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Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2016
azbackpackr
Hiking8.21 Miles 1,987 AEG
Hiking8.21 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   2.08 mph
1,987 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Denny and I met up over on 89 and we went in my Jeep to the trailhead. From that direction there are a few short 4WD sections, but it was fun, because I had never gone in from 89 before, only from 180. But when we got to the trailhead my Jeep was shifting funny. But it was 6 a.m., nothing to do but go hike. So we did.

And a very nice hike it was. Saw a lot of mule deer does on the way in, and a few on the hike as well. It was a good workout for me, since I have been trying to get back to doing some higher altitude hikes, which hasn't been particularly easy this go-around. But I did okay, just had to stop to breathe more often than Denny did.

We got to chatting on the Waterline Trail section, and walked right by the sign for the Abineau Trail.

Back at the Jeep, it wouldn't go into gear for me at all. It's a manual transmission. Clutch seemed to be the problem. Denny walked 9 miles back to 89, while I caught a ride to Flagstaff to my daughter's office. I borrowed her car. I called Good Sam to see if I needed to get the vehicle to the pavement before they would tow it. Well, yes, I did. I contacted my friend who owns a river outfitting business. He and I drove out 180 to the trailhead in one of his vans, taking a tow strap with us. He said, "How about I try to see if I can get it to drive?" I said "Sure." So, he was able to get it into gear, (he could get it into 1st and 3rd) and I followed him in the van. I thought we would stop when we got to pavement, but no, he turned onto 180. I thought we would stop when we got to the outskirts of Flag, but no, he kept going. He made it all the way across Flagstaff, using Cedar and Lockett Sts., and hit only ONE red light. He managed to coast slowly toward it, and never actually had to stop. If you spend any time in Flag you know that making it across town without having to stop is nigh impossible. Brady did the impossible. His friend owns a tranny business, and Mr. Jeep is now safely there. I'm hoping it is only some sort of clutch linkage, rather than clutch itself. Cheaper.

So, thanks Denny, for a fun hike! Hope we can go again sometime! Sorry you had to walk back 9 miles, but I bet you saw a lot more deer! (Maybe you should drive next time, haha!)

One thing I notice from my GPS data is that we stopped a total of only 11 minutes during the hike. This must be some sort of record low for me, if you look at my solo triplogs, I spend a lot of time stopping!
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