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  1. 10 points
    Descriptions do NOT do justice to this trail. Photos can't really portray it accurately either. You see, Cherry Creek Trail is more than just visual splendor, it's an unbelievable immersion into everything that makes Arizona remarkable. When you're not diving thousands of feet deep into a number of red rock canyons, you're greeted with the the scent of autumn in the mid-west, and the rushing sound of water - literally everywhere. I've NEVER seen this much water in Arizona. Ever. There are several unexpected surprises as well, such as cabin hide-aways, flat grassy plains, and something new around every turn on which to feast your eyes. Unfortunately, this trail's days are numbered. Between impending closure under the Tonto NF Travel Management Plan and the irreversible doom of soil erosion - this trail will unfortunately fade away unless something is done about it. We noted a number of areas where the trail soil is loose and granulated, wearing away with each passing rain and some areas literally sliding down the mountainside in many places. My recommendation: Run it and experience it while you can. Like... now. Either by government action or the next Monsoon, this trail might be inaccessible the next time you think of it. The Group's Take: This is a wonderful trail that is a solid moderate. It's literally a once-in-a-lifetime trail due to many threats to its continued existance. Jeeps and 4Runners (and smaller rigs) should be good on this trail. No full-size rigs due to many width concerns. Gladiators and Tacomas may drag their tails in a few areas. There are a few "obstacles" that may continue to degrade over time due to soil erosion - however our group had zero issues. If you run this, don't go alone. Consider making it an overnighter and camp around mid-way through the trail. You can read the original trip planning thread here. Please note this was an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. Account required to see the content. View membership options → Attendees: @4x4tographer @theksmith @Ken Ford @kaspily @Bradywgn71 Here's one of about 8 creek crossings we made with plenty of flowing water. Note the very healthy deciduous trees everywhere. Here's a wonderfully well-preserved cabin. The inside was pretty well provisioned with emergency supplies like water, propane canisters, lanterns, canned foods. There was a nice plaque on the wall that described the history (dating back to 1890) and stories about the grounds - a portion of which was farmed by the inhabitants of this little hideaway. Here is a prime example of the erosion occurring in many areas along Cherry Creek Trail. The erosion can't be easily repaired as you'd need to shore up the soil below (which in many places had 50-60ft drops). You also can't exactly "move the trail" away from the drop-off as there is a mountain in the way. The trail can be run with any "Jeep width" vehicles, but full-size rigs will not fit in quite a few spots. Off-camber was the name of the game in many places. This area is another good example of soil erosion. Every turn presents you with a new jaw-dropping vista and backdrop for some awesome photos. This area was the most "sketchy" due to a washout of the trail. However we found that with the right line you could make it across with minimal drama. As all of our rigs had good departure angles, it wasn't much of an issue. However our Gladiator and Tacoma-driving friends might drag a tail. A good look at the departure angle on this section. Again.... unbelievable views pretty much everywhere. This trail was Chris-Approved On the way out, we popped by a short 2.5 mile side trail to check out some 800 year old Solado cliff-dwellings that were incredible. From the parking area its "only 200 yards", which in ORP-speak means it a lot more. In reality, it's about a 2000 ft hike that is largely easy. To get to the dwellings, someone had built a stone cairne to mark where you should scramble up the rocks about 50-60 ft. I won't post directions to the ruins here in order to help preserve them. If you'd like directions on how to get to them, please PM me. Photo by @kaspily The rock face: Mysteriously, Ken's camera stopped working the moment he stepped inside! Many of the original timbers are still holding up some of the structure. It looked like it was multi-story at one point in time. \ Note the great condition of the stucco/mud on the interior walls. My own house doesn't even look that good and it's only 15 years old! Here's the view from the cliff-dwellings. I'd say that's a million dollar view. Can you imagine what it looked like 800 years ago? The drive past Lake Roosevelt home was amazing as well. Depending on elevation, in the distance we could see rain storms and snow storms occurring all around us. We even had a shot at a pot of gold. Roosevelt Bridge:
  2. 10 points
    Figured I'd put together a little post to help track our latest acquisition, Gandalf! For those that know us, we've been trying out different campers/trailers for a few years now, learning as much as we can by renting. We ended up landing on purchasing a motorhome due to the Jeep's pretty limited towing capacity + our family's size (with 2 growing kids). We made sure to find a rig that is fully capable of towing the Jeep with all of her added bulk. Here are some specs on Gandalf: 2005 Winnebago Sightseer 30B Ford F53 chassis (18,000lbs) 6.8L SOHC Triton V10 4R100 4-speed overdrive transmission 310 hp @ 4,250 RPM 425 ft/lbs @ 3,250 RPM GVWR: 18,000lbs GCVW: 26,000lbs Length: 30'11" We named him Gandalf after everyone's favorite wizard, Gandalf, from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Look at the size of that driveshaft! I believe Gandalf is sporting a Dana D80 rear end. Here's the Jeep, trying on our storage slot for size. Our neighboring coaches dwarf Gandalf at 45ft.... massive. Here's Gandalf on his first voyage this past weekend to the Grand Canyon National Park. We found a nice park at "Trailer Village RV Park" (where I was expecting to see Joe Dirt), but it was actually pretty nice, only 5 minutes from the south rim! We had several maintenance items that needed to be taken care of to make the RV safe to drive on the road. I'll try to cover these in some future posts. For now, we're very happy with our purchase, we got a heck of a deal and it was very well-maintained by the previous owner. Here's to future adventures, exploring our gorgeous nation with @Yodamom and the kids!
