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Old 10-20-2011, 09:43 AM
leiniesred leiniesred is offline
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Default Settin' the Pace

One concern that comes up is how do you set the pace on a trail?

First of all, don't worry about it too much.
The pace you are rolling along at has a lot less to do with the time you get home than the time you spend stopping to do stuff like take pictures, spot obstacles, lunch, hikes, bio breaks...

In order to keep scheduled stops reasonable in time, set expectations and make them clear to the group.
"OK, we have a great view of Moab from up here on the cliff. Let's stop here to take a bio break and some photos. We'll start rolling again at 11:15. Don't forget we're hoping to make it to the Golden Crack for lunch at 12:30."
Now people know how much time they have at the stop. (15 minutes is usually good) and when the next stop is scheduled.
Have the guy with the V8 and cherry bombs start up the engine when it is time to go. That sound gets people back in their trucks pretty fast!

In your driver's meeting, remind people to keep the truck in front of you in sight. Also, keep the truck behind you in sight.

Mention that you have a LONG day of wheeling coming up (on most trails) and that it is important to keep the group moving if we want to make it back to camp for supper.

There will be plenty of time for taking pictures along the way. Promise to stop at all the cool places.

As far as the actual pace, the 40s ride rougher and tend to go slower especially if they have an orion t-case. The 80s tend to cruise along pretty fast and many of the mini truck drivers are crazy and go as fast as possible all the time.

Just put your truck in 4low and start going. The pace that feels comfortable for you will probably be just fine for everyone on the trip.

Gotta particularly slow truck? They'll end up right in front of the tailgunner eventually. No big deal, the gunner knows the trail too and despite the slowness, they'll probably catch up to the pack at the next obstacle.
social pressure is usually enough to get them to kick it up a little faster. Sure you might get a report that the pace was too fast, but come on...It's a long day on some of these trails. No one ever complains when they make it back to camp on time.

Sometimes, ya can't hurry a turtle. Get Zen instead of frustrated.

One thing that I have noticed, especially on Golden Spike, is that the pace gets slower and slower as the day wears on despite the trail getting easier and easier.

Any ideas on how to combat trail fatigue slowdowns or other pacing issuses?
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