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Mojave Road trip - March 2017

Discussion in 'Overland Trip Planning' started by VCeXpedition, Oct 20, 2016.

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Best weekend in March 2017 to go?

Poll closed Nov 14, 2016.
  1. March 3, 4, 5

    1 vote(s)
    14.3%
  2. March 10, 11, 12

    1 vote(s)
    14.3%
  3. March 17, 18, 19

    2 vote(s)
    28.6%
  4. March 24, 25, 26

    3 vote(s)
    42.9%
  5. During the week would work better for me

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. VCeXpedition

    VCeXpedition Rank IV Member

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    Watch this Post#1 for the occasional update as things progress or change.

    Edit 3/22/17: It's almost time to roll out! The meetup point information is on Post#748, take a look and make sure you can see this on a map you understand.
    If you can't make the meetup point off of Aha Macav Parkway at 10:00AM, go directly to the gathering point off of the Needles highway. These two points are pretty close together, if you're at the point off of the Needles Highway, there's no need to go to the first point. This is only there for those who really want to start "at the river". That is an additional 5 minutes east, and please go there on your own. It's underwhelming but historic none-the-less.

    Edit: It's time to get committed for this trip! See the details on how to reserve your spot on Post #522. $10 for this kind of party? keep watching this thread for more information about the trip.

    Edit 3/3/17: Go Vote on the poll for the collectable and awesome patch for this run! Only a very limited time to vote, get'er done!
    Edit 2/12/17: Check Post #404 for another installation of the plan, including Camp Etiquette, Trail Etiquette, Trail Comms and a bit more.
    Edit 2/7/2017: Check post #394 for some info. I will add other posts with key info for this trip, then put them together for the trail plan.

    Edit 2/2/2017: So all, it's official, @Michael and @Corrie will be joining this trip, it just went from awesome to potentially epic.
    Watch in the near future for updates to the end of this thread with some instructions, information and general motivation to make sure you know what you're getting into, either that or what you're gonna miss!
    We've sorted out the details of the permit thing, we're getting two permits to cover the group. The vehicle limit will be 40 rigs, which is still huge but I think things will get pretty loose. We'll try to provide some direction, information and structure to make sure you have what you need, but this is an open trail ride in a huge area governed by both the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management, so....
    Anyway. I'm stoked, motivated and can't wait for March!

    Edit 1/22/2017: Added a video of the Pre-Run on MLK Weekend.

    Edit 1/18/2017: I added a trip summary from our pre-run on MLK Weekend, read post #296/#297 if you're interested.



    Added 11/14/16:
    OK, this has been scheduled for the last weekend in March 2017. Let's move forward and plan this date. This should be an awesome trip.
    If any of you have questions about what vehicle requirements are, if you wonder if your vehicle is appropriately equipped for this trip, post up!

    Background: The Mojave Road is an historic road that runs basically from the Colorado River near the California/Arizona/Nevada border into the Mojave desert, terminating somewhere west of Baker, CA. More history to follow.

    The general plan: March is a good time to visit, daytime temperatures are moderate, nighttime temps are tolerable if not chilly.

    Rendezvous point #1 will be the Avi Casino just North of I-40 near the Colorado river. You have to go North about 3 miles from there to find the road (rendezvous #2). We'll start with that. This is an easy trail to jump out at various points if you need to make it shorter.

    Fixed Dates: March 24 - 26, 2017 (Meet Friday Morning, hit the trail, finish Sunday afternoon)

    Added 11/21/16
    Headcount so far:

    Tentatively committed: Ready to Go:
    @fj80toyman
    @pabloquiros
    @Judge
    @Jeff_Tanner
    @Comanche
    @3T4RToymaker
    @Truckerbizz
    @Reichling +1 (?)
    @mmnorthdirections
    @dghcruising
    @Reconnoiter
    @DaveL
    @theick
    @Scott
    @Narbob
    @Frank Cornejo (added 11/26/16)
    @Mirek
    @Edped (added 12/6/17)
    @Zargon (added 12/6/17)
    @ce4460
    @Joel 11k
    @gneargarder
    @picklejuice
    @findmeoutside
    @Michael (added 2/2/17)
    @Stephen R Kennedy (added 2/2/17)
    @Fakawi Tribe (added 11/26/16) --> moved up 2/4/17
    @HMBxplore (added 1/25/17) --> moved up 2/4/17
    @SAC-CA-Runner (added 2/6/17)
    @Tom K
    @Clifford Bennett (added 1/29/17)