  3. 9 points
    As if you needed another reason to visit Crown King! If you've been up to CK in the last year or so, you may have noticed some development happening in the heart of town, just across from the General Store. This will be the site of the new-old Crown King Depot. When I say "new-old", it's because that particular site was the original site of the original train depot that was built around 1904. Some details related to the Crown King Inn & Depot Open weekends only Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11am - "closing" (whenever that is ) Local Beers & Wines Offering beers that are brewed locally exclusively for the Depot (Kiss My Kaboose, Crazy Train Ale, Cowcatcher Porter, for example) They will also offer wines (presumably some AZ varieties) Restaurant with a simple menu "Grill Your Own" Burgers Charcuterie boards Snacks Flatbread pizza Lodging At least 4 "tiny homes" that you can rent that will be built from shipping containers If you're interested in more information an news as it develops: The CK Inn & Depot website: https://crownkingdepot.wixsite.com/mysite Their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/crownkingdepot Some History The depot was the result of Murphy's Impossible Railroad, started in 1901, connecting a range of destinations, such as Big Bug Creek, Humboldt, and Poland via the Bradshaw Mountain Railway, operated by Santa Fe. There was an additional spur that became the famous "front way to Crown King" that connected Mayer and Crown King and was completed in 1904. The current "front way" in on Crown King Road via the i17 was laid right down on top of the foundations of the old railroad, including all of the tight switchbacks climbing the Bradshaws. For more information on the original railroad, click here for a fascinating telling of the history. Here's a great map I found of the original Bradshaw Mountain Railway. If you look closely, you can see the switchbacks on the final climb into Crown King: Here's another angle on the original Depot. Note the snow on the tracks and the roof. Here's a shot of one of the big iron beasts that used to make the climb into CK from Mayer: The New Crown King Depot The new depot appears to be a modern spin on an old classic, with the depot being rebuilt entirely out of (currently very trendy) shipping containers. Here's a rendering of the concept/plans: The very first of the retrofitted shipping containers being installed just a few days ago in March of 2022! I'm looking forward to my next trip up to CK once the construction is finished to check out the latest reason to make the climb to CK! Hope you all found this as interesting as I did.
  4. 9 points
    Long Saturday, did not get the gears fully swapped. Ran into a shim issue on the front. But should have one that will get me the backlash I want by Friday. Did get the fenders and level kit installed and mounted the rims and tires. This week will be the bed rack swap.
  5. 9 points
    I would like the ORP community to help me acquire one of these. See trip report from this weekends trip led by Ryan for justification. https://images.app.goo.gl/5WgYNku5iqeNATvi6
  6. 9 points
    A neighbor posted this to facebook - taken last night. What a view!! That's the Cerbat Mountains in silouette, and lights from Kingman.
  7. 9 points
    The counter tops are in! Well, mostly. One of the bathroom cabinets arrived damaged, so that top has to wait, but the rest are done. I love them !
  8. 9 points
    Check out the short dash cam video in the link below. https://www.thedrive.com/news/41371/watch-a-jeep-grand-cherokee-get-kod-by-lightning-in-terrifying-video I don’t think I’d want to try and tackle that electrical repair. You can see the brake lights fade out as it coasts to a stop.
  9. 8 points
  10. 8 points
    Thank you Marty @shellback91 for the great trail report and leading the run. We could not have asked for a better weather and conditions. We definitely had a blast meeting the ORP family and looking forward to joining on future runs. We did not take too many photos, but grabbed some screen captures from our GoPro, phone and drone video footages. There were not an abundance of drone footages because I was voiding flying close to private lands and where there were power lines. But we got a few nice shots of the overall landscape for sure. I hope to get the video edited and published within a few weeks. There is definitely a back log of trail running videos because we are hitting new trails faster than I can edit them. Please stay tuned as I will publish the video on our YT channel - J2DXPLR. Screen captures from video footages.
