© 2004-2010 Harald Pietschmann
|What have you gotten yourself into?
Would a sane person drive over this?
The material presented here is intended to make your Rubicon Trail experience as easy and memorable as possible.
The terrain is very different
from what you usually drive on. The cars are different. The driving
philosophy is different. The environment is different. Pretty much
everything will be foreign for you. Relax! I'll be on your side to make
the transition easy.
my events are truly extreme adventures - and that's no sales pitch -
they are very extreme. As extreme as it gets. It will be hard work for
you. You will have to learn and adjust to many driving techniques
foreign and new to you. You probably will fail a few times driving
properly. Don't expect to be perfect right fom the start. You may get
frustrated when you don't learn as quickly as you wish. But trust me,
you'll get through it - You'll succeed. I am there for you - every foot
of the trail. I will support your efforts as best as I can.
One thing you will definitely have to learn, if you don't already subscribe to it: Mechanical sympathy.
Meaning, you will have to handle the vehicle you are driving as gently
as possible. Rough handling will cause disproportionally high
mechanical failures. In order to get home safely we should avoid break
Another thing I would like to teach you - and that is to make the vehicle move as elegantly as possible. Be smooth. Take your time. No need to rush!
So, the following pages will introduce you to the vehicle's features,
expert driving techniques and camping tips. Please read all pages to be well prepared.
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