The Madhatters had 16 rigs muster on Thursday night at Wentworth Springs…. The adult beverage and trail talk flowed around the campfire. The trail into Wentworth was wet, but I’ve seen it much wetter.
Led by Bronco Craig and Bronco Scott we hit the trail and wheeled up the Devils Post Pile on Friday morning. Right off the get go Bronco Craig got lost and ended up at the top of some ridge where he turned around and wheeled up the b y-pass Pres. Dave found… once Bronco Craig got to the top of the by-pass he discovered he was in the same spot where he had turned around and taken the by-pass too. The only difference was he now had a flat tire. Fridays trail was wet and difficult but there were no major problems other than using a couple winch cables to extract our rigs.
At the Little Sluice by-pass we hooked up with Deputy Scott who showed us the new by-pass. Deputy Scott warned us that we’d need a spotter and that we needed to stay hard to our left……….. Fearless leader Bronco Craig spouted that he didn’t need any stinking spotters and headed towards the by-pass………….. I’d imagine it took about 30 seconds ( maybe 33) before Mr. I Don’t Need Any Stinking Spotters, was stuck between a BIG Rock and a cliff…………. If it hadn’t been for Louie the Lip’s spotting ability, I truly believe Bronco Craig would still be stuck on that ledge……….. as always our Madhatter Love and shear experience, determination and talent resolved this situation.
The section of the trail between Wentworth and Buck Island was as good as I’ve ever seen it. Note: “I didn’t say easy”
A few of our rookies had some trouble wheeling through and up Brady Sluice and Skid Plate rocks but the superior leadership of Assistant TB Bronco Scott saved not only the day, but everyones pride .
Just short of Buck Island Lake we set camp and spent the night………. The party animals were not so energetic at the campfire and most everyone hit the sack early on this evening………
On Saturday morning we slept in and hit the trail about 10 a.m………………….. Rest assured that just before the Dam at Buck Island Lake right up to the top of the Big Sluice the trail gave everyone some major PUCKER factor adjustment ! Vice President Navone made it across the Dam this year without driving into the lake. Everyone made it down Louie the Lip curve without incident as someone had down some nice work to improve the drop off corner.
We wheeled down the Big Sluice with no major problems and little vehicle carnage……….. the water at the bottom of the Big Sluice was only about 2 feet deep and we wheeled right into the Rubicon Springs and crossed that Green Bridge…. crossing the river was a bit sporty but we found a big old empty spot at the rear where we once again threw down our camping gear……..
I have to say that I was a bit dissappointed in everyone as I was the only member that went down to our swimming spot and dove into the ice cold river for refreshment……. ( It took my breath away, but felt pretty damned good ! “) As I was polluting the river with my body, the rest of the members were having a class on how to re-build St. Pauls Jeep. Grinder, welders and lot’s of varying opinion was the order of the afternoon…………….
Saturday evening we all sat around a big campfire and discussed the days carnage and pucker factors… there was a lot of good food passed around and T.B. Bronco Craig distributed the Rubicon Trail Dash plaques…..
Bright and early Sunday morning all 16 rigs crossed back over the Rubicon River and we headed up the infamous Cadillac Hill. I’ve been up that mountain quite a few times, but this trip got my attention like no other. My wife Sue actually said, ” STOP, I’m getting out and walking.” The trail was wet and very slippery……… staying on your choosen line of approach just wasn’t in the cards on this day.
We ran into some snow after we reached Look-Out point and a lot of standing water……. As a group we pulled into the O.H.V. area about 1:30 where everyone aired up, gave lot’s of HIGH FIVES and then we went home………..
It was a good run and we did what we Madhatters always do………. we Tread Lightly, we Wheeled Hard and we helped our brother and sister Hatters out when needed. Congradulations to all and especially to Trail Boss Craig and Assistant Trail Boss Scott……….. Following on this trail is easy………… Leading on this trail is not.
Please check out the slide show of this run prepared by Greg Robison :
Members Present on the run were: Craig and guest Dave, Scott and Dillan, Dennis and guest Dave, Rich and his guest Chris, Louie and Laurie, Mike and his son Matt, Steve P, Greg R, Greg and Sherie, Saint Paul, Ed, Lucy and their son Josh, Wild Bill II, Janet and their son Gavin, Dave A, and his two daughters, Air Tom and Bo Dog, Jon, myself and Sue.