  11. 8 points
    I was so pleasantly surprised when I received an email from the State Land Department that my State Trust Land permit was due to expire, and its time to renew! This is a new thing for the State Department! And much welcome, IMHO! I always made it a new year task for me to get my permit every year, but this new reminder was a welcome email. There are pockets of State Trust Land all over the state of Arizona. A family permit is only $20 per year, and well worth the peace of mind in knowing that you are legit in being on that land. Apply here: https://asld.secure.force.com/recreationalpermit/ It's the right thing to do. Help protect and respect our land. smiles, ladybug
  12. 8 points
    Just returned from Winter Jamboree in Sand Hollow, riding shotgun with a local "Wickenburger" (whom I've been encouraging to join ORP... Hope he will as he would be an asset to the club). ANYWAY.... Will post a few photos later as I get time to download some. I didn't take a lot of pics, due to battery issues with the picture taking device... Was a good time, even if a overly busy/crowded on the trails, making for some longish waits at some of the obstacles. Trails ran included; Milts Mile, Double Sammi, Slip Lock Gulch, & Toquerville Falls. Here's a few shots from the event. Day one - Slip Lock gulch Day 2 - Started out badly - Dead in the water after breakfast in the hotel parking lot with a no-start condition... Which presented as a failed fuel pump, but when a new pump did not fix the issue, a bit of sleuthing of the wiring we discovered an open circuit in the fuel pump ground wiring, and corrected by adding a solid connection ground.... AND THUS... Day 2 ended pleasantly with a scenic ride out to Toqerville falls, Followed by sighting a little wildlife on the way back to town...
  13. 8 points
    Day three we went to Double Sammi, where I failed to take any photos, but on our final day (day 4), we ran Milts Mile, where I was able to get a couple shots... The "moon buggy" was owned by one of the spotters for the trails. He did not have as much excitement as the "full-bodied" rigs did... LOL These next three are of the final obstacle on Milts Mile, named "The Chute"...
  14. 8 points
    Here are a few my wife took. Nothing, quite an accurate description. A gaggle of Jeeps and their humans. A view from the top.
  15. 8 points
    Home safe and sound after a fun day! Thanks everybody who came out to celebrate the holidays after the holidays! We had an absolute blast, it was so great to see everybody. I'm with Ryan, I think I ate more cookies than I ever have. Those were some awesome cookies! Thank you everybody who baked!
  16. 8 points
    Thanks @Sonoranrunner more info and pics soon! Great meeting the group and hope the return home was all safe!
  17. 8 points
    For Black Friday @Number7 and I ran the Chloride Mines trail near Chloride, AZ. This is the trail where the Painted rocks are located. We ran it west to east, the opposite of directions shown in Wells trail guide. It is a very scenic trail, with eastern and western views from the Cerbat Mountains. We could see all the way to Valle Vista from one vantage point. There are 2 campgrounds along the way, but neither of those will accommodate a very large group. They were kind of funky, you had to carry your stuff a long way to the table and fire ring. The trail itself is easy with a couple mildly moderate spots. It took us 2.5 hours including a quick (it was freezing!) lunch stop. Overlooking Chloride
  18. 8 points
    Did one of the last interior items I intend to do on the Wagoneer. Installed some slip type seat covers from Seats Unlimited in Mesa. Before and after pics below. Carpet was done a few weeks ago while I was waiting for the seat covers to come. Still need to redo the Sun Visors.
  19. 8 points
  20. 8 points
    Following up on my post from a few months ago, I replaced both front seat belts in the Wag with new ones from Juliano's. The retractor reel was acting up and we decided to play it safe and go with new. Installed easily and ready to go.
