February 2003, Anza Borrego, CA

SoCal Fest 2012, Saturday, Odessa Canyon

April 30th, 2012


SoCal Fest is officially kicked off and it’s time to start getting dirty.  For Saturday I was leading the moderate run up Odessa Canyon, typically this is a fairly easy trail with only a couple of tricky spots for open/open rigs or inexperienced drivers; today it was a bit more difficult than usual.

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Heading to SoCal Fest 2012 in Calico

April 27th, 2012

Time for SoCal Fest 2012. Due to issues with the USFS and the company that operates the campgrounds were were unable to have our event in Big Bear like we usually do. As an homage to the SoCal Chapter’s first official event SoCal Fest 2012 will be in Calico, just East of Barstow, CA. Calico is a great area that has something for everybody to do.

Unfortunately I was unable to take the big Jeep to the event so I’ve got the little black 1996 XJ with me. I’ll lead either an easy or moderate trail tomorrow, we’ll see how things work out. As event coordinator I’ll make sure everybody has a good time at the event.

All events must start somewhere, and when you leave your home in the South Bay of Los Angeles at 5:00 PM they generally start with traffic:



I’ll try to remember to update this at the end of the day tomorrow with some photos from the event.


1977 Cimatti City Bike

June 20th, 2011

I’ve had this old Italian moped sitting in my shed or garage for about the past fifteen years, I decided a good Fathers’ day project was to tear it down and poke at it with aims to get it running well again, not exactly a restoration as I have no plans to paint it at this time.  I’ll update this as I do stuff but don’t expect quick progress on this little pet project.

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Repairing the KLR Tank Shrouds

June 20th, 2011

When I bought the KLR back in July Josh included the old tank shrouds with the bike.  The only problem is they had been torn off a few times and were in pretty bad shape.  This weekend I finally got around to mounting them back to the bike.

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NAXJA SoCal Fest 2011

May 24th, 2011

May brings NAXJA’s SoCal Fest 2011 event around in beautiful Big Bear, California.  As usual the event includes both some fun time and trail maintenance work.

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Mojave Road 2011

April 18th, 2011

Mojave Road, one hundred thirty-odd miles of dirt that bisects the Mojave National Preserve and offers a spectacular visit to the beauty of our desert and history.  This is a trail that we almost lost due to the Mojave Preserve and Wilderness areas.  I ran this trail again this past weekend with LOST Jeeps SoCal.

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2010 Rockin’ XJ Jamboree

November 13th, 2010

November is here, time for the Rockin’ XJ Jamboree / Goatfest.

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A Year and a Day – Stop

August 14th, 2010

A stop light on a moderately foggy night up on the hill.

Stop, click to enlarge

This photo marks the premature end to my Year and a Day project.  Because of work commitments I am going to be unable to continue this project, perhaps I will do it again one day.

A Year and a Day – KLR

August 12th, 2010

The KLR after a bath.

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A Year and a Day – Stone

August 12th, 2010

Entry for Wednesday, August 11.

One of the stones on my trusty old bench grinder.

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