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From Hotel California to Mecca 1 month 1 week ago #14840


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I am proposing a one day trip (likely on a Saturday) to visit the following locations and trails that are found between Chiriaco Summit (I-10 east of the Coachella Valley) and the Valley's own City of Mecca:

Hotel California
Powerline Trail (OK, it is pretty boring)
Meccacopia Trail
Little Box Canyon Trail (Lunch Stop)
Painted Canyon

These trails are scenic and easy for Land Rovers. Interested?
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From Hotel California to Mecca 1 month 3 days ago #14849


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I would defiantly be interested in going on this trip. Keep me posted on the date.
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From Hotel California to Mecca 1 month 1 day ago #14851


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This trip is confirmed for: Saturday, February 3, 2018. I have revised the starting point to be close to Palm Springs and have added Garnet Hill Trail to the beginning of the day. Please refer to "Trip Details" on Home Page for full details.

For questions please feel free to email me directly at:

William "Bill" Ruttan
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From Hotel California to Mecca 4 weeks 2 days ago #14859


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Bill
I'll plan on coming assuming I don't run into any more trouble finishing the brakes on the Disco.
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From Hotel California to Mecca 3 weeks 5 days ago #14862


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Jeanie and I are in!

George
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From Hotel California to Mecca 3 weeks 4 days ago #14863


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Palm Springs to Mecca

Below is some information I have adapted from Keanan's recent New Member Run.

The following is a list of supplies each vehicle is required to bring:
1. FUEL

Adequate for trip distance (Palm Springs to Mecca) as follows:
Highway Miles: 65
Trail Miles: 33
Plus Reserve

Note: One quick way to plan for fuel use during trail driving is to assume that your mpg will be cut in half. For this computation then we can double the Trail Miles and use the normal mpg. eg:

Highway Miles: 65
Trail Miles x 2: 66
TOTAL: 131

Consumption (my D90, 15 mpg): 131/15 equals 8.7 gallons
Reserve (I like to have 1/4 tank): 4.0 gallons
Total Fuel Required at start: 12.7 gallons

On my Defender this equates to: 3/4 Tank (minimum)

2. Food and water for each person in the vehicle. Plan on one gallon of water per person per day.
3. Adequate footwear and clothing for variable desert weather.
4. Adequately secure all items in the vehicle. While off-roading coffee cups can spill, water bottles in the center console can fall on the floor and roll under the gas or brake peddles. Try to secure everything as much as possible.
5. A spare tire. A full size spare tire is optimal, a little donut spare will work if that is all you have.

This is a list of optional things to bring. Only bring them if you already have them.
1. Snatch strap and associated recovery equipment
2. First aid kit
3. Fire extinguisher
4. AAA or roadside assistance membership
5. A.Ham radio
B. Family Radio Service (FRS) "Walkie-Talkie"
6. Extra parts, fluids and tools to fix any items that might break.
Prior to the trip it is advisable to give your vehicle a check over. Do this a few weeks in advance so you have time to remedy any problems you find. This is a list of items to check:

1. Check engine oil
2. Check transmission oil
3. Check brake fluid
4. Check coolant
5. Check windshield wiper fluid
6. Check serpentine belt
7. Check hoses
8. Check air cleaner
9. Check seat belts
10. Check tire air pressure
11. Check for tire wear or damage
12. Check condition of driveshafts
13. Check and tighten lug bolts
14. Check for frame cracks
15. Check brake pads & rotors
16. Check for loose bolts or nuts throughout vehicle
17. Grease all fittings
18. Check gear oils: transfer case/differentials, replace if necessary
19. Check condition of shocks and suspension bushings
20. Check for proper operation of vehicle ABS and traction control systems
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