Back from lunch and some more uploads are ready:
Many of the trails in the area are disused oil well maintenance trail and abandoned oil wells litter the area (there are a large number of active wells also though not in this specific area as the trails to them tend to be a little less fun as the oil companies keep them maintained for the most part).
Nice solid bottomed puddle or Jeep swallowing monster? Who knows that's the fun!
Seriously there are so many of these types of things its almost impossible to get out and check every one of them... We chanced it for the most part and our luck did not run out.
Playground area nearing Townsend Cave (a medium sized cave that a pretty popular wheeling destination). Signs are not legible but one say something about picking up your trash and the other identifies the rocky hill in the center of the pic as "Brady's hill" and memorializes "Brady". I assume he died trying to climb this hill but don't actually know the story.... Spent a ton of energy climbing it on a dirt bikes years ago (took a number of tries... It was very wet) and found it goes literally no where. Haven't tried climbing it since.
Did not get any shots of the cave as the normal photo-op shot with the jeep inside the cave would have been aggravating with a jeep of this level of "builtness" and I've had the dirt bikes in there dozens of times so it was sort of a case of "been there, done that"... Now of course I don't have any of those pics handy so I kind of wish I HAD got some but oh well.
There are a number of routes to Townsend cave so we headed out a different way to avoid having to re-run the same trail. This pic is just passed the cave on our way out:
Another shot closer to the rocky part... Doesn't look to bad but took a couple attempts even with lockers on:
By the way: The skid plates on these things are pretty strong right???
Another spot that needed a locker or two.
Next up was a large swap... Found a Dodge that had absolutely no business being out here but did not look like it was ever gonna LEAVE here:
Judging by the state of things I'd say odds are 90%+ it was a stolen vehicle... Full of beer cans (and water from the mud hole), all windows broken, key in the ignition left in the on position (no power obviously)... Looked to have been there no more than a couple days... Couldn't get to plates cause of the deep mud. Least we didn't find a body.
Nearby was this nice old Ford on TSLs... It looked 100% ready to wheel when we went over to it (closer pics must be on my wife's phone) but no sign of any people. Given that it was next to the sketchy other wreck and that, despite my love of classic Fords, it wasn't actually "nice" in the conventional sense and sort of looked like something a crazed meth head might drive I kept a round in the chamber until we got clear of the area... Never saw or heard a soul though. In fact only people we saw all day were 4 SxSs that passed while we were stuck. They offered their sympathy but wasn't much they could do to pull out something 4 times their size... This place is a little more popular than the places we frequent in Jackson county and I was sort of surprised we never saw anyone.
Couple miles of pretty cool wheeling followed but sadly GroPro needed a charging break so no pics.... Last couple are after it got a little joice and we were getting near the road.
Pretty much all of this are was a 2wd cake walk but views were nice:
The exit... When I lived out here this trail was called "trailer trash" because directly across the road in the center of the picture there used to be a single wide trailer one end of which was literally collapsed and yet a family lived in in. I guess in the few year since I had been on this particular trail it collapsed the rest of the way... Hillside is covered in trash and debris but no sign of the family.
That's it for this time... Hope you all enjoyed... One of these days I will edit all the videos into some sort of watchable chunk (removing the long segments of boring sections). For now pics will have to do.