There’s something in the heart of a Jeep owner that compels them to go off-roading at sometime in their life. Even I took to off-roading to circumvent street flooding once in Wichita! However, this week was my first experience with Jeep trails in the desert. I started to say “our” first, but decided I’d better not speak for LeRoy on that one!
Following the rally, one couple who are very familiar with the area here led a few more brave souls on a run in the desert. There were two Jeeps including ours, a Hummer and a 4-wheel drive Suzuki car. The first stop along the way was at an abandoned cabin and workshop. That’s LeRoy braced on part of the remains of a porch.
The builder had it all figured out, according to the guys on the trip. The workshop was twice as big as the house. The women decided the man must not have been married, or if he was to begin with, he wasn’t for long!
The trail was fairly easy going to start with but required more skill from the drivers as it went along. At times the caravan would stop to spot a driver through a particularly difficult stretch. It’s just not possible to get a casual picture to really show the terrain.
We had been promised a lunch break at the desert “Bed & Breakfast”, Deere Run Resort. It’s a cement slab to which have been added patio furniture, a grill, a putting green and other things. It amazes me how respectful trail riders have been over the years. There is no sign of vandalism here. The few surrounding trees are decorated with bottles, cans, Christmas ornaments, garland and tinsel. A popcorn tin serves as a weatherproof place for a logbook. Those who stop there are encouraged to use the firewood provided, just replace it next time you come back. Several gallon jugs of water were there so you could put out the fire as you leave.
While most of the women stayed at the resort, the invincibles took a more difficult ride called the Oh S**t Run. LeRoy said at one point, he had to back and reposition a few times for the tires to gain traction enough to climb the rocks. At the top, though, someone (obviously from Kansas!) had left this sign.
We’re off to tamer pursuits the rest of the week, unless you think meeting up with long lost relatives is risky. LeRoy has cousins who are within a few hours drive from us, one in Palm Springs, CA and two others in Phoenix and we plan to meet up with them later this week.