May 6, 2018
So it's been a little over a week since we last posted. It's been busy around here.
Last Wednesday, our sweet Sally had surgery to remove bladder stones. She was very droopy the first three days, but seems to be feeling more like her old self. She has always been a model patient and so appreciative.
We have also been busy wheeling some of our favorite trails...ok, I know I say that about every trail we run, but we just love this place ! Hell's Revenge, Moab's iconic trail, is usually at the top of everyone's list when visiting Moab. We have done it twice in the past week. First we joined Rory, Dee, David and Erica, and Chris. Rory entertained us by driving up Escalator, driving down Escalator, and for the grand finale he backed up Escalator. Rory and his buggy are legendary !
|David drives up Escalator as Rory follows backing up it.|
David played going up and down and Rory spotted Chris on her first successful climb on Escalator. Dee hasn't been happy with her past several runs up but was quite pleased Blanche performed flawlessly on this day ! We took a pass and I don't mean the flirty kind... Joe trusted his inner voice that said today was not the day for our first attempt.
|Rory spots Chris up Escalator...a personal goal for her. Chris has a well built 2-door Rubicon and never shies away from a challenge.|
After Hells, we headed over to Potato Salad Hill...a first for us. Rory spotted us all up this ledgy hill that is notorious for rollovers. Thanks to Rory we all made successful climbs !
|Dee makes Potato Salad Hill look easy as Rory stands at the top giving her a spot.|
|David (on the right) drives up Potato Salad Hill while Rory backs down it.|
|Chris begins her climb on The Waterfall.|
|Robert and Karen climb a ledgy section just past the chute.|
|Yucca lined the trail...|
The Havasu 4 Wheelers were here for a week and we had the great pleasure to join them on Hells.
Glen led them through the trail. There were about 7 jeeps of all sizes in the Havasu group...all excited and eager and up for the challenge ! Every jeep in the group did Hell's Gate and Escalator. And Chris' dad, Howard even tried Mickey's Hot Tub, it was so close, but in the end he needed a strap. I am way excited to post that Joe drove Escalator and Mickey's Hot Tub for the first time with Glen's expert spotting ! We can now say we have driven everything Hells has to offer !
The drop into Hell's Gate is amazing.
Below Glen drives the line.
These obstacles force you to pay close attention to what you are doing no matter how many times you have done them before. Below one of the Havasu wheelers gets a passenger wheel lift and on top of that he drives a manual and his jeep went dead. He did an awesome job of managing the clutch, brake, and gas to drive himself out.
Glen did a great job of describing The Escalator and telling everyone what to expect.
What a great day with old and new friends ! Until next time...
HAPPY TRAILS !
Up next...creek crossings, a pinch, ledge crawling acrobats, and nerves of steel !