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Yes I would suggest to anyone who has a 4x4 and a sense of adventure to do as many back roads as you can. Lots of purdy things and lil places to explore. Watering holes with lots of animal tracks, Luna's Jacal, Mariscal Mine, etc. The day we drove River Rd was prolly one of the best days of my life. The driver nearly pissed his pants during the t-storm and flash flooding.... (I loved every dang second of it!!!!!)
We came to a few hair-raising descents and I thought we would flip the SUV for sure. Fortunately, we had a guy with us who owns Jeep and uses it all over the place. He refused to drive, but coached me over some nasty rocky-sandy areas. At one point our front tire was up in the air spinning uselessly. Then came the big challenge. It had rained recently and we came to a sideways hill with mud. Somehow I had to go through a muddy hole and to up a hill sideways at the same time. Everyone got out to let me die alone. I plotted a course and went forward in 4-low. Didn't make it. I was instructed to back up. I slid sideways and wound up against an 8 food bush-clogged embankment. I tried to angle my way back more, but I was wedged in. My heart was racing. We did have food and water for a few days, but how long would we have to wait? Had I ruined my rental car? Did I just buy a freaking new car? I asked our 4-wheeling expert to drive. He refused. He kept saying to try to back up more as that was my only way out. I said "screw it" and gunned it. With mud flying everywhere and tires spinning I somehow bounced my way up to out of the hole. I saw a 25 yard stretch of mud coming up next so I just kept going until I was on dry soil. My whole body was shaking I was so nervous. We had almost dorked up our whole trip. The rest of the guys jogged up to the SUV and were celebrating, giving me high-fives. I was just trying to remember how to get tequila out of agave to calm me down.
using a 4x4 is to use it in 2wd until you get stuck,
Dang nabbit muse. You're liable to get yourself in big trouble doing such dangerous activities : \ !!!!
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