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yomondo 10-01-2011 09:49 PM

Mojave Road Friday 11/18/11 - Sunday, 11/20/11 - CANCELED
 
THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Sorry but due to damages to my Jeep, from an accident a few days ago, that I'm not able to fix in time, I'm unable to make this run.


Mojave Road, Laughlin to Barstow, Friday 11/18/11 through Sunday 11/20/11. This is the weekend before Thanksgiving.

This is an easy run through the Mojave National Preserve, with lots of stops along the way to visit historical sites, plus a side trip to Kelso Depot and Kelso Dunes. Read up on some of the history of this trail right here, or pick up a copy of the Mojave Road Guide for more details and route guidance. Most of the trail can be done in 2WD, but there are a couple of muddy or sandy spots where one could potentially get stuck, so I would like for everyone going on this run to have both front and rear tow points. A CB radio is also highly recommended.

The 2 nights of camping will be at primitive campsites. There will be no toilets, water or any services of any kind. I have a privacy tent and one of those portable toilets that use those swag bags. I'll bring it along, and anyone who promises to thoroughly clean up after themselves is welcome to use it. (Put yourself in my position. I don't want to clean up other people's toilet mess!)

Itinerary:

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 (Optional)

Stay overnight at
Avi Resort & Casino

10000 Aha Macav Parkway, Laughlin, NV 89029
Main: 702-535-5555
Reservations: 800-284-2946
Website
Currently rooms are going for $27/nt

9:00am Friday, Nov 18, 2011
Gas up and meet at the Avi Resort & Casino parking lot

There's a gas station right there at the Avi.
Gotta get an early start since the days are shorter.
Since the trailhead is only 3 miles from here, we'll air down here then hit the trail.

Friday:
35.045333,-114.577167 Traditional "Mile 0" starting point at West Bank of Colorado River (first of two possible starting points)
35.046167,-114.640333 Alternate starting point from Ahi Macav Pkwy (second of two possible starting points)
35.114667,-114.984167 Stop at Fort Piute
35.135500,-115.177167 Stop at the Penny Can
35.153000,-115.327500 Stop at Rock Spring
35.155333,-115.336667 Stop at Bert Smith's Rock House (turn left to driveway) NPS property, pit toilet
35.147167,-115.359167 Stop at Government Holes, site of some famous gun fight
35.129921,-115.435345 Day 1 Camping Spot option (developed): Mid Hills Campground ($12/night, 2 vehicles max)
35.175456,-115.463663 Day 1 Camping Spot option (primitive) - But first drive 5-10 miles farther north on road to vista with nice view
35.181944,-115.613056 Day 1 Camping Spot option (primitive): Mojave Camp

Saturday:
35.012222,-115.652500 Stop at Kelso Depot (might leave out to get to the Lava Tube before dark)
34.888622,-115.716906 Stop at Kelso Dunes (might leave out to get to the Lava Tube before dark)
35.170000,-115.647000 Stop at Marl Springs upper spring
35.185333,-115.692833 Stop at the Mojave Mailbox
35.216381,-115.751322 Stop at Lava Tube
35.174677,-115.776461 Day 2 Camping Spot option (primitive): Near Lava Tube
35.216225,-115.900035 Day 2 Camping Spot option (primitive): 17-Mile Point
35.162778,-116.029444 Day 2 Camping Spot option (primitive): Green Rock Mill Camp (at eastern edge of Soda Lake)

Sunday:
35.158000,-116.028667 Eastern edge of Soda Lake - stop on Soda Lake for pictures
35.130833,-116.095333 Stop at Travelers Monument
35.030862,-116.366385 Mojave River water crossing #1
35.037515,-116.380907 Mojave River water crossing #2
34.945333,-116.599167 Stop at Camp Cady (might leave out to get a jump on the traffic coming from Vegas)

What to bring (in addition to your usual offroading/camping gear):
- 5-10 gallons of extra gasoline (JK's will barely make it with an extra 5 gallons, TJ's and YJ's may need more)
- Extra food, water and anything your Jeep might need (at times we'll be many miles away from any services or supplies)
- Warm overnight gear (the nights will probably be in the low 40's, possibly even colder)
- Provisions for 2 nights of primitive camping.
- 1-2 bundles of firewood
- A few bucks to help cover the $50 cost of the required Special Use Permit if our group is, or looks like it might be at least 7 vehicles or 15 people.
- A penny to drop in the "Penny Can" for good luck.
- Flashlight handy for walking through the Lava Tube on Day 2.

