And strangely the worst weather I found was right here in Bend on my way home.
The jeep still needs ball joints, shocks all around(springs would be nice, but I be poor), and a good brake job, but seems otherwise mechanically sound. With the refreshed engine and rebuilt trans, I can honestly say I'd never fully felt a 360's power till I drove over the pass today. I can only praise dajeeps and Danbert again for their help in getting that engine in there, and dajeeps for being so generous.
Ooooh man I had goosebumps, especially when I've gone more than a month driving only my goofy (and tired) little nissan hatchback. It still doesn't match that first ride in it, but wow what a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Once I can get it stopping, steering, and bouncing better, I smell lots of road trips in the near future. Spring is coming, and I'm surrounded by state parks.
Question is... I want to be able to put up a primitive camp site out of the back of the jeep, and don't want pavement anywhere near me. Any of yall know of good, remote, LEGAL campsites that would be in our around Central Oregon? I am planning to meet some old friends up at the Battleground site up north but that's nothing like what I really like for campin.
I am reasonably sure these things don't count as OHVs and that opens things up a bit, but to be honest I haven't worried much in the past about camping out legally so I don't know my do's and don'ts very well beyond 'leave it looking undisturbed' 'safety first' etc.