Friday, February 17, 2017

Ordered Shocks, and a Flat Tire and a Canceled Trip.

 

(Thursday)

Ordering New Shocks.

The first thing I did this morning  after breakfast was to order a new set of Rough Country N2.0 shocks for the jeep. I paid extra for two day shipping so I hope I get the shocks by Saturday. Packages usually get delayed here in Quartzsite so I will just have to wait and see what happens this time.

A Flat Tire.

I went out to the jeep to get something and noticed that the passenger side rear tire was almost flat.
I removed the tire and replaced it with the spare.
Tomorrow I will have to take the flat tire to Blythe to get it fixed.

A Canceled Trip.

We had planned to take a trip to Yuma on Friday to visit with Shirley and Bill. We were going to pick them up and join three other jeepers to do a trail in the Yuma area.
Unfortunately Thursday morning I woke up with the (Quartzsite Crud); The cold that sweeps through all the old folks in Quartzsite every year.

Then there is the flat tire to get fixed on Friday and the broken shocks to replace.
I hope I can get things back to normal by Monday. Of course it is supposed to rain Saturday and Sunday so I don’t know when I am going to get the chance to work on the shocks but we will see what happens. Maybe I can erect a tent or something over the jeep so I can work on it in the rain.

A Nice Sunset.

Last evening we were treated to a nice sunset.

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Okay that’s it for now.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Gold Rice Trail Again.

 

Doing Trails Twice.

One of the problems with Jeeping with two different groups is that you end up doing some of the trails twice.

The Wednesday ride was one of these instances of doing a trail a second time.

The last time we did this trail was on December 27. See the blog for that date.

The Gold Rice Trail Again.

We met at the fire station around 9:00.

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Once everone was there we headed north toward Parker. You can see the sleeping gorilla mountains in the distance it looks like the gorilla is still dreaming of that pretty lady gorilla.

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We had to stop at the Running Man gas station and topped off the tanks.
I was leading the first part of the trip as we found a short cut the last time.

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From the gas station we headed west on Mojave Rd. and when we got to the Agnes/Wilson Rd.

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we turned right and followed it across the Colorado River to US 95.

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Here we headed north for a couple of miles to where there is a building with a bunch of antenna’s on it. Just before you get to the building there is a small dirt track going west.
We missed the road and had to turn around and go back. We eventually found the trail and stopped to air down. Once we were aired down I lead the way to the large cement block where the Gold Rice Mine Trail starts.

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The last time we were here there were five chairs. Now someone had added an umbrella. We hung around here for a few minutes taking pictures and eventually headed south on the Gold Rice Trail.

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The Jean Mine.

The trail goes across the sandy flats for a while and shortly before you come to the turn off for the Jean Mine, it enters the hills.

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We drove out the trail to the Jean Mine.

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The Jean Mine has a deep vertical shaft…

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and a lot of wood and other stuff laying around.

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We wandered around here for a while. I found a nice  piece of Quartz here.

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We left the Jean Mine and followed the trail back to the Gold Rice Mine trail.

There is one spot on the trail that gave some of the drivers a little trouble on the way back and they needed a little spotting to get through.

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Once we were back to the Gold rice trail we turned south.

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This section of the trail is kind of fun as it goes through a few deep ravines.

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Lunch.

Eventually we came to the same lunch spot as the last time we were here and we stopped for lunch.

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The Trail Continues.

After lunch we got back on the trail.

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The trail goes into a beautiful canyon and becomes a bit rougher.

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There is one spot that takes some careful tire placement and a good spotter to get through.

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There is a steep drop off on the passenger side and some big rocks to go over once you get past the drop off.

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After getting through this spot the trail goes uphill fairly steeply and eventually gets to the mine which is on a saddle between two peaks.
There is a vertical shaft that has caved in…

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and some great views of the rugged mountains.

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Heading Home.

After walking around the area for a while we headed back down the trail.

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When we got back to the Cement block…

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three of us turned right and went back to the highway where we came into the area. The rest followed the Videl/Blythe Road north to Videl and then to Hwy 62 where they returned to Parker.

The Clunk.

While we were on this ride the clunk in the rear of the jeep got worse. I originally thought that the clunk was being caused by the tire carrier bouncing around on the rough roads. While we were stopped for lunch I did some more checking and found that the shock bushings were worn out and that is what is causing the clunk.

In search of Shocks.

When we got to Parker I went to a couple auto parts stores to see if I could find a set of shocks. After checking a couple of stores and a repair shop without any luck we decided to go to Walmart to do some other shopping. I’ll order some shocks tomorrow.

Chinese Supper.

After Walmart we stopped at a Chinese Restaurant for supper. The part of the group that went to Videl were in the restaurant just finishing their supper when we got there.

Cactus Blooms.

As we were wandering around in the desert we noticed that several Beavertail Cactus were getting buds.

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You can see some pink in these buds.

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We got home around 6:00 it was a good ride and of course it was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

An Impromptu Sunday Ride and the Monday Ride..

 

An Appealing Wash.

