Wheelin\' at the Badlands Yesterday (Sunday) On Last notice I went wheelin' with some old friends of the North Central Indiana Freewheelers on Sunday at the Badlands. It was an awesome day, mid 70's some clouds and cool trucks. We promptly unloaded and headed on the up and downs of the Green Trail <font color="green"> </font> which proved to be the easiest of the day. After playing on some hills in the sand we started the Pink Trail. The drop off of the <font color="pink"> </font> was very muddy. The rock ledge drop off was quite a challenge for our under 35incher fellows. The small rock climb was clear of the tree that laketex helped take out a month earlier. And several new lines could be tried. As normal our open both ends jeep buddies had difficulty in this area and needed to be strapped. We crossed the quarry road and up into the Pink trail we went. Again this trail was quite muddy and not so much water this time. We proceeded down into the valley facing the big rock hill that throws you one way then the next. One cheeokee tried the left side and broke immediately a rear yoke. I tried the right and instead of do the normal bump and climb my truck slid straight left and fell off the ledges in an curious position that left me wondering if I was going to roll. This is really the first time in about 8 years that I REALLY had to use my winch to ensure that I didn't roll. After hooking up it came up straight and securely up over the rocks. We helped the cheeokee back to the quarry where the they had to ride in the blazer with me. We then headed towards the dropoffs into the ravine. The ravine was the normal water but enjoyable. We proceeded up out of the ravine and into the creek. Several of us were able to scale the rock wall out of the creek. After one Chevy suffered a brake line breakage it was vise gripped shut and we went to eat lunch. Next the orange trail. Now let me tell you that it's been 5 years since I've had a fullsize on the orange trail. And boy has it changed. We were down to 4 vehicles, 2 chevy cab trucks, an YJ and my K5. We entered with little trouble and through the tight trail and went up and down the trail. There was one drop through trees that left one cab truck door handle stuck in the tree and busted the window out. No doors are a good thing! I also saw an K5 rear side window laying on the grass. Through the extreme flexing I suffered my first down time in this K5, my main battery line shorted against my header. Some electicial tape later I was running again. I am glad that my battery didn't short out. It would be next to impossible to haul a fullsize out dead. We continued through the mud holes and hills and off cambers to the end of the trail. Needless to say I was quite sweaty. This goes to show the short wheel base, jeep and suzuki guys that a tight trail isn't necessarily a hard trail. If it fits it can be done. Unlike some other terrain that is hard to tackle no matter what you bring. Believe it or not we still had a couple of hours left and we climbed some sand hills to open up the V8's a little. We made it back to the qurry where I tried the little rock trail straight from the enterance. I made it up to the hill but there were many new rocks that was added from the last time I saw the last bunch try it in May. The rock proved to much on me and my tie rod so I kindly backed down. In all the old purple K5 did well. One cab truck lost the studs in his steering arm so he limpped back as well as the YJ with a bad grinding in his rear diff, hoping that it was only spiders and not the ring and pinion. Can't wait for the next time!