While I was working on the Sprint, I noticed that several tires were flat on the ATV. It hasn’t really been used all year because when we started on the garage, it sat outside and the battery went dead. So I finally decided to roll it out and see if it would start after being on a charger. It didn’t but a couple of pulls on the starter rope (yeah for manual backups) it fired up, so I inflated the tires. I thought about just riding it around the yard to run some fresh gas, but then with it being such a nice day I thought I should take it down to the riverbar.
I was unloading it at Fernbridge when a Jeep Cherokee pulled into the parking lot. I noticed them because they stopped so one of the girls could get out a camcorder. Been awhile since I’ve seen someone using one of those full size VHS cameras that you propped on your shoulder.
The two girls got back in the Jeep and then sped across the parking lot which was my first clue they were going to be a problem later on. The parking lot is dirt, and filled with huge potholes, so speeding across it isn’t a good idea. They quickly disappeared under the bridge and I wondered how they made it down so fast because the path got wiped out last year during the flood. About a minute later I started making my way down and found a 4×4 stuck in the mud coming back up. I found a way around it and went looking for where the Cherokee went. I was worried that they might have just driven right off the edge. Didn’t find them there, so I set off exploring the bar, figuring I’d find them sooner or later. I just knew I would find them stuck (or worse) somewhere and I figured better now than later when it became a fire department emergency.
I did eventually find them, stuck in a thick layer of river silt, the same stuff that sucks our shoes off in our front yard when it floods. They looked very helpless, so I went off and rounded up a couple of guys with real Jeeps and they towed the two girls out. I suggested they escort them back to the river bar to make sure they didn’t get stuck again. When asked what they were doing down on the riverbar, they said they just wanted to try something different. I guess it ended up being a good day to take the quad out.