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I live in central Indiana, but I like to head down to Brown and Monroe Counties and the area around Monroe Reservoir to drive around on the back roads.
The attached photos were taken November 25 by a friend of mine. The location is south of Monroe Reservoir on a dead-end road that runs north-north-west from a place on the map named Maumee. The truck is my 2011 F-150 XLT with the off-road package and the stock Michelin LTX A/T tires.
We encountered a mud hole on the road that I started to drive into. The water was probably three truck widths wide and two or three truck lengths long. As I eased into the hole, the front end dropped down several inches, so I decided to back up. There was a "bypass" around the mud hole that looked like it might be passable, so I decided to try it. The photos are from that bypass.
In the first photo, I am completely hung up. I think I was high-centered on the skid plate under the transfer case. I got virtually no traction in 4WD with the rear diff locked. I rocked it a couple of times and in the second photo, you can see me driving out of the predicament. Of course, that put me on the wrong side of the obstacle, so I had to come back through it. I chose a different route and used a little more speed and was able to get through.
The rest of the day was uneventful.
2009 Taurus Limited FWD Dark Ink Blue
2011 F-150 XLT SCrew 4WD 5.0 Oxford White/Ingot Silver Metallic