View Full Version : Rubicon, Death Valley, LA, Sequoya, Yosemite, Burning Man!!! and Oregon Sand Dunes
09-11-2010, 01:29 PM
It's been four days since I got back from the trip. It takes a long time to go through 30GB of pics and movies to sort, resize and upload. I'm finally at the point where I can start this thread.
The trip started with me wanting to do the Rubicon trail, and my friend wanting to go to Burning man. We had a few other places that we wanted to see on the way, but for the most part all the planning was done "on the go" depending on how fast we were covering ground and what attractions were coming up (we only bought a map half way through the trip)
Who: on the Rubicon it was my friend Cat (Catalin)...(ok, at this part of the trip we called him by his other name: Stefan) and I, Ham, Jeremy and his wife and Jason (Jeremie's friend from Cali) and his gf/wife:dontknow: . After the Rubicon, it was just 1 truck (me and Cat).
Main Attractions: Rubicon trail, Lake Tahoe, Mono Lake, Death valley, Universal Studios, Sunset Boulevard (Beverly Hills), Sequoya National Park, Kings Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Burning Man Festival and the Oregon Dunes.
Total Km: As you'll later find out, my odometer was working intermediatly, so I calculated the distances, ignoring all the little detours we took. Still, the distance traveled came up to 6011km.
Fuel Used: I still have to add all the fuel receips and come up with a total (i'll update later), but on average I've used 15.5L/100km
Cargo Load: For the Rubicon I traveled light, minimal fuel reserve, supplies only for 2-3 days for a total load of about 1000lbs. After the rubicon most of the driving was on highways and desers so we had a lot of water, fuel, and food. We've also picked up a big tent, bycicles and other things for burning man. Load varried depending on gas and water that we were using constantly, but usually > 2200lbs. I put the truck on the scale when we got home, with no extra fuel and water and half of the food/ drinks gone it still weight 900kg (1984lbs) over the empty weight of 2100kg.
Highest altitude: Tioga Pass (Yosemite NP, CA) - 9943 ft. / 3031 m. Coincidently the same altitude at which normal bags of chips will pop by themselves :)
Lowest Altitude: Furnace Creek (Death Valley, CA) - 214 feet (65 m) BELOW sea level
Highest teperature: Furnace Creek (Death Valley, CA) - 49deg C (120deg F)
Lowest Teperature: ~0degC (Black Rock Desert, NV at night)
Longest day on the road: Aug 30+Aug 31 , 2010 - 28hrs (then Sept 6+Sept 7- 23hrs, then Aug 26 with 20 hours)
Hardest place for the truck: Rubicon Trail, Death Valley in a short 2'nd place
Hardest place on the human body: Death Valley.... in August/ early Sept in a truck with no AC and no top... Burning Man, 2'nd place.
Theme song for the trip: Mettallica- Turn the Page ( had to play it every time we would start a new day on the road)
This list will probably get longer, but I'll start writing the story and posting some pics.
09-11-2010, 01:55 PM
Ham and I were the only ones leaving from Canada. We met at ~6am close to the border. After Ham drove back to his place to get his passport, and I made a quick stop at the duty free, we were on our way!
We drove to Jeremies place in Puyallup then we were on the road again to his in-laws (Scotts Mills, OR) were we would spend the night.
It just so happened that they were having a family reunion, so we got to meet lot's of people and ...dogs (9 I believe :) )
And here's the salut
Some of the Dogs:
This dog (we nicknamed him Tripod...sorry Jeremy) was the best dog...stopping all the "fights" between the other dogs.
Jeremie's father in law is quite the artist. I feel privileadged that I got to talk to him, see and take pictures of some of his art work. EVERYTHING has a story behind it...you could talk to him for hours.
One of my favourites:
We then went for a drive to check out the cool places in town...just as the sun was going down giving us one of the best sunsets in this trip. Everything happened really fast (we were driving down on a hill), so no camera pics, but was one of the moments we will always remember.
09-11-2010, 02:13 PM
2'nd day, we woke up early did a quick pit stop at a gas station and we were on the road to Sacramento California were we were going to buy supplies for the Rubicon Trail.
If you ever go that way, make sure to stop here :) :
09-11-2010, 02:33 PM
After a long day, we got to Loon Lake where we met Jason. We stayed up a little bit had a few drinks, talked aboutr what's gonna be ahead of us the next day then we went to bed. I don't know what happened....but I woke up in the morning with the tent colapsed on top of me, the top of it flew off in one of teh neibouring camps and some people were having fun recording it all on camera.