Weather Forecast as of 11/14/11:
Thursday (Laughlin): Sunny and clear, 74/50, 0% precip, 8 mph wind
Friday (Cima): Partly cloudy, 62/38, 10% precip, 17 mph wind
Saturday (Cima): Partly cloudy, 51/33, 20% precip, 12 mph wind
Sunday (Baker): Few showers, High 64, 30% precip, 8 mph wind

Post up if you're interested, and let us know if you'll be staying at the Avi Thursday night.

Going:
1. yomondo and the Libation Station (Avi)
2. BeantownR6 (Avi)

Maybe:
1. turdhurdler
2. Xjman1
3. Marc M (FB)
4. Jerry Bransford
5. Jose M (FB)
6. Bill C (FB)
7. Taher H (FB)
8. mtnlvr (SO)
9. Sarah E (FB)
10. David E (FB)
11. thetoadLJ
12. Joel V (FB)
13. Ty T (FB)
14. Jennifer H (FB)
15. Alex T (FB)
16. mojave (SO)

(Avi) = Staying at Avi Resort & Casino Thursday night
(SO) = from Skeletoad Offroad
(FB) = from Facebook invite

If any of you who are going want to download the GPS track so that I'm not the only one who knows where we're going, here are the ones I made from last year.

This was our general planned route.

This was our actual route.

And this is a combination of both. This is the track that I have loaded to my GPS devices to help guide us through this trip.

Here are a few teaser pics from last year...

http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...2_DSC_5714.jpg

Fort Piute
http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...6_DSC_5726.jpg

http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...0_DSC_5731.jpg

http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...7_DSC_5789.jpg

Mojave Mail Box
http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...9_DSC_5948.jpg

Frog Pond
http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...2_DSC_5928.jpg

Gnomes
http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...3_DSC_5933.jpg

Soda Lake
http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...3_DSC_5992.jpg

http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...5_DSC_5996.jpg

Travelers Monument at Soda Lake. Pick up a rock at the beginning of your travel, and deposit it here to bring your group good fortune in your travels. Read the inscription on the plaque in the center of the monument, but keep it a secret.
http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...1_DSC_6013.jpg

Mojave River water crossing
http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...d/L1080936.jpg

turdhurdler 10-01-2011 11:58 PM

Interested here. I need to get my life back into shape and this sounds like a great way to do that.

Jeff

Xjman1 10-02-2011 11:47 AM

What's the plan? Head to Laughlin on Friday then the trail Saturday/Sunday? Interestred but have to work out work and home logistics.

yomondo 10-02-2011 12:08 PM

The plan would be to meet at the Avi Resort & Casino in Laughlin Friday morning, then hit the trail. I'll be driving into Laughlin Thursday night and staying overnight at the Avi. Currently rooms are going for $20 on Expedia. Last year, I stayed there, had a buffet dinner, room, and a buffet breakfast all for $35. Can't beat that.

BeantownR6 10-02-2011 12:48 PM

im in.

yomondo 10-02-2011 12:54 PM

Sweet. As soon as I'm granted the privilege, I'll put more details on the first post.

Barrie 10-02-2011 01:00 PM

:thumb:

BeantownR6 10-02-2011 01:02 PM

how much gas to we need to bring? im going to have to figure out a way, i have a 5 gallon jug

yomondo 10-02-2011 01:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yomondo (Post 1621285)
Currently rooms are going for $20 on Expedia.

Well yesterday they were going for $20. Today they're $27. Still a pretty good deal, but I wonder if the price might drop again.

yomondo 10-02-2011 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yomondo (Post 1621348)
As soon as I'm granted the privilege, I'll put more details on the first post.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Barrie in Utah (Post 1621364)
:thumb:

Thanks Barrie!

First post has been updated!

Quote:

Originally Posted by BeantownR6 (Post 1621368)
how much gas to we need to bring? im going to have to figure out a way, i have a 5 gallon jug

It's about 200 miles including the 60-mile round-trip side trip to Kelso Depot and Kelso Dunes. Last year I used one 5-gallon can, and by the time we got to a gas station, the Jeep said it had about 50 miles to go til empty. I'll be bringing 10 gallons of extra gasoline just in case (for me or anyone else who might need it).

Six Gun Matt 10-03-2011 10:03 AM

Oh man, I really want to do this one! I will have to do some convincing since it is the weekend before thanksgiving and it's at our house this year. I will let you know.

