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  1. Wyoming Trail Days - August 4-6 Wyoming Trail Days, or WTD, was an idea of some local pre-runner owners to do a ROC Fest style jamboree camp out in the heart of the country. This event is a three day event with a focus on having fun, exploring the sights of the region, and starting an annual event for desert runners of the region. Allowing all types of off road vehicles, from Raptor to Tacoma, to come play as one big community, there are two group runs planned for the event. The rest of the time is for you to go out and explore the mapped trails on your own. The event is focused around camping on BLM land but there are hotels in town 10 miles from camp. There are 2 planned day runs for those who want a adventure run or you can explore 328 miles of mapped offroad trails. For all the details please see the main event sign up page. Sign up on the club site at http://www.raddrives.com/catalog and click on Wyoming Days
  2. With all the wacky weather hitting northern NV, the Black Rock run turned into one EPIC adventure for all those who attended. For those of you who missed it you missed a lot of fun and some adrenaline experiences. Full Album: http://raddrives.com/albums/2017-BlackRockRun/ Day 1 started off with wind. And when we say wind, we mean cold, sustained 30-45 mph wind. 20 trucks ranging from Jeep, Tacoma, F350 and Raptor headed off to the trail head 14 miles from the start point. Here the group aired down and wondered what to expect as the ground was snow covered still and there were patches of mud. Luckily the start of the run was manageable and only those who wanted to plow through the mud did so. Soon the group found its first set of obstacles. The rain had washed away large sections of trails leaving canyons the size of school buses. However, at each challenge the group found a way to pass and kept moving forward. This also included several river type crossings which made for awesome photo ops. After making it past the first mountain section the group hit the flat lands and could speed up. After making the turn on the long straight away we ran across large puddles. Here is where the trucks all became painted the terrain color. Two of the group got stuck in mud but luckily having a F350 on the group made this recovery a breeze. After lunch the group hit the longest section to Black Rock Desert. The trail started off fast and fun until it ran across a new lake. Making a slight detour the group was back on track. Exiting out of the valley trails we hit the playa. The trails were smooth until we hit the run off section. For the next 30 miles, we entered the “technical section”. Here we hit many washouts and section of trail we had to detour to cross as they were again as wide and as deep as a bus. A few trucks got stuck trying to cross these deep sections but recovery each time was quick as we were ready to pull them back just in case. The last crazy section for day 1 was hitting the playa floor. Blazing along just fine we started to run across softer and softer sections. Radio chatter was HAMMER DOWN to keep power through this soft muck. After a few miles, we found a point where we could get closer to the hill and hard group. All but two trucks were not able to make it up to the safe trail. Once again working smart we were able to pull the two stuck members out in under 10 minutes. Regrouping off the playa we made the last push to Black Rock and the lake of Burning Man. By the time we reached this location, we were late in the day and aired up to head back to Fernley. This meant we did not completed 65 miles of planned trails of the 220 for the day. Day 2 started off just as wild with a snow blizzard hitting the group at the hotel. As several people had long drives home, ¼ of the group bowed out and the rest made a plan to head to the large mine stop for the day. Driving to Lovelock the group turned west and hit the trails. This 40 mile trek to the mine was some of the best trails of the weekend as they were smooth, had good jumps and whoops as well as were not to snow covered. The group reached the old mine and did a little exploring just before another snow blizzard hit us. Heading on a different trail, the group headed back for fuel and lunch before calling the event due to conditions. This event was one wild adventure and even though the trails were not the normal fun runs we enjoy, the challenges it provided made everyone who attended earn their off road stripes.
