The hopes for Saturday was to start out on Mammoth Gulch, then continue up and over Kingston Peak down into the town of Alice then up Loch Lomond trail. This is where we would stop for lunch. We would then continue back down Loch Lomond and down Fall River Rd. to Chinns Lake and Fall River Reservoir. This would result in the 5 trails I needed in order to be happy about the condition of the website prior to launch.
Now let me tell you what actually happened. Friday night I had a terrific idea to swap out my stock brake lines with the new steel braided brake lines I had picked up. To make a long story short after two stripped nuts and one set of threads pulled out of the proportioning valve, the entire Saturday had to be canceled and rededicated to getting the jeep going.
Saturday morning I woke up late, after researching junkyards trying to find parts the night before, I made a few phone calls. I located my parts in Erie, CO about an hour away from Evergreen. By the time I made it back to Evergreen and to my Jeep it was just after twelve o’clock. Things actually went pretty smooth during the reassembly of my brakes, in a few short hours we had everything ready to go and time to bleed the brakes. Bleeding the driver’s side first as it is the closest to the master cylinder went spectacularly. Moving to the passenger side front I promptly stripped the bleeder valve, one that I had obviously over tightened during previous brake work. Making two trips to NAPA, one without and one with an example of the bleeder valve needed, getting the closest matched valve we could, we headed back to the Jeep. The new valve was longer than stock but appeared to do the job.
It was at this time we were feeling confident and decided to tackle the single rear brake line, after promptly starting to strip another nut, we called it quits. We were now in a race to get the Jeep together and in a good working fashion as I had my date quickly approaching. It was the first date I have had in quite a while, and I couldn’t miss it.
I had just enough time to get the Jeep together, and get ready for my date. Including cutting my fingernails down as low as I could, to keep from displaying my greasy weekend debacle. The dinner was fantastic, I couldn’t have asked for a better night with better company after the previous 24 hours.
Now we come to Sunday, today. I lazily rolled out of bed in anticipation for a day of productivity, it had to be productive, the rest of the weekend with the exception of Saturday night was a total wash. I decided that I needed at least three trails to have decent reports on before launching the site. (Down form the original 5 I had previously wanted). I got my stuff together and got out the door around 10AM. I stopped for breakfast and fuel and headed for Chinns Lake.
Upon arriving at the Chinns Lake trailhead I was filling out the forms I had created for standardization of my trail reports, then I pulled out my camera to take my first pictures of the trailhead. That’s when I realized the battery to my camera was still in the charger at my house. I drove calmly and exhaustingly back to my house to retrieve my stupid battery. I had to have a couple cups of coffee to re-motivate the day. Now I was getting started at 1PM. At this point I had lowered my standard to 1 good trail report before launching the website… I mean who is reading this anyway? At the end of the day I completed Chinns Lake and Fall River Reservoir giving me 2 trail reports after previously being ok with just 1, trying to create a winning situation out of the weekend.
I am now writing to you after uploading all the pictures and formatting the new trail report pages, still not having written the actual reports, tired, ready for bed, scatterbrained, still mulling over my date, the jeep repairs, my resume, my website, the trails, and of course the errors.
I was trying to figure out what my first blog post was going to be about, I should have know that the universe would give me another great tail of trails-and-errors.
Remember, this lifestyle is what we do for fun!