Mojave Road April '16

m3pedro

Observer
Well my truck was supposed to be done by the time my yearly trip to vegas for NAB convention happened.

That was not to be.

So not one to give up easily .... I rented a 2016 Tacoma 2wd....joining me are my Brother in his silver 15' Toyota 4Runner (who is now sporting all my ICON stage 6 suspension) and fellow camera brother @lawndartdesign in his epic TRD PRO ....shaped up to be an epic trip.... Next year....My FJ will rule "the road" ..... And no I didn't tell the rental company what I was doing with thier brand new Tacoma.

I did plan on breaking it in properly.

We started our trip by exploring some of the easier trails in calico.



My brother going thru the tight fit of the Kramer arch.



Isaac exploring the rocky terrain of calico



inside a mining cave in calico with the kids









Junior explorers. My neice and nephew



At the summit




We made it !!! Mile 0 of the mojave road trail!!


blazing thru afton canyon trying to chase the sun as it started to set so we can make camp



chasing the sunset thru afton canyon wash









Lost the light but still stopped for a picture





We made camp at the Afton canyon campgrounds shortly after....was already dark and I had never stayed there before....so why not!

Day 2 next
 

m3pedro

Observer
Next day we start by crossing the Mojave river....

I went first in my rental.....so I can take pictures from the other side.





Then my brother.....the kids loved it!





Forgot to warn my brother on the bending lisc. plate issue....hehehe



Then Isaac with his snorkle monster.....








spooky canyon......I think?





Under the famous afton canyon train trestle



At the travelers monument



Putting our rocks on the famous travelers monument in the middle of Zzyzx dry lake



Mid day lunch spot just after afton canyon.



thank god for the ARB awning for some shade so we can enjoy our lunch.




His rig is amazing



We had some fun with the kids flying a kite.





 

m3pedro

Observer


Now this rig looks like a proper expedition truck!







Desert bloom



Abandoned Stone cabin



dropped in some coins and tagged the "money tree"




And here is Isaac winching me up the only tough climb on the trail ....my open diff and 2wd had no chance.....no worries he winched me up no problem.



The infamous mojave bus....left my mark




We found few "puddles" and had some fun.... but unfortunately my brother hit it too hard and covered me and the camera in ****.





oops......don't worry the camera survived and the shot looks amazing.



I got thru the mudhole....but got stuck luckily I rocked it back and forth and got out .......boy that would of sucked!!



Stopped for a photo op....











The fireman and his machine.

 

m3pedro

Observer
@lawndartdesign and his TRD PRO







the dirty duo




My brother had to end it a bit early and head home.....we continued on until we hit the end at the colorado river...





The end....COLORADO RIVER.....or begining if your doing it the correct way.....east to west...




We went on to Vegas and spent the next 4 days at the trade show...




Returning the rental Tacoma to the dealership. You can say I got my money's worth. The 2016 Tacoma doublecab 2wd surprised all of us. Despite the open diff I pushed her hard and only had to be winched once up a technical climb where the open diff just met its match. I drove her hard pushing the redline and the bumpstops all the time. Once again proving toyota makes some amazing trucks.

 

m3pedro

Observer
Thanks....

In case your wondering what is happening to my FJ....

Check out my build blog on instagram @trophyFJ
 

Explorer 1

Explorer 1
Looks like you had a great time with your "toys" and the kids will always remember the trip.

This is what "Spooky Canyon" looks like from the top:



This is what it looks like at the entrance:



And this is part of what it looks like inside:




Next time you do the Mojave it's worth the side trip.

Thanks for sharing, nice looking "toys".

Thanks,
Fred
Explorer 1
 

Explorer 1

Explorer 1
Thanks....yes I figured it wasn't spooky canyon......do you have the coordinates so we can hit it next year?
Sorry, I'm so "old school" I only know it by landmarks. I'll ask the guys on our local forum if any of them know the coordinates and get back to you.

Be sure and continue to enjoy your kids while they still want to go out with you, you wake up someday soon and they may not be interested any more.

Thanks,
Fred
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Kjswa

New member
Curious how the stock Tacoma did crossing the river, Any water in the cab, mechanical, electrical issues?
 

m3pedro

Observer
Curious how the stock Tacoma did crossing the river, Any water in the cab, mechanical, electrical issues?

Nope....although for a second there I felt the rear end float and the tires loose traction... but made it thru with no drama
 

forty2

Adventurer
Curious how the stock Tacoma did crossing the river, Any water in the cab, mechanical, electrical issues?
Made the same crossing a week earlier. You can see the water level on the truck, no drama whatsoever. I had relocated the rear diff breather though, had I not it most certainly would have taken in some water. Also, the door sills were bone dry after crossing.

 

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