One story about rookie-offroader: what can be, if you nooby and goes to far for mudding alone.
Caution! - language terror is here! xDDDD
Many years ago, when I bought first BKO, I decided to go to one cool place – huge sandpits, placed in 100 miles from home. I planned to drive around, slightly takes a pics, to see big dozers and dredges. And in one places of that sandpits I went of to lake shore, which consist from dried clay. Trap was that at first moment I drove truck at dried top of mud and all was ok, I not feel any troubles. When wheels remove dry top and started to slip – was too late, I can’t to get back already. Only 2 or 3 times I can move forward and reverse and truck dig it till axles. Man can walk around absolutely normally, it looks and was hard for man, but can’t carry heavier things. I had one little trench shovel, and… that all… No hi-jack, no sandtracks. Was hot summer, 13 p.m., sun at middle on sky and about +95F degrees. At first moment I was positively and think, that can recover truck sooner. But small shovel can’t dig heavy and slippery clay, length of it lacks and I can’t remove tons of mud from under axles and truck bottom. I had bottle-jack and try to use it, even had a some pad, but nothing to help – bottlejack with pad went down in bottomless mud – useless. What next? - sure, I lock truck and went to find a smbdy for help. That area is far from paved roads and you must to go about 10 kilometers to nearest road. There was workers and dredge operator near that lake, but they send me to looong f...ng way)))) because their giant loader or digger can’t goes even half way to my truck. Battery in my cell phone was about die and has couple percent of charge, cable I stay home! Great!!! I decided not use phone and stay it for emergency. I asked one dump truck driver and he took me to near village, where I find tractor. Jerky tractor driver told, that it will easy and pull me from that for 10 thousands rubles (about 300$ at that time). Overpriced, but was nothing to do – I agreed. But… when we return to my truck, light tractor can’t pull me even inch!!! He tried to pull from many angles, but dig self twice, we hardly to unstuck tractor and man goes away, sending curses for my head, with no result (and no benefit too))). And I dig again, again and again… I tried to use brunches, some planks – useless. IDK, how much time I dig, but my hands was in blood, I fried on sun and was no drinking water. 5 or 6 hours? Maybe. Emergency call bring nothing – all buddies was very far and busy, and can’t to drive so quick. Truck goes more deep and now right door can’t open, all bottom lay on ground. Sun started go down and I decide to go one more time for help search. Even don’t any ideas in mind, where to go, and what to do. Was need something smaller, then giant sandpit equipment, and same time 4x4 or even 6x6 with winch. I remember, that was old ZIL 6x6 military truck near entering at sand sorting factory, but it looked as many times ago abandoned. I was go along road and suddenly large Dodge Ram 3500 appeared ahead! I asked for stop and one man told about me, what happened. I shortly told about him all story, and he ask me: “What truck?”. “Bronco”,- I said. And it was emotion hurricane: he loudly scream “ What????? What???? Bronco??? Really? - That is amazing! Unbelievable!!!” When he slightly cooled down, he explain me – that he is also Bronco fan, want to buy time ago Bronco, but not can find something in good condition. He told, that I went to my car and wait him – he was need to take his mother in law to rail station and he will return for rescuing operation. I told, that RAM 3500 don’t take so deeply sitting car, but he said, that will call to his buddy with UAZ with winch. After about hour they are really went to my stuck point. UAZ turned up as monster xDDDD – on 49” wheels, with winches and all packed with off-road equipment. It easily pulled me out at first turn. After we was long two hour chatting about trucks, American trucks, about Broncos. And they was rejected any reward, not took even fuel paid. After that I cleaned clay from suspension about 5 days))))
So, that story… Don’t go alone and with no minimal equipment…
Here we went at last warm days two years ago for mushrooms and take some pics))))