Here's a different view of my predicament. Fortunately I was able to get unstuck with the use of our Maxtrax recovery boards and some careful throttle control. Still, it was a bit of a butt-pucker moment.
Just one of the US Geological Survey maps we used. The base camp and "easy" checkpoints are already marked. The two checkpoints in the middle are where we made our fatal mistake. We got the eastern checkpoint on the right, then were supposed to go to the checkpoint to the west and south. Instead we spent an hour looking for the checkpoint nearly directly west, which was a checkpoint for the previous day. We timed out of the rally and went from potential winners to 11th place.
The time/speed/distance segment of the Rebelle was difficult for both of us. Donaghe had three timers, two calculators and the Terra Trip digital odometer to keep track of our time, while I had to keep the truck at a constant speed. For 3 hours we tried to keep our speed to 30 kilometers per hour, or 18 miles per hour, in order to complete the assigned distance in the assigned time. It sounds easy. Trust me, it's not.
In the bed of the truck we carried two spares, five gallons of water, four Maxtrax recovery boards and two shovels. Our metal box contained a basic tool kit, fluids, a spare belt, tie rods and front and rear shocks.
The Colorado is not stock. We had a 3-inch lift and suspension from Total Chaos Fabrication. The lift was handy in the dunes to get that 140-inch wheel base over the crest of the hills, and the suspension allowed me to go a bit faster so Donaghe could spend more time navigating.