For several seasons I have been crossing this one particular wash at least once. Every time I cross it I wonder if it can be navigated.

From the crossing, it looks like it goes up a narrow canyon with some smallish boulders along its course.

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You never know what it will be like further in until you try it. I didn’t want to try it alone in case the jeep got so hung up that I couldn’t free it myself, or just plane broke.
Therefore, I have never attempted the wash until now.

Y-Wana Take A Sunday Ride?

Around 11:00, we went over to see Sue and Denis to talk about the Monday ride.
We are going to a party Monday evening and we had a pretty long trip planned.
To take the pressure off we decided to take a shorter ride this Monday and take the longer ride the following Monday.

While we were visiting, I mentioned this wash I wanted to check out to Denis and asked if they would like to try it this afternoon.

“But I only have half my jeep washed!” Denis complained.

“It’s a good thing I got here when I did then.
Otherwise you would have the whole thing nice and clean and you wouldn’t want to get it dirty”.

“How about after lunch say, around one o’clock at my place?”
I suggested.

“Good, I can finish cleaning my jeep, have lunch. Then we meet you at your place at one.’'

After a little more visiting Patti and I left to go get some lunch and filled the jeeps tank.

On Our Way.

Around 1:00, Sue and Denis pulled up in front of our place.
Denis suggested that we air down before we start since we only had a short drive on the pavement.
We did so and after about 10 minutes we were on our way.
We drove to Sunkist Rd. (BLM-0088) and headed out into the desert.
After about 5 miles on Sunkist Road we turned east on the trail that takes you toward Preachers Pass (BLM-0078).

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As we drive along we can’t help but notice that spring has come to the desert.

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Just sit back and look at the pretty pictures.

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We are almost at the wash.

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The Wash.

The entrance to the wash was a little bumpy but it got smoother after a short distance.

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There are some nice rock out crops…

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and this nice old ironwood tree.

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A Small Obstacle.

We came to our first obstacle.

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The worst thing about this spot was cutting back the thorny brush.

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Once we got the brush cut away it was easy, with a little guidance.

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It went like this for a while; you get over a small obstacle and drive on the sand for a little ways then you come to another waterfall or ledge.

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You get over that one, go a little further and there is something else.

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Then there is more fun stuff.

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Then back to the sand and small rocks.

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Then some bigger rocks.

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The Ocotillo cactus are really getting green and the blooms are starting to show.

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Eventually we came to where the wash intersects with the trail near the Preachers Pass trail.

From here we headed for home and got home by 4:00.

That was fun!!Open-mouthed smile

The Monday Ride.

This Monday ride is to “Patton's Camp”.
It is amazing how many WWII training camps are scattered around the desert here in Arizona and California.
The one we visited today is in California.

Getting There.

We met at the fire station at 9:00 and headed north to Parker, AZ where we crossed the Colorado River and turned west on SR 62. At Videl junction we continued west on 62.

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We stopped at this old road side rest to check the map  to make sure we haven’t passed the road we want.

I am not sure where people get the idea that shoes are a good source of decoration but here is some of their work.

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After a short break here we continued our search for “Patton’s Camp”.

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The Camp.

Eventually we found the correct road. This monument at the beginning of the road was a good hint.

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We drove down the narrow sandy trail and eventually got to a fence and drove along the fence for about a mile. At intervals along the fence there are turnstiles to allow access.

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We drove to the last turnstile, parked the jeeps and went into the fenced area.

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A Couple Churches.

Here we found the remains of the Catholic Chapel.

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There are a lot of stones outlining where there were different tents and other military structures.
We wandered around the area for a while but there is so much brush growing in the area that it is hard to get any good pictures. A drone would work good here.

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After a while we drove along the north side of the fence until some one saw this partial structure. We stopped to check it out.


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It turned out to be another church.

A Fence Inside The Fence.

We continued our ride along the fence until we came to a section that had a chain-link fence inside the barbed wire outer fence. There was a turnstile here so we entered here. We walked around the chain-link fence trying to figure out what was behind it.

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We finally decided that it might have been an ammo depot.
It sure would be nice if there were a sign or two telling us what we are looking at.

Lunch.

We continued our ride around the fence and when we got back to the entrance road we stopped for lunch.

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After lunch we went back to the highway and started back toward Videl Junction.

Another Couple Road Side Attractions

A couple miles down the road we came to an intersection with an interesting sign post.

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The signs show the distances from here to all kinds of places.

Here is a close up.

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After taking a few pictures we continued our ride.

More shoe-fitti at the Land of Lost Soles.

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This is a large area that is fenced. I guess this is supposed to be cool but it just looks like a mess to me.
We left the shoe graveyard and continued our trip home.

The railroad bridge across the Colorado River at Parker.

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A Weenie Roast.

We got home around 3:30. I took a little nap and about 5:30 we went to Joy and Robert’s for a weenie roast. Most of the Wednesday jeep group was there.

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We burned some dogs…

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ate a lot of goodies…

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and had a good visit.

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Around 8:00 we went home. It was a good day and a good weenie roast.