Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hitting the OffRoad Trails in My Jeep

Every time I wheel at Rausch Creek Off Road Park it is a whole new experience. There are so many trails on the 3,000 acres of property, that I am always finding a new trail and a new discovery. This last excursion into the Blue Ridge Mountains held several firsts. 




Yesterday, I mentioned one of them, earning a Jeep Badge of Honor badge. I did this by completing Trail 11, which was a more difficult green trail. The green trails are the easy trails. The next step up are intermediate trails -- the blue trails. Then black, purple and red. 





For comparison, the Jeep BOH app rates Trail 11's difficulty as 2 - 4. The Rubicon Trail in California is a 10. The two other Rausch Creek Trails are Crawl Daddy and Crawler's Ridge, both a difficulty of 5 to 9.



This trip I also tackled a couple of blue trails and did very well, even in my stock (clearance wise)  Rubicon. It amazes me what a stock Jeep can do, especially the Rubicon. After driving the Sahara for a year I can definitely tell a difference on the trails with my beast of the Rubicon.




I also finally felt the confidence to try out my Axle Lock button. As I watched the other Jeep's in my group struggle to tackle a rocky hill, I decided to try out the Axle Lock button. I remember Clayton used it when I was driving the Clayton Offroad Jeep a couple of months back. So I felt pretty confident in my ability to use it. 




All in all this was a fantastic trip with many Jeep firsts. The only thing that would have made it better would be video of my Jeep from the outside of my Jeep. I feel this would help give me a better perspective of how the Jeep looks. Maybe someday I will find a wheelin' partner who likes to take videos. 

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