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    Backroads Ahtanum Sledding Run - Dec 11 2011

    Sledding Backroads Run at the Ahtanum State Forest
    Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

    On Sunday December 11, 2011 we had our annual sledding run at the Ahtanum State Forest for the Eastern Washington Adventures members.

    Around 10 AM we met up at the Highland Quick Stop in Cowiche and convoyed to the parking area at the end of the pavement on Cowiche Mill Road to air down. We headed up the gravel part of Cowiche Mill Road and a few miles in my XJ (Tweety Jeep) started having problems running. Craigen was nice enough to offer Monster and me a ride. I did not want to leave my rig anywhere to far up in the hills in case I had to tow it back in the dark. Craigen follow me back to Highland Quick Stop and we drop off the Tweety Jeep. We headed back up to meet the others that were heading up Hatton Road toward Jumpoff Lookout.

    We were heading up the first Green Dot on the left toward Hatton Road when we see our group and what looks like a TJ being pulled by a Bronco. To find out, TJ40s TJ was holding Victor's Bronco from rolling to fast down the hill since the Bronco stopped running. Since this was Victor's run it was his call what he wanted to do. Victor thought it was best to just do the run another day and most of us agreed. Two rigs of Victor's guest decided to stay and play. The rest of headed back to Highland Quick Stop.

    We said goodbye to Victor and headed to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House to visit since the day was still young.

    It was a very fun day even though the run did not work out as planned.

    Here are some pictures of the day:

    Around 10 AM we met up at the Highland Quick Stop in Cowiche.




    We convoyed to the parking area at the end of the pavement on Cowiche Mill Road to air down.










    The Tweety Jeep had problems running. I got a ride with Craigen after dropping off the Tweety Jeep in Cowiche.

    Making are way up Cowiche Mill Road.








    Search & Rescue was looking for a missing hunter in a brown 2006 F150.






    Two rigs of Victor's guest decided to stay and play. The rest of headed back out.




    We had to give the Bronco a push to get it rolling down the hill.




    Craigen wanting me to stop taking pictures and push again.




    Time to pull the Bronco since the road flattened out.





    We said goodbye to Victor and headed to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House to visit since the day was still young.

    It was a very fun day even though the run did not work out as planned.
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    Any update on the Bronco?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmead View Post
    Any update on the Bronco?
    It had a heartattack and died with all the jeeps around.
    Keep it on the green dot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepscum View Post
    It had a heartattack and died with all the jeeps around.


    I was told the battery slid over and the alternator wore a hole in it. Battery acid was spread across the engine compartment and it quit running. This is nice a very Bronco but it is the second time we had to pull it back to Cowiche.

    Sledding Run at the Ahtanum State Forest - Dec 10 2007. Photo by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures
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    2005 Arctic Cat 400 4x4 ATV, Auto-trans, push button 2/4 wheel drive, Front cable locker, 2" receiver, Warn winch, Tusk MTS Rear Trunk.
    2007 JKU Rubicon 3.8L, auto tranny, D44s with 5:38 Nitro Gears, 33x12.50 MT/Rs, 3" lift, Rough County Stubby bumper, 12,000 Mile Marker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceg View Post


    I was told the battery slid over and the alternator wore a hole in it. Battery acid was spread across the engine compartment and it quit running. This is nice a very Bronco but it is the second time we had to pull it back to Cowiche.
    Ah, glad it wasn't anything too bad. (I actually had something similar happen on my old '72 Bronco due to an inadequate battery hold down.)
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    95 Yellowstone 24' Class C (Banks enhanced 460!)
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    97 Ski-Doo Summit 670 (Old reliable)

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    Bummer Bronco record lately. I'm gonna have to join you guys on a run sometime to redeem the breed!

    Merry Christmas all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screamin View Post
    Bummer Bronco record lately. I'm gonna have to join you guys on a run sometime to redeem the breed!

    Merry Christmas all!

    Screamin'
    You need to come out and play. It has been awhile since you have ran with us. Wasn't the last time during the Quartz Mountain run aka Bronco smash and bash?
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    2007 JKU Rubicon 3.8L, auto tranny, D44s with 5:38 Nitro Gears, 33x12.50 MT/Rs, 3" lift, Rough County Stubby bumper, 12,000 Mile Marker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceg View Post
    You need to come out and play. It has been awhile since you have ran with us. Wasn't the last time during the Quartz Mountain run aka Bronco smash and bash?
    Hey now....
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    Sorry you guys had issues on this run...thats never any good. Ceg, what's the deal with your rig?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlindPilot View Post
    Sorry you guys had issues on this run...thats never any good. Ceg, what's the deal with your rig?
    I am guessing it is the TPS. It was having some issues on the Thanksgiving Run causing it to run a little rough. We unplugged it then plugged it back in and it started having high idle problems. I drove Odo to school after that and had no problems what so ever. On the Sledding Run it ran fine until I got onto the gravel and it kept dieing when hitting wash board in the road. Like something is loose. I turned around when it started hardly and back firing through the manifold. On the way back it kept dieing ever time I hit washboard. We aired up and hit the pavement and she is ready to race. No problems since.

    I will be replacing the TPS before going in the mountains with the rig.
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