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Awesome weekend. Started out good and just got better. First night Met with Brian and the boys at the AVI casino, holy cats gas was cheap there, like 412 for premium. Anyway after that I headed over to camp with Spertierra. Great spot by the way. Later Piper showed up and our drinking continued through the night. No sleep at all. Next morning we met the rest of the crew who stayed at the hotel. We got back to camp and suited up while a rattler decided to visit. I Officially had the Gayest toga ever (YESS!!) lol. off we went. after a short time into the run piper complained of a clunk. we stopped to find his upper shock bolt snapped off mysteriously. we thought it was the end of the fun for him, well no way, he ran the whole trail on 3 shocks!! awesome. other carnage was a lost CB antenna and a slghtly bent rim. We stopped at the fort and bothered some old hikers heheh then on to all the next tourist attractions. Thanks to Spirtierra for leading us and giving us all the information at each of the stops. A couple sad notes, someone took down the penny jar and whipped it into the top of the tree so we found another metal can and started a new one, also all the gnomes were taken from the gnome tree. Camp was a great time, but after being awake so long and sippin brew all day I was the first to crash out. not sure what happened after that. ;) sunday morning we continued on and it seemed though the trail just got better as we went on. We stopped at the cathedral, the flagpole, the Mines, Rockpile and a few other spots. Finally we hit the last 2 water crossings and played around there for awhile seeing who could make the biggest splash. Soo fun!!. at the end of trail we aired up (thank you for the air Brian!) and said our goodbys to piper wh had obligations, the rest of us carried on to Peggy Sues diner to take a Ho bath in the sinks and have a good lunch. I had such an awesome time. You guys all rock!! Thanks for the memories. Pics to come later, I cant get em all uploaded tonight so tomorrow it will have to be. I gotta sleep.
Mike



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This was the best trail run in my log book since Feb. 2008 when I purchased my FJ! Thank you so much to RicoVerde for putting this run together, Spertierra who so masterfully guided us through the trail while providing some history at all of the stops, Kokopeli for an unbelievable amount and variety of ice cream and popsicles that were enjoyed at almost every stop and to his two sons Tim and Keith for thoroughly trail testing my mobile Internet Tablet PC mounted on the dash. Was there anybody else I wanted to thank.... Hmmmmm.... OH, Thanks to Funjunkie for watching my rear end after I cracked it and making this the GAYEST trail run ever with the pink Scooby Doo Toga and the occasional unsightly appearance of his marble sack! lol j/k It was a blast and I'm especially looking forward to helping you set up that future run we discussed.

Friday night trail camp and gettin our drink on!


Oops the sun is coming up! Well there's no point getting sleep now, another brew?


A visitor just passing through our camp.


First Carnage. Quickly removed the broken shock and we were off. (Thanks FunJunkie for assisting me)
 

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Caught everyone as they were thinking of what to do next.


Spertierra pulling off the trail for a quick Flex/Poser shot. Nice articulation, Steve!


On our way to the Penny Can....... NOT! It was not there :( I believe a nature hippie came through and "Cleaned Up" as it was later noted in the log book at The Mailbox.


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DominicG said:
Oh snap...
Indeed! Literally

This happened about fifteen minutes into the first day, Piper yanked the broken shock off and ran the rest of the run on just three shocks. Truck handled it beautifully.
 

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It was either a defective bolt or a bad install. We were on a smooth dirt track at the time going about fifteen miles per hour.
 

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Like everyone else, my pics are coming soon. Too lazy to mess with it now.

I did want to thank everyone who went on the run. I have been trying to make this run for a year now and problems kept popping up to keep me out. So great to finally get it done.

We could not have had better weather, mid 80s in the day and cool enough to need a sweater at night. We did encounter some strong winds overnight, at one point our tent was pressed flat on top of us over and over again. But no real damage, the "luggable loos" did try and run away, but were caught.

Trail carnage was minimal other than the already documented shock failure on Pipers rig. Everything else was basically stuff falling off. I lost a shackle in the front and the reciever shackle in the back. Kokopeli lost his CB antenna. FunJunkie bent a rim slightly towards the end of the second day, but not serious.

The Toga theme was a blast and all got into it, even Kokopeli's sons who were initially a little cool to the idea got on board quickly.

FunJunkie definately gets the "commited to the theme" award. His rope sandals, and scooby doo toga and pretty much nothing else stayed on all day long including crawling under Pipers rig to assist with repairs.

A big thanks goes out to Spertierra. As the only vetran of the Mojave road on the run he agreed to lead the way both days. He downplayed his knowledge of the trail and then very capably led us through all of the key sites. Thanks a lot Steve!

Well, I am sure there will be plenty more reported and pics are loading as I write this. Thanks again to Kokopeli and his two great kids, Keith and Tim, FJ Piper, FunJunkie and Spertierra, Jean and I will remember this weekend for a long time.
 

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DominicG said:
How did it happen?? ???
Defective weld where the mounting stud is attached to the shock body. Look closely at the picture, there was like 1/16 or less of weld that actually penetrated the shock body. Also, there was something else wrong after I installed the All-pro Fox Suspension kit and I was working with Terry to find the problem part. I think it was the shock because my vehicle leaned to the left (the side that broke) about 1 1/2 inches. I believe it was this shock that was limiting the vehicle from sitting level but my FJ just wanted it more so it got er done and ripped the stud right out! lol BTW, with no shock in now, my FJ now sits perfectly level in the rear (left to right) ;D
 

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Wow haven't seen that area before!?

where is that?
Near the end. Spertierra took us on a couple of side trips. I beleive this is the seventh time he has run the trail and he knows his way around very well. We did not have it planned in advance but his willingness to take the lead position in the caravan added tremendously to the trip
 

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Great pictures everyone! Wish I could have made it out on this one...I'll be there next time though.

Piper, hope you get your shock issue resolved quickly;!

Oh, and FunJunkie...that's one heck of a toga!....I'm guessing Lia went a couple nights without bedsheets.... ;D
 

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Wow! Looks like another great run! Very Nice!
 
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