Met up with an Ohio Subaru group coming to West Virginia for July 4th Weekend.
Lots of great people in there.
Lots of cool rigs including a Crosstrek with everything, a Hot Wheels Baja, the wifes VDC Baja, An XT Foz, XT Outback, a newer N/A Foz, My Gen 5 3.6 Outback, and another 3.6 Gen 5 also equipped with a winch. (I like his style)
We weren't able to make the original start time so ended up meeting with the convoy after they had already left.
Both my FRS and CB radios weren't working very well so the communication wasn't the greatest but once we were on the trails it didn't matter.
With 8 vehicles in the convoy it definitely felt like we would make it through but the only question was how long it would take.
The Baja performed OK for it's first field test. I think the worse part is it's still running Michelin X Ice 3 and we're off roading in July.
I experienced the VDC system working although the wife said that it turned itself off at one point. Videos from outside confirm this. Will have to do some more digging on the subject.
Mine went through everything well right up until it didn't. I crossed a creek crossing with a drop off on either side.
After crossing the creek and getting ready for a climb I stopped as someone was walking beside me.
Once he was clear I hit the throttle to start moving. Except I didn't move at all. Nothing happened. The engine made a noise and that was it.
Thinking it was the traction control stopping me I put the shifter into reverse and hit the throttle and again nothing happened. I was dead in the water.
I opened the door to look at what the car was stuck on and realized it wasn't really on anything. It was relatively flat.
I got back in the car to try again. I had a moment of panic because my CVT has 54k and people have told me theirs failed at around that mileage.
When I got back in the car and looked down I noticed the parking brake was set. :|
I took the parking brake off and drove right up and out. I could blame it on the dog but I really think I set it and didn't remember doing so as I use it a LOT.
The car never goes in park without first having the park brake set.
The good news is all my dumb is captured on recordings so everyone can see how dumb I am. :laugh:
The rest of the trail was pretty smooth sailing from there.
It was a super fun outing and I will be going again soon as a nearby trail (Union Springs/Flagpole Knob) we didn't go on is getting graded/paved soon.