  3. Reminder for Salton Sea trip. The group hotel DEADLINE is March 24th. At that time any rooms not booked will be released and you are on your own for a room. This was the agreement with the hotel. The main event deadline is the week of the event. April 5th If you wish to book under the group rate, do so ASAP. Register on the club site. www.raddrives.com/catalog
  4. Salton Sea – April 7-8 Register here for the event: We are headed south to the Salton Sea for our first Southern California Adventure. This weekend is broken up into two parts. Day 1 is a long trail run that loops around the east side of the lake to see several sights in the area. Day 2 is all about fun and goofing off in the home of desert pre-runners of Ocotillo Wells. We will be using one hotel as a base of operation to do the out and back trail runs. For those who wish to camp you are welcome to find a place to pitch a tent. For those bring family members who do not want to go on the trails, there will be a group seeing local area attractions for kids and adults alike. * Hotels are billed at a group rate with taxes included. * Whole Foods boxed lunches include sandwich, pasta salad, fruit, cookie, and soda. !! - Hotel deadline is march 24 to secure a room at group rate. - !! After this deadline you are on you own and may not have a room as most hotels are booked! Pre Event hotel Date: April 6 Address: Quality Inn -1269 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA, 92264 For those who are there early and wish to meet for dinner, we will meet at the following location. If you plan on attending the dinner, please make sure to note it on the registration form. Date: April 6th Address: El Tapatio Restaurant - 83161 Indio Blvd, Indio, CA 92201 Time: 6:00pm Day 1: April 7 (Friday) This is the longest mileage day of the trip, as we will be exploring a loop east of the Salton Sea. Planned stops include the Salton Sea museum, old town, Patton Museum and old rail line. Address: Quality Inn -1269 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA, 92264 Meet Time: 7:00am Depart: 7:30am Lunch will be around noon on the trail near what is an abandon mine rail system. After lunch, we will head to the Patton Museum and some fun trails back to the hotel Restaurant for the night Address: Sloan's Restaurant - 81539 CA-111, Indio, CA 92201 Time: ~ 7:00pm meet for dinner Hotel Accommodations Address: Quality Inn -1269 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA, 92264 Day 2: April 8 (Friday) We are headed to the home of the pre-runner. Ocotillo Wells is well known as a place to go have fun and make dust in a Baja 1000 type environment. This day is all about fun and exploring some of the sites of the area. Major stops are a natural arch and an airplane grave yard. Address: Quality Inn -1269 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA, 92264 Meet Time: 7:30am Depart: 8:00am Lunch will be around noon on the trail after we stop at the airplane grave yard. After lunch the loop will head to the old Salton Sea air base to see the old airfield, bunkers and tackle an adventure trail. Restaurant for the night Address: Jackalope Ranch - 80400 CA-111, Indio, CA 92201 Time: ~ 7:00pm meet for dinner Hotel Accommodations Address: Quality Inn -1269 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA, 92264 After event rooms are at the same hotel for those who have to travel home a long distance. Register here for the event:
  5. Monday February 27 is deadline to sign up for Black Rock. NOTE: All the other events have been posted to the website. Sign up is first come and space is limited on them. Offroad trail run registration page - www.raddrives.com/catalog
  6. Black Rock Trails – March 4 - 5 The first of the 2017 event year starts off with a fun adventure weekend that has an out and back format. Day one we be driving the Fly Geyser / Black Rock Trail. Covering 259 miles of mixed terrain, it will be quite an adventure. The mid-day lunch point includes seeing the Fly Geysers and a fun run down the Black Rock dry lake bed, or as you may know it, Burning Man. On the way back to the hotel, we will also make a stop to see an un-named mine. Sorry, there are no details on it other than it was an old copper mine. Day two we will head to our poker run 4 area with the emphases on exploring. We will be covering 200 miles of trails and visiting 4 mine sites. This day is meant to be a little more relaxed, with some smoother trails and less adventure trails. Our goal is to be back to Reno by 6:00pm for dinner so people can start to make the trek home. * Hotels are billed at a group rate with taxes included. * Whole Foods boxed lunch includes sandwich, pasta salad, fruit, cookie, and soda. * Port o Subs boxed lunch includes sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie, and soda. *Weather note* With all the wild weather as of late, we have alternate trails planned in case of rain before the event. These trails are more about exploring, with several stops at abandoned mines. We would only use these trails if the event is under threat of rain, in order to avoid a mud fest. Pre Event hotel Date: March 3rd – Pre-event night Hotel: Western Village Address: 815 Nichols Blvd, Sparks, NV 89434 For those who are there early and wish to meet for dinner, we will meet at the following brewery. If you plan on attending the dinner, please make sure to note it on the registration form. Date: March 4rd Address: Carolina Kitchen and BBQ - 950 Glendale Ave, Sparks, NV 89431 Time: 6:00pm Day 1: March 4 – Black Rock To start, we will be heading out on a loop north, which will end in Fernley, NV. We decided to get a hotel for