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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-15-2001, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Met some great guys, and had a real BLAST!

here is a little trip report (didn't use spell check-oops)

if you ever get the chance to go, take the family and have a great
time.

We got there about 9 pm Saturday night, unpacked and went to look for
some place to have supper. Ended up eating with the "Jersey Boy's"
of "Spider Trax" ....Fred knew all of them...it was so cool, I was
surprised how young they are.

Next day we went to the motel where Brett Savage and Ken Crowell were
staying and hooked up with them and all the guys from Trail Tough for
a trail ride. We went to what they call the "Bump Dump" ..it's a
shortcut to the "Hell's Revenge" trail...if you can make it up the
bump, you don't have to pay to run that trail.....

as we ran that trail we kept an eye on "Lion's Back", it looked sooo
inviting...we all said we just have to do it! But we ran out of time
Sunday, because we went to "Potato Salad Hill"....it's a short hill
that is real hard to make without rolling.

Monday we all hooked up again to run Lower and upper "Helldorado" it
is like some of our rock washes...
I met some of Timmy Cane's friends from England and had his mechanic
ride with me...when we got through lower and started into upper, we
watched one of the SpiderTrax guys trying to make it through the
first part....he broke his truck before he could get up it. I jumped
in line and on the first try took on a rock with the passenger's side
of my Zuk, only lost a little paint and suffered a new dent...

When we got to the second tuff spot, I let Robert from England drive
my Zuk....he did great....then we did the water fall at the end, you
have to winch up to get out. Everyone made fun of my fishing real
winch,,,,at first! But it pulled my Weber powered Zuki up and out.

After we all got off that trail we headed for Pizza Hut for supper,
where we met Gary from Petroworks and about that time Bobby and Eric from Arizona
showed up from just getting in town.

Tuesday's trip took us on a easy run to begin with "Fins and Things"
with a stop off at the Bump Dump first, and when we finished F&Things
we decided some of us were up for a trip up Lion's Back...while the
smart people decided to stay at the bottom where it was "SAFE and the
SMart thing to do. Brian from Trail Tough was the leader..he has no
fear...then Brent Bradshaw, Robert and I in my Zuk then Eric and
Bobby.... Just before the top Brian took a wrong turn to the right
and about went over, but when Brent got to the same spot he pulled a
3 foot wheelie....not a good thing to do with a 500 plus drop off
within 2 feet of the edge....
I have a great fear of heights and about passed out right about
then...I asked my co-driver if he could drive my Zuk the rest of the
way up, even though the steering wheel was on the wrong side..he said
he would give-er-a-go, so I bailed out to hang on to the side while
he drove up....trust me we were all so fricking scared, it's no place
to be with a tippy truck....screw that...it's no place to be
ever....LOL

We all made it down safe, and ended the day with a great supper and
tall tails to tell about who was and wasn't scared...then back to the
Slick Rock Campground to watch it all on video.

I was going to just hang out around town and the campground the next
day, but when you see everyone lining up for some cool run the next
day, it's real hard not to jump in line...a bunch were going to do
the "Golden Spike" trail...it's the one that has that big crack in it
that you see in every thing you ever see about Moab. Rick Whamprat (from AZ)
joined us with his wife and kids at the last min...
It was an all day ride, as most of them are, but full of plenty of
off camber fun spots. We did a big Samy Stacking along the route too.

The next day we all decided to run Pritchard (sp) Canyon trail, we
must of had 20 plus Zuks, with a Jeep or two stuffed in. It's a tuff
trail. We got to one spot with this big water hole where some had fun
while one of the guys rolled his Zuk. It had a EFI 6 in it, and they
couldn't get it to start, so a few of the guys pulled it back to
town. We let 2 groups go ahead of us on a real hard spot, then got
into an argument with some creeps in the 3rd group behind us...I took
a real hard by-pass to get up with the few that made it up and got
cut off from the rest of our group that decided to head back, because
it was getting too late to make the run and be back in camp for the
hot dog supper and raffle...that sucked, we had to press on with rain
and snow coming down and too many rigs on the trail. After the last
hard spot we raced back to town. I was about 7 Zuks back to start
with, but kept picking them off one at a time....lol At near the end
of the trail I was about a mile ahead of the group, when someone
yelled out that one guy was having trouble, so I turned around and
went back to see what was going on. the first guy behind me asked
what motor I had in my Zuk..and I showed him....he said his 1.6 16
valve couldn't keep up because he had a dirty air cleaner....ya
right! Whimp..lol

We made it back in time for a chilly bun, without a hot dog, cuz they
were all gone. then did the raffle (I won a Suzuki Hat) whoopy.

Next day we went back out to watch and run upper Helldorado...it was
sooo crouded, it was a real mad house...some guy in a Jeep had broke
a hub abd his rear leaf springs on the first bump, and had to be
winched out. About that time Dave Hickman and Mr. Ed showed up with a
group from AZ, so I let them pass and helped a Kid get his Zuk with a
broken T-case back to the main road...we then drove mine up to the
top to meet the guys coming out the waterfall. Then we all packed it
in that night at the campground...saying our "glad to meet ya's" and
all that mushy stuff....
Got up the last day (Friday) and headed home.....Friday Saturday and
today would suck trying to get on any trail, with 50 plus Jeeps
trying too....

All in all if you ever get a chance to go, this is fun for all...kids
and the little Miss's.....

Dave

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Dave,
It was great meeting you down their. I had alot of fun leading you guys around on Fins -N- Things. Thanks for the info on the engines. Hopefully I'll see you down their next year!

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sounds like yall had a blast dave. one of these days man, one of these days............
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Dave,great story and pictures.That looks like one of those thing i must do before i check out.Thanks for sharing them,RR

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"It was great meeting you down their. I had alot of fun leading you guys around on Fins -N- Things"

Steve it was great of you to lead a group on the trail, and point out all the cool stuff along the way. I enjoyed meeting guys from the list and putting a face with a name....

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GREAT PICS & REPORT DAVE !

Ya gotta love this pic . http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?...nce=0&res=high

What DO they call that......uhhh.....Hole ? Did you go in it ?

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AAHHHHH, MOAB, "BEEN THERE, TORE IT UP" OR AT LEAST I REMEBER SOMTHING GETTING TORE UP (MIGHT HAVE BEEN MY RIG) LOL LOL.
GREAT PICS, NICE RIG !!!!!! WITH ANY LUCK I WILL BE BACK THERE THIS SEP.

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I LIKE IT DIRTY,
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that hole is called "Exculator" I think....
Brian from TT is so Wild, don't tell him he can't go somewhere he will prove you wrong!
I had too much junk (spare Parts) in my Zuk to try that hole, now I wish I would have tried it too.

I finished up add all the pix from the trip 146 total, check them out.

If you know who is in one of them let me know the pic number so I can edit them.

Dave

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Thanks for the write up and the pics. Lions Back is dream of mine but your write made me more nervous than the video of the Blazer going down without brakes. Glad everyone is home safe.

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"Excretator" is what I woulda called it !

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