It's a dying art that people don't understand because they've never done it...like driving a stick shift! I miss it so much. I think it creates a similar connection with the vehicle that you are describing when offloading in an old mechanical vehicle. I've taken my LR3 off road a few times, got it stuck and had to dig it out a week later once! The experiences were thrilling, even with the "point and shoot" experience of the LR3.