This morning I woke up with a mission. I wanted to test a couple things I've done to the Land Cruiser and I wanted to get it into the dirt. It would seem easy enough but I can't seem to find 100 yards of rough dirt road in my neighborhood. I'm sure it's out there somewhere but this morning it was evading me. So, I thought Rowher Flats.
Rowher Flats is an off road park which is only 15 miles from my house (about a 30 minute drive). I'd read about it but wanted to plan a bit. This morning I was alone, no maps, no water and a quarter tank of gas - not really prepared. I got gas and a half gallon of water and headed up the Sierra Highway. At the turn off I thought "this will be easy enough to walk out of if the car breaks down" after about 3 miles of washboard road I thought "well, I'm sure other people will be there if anything goes wrong." Then I got to the parking area and realized I was the only one there. 20 square miles of dead silence, not another car in sight, it was beautiful.
I decided to not be too daring. I played on a couple trails and around the rock crawling area and as the temperatures reached 100 I headed home.
The car felt great and really wanted to be in the dirt and go fast. The exhaust rattled loose but the welds held and I do really need to address the springs but it was so much fun.