It begins…

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This is a spot just downstream from where “my” wash joins up with another that originates in high country south of here. The – none of these have names, I just call it the south wash – runs more often but usually less dramatically than mine and can often be crossed safely even when it’s mildly in flood.

When both washes run simultaneously, things downstream can get very dramatic indeed and nobody’s going anywhere for a while. The dirt roads and dry washes snake around each other like spaghetti on a plate – people have been caught on the road between flooded crossings and there’s nothing to do but wait in the truck until the road’s passable again. Most people around here are smart enough to pay attention to their truck kits, especially during Monsoon.

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7 Responses to It begins…

  1. Ben says:

    I suppose it’s really bad for gas mileage when the road insists on reaching out and trying to stop your truck.

  2. MJR says:

    It all revolves around trade offs I guess. if a guy had everything he might need the weight alone might get him bogged down. I have two truck kits, one for spring/summer/fall and one for winter. The winter addition is a pair of chains for the front wheels.

    I’m always looking to improve my gear and I really am just curious (nosy really) about your kit. So what’s in the jeep?

  3. Judy says:

    The song Slip Sliding Away comes to mind when I look at your road. I don’t enjoy playing in the mud as much as I use to.

  4. Joel says:

    MJR, since I rarely venture more than 2 miles from home my Jeep kit consists almost entirely of tools. I’ve got wrenches, fence pliers, different kinds of rope and a heavy tow strap, a tire inflator and patch kit, knee and elbow pads, gloves, gorilla tape. This time of year there’s always a full canteen of water, sometimes a gallon jug. If there’s some reason not to carry a pistol I’ll throw in an AK.

  5. MJR says:

    Hey Joel, well that makes sense. The roads around here are such that in the spring/summer/fall aside from having enough fuel and a tire patch kit with a small air pump (thank you Joel for that idea) and a Leatherman plus a roll of duct tape nothing really is needed. It’s winter where things can get ugly. For winter I just keep a pair of tow straps, a come-a-long and tire chains plus a cut down roof rake, a small axe, an extra blanket, a Kelly Kettle and a pair of MREs… I’ve been lucky to only have had to use this stuff twice.

  6. Kentucky says:

    That “road” condition looks like the classic two inches of grease over polished glass.

    Am I close?

  7. Joel says:

    Yeah, pretty much. But the Jeep is used to it. It just slings mud in every direction and carries on. It’s only put me in the ditch once, and that was with slick tires.

To the stake with the heretic!