Fall Run of the Southern Missouri Chapter of the
Christian Crawlers 4x4 Club
By Casey Flint
It was a beautiful fall morning in the Ozarks! God had blessed us with another reminder of his power and might as I drove towards Ozark, MO, to meet up with the newly formed Southern Missouri Chapter of the Christian Crawlers 4x4 Club. Being a Missouri resident myself, I was eager to make new friends in my home state.
Eric Holmes has done a great job of starting the new chapter and recruiting new members. He invited all who were available to go wheeling at SMORR (Southern Missouri Off Road Ranch) near Seymour, MO. Several of us met at a gas station outside Ozark, and then drove in to Seymour to meet a few more.
It ended up being an all TJ run! Seven Jeep TJ’s in all showed up, making for a fun day of fellowship. And the best part of it was, we had no break downs! Apparently, keep the JK’s away, and you can have a much more successful day! (Just kidding….)
We had TJ’s of all shapes and sizes, from mostly stock on 31” tires, to very well built and lifted on 36’s. We had two Rubicons, one of which was a very nice Unlimited model, which the owner had just bought two weeks before! He was also given explicit instructions from his significant other not to tear up the Jeep! He was also from the furthest away, hailing from the Kansas City area.
We began the day by running a really nice, long trail through the center of the park called “PeeWee Crossing.” This trail meanders through an old creek bed, and offers many differing views and challenges found in the park, with large drop-offs to boulder-strewn stretches of trail. Many of the Jeepers present this day were fairly new to the off-roading world, and were having a blast on this trail. This trail is so long, that we ended up breaking for lunch at the end of it.
While some headed back to the gates to grab some grub from the park cafe, others pulled out their packed lunches and ate on the side of the trail. While there, a fellow Jeeper in a CJ-7 broke down just a few yards away. After assessing the situation, and deciding that a broken fuel line could not be repaired on the trail, two Jeeps in daisy chain fashion pulled the CJ up the large hill and back towards camp. Just a typical day on the trail: helping those in need!
After lunch, we watched Eric in his built TJ and the gentleman in the nice Unlimited tackle a tough ‘4’ rated trail called “Rocky Road.” The two TJ’s made light work of running up the trail and back down, an impressive show indeed.
Later we all climbed a hill called “Larry’s Hill.” We cheated and found a go-around that allowed the rigs to make light work of the climb, but was still quite fun.
The group meandered around some more trails the rest of the afternoon, ending on a fun trail called “Guardrail,” which is quite fun and challenging, as it is very steep and loose. It is more of a controlled slide than anything, but once reaching the bottom, we decided to turn around try climbing back up. Amazingly, all of the Jeeps that went down were able to climb the loose hill with little trouble! A few Jeeps decided to wait at the top while we were doing this, as it was a bit too intimidating for them.
By now it was near 4 in the afternoon, and we all felt like we had a full day of wheeling in and should probably call it a day.
All in all, it was a great day spent together in the beautiful Ozarks, being reminded of God’s handiwork and creation. We made new friends and are anxious to get back out on the trails again.
Thanks to Eric for all his hard work in organizing the new chapter, and for arranging the first official club run to SMORR.
If you would like more information on The Christian Crawlers 4x4 Club, please visit our website at www.chrisitiancrawlers4x4.com and there you can learn about the NW Arkansas or the Southern Missouri Chapters.