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Old January 31st, 2011, 09:43 AM
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Trevor Griffiths
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Demonstration of a poor decision

I promised Goose I'd post this as he was the second call I made when I was in need of assitance last night. Fortunately, I didn't need him, but he was now aware of the circumstances and was threatening to out me if I didn't come clean.
I'm lending him my LR3 roofrack and had planned to drop it off at Treasured as that is a convienent meeting place for us. So dropped off the rack, went to turn around in a snowplow pile near the back of the shop and managed to become "detained" (not stuck. Yet.)
Every electronic aid is useless if one cannot get traction. Every touch of the throttle was allowing lateral movement, downhill, towards a rusty chain link fence. For those who know me, they know I have a Disco I that I wouldn't be as concerned about the well being of the painted surfaces if I were driving it in this circumstance. My LR3 is still straight and pretty-ish in a LR3 kinda way.
Called my friend with the rollback-I didn't have my shop keys to get inside Treasured to find another vehicle for attempting recovery- and after the laughter died down, was on his way.

Should have just stopped there and waited.

But, I had my driving age teenage son with me and thought maybe I could show him what he could potentially attempt if he ever finds himself in this situation. To his credit, he suggested waiting for the rollback.
At the bottom of the hill is a rut from parking lot run off. Figured it would guide us from the fence. Let's try it. Yup, it worked and we now have forward momentum. Downhill perpendicular to the hill. Towards a corner where all of the runoff goes. Hmm, there must me 10" of snow here, maybe we should walk it first. Or wait for the rollback.
Nope. Got some forward motion, under control, couldn't quite make the turn. EAS has gone into extended mode. Dig out around tires and under side and it still wont move. Rollback arrives, connect various things for approximately 75 ft of cable, chain and strap to move the Rover 20 ft. Had traction now, drove another 50 yards to clear worst pf the hill before realising the plows had pushed a mountain off the end of the lot.
Anyway, a total of 90minutes, some ribbing from Bill at Good Samaritan Towing, chuckles from my kid, and embarrassment for me.
Oh, I forgot to mention I was stuck in my field the day before with the trailer. 1 wheel on pavement, 3 in the snow, still no go. Had to use the Kubtoa to pull myself out of that predicament.
Obviously, still not getting it.
Michelin Synchrones have given me nearly 50k miles service, still pass inspection, but I suspect they may not be in the best condition for this sort of behavior!

Only have 1 lousy mobile phone pic, sorry!
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