5/16/10, Gypsum Gap, CO - I would define “adventure” as a series of potential near-death experiences. This is one of the reasons that more people like the ‘idea’ of adventure, rather than the ‘reality’ of adventure. Taking a 6500 pound wagon and trailer down a six mile long hill, with hairpin turns, that drops 2000 feet is an adventure. Doing it without dying requires; a little planning, common sense, and patience. Without brakes, the team can hold back the wagon on a 7% grade, but not for too long. So, my game plan was: 1. Keep the brakes cool and not over-pressurized, 2. Conserve the team’s legs, 3. Use my red & blue flashers for the whole way down, 4. Take my time.
I’m happy to report that plan ‘A’ worked. That’s great; because plan ‘B’ is rough, and plan ‘C’ is desperate. (You don’t need any more details on these).