Re: Off Road for Hope Report

From: Evan and Taras <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2002 00:49:54 -0600

How many raffle tickets did you buy? I put in about $80 worth and didn't win
a thing. It was a good event and I would have liked to see more broncos.
Just flew back today and it sounds like another snow storm is on its way
tonight. You have no idea how good your weather is in Southern California.

Sheldon, Iowa

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen Urban" <>
To: <>; "Bronco List" <>
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 10:31 PM
Subject: [EBML] Off Road for Hope Report

> I went to the Muscular Dystrophy event "Off Road for Hope" this last
> weekend at Ocotillo Wells. Had a good time even though it started bad.
> Right after I arrived on Friday I buried the RV. I was stuck GOOD!!
> After 2 hours of digging I had moved about 4 feet. A couple came over
> and offered to try to pull me out with their Jeep but needless to say
> that didn't work. Then they got a friend with a big truck and a PTO
> winch. That got me out but it still took an hour. Had to drag me back
> out of where I was and across the road till I was stuck on the other
> side so that they could then winch me from the front to get me on the
> road and facing the correct way. The guy that pulled me out was from
> CORVA (CA Off Road Vehicle Association), so I am the newest life member
> they have.
> By then it was late, and since I didn't know where anyone I knew was
> camped we stayed with the couple that helped us out. It's a small world
> I guess because while I was talking to the wife I found out that I knew
> her sister. I met her on the last "Hi Desert Roundup" while we were
> running "Pumpkin Eater". She is a competitor in the Rock Crawling
> competitions. She is sponsored by the company that makes the aluminum
> jeep bodies. JP something or other. We are supposed to go out
> Presidents Day weekend and watch her run the Women's Rock Crawling Event
> in Johnson Valley.
> Her sister came out on Sunday for a little competition they had in
> conjunction with the event. She smoked everyone, running the course in
> 51 seconds!!!. Tiger took his Bronco through. His time was a little
> over 5 minutes, but that included a tire change. Some idiot in a full
> size Blazer tried it but he ended up being winched off the course. He
> looked like he didn't even have a front locker!!!!
> Friday night Dopey (our dog) wandered off and we almost didn't get her
> back. Turns out the rangers picked her up and were gonna take her to
> the pound but this family got her from them instead. At the raffle on
> Saturday the family made an announcement about her and we got her back.
> If we hadn't been there they were gonna keep her, boy were his kids
> disappointed when I showed up.
> I won three times during the raffle. The first time was a set of PIAA
> lights and some small stuff. While I was signing the paperwork for them
> I heard what I thought was one of my numbers. Turns out they called the
> very next number on my set of tickets. This time it was a set of
> Skyjacker shocks & steering stabilizer, $25 gift certificate from
> DayStar and some misc stuff. Then later I won again!! A set of (4)
> 35x12.50x15 BFG MT's. All in all it was almost $1000 worth of stuff.
> The thing is I had just upgraded my Big O's to 35's the day before I
> went on the run. I ended up selling the BFG's for $400 to a guy that
> was sitting in front off me. That made his day cuz he really needed
> tires and it basically paid for what I spent when I upgraded mine. They
> had over $65K in prizes for the event. My tires weren't even one of the
> grand prizes.
> Since I had just changed my tires I only went on a moderate run. Just
> wanted to check out how they fit when I flexed. The Bronco sponsered
> run already had over 50 entries when I went to sign up. I didn't feel
> like wheelin behind that many vehicles so I went on the "Whole Enchilada
> run". This goes through a squeeze and then down "Heart Attack Hill", a
> steep down hill with a couple of holes that your tires drop into and
> make you feel like you're gonna go end over end. One girl said she
> almost peed her pants when her boyfriend went down. After everyone made
> it down the trail leader asked if anyone wanted to go back up it. I
> said sure and was the first one. No problem at all. There was a guy
> there that writes trail guides (Fun Treks). He is doing one on SoCal
> trails and was taking pics for it, so maybe I will be in his book.
> After I went up a Cherokee and a Land Cruiser came up, but none of the
> Jeeps would.
> Later on a guy in a Jeep passed thru our group while we were stopped
> helping a motorcyclist that crashed and burned. When we started out
> again we found him rolled over. He had gotten stupid going up this
> waterfall and got sideways then rolled. No damage except to his pride.
> Everyone else just drove right up it after we got him out of the way.
> I HIGHLY recommend this event to everyone. There are lots of runs and
> they are of varying difficulty so there is something for everyone. The
> event was very well organized, easy to get to and had a GREAT set of
> raffle prizes.
> Sorry I didn't get to hook up with more Bronco people while I was there,
> but I will be attending "Bronco Daze" in April.
> Later
> Steve Urban
> EBR#0692
> CA4WDC#3576
> NRA & CRPA Life Member
> 29 Palms, CA
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