We had a great time. Since Dale couldn't make it out
on this ride, I had no one to split trail boss duties with. I was therefore only
able to take about 3 pictures. Jen, on the other hand was able to get about
35...so most of these are hers.
Anywayz, we all met at Shoneys around 8:30am. From left to right FM2CD members:
David (YJ), Vic (XJ), Kristy (XJ), Allen (XJ), Me (Steve - XJ) and Jen (TJ).
We also had some special guests for this ride. I had received an email from the
Girls asking if some of their members could tag along. Of course, they were
welcome. Four people showed up in three vehicles, Bonnie and Stacey (TJ), Susan
(TJ) and Will (Toyota). Add Trevor (TJ), David's buddy
Jim (YJ) and Chris (XJ) to the list of attendees and we had a grand total of 12 vehicles on the
We departed Shoneys at around 9:30am and started for the trail head. About 2
miles onto Coal road (about 4 miles from the trail head), we hit an
obstacle....and we weren't even on the trail yet. Seems a tree had fallen across
the road overnight (the leaves were just starting to wilt). With Will's help
doing the rigging, we made quick work of it.
Here's a video (305KB).
We then stopped at a clearing about 1.5 miles from the trail head to air down,
disconnect and have a drivers meeting.
From there we hit the trail. We only have a couple of pictures from obstaces:
Here's Bonne from the first obstacle that pretty much everyone took:
And here's Susan (the current President of the VA Jeep
Girls) at the same obstacle:
This was kind of funny. We hit these rocks and I thought about climbing
them...then I remembered my vow not to break my junk 3 weeks before we leave for
Alaska. So I got out and jokingly motioned to Will to tackle them. Before I knew
He was hung up on his frame. After a couple of strategically placed rocks to get
his rear wheels a little bit more traction.
He was over. Despite the pictures not reflecting it, our day was not even half
done though. We went and had lunch and since it was so early, we hit the Cold
Spring trail. It used to continue through as an OHV trail all the way back to
Coal Road...but it now closes down about halfway through to allow foot traffic
only. So, going in, I knew a turnaround would be necessary. Still, there's a
couple of fun stretches. It figures that all day long it was beautiful....except
for the one point that I need to be out and directing traffic...that's when it
Anyway that's about it, we stopped at "the bus" again...and we also got some
great pictures of the skyline from the top of the mountain:
I'd like to thank the VA Jeep Girls for coming out with us. From what I could
tell they had a great time...the WOOHOO's! while going through the ruts were a
Anyway, it looks like we'll be taking a couple of months off...we're going to
try to tag along with another club in May instead of running our own ride. So
we'll see ya'll at PAP in July!