I generally go on a lot of road trip. We do a lot rural exploring and exploring of old abandoned buildings. Our longest one day trip was over 1000 miles round trip and gone roughly 23 hours. Our longest was a 3 day trip with no sleep and travel roughly 2,200+ miles photographing locations during the day and night. When I can, I like to take my wife's 2011 Subaru Forester with General Grabber All-Terrain tires.
But the trip I want to share is about a trip where my wife and I explored Western Mississippi from Natchez up to Port Gibson driving muddy dirt roads exploring abandoned churches and houses hidden on those old logging roads. Many of these roads are on accessible by All-Wheel Drive and 4 Wheel Drive vehicles with all terrain tires.
We spent of the day traveling these back road drove about 100 miles on these nasty muddy roads. About an hour from sunset we turned down a 200 hundred year old logging road that was also used by both the South and Union Soldiers during the Battle of Port Gibson. This road is only advised to go down in lifted off road trucks anytime of the year and all others by 4 wheel drive when its dry. We choose to do it in our Forester and it took us about 2 hours. Luckily this trip was filmed with my ROAV C2 Dashcam.
One of my goals for this trip was to get to this old plantation house that was used by both the union and the south as a field hospital. To get to the old house we needed take this road. we were only able to drive about 10 to 15 miles an hour and had to cross mud pits that were a few feet deep. The road was narrow and cut deep into the landscape from years of use and erosion. About a mile or two into the road we came to a very steep and soupy muddy hill we had to go down. We basically skied down the hill. Then I saw a sign that we were nearing a bridge. I started to joke that it would suck if the bridge was out. Not a minute later and around a sharp turn was the sign that said bridge out....
The picture doesn't show how steep the hill was. This a view looking down the hill once around that sharp curve it gets steep. These ruts are from us rutting out the road and digging in to get back up the hill.
At this point we couldn't stop and turn around so we continued to the bridge in hopes the bridge was cross-able, the locals created a bypass by water crossing, or place to turn around.
We got to the bridge and the bridge was toast. Its a 100+ year old bridge with rotting boards and recent damage from flooding. The bridge is called Widow's Creek Bridge and desperate need of repairs.
Since it was almost dark, deep in the woods, no one around for miles, GPS, and no cell service we decided to head back. I turned us around, shifted in to first gear manual mode and built up some speed and went up the still incline. It took about 10 minutes to get up the hill going about 5 miles an hour spinning tires and throwing Mississippi Mud everywhere. After getting back to the top, I got out and tried to go back down to take some pictures for documenting the trip. It was so muddy I almost couldn't walk climb back up.
About an hour later driving in pitch back we made it back to the pavement and headed back to Dallas. We never made it out to the house that trip. But about a week ago I found another way to get out to the house and made the trip but no footage for that trip.
The above picture was taken just after getting up the hill and me down the hill to shoot pictures.
Below are to dash cam video. One is a long 8 minute video show the most dangerous parts.
The next one is a short 5 minute that cuts down the drive to the worse parts.
I'd love to get my hands on new DashCam and do a review and compare the two units.
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