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8/12/22: Perseid Meteor Shower Night Run

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8 hours ago, Stacey and Scott said:

Hey OP JeepPeeps!

 

Ryan, thanks for leading another great run!  This was a new trail for us and as usual, the trail was really fun to run and the location was beautiful...we may not have gotten the Perseids...but there was still excitement aplenty...you sure know how to show a group a good time :)

 

It's awesome to see so many new folks coming out with OP... to all of you, welcome to the family and we hope to see you all again on the next lap.

 

Here is a link to the pics we got...   https://photos.app.goo.gl/xFsYtBxVUXQ1yBce7

 

Also, here are a couple videos from our dash cam...we had headed south from the meet up site and just a couple miles down the road we came to the first flash flood "puddle", the flow felt pretty strong as we crossed so we stopped to wait on the other side in case anyone had a problem getting across.  Then the bat signal went up from @Ladybug back to the north so we turned around and headed back north to help...you all know the story thanks to @SonoranWanderer's great write-up...a perfect example of not only jeep peeps taking care of each other, but how wonderful the people in Arizona are.  I never got their names, but they were there for @Ladybug from the begining and even after the calvary had arrived...they stayed and helped till everyone was safely on the road again.  

 

 

 

Once everyone was rolling again we headed back south.  We did pretty well, slowing down on the dips in case of deep water or silt/mud traps, but you can see what happens when a flash flood "puddle" sneaks up on you...when we hit it at pretty much full click Scott's eyes shot to the rear view in time to see @4x4tographer's headlights dive down as he hit his brakes just before hitting the water himself...at least the front of our rig got rinsed off...

 

 

 

All in all, plenty of excitement...even without the Perseids...

 

Till next time...

Stacey and Scott

I had a very similar experience.  I didn't see the flood heading to the I 10. The very first one and it was going fast. I hit the brakes ended up in the middle went through the water by the time I stopped I was 10 feet off the pavement. I went through the water, it turned me slightly I went over the burm on the left hand side. Not exactly sure how I did it but no damage to the jeep at all. My mom  and I and the dog were all fine inside. I was able to get back on the road really easily. Mike stopped to make sure I was ok. Then he went on the radio to let everyone know to be careful. Took the rest of the way looking carefully at each one. Mike found a family broke down on the side of the road trying to get back to the I 10. I ended up giving them a ride home. They told me on the way they called 911 and was told by the sheriff that called him back that there was no way to get to him. The sheriff wished him the best of luck. The floods affected the locals there badly. There were 4 others stranded the sheriff let him know about that he had also called and wished good luck to. I only seen the family I helped but seems crazy to me to call 911 and be called back by the sheriff and told good luck. This is why it's great to be in a great group of people that help each other out when we run into these problems.

 

Crazy all the eventful things happened after we were done with the trail. I still think that trail was the easiest part of the whole thing.

 

Looking forward to the next trip.

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19 hours ago, OffroadFun said:

I had a very similar experience.  I didn't see the flood heading to the I 10. The very first one and it was going fast. I hit the brakes ended up in the middle went through the water by the time I stopped I was 10 feet off the pavement. I went through the water, it turned me slightly I went over the burm on the left hand side. Not exactly sure how I did it but no damage to the jeep at all. My mom  and I and the dog were all fine inside. I was able to get back on the road really easily. Mike stopped to make sure I was ok. Then he went on the radio to let everyone know to be careful. Took the rest of the way looking carefully at each one. Mike found a family broke down on the side of the road trying to get back to the I 10. I ended up giving them a ride home. They told me on the way they called 911 and was told by the sheriff that called him back that there was no way to get to him. The sheriff wished him the best of luck. The floods affected the locals there badly. There were 4 others stranded the sheriff let him know about that he had also called and wished good luck to. I only seen the family I helped but seems crazy to me to call 911 and be called back by the sheriff and told good luck. This is why it's great to be in a great group of people that help each other out when we run into these problems.

