Well, the downside to having all of the fun we did on Saturday was the cleaning up of the Jeep on Sunday. We both knew we'd gotten a good bit of mud on her and we were a little sad that the rain/hail storm that we drove through on the way home washed away a bit of our "proof" of all the fun we had. We shouldn't have worried about the little bit of mud that was washed off in the storm.
Sunday morning we got up and drove over to the car wash. The Jeep really looked like we had just towed it out of a swamp. In addition to the mud caked all over it, we had grass and weeds hanging off of it. RCC wanted to run the Jeep through an automated wash first to get the majority of the mud off and then figured we could just finish it up with the power washer and avoid getting muddy ourselves. You know what they say about best laid plans...
One automated wash and $7.00 later we drove out of the bay just as muddy as we went into it. So much for all the pre-soak and rinse cycle. So into the power washer we went. RCC used his debit card so that we wouldn't be feeding coins throughout the whole wash; the instructions said that the card would be charged until the wash was complete. What we didn't know is that the computer decides when the wash is complete. But, then, after twenty minutes with a power washer, we should have been complete, right? Wrong! We were mostly done, but still had to clean out the engine compartment.
We took turns with the power washer forcing the caked on mud off of the Jeep; we had mud packed in the tires, wheel wells, bumpers, mirrors (why would any Jeep designer think that hollow mirror brackets were a good idea?), springs, undercarriage - you name it, we had mud in it. I'm pretty sure that we had doubled the poor girl's weight with all of the mud we had packed in.
Once we finished with the power washer, it was vacuuming time. That, at least, went smoothly and we were on our way home in no time.
We had knocked the majority of the mud off at the car wash, but still had plenty of washing to do once we got home. And someone, who will remain nameless, still had to clean up the interior of the Jeep. Bummer. The mud came off the inside pretty well, except for the cloth seats. The nameless person will have to get some spot cleaner for that. It looked like the mud came off the seats until the seats dried, then it reappeared again. Blast it all!
To be honest, cleaning up the mess was almost as fun as making the mess. I couldn't help but smile the whole time. And I can't wait to do it all again!