Friday Dec 21, 2007

Decent offroading at last

We've finally got around to doing a couple of great off road trips.

First off was a trip to 'Area 53', a couple of weeks ago. Two Wranglers and a long wheel base Pajero...

Early on in the trip Rupert fell victim to technology thinking it knows better. His Pajero was in Drive, rather than locked in second or third, so it decided to change up a gear just at the wrong moment, leaving Rupert stranded rather precariously.

I raced up to secure the back of the Pajero, so that he'd be anchored when trying to turn down, should he start to roll. Unfortunately I misjudged things and got stuck myself.

Once Simon had pulled me back out, I attached my rope to the Pajero and Rupert inched back down without any problems. Still, better safe then sorry.

No major stucks for the rest of the day - just enjoying some very big, sweeping dunes.

Last week we went to Sweihan with my new colleague, Gerard. Even bigger dunes, plus the fact that we were following rather than leading, meant a super day's driving. Brilliant fun, particularly in one huge bowl that saw me driving round and round in fifth gear and low range, in order to keep momentum up and revs down. Incredible stuff. No photos though - we were having so much fun Mrs Saul forgot to take any.

Full set of the Area 53 pics here.

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