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Colorado River/Rock Creek Confluence, UT
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Colorado River/Rock Creek Confluence, UT 
Colorado River/Rock Creek Confluence, UT
 
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2016
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.60 Miles 469 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   1.85 mph
469 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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After having a night to mull over the vehicle issues experienced yesterday we decided to err on the side of caution and head home three days earlier than planned. The possibility of a recurrence and being stuck out in the sticks along with the accompanying stress by far outweighed a few more days of hiking.

But we thought why waste a day just on the 10-hour drive home? So we packed up, drove a mile along NP 633 toward UT 95 and stopped for one last hike. We chose a worthy destination... the confluence of the Colorado River and Rock Creek. Not too long a hike but sure to provide some great views.

The first half was easy enough, just a beeline across the flat out to the slick-rock above the Colorado. From that point on, route-finding became the challenge. Although we were within a quarter-mile from the actual confluence (or at least a direct line-of-sight into it), there were so many layers that at times we climbed up to go down. In the end, without hours more time to try every possibility we just got as close as we could, then turned 'upstream' and followed a route along the west edge of Rock Creek Canyon and finally back to the start.

That should have been the end of our adventure, but it wasn't. :STP:
Fast-forward to Winslow... Just as we turned off I-40 onto AZ87 dark clouds moved in, and while it wasn't raining, it was dark enough to turn the headlights on, so I did. But as soon as I turned them on the gauges on the dash went dead and the security-key-missing lamp reared it's ugly head again.
](*,)
I quickly shut the lights off and my gauges came back to life but the security lamp was still lit. Oh well, as long as it stays running we're gonna keep going.

Oh yeah, you're gonna LOVE this... at the EXACT moment we made that decision, we were passing by the Winslow Chrysler-Jeep dealer. But being closed until Monday, it offered little assurance.

Still 90+ minutes to sunset but in the relative darkness under the near-black, threatening clouds we drove south toward Payson with no headlights. Halfway to Payson I simply HAD to use the headlights so we crossed our fingers and I turned them on...
:pray:
YES! :y:
The lights as well as the gauges worked! Ok, so what if the security lamp still clamored for attention, as long as the Jeep kept running I ignored it.

We made it all the way home just fine, but the next few days were booked solid with windshield replacement and a more thorough disassembly of the dash, packing connectors with silicone dielectric grease. While all SEEMS fine a week later, I'm sure it will be quite some time before I quiet that nagging whisper that it could happen again... and at the worst time.

All the trials and tribulations aside, we enjoyed ourselves immensely during the adventure. And we are sure to return again...
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