Weekend wheelin’

Panhandle Jeep Coalition, one of our local Jeep groups, held a summer kickoff this weekend. It was the first time I’ve been able to hit the trails since our National Go Topless Day mudfest in May. While turnout was light, it was good to see folks and enjoy some outdoor cooking and, of course, time on the trails. It was amazing to see how radically recent rains have changed so many of the trails along the Canadian River. Several routes I’ve easily driven numerous times before are now either impassable or require a rig far more built than Smokey.

One obstacle that has recently become more interesting is Manmade, seen in the slide show above. Part of the six-foot-tall rock face has sheered off, thanks to a certain Jeeper’s trailer hitch. The change makes the descent somewhat easier for an appropriately equipped rig, but the climb back up requires quite a bit more finesse.

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