On September, 29, 2002, my dad and I finally managed to find a way across an old channel to reach this huge sandbar that lies in the middle of the Mississippi River 30 miles north of Vicksburg. The sandbar is next to a large WMA (wildlife management area) that we frequently ride through.

While breaking a new trail we discovered a river buoy that had washed into the woods during the last high water.

This buoy was over 2 miles away from the main channel of the river. The trees in the area were over 25ft tall. That gives one pause about how high the river can get to have washed this buoy OVER the trees and to its resting place. Naturally, we had to figure out how to get this thing to the house, so we pondered it for a while.

Finally I convinced my dad that the atv would pull it. He didn't believe me so we gave it a shot.

Unfortunately, it was too heavy for this wimpy quad. If we'd gave it a shove it would have started moving, but it would be too big of a hassle if we lost momentum winding through the woods & had to push start it again and again. We'll be back soon with a Jeep to get it out properly.

After that we headed over to the old channel to look for a crossing. We finally found something that looked promising so my dad went and checked out the bottom.

After seeing it wasn't more than a foot or so deep in the worst spot, I decided to go for it! The mud was really deep at the waterline, but firmed up in the middle. Of course, a key to mud riding on a trike is to keep up your momentum so I gave the 250sx full throttle!

When you have the power of a 250sx, wheelieing isn't a problem either. You can't tell but the front tire is over a foot in the air & 2ft or so off the bottom of the riverbed in the above pic. Of course, it was about 30 yards across so I couldn't let up...time for another wheelie!

While my dad was exploring the stands of trees, I immediately headed for the SAND. The 250sx isn't exactly a 350x, but she can roost pretty damn good for a 15yr old!

It's time like this that make me glad I live in the South and in Mississippi.

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