  21. 8 points
  22. 8 points
    what & why i realized that i couldn't really lift a 37x13.5" tire/wheel and line it up on the carrier at the same time, so i made a hoist that can raise or lower it effortlessly. i keep a battery powered drill in my rig, which runs the hoist quickly - but in a pinch i could also just use a ratchet. i'll probably make a better video, but here's an early test: building it the main component is an LCI RV Spare Tire Winch, which is designed to mount under a camper or trailer just like the factory one on many pickup trucks. it's really just a specialized worm gear hand winch - i prefer the worm gear style over a simple two-way ratcheting winch as it gives you more precise control, can switch direction at any time you need, has less moving parts, and the design is inherently load-holding. i drilled holes across an extra splined lug-nut key and attached it to the winch so that i can turn it using anything with a 3/4" socket (i.e. a ratchet or drill with a socket adapter). FYI, this inexpensive drill-adapter would be an even easier choice if anyone decides to tackle this project themselves. i cut off the wheel grabber that it came with and put a loop in the end of the cable instead, mainly because i needed to pass the cable through a small slit (more on that in a moment). then i made a new wheel holder that hooks onto that loop and fits more securely in two of my wheel's lug nut holes. original part on left, new wheel grabber on right: here's how it fits into the wheel: i made a simple bracket to mount the winch to. it bolts into the upper 4 tire carrier mounting points. i actually have a Teraflex Alpha Tire Carrier, but it mounts to the tailgate in the same holes as the factory one. i needed a slit cut into the Teraflex spare mounting plate for the cable to pass through. to create it, i drilled 2 holes and then connected them using a rotary tool with a carbide burr. then this pulley got bolted to the plate (or this one would work as well): the little piece of aluminum over the top of the pulley is just to hold the cable in the groove even when there's no weight on it. here's the final product: cable extended, ready to attach to the spare using my wheel grabber (still sitting on top of the tire in this photo): after the spare is raised and bolted onto the tire carrier, only the cable loop is visible slightly... ...but that gets covered up by my custom license plate / third brake light / camera mount: here are the Ryobi tools i carry under the rear seat in a JeepSwag DirtBagz bag. besides the 1/2" impact wrench, there's a JobPlus base tool and 3 interchangeable heads: right-angle drill, rotary tool, and reciprocating saw. i use a 3/4" socket on the impact wrench for lug nuts, and then just move that socket over to the drill (with a socket adapter) to run the hoist. improvements & other ideas this project was pretty straight-forward and seems to work well. the only potential issue i see thus far is the length of the LCI RV Spare Tire Winch's cable. it's just barely long enough to reach the spare on the ground with my current lift and tire size. there's also no additional room on the drum, so it can't be easily extended. this Dutton-Lainson 1500lb is the next smallest worm-gear winch i could find which would have plenty of room for extra cable. but you'd need to build a small fairlead for it to keep the cable lined up with the slot in the tire carrier plate. Harbor Freight has a cheap slightly bigger one, but it's actually kind of large and heavy in-person. i also strongly considered using a small electric ATV winch, but in the end i was dissuaded by nearly 15 pounds of weight and added complexity of running decent gauge wires to it. sometimes simplicity wins out, even on a "Gadget Jeep"! i did find this incredibly cheap Tyrannosaurus 2k synthetic ATV winch that would probably work quite well. in fact, if i you have a heavy duty bumper-mounted tire carrier and 40's then IMO, that would be the way to go.
  23. 8 points
    Took the 1st load of stuff to the new house yesterday. We'll be fully moved by the end of the week. Needs a few things to make it a 'home', but I am totally loving the place. I think the island looks beautiful .
  24. 8 points
    This year's Gala is being organized 100% by Offroad Passport members! We'd like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you!" to the following folks for putting this all together, including spending their time & fuel scouting for camp sites: @4x4tographer & @Yodamom @Bradywgn71 & @kaspily @shellback91 @Trail Toy Ya'll are awesome! - The Offroad Passport Founders (Kristoffer, George & Diane)
  25. 8 points
    Clifford is all moved in already! Just make yourself at home buddy, see you in a couple weeks! I am in love with my new house!
  26. 8 points
    Stuff continues to happen at the new house, George will be up there next week painting. I grabbed this picture off facebook taken yesterday evening from a vineyard near our new neighborhood. Evening walks and skies like this are part of the reason I'm excited to move.
  27. 8 points
    My buddy Al has been working out
  28. 7 points
    Had a great time seeing everyone yesterday! It was cool seeing total strangers checking out everyones rigs. I've never seen so many freshly washed and buffed ORP rigs in one place! We even attracted over a few new comers and ran into some other members that just happened to be out for the day.
  29. 7 points
    I'm a little behind on going through photos - here are some from our recent trip through Tribly & Ruby Wash out northeast of Wickenburg through the Wickenburg Mountains and Buckhorn Mountains. Route Recording & GPX. Absolutely gorgeous day with a mix of sun, wind, with some clouds moving in as the day went on. By and large, the trail was pretty easy, with Ruby Wash pegged as a solid moderate. I'd recommend a flexy lift and rock sliders as the minimum required equipment. We began our day by running Castle Hot Springs Road to the north, then connecting to Tribly Wash where it intersects with the road. This takes you back through some pretty cool mining areas and some damp canyons with an abundance of springs. We eventually made a steep climb out of Tribly to run up to the top of the Wickenburg Mountains, then back down Ruby Wash for some more technical wheeling. The majority of Ruby Wash is nestled at between the base of the Wickenburg Mountains and the Buckhorn Mountains. We ended the day by taking Buckhorn Springs road, breaking for lunch at the springs, then connecting to Castle Hot Springs Road again on our way out to Lake Pleasant. Sunrise: The views went on for MILES as we rode along the spine of several of the mountains in the Wickenburg Mountains. Here's a view looking north towards the Bradshaws with some abandoned mining equipment. Here's a view looking south from our highest point in the mountains. I believe that jagged mountain in the first photo are the White Picacho and Red Picacho Peaks (left/right respectively). Eventually we wound our way down some pretty steep declines and into Ruby Wash, which was quite a bit of fun. It meanders along through a canyon with plenty of boulders and tight spots to navigate through. The 'big obstacle" on the Ruby Wash trail is "the ledge". We were running the trail in reverse (as described on various trail info websites) and found the decent pretty easy for our particular group. We also stopped off to hike out to a neat little slot canyon where we found an unfortunate cow that had been picked clean.
