Last weekends road trip turned out to be one of
those epic wheeling trips that will be used to gauge all other road trips from
here on out. I doubt I will ever experience another weekend with as
many high and low points as this last one, or at least I sure hope I don't.
Now that it is over I can look back with a sense of awe at what a few determined
people accomplished but before I get to that and an explanation for this first
picture I have to start from the beginning.
Chad, Scott, Jack and myself all arrived in Mammoth around noon. We setup
camp and loaded up the buggies to hit a few easier trails before the sun went
down, I was not looking forward to the long drive to the trailheads,
especially with my front tires filled with water but the ride ended up being not
so bad. I did discover I could not cruise in 3rd gear up the shallow
grades without overheating the transmission, one downside to having a non-lockup
torque converter. The ride was a bit more pleasant with some horsepower,
my last trip out my 4 cylinder was only running on 3 pistons and actually blew
one out the side of the block.
The first trail we ran was Last Crusade. The trail was quite a bit
different from last time, apparently the canyon flooded out pretty good last
year and it showed.
All the usual notches were a bit deeper and there were lots of new, smaller
obstacles now exposed between the major obstacles.
I really love the scenery back in the canyons along Copper Creek, it's just
nonstop greenery and cacti around every corner.
One of the bigger notches and the only spot you could tell someone had filled in
My co-pilot Cameron rode the whole trail with me this time thru. The last
time we were here he was just over a year and a half old.
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