9 year ago I organized the first big get together for Arizona Vehicross owners. It was an off-road outing that attracted 8-9 VX owners. The trail was Bull Spring Road. Back then we thought that was a pretty hardcore trail…now after tackling some truly hardcore trails Bull Spring Road is a pretty easy, although scenic, jaunt through the desert mountains starting south of Green Valley that leads to the town of Patagonia.
So, this year I threw the invite out to the VX crowd to reunite some of the old gang and get some of the new out on an easy trail followed by some great food. Things were looking good with 9-10 people saying they would be there and another 5 or so on the maybe list. As the trip date grew nearer the bailouts started to fly…bummer. Oh well, their loss!
Sunday December 11 arrived and it was show time. I was joined at the designated meet place/time by Bob in his victory white Ironman edition and Victor in his ebony with Prashant riding shotgun. My wife accompanied me in my ebony.
We rolled onto the trail with the temperature climbing into a near perfect 70 and the sun shining. We had a great view of Elephant Head to our backs.
Our first stop was the Glove Mine. We were fortunate enough to have access to the mine for a little exploring. Bob gave us a tour through the dark shafts and educated us on the history.
From there we climbed through the desert mountain landscape and had several opportunities to catch a glimpse of Whipple Observatory perched on top of Mt. Hopkins.
We made a stop at the ruins of the old post office which during the heights of the mining boom was home to some 1000 P.O. boxes for the miners.
From there it was a short jaunt into the town of Patagonia and the tires hit pavement again.
Lunch called for a stop at the Velvet Elvis for some great pizza of the likes you will find nowhere else.
After lunch Bob parted ways. Victor tailed me for the scenic way home through Sonoita and Box Canyon. Then the day drew to an end with me heading home and Victor heading up I-10.
Just returned from a week of camping and offroading in Moab, Utah. This was my 5th trip there and I am still amazed by the beauty. The weather was nice and sunny the first 2 days. The rest of the week we were greated by cool temps , wind and scattered rain…but that didn’t stop us. With a mix of Isuzu’s and a jeep or two we hit the trails. Day 1 a few that arrived early hit the Dome Plateau trail. Day 2 we started the Cliffhanger trail but we didn’t get far before 2 in our group suffered carnage…both radiators. Day 3 a group of 25 vehicles hit the 7 mile rim trail. The day started off under rainy skies but cleared up nicely. On day 4 our group headed out to the Hells Revenge under rain drops making the slickrock…..well, slick! We followed that up with a few of us making a quick trip to Baby Lions Back. On my final day we we ran through Steelbender once again greeted by liquid sunshine. The next morning I packed up and then ate my customary banana walnut pancakes at the local pancake house. Then made the drive south back home.
The VX is loaded up and in the morning I am off to Moab for a week of camping, relaxing and 4 wheeling! Of course, I will still need to get a few runs in while there!
With weather back to normal here in the desert had the chance to meet up with a few of my Vehicross buddies and get a bit of wheeling time in. We hit the Table Mesa/New River area for a day of fun. Also got the chance to give my new camera a workout.