In the past few years it has been impossible to get reservations in Moab for Easter Jeep Safari. Thanks to Dee, we were good to go this year and experience our first EJS. Joe and I didn't sign up for any safari trails. With all levels of skills and equipment it can be a very long day when 25 to 30 jeeps are participating. In fact, some folks didn't get off trail until 10:30 pm. Thats a long day !
I did however have have an awesome day riding along with Dee on the first of four Pritchett Trail runs the first Sunday of the safari. Jeff, a friend and past MFFW president was our leader with Dee, Melissa (our current president), Gary, and Larry as gunners. What a great team. It was amazing to watch them in action as they maneuvered everyone up the most difficult obstacles I have seen. No one broke and only 2 vehicles...an army hummer and a well built Dodge pick-up had to get strapped. We were even off the trail and home by 4:30 !
Jeff spots a jeep up Chewy which is one of the first obstacles. The picture doesn't do this obstacle justice ...it is very ledgy and tippy.
Rocker Knocker is the scariest to me. I like tippy, but this is way tippy as you move along sideways on the ledge before you actually climb it.
If that's not enough, there are lots more challenges on this 4.2 mile extreme trail...Brickyard, Rock Pile with the only bypass on the trail called Son of Rock Pile, Axel Hill, and Yellow Hill all with huge tippy ledges. Charles Wells and his crew chose to ride along with MFFW for the photo shoot which is in his Guide To Moab, UT Backroads and 4-Wheel-Drive Trails.
The vendors come out in full force during EJS. The inside and outside areas at the Old Spanish Trail Arena are packed with all sorts of jeep stuff from parts and accessories, t-shirts, clubs from all over the country, hard-core jeeps, and I even saw a doggie booth full of doggie jeep gear. Names I recognized were Fox, Currie, PSC, Poison Spyder, EVO, Torque, Hercules, and Nitto.
And look who we ran into...our friends Jedd and Camilla from Hercules Tires. Joe likes their new 37" trail tire and when its time to replace the Nittos on Pearl, we will likely buy Hercules.
We made one purchase...a pair of 4" flood lights for Wile E's front bumper for sunset and night rides...from Quake Led.
My favorite, Jeep Quicksand, looks more like a hot-rod. It has 32" tires in front and 37" tires in the back.
Joe takes a few minutes to "study" the 3.6-Liter Pentastar Engine that we have in Pearl.
Another highlight around Gopher Flats is a beautiful green doggie run. Yep, our puppies are in heaven romping around on a carpet of plush green fescue sod.
Even Sally has done a sprint or two.
Dover on the other hand, loves to just lay in the cool grass and watch the world go by...so peaceful !
Good catch little buddy !
That's it for now. Until next time...
HAPPY TRAILS ! Go, Jack, go...