  30. 7 points
  31. 7 points
    I decided that nothing short of a rebuild was going to get my Wagoneer moving fast enough to get out of its own way. I found a deal on a used 4.2 in Yuma, so I went "Home" for the weekend to get it. Bonus: Got to visit with my Nieces and their families. Here is a shot of the engine getting unloaded. My engine hoist is at max lift, I will need another foot or 2 to clear the Wagoneer's engine bay. I'm going to check the engine over before installing, although it is supposed to be a good runner. New oil seals, freeze plugs and a timing chain if needed.
  32. 7 points
    The gang and I completed our KOFA run yesterday afternoon. It was good to see some familiar faces and meet some new ORP members for the first time. We covered approximately 138 miles in three awesome days in the KOFA Wilderness area. I may make this an annual run to explore some more. I did not take many pictures myself this time and am looking forward to seeing everyone's pics. A big thanks to our two tail gunners this weekend. Attendees were: @mbuckner @Curly & Devon(Tail-gunner Day 2) @gearhead @MzPriss & Bill @Bradywgn71 @Ken Ford @We Just Go @Stacey and Scott (Tail-gunner Day 1) @Rawhyd @Mick Bowers My overall impression with the area is that it is awesome, quiet and not crowded. There is a ton of space out there with plenty of well marked camping areas. We did not see a lot of other traffic overall over the three days. The trails are well identified and easy to follow, you know where you are supposed to be and where you are not allowed. The only exception was a section of the Hoodoo wash. I got a little discombobulated which is easy to do. I was on the left side when I should have been on the right side to make a left. Make sense? We figured it out and got back on track quickly. We made our way using the trails listed in the original post. All trails had excellent scenery and differing views of the area, I felt all them were beautiful. On Friday we met up then picked up a few attendee's that camped out Thursday night on the way to the Big Eye Mine. The trail in is in good shape with a mix of rocky ground, some mild off camber spots and the usual easy to moderate variety type of terrain. Once at the mine we parked then some visited the cabin area, some went on to the mine itself. It was a relatively easy hike up. After exploring we had lunch before moving on. We then backtracked to the KOFA Bypass Rd where we headed north through a few sections of "moon dust" which got everywhere and on everything. This trail is called either McPherson Pass or Castle Dome Mountains depending on which resource you are looking at. It is a well marked easy trail. We found camp around 4:30 along this trail for a relaxing evening under the stars. Day one was a good day with no issues, good company and good trails. Saturday we woke up to a beautiful crisp morning and broke camp with a goal of making it to the Hovatter Homestead by days end. Stacey informed me that Scott was not feeling right as a result of lingering issues from his accident and they would not be able to continue. I am not a fan of leaving people behind but after talking with them I felt confident they would be okay to get out, which they did. Tim took over tail-gunner duties from here, thanks Tim! We ran McPherson Pass to RD 76 north to King Valley Road. This path was easy to moderate in some spots, nothing too challenging. We then made our way to Polaris/North Star Mine, this area is pretty darn cool. The trail to Polaris Rd. is easy, Polaris Rd. itself is a short moderate one. We visited the old cabin then hiked the old road to the mining area. There were a couple of mines/shafts with core samples and other debris on the trail to the big mine. The mine at the top goes a way in and there is old mining gear and equipment scattered about the entire area. After exploring we made our way out the KOFA cemetery. After visiting there we had lunch before moving on. The rest of the day's trails were easy to moderate with no significant challenges at all. Mild off camber spots, rocky terrain, ruts and some steep climbs sums and epic scenery sum it up nicely. Only the Hoodoo Wash section formerly mentioned got me a little off track, nothing significant. We arrived at the Hovatter Homestead around 4:30 for another relaxing evening under the stars. We had the entire place to ourselves. Day two was a good day with no issues, good company and good trails. Sunday morning was another cool crisp morning and we broke camp leisurely. I visited the family graves, payed my respects the to Hovatter's and thanked Mr. Hovatter for his hospitality. (I am weird like that) After everyone was packed up and ready to roll we started moving, kinda. Over the radio we hear Buckner say "I'll be ready when I find my key". We all stopped and helped him look for his key. We looked for a while but never found it anywhere. I am leaning towards a pack rat or some other critter picking it up and hoarding it. After trying a few things to try and tow him out we decided that the best plan was to call his wife and ask her to meet us at the Pilot where we were ending our day with his other key. Mike jumped in @Rawhyd's rig and rode out with us after securing his rig. The ride out was easy with a couple of moderate spots. Great expansive views of the valley's were the highlights of the ride. Once at the Pilot with his spare key in hand Mike rode back with @Rawhyd & @Ken Ford to get his rig then make there way back out. Big shout out to those guys for volunteering to do that! Thanks again to everyone who came out on our adventure, I really enjoyed it.
