El Nino is coming!

Holy shit y’all.  It feels like two weeks since my last post.  Life has been so crazy.  Since we got back from Colorado, I’ve been on two wheeling trips with AZWJ, one trip with NAU4x4, driven to the Sierras, supported Nona at a Soulstice run, torn out a muffler, shredded a transmission mount, torn out and replaced rusted spring perches, gone to SEMA for the first time, detonated a half shaft, and lost the heater (as soon as it got cold, of course…).  And yet, inexplicably, I still managed to come up with a couple cheap ideas to share.  In due course.

On top of all of that, there was a surprise lightning round of lay-offs at work that pretty much nuked any motivation I might have had for bloggering.  I’m happy to say now, however, that I survived this round of layoffs and will be around Flagstaff for at least another year to regale you with my tales of woe and broke Jeep-ness.

Let’s begin.

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Colorado Wheelin’

Well, we did that Colorado thing last weekend, and it was super dope.  Everything I’d hoped it would be.

We took the long way up, due to some traffic on the shorter route and drove West-Northwest-ish through Durango and such.  Once we got in-state, we were above 9000 feet until we dropped into Denver.  Quite a ride.  Lots of things to look at.

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Ahh, school is back in session, and my life gets to slow down a bit…

Now that all that resting is out of the way, me and the lady are heading up to Colorado tomorrow to visit some friends.  This is a big trip for many reasons, not the least of which is that I’m finally getting to go IRL-wheeling with the guy who got me into all this web-wheeling nonsense in the first place.  My good buddy tk44 from over on Reddit, talked me into (I mean really twisted my arm) starting a Grand Cherokee subreddit over on that ubiquitous site we all pretend not to go to.  And now, just a few years later, here I am with a fancy blog with learnins and stuff to share with allyall.  Anyway, while we’ve actually met before in person once, and ran a couple trails in his rig, we’ve never had both our rigs together before. I’m getting to wheel Colorado!!!
It’s gonna be good times.

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The Jeep, The Maxima, and the mountain

I find myself apologizing for being too busy to post so often anymore that it seems to have lost it’s meaning.  The thing is, I am truly sorry that I don’t update this site as much as I should, but I’m out experiencing life instead of hunching over a laptop at a desk.  And for that, I make no apology.  To be sure, I’d rather we were all out living life instead of wasting bandwidth reading my silly words.  Alas, this is the world in which we live, and it doesn’t look like this “internet” fad is going to fade away any time soon.  So with that out of the way, here’s why I haven’t written you in so long…

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Pyeatt Draw – May 24 2015

I don’t usually get to run two big trails in two consecutive months, so this is a bit of a treat.  I met up with the AZWJ group for another run before it gets too hot down off of my mountain.  Just outside Payson is a really cool trail called, you guessed it, Pyeatt Draw.  It’s not a difficult trail by most standards, but definitely leave the RAV4 at home for this one…  It’s a river wash bottom with a good mix of bouldering and shelf climbs (my favorite!) so that you can pretty much create your own adventure.

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A Case for all Cases

Apologies.  That title is SO bad, but I couldn’t think of anything better, and I found myself literally staring at the screen trying to think of something.  At least it’s punny and clever and multi-layered.

I talked a bit in my last update post about building a new transfer case for my Jeep.  I’m happy to tell you that I’ve built and installed it, put about 300 freeway miles on it, put it through some serious 4low use, and run it up to 100mph in 2wd.  I’m confident saying it’s dialed.

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Ajax Mine – April 18 2015

Somehow, I’ve become an admin for yet another online group.  It’s a Facebook group focused on WJs in Arizona.  This one seems to be focused around posting up awesome pictures and going on trail runs around the state.  I know, I live a tough life.

For our inaugural run, we decided on the Ajax Mine trail between Florence Junction and Superior, Arizona.  It’s rated as a difficult trail, but there’s a road that can be taken to bypass the tougher obstacles as it weaves in and out of the wash that constitutes the majority of the trail.


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