Cons_Table 10-03-2011 11:02 AM

I will also be keeping an eye on this. Looks like a pretty cool trip :thumb:

yomondo 10-04-2011 12:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Six Gun Matt (Post 1623569)
Oh man, I really want to do this one! I will have to do some convincing since it is the weekend before thanksgiving and it's at our house this year. I will let you know.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cons_Table (Post 1623709)
I will also be keeping an eye on this. Looks like a pretty cool trip :thumb:

Hope you guys can make it. This is one of those epic "must do" SoCal trail runs.

Cons_Table 10-04-2011 12:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yomondo (Post 1626929)
Hope you guys can make it. This is one of those epic "must do" SoCal trail runs.

It looks sweet, all depends on what money is looking like and stuff. Will definitely keep you updated.

Jerry Bransford 10-04-2011 03:14 PM

I clicked on 'Maybe' for this on your Facebook page, I'd love to do this if at all possible. From what I have heard, this is not a trail to tow a pop-up tent trailer on, correct?

Cons_Table 10-04-2011 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 1627311)
I clicked on 'Maybe' for this on your Facebook page, I'd love to do this if at all possible. From what I have heard, this is not a trail to tow a pop-up tent trailer on, correct?

It sure doesnt look like it, especially with that water crossing.

yomondo 10-04-2011 04:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 1627311)
From what I have heard, this is not a trail to tow a pop-up tent trailer on, correct?

I could see a small, water-tight offroad trailer possibly getting through, but otherwise, I don't think so. Aside from the water crossing, it does get kinda bumpy out there in places. You're gonna have to rough it with us peasants, Jerry.

Jerry Bransford 10-04-2011 09:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yomondo (Post 1627465)
I could see a small, water-tight offroad trailer possibly getting through, but otherwise, I don't think so. Aside from the water crossing, it does get kinda bumpy out there in places. You're gonna have to rough it with us peasants, Jerry.

No worries, I have thrown my sleeping bag onto the ground many times. :p

Cons_Table 10-04-2011 09:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
No worries, I have thrown my sleeping bag onto the ground many times. :p

Don't get too freaked out when u wake up trapped in your mummy bag ;)

Jerry Bransford 10-04-2011 10:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cons_Table (Post 1628414)
Don't get too freaked out when u wake up trapped in your mummy bag ;)

Hah yeah you were there, that was an uncomfortable minute or two. It was fairly cold that night so I zipped myself into my mummy bag with all my clothes on, then woke up an hour later overheated, feeling like a baked potato and panicky from being so hot and not being able to find the zipper to get out. I was ready to use my knife to cut the bag open from the inside to get out before I was finally able to get it unzipped. :eek: :D

Cons_Table 10-04-2011 10:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
Hah yeah you were there, that was an uncomfortable minute or two. It was fairly cold that night so I zipped myself into my mummy bag with all my clothes on, then woke up an hour later overheated, feeling like a baked potato and panicky from being so hot and not being able to find the zipper to get out. I was ready to use my knife to cut the bag open from the inside to get out before I finally got out. :eek: :D

:rofl: I don't know why, but that cracks me up every time I hear it

BeantownR6 10-04-2011 11:00 PM

lol^^

so what are we looking at for temps at night?

yomondo 10-05-2011 12:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BeantownR6
so what are we looking at for temps at night?

Probably around low 40's, possibly colder.

turdhurdler 10-05-2011 11:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yomondo (Post 1628986)
Probably around low 40's, possibly colder.

Ahhh. That is sweatshirt weather...

Jeff

yomondo 10-06-2011 12:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by turdhurdler (Post 1631580)
Ahhh. That is sweatshirt weather...

Jeff

You might have to wear your knee-high socks with your shorts on this one.

Cons_Table 10-06-2011 12:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yomondo

You might have to wear your knee-high socks with your shorts on this one.

Don't tempt him...

yomondo 10-06-2011 12:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cons_Table (Post 1631736)
Don't tempt him...

I think you just did. :banghead: :rofl:

yomondo 10-06-2011 12:40 AM

http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...igh_socks1.jpg

turdhurdler 10-06-2011 08:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yomondo (Post 1631749)

Hey, stay out of my closet!!!!

Jeff

yomondo 10-06-2011 09:12 AM

K folks, let's see about turning some of those Maybe's into Yes's, eh! I envision some site banner-worthy photo ops on this trip, but we need more Jeeps! Come on, now!


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