- February 18, 2021 at 16:40 #49151Jefe4x4Moderator
We arrived en caravan with my brother John and his lovely wife Krys in their ’99 Ford 7.3L diesel 6 speed manual/’03 9.5 OUTFITTER; my son Matt and his fetching bride, Summer in their like new ’01 Lance 845 on my ’01 Cummins H.O. 6 speed manual; and Jeanie and I in our ’20 Ford F-350 7.3L Godzilla/ ’20 Northstar Laredo on Friday afternoon. With almost everyone in our party still gainfully employed, the timing of the rally was a cluster. Our party arrived just in time for me to deliver my spiel: GAS or DIESEL: CONSIDERATIONS to about 60 listeners. Matt won the grand prize at the raffle: $2K worth of Lithium Ion batteries. We were having a great time until Mello Mike, the entrepreneur of TCA, announced to our party that the Feds would not allow a permit for the trail run for 20 truck campers. Because of Covid, six at at time they could countenance. That would mean they stalled long enough to tell him the day before the Rally was to commence. That would mean 6 starting Monday; 6 starting Tuesday; 6 or so starting Wednesday.
With that knowledge, we pow-wowed and decided to find another venue instead of waiting until Wednesday to start on El Camino del Diablo. No way we would take someone else’s spot for the trail. I don’t know what happened after we left except that only Montepower went on El Diablo.
We decided to do the Bradshaw trail as only Jeanie and I had done it before. All of us aired down. We explored several hard core side trails and sandy arroyos and next day exited via the gas line road before the real ugly part at the end with endless rocks and anchor pulling, Rockin’ and Rollin axle twisting Woops. We finally wound up overnight in a remote, sandy section of Box Canyon with the best, most secluded and windless part of the entire trip. We had incessant winds for most of the week. They get old after a few days even in a hardside.
2020 Ford F-350 XLT FX4 4WD SRW SB SC 7.3L Godzilla Gas TorqShift 10R140 397 amps dual Alt dual batts Frnt Dana 60; Rr Dana M275 E-locker 4.30's 4580/4320/4066# payload 7243# curb wt. 11,300# GVWR 5-er prepped. 2020 Northstar Laredo SC, 12v compressor fridge, cassette, 320w Solar sub zero insulation.
- February 19, 2021 at 20:13 #49191AnonymousInactive
Hi jefe, this is what happen after your group left, we did have a trail meeting late Sunday and it was work down to a small group (4 rigs) would do the El Camino del Diablo trail and the rest of us would tranvers the Bradshaw Trail. Mike and I did this trail year as you know and it was definitely much rougher than last year.
- February 24, 2021 at 10:33 #49317Mello MikeKeymaster
Here’s the brand-new video that we shot of last week’s run on the Bradshaw Trail. The video includes contributions by several participants.
- February 24, 2021 at 14:48 #49319Coly HopeParticipant
I will make it to a rally one day.
- February 25, 2021 at 06:31 #493272Z BundokParticipant
Good Video! nice trail and beautiful rigs. Thanks for putting it together!
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