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:
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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!)

3rd ORT at Flat Nasty 8-12-17

The first trip out in the Merc with both kids in tow was a success! So hopefully we can work on getting out more frequently than we have been. We spend the better part of the day on the “Tourist” loop in consideration for the younger folks that were with us, but we still managed to play on a few things here and there:
Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

There were a couple of pit stops to let the kits out to wiggle. It was fun to watch them get at it:
Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Lots of wildlife running around down there:
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And bugs! Though at least some of them were pretty:
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[Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

This is why I think the mercury was a success, we picked up a another kid when the bronco had issues early on. Both boys, and our little girl wound up crashed hard in the back seat with the A/C blasting:
Sara L.: 3rd ORT 8-12-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

So while I’m still trying to track down my misfire, I can’t really complain about how well the rig works off-road around here. For even as big as it is, I don’t really have a problem squeezing it around with the front end unlocked. At times I was able to avoid doing 3 point turns while the TJ on 40’s was having trouble getting around the same turn.

Link to all the photos:
http://saral.zenfolio.com/p455611676/slideshow

Videos from the day:

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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Sara L.: 2nd ORT 5-20-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 2nd ORT 5-20-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 2nd ORT 5-20-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

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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Sara L.: 2nd ORT 5-20-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 2nd ORT 5-20-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Sara L.: 2nd ORT 5-20-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

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”
Sara L.: 2nd ORT 5-20-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

Only to pass out hard about 500’ into a trail:
Sara L.: 2nd ORT 5-20-17 Flat Nasty &emdash;

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!