Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Pothole Adventure ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

It isn't very difficult not to make my last adventure part of a Sunday Tippets post.  You see, I have an important lesson about POTHOLES.  Avoid them!!!  And if you can't, well... here are a few suggestions if you must take that rocky, pitted, somewhat graded country road to that "so worth the drive" fishing hole:



1.  Ride with friends in THEIR car or better yet, truck.
2.  Take a bush plane or helicopter into your destination.
3.  Rent a car and let them take care of the suspension later.



And if you have to drive YOUR car:

1.  Buckle up.  Drive slow... almost to a crawl.  Sometimes potholes are all the way across the road.  You can't avoid them.  (Despite what others might think)
2.  Prepare for a hole filled with water.  It might deeper than expected.  The visual effects of a car wash would have been great when I hit the mother of all holes.  Alas, it was dry.
3.  Have a solid grip on the steering wheel with both hands to prevent loss of control from a sudden jerk of the car.  And just smile when a comment is made inside the car when you do hit a hole.
4.  Don't brake at the last minute.  This can cause more damage to your car in the long run.  Did I tell you how much a new muffler costs?  Or an alignment?
5.  Be sure to inflate your tires before the journey.  Don't start low.
6.  And of course, don't go on any dirt road journey with old tires.  No need to weaken the old and have a blow out in the middle of nowhere!   Well, at least I got a point for this one.



So, the journey begins.  You forget the little road trip out and all the fillings in your teeth are in place.  It's time to fish!!!!  



A special thank you to my special friends up in Yellowstone Country...  They put up with me let me stay and fish for five days in the most beautiful place on Earth...


Enjoy the slideshow...  And remember to buckle up...  = )





And the best advice on this Sunday Tippet...



Don't ask me to drive!!!

(In my defense, I really didn't do all that badly... Really, Mr. Mechanic)

10 comments:

  1. Pam doesn't allow me to drive when we go fishing. She probably has a good reason like I fall asleep within 15 minutes after starting out. Luckily I live in a state that paves their roads.

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    1. Howard ~ If Pam won't let you drive... neither will I when I come out! Lol. Get ready to feel a couple potholes. I find them on paved roads too... = )

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  2. From someone who spends a good amount of time on back roads, those two words are (in my opinion) the most important. Drive slow. Don't discount the rest of your suggestions either. You don't want to be broken down out in the middle of nowhere.

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    1. Mark ~ I promise to take it slow... I can't afford to buy a new car right now. This jalopy must go another 50k... I'm now at 200k... haha. So, two years of slooooow.

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  3. I need a truck. cars just dont cut it! I have had friends ruin their axles driving on old country roads and hitting potholes that blend in with everything else.

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    1. Juan ~ I hear ya, SUV's are still no match for a truck axle. Next time...

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  4. RD
    The potholes and rigors of getting there is worth it, especially if you are fishing the Madison in Montana. The video really showed how special this place is not to mention the trout you can connect with there. Great Post!!

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    1. Hi Bill ~ The Madison was good to me again. How I love that river... Next time you come out here, we have to meet up and fish a day. It would be so much fun!

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  5. Great slide show, RD

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  6. Thanks Jeri... I've been on a few of these adventures, haven't I? Lol

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