Mudbathing in the middle of the woods, you should try it sometime

Today we took the go-kart and 4-wheeler to the old Anniston Army Depot property in Talladega. I’ve only been there once, but Brad and David went a few weekends ago with Ray and they discovered a lot of great trails and a river to explore. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to ride, so I was really looking forward to our day.

It started off really well – we climbed a bunch of pretty good hill climbs and went through LOTS of mud. Most of the mud holes were pretty hard packed so there wasn’t much concern for either of us to get stuck. We spent the afternoon trying to find the river. Brad had told me that it would be good for taking our shoes off and relaxing for a bit. We got pretty close to it, but about 10 other ATV’s were on the trail hanging out (IN THE WAY) so we turned around to try and find another trail to get to the river.

We met up with a guy on a 4-wheeler and he showed us which trail to go down to get to the river…however, he did NOT warn us of the huge mud puddle between that point and the river. We came up to this puddle (which turned out to be more of a lake) and Brad stuck towards the right hand side of it. Since all day I had been able to go straight down the middle of each puddle I thought nothing of it and did the same on this one. That was one – big – mistake. I immediately sunk. David was with me in the kart and he flipped out. The left side of the kart (my side) fell in a hole that was probably 2 1/2 feet deep, the mud splashed all over us and then settled up over my waist. David was mostly out of the mud, but still got splashed pretty good and was just genuinely scared. Brad waded to the kart and got David out. He was a trooper once we got him calmed down and just watched the next 30 minutes unfold on the sidelines.

I cut off the kart to make sure I didn’t mess up the engine any more, but when Brad hooked the tow rope up to it I started it back up and hit reverse. This did NOTHING other than COVER me with mud even more. Up to this point I only had the mud from my feet to above my waist. Once I tried to go in reverse the mud was being flung up all over the kart and in turn all over me, the only thing keeping it out of my eyes was my helmet (my brand NEW helmet, which is not so brand new anymore). The strap broke, so plan B was to get out and push. Brad went to the drivers side and fell into the hole (by the way, the mud was VERY cold). Between the two of us we were able to get it pushed out of the hole. I guess that working out I’ve been doing paid off a bit today. From there we got it turned around and retied the tow rope to it and Brad towed us out.

Right after he got me fully out of the hole and just before he towed us out of the trail a big group of ATV’s passed by us and they all individually stopped to say something like “Oh, yeah, there’s a really big hole there”. Oh – yeah – thanks for telling me, but I just went for a swim. I guess they didn’t notice that I was covered head to toe (literally) in mud.

I think Brad was kind ticked at first because I went straight through the mud when I should have followed his lead and gone to the right…but oh well. I seriously laughed the entire time…I tried to be quiet about the laughing, but sometimes it was just so funny I couldn’t help it. I just hope that the mud bath the kart (and David and I) took didn’t compeltely ruin the engine.

When we got back to the truck we cleaned the air filter and a couple of screens as best we could and the kart still wouldn’t start up. We’ll check it tomorrow and hope for the best.

Unfortunately, we did not have our camera with us today, but Brad did snap one picture on his iphone of David and me in front of the kart. You’ll have to see it on facebook though. We both look pretty rough.

When we got home tonight and I took a shower I had to wash my hair three times to get all the mud out. I promise I have never felt more disgusting in my entire life. But it was oh….so….fun!

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Durhamtown

A few weekends ago we went back to Durhamtown with Brad’s brother and his family. The first time we went was back in the spring…I’m fairly certain we’ll make this a bi-annual trip. It’s so much fun being in the woods, hanging out with family and having no schedule.

We spent a LOT of time at the pee wee track with David and took a bunch of rides on the other trails. Unfortunately, I got us deep into a trail with me on my dirt bike and Brad following with David in the cart that way WAY too muddy for a dirt bike. It was challenging and the place of my first crash (directly into a pine tree)…but our friend, Joe, said I handled the mud well since it was my very first time really riding my bike. 🙂 I was pretty sore for a week after we got back from that ride alone.

