So my schedule for yesterday did a big fat change Friday night. Instead of the Palouse car show we decided to help Joe with a private Boomershoot party. We drove the truck for simplicity sake and got out there a little bit late. Late enough that everyone was at the Taj by the time we got there.
As I arrived I saw a set of tracks running through the field next to the berm down at 380. Figured ok passage should be good. I eventually get in a ways and see a small mud hole that doesn’t look too bad. This thing was deep enough and wet enough it could have been used as a runaway truck ramp because that’s exactly how it behaved. I hit it at about 20 to 25 and immediately stated slowing down I got to just the other side but the rear end was mired in. I Tried backing up cutting to one side to try and get another run, big freaking mistake. My front end sunk in absolutely no time flat. When I got out this is what it looked like.
The weight of the diesel block is what did me in cause notice how the front wheels sunk.
We tried to pull it out initially by Joe doing a snatch with his Escape. It didn’t work, I then tried to use the come along and with his rig as the anchor with the truck trying to pull out. The Escape just started sliding towards the truck.
We then proceeded to just move the bare minimum gear up there and were going to get the truck out after the party. After the depressing failure of the fireball we went and grabbed the Cat. Hooked it up to the back and pulled her right out.
The ruts tell the story of how bad it really was.
I have now joined the limited group of Boomershoot staff that goes out there so often that they have finally gotten stuck.
When I stopped to chat with some friends from work last night I was reminded of one very important thing. No matter what, it could always be worse. How much worse you ask?
That is a Steiger Quadtrac 4WD tractor that sunk in the Palouse mud out here near Pullman. How sunk you ask? Well normally they look like the following and they have been known to pull stuck dozers out of the mud.