SUBARU TO THE RESCUE - Can't remember the names of the crew that went in after the ATV guy that broke his leg (right femur). He pulled into camp, folded down the rear seat of his Subaru, piled in pillows, and turned it into an ambulance. I tossed him my first aid kit as he tore out of camp. Four guys lifted him into the Subaru and got him to the entrance of the ORV park. Ken radioed up to some guys on the 311 who could reach out to someone closer to town with cell phone coverage. The Bonney Lake and Wilkeson fire & rescue teams showed up and took over his care. They shut down the entrance so everyone had to wait for the helecopter to pick the guy up. He was in his 40's and his buddies said that he had just recovered from two ankle surgeries and bought the ATV as a present to himself. The leg looked awful. No protruding bones, but it was bent at a 45° angle. I took some pictures, then talked to a fireman and he agreed to get some better shots of the helecopter. I'll get them developed and posted later this week.
BROKEN SANDRAIL - I was able to do a lot of the 311 trail but sheared all four bolts connecting my drive shaft to the diff at the Big Rock (most people will know it, it's the one on the lower steep part that is 3" taller than everyones diff). This caused my chain to jump off, destroying the clutch linkage and neutral sending unit. (it's a motorcycle-powered sand rail for those who were not there to see it). See attached photo for a close up of the broben parts. I had replacement nuts and bolts and was able to get to the final steep part by revving up the engine in neutral, them jamming it into first. Motrocycle transmissions tollerate that more that car transmissions. The final part, some nut jumped on the back to give me traction, and got the ride of his life. I have no idea how he held on as I bucked and bounced up the trail. I got half way up the final steep part before I had to give up and get a tow. It was to steep to jam it into first and keep theengine from dying. Next trip - disk brakes and better tires.
QUESTION - Ken made it up the 311 unassisted. Did a hatch make it? Also, is there an advantage (on the trail) of the 5 speed D/R vs 4 speed D/R tranny?
Thanks for letting me tag along, and thanks for the tow Ken.