    Tentative Maybe's:
    @Max Hultman
    @HammerheadFistpunch
    @CoDawwg
    @NetDep (added 11/26/16)
    @Jaydub514
    @Joey Treadwell
    @Bluefox
    @Jkroberts
    @Clint Hughes
    @Saints&Sailors
    @JayRock
    @hidesertwheelin
    @boss324
    @Cayenne (added 2/5/17)
    @JesseG. (added 2/9/17)
    @AdvLR3 (added 2/13/17)
    @LBCR1 (added 2/13/17)
    @aaa247 (added 2/17/17)
    @CC_FJ (added 2/17/17)
    @Ryan Matthes (re-added 2/21/17)
    @BoostedFJ (added 2/25/17)
    @FireRetiredGFD (added 2/26/17)
    @petwhookie (added 2/27/17)
    @Mademan925 (added 3/3/17)
    @Lauroness (added 3/4/17)
    @Cavo (added 3/4/17)
    @Rugby dad (added 3/4/17)
    @SuperSeven (added 3/6/17)
    @NorCalCrisp (added 3/8/17)


    Edit: 1/12/17: If you are interested in this trip, let me know by posting in this thread and I'll add you to the "Tentative Maybe" list as a kind of waiting list because of the number of respondents!
    Possibility of 30 or more rigs! Wow, this will be an undertaking for sure.
    Not un-manageable, but it looks like we'll need a permit for sure, I'll follow up.
    Really looking forward to this.

    More info to come:
    - Trail Comms
    - Common meals / potluck?
    - Sightseeing along the way - what to see?
    - Other?
    ************************************** End 11/21/16 Edit

    Vehicle requirements: Although I've heard tales of VW Vans and Pontiacs taking this trail, I would suggest at least stock 4WD as some of the trails can best be navigated with added traction. This is not a difficult trail but 3 days on dirt roads can be demanding. Small trailer friendly is my estimation as well.
    Let's discuss more if you have questions about your particular vehicle and equipment.


    ...and here's March 2017.
    March 2017.jpg

    Dan.
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2017
  2. DaveL

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    Watching & waiting ;-)
     
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  3. WCO_Ryan

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    Awesome.
     
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  4. pabloquiros

    pabloquiros Rank V Supporter Member

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    I'm game!
     
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  5. Mike G

    Mike G Rank VI Member

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    Count me in.
     
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  6. mmnorthdirections

    mmnorthdirections Rank VI Staff Member Moderator Founder 500 Supporter + Member

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    Sounds awesome WATCHING!!!! Long time away :(
     
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  7. WCO_Ryan

    WCO_Ryan Rank V Benefactor Supporter Member

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    i know its a long ways out but late march would work best for me :)
     
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  8. stoney126

    stoney126 Rank V Founder 500 Supporter Member

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    very interested!
     
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  9. Judge

    Judge Rank II Member

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    I'm planning on this one for sure! I might even start shopping for a ceramic frog...
     
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  10. O.Dfj

    O.Dfj Rank VI Benefactor Supporter Member

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    They also have garden gnomes and bobble heads lol
     
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  11. ravenplague

    ravenplague Rank IV Member

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    I know that most kids have spring break around the 1st of April to the 9th. I do too actually!
    Are we set on dates?
     
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  12. VCeXpedition

    VCeXpedition Rank IV Member

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    Yeah, it's still early but I'd like to set dates early so people can count on and plan accordingly.

    I may put out a survey to all the early-adopters and then use that as a guideline for all those who come aboard later.
    This is still a democracy right?
     
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  13. pabloquiros

    pabloquiros Rank V Supporter Member

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    I support the setting dates early. Gives more time for planning. Sounds good guys.
     
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  14. Jeff_Tanner

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    i am so down.
     
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  15. picklejuice

    picklejuice Rank V Benefactor Member

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    Thanks to @Mike G for putting this on my radar! Super interested!
     
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  16. VCeXpedition

    VCeXpedition Rank IV Member

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    Watch the first post for updates. I'll post a poll for possible dates next week.

    Dan.
     
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  17. Comanche

    Comanche Rank II Member

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    Put me down for this one.
     
  18. JB Umx

    JB Umx Rank 0

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    Also interested, depending on dates.
     
  19. NetDep

    NetDep Rank IV Member

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    Stupid question - traveling from Seattle area, could I make this trip (down & back) in a week? It sounds awesome......
     
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  20. NetDep

    NetDep Rank IV Member

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