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Posted: 08/06/10 03:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Spent the last few days at Hornet Res located about 15 miles WNW of Council Idaho. By road it is about 30 miles. 10 miles asphalt, 10 gravel and 10 rock/dirt!!! The last couple miles takes an hour!!!

This is the roughest road I've ever had a TC combo on including MaGruder Corridor!!


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The pics do not so it justice on how rough and steep it was!!

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YAHOO!!! 3 Wheelin!!! [emoticon]

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Didn't do the boat carrier much good though!!

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Finally started dropping down to the lake.

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Got my camp set up.

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And the view from camp.

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Here is my mean green fishing machine ready to go to work!!

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Fishing was super. Trout were running 13-15". Then it happened!!! While releasing a fish my rod and reel slipped over the edge into the deep blue sea. This is the 2ND outfit I've lost out of this little boat. The other one is at the bottom of Stanley Lake. [emoticon] So back to Sportsman's Warehouse for another Daiwa pack rod. I made the purchase after carefully considering a Spiderman outfit that FLOATED!!! [emoticon] I am going to zip tie a lanyard on this one!!!

Since fishing is now off the agenda I took a hike down to Lower Hornet Res. The trail dead ends into the water.

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There is no access around the lake anywhere being so overgrown. I don't think there is any fish in it anyway as it goes dry often. Pretty little lake though.

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There were several other campers at the lake. Tent campers in Jeeps and quads. They all had the same question. "How in the heck did you get that thing down here"? I had fun with that!!!

Anyway, all my recent mods worked very well including the repair jobs holding up from my last trip!! The new Engel cooler worked exceptionally well. I will never have another propane fridge!!!

OK, time to pack up and head home. I am concerned about climbing back out over one part of the road. Sharp turn to the right and even though the pic doesn't show it, pretty steep with lots of loose rock.

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As soon as I got to the steep part I realized my concerns were valid. No go, just wheel hopped. You know that feeling in your stomach when things like this happen!!! OK, DJ, calm down and try it again. This time with a bit more run. Nope!! Not gonna happen.

I've been over this road before on a quad and knew it was bad. Cussing myself now for trying it before I get my lockers and/or winch!!!

Then it dawned on me!!! Let more air out of the tires!!!! [emoticon]

I aired them down until they looked good and soft. The truck still jumped around quite a bit looking for traction but I made it!! [emoticon]

All in all it was a lot of fun. No hornets, just a couple horse flies and some skeeters!!

I am extremely happy with the F150. This is the kind of stuff I wanted to start doing in getting rid of the dually. Now even more anxious to finish modding my truck!!! [emoticon]


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Posted: 08/06/10 04:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DJ great trip report and pictures. Thanks for sharing that is what the camper is all about right there good job.
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Posted: 08/06/10 04:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bummer about the rod. I always bring two Because I have broken one in half on a snag.Nice looking lake & thats my kind of fishing, except I don't think my dually would make it back there.


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Posted: 08/06/10 04:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice DJ - way to show us that a dually a giant TC is not the only answer. But I still bet you miss the big rig once in awhile. [emoticon]

Good work!


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Posted: 08/06/10 05:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That looks really nice -- and the road looks worse than the one to Toroweap.


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Posted: 08/06/10 05:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm pretty sure something would break if I got one of my front wheels off the ground with my camper on!

If this is what you'll do without a winch and open difs, what are you going to do when you're all set up?





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Posted: 08/06/10 05:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like another place to put on my list.


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Posted: 08/06/10 06:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

nice report and pics!!!


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Posted: 08/06/10 07:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fuelhauler wrote:

Bummer about the rod. I always bring two Because I have broken one in half on a snag.Nice looking lake & thats my kind of fishing, except I don't think my dually would make it back there.


I try to bring 4 or more fishing rods because my wife likes to fish [emoticon].

Great TC adventure!


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Posted: 08/06/10 08:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Quite an outing! You say the photos don't show how steep the road really was but those first two pix sure look steep enough to me [emoticon]


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