Monday, September 15, 2014

My 2nd Off Road Adventure

Overwhelming Adventures: A Weekend Recap

Embarking on a journey filled with thrilling stories and exciting adventures, I find myself overwhelmed with so many tales from this past weekend. Let me take you through a series of mini-stories that unfolded during my time away.

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Jeep Momma driving selfie

Off-Road Excursion: Advanced Driving Course 201

Yesterday marked my second off-road driving class, Advanced Driving Course 201 at Rausch Creek, just outside Tremont, Pennsylvania. I was eager to hit the road bright and early. Setting my alarm for 5 am, I anticipated the two-and-a-half-hour drive. Yet, my excitement had me wide awake by 4:30 am.

Jeep in my rearview mirror

On the Road to Adventure

As I embarked on the journey, I was greeted by a convoy of Jeeps filling the roads. Each passing Jeep brought a smile to my face, including one that later joined me in the driving course. Interestingly, its occupants were exchange students from overseas, sharing the universal love for Jeeps.

A Day at Rausch Creek

Upon arrival at Rausch Creek, I joined other Jeeps for the 201 course. With the driving instructor, we formed a group of seven. Among them, my 4-door stock Jeep stood out, offering the least clearance among the vehicles. Despite the challenges, we prepared to tackle the trails ahead. There were some intense moments for me. 

Jeep lined up ready for a trail ride

Conquering the Trails

After adjusting tire pressure and gearing up, we ventured onto the greens and blues, the less challenging trails at Rausch Creek. Accompanied by my newfound friend Amanda, an avid Jeep enthusiast, I felt confident navigating through the rocky terrain.

Kyle airing down my tires

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The Importance of a Co-Pilot

Amanda's presence as my co-pilot proved invaluable. She skillfully guided me through the obstacles, capturing moments and ensuring our safety throughout the journey. Her unwavering support and the delightful sandwiches she brought along added to the experience.

Amanda and myself

Overcoming Challenges

Navigating through the rocky and muddy trails presented its share of challenges, especially for a relatively inexperienced driver like myself. However, under the guidance of our knowledgeable instructor Kyle, I pushed my Jeep beyond its limits, overcoming obstacles and embracing the adrenaline rush that followed.

Jeep Momma watching a Jeep on an obstacle

Reflecting on the Experience

Despite encountering minor trail damage along the way, the thrill of conquering each obstacle left me craving for more. The intensity of the trails surpassed what photographs and videos could capture, evoking a sense of exhilaration with every bounce and clang.

My Jeep on some rocks

Every time we completed an obstacle I kept wanting more and more. The adrenaline rush you get when you make it through the obstacle is addicting - a good kind of addiction.  And the clanging noises --- and scrapping sounds --- coming from underneath the Jeep --- can scare the Ba-jeezuz our of you.

My Jeep going down a hill

Looking Ahead

As I reminisce about the adventures of the weekend, I'm filled with anticipation for what lies ahead. Little did I know at the time a great adventure and many life changes lie ahead for me. I wouldn't change any of it. The amazing people I have met over the years since this day have been life changing. 

The front of my Jeep

It was a great day and I look forward to more trail riding, Jeep friend making and lots of Jeep transformations and modifications! The best thing was the new friends I made! I can't wait to join them again out on the trails.

A group picture of the Jeeps and their owners

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