Joplin Trail Report 11-08-08
I had promised my friend Bobbie a trail ride for quite some time. Due to the hit and miss factor of my truck being drivable, this trip kept getting put on hold. You see, she lives about 3 hours away and our schedules don't always align. The weekend of 8th & 9th of Nov. we managed to get on the trail. Although Capitalj was absent due to a technical problem with his B2, we were able to hook up with our newest regular "Ethan". Ethan joined us on the trail in his Jeep and proved that his rig was definitely 138Modified worthy.
The first thing that should be said is that the temperature was pretty damned cold. It was very windy and we had to dress the part, since the MutantK5 has no heater, doors and a very small top. We packed a bunch of snacks, some drinks, bundled up with layers of clothing and hit the road. Luckily once we got into the woods the wind was blocked and it made a cold day much more tolerable. The first place we hit was the spider trails. I figured that would be a great place to let Bobbie get used to the way the truck moves, and a feeling for the trails. About half way into the trail, we encountered our first problem. My rear bumper, actually just a piece of "C" channel, ripped the mounting bolt threw the frame and fell on one side. This, in turn, made the bumper dig into the ground semi-violently causing the upper side to jam into my otherwise beautiful tailgate. I had to put it in reverse and take the whole thing off, as there was no trail fix for it. My tailgate received a dent from the fallen bumper.