  33. 7 points
    This was such a gorgeous area. Words escape me. I didn’t grab a lot of photos but day two’s sunrise was amazing.
  34. 7 points
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  37. 7 points
    So about the Gila river crossing and the other Jeep group... The original plan was to cross the river and setup for lunch. Three weeks prior (11/13) @CAVU2 and I had run this same route and the river at this crossing was not even a foot deep with lots of flat open room to park and pull out lunch. As we arrived at the river crossing, we came upon a group of three Jeeps, A JLUR on 40s, A JK (sport) on 35s and a JKU (I forget if it was an Rubi) also on 35s if I remember correctly. The JLUR guy said the river was running high and the had decided not to cross. Having just recently crossed it, we wanted to see for ourselves. @CAVU2 and I walked down and observed that indeed the water was significantly higher than our previous run. But knowing what the bottom likely looks like from seeing it dry and observing the very rough water texture, my opinion is that the water was likely 2-ish feet deep at the "rapid". We were hesitant ourselves at this point to take the group (more because of water speed than depth), but I decided to used my Mojave as the test since I was the only non-lifted jeep in our group. Marrin (spelling?), @LaZorraRoja's friend and passenger, decide to jump in and ride with me. My depth guess was a bit off, the water was about 3 ft deep (see @CAVU2's videos above) at the deepest point but with enough volume and velocity to push the backend of my gladiator downstream a little when I angled to cross the current. Now at this point two things happened. Dude on 40's was possibly insulted (he thought it was too deep and here is an unlifted Gladiator charging ahead) because he suddenly went from worried to playing in the water. The other thing was that @CAVU2 made the wise decision after observing my crossing to abort any other crossings from our group. I was concerned about recrossing at that location because I would have to cut the current upstream with my non-snorkeled air box opening right in the (water) impact zone. We made a decision to check the downstream crossing point about 15 minutes away to see if I could recross and rejoin or if we would have to meet up in Florence. Meanwhile and after we left the upstream crossing point, the other group had decided to all cross. We met up at the lower crossing point which actually looked deeper due to the smooth water flow and no sound of a heavy rock hitting bottom when tossed in. Again my air box would be on the upstream side if I crossed. While pondering our options and preparing to eat lunch the other group caught up with me. This time the JL on 40s wasn't hesitant, he just dove right in and played around in the water again. He completed the crossing and then came back into the water and parked upstream off the main crossing route with his nose downstream. The water here was actually about 2 ft deep with a solid river rock bottom surface on the actual and correct crossing path (dry bank to nearest dry bank and then straight cross the tributary). At that point the JKU crossed cleanly, and then the white JK crossed. This is where the disaster begins (see video attached to this post). The JK instead of following the correct and clear crossing path, decides to run a hair off course and run up the end of a tributary. Into the mud he sinks. No lockers, 35s on 20" rims with his front tires low on tread. The JLUR tries twice to using a cheap tow strap (popping it the first time trying a kinetic pull), and then after tying knots and borrowing @CAVU2's tow shackle spins his wheels on the "good path" across the river. After two failed attempts they finally listen to what our group has been telling them, which is to winch from the dry bank. The JLUR finally goes onto the bank and pulls out his winch (which he has never used). IT took us a while to get the white JK to quit pinning his wheels which was only digging him deeper (his driver rear eventually was buried under water and mud), but once we got him in neutral, he was finally pulled out. I think someone else has the rest of the recovery on video I quit recording since I still needed to make my plan to cross, which I eventually did.
  38. 7 points
    @SonoranWanderer fording the Gila (Exploratory) the group didn't cross. https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/cY70mGd3SdWb1fBCd3nV7w.pwspaSQcqVnoQzvlqKx-Al
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  40. 7 points
    Al, Gunny and I ran the south Cherry Creek road yesterday and the first 20 miles were easy and scenic. The last twenty were pretty bad. There are many switch backs which were almost impassable. One was completely washed out and we only got through by driving over the culvert and tree branches. Pic's to follow Then we came across a Polaris and he made the mistake of making fun of Al's new York accent.
