I'll try to let the photos tell most of the story:
I went to work completing my bumper. I got pulled over after the last run, in part, due to my tag not being illuminated and not breaking down my speed quickly enough upon entering a town. Dodged a ticket, but thought I should get a jump on finalizing the rear end.
The Rear View
|These are salvaged column-leveling plates from a prior construction job|
|We got a snowfall and I was anxious to play. Primed it and rolled out.|
|Welded and primed|
Sustainability and other buzz words
FORCE Club Mod Night
Steve got a new bumper and winch for the 4Runner. Unfortunately, the bumper got misdirected by a few thousand miles and the timing of its delivery very nearly jeopardized the readiness for the trip. Since I am such an enthusiast and had already volunteered to do whatever it took to see it mounted and Steve participate in the run, we ended up scheduling a work session for the Wednesday night prior to the run. I got home at 4am Thursday morning.
I had thought we would need to mount the winch to the bumper and then hoist the combined assembly to mount. After we did this test fit, it confirmed my suspicions. So we had to drop the whole thing down, ready the winch and remount. And there were some difficulties with fitment and hole prep that we had to scramble to resolve while short on time and tools to accomplish. But we got 'r done.
The Main Event: GPAX Shocker Run #8~ 3-7-15
|The vehicles from our group lineup. Missing LowBrau. So first up is Lopez|
|Dukes of Hazzard|
|Kerr's Predator [formerly Big Daddy Don't Call me Titan (because it was a Tundra) Kerr]|
|Rebel GD and family|
|Breslin greeting the attendees|
|Rob T with VAXC|
|LowBrau's new bumper and winch|
|We sent someone down into Crystal Lake.|
|Maddy stretched her legs during the lunch break.|
|Selfies while people got unstuck. They kept letting me get too far up the trail.|
Some areas of the park didn't exactly coincide with the map. A lot of groups entered or were were present at about the same time (including Jeepers). The ensuing cluster of too many vehicles without clear direction made finding a straightforward way off of the property very challenging. We would often U-turn or divert down another trail only to encounter a group coming from the opposite direction. Then the snow started. Heavily. And we were at a point where seemingly the only way out was a daunting Blue-rated climb in the snow. Cruzer made it up no problem with the Gorilla. I was challenged mightily, but Veronica got the better of the climb while running open-open the whole time. Saric was not as lucky despite a very valiant effort (and some prior prowess in running another climb in REVERSE). I ended up deploying both winches (front and back) to drop enough line back to him and enough ahead of me to anchor to a tree and extricate him. Dukes was able to get the climb after a handful of attempts. It required the full functionality of the extended travel afforded him by the Titan Swap and the burly bounding ability that the 35" BFGs graced his truck with. The rest of our group found an offshoot while awaiting the extraction and was able to link up with us just beyond the climb. We got out just in time to make it to the raffle where yours truly had his numbers called a couple of times for some heartily appreciated prizes.
All in all, it was a great day out on the trails.
That evening, we went to O'Neals for dinner. More folks made it out that evening. Then there was a not-so quick jaunt to Snitz Creek Brewing in Lebanon, PA. From there, I opted to head home and get a jump on photo selecting, chores, blogging, and the start of the work week.
That's all I got.
Until next time.