Well, went for a small run just to see what I could see...
-Screw the OOHVA website and that the Forestry Department website for trying to find anything. I got led to the Forest Grove ranger station 15 - 20 miles away. I'll post some exact coordinates later today.
-Do I need the OHVA-whatever license thing for my truck? What's a spark arrestor? I'll browse for more info at lunch...
-I went on two trails marked easy, and had an ABSOLUTE BLAST. It's enough for me, exactly what I was looking for. Went on Powerline (easy) trail and something called FBI Road by accident (I think it was a portion of Mark's, was all big rocks).
-"Um, next birthday present is a skid plate" I knew I wanted one before, but it's moved up my wish list - I'm going to hold off on any more adventures until then
-"Man, pavement feels weird"
Just remember to have the proper recovery equipment and not to wheel alone...
Do you have a recommendation on recovery equipment that suits my level? I'm currently bone stock and as I said, the easy trails at a slow speed are all I want. I don't plan on setting up an auto repair shop, but I do have some socket wrenches, a braided cable line, extra oil (kinda irrelevant here), ratchet straps, ODOT first aid kit. My basic rule is the first sign of trouble means I go home.
I always have my GPS, cell phone, but realize that those don't cover it all. When you say don't go alone, are you talking about another vehicle, or just another person? I'm all by myself on these things most of the time (I don't see the housemate in the Caddy getting lifts anytime soon, and his next vehicle is a VAN). I always tell people where I'm headed, and I didn't try anything at Brown's yesterday until after I started seeing many groups of people in the area. If I'm being reckless for even going on 'easy' stuff, let me know now!