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 – DVD Player mount

Before heading out west, it seemed like a good idea to figure out a way to hold our portable DVD player for the kids. While I’m not really a fan of letting the kids veg out, I am REALLY not a fan of listening to tired whiny kids for 18 hours, so I made the concession to make the DVD player available to them during our long highway burn. But the way that the mount was made makes it easy to break it down and stow it once we arrived at our destination. Continue reading The Mighty Merc – DVD Player mount

The Mighty Merc – Tablet Mount

After having the benefit of on board GPS with my old PN-20, I knew I wanted another GPS solution in the Mercury. Preferably with a much larger screen than my old PN-20. The simple solution was to find some ‘cheap’ tablet with built in GPS which I could run a mapping app on. The extra flexibility of the Tablet means that I can also use it to extend my MP3 storage and run other applications like Torque.

I settled on a 7” Samsung Tab A tablet which fits in the area I wanted to perfectly and is more than large enough to allow me to read the screen while moving, even when splitting the screen and running Torque on one half and the Mapping Software on the other. Continue reading The Mighty Merc – Tablet Mount