this run so that the following day we only have to drive 10 miles rather than 40 miles to get to the trail. Day 1: Meeting Location Address: Shell - 8755 N Red Rock Rd, Reno, NV 89508 Time: 7:30am Depart: 8:00am – Trip begins. The first leg of the day will have the longest section of pavement in order to get to the main trails. The trails for the day will be a mix of open terrain and lake beds. Lunch stop will be at Black Rock Lake Bed Address: Gerlach, NV 89412 Time: ~12:30pm arrive with 30 min for lunch After lunch, we will head along the Black Rock lake bed and then turn to the lake for a fun run down the lake bed to the fuel stop for the day. Address: NV-447, Gerlach, NV 89412 The last section of the day will be the adventure trail section, which leads up to an abandon copper mine. This section of trail has a lot of tight turns and a few areas where you get to work on your transitions over the terrain. By the end of the day, you will have earned your beer, in a fun way of course. Address: Best Western - 1405 E Newlands Rd, Fernley, NV 89408 Time: `6:00pm Dinner for end of Day one will be in Sparks at Mary & Moe's Wigwam. Address: 255 Main St, Fernley, NV 89408 Day 2: March 5 Day two will be an open terrain trail day. We will be headed to four mines to explore the forgotten past of Nevada. Address: Best Western - 1405 E Newlands Rd, Fernley, NV 89408 Time: 7:30am meet up in parking lot Depart: 8:00am to head to trails. Lunch stop will be around noon at the 3rd mine stop. After exploring the mines, we will have some open terrain trails to explore as we head back towards Reno for dinner. We should be off trail earlier on this day so people can begin to make their way home in the evening. Dinner Stop for those who wish to join in some local brew’s. Address: Great Basin Brewing - 846 Victorian Ave, Sparks, NV 89431 Time: 6:30pm For those who have a longer drive home, you are welcome to keep on trekking once we are off trail. The dinner stop is the last planned event stop for this weekend’s adventure. Register for the event on the club site: Black Rock Registration
  7. Hello everyone, Instead of making a post for each event, I am going to make one post that lists all the events for the Road Adventures Club (Formerly ROC). This way you can subscribe to the thread to get event reminders and see post run reports and images in one spot. This is also to make sure we are a good forum supporter by keeping the post clutter down to a minimum and it allows us to post all the disclaimer stuff in one spot. 2017 Event Dates: --------------------------------------------- March 4-5 – Black Rock Desert / Lovelock Mines April 7-8 – Salton Sea / Ocotillo Wells May 19-20 – Area 51 – Vegas to Vegas June 24-25 – Test and tune / Dirt days July 14-16 – Pony Express – Salt Lake to Carson City August 18-20 – Mammoth Volcanic Trails September 8-10 – Pismo Beach Dunes October 13-15 – ROC Fest – Barstow Events will be posted to this thread on how to sign up. Disclaimer: --------------------------------------------- These are pay your own way events. This means even I, the organizer, pays my own way to attend. Organizing drives is my hobby, and I enjoy organizing and hosting events for fellow enthusiasts. I pay for the website and store system out of my own pocket to make sharing information and registering easier on everyone. Expectations of participants. --------------------------------------------- Our trail runs are planned around having fun, seeing sites, and traveling specific amounts of mileage per day / event. This means you, the participant, are aware of the miles needing to be covered per day and that you are expected to cover these miles in a reasonable time frame. Our group is NOT a "fly as fast as you can" group, but at the same time we are not a crawler group. We enjoy off roading with all types of trucks/SUVs , therefore the routes and daily mileage requirements are selected with non-modified 4X4 vehicles in mind. By signing up, you understand we ask that when the trail conditions allow, you drive at a safe pace that allows you to cover the terrain / distance as expected by the group. Recommended gear ----------------------------------- Boefang U5R Hand Held VHF Radio – OR - 50 watt VHF Radio 2 full size spares (Depending on trip / 1 is minimum with plug kit) Off road GPS setup - Lowrance GPS Unit - Android – Backcountry Navigator - IOS – Motion X Tow Straps 5 Gallons of Fuel GPS mileage APP or Lowrance overlay - Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ee.planet.kaupov.gpstripmeter - IOS - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rally-tripmeter/id1063654075?mt=8 ----------------------------------- We are looking forward to seeing all the old faces on the trail as well as meeting new people who enjoy going out on desert trail runs. For more details see the club website at : Road Adventure Drives
  8. Bump and some Q&A. I will post mid week if I have another trailer rental location. Working on another location to get a better rate. Q: Are there any vendors? A: We have several vendors offering raffle items to give away. You have to be there Friday night to win prizes. List of vendors as we add them are on the website page. http://www.raddrives.com/rocfest Q. Are dirt bikes, ATV and UTV allowed? A. Yes - any and all off road toys allowed. All the trails make fun loops and the big loop last year had a UTV and dirt bike in the mix. Q. Do I have to make the whole event? A. No you can come for only 1 or 2 days. Q. Is there events all day? A. Yes there are planned day and night runs ranging from a few hours so people can come back and hang out or go back out for more trails.
