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Truck Mud


It was still early in the morning and we had been still-hunting for a couple of hours now but my son was starting to get tired, so I carried him for a good part of an hour and finally decided that taking the truck to get to the southern part of the farm would be the best choice for crossing the creek and checking the other rock formation to the south for groundhogs.

So, I lifted the heavy metal gate, dragged it open, jumped into the truck and we drove right through.

I chose to drive down the middle of the field using the same tire tracks in the mud as the tractors. This way I would minimize the damage to the field.

Little did I know, I would be testing my truck engine to the maximum; worthy of the test facilities, I have been stuck in the mud many times before even in the heart of the Congolese jungle roads but this time it was different, I was alone with my son.

I drove down the slope very carefully and my tires instantly got sucked in and slipped into the muddy groves.

I made my way between the two barns and this is when the mud claws grabbed a hold of my front tires. Naturally I hit the gas pedal and gave it all I had and the truck tires spat mud all over the windows and mirrors. I was not impressed at first but then I began to enjoy it.

It was then that I really understood the appeal of off-road. I tried to go in reverse and I was digging my muddy grave.

I jumped out took a deep breath, assessed the situation and then thought of a strategy. I did not want to have to bother the farmer additionally I did not want to destroy his field or my truck.

I spent the good part of an hour digging out the heavy mud; it had the same consistency as clay.

I gathered old boards and flat stones and actually this was tougher work, then the digging through the muck.

Then I Jumped back into the truck and started a rocking motion to drive out aggressively constantly shifting from drive to reverse in millisecond intervals.

My arm was moving fast on the gear shift but it was working, I got it rocking and pushed it into reverse and gave her hell, I jumped and skipped and ended up driving in reverse at about 40 km and hour and was really moving, I then spun the wheel hard left and it worked and I managed to maneuver onto dry ground.

Once I figured out the best way up the hill, and made it back to the top, I was a happy outdoors man. It wasn’t a great day for woodchuck hunting but the trucking was great fun.

 

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