As Smiley gazed upwards towards the rainy Tellico morning light he said: Well, the grounds slicker than eel snot, and my Honda Recons a bit low on blinker fluid, so I guess Ill leaver here for the day. You see, Smiley was a fairly durable individual who had gone wheeling before with the folks from Down East Off-Road in Wilson, North Carolina, but knowing what he knew about the weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he had opted for the heated interior of one of his buddys Jeeps to carry him out to the trailhead instead of his four-wheeler. Who could blame him, the weather was terrible and could only be made worse by having to ride an uncovered vehicle around all day in the driving rain and sloshing mud. As it turned out, Smiley was right. The ground was slicker than eel snot, and all the blinker fluid in the world would not make Tellicos Lower Two trail any easier. The result was a shaft-breaking, mud-slinging January Saturday.