Jason's rig ready for action:
Driving to the trailhead:
Airing down/getting ready. Here a volunteer care-taker handed us a bag with a spill kit, maps/flyers and other things I was supposed to use as a portable washroom:o :
First to go in:
Did not take long at all till the first obstacle. The whole mountain is Granit. The traction on it is unbeliveble...way more than anything I experienced before then. My concern now was not stressing drivetrain components beyond their break limit.
The last plce before things started tgo get interesting...stopped for a picture break.
and this is where we were heading... nothing "special", right?
09-11-2010, 03:11 PM
This is the soup bowl which I attempted and ended up needing a pull to get over it. I'll post the video later:
I left my own mark, amongst many others
Still not too bad, but there was more!
Jason was next:
He never made it up....just joking :)
Popped a bead, no big deal...just needed some air:
09-11-2010, 03:53 PM
That looked like one memorable trip.
09-11-2010, 04:20 PM
Wow i would love to do that run !!!
09-11-2010, 04:48 PM
This was the first day. We were dirty and tired. I never drove so slow, for such a long time my entire life.
The place where we stayed it was actually a perfect place to play arround on the rocks...something I would normally never miss, but this time I just wanted to get some proper food in my stomack, take a shower and go to bed.
Ham set up the shower, while we cooked some dinner....which ended up on the ground so we only savoured it with our eyes. We took a shower...amaizing how much difference it can make sometimes. We cooked dinner a 2'nd time and after a few beers we went to bed.
Enough talking though, time for some videos:
Last video is me in the Soup Bowl. I needed a pull to get out of that one :)
09-11-2010, 05:03 PM
[cheers] looks like a awesome trip dude so far hope you post some from burning man aswell
09-11-2010, 05:26 PM
Beah...it's gonna take a long time to finish telling the storry and posting the pics.
Burning Man however...you know their rules :) I can't really post any pics...or at least not the ones with the hot chics and stuff :) I'll post some pics and videos where you can't make out people's faces or of the big sound systems at night :) As I will write later, no picture,or video will be fair....Burning man is about the experience you have there...the way everybody treats you.
09-11-2010, 05:45 PM
Awesome, thanks for sharing and doing it so well. [cheers] I've wanted to go to Burning Man for a while now, gotta go and see it.
09-12-2010, 01:58 AM
Great pics .
Great thread so far keep it going...
09-12-2010, 09:30 AM
Great way to start a Sunday Razon, glad you guys had a great trip.... love the pics
09-12-2010, 09:36 AM
great post and thanks for putting the time into it!!
09-12-2010, 09:56 AM
We've actually camped 2 min from a lake that I don't remember the name of.
Jeremy was the only one to go for a ride and jump in.
I wasn't sure what he was driving over, but I could hear his engine and the sound of metal against the rocks. I remember I was thinking if I should worry about it, but I figured it won't make any difference anyway. I was going to find out the next day.
Day 2 on the Rubicon.
We had breakfast, packed up and leftbut before we even got to see the lake, there were more obstacles on the way:
We got short previews of what the lake was like, but we had to drive a little longer before we would get to the water.
09-12-2010, 10:12 AM
Even though we've probably only covered 1 mile, it took us a while, so when we got to a pont that had easy access to the lake, it was time for another break.
Saw a small snake, some of us went in for a quick dip:
Once back on the road...I guess it's needless to say that on this trail you never get a break...there is always something you need to pay attention to.
Got out to check out the trail and pick the right line:
Then I gave it a try:
I guess I didn't quite "see" the line on that one, so I gave it another try:
And....a 3'rd time....with some guidance this time:
...I made it, so we're on the road again, stopping here and there to take pics
09-12-2010, 10:30 AM
Then we got to Big Sluice:
09-12-2010, 11:11 AM
And some of the videos from the sluice:
09-12-2010, 11:41 AM
Nest, was Rubicon Springs.Beautifull place that normally would be crouded with people and trucks. We had it all to ourselves.
When we got there it was not too late in the day, so we saw a good oportunity to push hard and try to make it out of the Rubicon and into South Lake Tahoe. This way we would be ready to go the next day in the morning, basically gaining a day.
