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Unread 05-01-2011, 11:17 PM   #1
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Default Frank Raines Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ok, so I still have a bit of energy to do a little typing.

So we met up at the Starbucks in San Jose. We left around 9:45AM and took Hamilton Road (I think) to the the 130. A very nice long and winding road. Past the Observatory blah blah blah.

I forgot what time we arrived, but we met up Eric at the entrance and we aired down.

Went on some fire road that led us to some BLACK trails. Dude... I pooped my pants a couple instance... Well... The men's restroom was backed up, so I couldn't drop a deuce (I held it in until 4:00pm to go in the ladies room). But the trails were pretty crazy compared to HH. My truck is pretty wide so I got a lot of pin striping done to my paint job.

The only trail I remember was Kidney Stone, which Andries took the lead and went up. Said the trail was pretty rutted up and quite gnarly. I got a little nervous about it since I'm not that advance at this whole thing yet. Jon had his rear diff caught in the rutts a couple time and managed to get through. Eric's (T4r4life) front driver side tire lifted 4 feet off the floor and looked as if it was going to flip. Later when he got up at one point he started to slide backwards when he stopped or something on an incline. Not enough power to get his rig up from a dead stop. He reversed back an powered up. Pedram88 apparently went through like it ain't no thang. As for me, I had to back up a couple times to find a better line and powered up it, banging something hard underneath the truck. One of my rim has a really nice ding. Man I love my skid plate though. But we all got up there with no real problem.

Ummm... Another trail we took was something Spider trail or something like that. A really narrow road with branches scraping and squealing laughter as it dug it's claw into the side of our trucks. We went up it... then turned back around and went back down. My body shop will have a lot of fun buffing out my truck up.

I saved the other trails for others with pictures which can truly show you what happened.

We left the park around 7ish. Cows were all over blocking the road every so often. A chihuahua got loose from it's owner, on the side of the road, and chased a Chevy Impala around the corner. Not sure how far it chased it, because I was too busy laughing and forgot to drive.




Well, That's all I have for now. Everyone else with pictures of carnage and videos of us running from a Toyota with it's brakes gone (almost running us over) coming down hill, can finish up and fill in the gaps.

All I can say was this is one memorable trip. Good times guys. I need a drink. A lot of running up and down the hills. Cheers
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Unread 05-02-2011, 03:26 PM   #2
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lol running up and down the hill more like walking till Masa and Pedram decide to play tag
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Unread 05-02-2011, 05:56 PM   #3
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Let's just say what was planned as a casual walk in the park turned out to :

- remembering why we hate mud and using Vinh's shower to see out the windows
- Clearing a ton of brush and trees for trail access still to get pinstriping and broken antennas
- The world longest winching session, and some double winch efforts from both sides up and down a hill, while popping beads and popping them back later
- Literally running for your life, trucks trying to tag each other
- A lot of very interesting climbs and drops
- Walking/running up and down more steep loose hills than we can remember
- Cows blocking the main road, and little dogs chasing cars, etc

About the only thing that turned out as planned was a nice relaxing lunch under a tree with a cool breeze overlooking some scenic hills.
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Unread 05-02-2011, 06:49 PM   #4
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Default My take on the day

Besides all the grief it was still a fun day out with good people and trucks. And another great demonstration of the camaraderie here on 120, especially BD

The weather was perfect, this time of year not too hot, it would be unbearable in the summer.

As Vinhy mentioned we met at Starbucks and as usual got to shooting the breeze and left late, I don't know what we find to talk about (read BS about )

The drive over the 130 was very scenic and the views back toward the Bay were amazing, sorry no pics, missing my co-pilot in more ways than one.

Arrived at FR @ 11:30 aired down and headed into the fray

So we all load our rigs up with "stuff" for the unexpected and unwanted when off road, this trip we got to put a few things to good use, in no particular order.

Tire repair kit - Goodyear Duratracs 285/70x17 side walls suck.
One winch technique
Two winch technique
High lift, with off road base and slider adaptor
CO for high pressure to re mount a tire (thanks Pedram)
WD40 for a sticky Hilift
Heineken - for frazzled nerves and rehydration

The trails we tackled: West trail and West trail loop, Kidney Stone trail, Spider trail, Matt's tail and Truck trail, not necessarily in that order but that the order I read them off the map, the mud pits got some attention as well:



It's not very apparent form the track log but a lot of back and forth
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Unread 05-02-2011, 07:06 PM   #5
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I am going to put together a video montage from the stuff I have, instead of posting a gabillion pictures like normal. So if anyone has some good pictures they want to show in the video email them to me.

m.elliston@gmail.com

Video editing will commence after shrimp tacos and mounting a bike rack in the garage.
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All I can say it was an interesting day.

Fun at times and at others.

I want to say a special thank you to everyone for the help, especially Andries.
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Unread 05-02-2011, 07:51 PM   #7
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All I can say it was an interesting day.

Fun at times and at others.

I want to say a special thank you to everyone for the help, especially Andries.
lol time to piece together that ifs
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Unread 05-02-2011, 07:55 PM   #8
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Default A few pics.

Seven strong, three 120s, one Tundra, one third gen. one first gen. and a Jeep:







The mud pits:





















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The clean up, whoot for on board water and shower/car wash:

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Mikey skirted the mud pit but still suffered:



Go Pro is No Go



And to boot a side wall puncture, got to have that tire repair kit mentioned above.
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poor mikey
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Got to clean of some more of the mud:







Divert some tree limbs:



Be patient, waiting for all the drama to be done.... lots of patients



Just cruising:

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So far, awesome pictures. Now I need to get on Pedram to edit and post up that chase scene.
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Check the body language between these two pics 2x winching itself up a nasty climb and BD trying to help





Yeah yeah here's your Heineken
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Lunch



No drama

Vinhy gave us a demonstration of his RTT, took 15 minutes to erect it, but he had problems with his zipper (that whole sentence sounds so wrong )





It was very cosy inside and lots of room.
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A real fun moment, I don't have the best coverage of this but here's a few pics to set the stage:













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poor Mikey
Perfect timing on your post dude, I didn't have a pic of the twig

Good Times
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Great pictures. Looks like I missed out on a fun day.
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Great pictures. Looks like I missed out on a fun day.
I would not have missed it but you were better off where you were, seriously
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I would not have missed it but you were better off where you were, seriously


Looked like a great trip....
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But, after viewing the pics.....maybe not.
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