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Goinig to run Mojave Road: Any words of wisdom?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Plannerman99, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Mar 8, 2010 at 11:31 PM
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    Plannerman99

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    After nearly a decade of dreaming, I'm finally going to run the Mojave Road. I'm tagging along with the 4x4 Freelanders, a So Cal group a friend introduced me to (www.4x4freelanders.org). Great guys, very cool, and very patient.

    Does anybody have any words of wisdom, lessons learned, tips, or must-see suggestions?

    I'll post pics when I get home.
     
  2. Mar 8, 2010 at 11:33 PM
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    derekabraham

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    Have fun out there! Be safe! Be careful! :D
     
  3. Mar 9, 2010 at 4:38 PM
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    Chickenmunga

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    I don't know the area, but is this your first time wheeling? You should hear the gospel:

    1. Don't do anything you aren't comfortable with or don't think that's safe.
    2. Set your own pace. Going slow is what it's all about. A good club won't care if you take all day.
    3. If there is anything wrong, something you aren't comfortable with, or something you need help with, stop. Just stop. It's easier to get spotted THROUGH a mess than IN a mess.


    You'd be amazed at what you can accomplish safely with these rules alone.
     
  4. Mar 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM
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    Praise, Praise
    I'm a believer!

    Thats the real gospel.
     
  5. Mar 24, 2010 at 4:21 PM
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    Plannerman99

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    Three days, 150 miles of trails, and a hell of a lot of fun! Here are some pics!

    Starting off just west of the Colorado River
    MojaveRoadMarch2010001_32826f16997f8b3c570c92b0fccadd7bc7825414.jpg

    Our first stop: the ruins of Ft. Piute
    MojaveRoadMarch2010029_48f1278b578fbe2d111679e855ce1fd584791962.jpg

    On the backside of Piute Canyon
    MojaveRoadMarch2010049_641df7ff685af47aff63768aaac89b866441b654.jpg

    Apparently, a short wheel base is preferred for this trail
    MojaveRoadMarch2010053_571cb74aba006d318b249770ba287df1a744cc36.jpg

    Rock Springs
    MojaveRoadMarch2010071_5fd89271e8946d67e59b31066a23f3dc698fcd9b.jpg

    Stopping to log our names in the book
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    MojaveRoadMarch2010091_30c6658b724743bb6448b70a188307f34ff7b83d.jpg

    Visiting the Lava Tubes
    MojaveRoadMarch2010108_9abd21dffa6ee18000f7f36b78ec04aad07b0d39.jpg

    Definitely pretty country
    MojaveRoadMarch2010142_dcd9a11e86e71cdda586f68ed5f734ae3acbfdd3.jpg

    Crossing Soda Dry Lake
    MojaveRoadMarch2010196_1846d22757b0ec3825a853be0081c50cee393c6f.jpg

    Crossing the dunes... don't stop!
    MojaveRoadMarch2010213_0f1fdcb7afb716c50019432d98c80f5144129ed2.jpg

    Stopping for a quick break
    MojaveRoadMarch2010225_06de2ca2a3f1cb2b202a11ea8530ffb26a8b0c84.jpg

    And crossing the Mojave River
    MojaveRoadMarch2010268_e667d0ec9b9f680e482f1cbd7ad7ab3c60b044ac.jpg
     
  6. Mar 24, 2010 at 4:25 PM
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    Wow that looks amazing!
     
  7. Mar 24, 2010 at 4:31 PM
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  8. Mar 24, 2010 at 6:00 PM
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    great shots...

    we have a trip through there on 4/16 weekend...

    we do that trip twice a year since 2008 now...

    its becoming one of our bi annual fave runs...
     
  9. Mar 24, 2010 at 6:01 PM
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    Looks amazing! Just an easy trail run then I see? I definitely have to do this one day.
     
  10. Mar 24, 2010 at 6:12 PM
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    Engage Offroad long travel front and rear with some fat tires.
    im holding you to that, D...

    :headbang:
     
  13. Mar 24, 2010 at 11:51 PM
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    Yeah, this is a pretty easy run. From what I understand, the route we took is really intended as an SUV trail. There were a few moderate sections (wash outs), loose sand, and some seriously deep ruts crossing Soda Dry Lake (seriously, my front skid was skating along the soil). But my stock 4x4 did absolutely fine.
     
  14. Mar 25, 2010 at 5:17 PM
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    Great pics. Where are those lava tubes?
     
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    Thank you for sharing your photos. In the image above, my imagination tells me that it looks like you're all moving away from an atomic detonation. :D

    I love the Mojave.
     

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