  41. 7 points
    Happy Thanksgiving from us to you! Hope you're staying toasty today, we are. First fire in the new stove.
  42. 7 points
    Had a chance to get away with just my wife to the woods the past few days! We found a really great site just off of Schnebly Road that was extremely quiet. Not a soul around! We had a good time hiking, took a brief trail ride out to the Schnebly Hill Vista, did some day drinking, and did some reading. Michelle got to flex her painter's muscles and I did a little photography off in the nearby woods. All in all, a pretty nice few days out of pocket. Here are a few iPhone snaps: We also had the chance to test out a few upgrades, as exciting as they were A new skylight over the shower, recently replaced. Our previous dome was OEM and lasted 16 years before needing replacement. We had a bit of roof leakage on the factory skylight where there were some cracks in the fixture. It rained a bit while we were out and we didn't notice any leakage, so thats a win! Secondly, we put our new bank of 6 Interstate 6 volt batteries to the test. Our previous battery bank was 11 years old and finally kicked the bucket during the 2021 Dirt Formal Gala. The Interstates worked flawlessly, with a TON of power. They're wired up in series-parallel and were capable of running our furnace all night (gas/forced air set to a comfortable 70 degrees) with our usual usage of the cabin lighting, water pumps, etc. In the morning, they powered our 2,000 watt inverter to push out some delicious coffee from our coffeemaker and ran our toaster, lights, radio, etc. When checking the power reserves, we'd only gone through about 1/3 of their capacity in spite of our pretty liberal usage of the power.
  43. 7 points
    Today we went 'splorin our new stomping grounds. We went from route 66 to Gregg's Hideout on Lake Mead via Anteras Road. From the Lake we came down Stockton Hill Road towards Kingman, and then cut across on yet more dirt roads to find our way to the wineries behind Valle Vista. It was scenic and the weather is great. We're hoping to find some fun adventuresome places and camping spots. Here's a few pics from the day. Almost home, Valle Vista in the distance.
  44. 7 points
    from Rocks and Wheels (RAW) Rocktoberfest 2021 first day (photo credit @dzJeepChic)... try from the left: try from the right: try starting over: but in the end, shame for a thousand years on myself and all my descendants:
  45. 7 points
  46. 7 points
    Drove up today to the spots. Everything is fully dry and spot #2 looks awesome. Lots of level areas for RVs and tents. There were a lot of campers in the surrounding area but most looked to be leaving. Spot 2 has a ton of room. Also, off the main road which is nice. Cell signal (Verizon and at&t) was awful this time. Likely the result of all the campers in the area. Hopefully cell signal better for those needing to work prior to the Gala. However, a short drive back a few miles and much better cell signal. See ya all later this week. We'll post up which spot we land in Wednesday dinner time.
  47. 7 points
    Hello! We just completed a 130-ish mile "overland-style" run through Prescott and Kaibab National Forests. We ran a modified/truncated version of the Northern Arizona Overland Traverse with a few fun side-stops. While not everything went quite as expected (see below), it was a great time out with some of the ORP Fam! TRIP REPORT/PHOTOS We again our trip in Cottonwood, meeting up for an excellent breakfast at Crema, an award-winning bunch joint. It was pretty quiet for a Friday morning and we found parking right in front of the restaurant. If you've never been to Crema, give it a shot. I thought the food and ambiance was excellent. After we were all fueled up for the day's adventures, we hit the road, passing through the town of Jerome to stop to air down before hitting dirt. We climbed the mountains behind Jerome and were able to see some pretty expansive views to the north that stretched all the way to Flagstaff and the San Francisco Peaks and the red rocks around Sedona. We also stopped off at this pretty cool bridge along Jerome-Perkinsville Road. Our next leg of the trip was a side run through the heart of the Rafael Fire burn scar on our way to see some ruins. Along the way we were treated to an amazing little ranch house with an interesting water collection system that was about 2/3 full of recent rainwaters. The sights along the way were..... otherworldly. All of the dry grass that has burned up during the fire had been replaced with fresh grass what was the most vivid green I think I've ever seen in Arizona. Gnarled, burn husks of trees and brush rose out of the new grass, making the scene even more alien. As we passed through this strange scenery, the grasses began to fade and we were left with some of the more brutal fire damage. In the background, you can see the outer walls of Sycamore Canyon and the Sycamore Wilderness Area. We ended up stopping for a break at the homestead, which was called Lonesome Pocket. The house was in remarkably good condition! We ended our side trip at the base of a small hill that housed some amazing ruins - however it was getting pretty hot and we decided not to make the trek up to the ruins. We scrounged up some shade and enjoyed some lunch and jokes instead! Here are a few more