Here is a shot of us leaving the campsite and the "neighbors" - an elderly couple who were there to fish.
I was hearing the dreaded whump-whumping coming from the front right wheel. I went through possible causes: air pressure at 30psi (to ease the rough roads/provide traction when needed) - right where it should be and had not been making noise before, axle not locked in 4wd - nothing there, tie-rod end dust covers were beginning to crack but not bad enough to effect anything, diff fluid good, trunion grease good, only obvious thing left was the wheel-bearings.
It was hard to tell the difference as driving on gravel is loud as it is but I knew that something was wrong and I thought or thought I imagined that the slight whump-whumping got worse as weight shifted to that side of the car in turns. Nothing to do but keep going now and we had some stout days ahead of us.
I prayed the front end would hold together until Telluride/Norwood where we would stay with family and have access to a garage.
"I'm going to be sick."-Stephanie
And, indeed, somewhere along the top while we were listing over towards the edge of a serious drop-off on an off-camber section, she exited the vehicle while in motion and began walking.
And they looked at us like we were crazy.