Ham and I left, while Jeremy and Jason spent the next 2 night there, after which they turned arround and got their rigs back to the trailers.
09-12-2010, 11:45 AM
And the videos:
09-12-2010, 12:02 PM
The climb out of Rubicon Springs was not as easy as I expected, but we made it out ok. We stopped at the lookout, took some pics, then, 10 miles later we were back on pavement, airing up, then driving the windy road towards South Lake Tahoe enjoying the beautifull view of the Lake.
09-12-2010, 12:20 PM
Videos of the last part of the Rubicon Trail:
Videos os Lake Tahoe area:
This was one of th emost interesting drives in that area...driving on top of a ridge with steeps dropoffs on both sides, beutifull view of the lake with the sun going down at the same time.
This was a cool place to just stay and relax, think about getting to a hotel with hot shower, eating a greasy burger and make plans for the new day.
This would be the end of the Rubicon trail, something I've wanted to do for so long. It was now done, behind me, almost too fast.
That's ok, the next day on the next stretch of the trip driving through Death Valley, I've had plenty of time to think about the previous 2 days and all the things that could now go wrong with my truck.
...that will be tomorrow though :)
09-12-2010, 05:18 PM
I agree. Driving along that narrow ridge with a thousand feet on either side was so F%*@'ing cool with the sun setting on Lake Tahoe....I wanted to stop right there in the middle of the road and just get out!!!
by the way that window-cam is the shiznit.
09-12-2010, 05:46 PM
awsome crawlin pics, looks like it was a ton of fun
09-12-2010, 06:25 PM
awesome write up, pics & vids Raz. what a wicked experience.
09-12-2010, 07:58 PM
sigh....so jelous ya bastards! im working on getting the new axles in right now so i can goto tillimook next year, hopefully you come there too mang,
09-12-2010, 08:53 PM
be interesting to take the s10 thru went its put back together
09-12-2010, 10:17 PM
AWESOME POST BUD!!!!!!
looks like sooo much fun!!!!
09-12-2010, 10:27 PM
looks like a reallly good time.. nice camera work too.. very well put togather [cheers]
09-13-2010, 12:06 AM
Wicked pics!! Can't wait to do that next year. Thanks for the pics and story!
09-13-2010, 08:21 AM
Thanks for taking the time and putting this together,, awesome detail and write up.
Was a great time fellas!
09-13-2010, 02:07 PM
wow cool trip!
09-13-2010, 06:08 PM
Jeremy, thanks for organizing the Rubicon trip, and your family for accomodating us and making us feel so welcome. Say hi to Jason, cool guy...right from the begining I felt like we were buddies for a long time.
What can I say...Perfect Trip!
09-13-2010, 07:09 PM
Aug 26, 2010
Up untill now, driving through Death Valley was more like an ideea. That morning however, we decided to make it come true.
We woke up early had a quick breakfast, took full advantage of the free ice at the hotel and filled up to the top all our coolers (the guy at the front desk was not very happy about it).
We got stuck in traffic (road construction) for what seemed almost an hour.
I've seen this a few times in this trip. They decide to work on a road in two places at once. They close the whole road and they have a "pilot car" drive up and down ahead of the vehicles, 1 group at a time. So not only you have to wait for all the card from the opposite direction to drive by, but you also have to wait for them to drive slow! the whole distance of the road closure, which as I said before it was never short. I don't know how much it improves their efficiency, but from a traveler's point of wiew it's one of the stupidest things I've ever seen (or maybe I just haven't seen enough things yet)
before I left I got feedback from a few people about driving through DV, but my experience ended up being quite different....I think mainly from driving at a slight different time of the year, in a convertible car (obviously no AC) and taking some "shorcuts".
We stopped at Mono Lake for lunch, we had their "specialty": a full rack of perfectly cooked ribs and local brewed beer.
The closer we got to DV the hotter it got. We were traveling south on I395...by the time we got to Big Pine the temperature was 102-105degF. It was about 2-3pm but we still had a few hours of driving. That's when at an "Information Center" we found a flyer that had a shortcut on the map (our GPS didn't). That's when we decided to save some time, and go that way.
They were recomending to check on the "road" conditions. We called a few numbers that didn't really help, so we went back to a gas station, filled up the gas tank and the reserves, stocked up on water and ice... got the last warnings from the attendant about DV being VERY hot, and off we went!
