Land Cruiser

Feb. 5, 2017


What a day – we had light sleet/ice and on the way to a mountain bike ride, the roads were littered with wrecks just after almost every bridge on 220


I really felt bad for these folks… when you hit ice, there is very little you can do!


Then my turn – not ice – but something caused the Land Cruiser to overheat suddenly – pouring coolant out of the over flow bottle…. after several calls with my roadside service and American Locksmith and towing, no one showed up (even after the web site said they were on scene) I left the truck there and did a just over 2 hour mountain bike and on the way home, the truck was still there!  WTF


I called the service, they said it was picked up – “want to bet” after several more calls, they will be there in 30 minutes – 2 hours later a different tow company finally showed up – almost 8 hours after my first call! Do not do business with American Locksmith and towing in Greensboro – they LIED several times to me and the roadside service company!

Jan. 30, 2016


A busy day, left at sun up to deliver my brother’s head, as long as I was there, might as well get new tires.



Go bigger or go home. After a buffet at my favorite BBQ place in South Carolina, I took the back roads home…



I took a bunch of dirt roads to see where they went and test the new tires ability to 4 wheel drive drift.



Finally stopped at Cheraw State Park to mountain bike.


A good day!

June 28, 2015

Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Look bright skies.

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Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Kodak found a new best friend. These two would have done this all day long if we let them. Porter and Kodak chased each other, ran through the creek, and rested in the mud puddles.

Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Our group.Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Hiking up Max Patch.

Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)The 360 degree view included Mt. Mitchell and our trucks.

062815pod_376Marie sung the hills are alive with the sound of music. (Sam’s picture)

Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)For those who know Johnny, this rare, it is not him under his Land Cruiser fixing something. Brian let Heather drive the Land Cruiser, when she crossed a rut on the trail (or drove into the ravine) the front differential exploded? After removing the front drive shaft, we said good bye to the group. I really hope they made it the 4 plus hours home!

062815pod_377We moved to a new campsite in the Pisgah National Forest. I tried a little light painting with a flashlight.

June 27, 2015

Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)We woke up to a forecast of rain and cool temperatures. I do like this camping area, a creek right next to the truck, a pit toilet so no digging “cat holes” and peace and quiet.

062715pod_359We decided since the day was not nice and if anyone wanted to swim, they could do that in the rain, we started at the Wolf Creek waterfall near Rattlesnake Gap.

062715pod_360The pool at the base is deeper than it appears and would be great on a hot day, no one took the opportunity to swim today.Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)So we drove around in the rain.

Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)The fog rolled in…..

Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)and Max Patch was soaked in. We headed back to camp. Deb and I decided rather than cook our dinner in the rain again, we would eat our Grits and figure out the rest later.

June 26, 2015

Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Deb, Sam and I joined friends from the Olde North State Land Cruiser club for a weekend run on forest service roads in North Carolina and Tennessee. The club’s unofficial slogan is a drinking club with a Toyota problem. So a natural meeting spot is  Sierra Nevada’s brewery south of Asheville.

Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Lunch was awesome, the classic pizza and a sampler of beers.

Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)But soon it was time to get into the woods, right as the rain came down.

Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Hurricane Creek Road was as fun as always, normal holes became muddy, water crossings deeper, etc.

Photo A Day Project 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)But we all made it to the primitive camp at Round Mountain, TN. No more pictures today, we set up camp in the near darkness and rain, tried to make cover and cook dinner. The plan was a bring your own meat and pot luck sides. Deb worked hard to keep a fire going long enough to cook and we all headed to bed.