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Old 06-06-2012, 12:57 PM   #34
STU CAZZO
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Part 2 Bar 10-Toroweap

DAY 1 (Part II)

Upon our arrival at Bar 10 we were given a warm welcome by the staff members and were invited in to have lunch. We were reluctant to do so without the rest of our crew, but knew we must stick to the scheduled plan and get to Toroweap—being a holiday weekend-before all campsites would be taken. We heard the stories of Ranger Todd and how strict he was with 2 vehicles per site…so we felt an urgency to get there early so all 10 of us could be accomodated.



After eating lunch we looked into the distance waiting for that trail dust to head toward us. 3pm still no sign. Then Riddler came up with a brilliant idea! We didn’t have any cell reception at Bar 10 but knew they would be leaving tracks with the many Spot devices in the group. So Jon thought to call Jim SPAFIXER(back at home) via Satellite Phone to check the groups status. Jim notified us that no emergency signals were sent out and that they were all moving in the right direction. Thanks Jim!! At this point we had a sense of relief and felt comfortable to proceed knowing that we would intercept the group on their way into Bar 10.



So we filled up our water bladders and fuel tanks when suddenly four members(Ersin, Rich, Aram & Tim) of our group began to show up. They agreed we should get going to Toroweap while they went inside to fill their hungry bellies and kick it a little! So off the 4 of us went!

We backtracked the road for our final destination of Day 1 Toroweap. On the way back, we intercepted Joel and Paul at the Old Schoolhouse where they gave us the download. They headed toward Bar 10 to refuel and eat and we headed north to talk to Ranger Dangle. We were a little apprehensive in regards to meeting him not knowing if he would harass us or not! He actually turned out to be very friendly and prmitted us to stay 4 vehicles to a site. We rode in grabbed 2 sites next to the group site Joel had reserved. Everything fell in to place perfectly! Just before sunset the rest of the group began to show up. They sent up their tents and got comfortable! We feared windy conditions like the group had on last years trip but we couldn’t have asked for better weather. Absolutely spectacular!! Not cold, windless and tons of stars! A few of us went for a night walk while some of the others crashed early. Chris and Rich had a nice fire going by the time we came back from Tim’s lead night hike.
Next morning we woke up early to take in the sights and head toward Fredonia.


LUNCH AT BAR 10

THE PRISONERS OF BAR 10!!


NO DUST TRAIL YET!!




POST LUNCH NAPS!!



OUR OTHER FOLKS BEGIN TO SHOW UP.


ALL SET UP!! TIME TO EXPLORE THE THE WEAP!




POOR GUYS DROVE ALL THE WAY IN ONLY TO FIND NO EMPTY SITES!



EVEN AFTER A ROUGH DAY, JOEL STILL HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE!!



1ST CAMPFIRE OF OUR TRIP


TIME TO ROLL OUT AND HEAD TOWARD INDIAN HOLLOW.

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