#PTOTY20 – Surprise Adversities
Some of the Surprise Hurdles We Saw Along the Way
When you get 14 people together to drive 11 trucks over hundreds of miles of varying road types, including serious track testing, you're bound to have problems. While mechanical issues and potential defects will make the final writeup about the event, there are always little hurdles along the way that are just the cost of doing business. This trip is no exception.
On the first day of testing, we needed to purchase some replacement tires for the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ. Surprisingly it wasn't the burnouts that killed them, but rather they ended up getting flat-spotted during braking.
That same truck later in the week received a puncture while driving along Pozo Trail. You rarely see the rock that ends up giving you a flat. Luckily it was easily patched and in the parking lot of an Albertsons in Taft, California. It's just too bad that the tire that received the puncture was one of the new ones we just purchased earlier in the week!
Adversity can strike in other ways, too. For example, when you are caravanning 11 different pickup trucks plus a support van and photography SUV, you end up with a long line of vehicles. If the photographer is at the back of the line, the radios aren't effective at communicating to the front of the line. Someone in the middle has periodically had to relay messages forward, like the elementary game of Telephone.
Lunches have also proven to be a challenge. If the place is open, simply finding a place to park all of these vehicles can big quite the challenge. We took up an entire city block in one town in order to hit up a lunch spot, and there were too many people in our group to even all sit inside.
The roughest day for the trucks might have been the last one. We properly tested the trucks off-road, and the risk of damage or vehicle failure rises as the terrain gets rough. While we avoided significant damage for the most part, there were a few little issues we had to address. Stay tuned.