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Old 11-02-2011, 08:55 PM   #16
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I love adventure both on 2 wheels and 4. The '87 4Runner is way cool, and I look forward to see it all ready to rock. Good on you for starting this adventure in a 24 year old vehicle. Good luck and please keep us in the loop. It is all in the name of ADVenture
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:34 PM   #17
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:44 PM   #18
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any mechanical problems with the 4Runner while traveling, ask on the Pirate4x4 forum.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:21 PM   #19
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November 1st came and went, we were antsy to get going but the world had other plans. Luckily we only ended up two days behind “schedule”, which I am now declaring as a dirty word. Schedules are for people who have someplace to be.

Darren and Marc at Any7 got the truck all finished up, they did a great job putting our ideas for the truck into action. We picked it up and headed home to cram all worldly possessions into the back.

Thanks guys!

Luckily this process only took about 30 minutes. Impressive! We bid our landlords and our cabin farewell and headed out the door. It was too late to actually make it anywhere and the truck was too full of crap to camp in the back. Darren let us crash on his couch for the night, the first of many couch surfing experience to come I am sure.

Re-arranged the back of the truck in the morning and hit the road. Our destination for the night was the Sierra mountains.

Excitedly we headed off into the rolling foothills of the Sierras.

The clouds looming overhead did not look very inviting, and as we approached the mountain range we saw signs stating the most of the mountain passes were closed. I thought this was odd since I was just up here last weekend and there wasn't any snow on the ground. Cranked up the weather report on the radio…


Perfect, so pretty much exactly where we were heading? Looks like our “schedule” is about to change again. A quick look at the map and we decide we are going to go up and over the Sierra range and camp at a ghost town called Bodie on the eastern-side foothills. The storm was not scheduled to hit until 730, was only 430 at the time. We were about 2 hours from the other side. No problemo. We press on determined to beat the storm.

Not much time for pictures this visit to the Sierras.

Approaching 8000FT

Making good time, should make it easily before the storm hits. …until

What the hell!? Construction delays on the Carson pass! A bunch of bozos trying to build a road as the storm approaches, A long line of trucks idling waiting for the road to clear. The white flakes starting to fall and winds picking up!

Eventually we make it over and haul ass down to Bodie as the storm picks up gusto. We find a side-road up in the hills and setup camp for the night as the storm set in. It’s going to be a cold one…

DAMN! 11F at 830AM, Had to have got down to 5F or so overnight

We awake to all the windows completely iced over, rear window and side windows frozen up, only way out of the truck is to move all the crap piled in the front back onto our bed and then climb out the front seats.

Iced over

She still started on first crank!

Froze our ass off trying to repack the truck in 11F weather, headed into town to grab a coffee then headed south. We wanted to check out the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Home to the oldest living things in the world.

Weather was still crappy but we knew if we waited any longer they would shut the road down (We have tried 3 times to get up here, every time it has been closed due to inclement weather/snowed out roads)

Road to nowhere?

The ancient bristlecone pines are only found in the highest elevations of the Inyo forest, from 8000-12000ft these beasts have lived for over 4000 years. Older than the next oldest living thing by over 1000 years! I had to see them!

Conditions worsening, 4Runner can take it. My buddy Jimbo gave me my first 4x4 lessons driving in a damn Sierra blizzard, I think I can handle a little powdering.

Made it!

Quick poses! too cold to hang around

Back to the truck and crank the damn heater up!

Drove back out of the park and camped on another backroad near the back entrance to Death Valley

Not a bad sight to wake up too.

Headed up the backroad into Saline Valley, Death Valley National Park

blech, cooties!

DV has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the U.S, the weather/light was crap most of the day so I couldn't get very good pics.

Abandoned homestead

Stopped for some lunch, you can somewhat see our current “organization” system. Still a work in progress.

Saline Valley Rd.

Part of the old trolley system that carted salt from the Saline valley up and over the mountains to Bishop, CA. quite a feat in its day.

