Archive for the ‘Off Road Trips’ Category

SoCal Fest 2012, Saturday, Odessa Canyon

Monday, 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

Friday, 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.


NAXJA SoCal Fest 2011

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

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

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Quick Ride – Holy Jim’s Canyon

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Here is a quick shot of some dirt under the KLR’s wheels.  I had some time to kill while working on some servers in my Orange County Data Center so I decided to have lunch under a tree.

Of course the bike did just fine on that simple dirt road although the Dunlop 607 rear sure did like to wash out on anything slippery.  I’m going to have to change that before I hit any real dirt.

Santiago Peak, a short drive.

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

I had a few hours to kill while some servers filled up tapes in Orange County so I decided to hit Santiago Peak, here are some  highlights:

Santiago Peak, click to enlarge.

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2009 Rockin’ XJ Jamboree

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

November is here so that means it’s time to head to Johnson Valley again for the Rockin’ XJ Jamboree!

Julio on the Rocks

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New Section – Maps & Trails!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

I’ve added a new section to the site, Maps & Trails, I’ll be slowly filling this section with maps of my favorite trails around the country plus other accurate maps that I’ve collected along the way.  Right now I’ve stocked it with my USFS region 5 (California) maps to get it started.



SoCal Fest 2007

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Time for some more fun in Big Bear…

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