We just got back from an incredible trip. We took the Trail Master/OR Fab/Performance Accessories JK for a final shakedown of the new Trail Master long arm kit before it goes into production.
We left Georgetown at 4:30AM Thursday. We aired down and had breakfast burritos at the spillway, then hit the trail at 6. We had a great morning ride into Buck Island Lake where we stopped for lunch. The afternoon went quickly and we were in camp in the Springs by 3.
Despite the early wake up, the party went late into the night and we were not going to miss any of it. The cannon that goes off in the springs at 5am rousted me, and the coffee in main camp got me back to even keel. After breakfast Chris and I headed out to play in the JK. With the Rock Jock 60s and the Rubicrawler, we could put the new suspension through it's paces. The rockrollers/spotters for Jeepers Jamboree were just getting to their stations as we came through. We took every opportunity to show off and picked some "interesting" lines. Nobody was disappointed. Especially not us!
A few pics from old sluice:
We pushed the Jeep pretty hard and managed to break a hub. We're grateful to Beau from WFO Concepts in Auburn, CA for loaning us a spare.
We got back in time for lunch. I'm not sure if it was the lack of sleep or the hot fudge sundae with the "secret sauce" that did it, but I spent the next 90 minutes asleep in a camp chair next to the river. A ride on the rope swing out into the river was all it took to wake me up though. The rest of the afternoon was spent in the river at the slabs enjoying the view and working on my sunburn.
Dinner that night was pork tenderloin with a chili sauce. Fawsome! The helicopter showed up with a country/western band (can we see if Les Claypool is available next year?) and the party was awn.
Thanks to the cannon again, I was able to get out of my bag Saturday and get the JK over to Main Camp and get set up for the vendor show. After breakfast the show started. Of course it's sales that allows us to do these events, so we're grateful for the orders we took.
Steve and Chris had a long haul back to Arizona, so we left after the show. The trip up Cadillac Hill went smoothly, and we were in Tahoe a little over two hours later.
I'd been away from home since Tuesday, so I was really looking forward to seeing my family. But as I headed down 80 towards the Bay Area, I was also getting closer and closer to Fordyce. I would never want my wife to know how tempted I was to pull off at Eagle Lakes Road and spend a few more days wheeling.