What? You were fortunate as a kid, if you had the chance to play with one of these labyrinth marble mazes. Hey, we did not have video games growing up and it’s better than cans on a string. The concept was simple, move the knobs on the side to roll the marble through the maze without falling into a hole. Sounds simple, but the challenge was real. Everything had to be done with thought and finesse. Crazy moves often ended with a pitfall. This is what Jeep life can be like. Getting crazy often ends with someone in a mud hole or stuck on an obstacle.
Saturday’s ride was like that, we rolled around in the Citrus WMA following a maze of roads filled with holes and obstacles that could get you stuck. The ride was made to teach you how to respond in different problems that you might encounter on any given trail ride. Here are a few questions and results on this day’s trail experience.
What do you do if someone breaks a leg or suffers a deep cut? First Aid.
How can a spotter help you? Trust.
How well do you work as a team? Two heads are better than one.
What’s articulation? Jeeps are capable vehicles.
How do you change a tire? Beware the high-lift.
How do you plug a tire? Carry a repair kit.
When and how do you winch someone? Safety first.
What is a tow strap and how do you tow someone? Don’t just launch it.
How can stepping back and thinking outside the box help? Sometimes the solution is too easy to see.
What is tread lightly? Preserve the environment for future generations.
How much trash is out there? Take out more then you take in.
So what was it like? We started off pretty early. 7:30 am check in at the Holder Mine campground. Some camped the night before and others drove up that morning. 5AM … Wakey, Wakey… Here we go. Teams were pre assigned and numbers given, each group had three Jeeps. Sealed envelopes were passed out with maps and way points. The concept was simple, go to each point and follow the instructions. Then take a photo of you completing the challenge. The way points were shuffled so that each team would be scattered about the forest. Follow maps, follow instructions, work as a team, and solve problems. Lunch was on a lower part of the forest and we had some instruction on plugging a tire with a live demo. So how many plugs does it take to plug a tire slice to get you off the trail? 27? That’s more than an average kit contains, so get some extras. (Emergency repairs are for getting you back to civilization, when in town you should always do a proper fix.) While driving about we all took the time to pick up any trash we saw. By the end of the day a trailer was filled with everything from a Bumper to a baby crib. We gathered for a time of sharing what was learned and prizes were given out. Need that Buba Rope… That was followed with a BBQ dinner with all the fixins.
There was a good amount of things to be learned from this type of an event, and you can take that knowledge and apply it next time you get into a situation. So if you ever get the opportunity to attend this type of event make sure you go. Overall we had a fun day with opportunities to stretch your Jeep skills and learn new stuff. The event was part of a monthly ride by the Orlando Jeep Club a local club that puts on events and trail rides multiple times each month. Find out more about them at Http://www.orlandojeepclub.com See you on the next trail.
Matt N Randy
Jeep Enthusiast, Pastor, Photographer, Artist, A husband and wife team that loves going out and seeing God's Creations.