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Cliffhanger Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Cliffhanger Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Trail Ride May 15, 2014

After the Discount Tire drivers meeting with free coffee, donuts and a surprise raffle we lined up at the Old Spanish Trail Arena and awaited a police escort to take us to the Cliffhanger Trail.

With the sun reflecting off the mountains in the background it was great to see people milling around, talking to fellow riders and anxiously waiting for the ride to start.

Drivers Meeting for Cliffhanger Trail

As we arrived at the Clifhanger trail head there was a huge line of side by sides going by for different trails.  It’s awesome to see so many off road enthusiasts getting out and enjoying the trails together.

Road leading the the Cliffhanger Trail Trailhead

At the start of Cliffhanger there are a series of large ledges that lead down to a creek at the bottom of the canyon.  After crossing the creek,  the trail can quickly justify the common 7 out of 10 difficulty rating many off road authorities claim.  

On our ride, a Polaris RZR 4 1000 ahead of me was attempting to climb a steep waterfall.  He took the wrong line and flopped over, landing hard on the driver’s side door. Thankfully he kept his arms inside the vehicle and was not injured.  After getting him out of his RZR our group worked together to figure out how to get him back on his wheels quickly.  Luckily there was only minor cosmetic damage and the vehicle was able to continue.

Side by Side Flop on the Cliffhanger Trail

Moments later, one of our Discount Tire vehicles attempted a slightly easier line but the left rear tire smashed hard into a protruding rock puncturing the tire and bending the lower trailing arm badly.  This was not a good way to start the day.  Not wanting to hold the group up, we decided to park the vehicle out of the way and come back for it later. 

Bent Trailing Arm on Polaris RZR Cliffhanger Trail

This trail has many obstacles to test both man and machine but the one that is most feared is near the edge of the main cliff.  There is a steep stair step that is just feet away from a several hundred foot drop off.  Going down isn’t too bad but coming back up can be challenging.

Obstacle on Cliffhanger Trail

If you have a fear of heights this trail may not be for you.

Cliffhanger Trail

Like the Poison Spider Mesa Trail, the Cliffhanger Trail ends with a loop that brings you back to the trail head where you began.  The turn around spot is a perfect place to stop for lunch.  Some daring souls stood at the edge of the cliff to peer down at the ground below.  It is an eerie feeling and it makes you want to hold your breath.

Viewpoint on Cliffhanger Trail

Lunch stop on Cliffhanger Trail

During our lunch stop I noticed this creative use for a small tactical style trail bag that we handed out.

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After lunch we started making our way back to the Cliffhanger trail head and as suspected the steep stair step on the cliff edge proved to be challenging.  A Can-Am 4 – 1000 was the first to have a problem.  While maneuvering the steps he bent a tie-rod.  The driver and some helpers tried to straighten it out but the tie rod was now too weak.  After bolting it back in the vehicle moved about one foot before the tie rod snapped in half.  With no spare parts and no other options the vehicle had to be left until spare parts could be brought back from town.  Fortunately, we had some extra seats for them to get back to the trail head.

Cliffhanger Trail

As we continued along the trail a few other machines ran into problems also but we were able to keep them moving.

As we made it back down to the creek we stopped and picked up the Polaris RZR 4 900 that we left earlier in the day.  Our guys had to put some plugs in the flat tire so we could limp it back to the trailer with its broken trailing arm.

Trail Side Tire Repair on Cliffhanger Trail

Just behind us, the last RZR up the hill had just one wheel drive but with some helpful winching from a participant he made it out safely.

Winching out of Cliffhanger Trail

When we got to the road the trailer and a little bit of playful taunting was waiting for us.  This ended up being a long day for such a short trail but it always puts a huge smile on my face when I reflect on how everyone pitched in to help without complaint.

Below are some additional photos from our excellent adventure on the Cliffhanger Trail.  Enjoy!!

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A Smarter Tire For The Ones You Love. – Michelin Premier All Season

A Smarter Tire For The Ones You Love

Michelin Premier All Season

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A few years after college I started dating a beautiful young woman who eventually became my wife.  At the time, we lived on opposite sides of the city and there were about 20 miles of streets and freeways separating us.  It was a long drive, however, it was easy so we took turns driving it.

