October 12, 2010
First, though, was a four-wheel drive adventure from the visitor center to the Colorado River Overlook. Utah is a magnet for off-highway travels, and my Nissan Titan truck and I were in the mood for some four-wheel action. The information at the visitor center noted it is a moderate 4WD road, good for mountain bikes, with large rocks and stair-step drops in the last one and one-half miles. Ahhh, a challenge to see if I could drive the seven miles to the overlook.
|The road takes its first scrapes|
I put the Titan into high four-wheel drive, and over the next three miles, I had to get out of the truck four times to survey my route through the rocks. There were lots of rocks to contend with, and there were a couple of stretches of more than a hundred yards where I was driving just on rocks. The tires took a beating with plenty of scrapes on their sides to mark their contacts with the rocks. The skid plate also had its share of scrapes with the rocks. Still, I had not yet come across anything that I haven't dealt with before in my 4WD travels.
|Driving on solid rock|
|The last part of the road for me|
I looked to find a route around the steps. I did not find one. I tried to do some rough, eyeball calculations of the distance and slope of the stairs compared to the clearance and the long wheel base of the Titan. I could not remember driving the Titan over a similar obstacle, and I did not think that the Titan would be able to do it and that it could get hung up. I hiked around the bend. I saw even more rocks and stairs that I would have to battle with. I prognosticated on whether the Titan and I would be successful in arriving at the overlook. The prognostication was not good.
|The drop in the road that I did not challenge|
|The last part of the road I did not get to drive|
on that goes to the Colorado River Overlook
I could not push the envelope with my Titan, and I admitted defeat. Feeling rejected and not being able to venture forward with my Titan, I was no longer in the mood to reach the Colorado River Overlook. I was not going to hike the last mile and a half; it just would not feel the same looking over the Colorado River without my Titan.