RECON G6 – The Rock Beast Blues – Bloomsdale, Missouri – July 20, 2013
Presented by Pit Bull Tires and hosted by Custom Differentials
Words and Photos by Matt Soileau
Immediately after the Canadian RECON G6 was the Missouri RECON G6, aka the Rock Beast Blues. As in the following weekend!
Before we headed out for another looooong drive in the Red Rocket, we paid homage to the Canucks with a little authentic Canadian maple syrup on our pancakes. I’m not sure why that Smucker’s garbage is on the counter.
We also checked out of Niagara Falls before hitting the Queen Elizabeth Way back to the US. Thanks again, Average Joe’s R/C!
Somewhere on I69, Parker pulled over to save this guy from being run over in the middle of the interstate. He was going to be our new RECON G6 mascot until he tried to pee on me.
A pooped Parker finally succumbed to the Z-monster. Somewhere between 2am and 3am, he had to take a little cat nap.
After several hours on the road, and by several I mean we arrived at our destination at 6 a.m., we made it from Canada to Imperial, Missouri. Home of the best strawberry shortcake courtesy of Mama Parker.
Look at that smile on Anthony’s face. This shortcake was pure heaven. After recovering for a day at Mama Parker’s palace, the RECON G-Crew was able to actually take a breath and do a little sight seeing.
Before we headed off, we had to get an oil change since we just drove over 3,000 miles in Red Rocket. Since Mama Parker’s husband is a celebrity at the Hyundai dealer (he has a 2011 Sonata with 415,000 miles on it!), we headed over there. We showed the power of Axial to the Hyundai dealers while we were waiting.
Since we were close to St. Louis, we decided to take Red Rocket to see the Arch. When we pulled up, I thought I spotted a crocodile in the Mighty Mississippi. It turned out to be a piece of driftwood.
Unfortunately, they didn’t let Red Rocket up in the arch, but the rest of the RECON G-Crew made it up.
Parker even took a few shots of his own.
Can you see Red Rocket down there?
There she is.
Parker dreamed of his mountain bike on the way back to Red Rocket. We didn’t have time today, but we got the opportunity to ride Missouri later in the week.
On the way back to Mama Parker’s Palace, we spotted the Home of the Budweiser Clydedales. Yes, we took the tour. No one in the RECON G-Crew are big beer drinkers, but yes, we tried the free beer. We all liked the Jolly Rancher flavored Crisp Apple Wheat Ale. We don’t care if that’s not manly, we play with toys car for heaven’s sake.
On the way home, we stopped off to workout our kits. This is the RECON G-Crew at Mastodon State Park. Anthony filmed for his next Rivas Concepts Video. Check it out on YouTube: youtube.com/Rivasconcepts
The following day, we headed over to Custom Differentials to scope out the location and do a little planning for the upcoming weekend.
Custom Differentials is owned and operated by Jeremy Jaeger. You may recognize him from the 2008 Top Truck Challenge where he finished first.
Jeremy had a sweet replica of his 2008 TTC winning rig in his shop.
Out back and all around was an axle graveyard. See anything you need? Give Jeremy a call. He will set you up with whatever you need, new or used.
Jeremy gave us a quick tour of his property and told us to have at it. So, have at it we did as this would be the location for the RECON G6 Rock Beast Blues.
We spent quite a while looking over all the different possible driving lines as well as performing some yard maintenance.
On the way home from Custom Differentials we decided to stop by Mark Twain Hobbies to see if they had any Axial products.
Yup, they had every Axial kit in stock out front and even more in back. If you need any Axial stuff, this is your place. I can’t tell you how awesome this hobby shop was. I’ve never seen a hobby shop this large or well stocked ever in my life. We spent over two hours just walking around and looking at everything.
Because the location at Custom Differentials was so awesome, Parker was relaxed and not worried about the RECON G6 Rock Beast Blues for a minute. That meant we got to break out the mountain bikes again. This time we hit Castlewood State Park. It was like a less muddy, more humid version of Canada.
Finally, it was time to get serious and get down to business. Saturday was here and the Rock Beast Blues were ready to be played. RECON G-Central was ready and waiting for the RECON G6′ers on Saturday morning. I wasn’t even worried about the mud in Missouri. I knew these participants would have no problem with it.
It was a multi-state event! Over 50 participants from seven states lined up at the RECON G6 Rock Beast Blues!
The Minions were excited to get this RECON G6 going!
Jimi Hendrix made the trip from the grave to get his RECON G6 on. Maybe he will arise again one day to play the national anthem for us?!
Duallies seem to be more and more popular. I spotted several of these in both Canada and Missouri.
Of course Parker had to explain the “NO HOG” NO HAND OF GOD rule and the Fast Eddy score cards.
The National Anthem kicks off every RECON G6. G6ers, please remove your hats.
Finally, the participants were off on their first RECON G6 adventure!
This tractor tire wasn’t supposed to be difficult, but it backed up a bit. Some drivers were here quite a while.
Snake Canyon was a mirror and door handle collector. Kits got packed in pretty tightly here but made for a cool photo opportunity!
A little teaser of the mud they’d be seeing along the trail.
Axial Wraith in the Waterfalls.
