This morning I didn’t do too much just hung round the hostel and did some work on my laptop until it was time to meet up with Jeff to go 4x4ing. I met Jeff at the gas station just down the road, jumped in the jeep with him and we headed off to the first trail, Devils Gate or Hell’s Revenge.
To Begin with you climb up the ridge of a Sandstone fin not allot wider than the car with a sharp rather large drop down either side.
The track twists and turns across the slick-rock, with some rather steep ascents and descents It was so much fun and felt completely comfortable and confident in Jeff’s abilities and completely amazed with the Jeeps abilities. At times I was sure the nose was going to plow straight into the rocks, but the nose never touched, some of the climbs I swear were vertical and the jeep just powered along.
You get the idea haha. Next was the Steel Bender track and guess what…. Jeff let me drive it, well he drove the first bit which was just a dirt trail that crisscrossed a stream for a few k’s. When it got to the fun stuff Jeff got out and let me get behind the wheel!! The hardest part at first was keeping a steady speed, every time I hit bumps and the jeep would start bouncing around, my foot would be bouncing on and off the accelerator pedal. Jeff gave me two fixes, first was to use the brakes control the speed (not very good for me as I’m used to a manual, so I’m not very good with the left foot braking) the other to rest the side of my foot on the sidewall and lever onto the accelerator pedal from there, which helped allot. I think Jeff was pretty impressed considering it was my first time ever offroading. He even let me do one of the hardest obstacles at the end, up and down which was awesome!!