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When Clemens arrived in Virginia City in 1862, it was a mere three years old. Its mines, however, had already produced over $400 million dollars in silver, enough to bankroll the building of San Francisco and eventually help the Union win the Civil War. The booming town was lined with businesses, restaurants, saloons, and populated with well-paid miners and dancing girls. After his own hard-scrabble mining stint, Sam Clemens, newly shaved and puffing on his ever-present cigar, must have surveyed the bustling, cosmopolitan scene and thought, “Now this is more like it.”
Here he began to thrive writing stories for the Territorial Enterprise. When the news wasn’t interesting enough for him, which it rarely was, he stretched the facts like taffy, folding and molding them until he had produced a confection that bore little resemblance to the reality from which it was derived. To these colorfully fabricated accounts, he added his colorful new pen name: Mark Twain.
I found one wagon that was going to California, and made some judicious inquiries of the proprietor. When I learned, through his short and surly answers to my cross-questioning, that he was certainly going on and would not be in the city the next day to make trouble... I took down his list of names and added his party to the killed and wounded. Having more scope here, I put this wagon through an Indian fight that to this day has no parallel in history.
My two columns were filled. When I read them over in the morning I felt that I had found my legitimate occupation at last... I felt I could take my pen and murder all the emigrants on the plains if need be, and the interests of the paper demanded it.
Mark Twain, Roughing It, Chapter 42
Our legitimate occupation was to get to the former town of Masonic in the Bodie Hills. First though we had to follow the trail south from our Desert Creek campsite to Jackass Creek and over the Sweetwater Mountains.
As 2011 begins to wind down, so do this year’s Overland Rallies and Workshops. If you have not yet had the pleasure of attending one of these events, now’s a great opportunity. If you’ve attended one (or several) before, we hope to be seeing you again.
There is still time to register for the last Overland Rally of the year being held in Hollister, California – where it all began one year ago.
The previous events this year, in Washington, North Carolina, and Vermont, have been incredible successes. We are looking forward to a great finale in California. With 800 acres and 24 miles of dedicated 4WD access trails and over 3,300 acres and 128 miles of trails for adventure motorcyclists, the Hollister Hills State Vehicle Recreation Area is a very special place.
Knowing the Diff
Make sure you're purchasing a real ARB Air Locker, not a cheap counterfeit
The past few years have seen the beginning of a new industry – the production of cheap lockers coming out of China and India. These lockers either claim outright to be ARB Air Lockers or use patented ARB designs in breach of Australian and international law.
Toyota Land Cruiser UZJ100 Ironman Suspension Kit Review
One of the first things I do when I get a new project vehicle is upgrade the suspension. Factory springs and shocks are fine for street comfort, but are woefully under sprung for handling off-pavement use, especially loaded full of gear and equipment; not to mention the additional load heavy accessories such as bumpers, winches and water/fuel tanks.
The amount of lift is a secondary consideration. I keep total lift to about 2.5 inches or less. Just enough to give a slightly better approach, departure and breakover angle. All of which are particularly noticeable and important on long wheelbase, full-size wagons such as the 100 Series Land Cruiser. The key is to add load capacity and clearance, without the lift making the loading or unloading of gear or passengers problematic, or inducing awkward handling characteristics of the loaded or unladen rig, which will ultimately be driven long distances during its intended use as an expedition platform.
New from BajaRack is a rack solution for the 2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma 4 Door equipped without a factory rack system. This unit will attach via four existing locations on the roof of the Tacoma via holes that are drilled in a secure location. BajaRack is making available such accessories as a light bar for 7, or 10 inch lights, gas can mounts, as well as Hi-Lift, shovel, and awning brackets.
The unit has a MSRP of $575.00, including all bracketry.
More information please visit
www.bajarack.com or write to:
2598 Fortune Way
Suite E, Vista CA 92081
Phone: (760) 621-0171
Fax: (760) 539-9960
email: sales @bajarack.com
Currently on the road through Bolivia; Logan Pribbeno was able to upload these images to compliment his article, which can be found here.
Who doesn't secretly desire a AEV Brute? This 2002 Conversion with a Four Wheel Camper painted in rescue orange is outfitted great! Check out the portal link below!
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