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Talladega ride pics

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Amos, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. Oct 4, 2009 at 5:11 PM
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    Amos

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    Here are some pics from my ride in Talladega National Forest, AL this weekend. It was a lot of fun, but I did manage to get the first scratch on the truck. It killed me to hear the branch scraping down the side like nails on a chalk board!

    First thing I did was setup camp. I used my truck as a wind shield on the open side of my lean to:

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    Crossing a small creek:

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    This spider was guarding the exit from the creek! Anyone know what kind it is? All I know is that it was HUGE!

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    Leaves haven't changed color yet, this is what majority of the trails looked like that weren't gravel roads. Nothing difficult, just what I was looking for in my stock truck.

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    I would have gone through this and most likely made it since the bottom felt pretty solid and only a few inches deep, but since I didn't have a winch or anyone else to pull me out if I did get stuck I decided to take the detour around it.

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    This is the only times when I wish I had the short bed! The other 99% I am happy with the long bed. I felt like Austin Powers doing a 75 point turn.

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    Back at camp to start the grill and the fire before sunset:

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    We filled the back of the truck up with firewood while were exploring so we ended up with a fire so hot that it was melting aluminum cans in 5 seconds!

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    We were off-road for 4 or 5 hours and I had it in 4HI for about half of it and 2WD for the rest. I only went down 6 or 7 of the fire roads, so there are a lot more left to check out next time. I was impressed with what the taco could handle even without a lift or tires. There were a few mud holes I wouldn't have wanted to go through without some AT tires at least though. It would have been more fun with a few more trucks, so maybe next time. jspadaro was going to come down, but didn't make it.
     
  2. Oct 4, 2009 at 5:17 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Very Nice!
     
  3. Oct 4, 2009 at 5:24 PM
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    baildavc

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  4. Oct 4, 2009 at 5:49 PM
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    SamSter0077

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    Great Pictures, I would like to see some more mud on that pretty Black truck though. :D
     
  5. Oct 4, 2009 at 5:55 PM
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    09tacoLI

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    Nice pics, the first scratch is all ways the hardest.
     
  6. Oct 4, 2009 at 5:58 PM
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    Awesome pics:D
     
  7. Oct 4, 2009 at 6:06 PM
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    Yeah we've gotta get something organized in the next few weeks; lifesaflaw123 and docwatson said they would definitely be up for it.
     
  8. Oct 4, 2009 at 6:18 PM
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    Incognito

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    Great pics!
     
  9. Oct 4, 2009 at 6:41 PM
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    Thanks everyone!

    I might be able to do something around this area - maybe Stoney Lonesome or the place on hale mountain at the TN/AL border, but between work and school I'm not gonna have many free weekends for the rest of the year. Ya'll might have to go without me.
     
  10. Oct 4, 2009 at 7:04 PM
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    looks like fun. I wanna go camping
     
  11. Oct 5, 2009 at 8:14 AM
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    The camping was fun, but the off-roading was definitely MORE fun!
     
  12. Oct 5, 2009 at 8:16 AM
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    Great pics.
     
  13. Oct 7, 2009 at 8:34 PM
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    washed my truck good yesterday and found 4 more scratches! OUCH :(
     
  14. Oct 7, 2009 at 8:56 PM
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    Would sliders or other armor have helped at all? Or was it just from small crap sticking out higher up - whoops
     
  15. Oct 7, 2009 at 9:11 PM
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    I live like 15-20 miles away from the Talladega National Forest. Next time hit me up I might could go depending on work schedule. But would need some one with a winch because mine is only a prerunner (no diff lock either):( Never have taken it off road really excep the occasional back roads aka dirt roads in Alabama.:)
     
  16. Oct 7, 2009 at 9:15 PM
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    Tow straps and we're good :)
     
  17. Oct 7, 2009 at 9:24 PM
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    BTW to the spider pic. I HATE SPIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Me and spiders do not go well with each other.
     
  18. Oct 8, 2009 at 6:16 AM
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    Sliders wouldn't have helped with the scratches, but they would have helped me get around that one tree. I could have just let the sliders with the flare in the back hit the tree and it would have pushed the back end around, I guess, I don't really have any experience with sliders.

    You would have been fine with a pre-runner almost everywhere except a couple mud holes, which you could be pulled through. I had it in 4WD most of the time just because the hills are so steep it was nice to have the extra power.

    I will definitely be going back in the spring, if not before then.
     
  19. Oct 8, 2009 at 6:22 AM
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