  9. SECOND ANNUAL ROC FEST II October 7th-9th 2016 ROC Fest event website Sign up for the event here: Welcome to ROC FEST II at the Proving Grounds!*Raptor Off-Road Community (R.O.C.) invites you to an off-road desert style jamboree for all makes and models of offroad vehicles. ROC Fest is a three day desert off-road festival dedicated to share the experience and adventure around desert running.*The event will be hosted in the Dead Camel Mountain area outside Fallon, NV with over 321 miles of mapped trails and one central base / camping location.* Our goal is to make a fun three day event that brings the offroad community together and gives us an opportunity to get our vehicles dirty. This is also to show those who want to close down our public lands that we as an offroad community can have fun and leave a place the same as we found it. ROC Fest is a family friendly event centered on showcasing setups and being able to see them in action and ask questions of vendors.*Therefore, we will have vendors in attendance showing off their products in a real world environment and allowing you to ask any questions you might have. Those vendors with vehicles will be able to give demo rides and show off their setups, products, and gear. The trails at the event are broken down into loops from one hour to multiple hours. Digital trail maps will be provided to those with GPS so you and your buddies can go get dirty. Those who are new to offroading and have no radios or GPS can go on the guided runs so you won’t get lost and so you will have back up if you get into trouble. There will be several night runs, which will allow you to test out your running lights and see how the different light products preform. The central base for staging is also the BLM approved campsite. Bring your RV, camper trailer, toy hauler, or tent gear to share evenings around the BBQ. Share your stories from the day and kick back a few adult beverages or sodas. For those with little ones, or if camping is not your thing, accommodations are available in Fallon, which is a short 12 mile trail ride away. As stated above, this is a BLM permitted event. This is not a competition or race, but a festival/jamboree to make an annual event for the off-roaders of Northern California and Nevada.*This is a festival to share the enjoyment that is off-roading, to hang out with friends, meet loads of new ones and most importantly close down the desert off-road season in an epic fashion! Can’t wait to see everyone at ROC Fest Contact R.O.C. direct contact for questions* Email us at - raptorcomm@gmail.com Event registration $120 per vehicle.*Fee covers 1 T-Shirts, Two Raffle Tickets, Decals with your number of choice, needed permits, insurance, and PayPal fees. Accommodations / Camping HOTEL - Discount rooms have been arranged at Comfort Inn Fallon for $85.00/$89.00 a night depending on room. (Tax/fees Inc), which can be booked by calling 775-423-5554 under the ROC group. Trailer Rental - Classic Adventures RV Rentals & Sales 10% off if we book 5 or more trailers. If you would like a rental, please email your name and the type of trailer you wish to book. Example #4 - Name - Phone. Some floor plans have limited numbers so sooner you book the better. Rental is from Friday to Monday. http://www.classicadventuresrv.com/trailer_floorplans.html Camping / Trailers - BLM approved campsite and there is no cost. You are responsible for packing out everything you bring in and making sure we return the area back to how it was when we got there, if not better. AKA pick up after yourself. There are no hook ups or services at the camping area. Weather If weather turns south on us, we will cancel the event so we do not tear up the trails and keep everyone safe. Refunds will be issued if canceled and the event will be rescheduled. Optional item If you wish to purchase additional T-shirts for friends or family members, they can be added to your registration for $15 a shirt. ROC Fest event website Sign up for the event here:
  10. Reminder that today is the last day to register for group hotel rates. After today you will need to book your own room and hope the hotel honors group rate. Final day to sign up is 9/13.
