Moab Easter Jeep Safari 1998
by Lance Clifford
My first trip to Moab, Utah, was a success! I got to
drive some of the toughest trails that I have seen yet and saw many
broken vehicles and several rollovers. Luckily I came home with no new
dents and I went on trails like Pritchett Canyon, Golden Spike, Poison
Spider Mesa, Lions Back, and Hells Revenge.
The trip began Monday night
at about 8pm, after I had just worked a 75 hour work week to pay for
taking one off. I was an extreme rush to get ready, so I did not get a
chance to put on my new long travel shocks or move my crossmember back
to keep the driveshaft from rubbing on it.
My passenger and I met up
with a couple vehicles from the Pirates of the Rubicon in Reno. From
there we continued on Highway 80 on to Moab only stopping for
breakfast and gas along the way. The stretch in the salt flats seemed to
go on forever and I think we all just about fell asleep! We arrived in
Moab about 22 hours later and the snow/rain was pouring down so we
decided against camping and got a room.
Poison Spider Mesa
After that long of a drive we
decided to stay in motels for the week. The first night we drove up to
lions back. Because of the weather they warned us not to go up but we
just had to even though there was actually snow in the cracks on the way
The next morning we met up with Bob and AJ who joined us for the
trail ride on Poison Spider Mesa and the Golden Spike Trail. We
attempted all the difficult bypasses and had a great time. The second
day we ran Pritchett Canyon. There were a lot of broken vehicles on the
trail making it an all day run. On the third day we stayed a little
closer to town and ran Hell's Revenge or at least all that we could find
of it including tip-over challenge and the hot tubs. We finished the day
with a drive up Lions Back.
After a full week of wheelin, we were pretty tired so we
decided to head home after the Easter Safari line up for big Saturday.
On the way home we tried hwy 50, and if it wasn't for the snow storms
and all the wild animals crossing in front of us, we would have made good
time. All in all it was a killer trip and we are already planning next