The Mighty Merc – 2nd ORT Flat Nasty 5-20-17

Hey we managed to go wheeling again! I had a brief reprieve from work and other life activities so the boy and I ran down to Flat Nasty again to get a little more seat time in the Merc. We stayed on the easier trails as my friend had his daughter out for the first time and we were trying to make sure it was a fun experience (it was!).

With all the rain down there lately, there were a few changes to the trails. While most of them were not drastically different. Trail 5 (below the dam) is now more or less paved where the dam gave way (they plan on roughing it back up here soon). And trail 4 by the campground has also been rearranged some as well.

Trail 5 by the dam:
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Trail 4 by the campground:
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Random photos from the day:
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The “Bears” have also changed quite a bit. That’s baby bear in the foreground there. It is now dug out quite a bit more:
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A little light on the photos as I was chasing a toddler whenever we stopped. The boy cracked me up as all the way down here was very excited to ride in “Dada Truck”
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Only to pass out hard about 500’ into a trail:
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He would perk up every time we stopped though!

The Merc did very well, and I started getting the groove of things with it by the end of the day. It rides like a caddy and the V8 has a broad enough torque band that it can keep everything moving along smoothly. Even with the A/C on!

The biggest downside that I found with this setup is you can’t see boo out of it. I thought the Ranger was bad, this thing gives a whole new meaning to driving by braille. But that’s the trade off you have to make if you want to haul as much crap as we do, and still be able to ride in comfort down the interstate.

A little more trimming to do, and some other odds and end before I start hammering on it too much harder. We’re still planning a CO trip this year so I’m trying not to tear it up too bad before then!

So Long Stinky! Let’s Get Fit!

After many house hold runs, work trips, and other commuting, it was time to let Stinky go. There were many times when I was needing to haul more than one person around with me. So I took the boy for one last ride in “Dada’s Truck”

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And went up to the local Honda Dealer:

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…to pick up my new to me ‘truck’

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Which I promptly tinted the windows to make it less of a fish bowl:

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And immediately put it to work playing truck:

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It has already been on several trips, logging a touch over 12,000 miles in the 6 months I’ve owned it:

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Often times hauling a bike in the back of it:

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So far I’m still in love with the little thing. It really feels a lot like 4 door Miata even though it powers the wrong wheels!