Late one summer evening during monsoon season, the rains hit the city pretty hard.  Exhausted from a business trip I decided to stay home but she still wanted to make the drive over.  Before she left we talked about the weather and I told her to be very careful and to take it slow.  We even talked about hydroplaning and what to do if it happened.  We told each other “I love you” and she said “I’ll see you soon”.

About 20 minutes later my cell phone rang.  It was a number I didn’t recognize and before I even picked up the phone I could feel something wasn’t right.  My heart sank.  Scared, I answered the phone and heard a shaken voice on the other end.  “Travis?…” she said.  My heart sank deeper and anxiously replied. “Are you okay? What happened?”  She told me she was okay but her truck wasn’t.  She had hydroplaned on the freeway.  She tried to keep the truck straight but it slid sideways and when it gained traction again it was up on two wheels crossing 4 lanes.  As she tried to correct it she then over corrected, swerved the opposite direction and crossed back over the same 4 lanes.  Her truck then struck another vehicle that had also spun out of control from hydroplaning.  When her truck stopped it was on its side.  Relieved that the wreck was over and she remained unhurt, she immediately feared that she had hurt someone else.  Luckily, emergency crews were already on the scene for the previous hydroplane accident and no one was in the vehicle that her truck had hit.

Today, every time it rains, before getting in our vehicles, my wife and I remember that day.  This happened 8 years ago, (my wife and I now have two young daughters) and safely driving on wet roads has become even more of a concern for us.

Tire designers and engineers at Michelin are also concerned for driver safety. After more than 2 years of development they have just launched a brand new tire that’s like nothing else currently on the market.

PremierAS_4At a quick glance the new Michelin Premier All Season doesn’t look that different from other passenger all season tires. With wet traction and safety as the number one concern Michelin engineers have done something truly unique.  The Premier All Season has been designed with a tread pattern that changes as it wears.  Michelin describes it best, Its tread doesn’t simply wear down — it evolves. Hidden grooves, buried in the rubber, emerge. Rain grooves actually widen….”  Add to this, other Michelin advanced tire technologies and the new Premier All Season tire is able to give the consumer maximum wet weather performance throughout the tires life, not just when it’s new.  Michelin also created the video below to describe their new innovative Michelin Premier All Season tire that is safe when new AND safe when worn.

So, the time has almost come for us to put a new set of tires on our family car.  Its not a fancy car by any means (’99 Honda Accord) but what we put in it is priceless; ourselves and our daughters.  Like many families, buying a safe tire that handles wet roads and stops fast when we need it most is VERY important to us. When the time comes, this tire will be at the top of my list for a replacement.

Michelin Premier All Season

Michelin Premier All Season: New vs. 50% Worn (click to enlarge)

 

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Crown King Crawl to the Clouds – A Ride to Raise Discount Tire Event

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Crown King Crawl to the Clouds

A Discount Tire Ride to Raise Family Event

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March 15th is almost here! Tighten up those suspension bolts, grab your tow straps and get ready for this year’s Crown King Crawl to the Clouds event.

The Arizona Region and Discount Tire Direct have joined forces to make this years Crown King run the best Discount Tire off road event yet!    Join us for a great day on the trail, lunch and some awesome raffle items.  Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Bruce T. Halle Employee Assistance Fund.

Here are the details:

Who is invited? – Discount Tire employees and family.

What is it? –  A one day 4×4 adventure from the outskirts of Phoenix to Crown King, AZ.

Where is it? –  This event will start outside of Phoenix, just north of Lake Pleasant (please see map below for directions and exact GPS coordinates) and end in the old mining town of Crown King.

(click to download map to start): Crown King Crawl to the Clouds Start Location Map

When is it? – Sunday, March 15th.  Drivers meeting at 7:00 am. The first group will take off at 8:00 am.

Why are we doing it? – For years Discount Tire’s founder, Bruce T. Halle, has been giving back to Discount Tire employees.  In order to help this cause proceeds generated from this event will be donated to the Bruce T. Halle Discount Tire Employee Assistance Fund.

How do I participate and what does it cost? –  Registration is required for each person attending this event.  The registration fee is $30.00 per person and must be paid online (see below).  Registration includes a T-shirt, BBQ lunch at the Mill Restaurant in Crown King and a raffle ticket.   Registration is available online now and ends Monday March 9th so sign up today!

