We took a winter camping trip to a park nearby. The Jackson Lake State Park which has, as you might guess, a very large reservoir, eletric camping spots, and best of all a 1.5 mile OHV course for novice riders. We got the RV all packed up, and trailered the kid's UTV and my Suzuki TS250 there. This was the first time we towed anything with the RV and it went great. This was also the first time the kids rode their UTV on a track. They also did great.
The first day at the track they were very cautious. They went at a reserved pace and learned the course. Charlotte and Adam took turns driving, with eachother or Elizabeth in the passenger seat. I followed them around the course on my enduro bike. Every time they got a little faster and more confident. I think they must have gone around 12 or so times that first day. It was great because we had the track to ourselves for hours. Only right there at the end did someone else get on the track.
On one of the later runs, Charlotte hit a dirt ridge pretty hard. This took an already bent tie rod end and bent it even further. The front wheels were now massively duck footed. I had her drive it slowely back to home base at the RV. There I got out my tools and adjusted the tie rod length on that side all the way in. This straighted out the threaded tie rod end enough. I then aligned the tires to my eyeball and sent them back out. They quickly started putting down even better lap times so the alignment must have been pretty bad even to begin with. With the alignment fixed, they flying.
On our final day at the park I asked what they wanted to do with the time we still had left and they all agreed they wanted to get back to the track. So we checked out of the campsite and spent another few hours at the track. Once again, we had it completely to ourselves. I still can't believe the kids got an off-road track all to themselves for nearly two days.
During this second day the set their record laps. Charlotte did it 4:09 and Adam did it in 3:56. The track was 1.5 miles long which puts their average speed around 22 mph. That is quick. My personal best time was 3:39 on my enduro bike. I couldn't have gone faster without hurting myself, though I am positive a professional could have taken my bike around the track must faster.
I am just happy to see the kids excited about driving their own vehicle. I didn't even follow them around the track the second day. Partly because I used up all the premium gas my TS250 requires and only brought a can of regular for the UTV, but mostly because I trusted the kids. And that trust was well placed. They put in good clean laps all on their own.
Camping and Off-Roading at Jackson Lake State Park.mp4 (2.3GB)
First Person Ride with Adam and Charlotte.mp4 (688.6MB)
Off-Roading From Nikki's Camera.mp4 (818MB)
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| After the second lap, the kids were kicking up some dirt |
| my personal best time around the track |
| Charlotte's 5:25 best time on the first day. She picked up over a minute the second day |
| We always eat well on our trips thanks to Nikki |
| What a cool old tree. Probably planted when the reservoir was built in 1902 |
| Of all the sites we say, this would be my pick for best site. Need to book this one next time |
| SIte 90 has its own private beach |
| A hairstyle that works with a helmet |