When we got to the intersection that would put us on the shortcut, we were happy to see that the road was officialy open. 2 minutes down the road we past by the last vehicle/person we will see during the day.
Leaving Big Pine, entering Death Valley NP
I was amazed to find out that some of these areas get flooded. When does it rain here?...and how much?!!!
09-13-2010, 07:14 PM
Very cool trip !
09-13-2010, 08:48 PM
Enetering INYO National Forest:
The next pics are of us coming down into a valley, after going over the a mountain pass.
And...we're officialy in Death Valley NP!!! ... even though we had to pay the 20$ entrance fee (seems to be for any park in CA) later, at a booth with no attendant. The parks we later traveled to always had a person, even if it was 3am! in the middle of nowhere.
Stopping for a quick break, in the shade (this was telling me we're not quite THERE yet).
I remember I didn't like this (and there were more than a few)
Then we drove over another mountain pass
And into the valley again:
75 miles later (over 2 hours of driving), we're on asphalt again on the evergoing down road. Not too long we were at over 4500ft (1400m) and now we were heading down to -282ft.
We hit pavemet 3 miles away from the Ubehebe Crater and 6 from Scotties Castle. Alittle out of our way, but we had to check them out!
The crater was impressive for me. I've never seen one before in my life. There is something about a huge gaping hole in front of you that makes you feel so small and insignificant.
The sun was going down...fast! We had to hurry!
I'm gonna spare myself some embaresement and not post the pics, but I finally gave up and decided to use the chop stick. Unfortunately it was all melted and I ended up with chunks of it on my lips.
Quick detour to Scotties Castle. Unfortunately, the gates were closed...we got there too late.
We picked upa few flyers, so we know what that place is all about and back on the road.
Dust on the dashboard...just "perfect" when everything is super hot
I have a lot of pics that look like the following:
ok...you get the point.
It was getting really hot. My buddy stuck his hand out for a minute. He said it felt really swollen up, and it was red. The flash in the picture doesn't make it a fare pictuire.
After this it got even hotter....REALLY hot... 49degC hot!
I've been told to drink a lot of water, and did I ever drink! But it was wasn't doing it for me anymore. On top of that, we were going downhill, and the engine temperature gauge started to travel towards the hi point of the scale. I started to think how are we going to make it back up, over the mountains, with 2000lbs of cargo and an automatic tranny cooled by the main engine radiator.
My gas gauge was not working and the odometer was working intermediatly. I banged my fuel tank on the rocks on the rubicon, it must have damaged the sender. As fas as the odometer....the gears must have started sliping on the shafts due to the heat (thermal expansion)...I don't know, it's woking fine now!
Judging by for how long we've been driving and the rough reading on the odometer, I figured we were getting low on fuel in the main tank. We would have to stop soon to put the reserves in the tank. I remember reading about gas being sold only in a couple of places in the whole valley. Scotties Castle was one of them, and it didn't have diesel. Furnace Creek was next, but it was getting late in the day....I wasn't sure if it'll be open and if it will have diesel. Furnace Creek is about 50 miles (85km) from Scotties Castle. Normally not much....but we were driving slow, bnarely touching the gas to prevent overheating. I think at this point I was being TOO conservative.
My AC inverter had stopped working, so charging cell phones or cameras was out of the question now. I started wondering what will be the next ting that will stop working. I remember feeling a little comfort thinking about the fact that my diesel doesn't need an alternator, battery, or any electrical power whatsoever to run.
Temperature and oil pressure were looking good. That's all I cared about. Dams I wish I had a temp gauge for the tranny! I turned on the auxiliary electric fan, and kept on going.
We were driving with the windows rolled up. The air is so much hotter than our body temperature, the more wind, the faster you heat up!
Drinking water was just not doing it for me anymore. I was hot, and getting dizzy!
It took us almost to hours to get to Furnace Creek. The gas station was closed, but the pumps had card readers (the pumps at Scotties Castle didn't). I was very happy when I put in the card and it didn't ask us for the normal "zip code" which would automatically deny our transactions. We filled up, but being outside (i forgot to mention the strong winds) made me even hotter/dizzyer. At this point we just wanted to get out of there, as fast as possible. We looked on our flyer with the roads to find the quickest way out. I wasn't very comfortable at this point in time. The thought that you just can't escape the heat .... I had to think about something else.
We figured we just have to keep on driving, thje sooner we leave the sooner we'll get out.
