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Day Four of Ultimate Adventure 2017

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2017 on June 27, 2017
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Even though Day Four of the 2017 Ultimate Adventure started with a relatively late 9:00 am driver’s meeting, most participants were up early to tighten nuts and bolts and clean air filters after covering over 100 miles of rough road on the previous day. Trent McGee started by taking us from Payson to the nearby Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. This beautiful park is home to the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. After enjoying this oasis, it was time to lock the hubs and air down the tires for Pyeatt Draw; the toughest trail in the area.

Pyeatt starts easy enough but can lull you into a sense of security as it gets progressively more difficult. It wasn’t long before the carnage started, and four days of non-stop wheeling started to catch up with the group. A broken driveline, busted hub, and bent steering were just a few of the casualties that the trail inflicted. As the sun was setting, the group finished up the trail and continued on to the edge of the Mollogon Rim to repair their rigs before setting up camp for the night.

Day Four of Ultimate Adventure 2017 started with a trip to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. The group enjoyed the cool temperatures and natural beauty that the park offered.
The natural travertine bridge at Tonto National Bridge 183 feet high and 400 feet long.
Trent McGee sheared off the motor mount bolts going into his block and shattered the cast engine side bracket. Chris Durham welded the bracket back together with his Premier Power welder, cast welding rod, and a whole lot of talent. Then, Durham welded nuts onto the ends of the broken bolts in the block in order to remove them and get McGee back on the road.
Pyeatt Draw gets progressively more difficult, culminating in an obstacle called “The Filter” Nick LeBlanc was able to walk up the left line in his one ton XJ on 38-inch Falken Wildpeak MTs.

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