Just as I was on the CB and heckling him for struggling, I got stuck with my bumper not allowing for me to back up and open diffs not allowing for me to go forward. Humbly, I climbed out and got hooked up to pull off.
At the trailhead, everyone reconnected and aired up. James and his gang looked tired, but elated and satisfied from the trip. Everyone had a great time, and maybe even a little more than they had planned for.
As I rechecked the gear and got ready for the highway, all conversation was on the experience. A whole bunch of Jeep waves and we were off. Various emails followed and future trips were planned. James is bringing most of the first bunch back - more equipped for the trail, and a few more folks eager to try things out for the first time!