Leslee, Heather and I went for a guided night ride. It was great – we went on trails that are typically closed to the public….there were lots of hill climbs and freaky/scary places to some of these trails. It was my first time really riding the 4-wheeler and with the exception of it stalling the entire way down a VERY steep hill – it was great. It’s definitely on the schedule for our trip to DT in the spring.

David had a little crash too. His training wheel got caught in a whole and it kind of flipped his dirt bike over. He cried for a few minutes but got back on and rode it out of the woods. He’s a little trooper and knows he was safe because he had on all of his safety gear.

Pa wasn’t able to go with us on this trip – he had a wreck on his street bike the week before and he thought he broke a rib….riding in the woods with a broken rib is no fun….so he stayed home. Hopefully in the spring he can join us again.

Below are just a ton of pictures from the trip with some explanation of them.

David on the pee wee track – he was catching some air –
This was the next day after it had rained for about 8 hours. He loved the mud –
Savannah, me and Leslee after our girls only ride –
Typical –
Brad –
This is me on my first mx track –
David watching Brad come down from Monster Mountain –
Playing with trucks. This is what he did if he wasn’t on the dirt bike, in the cart or playing with Z. (his new friend) –
Our cabin the quadplex…we were on the left side, R&L on the right and two other friends families were on the backside of this cabin –
David and his buddy Z. They were playing Monster Jam with their bicycles –
The mud ride (Brad and I took a nap while these crazy folks went out in the rain for a ride) –
Girls ride only (plus Joe). Check out Denise’s hot pink cart – LOVE IT –
Radar…the newest member of the family. He hung out on the porch most of the time…he was a great dog this weekend…everyone fell in love with him –
Rich on the big mx track – Brad on the mx track –Leslee on the mx track –
Rich and Brad –
Cleaning up. David cleaned his own bike and did a pretty good job at it –We had a GREAT time and can’t wait to go back.

The Ridge

We went riding this weekend at The Ridge with some friends. We had a great time. David, Brad and myself rode our new toys for the first time…and John and Trisha mainly rode the go kart. David did amazingly well on his dirt bike on the pee wee track. He did have his first crash – it was traumatic, but he got up and within a few minutes was riding again. He didn’t accelerate fast enough up a hill and just kinda slid backwards down to the bottom until his bike turned over. He says he was safe because of the helmet and gear he was wearing, and he’s right.

Our friend, John, took my bike on the pee wee track and jumped it a couple times, but I couldn’t let him show me up. So I tried as well….I didn’t get much air but it was…SO. MUCH. FUN.

Next weekend we are going to Durhamtown to ride with Brad’s family. I am really looking forward to that and hoping for no broken bones.

Here are some pictures from The Ridge. It was an absolutely perfect day outside. We rode, ate a picnic lunch and rode some more.

I think in this picture they were watching me ride the pee wee track. Brad is probably laughing at me for almost wiping out in the sand in one of the corners.
Brad…

David’s first ever trail. He got stuck on some ruts a little further up on this trail and Brad had to push him out.
Brad and little man.
David is winning the race on the pee wee track.
The boys.

Clearwater Trip and Dirt Bikes

This past weekend we went home for Brad’s dad’s 60th birthday party. It was a surprise party that he had no idea about. We had about 50 friends and family meet up at his favorite restaurant in Tampa. He was surprised for sure and had a great time. I was a little worried that he would be mad at us for making a big deal out of his b/day, but he wasn’t….so it turned out well.

Here is good ole Pa Pop:The cousins (Garrett and Phillip) who haven’t seen David since he was 6 weeks old. David LOVES them both and especially had fun tackling Phillip the entire night.We’ve been looking for a dirt bike for David’s 4th b/day and finally found one in Florida. He rode around on his cousins Honda for about 3 hours on Sunday. He rode it like a champ and you never would have thought it was his first time on a bike. He does a mean figure 8 in Rich and Leslee’s backyard. He had mucho fun.
Uncle Rich – having as much fun as David if not more…
David had fun racing Brad…