I took our Suzuki Equator out to Johnson Valley this past weekend for the "King of the Hammers" off-road race located off the 247 highway -- in the middle of nowhere, California. I followed the Garmin GPS until it directed me to drive 15 miles on a dirt trail that turned into a lake with no way around it. The road was washed out most of the way and proved a rough ride. Surprisingly, the pickup was fun to drive even in these conditions. Once I found my way back to the main highway, I decided it was best to follow the RVs and lifted Jeeps lining the way to the main location.
So here I was. In a compact pickup surrounded by lifted off-roads of all kinds -- Jeeps, Broncos, ATVs, motorcycles, and rock crawlers. Most of the campsite was still wet from the rain that had fallen during the week. There was no way to avoid getting dirty this day. I was little hesitant to follow the race. I didn't want to be the one who got stuck in the sand.
As soon as the racer rigs left the starting lines, spectators jumped into their vehicles and headed to the trails. I followed the line of Jeeps up into the hillsides from location to location. Although I left the steep hills to the big guys, our Equator took to the trails like a pro. I was really impressed mostly that I avoided getting stuck! And impressed as to how the truck took care of me while I ventured off the path a few times to get some photos of the race. I can't wait to take it off-roading again!
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