Driving down Saline Valleys dirt roads was a blast. The new OME suspension ate it up! I could haul ass now over every type of rock, pothole, dip, whatever. The suspension ate it up and asked for more. I am really happy with it, Thanks again to Any7 Offroad for putting it all together for us.

Riding down the road we came across a Toyota FJ60 broken down on the side of the road. Not being one to leave a fellow Toyota behind we pulled over to see what was up.

Hmmm… 20 year old spare didn't cut the mustard in Death Valley?

Turns out these guys were from LA and were out here cruising for the weekend headed to the Hot springs. They caught a flat the day before and the spare blew out them just a mile down the road. They had been stuck there for about 24 hours now.

At least they had a nice view…

10 minutes with the plug kit and the punctured tire was repaired, took about another 3 hours wrestling with the jack and the stock sagged out springs to get the blown out spare off. Luckily they had beer, which is about all it takes to keep me around for 3 hours.

Stock spare off, not enough clearance to mount the fixed tire though.

Gotta air it down! Ladies… We need your butts.

With the tire aired down we were able to clear the lugs, get it bolted on and air it back up. Back on the road!

We set our separate ways and setup camp somewhere down in the valley.

Woke up in the morning, pack the truck up and headed out. Destination Las Vegas.

Joshua Trees in DV.

Lauren says this is where Dr. Seuss came to write his books, the truffala tree looks oddly similar to the Joshua Tree

Off out the valley, into Nevada.

Reason #1 why Nevada rocks! Was paying ~$4/gal in CA.

We are now lying in bed in a hotel in Las Vegas, couldn't pass up the cheap deal and a hot shower! The adventure continues…
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:53 PM   #20
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We welcome cool drive reports like this here in Shiny things.
They're nihilists, Donny, nothing to be afraid of.

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I'm sorry your dog died before you got to beat it with a dead chicken.

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Old 11-09-2011, 09:03 PM   #21
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Fuck yes! Subscribed. How's about some background info on how why this adventure? Why now? What great?

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Old 11-09-2011, 09:04 PM   #22
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I thought I was on "Adventure Rider Ride the World" not adventure driver. There must be another website for this kind of 4 wheel stuff?
Go fuck yourself.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:11 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by soyanarchisto View Post
Go fuck yourself.
It was in RideReports, some get very touchy about protecting RideReports. A mod, rightly, moved it here.

It is welcome here.
They're nihilists, Donny, nothing to be afraid of.

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Old 11-09-2011, 09:29 PM   #24
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Welcome here for sure...
If I ride a motorcycle can I read this "drive" report
Um, subscrubed, I think.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:31 PM   #25
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You guys ROCK!!!

Enjoy every moment!1!!
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:41 PM   #26
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Keep it coming-- I went to school in Costa Rica with a guy who was in my geology class at Colorado State, and he got there in his VW bus, & I've always wanted to duplicate that trip.

Adventure is adventure, after all.

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Old 11-10-2011, 06:22 AM   #27
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Love it! Best of luck on the trip! Looking forward to more.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:24 AM   #28
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Great drive-report, and yes, welcome here in ST. I'm of an age and place in life where if I were to go on an adventure like that it'd probably be in a truck rather than a bike. The bike ride reports are cool to be sure, but I fear that most of my riding is pretty close to home nowadays and when I head out for more than 1000 miles I'm in a cage of some sort!

What sort of mileage does that 4Runner get? I'm guessing it's a 4cyl? The lift, big wheels/tires etc., however, probably brings it down to the high teens?
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:46 AM   #29
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That reminds me I need to build a platform for mine as well. I may add a baffle or two under the lid as I'm tired of stuff sliding around.

Looks like a fun trip.
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:45 PM   #30
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Looks like a great trip. It's cool that you're going on this trip with such a basic setup. Most seem to think you need an 80k$ sportsmobile to go to the KOA. Subscribed, and looking forward to it!
I adventure-tour on my GSXR. 160 mph is adventurous, no?
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