides, the front was still jammed tight.
With his left rear finally clear and suspended we attempted to next hoist the jammed wheel and axel out so he could try to get his laid over steering uncocked.
This attempted hoist sealed Paul's fate when his ball joint separated out of the knuckle with a sickening POP, taking a piece of the knuckle with it.
Time to get out the on-board welder ... and the last of his three sets of axel shafts ... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
These guys came out of Colorado prepared! The previous day Steve had taken this group of four to a brand new, totally extreme trail in the Rock Garden area near Aztec. The new trail is aptly named "The Spider Web" and it took a black widow's toll on them including five broken axels between them and was topped off by a spectacular pirouette roll over by guess who ... ?
Steve said our same Paul went on end attempting one of the new chutes and swears his front wheels were behind this rear set below and just as he was going to end over the front of his hood hit a tree branch, spun him 90 degrees and caused his yellow Jeep bodied rig to land on his side.
I both wish I had been there to see that and at the same time I'm very glad I hadn't been there ... for obvious reasons ...
I just wanted to play, these boys came down to play hard!
And, as bad luck would have it, just as soon as were back in action I got out of the Princess at the back of the line for the next romp, Gate #6, and promptly sprainged my ankle. So, I was done for the day, and for today too for that matter, as I'm now at the computer, my ankle in an ACE bandage ... totally crippled. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]