Beau Byrom in his ulta-slick "cab truck" shows
how to have a bouncing good time on Slick Rock. This
hybrid started life as a 1 ton Crew Cab Chevy and retained
the big running gear; Beau added the S-10 cab, a Fuel
Injected 350, Detroit's and 44" Boggers to this
shiny big banana.
Byrom after the big bounce in the photo to the left.
It's a good thing that he owns a body shop!
time the weekend was over, the two groups had conquered all
the trails that the Tellico ORV Area had to offer, including
coming down Guardrail in the rain. Given the wet conditions,
carnage was actually less than expected with a couple of busted
drive shafts, the normal snapped axles and one rollover on
Slick Rock. In fact, the guys from Greensboro, NC had a transfer
case go out on them at the bottom of Lower 2. Believe it or
not, they pulled a spare out of the toolbox, did the swap
right on the trail and caught up with the group before the
was a bit of unusual excitement on Saturday when the call
came over the CB radio that an injured ATV rider needed help
getting out of the woods. While climbing a ledge, his 500
cc ATV flipped back on top of him causing substantial head
injuries. He was in an area on Trail 8, which is accessible
only by ATV and bleeding quite badly. Jack Lancaster of JeepBox
was the first in our group to reach him and the injured rider
was placed in the Jeep for the 45-minute ride out. Cell phones
and CB's all over the area crackled with the news and arrangements
were coordinated with the Forest Service for an ambulance
to meet at State Line Campground.
Lancaster, who is a RN, inspected the bandages and first aid
that had been administered to the injured rider and followed
closely behind in another jeep. Lancaster later said that
the effort put forth by all the Offroaders in the area contributed
to the injured man being successfully transferred to the ambulance,
"I never had to stop for anyone to get out of my way
on the trails, folks were pulled off to the side waiting for
me to pass."
event was first class in every aspect and was topped with
a huge raffle and some good old fashioned Carolina barbeque
on Saturday night. The ladies "Jeep Trivia" contest
came down to a sudden death playoff with Aileen Reynolds being
the victor. These gals really amazed us with their wealth
of Jeep & 4x4 knowledge, answering questions that would
have stumped most of the local shade tree mechanics.
Fall Crawl on October 26-28, 2001, will be their final event
of the year. Anyone wanting to register can do so online at
or by calling 800-792-2280.