We drove another 100m and we saw light! there was a hotel, a restaurant and a store. I was in heaven!!!! We went in and ordered food....I couldn't eat it even though I was hungry. I told the server our storry and asked for directions and advice. He told us the quickest/ steepest way to gain altitude and get to a colder place and told us to stock up on water, dump it right on us and open the windows.
I really wanted to ghet a room with AC at the hotel, think straight, make some plans...leave the next day right after the sunset. My byddy wanted to get out of there right away. We decided to test the Water all over us ideea, so we went back to the truck and dumped a bottle of water on my head. Initially it burned....but then, the high wind started evaporating it really fast and I got cold....really cold. I was now shivering in 50degC weather. It was insane!
I went to the store and spent my last cash on water and ice... 10l of water for 30$ US....the most I ever payed for water, more expansive than diesel in some places out of the valley.
Now that I was thinking staright and being able to keep cool I was confident we'll make it out. I had 160L of diesel and about 120L of water....plus 3 coolers of ice.
WE got on the road and started gaining altitude quickly. 2'nd gear, with the engine revved up (engine driven fan) and the aux fan on. The engine temp never got over 3/4.
Needless to say, we stopped taking pics....last thing on our minds. Once we reached 2000-3000ft, the temperature was beareble again. we drove for almost 2 hours, and we got to the first (closed) gas station. Here we stopped, releived, and took a few pics. Diesel was 4$ even /gal.
We drove for another 2 hours (I think) untill we got to Baker CA, where we saw the worlds tallest thermometer
We stopped at a gas station...we asked the attendant how hot does it get there during the day. He said 112degF. We looked at eachother thinking NO WAY!!! We fueled up, bought a ton of red bull and coffe...some snacks and we were on the road again.
The cigaretes dried up like hay...strong as hell and burning by themselves faster than I could smoke them. I think I got 3 puffs of of one.
We drove all the way to LA that night. We got there at 5AM. We've driven for over 20 hours that day(s), turning out to be one of the "crazyest" days in the whole trip (in it's own way...Burning Man is crazy in a different way :) )
Here's the only vids I have from there:
LA is another chapter. I'll do that some other time.
09-13-2010, 10:26 PM
thanks for the awesome write up pics and video. better than that thanks too ham and the g wagon grew for coming down. my best on the con ever. jer your bc buddies are way cool. always great seein you brother. a little extra to the story i tore the spring hanger off the passenger side in gate keeper on the way back. still drove out. good times
09-13-2010, 10:31 PM
Duuuuude! You sighed up on the site! that's awesome!
Honestly, one of my bst times ever...you guys really know how to make someone feel welcome... or whatever you wanna call it :)
Who knows...maybe next year we'll do it all over again. I'll make sure I'll be able to spend more time on the trail though.
09-13-2010, 10:50 PM
wicked write up raz long read but well worth it thanks for sharing it cheers
09-13-2010, 10:55 PM
man both have awesome pics!!! wish i couldn't of come.. next yr if you guys go i'll have a truck an trailer for my jeep
so many of those pics, i just want to take my car down or the quad.. i can see myself drifting almost all those corners..
09-14-2010, 08:10 AM
I told ALL you fuckers over a year a go to come..
now you know i wasn't joking!!!!!
11-18-2010, 08:27 PM
It's been a long time since the last post, but I'm not half way through the storry yet....I managed to upload the rest of the movies and photos so....here it goes:
We got in LA at 5am...we went straight to bed and only woke up late the next day. We called some friends back home to tell them about out adventures...only to find out that they were actually also in LA!
We decided to go see the beach, an dthen the next day we would all go to Universal Studios.
Universal Studios was good...yeah,not bad :)
The next pic....it's more scary in the dark :)
Then we wend for dinner and a walk down Sunset Boulevard
We spent the 3'rd day cleaning the truck...took everything out, gave it a good wash and re-organized everything. Then we went to do some shopping. The next day, early in the morning we were going to leave for Burning Man. But first we had to go through Sequoya NP and and Yosemite NP.
11-18-2010, 08:47 PM
LA to Sequoya is a very long drive when you only drive 80km/h. It took us all day, so we were falling behing schedule. It was dark outside, we stopped for a quick break, have a smoke, and think about what to do. We decided to stay there for the night...not miss it, even if that meant being one day late at Burning Man.
