Got Team Anyway (Judy and Tana) some practice time in the sand in preparation for the Rebelle Rally coming up real quick in October.
We got a long weekend in in Florence, OR at the Oregon Sand Dunes. A lovely day driving down on Thursday, got to enjoy some of the finest traffic Portland, Salem, and Eugene have to offer, quality time :-) It was just the 3 of us (to start) as Brad, Tana's husband, stayed home with the twins. He had the hardest job of all.
I ended up renting an ATV and scouted in front of them as they got acclimated to the dunes. Wasn't exactly a high performance one, but it worked.
We spent a lot of time just exploring the dunes and having a good time, expanding the comfort zone more and more, especially going down dune faces. Also learning the sand is never what you think, and it will remind you of that every so often...
(The great part was that because they were training, I didn't have to help dig :-) )
They had originally aired down to about 20lbs, just to see how it would do. So when they got dug in, they started with dropping to 10lbs. No go. So then they tried the shovel, same result. 4 Maxtrax later, and they were easily on their way. You can really see how those shine in the sand, a definite necessary tool.
They got stuck one more time, not enough speed going up a dune face, and it dug in at the top. Maxtrax right away and they were moving in under a minute.
Great day, they did a great job and learned a lot and had a lot of fun.
A video from the dash cam in the Jeep and a little from the GoPro on my helmet. Definitely need to learn how to operate that better, missed out on a lot of good footage because I'm a dumb....