Sunday, October 09, 2011

A long ride

Julia and Willie are visiting this weekend and wanted to go for a ride in the Ranger yesterday. It's finally cool enough to do that again. I wanted to show them a scenic area that nobody except hardcore off-road enthusiasts and ATV riders see. We went to Box Canyon road, at the end of Price road, east of Florence.

At our first picture-taking stop.

It was a beautiful, cloudless day. Well, I did see 2 small clouds. They were small, though. Julia almost couldn't find them. It was very cool in the morning, which I think is why they were wearing black. It was a little too warm for all that black by the time we were done.

Enjoying the view.

I was trying to make it all the way to the coke ovens on this trip, also. That's a very long trip, though. We drove 21 miles and still didn't get there. We were stopped by something I didn't want to take the Ranger over.

This is too big of a step for the Ranger. It's interesting how many vehicle parts are scattered along this "road". There were what looked like bicycle pieces here.

Scenic view.

I thought we might be out there for 2 or 3 hours, but it turned out to be about 5 hours. It had rained a few days earlier and we didn't encounter much other traffic until the last half hour or so, so there wasn't much dust. Click below to see all of the pictures.



Atom said...

Those Rangers are nice. I got an ATV this summer and i've been really impressed with some of the things they can do.

Art said...

The Ranger has gone everywhere I've pointed it. What kind of ATV did you get? Even a 2wd can climb some really rough terrain. For me, it's a good way to get to places that are too far to walk.

Atom said...

Yeah there are many places here that are too far to walk, or go through terrible terrain along the way. I got a 2009 Polaris Sportsman 500. It's all wheel drive, which you really need around here in the muddy/marshy areas. I found out we even have dune fields nearby.

I was amazed to see some two wheel drive ATV's about 12 miles out towards this glacier that required numerous deep water crossings. I saw that the 2wheelers would get going so fast that they literally drove over the water.

Art said...

That looks like a sturdy, comfortable ATV. I've driven an ATV in some swampy areas in Texas, and 4wd is the only way to get through some places. The only thing I've seen stop 4wd is getting high-centered on a ridge of mud.