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We came to a section of the trail which was usually very muddy(we rode four wheelers on this trail usually). Being a new truck I was very nervous about scratching it up. So we jumped out and decided to scout the trail(smart huh?). We walked across the dried caked mud and only sunk in a couple of inches, so we figured the mud is only a couple of inches deep(not smart huh?).
We hopped back in the Comanche and started to roll down the trail. We got about 20 yards and the truck went down and down into about 2 feet of mud. I dropped it down a gear and she crawled forward, then my young pride took over and I decided to POR(press on regardless). The Michelin XC's were pouring mud clear up on the roof and we could later see where the bumper had been plowing mud. As I got to the end of the bog I had to make a left turn up a small bank between two trees. The truck fit until half way through, the back end started clawing up the hill sideways. I have never experienced that before or since, but imagine my panic as I saw that big old tree about to kiss my poor little Commanche. Just as I thought I would hear the bang the little truck grabbed full traction and her 4.0 liter launched us to safety. This story is long enough now so I'll tell you later how I submerged most of the truck without getting a drop of water in the bed.
Truck is Ranger 99XLT 4X4. We turned off on FR 600 which takes us up to the area 25 milea away. Easy dirt road for 10 miles. Then it gets narrow.
Remember, this is MAy in Colo.
Now at about 9-10,000 ft, on a narrow dirt, as my wife says it, rut, it starts to get muddy. Then it starts to snow. Well 10 mile from the area, I turn back and head down.
Went up the road to Creede and checked at the Ranger station. Cinnamon pass is the only one open to Silverton from Lake city. So off we go. . .
Well truning off Colo 1490 the road is nice, and views, like the road to Wheeler, are stunning. Then it gets steap...and it starts to snow flurry. Then it gets steeper with a switch back to the right through a cut in the snow into a heavy snow storm at the top. My wife is real, I mean REAL pissed.
Lets just say that none of the 5 14,000 ft peaks that can be seen from the top of Cinnamon pass, 12,300 or so feet in elevation, were seen.
Best do the Colorado passes in mid June on unless you want a snow storm
To make a long story short, as the backend was sinking into the river and after my brother and I had climbed out of the passenger window, off the hood and jumped to dry land, my Dad removed the wet air filter, was able to get it started while two guys in an late 60's Land Cruiser with a winch towed us out.
I'll never forget the site when my Dad opened the driver side door with all that water... Whooooosshhhhh!!! The next couple of weeks were spent drying it out and replacing the carpets.
Well, going in was fun and easy. We had a blaston the trails, easy and muddy from the melting snow. So, now it is time to leave. We start to ascend the East facing hill (shady hill) and start hitting ice patches and mud. My poor 2wd could not get enough momentum to get pas one particular section of Ice. So I take a good run at it in plain view and some dumb a** coming down hill blocks me. Ruined attempt. My Fiancee is now really nervous, wondering if we are going to be stuck there. Another good run, another truck blocking the way. Don't these guys know that the person going uphill has the right of way?
Well finally after a good number of attempts and
a stout press on the accelerator we pass the Ice patch and are on our way.
Nothing like a good challenge. Now I own a 4X4..
awesome 4X4s fording the creek. We noticed this brand new Jeep Wagoneer, with straight six, a large 4 door SUV with beatuful rims, tires. He seemd to stall out in the middle of the creek. Remember this is a $15,000+ vehicle in 1977. Along came a beat-up, rust bucket of a vehicle, a 1952 or '53 Chevy pickup step side, with bald tires, granny gears and loaded with kids in the back and belching blue smoke out the tailpipe. This hispanic person, stoped, got in front of the big Jeep wagoneer, got some laundry cord, tied it to the front axel of the Jeep and the ball hitch of this old vintage pick-up and pulled him to dry land. They then discovered the distributor on the Jeep was mounted extremely low causing water to inundate it. They dried it off, restarted the motor. The owner was so grateful at being pulled out after several 4x4s passed by, they set up a few BBQ's and invited a few local people in their 4x4's and had a great time. We joined in and exchanged stories and talked about four wheeling. Over the years we enjoyed off roading in various parts of California. Up near Livermore Nuclear weopons lab was a beautuful off road park, also near Gilroy, South of San Jose was Hollister Hills off road park. Spectacular scenery and great fun was had for many years. Sons now grown, only 4x4 vehicle in Family is wife's '99 Tracker 4dr 4x4. I ve owned a few S10 4x4 vehicles. I desire to return to the sport. May do so in a few years.