Our last scheduled Jeep ride of the season, began at 9:00
am with our usual line-up next to the wood shop.
A caravan of a
dozen, included a nice old Willis-Jeep, a pickup, and 10 Jeeps
strung out in a long line. Our destination….Superior, the hard
way. Our “short cut” was 28 miles of desert road, winding
up and over a mountain range, past the Ajax Mine, ending in beautiful
downtown Superior, AZ.
Steve, our wagon master, sorted us into an order that would minimize
any possible trouble.
For example, if anyone needed
a spotter or a tow over an obstacle, he tried to anticipate and place certain ones near help in the lineup.
The road started easy, the only obstacle being the dust kicked up
by the Jeep in front of you. Eventually the road wound through a
close canyon, and exited onto a rocky trail, that started the gradual
ascent through the mountains. About 3/4 of the way up, our Wagon
Master looked away briefly, cutting a tire on a rock alongside the
trail. Changing to the spare took only a few minutes and allowed the
rest of us time for a pit stop behind the numerous cacti.
Continuing to forge onward and upwards, we encountered a group of
quad riders approaching us in the opposite direction. We jockeyed around each other,
finally getting 12 quads past our 12 Jeeps, a fairly easy, but
complicated task due to our numbers and the narrowness of the trail.
Just a little further along the Willis-Jeep began to develop vapor
locks. Despite the efforts of many Jeepers who all thought they
had the right solution, the driver made the decision to return to
We later heard by phone that they were back
at the Florence McDonald’s having breakfast, relieving
our anxieties about them.
Our climb ended at the top of the world, with a great view of the
desert in all directions.
Soon we had descended again, finding deep
washes to cross in some pretty rocky territory.
Our last climb was
over what seemed to be 1 large rock (about a mile across) followed by
another large rock (also, about a mile across) going down the other side. Most of us were
talking of “whiplash” from jostling over that mountain of rock
as we ended on pavement again for the drive back home.
Driving with this group of Jeep enthusiasts has made for some
great times for us during our stay here at Desert Gardens RV park.
We have made friends, laughed a lot, and will be looking forward to more
good times together during other winters here in Arizona. Thank you
4-Wheelers for some great rides !
We even have Hats !