  11. Thursday is the last day to sign up as we have to order everything. Hotel info update. This was the best group rate we could find as none of the hotels there wanted to budge on price. $89 a night. Wyndham Garden Carson City Max Casino 900 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701 wyndham.com (775) 883-0900
  12. Reminder to sign up as there is still time. Deadline to sign up is Thursday 8/25. For those doing the day in the dirt and poker run the group will be staying at the following hotel. NOTE: We will have final group rates on 8/20. Currently $89.00 a night plus taxes. Call and say you are with the road adventures group. Days Inn Carson City 3103 North Carson, Carson City, NV 89706 daysinn.com (775) 461-3701
  13. Mammoth Adventure Sept 16-18 Register here The off road Mammoth trip is a little different than some of the other off road trips we’ve done. We like to call it an off road stay-cation. The group will head to Mammoth and spend two nights there doing out and back trips. This three-day trial run heads out to explore old ghost mines, petroglyphs and geological formations. The mileage each day is mostly easy trails with the usual challenge section, and a little crawling, as not to be a repetitive trail run. The focus of this trip is a fun social run while being able to play in the dirt. Expectations of participants. Our trail runs are planned around having fun, seeing sites, and traveling specific amounts of mileage per day / event. This means if you participate, you are aware of the mileages needing to be covered per day and that you are expected to cover them in a reasonable time frame. Our group is NOT a "fly as fast as you can" group, but at the same time we are not a crawler group. We enjoy off roading with all types of trucks/SUVs, therefore the routes and daily mileage requirements are selected with non-modified 4X4 vehicles in mind. By signing up, you understand we ask that when the trail conditions allow, you drive at a safe pace that can allow you to cover the terrain / distance as expected by the group. Planned Trip Summary: Day one will start in Carson City, NV and head down to Mammoth CA. Along the way we will stop at several ghost mines. This trip will offer some great views of the Sierra and Mono Lake. The final part of the day will include a fun forest run into Mammoth. Day two will be an out and back near Mammoth to see some petroglyphs, geological formations and Mono Lake. After returning to Mammoth, the group will head to Devils Post Pile. Day three is a half day of trails before the group packs up to head home. Event cost break down $120 - Covers Decals, Event Insurance, PayPal. Optional items you can choose from upon registration are hotel rooms, boxed lunch and collector decals. Boxed lunches include: sandwich, pasta salad or chips, cookie, drink. (Whole foods includes lunch includes fruit) Day 1: September 16 (Friday) This is the longest mileage day of the trip with two ghost mine stops and a stop at an abandoned ranch. Trails are mostly easy terrain, but it does include the only section of rocky trail for the trip. The route will take us east of Mono Lake and lead into Mammoth. The total mileage for the day is 239 miles of dirt and a few miles of pavement. Meet Time – 7:30am Address - Johnson Lane Store - 1392 Johnson Ln, Minden, NV 89423 Depart – 8:00am Lunch will be at the old mine town of Pine Grove. After lunch we will head to Mono Lake for some photos and snack brake before the last section into Mammoth. Restaurant for the night Address - Angel's Restaurant - 3516 Main St, Bishop, CA 93514 Hotel Accommodations Address - Quality Inn near Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort - 3537 Main St, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 Day 2: September 17 (Saturday) This day includes a 145 mile loop that will bring us back to Mammoth Lakes. The stops for the day are hot springs, petroglyphs, a canyon for photos and an abandoned ranch. In the afternoon, we will make the short pavement trek to check out Devils Post Pile. For those who are still full of energy, you can enjoy one of the many short to medium hikes in the area which provide some great views of the Sierras. Starting point for the day Address - Quality Inn near Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort - 3537 Main St, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 Meet Time – 7:30am Depart – 8:00am to hit the trails The plan is to have lunch overlooking Mono Lake before heading back into Mammoth. Depending on time, we may have lunch sooner or later as trail time will dictate our speed. Restaurant for the night Address - TBD Day 3: September 18 (Sunday) Before everyone makes the trek home, we will be heading over to June Lake to experience one of the most scenic drive loops you can do on or off road. Here we will hit a short side trail to get a final group photo and see Parker Lake, which is one of those hidden gems of the Sierras. After this stop, participants can make their way home as they see fit. The total mileage for all three days will be 489 miles of trails and around 35 miles of pavement. For those looking at a first time run, this is a good intro to our group and the family friendly events we like to host. Required gear: Hand held or 50 watt VHF Radio 1 full size spare Plug Kit (if only carrying 1 spare tire) Recommended Gear: 50 watt VHF Radio GPS app or off road GPS Device 2 Spare Tires Plug Kit Tow straps 5 gallons of fuel Register Here
