9 - Last Day of Fun
I made it to Friday without breaking anything major, except
my bank account, or rolling my rig. So I have today to unwind.
I had planned to keep today's options open all along, in case
I needed a day to fix things before trekking home.
spent some time talking to vendors about my new portable refrigerators
and asking engineering questions of Rusty of Rusty's
Off-Road in Alabama. I also asked similar questions to the
reps from Warn, Beach's Offroad, etc.
gGot some pretty cool pics of some of the odd-ball things. Some
are pretty cool like the fold-down step from On-Products! and
the BUMMER and LANDRUNNER, etc.. I thought about the base Landrunner
body for my TJ after I rolled it, but needless to say, I did
not go there.
saw a neat T-shirt form Lost Coast 4-wheelers. It said "Been
there- Bent That!" Thought that was great.
also watched some of the Ramp Contest hosted by 4
Wheel of Moab.A TJ owned by Mike Yancy ramped 1500! (98
TJ w/ Rubicon 4.5" springs & lower control arms, 1" coil spacers,
custom upper control arms from 4 Wheel Moab, & Procomp shocks)
It won top prize in the coil spring category and he won a really
cool video & T-shirt. Also, a Currie Anti-Rock sway bar. Nothing
special...it only makes the rest of us TJ owners drool.
the leaf-only class a '75 Bronco owned by Nate Williams ramped
1577! (4" wrangler springs, Skyjacker
springs, F&R 3-link suspension). He won some really cool stuff,
too. If my memory is correct, he won a $500 gift certificate
poked my head into the raffle to check out the awesome items
they were raffling off. Man, there were great things. Apparently,
for a vender to be at this event he had to pay space rent "plus"
donate items for the raffle. One guy won a free set of 5 tires
and wheels of his choice from Mickey
Thompson. That's worth close to a grand right there.
winches were raffled off, including the new Ramsey
Many great raffle items like racks, tires, batteries, deflators,
T-shirts etc., were also given away.
course, I won the best prize, which was the company of a bunch
of new friends, as well as seeing old friends I did not even
know were at the event!
caps off a great trip! Setting off for home. Got up fairly early
today with the intent of doing the 4WD parade they do each year,
then doing an alignment, checking my fluids, packing, filling
my rig and gas cans with the $1.54 gas they have here, doing
my last report to the greatest 4WD website (Rockcrawler.com,
of course) and then starting my trek home.
d id all of the above, except the parade. Apparently, only those
signed up for Sat. trails get to be in the parade. Awww man!
I wanted everyone to see this real-world rig sporting the ROCKRAWLER.COM
windshield sticker. Got to admit, though, there were so many
sumthin' 4wd, etc. dot com stickers around here most folks may
have missed it. Too bad, because it just makes it harder to
find out the best site is the one you're looking at right now.
it's 12:30ish on my watch (CA time) thus, it's time to hit the
road. I'll finish my driving home story either Sunday night
upon my return or Monday. Thanks for following along!
THANKS AGAIN RICH! And thanks, Mike for the opportunity to prove
to the world, via the Internet, that I am just a little nuts.
Also, if you feel like donating to a worthy cause (I'm serious
here), I run a non-profit youth sport organization. See what
we are all about at www.snowcrest.net/coachgeo
and Jake - firstname.lastname@example.org
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