Been there and done that with the mud clogging thing...and probably will do again, though I will try to avoid it. Took me a couple of hours to travel 200 yards or so the last time, and was constantly cleaning the mud from the fenders and rear swing arm area the whole 200 yards.
Nice shift modification. I think many, many members here have tried that same exact mod. Welcome to the shifter mod club. Can't wait for your foot brake mod, cause it's gonna happen too! I tried the brake mod myself once without success as my foot got in the way. You know I broke it, my foot that is!
Thanks for sharing another weekend "Life on the Ranch". Can't wait for the ranch to "get green" and see some spring/summer shots of the area. Way to go you two!