Extra Evelo Explorations
The entrance to whatever this is, is high clearance only, due to one dive off the main trail, and a larger one just ahead.
Some trails just lay there, while others seem to beckon with the challenge, “Where do I go? I must be here for a purpose. Wouldn’t you like to find out?” I guess I’m a sucker for the ones that head over to the top of a distant ridge, as if to promise a full view of what is beyond.
Well, I made it to the top of that ridge, and it appeared that this was a serious trail indeed.
So, I made it down the hill, through the undergrowth, and to the next descent. This one gradually tipped steeper and steeper, until it collided with the valley below. You can’t see the trail along the valley floor, because this is the approach, not the steep part.
On this approach slope was a horse path crossing it. I haven’t seen one wild horse here yet, but their tracks and those of antelope were plentiful.
Just a gratuitous e-bike shot. Once I saw that braking traction would become an issue ahead, I parked it.
“Hey, that doesn’t look anything like I-80 down there!” The final drop that intersects the valley trail with a bang. The goal is to get as close to the bushes (on right) as possible, without letting that side tilt drop your tires down into the ruts. Need more ground clearance, stat! And maybe a tire pressure a lot lower than 75 PSI, eh?
I wound up stopping at this point, because a walk down showed the incline to be too steep and loose to hold traction, and certainly impossible to ascend again. I wouldn’t even attempt it in the Mighty Furd, since erosion had not only made the center ridge too high for a stock 4×4, but had tilted each rut sideways severely enough that it would be a miracle to avoid slipping to the side and grounding out the differential cases. You’d have to ride the center with one set of tires, and ride atop bushes with the other, hoping that neither side had a big traction advantage over the other. That would try to make it rotate and then roll, making life perhaps a little too interesting. Even the start of that on a climb would try to put two tires in the air because of the stiff suspension, bringing a it to a halt. Yeah, I’d be too chicken, though I’d be happy to leave my beloved anvil at the top and try it in your stock 4×4!
The return trip. With the battery down substantially from the earlier ride of the day, the last part of the climb actually took full throttle and a bit of huffing.
Rancho Begley again. The rectangular shape at right, along the edge of the ridge. Yep, life is hard, but I’m dealing with it. 😉