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    Double Duty

    Not an epic "remember for all times" ride report, but was able to spend some time away from people, work, computers, towns, and some heat for our annual family Mule camp & ride. This year I also took some extra transportation for some extra saddle time!

    With the animals already at camp, wife and I loaded up and headed for the hills. Enjoying the drive up by the reservoir when I notice a pickup behind me flashing it's lights/turn signals, anything to get my attention. Pulled off the road and the nice fellow pointed out I may have an issue. Houston, we have a problem, I says to myself!!! Inner wheel bearing...gone! My bad! (Note to self: if I have a gut feeling I should take care of something ahead of time, just do it). Procrastination doesn't always work! Thanks to the guy for stopping me before worse got worser!


    Luckily, I have a just the mode of transportation to head back to the nearest town to get some parts. So, after sitting by the road and 2 trips into town for parts (first bearing set was to small), we get to camp at 2230, 5 hours later than expected. It was dark. My wife still loves me!


    Spent the next few days "Muling around" the woods and stuff.






    Had/have a mechanical issue with the TW which limited some "other" saddle time, but managed to get out a few times in the evening
    Georgie spotted the cattle down in the valley near a dude ranch. 4D Longhorn Guest Ranch I believe.


    We are not cowboy's or have lots of money, but if you want to be a cowboy and got the money, 4D Ranch is for you! 4D Longhorn Ranches: A paradise for horseback riding in Idaho
    Well, I've always wanted to be a cowboy, just not pay for it!


    Alfred E. Georgie. "What, me worry!"

    Edit: I should add, one morning Georgie chased a small black bear up a tree about 15 yards from our camper.
    Apparently, she really doesn't worry!


    Not much on picture's, but it was a great time.
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    that's the look my dog gives me when i try to get her to sit on the back of my bike, but i interpret it as: "what'chu talkin' 'bout willis??"
    great trip!
    a few fish in that river i bet?
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    All is well that ends well. It seems like nothing really goes according to plan. Good job on the repair, you were lucky you had extra transportation and the ability to fix the bearing.

    As always, great pictures and report!
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    The first thing I did when I got my trailer was to replace the bearings and seals -- and I haven't touched them since then. I think I will learn from your experience and service them.

    Good pictures!

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    Great posts as usual Admiral. I am so impressed that you were equipped for a roadside rebuild. I did not notice your famous hammer anywhere, using a mule kick these days to loosen lug-nuts? Looks like a mule tattooed your TW tank too. Really enjoy the story and photos, thanks.

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    Over the years I've seen a lot of trailers pulled to side of road with failed wheel bearings. Back when I had a boat at the beginning of boating season I would be doing my annual repack or replace of wheel bearings. Did my quad trailer bearings when I first picked it up but can probably go every 2 years on a regular trailer (of course it probably depends on how much you use it). Glad to see you got it repaired and your wife still loves you!...LOL. How much does your dog Georgie weigh? My 50 lb cattle dog mix would love to go on rides and looks to weigh about the same and Izzy is quite agile.
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    Quite an adventure! I remember when I was a kid the family was cruising along when a tire and wheel passed us! Sure enough it was from our own boat trailer. Fortunately no harm was done; I'm glad that was the case with you as well.

    Those are some good looking mules! Lucky you had the fast mule to chase parts with.

    Cool pic and story about Georgie. I have zero experience with bears. Having one in camp would make me kind of nervous.

    I enjoyed the pics and story, thanks for sharing your adventure with us.
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    I really admire your setup there Admiral, I get a little envious every time you post it up!

    In a few years when it's time to replace my aging 4x4 I think I'll go with a truck and camper something like yours. Anything that makes the wife happier to tag along is bound to be good for morale!

    Looks like you had another great trip, thanks for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeband View Post
    that's the look my dog gives me when i try to get her to sit on the back of my bike, but i interpret it as: "what'chu talkin' 'bout willis??"
    great trip!
    a few fish in that river i bet?



    I think I would starve to death if I had to rely on fishing! a. I don't like to eat it; b. see a!

    If we could only truely understand what are dogs (pets) are trying to tell us. Probably not what I'm interpreting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leben View Post
    All is well that ends well. It seems like nothing really goes according to plan. Good job on the repair, you were lucky you had extra transportation and the ability to fix the bearing.

    As always, great pictures and report!
    Our (my) main thought at using the TW to run for parts was, we didn't want to unhook and leave the machines along side the road and take the pickup/camper on the run. We would have come back to an empty spot or empty trailer! By the way, on the parts run(s), I did buy a big cable lock so the TW/ATV can be locked to the trailer. At least this would slow down a would be thief! I hope!
    Hidden Content A ride in the woods helps me relax and release tension. The fact I'm dragging a body should be entirely irrelevant?

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