 

Crazy all the eventful things happened after we were done with the trail. I still think that trail was the easiest part of the whole thing.

 

Looking forward to the next trip.

 

glad you (and everyone else) are ok!

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15 hours ago, theksmith said:

 

glad you (and everyone else) are ok!

If you look at the passenger side of the Yellow Jeep in the group picture (you see woody's jeep, then the yellow jeep then the line of the rest of us. All that brown is from the dust storm. On other pictures you see the rest of the jeep is still Yellow.) you'll see my whole passenger side is brown not yellow. I hit a dust storm coming in where I couldn't see 5 feet in front of me. I was following an 18 wheeler, we were going slow and then he pulled off. About 10 minutes after he pulled off I got out of that. It was the worst dust storm I've been in. I've been in a few going to tucson where you can see like 2 car lengths in front of you. This was worse. If the semi got more than 5 feet in front of me his tail lights disappeared. Once I got out of it, things were clear it's like normal but you turn around and you see the brown cloud. In that was crazy but out of it is normal. I looked at other vehicles but I only seen that brown dirt on my vehicle.  I'm guessing no one else hit the dust storm or they would have had a brown passenger side like I did. No damage to anything there just made the jeep dirty. That's normal. The 18 wheeler also didn't seem to have any issues just couldn't see as well and pulled off. This was on the way in and why I was late. I planned on being there about 30 mins early to meet everyone but between the rain storm and the dust storm I ended up being late but by 5 mins or so. Was able to reach everyone on my radio. I just expected directions to them.. but Woody actually just turned around and came back after me. It really was an adventure and more than I expected from an easy trail. But again the trail was the easiest of everything. It was the getting to and getting out that I didn't expect. As always the weather added to this adventure. 

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The thing to is on the trail we had a light sprinkle. The wind wasn't bad. Few thunder and lightning strikes. You can see on woody's video it wasn't bad at all. We could have went all the way up but with lightning storms everyone wanted to be cautious. The tallest thing in a lightning storm usually gets hit. It was a lot of fun. Kept us in the vehicles more than we would have been otherwise at the diner break I think but the trail was fine. I didn't even expect the floods. I guess a lot of the other hills got a lot more rain then we did because all the water we seen on the way out was a lot more than what came down on us.  All the flooded roads that you see in pictures on the way out were dry on the way in.

 

Still all in all was a good fun trip to me. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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On 8/13/2022 at 10:56 AM, SonoranWanderer said:

We were onsite about 9:35. A local trio on the other side of the wash had been trying to help but were unsuccessful with their truck on pulling the jeep out. Below the about 2-2.5ft fast flowing water was a lot of sand and mud washed over the road by the flash flood.

 

From unflooded pavement to @ob1jeeper's jeep was about 120 or so ft. We setup a two Jeep anchored configuration at the water's edge, pulled the maximum extent of my winch line, added a 30 ft kinetic rope and a tow strap (20ft?) to complete the hookup.  Once we got the jeep past the deep sand and mud it was able to drive the rest of the way under its own power.

 

A little color for those who may be less (or not) experienced in recovery. My Jeep was on wet pavement and @ob1jeeper was in shallow "quicksand" (the amount of water present and flowing caused almost any amount of weight including a human walking to sink in the build-up of sand on the road). I "calculated" that despite likely weighing about half again @ob1jeeper, that I might pull myself toward him instead of the other way around, hence the two Jeep anchored configuration. My estimation put the two of us (mine and @4x4tographer) at approximately three times @ob1jeeper's weight and with eight tires of tractive grip on the pavement. And sure enough as the line tightened up, the nose of my jeep was pulled ~8 inches driver (left) on that wet, sandy pavement before we started moving @ob1jeeper towards us.

 

I well suspect that @Ladybug and @ob1jeeper knew this in advance since @Ladybug's original text for help asked for "multiple vehicles". 😃 

 

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