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Unread 10-09-2018, 08:14 PM   #1
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Default Monache Meadow Oct 12-14

Going to Monache Meadow with a few other 4R’s this weekend if you wanna join. Hit me up if you want details.

NB - date should read Oct 12-14
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Cool. Iíll post details in an hour or so.
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Friday
Meet Kennedy Meadow Campground (pin drop to come)

Saturday
Breakfast
35min drive to trail head and air down
Explore MM
Lunch
MM dunes
River crossings
Rope swing
Arrive and set up camp
Dinner

Sunday
No plans as such. Wing it.
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Hi Mark,

What time are you meeting at Kennedy meadows campground on Friday or are you spending the Friday night there?

Might join you but have all the skid plates removed due to some overly aggressive driving I did on the last time i was out. Need to pound them flat and reinstall. It was very nice up there the last time I went and would like to go again.
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Hi Mark,

What time are you meeting at Kennedy meadows campground on Friday or are you spending the Friday night there?

Might join you but have all the skid plates removed due to some overly aggressive driving I did on the last time i was out. Need to pound them flat and reinstall. It was very nice up there the last time I went and would like to go again.
Hey John,

We are camping overnight at Kennedy. I donít think anyone is leaving LA until 4pm so earliest people will be 8:30ish. Iíll be leaving Thousand Oaks at 4pm.

Iím not leading this trip but assuming we are not doing Sherman Trail so skids not an issue across the Meadows and streams.

Would love to have a few guys from 120. .
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The leader mentioned he’s open to any off-roading 4x4 so Sherman Pass might be on the agenda - go beat those skids into submission John!

I’ve read several reports of people getting over SP easily recently so sounds like skids is not too much an issue but who knows????
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Apparently the Leader (5th Gen) doesn’t have aftermarket skids so not sure about SPT 4x4. I may do it Sunday on way out
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Yeah I couldn't make it in time. My dual battery setup is shorting out somewhere for some reason so I gave up out of frustration and went to tinker on my Cressida instead.

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Fantastic weekend. Very relaxed. Saw some new sites. Very cold at night = 23 degrees!

Our trip organizer Mike was one very cool dude. His 5th gen is sweet. I think we helped him spend about $20K on his truck when he gets back in town lol.

I highly recommend stopping at Kennedy Meadow General Store for a slice of nostalgia. Nice store owners and very nicely themed store. And 4 dogs that you just want to take home!

Sunday I messed up our plans unfortunately. we were just leaving the Meadow (first water crossing done, and my rear brake pad disassociated itself from my brake caliper. Long story short, after wasting an hour thinking about alternatives, John agreed to drive into Ridgecrest to get me new pads.

Zoe went with him as a fall back if they could not get parts on a Sunday afternoon she could wait for my son to come up with new parts - surely an auto place around town would have them??!!

"Luck" turned out our way and about 6 hrs later they returned with new pads. 5 mins on the install and we were back on the road. Unfortunately that put us all home very late!!!

Poor John - not the best way to spend his birthday day, driving a six hour round trip for a 5min repair job.

I might post some photos later!

In the future - does anyone know...is there any way to disable the rear brake system from the front? I would have thought there would be some redundancy system so if you lost one set of brakes, the others would still be able to function independently. John and I didn't have any "bright ideas" on that one!

Oh, and what did I do while they were gone for six hours - made lunch, stared at trees, shot some targets, built and lit a fire, arrange my tools, contemplated life without offroading ...

And as side note - whats happened to all the wildlife??? Last time I went we saw a bobcat, a herd of cows, woodpeckers, ground squirrels (or whatever they are called)... While sitting in a forest for six hours from midday to sunset, I saw one squirrel. two birds... John hypothesized the shooters have driven them away from any humans.

Other side note, driving out of a heavily wooded 4x4 trail in pitch black was really confusing for trail finding and obstacle avoidance. Just saying! Thank goodness for GPS tracks.
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I discovered last night that one of my upper links on the rear axle had lost a bolt on one end!

I noted on the way home from the meadow that I was fighting constantly with the steering to keep the truck straight. I thought I had knocked out the alignment on Saturday. Now it is explained - a wandering rear axle. Damn! Never a dull moment.
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Great quick trip. Thanks to Mike who organized this trip, nice to have meet you.
I decided to meet up Saturday morning at the Kennedy Meadow store instead of driving up Friday night. Had a good time touring the area to Monache Meadow and our camp site. Our side of the river was unoccupied so we had the choice of any campsite and picked a secluded site near the river.

We made camp, had lunch, hung out for a while and then took a little walk to a dam up river. Enjoyed the scenery for a while at the dam and made our way back to camp to rest some more.

Made dinner and sat around the campfire. Our fire master Mark made an awesome fire even with a limited wood supply. Mark did his best Andries impression and added the wood a full bundle at a time. Finally at 11pm we had to use 3 buckets of water to drown out the fire it was so we could go to sleep.

Sunday was relaxed in the morning and Mark managed to restart the charred logs for a little warmth. After breakfast and packing up we headed out about 11am. Maybe 3 minutes later Mark stops and is looking around his truck and finds a hot brake pad in the sand. The rest of the store has been told much better already by Mark so I won’t retell it. Only that I'm sure Zoe had enough passenger seat bouncing around to last her awhile.

Here is a couple of photos





Can you find the trout?








The other Mike & Mark



Spy shoot










Link to the all the photos
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Mark here is a link to the 2006 trip. Your truck looks a little different now . Mine is just about the same .

https://imgur.com/a/L68Ju
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Fun times!!!!
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One of those places on my short list to visit ever since you guys did the first 120 trip there way back when.
Unfortunately this month wasn't viable due to work and truck needing some upgrades.

Note to self, bring along an extra brake pads.
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Well, what are we waiting for? Lets plan a 120 run! I dont have the luxury to prep my truck over long periods of time since I work out of state so the only time I get to prep my truck is a day or two before my 4x4 trips. Lots of potential for failure on the trail.
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