I gave a little mention of it earlier, but I really tried to block it out. It was HOT and HUMID like I have never experienced in Nevada. I’m sure it was at least 90* with Humidity of 80%. I was dying, but these Midwesterners fought through it like it was normal. I was dripping wet.
Everyone breaks eventually. On trail incidentals gave RECON G6′ers an excuse to take a break from the heat and get some water while they worked.
I see muddy tires. Must be some mud around here.
There it is.
These RECON G6′ers didn’t care. Look at the smile on this guys face.
He lost a shoe in the Missouri Muck. I thought he was going to have to half-shoe it for the rest of the day.
Tow straps were needed in this bog.
Parker likes to load your tires with mud and then have to do a little hill climbing.
Pit stop for batteries and water.
Don’t worry, all the mud is scale deep they were told. Hahahahahahahaha! I think you chose the wrong line drivers. Just because Parker makes an obstacle in the path of the trail markers does not mean that you have to go through it to get to the trail markers…
Up the sluice box.
The Fast Eddy Wall of Doom!
One last bit of Missouri Muck before finishing.
The Pull Pal Pit awaited G6ers back at G Central.
Nelly is St. Louis local. He loved the mud pit.
Before finishing, drivers tried their luck at landing a balsa wood plane on the Mark Twain Hobbies banner. They donated the planes for the airplane derby.
Of course the Batista Terror was on hand as well as two other sleds from some locals. Chose your sled and get some!
Phew, finally you can exstinguish your lipos and rest. But don’t rest to long. Stage two is coming at dusk.
Yup, night stage time. Did you remember your LEDs?
Since it was the Rock Beast Blues, drivers got to air play the blues before beginning. Check out the guy jamming his air guitar at the end of the all-star band lineup! Now that guy knows how to rock!
I think the guy picking his nose is playing the air harmonica or the juice harp.
The first Missouri Night Stage!
Into the wet of darkness they go!
Uh oh, hope this is just a battery change. Remember, finishing a RECONG G6 is like winning a RECON G6. PS: Like the Rouge Status shirt too!
Of course there was still mud. Did you think it went home at night?
Don’t forget to stop, breath and stamp your book.
Fight through it. You’re almost home.
Even though finishing a RECON G6 is winning a RECON G6, we still had some awards for Drivers of the Day.
Did you find anything unusual on the trail? If you picked it up, it helped your times with bonuses. Oh hey, there’s Ms. Missouri.
That’s not a double. These guys were Team of the Day but they also earned their RECON G-Degree.
This guy is going home with his very own brand new RECON G6 shirt, not one of Parkers pre-worn shirts!
Somehow, the World Famous Harley of Harley Designs made Driver of the Day without having ankles. Amazing!
Another freshy shirt recipient.
Play that funky music Driver of the Day!
Kahleeb was the lucky ducky! Hahahahahaha, Parker called him Kahleeb! Not sure how Caleb look like Kahleeb, but whatever. Congratulations, Kahleeb.
THANK YOU PARTICIPANTS!!!
Did you think we were done? Not even close…
The RECON Terra Cross was the next day. It rained a bit, but nobody cared.
It was race time. Mixed classes makes for some fun racing and scoring.
This concrete hill was harder to scale than it looked.
Snowboard kicker ramp jump obstacle… an RECON RTX staple.
Go Team Purple!
Winners, winners, chicken dinners!
If you ever get an Axial banner from Parker, you better hang it in your living room and post a pic of it on Facebook to show Parker who wears the pants in your family.
The Missouri Rock Beast Blues G6 was a TON of fun. The whole RECON G6 Summer Tour 2013 was fun. I can’t believe I had fun driving over 5,000 miles in a truck with no A/C in the middle of Summer while getting three hours of sleep on the ground on the side of the road, but I guess completing a RECON Summer Tour is like winning a RECON Summer Tour.
If you missed this one, there will be another Mid West G Train stop at Super Lift in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Saturday, September 28. Get your G Rides ready now and remember to bring some spares because Finishing a G6 is Winning a G6!
AND we’re still not done!
Jeremy invited the RECON G-Crew over to check out the Nitro Circus Midwest Headquarters. This place was sweet; zip line, rope swing, slides, diving boards, catfish, bridges, and a jump!
Jeremy even trucked in his own sand!
Parker couldn’t resist. He had to jump. But his first attempt was a little weak… Jeremy told him to pedal as fast as he could.
Parker did with some flavor thrown in!
After a wild two days of RECON G6 and RECON RTX, we were rewarded with some HUGE RECON T-Bones. Thanks, Mr. Stan! Now we put Red Rocket in the wind home bound!
But a rest stop is needed:
After two weeks on the road with no A/C and some of the worst humidity I have ever felt, it was nice to sleep on the side of the road somewhere in the middle of Kansas. It was actually cool at night.
When I say middle of nowhere. This is what I woke up to. See anything around us?
Nothing in that direction…
And nothing in this direction…
I’d like to say we were done, but nope. We still had to get back to Reno, Nevada. The RECON G-Crew had a little stop at the Crawl Space in Colorado. Parker needed to get his driving fix in. Something about keeping his screen name refreshed…
Now we are home bound! Until next time!
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