Why I need 4WD High Clearance...
Last year, other than a cattle guard with a big drop (and nearly leaving my muffler on the grate!), I had no trouble traversing Rancheria Road from Bakersfield to Shirley Meadows along the ridgeline of the Greenhorn Mountains. This year was a whole other ballgame.
I bottomed out on not one, but FIVE of the cattleguards even though I tried to traverse them slowly, at an angle, etc. There were huge holes and rocks on the roadway in many places that were smooth last year. It was very s-l-o-w going and except for the spectacular flowers, more of an ordeal than a pleasure cruise by far.
And then there was this section with tractor tire-sized ruts. Holy moly! I thought Marina (my Corolla) was going to faint when she saw these and they went on for a long ways. (Couldn't see the end of the ruts when I started this section of the road, you're seeing a look back at a very small part of it -- after I finally reached the end and could catch my breath.)
Fortunately, the road was dry and wide enough that I could drive on the flat parts surrounding one of those tracks, letting it run its course beneath me without my having to drive in it. Talk about an adrenaline rush! Yikes!!!
I'm giving myself a gold star for navigating through this. If I couldn't have traversed it, I'd have had to turn around and drive all the way back to Bakersfield, clanging on every cattleguard, threading my way through rocks and potholes AGAIN! No way did I want to do that.
Clearly, I really need some more appropriate transportation when I go out on these adventures. Anyone got a spare Jeep they'd care to donate to a good cause???
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