  14. August 27 & 28 - Weekend in the dirt. Saturday August 27: We will be doing a day in the dirt and intro trail type class in Carson NV. There is a thread posted on the forum with more details on this event. To summarize this is a day for new people to off roading to go out and learn in a none intimidating environment. This is also a day for experienced people to come play on some fun trails. Sign up for the day here: http://goo.gl/forms/QTQkGyafpo780zMJ3 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Sunday August 28 - Poker Run 4 - Sailboats Sign up here for poker run 4 The fourth Poker Run, we are Heading back to the original stopping grounds and adding new trails for you to enjoy. As with all poker runs, these are fun social day trips to gt out and get your truck/jeep dirty. This will be a looped route for those with trailer vehicles. Poker Run 4 (Sail Boats) is on Sunday August 28th and will cover around 158 miles of dirt trails. These trails are a mix of everything the desert throws at you, from smooth sections to slow washouts. Please remember this is NOT a race or competition, so take it easy when on the trail. There are washouts that can snap axles if you're trying to be Robby Gordon. This is a fun run like always and open to any and all off road trucks. Meet time - 8:00am (Air down ready to go) Depart - 8:30am hit the trails Address - Johnson General Store - 1392 Johnson Ln, Minden, NV 89423 The $50 costs cover the following: - $15 - Poker buy-in - $30 - Decals (number of your choice as shown below) - Decals do not harm your paint and are a pick and stick product. Test to 189 MPH and stayed on. - $5 - PayPal Fee (grrrr) The poker run trail game: Players: A team consists of the participants riding in a single rig. A team can consist of a single driver, or as many passengers vehicle can legally hold. We encourage this as a family or couples event as the trails are as smooth as trails can get and is meant to be a fun outing. Objective: This is a 5 card stud game. Participants can stay in a group or if they want to do their own thing can drive ahead to the check points to pick up the next playing card. Check points will be noted by a flag so you know you to jump out and grab a playing card. How to Play: At the start of the event, teams are given a packet with GPS locations (street addresses and times checkpoints are open). At each checkpoint teams will be able to choose their playing card. Distance covered: The group will cover 150 miles off off road trails and no pavement till the drive to the restaurant. NOTES: This is not a time and distance rally or the fastest car wins event. This is a meant to be a fun trail event with a “game” added to it to make it different. Goal of the outing is to be fun and social not a race! There is no “civilized” restroom on this run so plan accordingly. How to Win: This Poker Run is about the experiences and the adventure, but the prizes at the end are not bad either ;-). The winning team is the one with the best hand at the end at the lunch stop. Payouts are given to the teams with the top three hands. Payout: First place receives 50%, second place receives 30%, and third place receives 20%. The more participants there are, the bigger the pot will be. All fees collected go to the event as noted below. Lunch: Is pack it in and out. The Wholefood lunches are an option if you don't want to plan your lunch. These include (Sandwich, fruit, Pasta Salad, Cookie and Soda) Maps: GPS map files will be sent to those who register for the event. Weather: If the weather turns south on us, a full refund will be given a week prior to the event. After that partial refunds will be give as decals will have been printed. They will be mailed to you if canceled and a new date selected to do the run. Sign up here for poker run 4
  15. NorCal Off Road Meet (Coffee & Offroad) Date: July 24th - Sunday Time: 8am to 10am Address: Bloom Coffee - 1485 Eureka Rd, Roseville, CA 95661 We will be meeting in Roseville again this month. For August we will be moving the location to Tracy CA.