How extreme is the trail and what types of vehicles are allowed? – High clearance 4×4 vehicles, ATV’s, UTV’s, and dirt bikes are all welcome to participate.  This trail is no highway.   For this run we’ll be taking the back road starting just north of Lake Pleasant off of Castle Hot Springs Rd.    This trail travels through the desert and climbs into the Bradshaw Mountains ending in the old mining town of Crown King.  Most of this trail is dirt and gravel but there are some sections and optional obstacles that will be difficult to pass if your vehicle does not have 4-wheel drive. More information and pictures of the trail: Everytrail Crown King Trail Map and Pictures

Things to bring (recommended):

  • Participants are required to find their own transportation for this ride  however, if you are interested in participating and you haven’t been able to find a ride please email eric.vanbrunt@discounttire.com.  We will do our best to help find you an empty seat.
  • Drinks and snacks:  Lunch will be included with your registration but each vehicle should pack enough drinks and snacks for the entire day. Alcohol is not permitted.
  • First Aid kit, 4×4 recovery gear, 2-way radio
  • Hat, Sunglasses, Sweatshirt, Sun Screen, TP (you never know)
  • Camera
  • Full tank of gas

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PRE REGISTRATION is now closed.

Petrol Eyewear Giveaway

Petrol Eyewear Giveaway

PETROL EYEWEAR GIVEAWAY!

Discount Tire and Petrol Eyewear have teamed up to give away TEN pairs of Petrol Sunglasses.   

How do I enter?

Entering the Discount Tire Petrol Eyewear Giveaway is easy! From Thursday, Aug 29th to Monday, September 30th submit your photo (must be taken by you) of your favorite road, track or trail for your chance to win a pair of Petrol Bondi Sunglasses.  Entries can be uploaded to Instagram with hashtag  #YourJourneyStartsHere or they can emailed to forums@discounttire.com.  Please include the name of your favorite road, track or trail with your submission. If you choose to enter your photo via email please title the subject of your email “YourJourneyStartsHere”and include your name, address, and phone number in the body of the email as well.  

When does the Petrol Eyewear Giveaway start and end?

Photos must be submitted between August 29th and September 30th, 2013.  Deadline for entries is midnight Monday September 30th, 2013. Winners will be contacted after Monday September 30th, 2013.

What will the winners win?

Ten lucky winners will be randomly selected Friday September 30th, 2013 to win a pair of Petrol Bondi Sunglasses.  The winners will be contacted directly through Instagram or by email, see official rules*** below.

Petrol Eyewear - Bondi

Petrol Bondi Sunglasses

“Developed by automotive enthusiasts and endorsedby professional race car drivers, Petrol Eyewear offers superior driving optics designed to increase depth perception, sharpen vision, reduce eye fatigue, and protect the wearer from harmful UV and high-intensity visible light. Our passion and focus is driving, but within our collection you will find styles suitable for most any pursuit where a high-quality polarized lens is essential.” –Petroleyewear.com 

How will the winners be selected?

The winner will be selected at random. One entry per person.

 

Entries! The latest “#YourJourneyStartsHere” Petrol Sunglasses Entries Submitted Via Instagram:

Additional Email Entries:

Harlan Ky OHV Park  by JWhver

Harlan Ky OHV Park by JWhver

Dahlonego GA By Adam S.

Dahlonego GA By Adam S.

CA120 through Yosemite National Park by Brian C.

CA120 through Yosemite National Park by Brian C.

Leopold Lake Park by James J

Leopold Lake Park by James J.

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas Creek, WA by  Jeff S

Douglas Creek, WA by  Jeff S.

Rooster Rock on the Swamp Lake Trail by Connie S.

Rooster Rock on Swamp Lake Trail by Connie S.

Mary's Peak in Benton County, Oregon by Johnny M.

Mary’s Peak in Benton County, OR by Johnny M.

Baby Lion's Back, near Moab Utah by Craig U.

Baby Lion’s Back, near Moab Utah by Craig U.

 

Road to Lake Michigan in Pentwater, Mi by Sarah A.

Rd. to Lake Michigan in Pentwater, Mi;  Sarah A.

Snelling Highway in Central California by Sam S.

Snelling Highway in Central CA by Sam S.

Mike S. Road Unknown

Mike S. Road Unknown

Rt129 aka "The Dragon" by Mike L.

Rt129 aka “The Dragon” by Mike L.

GreenHorn Creek trail head by Mike F

GreenHorn Creek trail head by Mike F

Talladega by Mike D.