images from the trip back out to Jerome-Perkinsville Road. Once we got back to J-P Road, we made a quick run up to Old 354, which is part of the Great Western Trail. Trail conditions sucked, frankly. It was the bumpiest road in the nation while we were on it, with the recent monsoons really doing a number on the trail by washing away the top soil and laying bare the rocks below. The trail was very scenic, with excellent views of a canyon on our left, and a basin on our right. There was an old sandstone quarry on the way that was very interesting to see as it reminded a few of us of some ancient earthen-works fortresses. As we were nearing the cool pines of the Kaibab NF, just south of Williams, we ran into a slight problem. The road was completely gone - washed away by recent rains. GPS Coords: 35.04010, -112.16871 We checked the map to find there was no way around, or any sort of alternative route. We were still sandwiched by the canyon and basin to the east and west of the tails. Our only option was to make our way back down the mountain. As we were just a few hours from sunset, we had to make camp nearby. Fortunately we had just passed an excellent spot less than 1/2 mile from the washout. The ground was nice and flat, there were a few fire rings, and some great trees all around. @theksmith even provided us the scent of 11 Herbs & Spices to get the party started that evening! The next morning, we were packed up and back on the trail by 8:30am, making out way down the mountain to connect back up with Jerome-Perkinsville Road. Once we hit J-P, it was smooth sailing into the town of Williams to gas up, grab a snack, and plan out the rest of Day 2. We made our way back into the Kaibab NF to check out Sycamore Canyon's "Sycamore Point", a scenic overlook. This gave us an excellent view of the damage the Rafael Fire had caused within the canyon itself. On our way out, we came by this COLOSSAL field of wildflowers in full bloom and decided to take a closer look. I think I'd classify this as a "superbloom" Our last stop of the day was by Sycamore Falls, which was rushing with water. I don't have any photos of the falls, but I have plenty of video footage (coming soon!) All in all, it was a great trip! I think it also highlights the importance of being as flexible as possible, as you never know what might be around that next bend in the road. Thanks again to everyone that joined me on this adventure! I hope you had an excellent time, and thank you for hanging in there when the unexpected happened! @mynr1 @theksmith @johnpa @We Just Go @shellback91 @Bradywgn71 @Curly For our original trip planning discussion, click here. An edit of the video footage I took along the way will be coming soon!
  48. 7 points
    Most of you know we went full "nomad" phase in June 2021. Thanks to the housing market we sold our home in Peoria and transitioned to RV fulltime status. We were under contract in March on a 2008 American Tradition 42F but lost this in May to a very shady RV dealer in Sun City, AZ. However, thanks to this fraud we saved 12K in sales tax and put that instead towards a bigger and better model. In a weird twist, the owner of this 2008 RV contacted me via Facebook and didn't even know the dealer sold it out from under us and was trying to screw him on the price too. Working together we held the dealer accountable and the owner got his full asking price. So word to the wise, if buying an RV stick to a private party sale if possible or at a minimum never buy from the large well known consignment dealer in Sun City. So what did we get you ask? We ended up finding a private party sale for a 2010 American Tradition 45Y RV diesel pusher with 32,000 miles. It has the 425hp Cummins motor and the heavy spartan chassis that lets us tow 15K in weight. This RV retailed for $450K new and has all the extras. It was always parked in an airplane hanger so it looks new on the outside and the inside was in excellent condition. We purchased a flatbed drive over fender trailer that can haul 14k in weight so our fat Jeep should fit just fine. However, the RV is 45 feet long and trailer is 20ft plus hitch. So we are going to be very long going down the road. So where the heck are you is the next question we get? I lucked out and found a private lot in Rimrock, AZ on Craigslist of all places. It is a one acre lot, with room for the dogs to run around, and we have full hookups. We moved here in mid June and have been working on projects and upgrades. Travel plans are a bit delayed right now as we get everything dialed in and wait on some income to come in. However, we will be making it to Sand Hollow, St George, Utah in October for the first big trip. After that plans are pretty flexible as I look for continued virtual work. Another positive is we have the opportunity for a Chino Valley home base with the same owner of the Rimrock property. So stay tuned for that. This thread is to document the projects and upgrades for our RV. Stayed tuned for more we have been very busy this past 2 months.
  49. 7 points
    We have 2021 Gala souvenir shirts available for pre-order! This is a limited time offer, please click here for details... HUGE thanks to @4x4tographer for the fun design on these!
  50. 7 points
    The tile is going in. I'm pretty stoked.
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