Napping on the Trail

By Jeep Experts

It was a fantastic Saturday morning, the weekend earlier than Thanksgiving, 2006.  Some buddies had come down out of the excessive nation to catch some hotter climate and run a couple of of the native trails.  I had gotten an e-mail earlier in the week asking if I wished to affix in on the enjoyable.  Sure!  It can be good to see the guys and there was even a BBQ scheduled later in the day once we wrapped up the rock crawling at Table Mesa.

You have to know that I stayed up actually late Friday evening prepping the TJ….and I imply actually late.  I bought little or no sleep (needed to be at the path head at 7:00 AM) and my TJ bought even much less.  To say that we had been each useless drained when the alarm clock went off can be an enormous understatement.   With all that in thoughts, let’s get on with the path run.

I used to be working my means down the path when unexpectedly, that heat Phoenix winter solar and the recent air, mixed with virtually no sleep the earlier evening, caught me utterly off guard.  Rich was behind me on the path and gave me a courtesy name on the CB to see if I used to be sleeping. 

Sure sufficient, my Jeep and I had each dozed off at the most inopportune time.  I used to be traversing a “V” notch in the rock when the TJ bought so drained she simply form of slid down into the notch, laid over on her facet, and began catch 40 winks.  I wasn’t paying consideration and so when all ahead progress stopped, I simply form of relaxed in that good heat solar and was sawing wood in nothing flat.  I used to be so embarrassed when Rich woke me up.  Never had we nodded off in the center of a path run.  Sure glad I wasn’t main this one….at the least the guys up entrance didn’t catch us sleeping on the job.

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As I crept ahead….making an attempt to sneak again into formation earlier than anybody else was the wiser, we saved leaning additional and additional over to the facet.  I believe Lady was rattling close to underneath the affect and had I not identified higher, I’d have thought somebody might have tried to spike her coolant.  It was no use….she was so relaxed by now that she was actually leaning over together with her rear passenger tire in the air.  Luckily the facet slider bars saved the rocks from moving into the physique and the flare bought simply a few gentle scratches.


By now, Rich had let the cat out of the bag.  Before we all know it, Lady is being shaken facet to facet, making an attempt to get her to get up.  She felt like a drunk handed out on a park bench, being hassled by the cop on his native beat.  I used to be making an attempt to elucidate to the guys that she was actually drained (like me) and that if they might simply push the snooze button so we might get 5 extra minutes of sack time, all can be good.

No means….I couldn’t discuss them into it.  Lady reluctantly rolled again over onto her tires and I bought myself repositioned in the seat and off we went.  The guys up entrance had been trying again to see what was occurring however so far as I do know, they by no means caught on.  When requested later what had occurred, I informed them that I used to be doing product testing on the facet sliders and was checking to ensure there was correct clearance between the bar and the physique panel.  (grin)

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The the rest of the path was fairly uneventful.  Tired as we had been, we each managed to remain awake and didn’t have to check out the armour once more. 

That is my story….and I’m stickin’ with it! 

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