The Southern Cruiser Crawl was held on October 12th through the 16th in Hot Springs Arkansas. Fort’s Trail Team had a great showing with 6 trucks making the trip down together.
For those that don’t know, Southern Cruiser Crawl (SCC) is a Toyota Land Cruiser Association (TLCA) event sponsored by the Cottonland Cruisers. Over the years, these kinds of events have brought together TLCA members from all over the country to experience off-road parks and trails with the camaraderie of other Toyota owners. Destinations span the whole United States and even some events overseas! At any weekend during the year, you can find an event being held somewhere.
This is not the first time we have been to SCC. Trail Team Founders, Eric and Mike went there to get a taste of the event in 2014. It made for some great stories and also led us to making some great friends that we still keep in touch with to this day. Many of whom were there again for SCC 2016.
Thanks to some of those stories (and videos and pictures) we improved the size of our group and ended up with crew of six Toyotas. Three of those trucks were Fort’s employee’s and the other three are local folks that have been running with the Trail Team for a while. Except for Eric, everyone else was experiencing SCC for the first time.
We had two solids days of four wheeling fun. It was literally morning, noon and night of trails. Even with all of that seat time, we didn’t hit all of the trails offered by the park. Hot Springs Off Road Park is an amazing pile of giant rocks and loose gravel that have challenges for all levels of off-roaders. It rained pretty good on Thursday night, but the park barely showed signs of it the next day. As we saw in 2014… This park sheds water like a duck’s back. Even with the heavy rain, by Saturday, dust was kicking up on all of the trails.
Our crew ran a middle ground of technical trails. Hot Springs Park as a variety of terrains. We checked out a few smaller runs to acclimated. There are a few very long trails in this park that can keep you busy for a few hours. We hit those Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. A highlight for several members of the group was a session of “Night Wheeling” on Friday.
The food provided with your entry ticket was amazing. We have come to expect great food at TLCA events and SCC did not disappoint. This years homemade gumbo was not to be missed. Saturday night was BBQ night… And it was even better.
The charity raffle on Saturday night was filled with goodies. Jake, one of our members (apparently the luckiest) walked away with a new K2 cooler and a Dewalt cordless impact.
For those of you who want to come along… We are giving you an open invitation. Nothing we do on any of our trips is beyond the capability of a factory stock Toyota truck. That’s actually half the fun… Take your daily driver out of the trails one day… And drive it to work the next day.
Contact Eric or Matt in service if you want to be alerted of the Trail Team next get-together.
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