  16. We had a great first dirt day / 101 group. Several people who signed up had last minute changes but we still had a great group. We are planning another Dirt Day / 101 class the Saturday before poker run 4 on August 27. For more information on the group, as always see the website at Road Adventure Drives If you wish to sign up for the dirt day / 101 please sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/QTQkGyafpo780zMJ3 For Poker Run 4 see the posted thread or details here: Poker Run IV, Off Road Tour, Off Roading Adventure, Group Trail Run, Some images from the event: 2016 - Dirt 101 July
  17. Posting a few replies that came from other forums. 1. There is no charge for this. We are doing this as an active off road community member. 2. We will be doing another one of these on August 27th, which is the Saturday before our Poker Run 4. 3. Please remember we are not, nor do we claim to be the experts. We are sharing our knowledge on what we have learned when going out on runs. Hope that helps and if you are planning on going please sign up so we can have a head count.
  18. Friendly reminder to sign up if you plan on attending. This is so we can email you meet up address and basic items to carry. Meeting point will be in Carson City Dunkin donuts at 8:00am.
  19. For all the images go to the club site: Road Adventure Drives When you hear about a trip to Area 51 you image strange and abnormal things will happen. Well, this expedition was certainly one of those tales. Saturday morning the group met to go over the day’s activities and the usual safety brief of, “take it easy.” The morning was cold and overcast, which was nice as it was 98 degrees on the drive in the day before. First stop for the day was the old airfield where they flew some of the X programs. You could drive into one of the hangers and get pictures. From the hanger it was an adventure trail (very faintly visible) to the next trail section. Most of the group made good time but several participants were new to offroad, including the Lexus and rental Expedition, so they were learning what the vehicles could do. And yes you read that right, more on that in a minute. The next section was all about cruising. Trail was smooth and in better shape than most CA freeways, sadly. As we got closer to one of the mountain ranges we turned to the side trail and went into a great canyon section. This was tight and felt like a world rally stage. Once we got to the other side of the range, the trail opened up into a LONG straight trail. It was about 10 miles of dead straight and flat trail before a turn. On this section we had some fun rollers that made for a few laughs. When we got near the end of this section we had some right turns. One of the trucks missed a turn and had a catastrophic failure. Now here is where the Area 51 oddities start. We will have two stories for this day. First story will be of the main group. While I helped the driver and passenger of the broken truck, the main group went on. They made stops at the Little Alien Inn, area 51 main gate (no one arrested), Petroglyphs, Alien science and off to Las Vegas. Everyone was making good time, even the Lexus and Rental were both were doing ok. The new Raptor owner was the boat anchor and delayed the group here and there, as he too was learning what his vehicle could do. The last section of the day is where all three owners got a fast introduction to expedition off roading. The Lexus and one of the Raptors blew a tire here and the Expedition got a dinged running board. Now to other day’s story. After transporting the driver and passenger of the truck to Las Vegas, myself and the driver picked up a flatbed trailer and a second truck and went back the 160 miles to where his truck was left. On the way there we go drenched from a thunder storm. Then, as we approached Rachel NV, we got snowed on, and then as we got to the truck we had sunshine again. As we recovered the vehicle there were 2 massive thunder storms approaching us. This brought the outside temperature down fast and it became windy as hell. When the storms were about 20 miles away, as if the aliens were giving us a hand, the storms split and went around us. The wind died down and temps stabilized. You could see clear skies above us and lightning all around us in the distance. After dragging the truck onto the trailer and hitching up, we drove another 160 miles back to Las Vegas. We arrived to the hotel at midnight. On day two the group was smaller. The Lexus and Expedition bowed out and one Raptor slept in. The group left at 8am on the dot to hit the trails. The group, which now consisted of all Raptors, drove the 40 miles to the trail start. With the memories of Saturday still in everyone’s mind, radio and adherence to safety were being strictly followed. At the start of the trail it was sunny and 85 degrees outside. We made fast time over some of the best trails of the trip. We stopped at a lake bed for some photos and fly byes. From the lake bed we made a stop at Devil’s hole and headed to Beauty. The two sections of trail we had not pre ran were skipped, as the start to one of them was completely gone. After fuel and lunch in Beauty, we stopped at Rhyolite for pictures and made our way through Death Valley. As we approached the Limpcot mine stop, the strange started again. During the last 2 miles of this section a massive thunder storm rolled through and left 2 inches of water on the