Friday, December 30, 2011

Put a little gravel in my travel

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that my hubby is an avid off-roader. {is that such a word?}  The place we used to go all the time is now closed. We don't really have any where close to home to ride. We travel several hours from home to go to off-road parks. The park we visited recently was in Harlan, Kentucky, called Black Mountain Off Road Adventure Area.

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They have 150 miles of trails spread out on 8,000 acres! Each trail has it's own unique name, too! It is open to ATVs, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, jeeps, buggies, etc. We went with a few people and had a great time. The weather turned out great. It was a little chilly, but tolerable.


We got up early in the morning to get the day started! While the Hubs was making sure we had everything we needed, Zane played on the trailer with his monster trucks. Oh! Hey there pretty Bogs!

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The first trail we did was called "Rail Bed". It wasn't too hard. The rhino that was with us had more of a challenge since he doesn't have as much ground clearance was the jeep does.
Z and I took the opportunity to snap a few poses too!
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Later in the morning we caught up with some of the other people that were in our group. We broke an axle already and it wasn't even close to noon! Oh well, fix it and move on! Thank goodness for spare parts and trail friends who help out to make the repair a quick one!
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Since the morning started out rough, we decided not to get too rough in our off-roading since these guys that we were with were all over the place. What I mean by that is no one stayed together. Normally when we off-road with a group we travel the trails and obstacles as a group too. I guess everyone is different. Zane kept saying he was hungry WAY before lunchtime and he grabbed the food container and took it upon himself to make a sandwich. The whole day he acted like we starved him but he continued to eat the entire trip! Mountainous regions must bring on hunger! Yeah right!  The views at this ORV park were fabulous! There were lots of look outs and giant mud puddles! I can't resist them when we off-road! We splished and splashed in them when we get the chance! Once we reached the top of Black Mountain, we ended up cutting a tire. DANG! Luckily the Hubby carries a CO2 tank and could fill it up so that we could get back to our rental house to change the tire.
We ended up losing all pressure in the tire coming out of the trails and had to park the jeep at the trail head.
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Zane and I played on the playground that wasn't far from where we parked the jeep. The hubby started walking towards our rental house which was about a mile or so from where we were. I was glad I booked a house close to the trails! Someone picked up the hubs and took him to the house so that he wouldn't have to walk the whole way! Thank you nice man! He came back and put the jeep on the trailer and we played a bit more on the playground. Z loved this playground! The ship and seesaw was his favorites! After playing we went back to the rental house and relaxed. We didn't risk going back out on the trails. Too many things kept happening. So we went into town and ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant. The next day we drove home and the hubby has now repaired the jeep and ready to play again! 
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Overall, it was a great trip! I'm glad we didn't do a lot of hardcore off-roading. It was nice to take in the scenery around us. God created beautiful places for us to see and I love visiting them!


Do you ever put a little gravel in your travel?
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