We started out the day by meeting at the Red Rocks Safeway. Those present for the ride over were Mike and friend Stu, Sam, Ben, Kristine, and yours truly. We picked up Colin and Stephanie on the way and met Mac at the trailhead where he and Stephanie had camped for the night.
The trip to Johnson's Corner (BV) was relatively uneventful and without a lot of traffic. After gassing up we headed for the trailhead to meet Mac and make final preparations. I provided a safety brief as we watched several companion groups head out ahead of us for the trail. Going to be a long day...lol. We hit the trail at about 10:30am.
The obstacles were in typical Chinaman form. No snow, very dry, and lot's of fun! I always encourage everyone to do this trail, because it offers all levels the challenges they are looking for, with bypasses if needed. IMO, this is the perfect training trail, as there is so much variety without the risk of certain peril (as in parts of Moab).
The highlight of the day's carnage came initially with an opportunity for Mac to break out his welder to assist one of the other group members with a broken driveshaft. As always, Mac came through and got him going. Later on, we again came to the assistance of one of our fellow wheelers (one of the Traildamage.com folks) with a broken JK sector shaft on the steering box. OUCH! Many minds mingled on what exactly to do for a fix. I think I actually saw a couple of good idea fairies flying around the group during the huddle... The decision was to use a chain and just drag the Jeep out. BTW, this also required the use of Mike's oft requested "bucket o' bolts". Since we were at a good place for a bypass, and they had plenty of help already, we proceeded to finish the trail. I received a note from one of those folks saying "thank you" for us staying to help and figure out what to do. He said they got off the trail about 11pm that night.
All told, a very uneventful (but fun) trail ride on a gorgeous Spring day. The main part of the group stopped by McGinty's in Divide for Supper, while Kristine and I headed for home.