And I'm SO glad we did! It's a magical place. In some places where there is lots of the big trees around, you feel like you're in a story...you're a small person in a world of giants. When you walk by them time seems slows down....like you walk normal but things seem to go by you slower because they're so big.
Camping in Sequoya NP
Video from camp... No crazy party here, but good times for sure:
The next day at 6am we were on the road again
It was a long way up climbing those stairs, but awesome views ... excuse my heavy breathing :)
And a video to go with the picture above:
No, I didn't fit under it :)
This one is the largest one of them all:
A video of it:
11-18-2010, 08:55 PM
wow big trees nice updates razz
11-18-2010, 09:14 PM
As you leave Sequoys, there is Kings Canyon which we started visiting, but we realised it'll put us way behind schedule, so we ended up turning arround :( it looks great in pictures though.... Maybe next year! Before we hit Yosemite, we stopped in Fresno to get more supplies and the bikes. That took quite a bit of time...and now we were more loaded than ever. When I got home, in Vancouver I weight my truck and it was 2000lbs over the empy weight. I don't wan to know how much it was weighing at this point in time, and the highest mountains were just ahead of us (~10000ft).
I don't have too many pics...it was getting dark and they're not that great.
Shopping (but still no bikes and other stuff):
First stop in Yosemite:
Yosemite is breathtaking...I don't know how to describe it...somethingh about the huge mountains all arround you, the colors, waterfalls, tunels...sunset...
As the night fell we were climbing towards the top of mountains. We were taking pics of the altitude on the GPS every 1000ft. At this point we didn't know how talll this pass was, but when we got over 3000m altitude, the bag of chips we had next to us popped by itself... It was like an awakeing...wow...this MUST be high!We took a short break there, before starting the short but steep descent to US-395 North.
And the bag of chips...kind of a bad pic, but that's all I got :)
11-18-2010, 09:34 PM
awsome pics and story man looks like you guys had a blast. thanks for posting [cheers]
11-19-2010, 12:39 AM
That night we drove all night. We stopped one last time at the last gas station before heading into Black Rock Desert. I've had way too much red bull and coffe, and I was nervous..not knowing what to expect out of this Burning MAn festival. The last thing I wanted was to feel out of place and be stuck there for a week with 50000 people.
We got there about 6am, 24 hours since we got on the road. The lineup was huge miles and miles, 10 lanes wide...and moving very slow. Some 3 hours later, after having to put a little show at the gate (some sort of initiaton for first timers) we were finally in. It took a little longer to find a spot, but at just over 27 hours on the road, I finally shut off the engine and I remember thinking I won't start it again for 7 days.
I want to say that no matter how many pics and vids you'll see, you'll never get the feeling of being there, the way people treat you...and that's more important than all the girls and drugs.
We set camp...I was thinking if we should go toward the center of the city... but I was too tired I went to bed.
From there...everything is a blur
..the camp is set:
People stopped asking for a beer, asking about the truck, or where we're from or maybe just for something to eat. That is SO normal there!
I hope she doesn't mind :) she was beautifull. I have more pics but this one was funny:
Spanky's...you had to get spanked before you could go in:
yeah...it's not very pleasent, but it's part of the fun :) :
11-19-2010, 12:47 AM
Last night...burning the man:
my buddy last bay, right after getting lucky for the last time:
The line on the way out... miles long, and it's like that for days before and after the event. Maybe you'll finally start to understand...
In front of us:
Try to count how many lanes (I think there were 7 on the way out)
11-19-2010, 12:58 AM
cool dude had no idea burning man was that huge
till you se the line up leaving
how many gallons of water did you guys drink sitting in that line wow
11-19-2010, 01:01 AM
And the rest of the videos from Burning Man:
She was GOOD:
Just biking arround...first day:
This is one of the bigger sound systems. It's insane! 150000watts I think. It's called Roots Society if you want to you tube it. The dome in the background in another big one...you take a few steps in, and you're in a different world! The Opulent Temple is another good one. It just never ends... :)
Building the big dome from the other video...first day:
This was also one of the most popular
Recharging the batteries after a sand storm:
Waiting for the girls...I liked the mix:
One of the mutant vehicles. It's full of these...they have really loud sound systems and sometimes a bar in them. You jump on ask for a drink (drinks are free everywhere) and go wherever they take you. You get off only to jump on the next one.
Fire spinners. Have you seen this many before?
Burning the man. I ran out of batteries filming this. No joke! These guys don't do anything unless it's over the top.
