The Mighty Merc – 8th ORT at Flat Nasty Off-Road 12/1/18

With a little goading from my internet friends, I made the trek down to Flat Nasty with another friend riding shotgun whom had never been off-roading before. It was great to meet up with a group of people that I have only spoken with online and it wise nice to be around people that have a similar philosophy in off-roading. There was definitely a bit of a mind warp so see so many pretty full sized trucks the mix.

Unfortunately Bray and I wound up getting separated from the group early on. I am still surprised that we didn’t cross paths at all throughout the day as that is usually how it works out with the larger groups. The good part of that is that I was able to let my passenger get his feet wet off roading without too much pressure from having all eyes on him. That gave him the confidence to try some of the tougher things in the park without fear.

Part of the group when we started out in the morning:

Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;

We covered roughly 12.5 miles on Saturday doing most of the tourist look while hitting some of the harder spots just to keep it interesting:

Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Photos from the day:

Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;
Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;
Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;
Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;
Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;
Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;
Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;
Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;
Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;
Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;
Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;
Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;

No real damage from the day. Both my passenger and I tried our best to take out the driver’s side rear window, but we failed (thankfully).

Sara L.: 8th ORT 12-1-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;

The Mighty Merc – 7th ORT – Flat Nasty Off Road 7-28-18

Now that construction is complete on the new place (well.. mostly) we felt well overdue for a trip to the woods. A friend picked a weekend at Flat Nasty, so we loaded up and rolled out. The kids were very excited to get to the park as ever since we had mentioned “Going to the Woods” a few days prior, they kept asking if it was time to go yet:

Sara L.: 7th ORT 7-28-18 Flat Nasty &emdash;

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The Mighty Merc – 6th ORT – Flat Nasty Off Road 2-10-18

Yes, 6th trip. I only took one photo from the 5th trip out so you’ll just have to use your imagination on that one!

After a few stops on the way down to scrape off the windshields from the freezing rain we encountered, we arrived at Flat Nasty to find that we had the park nearly to ourselves. Apparently not many goofballs want to brave the cold and freezing rain to go play on the rocks!

Given that it was dang cold, and I was often holding a kid, the photos are lacking a bit. Which is often the case these days. But here’s what I’ve got

We covered a touch over 6 miles in the park:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Photos form the day:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Pop riding shotgun:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

The kids were done by the end of the day:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

We ran into more freezing rain on the way home. Lots of stops to clear off the windshields, but we made it back just fine:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Another good day in the woods even though I mostly stayed out of the fun spots in the park. Wrenching in the cold just didn’t appeal to me that day! I still managed to nearly blow out the Drivers side rear window, and the tie rod was frowning at me by the end of the day.

Over all, the truck still works pretty well. Once I get into the new house, I hope to address some areas to improve upon things.

Link to the photo album form the day (Click ME!)