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TOPIC: Mojave Road April 14/15 2012

Mojave Road April 14/15 2012 5 years 10 months ago #7520


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Well another fun Mojave trip in the bag, this time we had 8 trucks, 17 adults, 2 children and 6 dogs.
I will add a more complete trip report in the next couple of days and Yes (as people have asked) Ben had a very busy Saturday, little bit of map reading in the morning and emergency medicine in the early evening. I will let him explan what went on.

Again thanks to everybody who came.

John
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Re: Mojave Road April 14/15 2012 5 years 10 months ago #7525


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Not too many photos, sorry. Originals / full size are here.

Amidst all the real dogs, I spotted a "vegetarian" one by my tent on Saturday


Amarveer's fantastic D-90


Amarveer and Cody descending in the valley


Inside the lava tube


John and Janet looking bored


... Real bored


John M and the girls playing in the mud


Ready to race the incoming train

Group photo @ the mailbox
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Re: Mojave Road April 14/15 2012 5 years 10 months ago #7526


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Great photos Umberto!
We had a great time out on this trip with everything from changes in weather, all the different types of terrain, and all the times we practiced making U-turns. Thanks John for leading a great trip.

Hopefully this link works. Click it to see some of my photos.
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It was cool to see you guys for a bit on Saturday evening. Since the road was blocked by the Ranger and all the people from the Expedition Portal group we drove back down the road a mile and found a cool little camp site. It was really a nice spot away from all of the crowds.

Here is a short video of our trip that I put together:

2003 Discovery 2 with factory tape deck and CD changer.
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just a few pics!!!








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Re: Mojave Road April 14/15 2012 5 years 10 months ago #7537


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Well another great SCLR trip on the Mojave road.

We all met up at Avi casino at 9:00am (thx everybody for being on time) then headed out to Needles hwy and on to the trail. The first couple of miles were ok, then I took a little detour, (left the wash to soon-on the advice of my navigator who was reading the book!) We ended up east of the road. Thx to Ben and his team, we were soon back on the trail (We weren’t lost – just “Rovering”). We headed to Fort Piute for lunch, last year very hot and lots of bugs, this year bitterly cold, had lunch and left. We headed back to the main trail stopping by the old school bus, and putting our pennies in the penny can hanging from a Joshua tree limb, on the way to the Rock house. This stop was also very cold and there was snow on the ground, but has hardy LR owners we carried on to Government Holes. We went back to the trail and on to our planned campsite, just west of Beale mountains. After seeing the snow on the hills around Mid hills campground, I’m glad I didn’t pick that one! After dinner, a fellow off-roader came over looking for medical help, apparently one of his group had fallen off the roof of a truck and broken some bones, Ben went over to assist, (He can tell you more of that story). The rest of the group (trying to keep out the way) started a fire and enjoyed it until about 10pm when a cold breeze turned extremely cold, so we all retired for the night.


We woke the next morning to a beautiful day, no wind just sunshine. Those who need to topped-off their tanks, and we headed out about 9.00am First stop Marl springs, this time because of the weather, a little harder to round everybody up to move on, but we got going following a Jeep/Toyota group. The next stop was The Mail box. This is where we took the group photo, Thx Umberto. After all signing the book we moved on to the Cinder cones and Lava beds, after spending some time there (crawling down into a cave where you can see the sun coming down through the lava tubes – very cool!) We headed out to have lunch 2 miles down the trail (saw Keenan with his group going up to the lava tubes). After lunch we headed to Soda lake. After much build up, our crossing of the lake was completely uneventful. We arrived at Travelers monument, stopping for a photo op, to add our rocks, and read the plaque there (we can’t tell you what it says – that’s only for those who’ve been there), before moving on to our last section of the trail. We continued under the railroad bridge, another photo op, and on to Afton Campground. This portion of the trail was probably the most demanding, heavy sand for about 15 miles, including a couple of 18 to 24” washes at the end.

All in all it was a great group of people, thx to everybody for making it a fun trip.

The only vehicle/tire damage I know of, is David K. had 2 blisters on the side-wall of his tires and my driver side, side light fell out. Yes more bits fell off the classic.

Can’t wait until next year !
















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