And the man is one fire. Nice fireball 24 sec in:
The drive out, again over 3 hours:
11-19-2010, 01:12 AM
I don't know how much water...my buddy was passed out. We only got a few hours of sleep every night...he didn't sleep at all the last night.
We always had lots of water and fuel on us...with a full tank we had arround 600lbs just in water and fuel.
Ok...there is more, but next time :)
(next is the sand dunes...really cool...lots of vids)
11-19-2010, 07:31 AM
keep them comming raz..
you guys must have had a steller trip.. fawk me.. i guess scotts mills and the con were just the start..
11-19-2010, 10:34 AM
So, we left Burning man. Around 3pm we were back on a real road. Our target for the day was to get to Oregon, close to the sand dunes, and first thing in the morning go on the dunes (we were still in Nevada at this point in time).
Since my buddy didn't sleep at all in a long time, I was dribing. When he woke up he was still drunk...or high :) I asked him to plot a route and give me directions. :confused0006: Yeah...I should have thought twice about that. At one point we were just 5 min from I5....but then half an hout later we were 45 minutes away, climbing hard over yet another mountain range. In Oregon, in the mountains the roads are not signaled nearly as good as in Cali...we took the wrong turn again...and...well, instead on driving on the highway, it was all slow mountain roads. When we finally reached I5 we were in Green, OR. We stopped in that area for the night....we didn't quite make it, but close enough.
It was 2am. We ended upwith the shittyest hotel room I've ever stayed in, but I was so tired I didn't care. I only needed to take a warm shower ( no showers at Burning Man...you have to...improvize :) )and be able to sleep for 3-4 hours.
One pic before bed:
The next day we got up at 6am again, drove to Coos Bay then North bend.
Here we found out you can't just go on the dunes you need a permit and a flag. We went to look for a place that sells it (I guess it doesn't make sense to have tickets at the entrance). It was a hollyday (Sept 6)...nono of the places was open. I went back a 2'nd time, and asked one of the park workers where can I get a pass and a flag...he said I might be SOOL, and that I should have planned my trip better. That moment I kinda lost it...I had a visual of his bloody nose and his teeth flying...
We went for breakfast. But did I mention in Oregon things just don't make sense? All the food places would only open at 11!!! We asked some randompeople on the street, and we ended up in a small private restaurant...really good food.
Oh...in oregon, you can't pump your own gas...they're "special"...and they don't need street signs in the mountain roads...or only here and there, probably where people crashed.
I wasn't ready to give up, so we went back. There was a motorcycle (off road)place thatwas closed, but the guy had his private # posted for emergencies. I called, appologised and explained to him I'm just passing through...I needed a pass that day. He told me where to go...5 min down the road! I wanted to go back and punch the other guy out!
10$ for a 2 year pass and 10$ for a flag....I was set!!!!
Heading towards the dunes:
In the begining, I didn't air down enough (10psi) ands I had problems (just too heavy). Later I aired down to 4psi, and there was no stopping me! I even went on the highest dune there is there...I think 500ft high.
awesome pictures man, absolutely amazing, keep em coming [cheers][cheers]
11-19-2010, 10:48 AM
Video of trying to make it on the first hill (After I aired down it was no problem):
Wrong way...we had to turn arround:
Irok's hard at work
Time to have some fun:
11-19-2010, 11:03 AM
He was getting pissed off...couldn't fing the ocean:
Then finally...we found our way to it:
He was happy:
Then we drove on the beach...I always wanted to do this:
Wideos of driving on the beach:
11-19-2010, 11:05 AM
looks like an awesome time.
11-19-2010, 11:07 AM
more later...Oregon is beautifull!!!
wow trip of a life time amazing raz just amazing mang ...     
11-19-2010, 12:27 PM
RAZON THAT TRIP FUCKING ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Awesome trip man. I actually ended up falling you for 10 minutes through coquitlam into new west today, saw you still got the flag on your truck. Whats the tarp on there for? leaking problems?
01-21-2011, 02:41 PM
phenomanal story and pics dude!!
01-22-2011, 01:55 AM
Great post... You mentioned your diesel running without a battery…that's how I got out of Whipsaw a few years ago, alternator died while I was sitting in some deep mud. Just kept thinking, any other truck and I'd be screwed
Awesome job with the pics I feel like I was there with ya [cheers] that has to be the most comprehensive post I have ever seen!
