2008/02 - Mojave Desert

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Kids do the darnest things! O wait I think these were the natives leaving their historic marks!

A view from the top with all 4 gens!

Forget which building this is but I'm sure Sean, Chris or Jenn would be able to fill us in. Apparently this site was invested with the Hata virus or something like that as it had all of the "warning labels" still on the door. I didn't bother to go in as I saw plenty of rat poo through the windows. eek!

Day two camp site @ Government Hole.

Hole in the wall. Not much of a hole but definitely one of many!

This is the trail that ya'll missed. Two sections had these "rings" attached so that you can use it to leverage yourself to get up and down. Cool stuff! I think the trail was called rings of something...

And this is where you end up at the base of the trail. Definitely the "Hole in the wall" worthy area.

A remote decommissioned mine with two 15' shafts where we had our lunch. Some carnage from my vehicle:

* Fender didn't do so well after a lot of the rattling. One side had to be held together by zip ties. A must have item for all! It's just as good as duct tape.
* Hood pin failed so they're getting replaced w/ some other kinds thats meant for the abuse.
* Lost a rear driver coil again but this time it definitely did a number as I was flying through a section of the trail in the dark (left early so I was on my own). Realized something was wrong immediately as I bottomed out hard and stopped. Saw the damage done and kinda gave myself the "you dumba**" look and smacked myself in the head. The damage looks to be bad as it appears my abs sensor is damaged (xmas tree on the dash) along with physical damages to the line so it looks like that's not gonna be fun fixing it (more of the cost to replace rather than the actual physical replacing). This is what happens when you don't resolve your old pending issues and still take it out and have fun greengrin
* Front passenger cv was spittin grease but not sure if it's a busted cv or just the boot (will inspect later)
* Power steering is making that infamous squealing sound so I'm not sure if it's the "lack of oil" which it appears not to be but rather a bad power steering pump. I've added a bit more oil on the limp back home from Baker and the sound has subsided but it's still there so I'm guestimating the pump is bad now.
* Tranny had some issues and I suspect I didn't throw enough oil in or it's just burning quite a bit. Either way I've added significantly more and the problem has subsided. I've checked the oil and it's still nice and red so I've got no clue. Since I've upped the tranny cooler size I've added more oil to compensate for the added volume but still weird.

The limp home was no fun. Took all of the exits to make sure everything was ok. The normal 2 hour  and change drive back took well over 4 hours I think so that was no fun. I think all of the stops to add oil here and there definitely held me up but it did keep me up as attempting to drive home  in the whee hours was prob not the safest thing to do alone.

I definitely want to redo this trail as it's a great trail (2wd friendly for the most part 99% of it actually). Not hard to do and super fun with a lot of great sites to explore. There's a few places I'd like to go back and see so I can't wait to get my 4runner back up and running!  clap