Day Weekend 2000 - The group gathered Sunday morning here on this farm in the
Catskills where approximately 70 or so vehicles unloaded off of and out of trailers, aired
down, disconnected swaybars, and basically prepped for the trail runs for the day.
The attendees of Rock Krawl 2000, hosted by OK Four Wheel Drive in Stewartsville N.J.,
grouped together in 3 groups. Those groups were easy trails for beginners and stock
vehicles, moderate trails for modified vehicles and those who were not worried about
playing hard. Finally, the Hardcore group. This groups was to tackle the
tougher trails and take on the rocky, metal bashing trails. As a passenger riding
along with Mike, webmaster and owner of www.jeepfan.com,
we were in the middle group which overlapped many of the trails of the hardcore group.
All spring the northeast has been hit with constant rain which made for a quite
muddy run through the valley along the creek that runs through the large percentage of the
trails we were on. Simply put, it was a mud fest. Little connecting streams
between a canal and the creek turned into quicksand that soon began swallowing almost
everyone requiring gratuitous use of winches and push/pull power.