Talladega by Mike D.

Summit Racing Motorsports Park by Michael C.

Summit Racing Motorsports Park by Michael C.

Fox to Hugg Hollow by John K.

Fox to Hugg Hollow by John K.

Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in Gilbert  MN. by David W.

Iron Range OHV Rec. Area Gilbert MN. by David W.

Mine Rd, South Hill area in KY by David C.

Mine Rd, South Hill area in KY by David C.

 

 

 

The Road to the Marina by Tim S.

The Road to the Marina by Tim S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***Official Sweepstakes Rules: 0Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia over the age of 18. All employees of Discount Tire/America’s Tire and all associated agencies and each of their respective affiliates, sales representatives, distributors, licensees or agents (all of the foregoing, together with Sponsor, collectively referred to as “Sweepstakes Entities”), and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) are ineligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. One entry per person. Grand prize winners will be contacted directly.  Only 10 people will win.  Winners will receive a Pair of Petrol Bondi Sunglasses not to exceed $100.00 in value.  All entries must be submitted by 12:00pm Pacific time September 30th, 2013.   All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Entry into the Sweepstakes constitutes your full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules. Discount Tire is not responsible for any inappropriate content posted on Instagram.  Instagram is not affiliated with Discount Tire.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

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Discount Tire 2013 Easter Jeep Safari

Easter Jeep Safari 2012

The 2013 Easter Jeep Safari is only days away!  Jeep enthusiasts will once again get a chance to experience the wonderful 4×4 trails of Moab, UT.   As an official sponsor of nine trails, Discount Tire will be joining many of them for some fun wheeling on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Also, Discount Tire will be offering a chance to win a Discount Tire backpack full of swag.  Keep reading for more details.

Official Easter Jeep Safari website: http://www.rr4w.com/

Easter Jeep Safari Official Discount Tire Sponsored Trails

  • Tuesday 3/26/2013- Moab Rim, Hells Revenge, Kane Creek
  • Wednesday 3/27/2013 – Fins and Things, Cliff Hanger, Flat Iron Mesa
  • Thursday 3/28/2013 – Poison Spider, Metal Masher, 7 Mile Rim

Discount Tire Backpack Giveaway!

Discount Tire is giving away two Discount Tire backpacks full of Discount Tire/ RESQ1 swag.  There are two ways to enter; through Instagram or at home by filling out the form below.  (Not familiar with RESQ1 yet?  Get in the know here… www.dtresq1.com

Instagram Entry: Off Road Enthusiasts in Moab during the week of Easter Jeep Safari should be on the look out for any Discount Tire branded vehicle(s).  By simply taking a photo of them and uploading it to Instagram with hashtag #DT_EJS2013 the photo will be entered into a random drawing for a Discount Tire backpack full of Discount Tire/RESQ1 swag.

The latest (not all) Discount Tire Easter Jeep Safari #DT_EJS2013 Instagram Entries:

At Home Entry: For those of you that won’t be able to attend the event or are not an Instagram user, Discount Tire hasn’t forgot about you.  For your chance to win a Discount Tire backpack full of Discount Tire/RESQ1 swag simply fill in and submit your entry below.  Please note, Discount Tire will not share your entry information with any 3rd party nor will your entry information be added to any Discount Tire sales or promotional listings.

This promotion has ended.

*Please only click submit 1 time* You will receive an email confirmation for your entry.

How would I win? Two lucky winners will be randomly selected Friday April 5th, 2013 to win. (one from Instagram and the other from the at home entries)  The winners will be contacted directly see official sweepstake rules*** below.

***Official Sweepstakes Rules: 0Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia over the age of 18. All employees of Discount Tire/America’s Tire and all associated agencies and each of their respective affiliates, sales representatives, distributors, licensees or agents (all of the foregoing, together with Sponsor, collectively referred to as “Sweepstakes Entities”), and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) are ineligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. One entry per person. One prize per winner.  Grand prize winner(s) will be contacted directly.  Only 2 people will win.  Winner(s) will receive a Discount Tire Backpack full of Discount Tire/RESQ1 Swag.  All entries must be submitted by 12:00pm Pacific time April 5th, 2013.   All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Entry into the Sweepstakes constitutes your full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules. Discount Tire is not responsible for any inappropriate content posted on Instagram.  Instagram is not affiliated with Discount Tire.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

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