Saturday, April 18, 2020

Gold Mountain - Jeep Badge of Honor

Day 31 & 32: Adams Xtreme Off Road Adventure

Let the Adventure Lead You


Pioneertown

Another moment of where the Adventure lead me. That last minute lunch with fellow Jeeper Stacey the day before lead to an amazing day of wheeling in Southern California. I met up with Stacey in the morning. Our first stop was Pioneertown. A cool little stop before we hit the trails. 

Pioneertown

In 1946, Pioneertown was founded by a group of Hollywood investors, including actors Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. They dreamed of creating an Old West set 125 miles east of Los Angeles that was actually a town worth visiting.

The 1880s-style false-front facades with interiors that had stuff for visitors to see and do too. Up went frontier stables, saloons, and jails; inside, they housed ice cream parlors, bowling alleys, and motels. After a stroll through the town it was off to the trails. 

Off-Road Trail N202


The first trail was 2N02 where we also met fellow Jeeper and YouTuber Mike - JeepZentoks. We all had such a great time Stacey and Mike met us for our most recent adventure the LTWK Mohave Road Fan Ride. A great 20 mile moderate trail that connects the Yucca Valley to Big Bear with stunning views of the San Bernardino Mountains. 

Gold Mountain - Jeep Badge of Honor Trail



We came out of the trail near Big Bear Lake and make a last minute decision to try the Gold Mountain Trail again. I wanted that Jeep Badge of Honor.  Stacey and Mike had never wheeled the trail, but did an amazing job on those rocky obstacles for the first time in their manual Jeeps with no lockers!  


By the time we drove off the mountain it was dinnertime so we stopped in Big Bear for some dinner, then it was time to say good-bye to Stacey and Mike (for now). It was a great day of wheeling and we met two really great Jeepers.   

Nexen Tire Interview


After wheeling in southern California I headed to the coast for a quick stop to do an interview with Paul from Nexen Tires. 

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Southern California

It was a bittersweet day. It was time to head back to the East Coast. It was an amazing trip as we met so many awesome companies and Jeepers. Deep down I didn't think I could ever make another Jeep adventure happen. Little did I know what my future was going to bring. 

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Pinyon Canyon Off-road Adventure

Day 28, 29, 30  Adams Xtreme Off Road Adventure

Lori Graves and myself

I spent the day lazing around the campsite with Jeep Girl Lori Graves. It was nice to spend the whole day just doing nothing, but hanging in the great outdoors. Tomorrow will be the day for off road fun. 


Lori gave the term Day Drinking a whole new meaning. Even Jersey got in on the fun. Later that evening the other Jeepers rolled in & joined in on the fun.  

The Next Day


Time to hit the trails. Both Lori and Jay Bowman joined me on the trails, two fellow Jeep followers on social media I got to meet. Little did I know the trail they picked was a Jeep Badge of Honor Trail! WOOT! WOOT! It was a great day of wheeling with some amazing views. 


The trail had three difficult obstacles and the rest was amazing views of the canyon. 

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Mojave Road Adventure

Day 23 to 27 Adams Xtreme Off Road Adventure
Southern California Wheeling

Mojave Road

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After leaving Kingman, I was looking forward to the isolation of Mojave Road. It is an historic route across the Mojave Desert. A route from the Native Americans back in the day, but later became a thoroughfare for Spanish missionaries, explorers and settlers. 



The GAIA app sure helped keep me on track as there are so many two tracks, gravel roads, and wash outs in the desert. 


Before the sunset, I found a nice quiet spot along the road to set up camp and make some dinner. It was really nice to be out in the middle of nowhere looking at all the stars by a campfire. Something I could do every night. 

Mojave Road Discoveries

The next day was all about finding those Mojave Roads history spots. I was excited when I found the mailbox.


I also found an old "ghost town". It was actually an old lava rock mine with everything left to rust.    


A windmill still turns at an old watering spot for the travelers back in the day. Old structures still stand and I wonder who lived here. 


 

There was still so much more to see but I had places to go and people to meet, so I jumped off Mojave Road, and headed towards the coast of California as San Diego was the next stop. Along the the way to Long Beach where I was going to hit the coastal highway down to San Diego I passed through Big Bear, California.


Jersey Girl - Such a Sweet Dog

I finally made it to the coast and spent the day driving down the coastal highway one. It was a nice drive all the way down to San Diego. The best part was Jersey's reaction to hearing the ocean waves for the first time. 



From San Diego it was on to Anzo-Borrego Desert where I met fellow Jeepers for some camping and wheeling.  I found a nice spot under the shade of a tree. Jersey had a great time having the campsite to herself to smell all the new smells.    

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