Following Unimog lines are a nightmare for some people, and sweet dreams for others. I'm unfortunately in the second group, but lets face it; even my vehicle (an Lexus LX450 with 35's) isn't big enough for that league.
Olaf invited me to inspect the Truckhaven 4x4 Training area which happened to be in the same area and weekend of the Mogfest, so we decided to check both.
I was impressed with the Truckhaven 4x4 Training area because there all sorts of obstacles, and levels as well as being “secluded” from quads/bikes by a fence. Some of the obstacles, in my opinion, had the wrong difficulty level signs, some blues are black, and some other blues are green, but it's a great facility. It's also a no fee area because it's part of Ocotillo Wells SVRA
By the time we arrived, it was noon; and we had lunch at the gas station before hitting the park. We played for a bit on the green obstacles, took pictures of all of them and then looked for the Unimog campground that was located near by. Soon after, Zack arrived, full of dust and an overheating Unimog… with a big smile!!! The Unimog crew was preparing dinner, a deep fried turkey! We were invited to stay and play some more but we had a long trip back. I was the lucky one and decided to stay with Zack, while the others went straight back home.
Before dinner, we went to the park, with the real toys, Unimogs!. I was a passenger with Zack, so I was mentally prepared for a roll over, which happens often with Zack behind the wheel. The fun started....I clicked away on the camera while we climbed over the first obstacle until we got stuck. As soon as I put the camera away, the Mog flipped on it's driver's side. Zack flipped the Unimog back over using reverse and the skinny pedal! Game Over!!!. Tie rod bolts to the knuckle were damaged, so we parked in a nice flat cement area especially designed for fixing your car!
We were able to fix the steering but with the radiator leaking and a short circuit somewhere, we opted to get towed back to camp.
We had a great dinner, the deep friend turkey; salad, beans, corn, spider cookies etc. All were outstanding. I’m glad that I chose to stay but I was so tired that I felt to sleep at the fire ring.
The 2011 edition of Mogfest was held October 21st to 23rd.