John Shotts, myself and some folks from the Arizona Land Rover Owner's group met up Saturday morning for a fun and full day to the Coke Ovens near Florence. John had his beast, the 80-series Land Cruiser. I had my little Suzuki, which wants to be like the Land Cruiser (and followed it around like a little dog which admires it's older and much bigger friend) one Jeep and four Land Rovers (including my old one, sigh).
Boy was it a fun day. A few challenging spots. Some pucker factor on one of the optional fun hills for me and overall a fairly mild trail, but one you have to pay attention on. This was the first real challenge for the Suzuki since I put the rear locker in, so I decided to try to follow John Shotts as much as I could just to challenge myself. His rig makes almost anything seem like a speed bump. With just one or two exception I followed and am quite pleased with the results. Glad I have rock sliders and complete skid plates though.
Later in the day we drove through a very scenic area to Battleaxe Road, which comes out on Highway 177 near the Ray Mine just north of Kearny. The trail isn't on my GPS' topo map or in any of the books but Mike McDonald (pres. of the Land Rover group) was familiar with it.
Anyway, here are some of my pics: