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    The Grand Canyon, 4 Corners, & Hoover Dam!

    After a long trip through the Colorado Rocky Mountains we spent the night in Ouray, Co, a cute little town in a deep valley. We awoke to breath taking views of the Rocky Mountains once again. We then headed out to the Four Corners “the only place in the United States where four states (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado) come together at one place. Here a person can stand in four states at the same time.”

    We then went on to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon!

    Some facts and figures:

    “The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet / 1,800 metres). Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.“

    After the grand canyon it was on to pass over the hoover dam! “Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover.”

    Images from August 1st & 2nd, 2012


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    Navigating the Nevada desert without power steering.

    With an early morning start and plenty of ground to cover we were on our way. The day started out chilly as it does out in the desert and quickly rose to 90+ degrees. The trail was getting rough as the pebbled dirt roads quickly turned into larger rocks and boulders. With the truck giving us no issues or signs of any issues we had not worried about a breakdown thus far. Our luck soon ran out as the steering wheel tightened and turning became a challenge. It was clear that our power steering had let us down. From a quick inspection power steering fluid was clearly visible splattered all over the engine bay. The power steering fluid reservoir had not one ounce of fluid left. The next paved road crossing was about 35~ miles away. We had to fight with the steering wheel to keep on going off the beaten path. As soon as we saw pavement but still no cell service we had to decide wether to go on or not. With sore arms and the day coming to and end we decided to find the closest nissan dealership to have our issues fixed. After following the paved road for some time we soon had service. The closest Nissan repair shop was 160+ miles away. In the meantime we found an auto shop and bought some power steering fluid. Pouring it into the reservoir we just watched it leak out as quickly as we filled it. Rolling into town sometime past 1 am we got a good nights rest and brought it to the dealership in the morning.

    To our luck we managed to break a part that no dealership keeps in stock due its tendency to never fail (Our damage was due to aftermarket parts). We we’re going to be there for a few days. With Shabbos only 3 days away that was not an option. As we were walking out the mechanic tells me “there may be one more option, it may work, it may not, but it will only be as good as a band aid”. The idea was to cut out the worn section with the hole and replace it with some high pressure tubing and clamps. The repair would only take about an hour. So we did it!

    Images from August 5th & 6th, 2012


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    Tree Hugging in Oregon!

    After a quick fix for our power steering we were back on our way. With just 100~ miles left it was the last day to be on the trail! Alas we were almost done… or so we thought. As we headed off into the woods in Oregon the trails started out nicely. Winding through the mountain sides along 70+ foot tall trees we had gone about 10 miles. The trails then started to get thicker and thicker. We were just squeezing through trees and grazing branches. The further we went the worse the trail conditions got. With the sound of a muffled gunshot a branch had found its way through the driver side window. We swiped a branch which tore off our mirror, shattered our window, and damaged the B pillar of the driver door. We kept pushing on determined to make it! With another side swipe from a downed tree we damaged the passenger side fender. From then on there was no where left to go. Driving trails quickly squeezed to mere walking paths, there was no way we we’re going to make it any further. We we’re forced to turn around and hit the roads!… It was a long journey and we made it 80~ miles to the shore via the trails.

    Images from August 8th, 2012

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    Sounds like an epic adventure. Was this trail that caused the damage part of the transamerican ? Did you primarily camp or try to find lodging in closest town?
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    Did you figure out what percentage of your travel was on dirt vs pavement ?

    When will you be providing is with your exact route so we can go out and run it ?
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    What type of camping did you do or was is hotels? Looks like a great trip!
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    Yes, please answer the above questions as I am curious as well.

    But as far as your trip and report it is tov me'od. And as one who sympathizes with Jews here and in Israel I also say, toda roba!
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    Yep, an epic adventure for sure! Great photos, too!
    John
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    "May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view." -Edward Abbey

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