lake bed we were traveling on. This made for an adventurous section, as if you traveled too fast you would get blinded, and if you traveled too slow you would get stuck. By the time everyone made it to the mine, the temperature dropped and you could see another massive storm coming in the distance. As we had several canyons to run down, it was agreed to call the event for safety concerns. We had covered ¾ of the distance back to Tonopah and it was not worth the risk. Everyone aired up and started back to Tonopah. On the way there the storm hit and it came down in BUCKETS. Shortly after, hail was added to the deluge. Temperatures dropped from 85 degrees to 31 degrees in a matter of a minute. It took us over 10 minutes of driving on a freeway to get to the edge of the stop. If this had been on the trail it could/would have been hours and caused a serious risk to the group. The right call was made. This was one wild and crazy weekend, as the weather and events made it go all sorts of directions. We will be planning in the future to re-run the trip, hopefully with no spooky or crazy events. See you on the trails. ROC Team For all the images go to the club site: Road Adventure Drives
  20. July 9th 101 Dirt Class We came up with the idea of making a "class/workshop" style event where those who have an interest in getting into desert off road runs, but have no experience, can come out and learn some of the basics. These will be day events with a focus on education vs exploring, therefore we will not cover a lot of miles. There will be a 101 and 102 class, which will go over various topics on how to get into dirt trail runs. Classes will be open to any off road capable vehicle. Events will be in the area east of Carson NV. Notes: We are not professionals, we are not certified trainers, and we are not end all be all in knowledge. We are off road enthusiasts sharing our experiences of off roading with the hope of assisting those who want to get into this hobby to have a less intimidating way to learn. Sign up for the day here: http://goo.gl/forms/QTQkGyafpo780zMJ3 Club Website for Images and other events http://www.raddrives.com
  21. Our first "coffee" meet is now on the books. Turn out for a hot Sunday morning was better than we expected. Ford, Dodge, Toyota, Jeep and Land Rover in attendance. Hopefully in time we will get some of the other manufactures out. Our next coffee meet will be back at Bloom Coffee for July. August we will move the event to Tracy to make it easier on our Bay Area friends. To see all the vehicles in attendance see the album link here: Road Adventure Drives Here are a few images from the event.
  22. Hello Off Road Community. Members of the ROC Group are will be hosting a Cars and Coffee style event for Off Road Community members. The NorCal Off Road Meet (Coffee a& Offroad) – is a once a month meet up from 8am to 10am at Bloom Coffee in Roseville. This event is meant to allow those who want to get involved in off road events (Not crawling events) to meet other off roaders, see setups and ask questions. It will also allow for those who are already involved in off roading to talk trails, current setups, off road racing and other off road related topics. The parking lot is large enough for those with tow only race / trail vehicles to come out and showcase their trucks/vehicles to fellow enthusiasts. This is open to all trucks, off road vehicles and those who want to be part of the off roading community. Our first event is planned for June 26th. Bloom Coffee - 1485 Eureka Rd, Roseville, CA 95661 Hope to see you there! PS - Images and Future dates will be posted to this thread if interested in attending.
  23. Enjoy the pre-run video of poker run III. There is still time to sign up.
  24. On the way to Beatty, there happened to be a set of jump people could have fun on. The group took turns and had a little fun seeing if they could get their wheels in the air. After the jumps it was a fund smooth trail to a small section of Death Valley. The Death Valley section was where the group made a quick stop at Ryholite for quick photo and then off to Beatty for fuel. The section of trail from Beatty to the lake bed trail was, lets say hell. It was 7 miles of none stop whoops which tested everyone’s suspension and gave a few people whiplash. This section of trail was not pre-ran and became known as whoop Ville 2 as in the pre-run we found another section like this that was 11 miles long. The group slogged through this section and a short rock trail to get to smoother trails which lasted the rest of the day. An interesting crossing the group had was over the freeway where there was a run going on. Everyone made it across but it was a sight to come up to traffic and people running in the middle of the desert. No thank you. The last section of trail included a long dry lake bed where people where able to have a little fun. At the last regroup point, the group took a moment to take pictures of the “unknown church” which was carved into a canyon. There was not data on it but it was a good rally point for the group and one of the stops we had planned for our day. After a long day on the trail and with the sun setting, we reach the end of the planned dirt section. From here, it was a 20 mile freeway sprint to Las Vegas. Most of the group was tired and ready to call it a day. After quickly airing up, we hit the freeway.
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