01-22-2011, 09:32 AM
Great picks and post ,would love to do a FIBC trip:party0010:
01-24-2011, 08:44 AM
01-24-2011, 05:13 PM
awsome picts , looks like an awsome trip , i hope to be able to do something like that one day[cheers]
01-25-2011, 03:51 AM
gayest pics ever.
01-25-2011, 08:06 PM
nice pics 
01-26-2011, 10:52 AM
so jealous right now...
01-26-2011, 05:05 PM
razon what camera were you using, those pics are awesome, thanks for sharing and thanks for the story
01-26-2011, 10:28 PM
wicked lookin crawls must have been a great time
01-27-2011, 11:14 AM
wicked man, must of been a blast
01-27-2011, 11:32 AM
awesome pics raz... looks like an awesome trip
01-27-2011, 09:49 PM
looks like a great adventure 
01-28-2011, 10:40 AM
wow, great pics and story. looks like an epic adventure!
02-07-2011, 02:16 PM
Wow those are some sick rigs you guys had out, that looks like an amazing trip. Thanks for all the cool pics!
02-07-2011, 05:07 PM
all i have to say is that trip is epic!
02-07-2011, 05:35 PM
Trip of a life time buddy, amazing pics and boy are some of those girls hot....Cheers
Fantastic, I've always wanted to go to Burning Man
02-15-2011, 03:35 PM
The cameras I used were nothing special...a GoPro, one similar to a canon power shot, and a low end SLR...I don't rememeber, none of them were mine :)
I found a few more vids...driving on the dunes and the drive home:
4: Almost stuck ...I did it on purpose :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2ThAkpzRyY
02-15-2011, 03:56 PM
I just got back from an attempt to make it down to La Paz and Cabo San Lucas.
I was supposed to meet another 3 trucks down in San Diego, but I had a flat tire and had a really hard time sourcing a replacement. Since people had to stick to a schedule, they crossed the border into Mexico without me.
3 days later when I was ready to hit the road again...I found it hard to motivate myself to cross the border in Tijuana and drive 1600km into Mexico by myself considering the current conditions down there. Call me chicken :)
I felt bed for driving all that way only to turn back home...so we stayed there for another week...had some good times 
I'll have to get more pics and vids up, but here's a few I took with my phone:
Fixing the Oil pan (long story):
Good company :)
02-15-2011, 03:59 PM
Was wondering where you've been lately
02-15-2011, 09:13 PM
hey raz.. trip to oregon this summer, tillamook browns camp.
you always welcome to come along.
but you get to leave a day early..
stupid 90k tops.. lol
02-16-2011, 11:20 AM
Actually I was really busy with work JJ...end of year was crazy. This trip was kind of a last minute thing, I didn't really have time to get ready for it :)
I was just thinking that it exactly one year since we sunk my truck  Good times :D
Jeremy, I'll see if I can make it. I have tickets for Burning Man, so a trip down in September is for sure. I think I'll be able to keep up this time if we go. I did some adjustments to the injection pump and now I can cruise at 65-70mph. I even did 80mph in one section!...downhill of course :)
My fuel economy gets bad though... I get roughly 12l/100km@80km/h (~12l/100km@80km/h), 14l/100km@100km/h and 17l/100km@115km/h... that tells a lot about the aerodynamics of the truck :)
I have to replace the tires I just got. Boggers are not very good for these long drives. So...if anyone wants 2 new 37x13.0x15 boggers (higway driven only...from california to Vancouver ~2500km) I'll let them go for a good deal...just send PM.
02-16-2011, 12:23 PM
fucking eh man! but l dont know why you didnt just take a left and drive off when you were stuck in that big line leaving from buring man.
looks like a hell of a time
02-18-2011, 03:19 PM
There was a string with little flags that I couldn't go over! :)
Actually law enforcement is everywhere at burning man, and the surveilance is outstanding. I don't know how they do it (some say they have sensors and infrared cameras everywhere), but they always seem to catch the people that want to just walk in at night without paying. You won't make it anywhere close to the city unless if you're in the line.
Actually there is one way :) ... sky diving and landing in the city (I've seen quite a few people do it).
On a different subject,
I didn't have time to unload all the crap out of my truck yet...I still had my jerrycans on top of the truck... ~40l of diesel. Yesterday "somebody" cut the straps and went home with them :(
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