Post by Larry M on Mar 4, 2018 20:18:54 GMT -5
Didn’t go to Gilbert. Just went to War. Still, it was a 130-mile trip. Woke up to 20 degree weather, but it was clear. We were supposed to meet at Rider’s Paradise for breakfast at 7:30am. By 8:30am Coop and his friend JD had not shown. While eating breakfast with Doc B and his grandson, Eli, I noticed I didn’t have my own tracks to War. So I ran up to my camper at Hilltop, downloaded the tracks to my GPS and went back to Rider’s Paradise. Coop and JD were there. They had to get chainsaws out to cut a downed tree off the trail. We headed out around 9:00am. Rode to Walmart and from there to Gary, and then to War. Ate at a relatively new and nice restaurant called Coalfield café. Ordered a club sub and a coke. When it arrived, I realized I couldn’t eat it all, so I halved it with Doc Best. While we were in the café we asked how to get to High Rock Overlook. We were told it was too dangerous to go up there now. We tried anyway and we made it. Spectacular view. This is me on the ledge. Coop wouldn’t get on the ledge for me to take a picture. After High Rock Overlook, we went down a trail that would have been impossible to go back up. The ruts were deep. We literally slid on our skid plates most of the way down. We gambled we could get to the bottom. Had we come up on a washout, we would have had to walk out. Luckily, we made it to a road. Got gas in War and went back to Hilltop. Most of the trails were on Bob’s map. A few were not. JD did most of the leading. Coop some as well. I’m impressed that Coop could guide us by memory alone. He’d forgotten to bring his GPS tablet. I lead for a little bit. Got back at 8:00pm. Was totally wore out. Ate a late dinner and hit the sack. Slept well. Sunday morning, Lonnie, Doc B. and Steve H road. Steve rode shotgun with me. I think he was sore from riding his quad the day before. Ate breakfast at Wrong Turn. Rode the outside loop of Pocahontas. The ½ day was pleasant.