I was packed up and on the road (191) out of Rock Springs by 5, and boy was I glad I hit the black stuff early. The road north was taking us up through the Wind River Valley, and with a name like that and with a landscape that was predominantly flat open scrubland, I had no doubt that this would be an uncomfortable ride once the heat of the day had stirred up the wind. Also it was so great to feel a nip in the air, and actually to have to put on the heated grips after so long. As we rode along at a good pace I, again, couldn´t help thinking how similar this route was to the Ruta 3 on Argentina´s Atlantic seaboard – only this stretch of the 191 did bend from time to time! Oh, and there were wild horse herds. I have no doubt that someone owned them, but so fantastic to see horses just doing what comes naturally in a space large enough to allow that.
I'm pretty sure your company didn't have team building exercises that involved driving a Land Rover Discovery to its absolute extreme, winching, kayaking, mountain biking, and orienteering. That is, unless you worked for Land Rover between 1996 to 2003 when the TReK series was in full swing. The event, created by Bob Burns, Events Manager for Land Rover North America, was designed to help foster team building for the then new-to-market company, as well as providing incentive to the employees who made up the competition teams. Top dealerships from across the country sent their best to compete in events such as "Land Rover Cross" - an event similar to autocross, where teams raced through technical off-road driving courses and were penalized if they hit cones. It was a huge hit amongst not only employees, but also Land Rover enthusiasts, who sported competition merchandise and could even buy the fully-kitted vehicles used in the events. Check out this five-part video series about one of the most recent TReK events.
Land Rover Dealerships generally aren't what they used to be a decade or two ago, especially for enthusiasts of the iconic British brand. Nine times out of ten you're more likely to encounter a Range Rover on 24's with a Strut grill on display rather than a heritage mode such as a Defender, Series, or even a Discovery. However, tucked into various places around the United States, there are still a few Land Rover Dealerships that are filled with off-road enthusiasts just like us who are keeping the spirit of the brand alive by actually taking customers on the adventures that their vehicles were built for. Land Rover Las Vegas is one of those Dealerships, and between their Defender 130, Series I, and Camel Trophy Discovery—and the many other modified Land Rover vehicles floating around the property—it's quite apparent that they're not your usual dealership.
Looking for something affordable, but still durable with a great style? Is that something you're looking for destined to hold tools, widgets and gear? If so, you should take a look at Duluth Trading Companies Fire Hose Leather Tool Bags ($34.50) The small and large bag combo feature their signature 11.5oz fire hose canvas that is PVC backed for strength and durability water resistance, the handles are made from durable webbing with comfortable leather grips. They're perfect for carrying a small recovery gear kit, or some tool rolls. Without a doubt I'll be getting a set of these to clean up all of the random items floating around in my shed-on-wheels.
The fishing boats didn't go all that far from shore, perhaps a quarter of a mile, to a line where the sea turned from light to dark. A shelf, most likely, where the sea floor dropped off to greater depths. I sat on my knees on the paddleboard, paddling for all I was worth to get through the surf break without being toppled. In my back pocket I carried the hand line I'd rigged up; to a locking carabiner I had tied a 120lb fishing line about 20 feet long. To the end of the leader I tied a heavy duty hook, and on it I attached the only bait I could find in the van: a hunk of Swiss-style sausage.
Photo: Nik Schulz
via West County Explorers Club: After leaving the deserts of Arizona we crossed over into the deserts of California. We'd initially planned to camp at Joshua Tree's south entrance off of the 10 freeway, but we completely missed the exit and ended up in Indio (in the Palm Springs/Coachella area). By the time we got there it was well past sundown and the wind was blowing an absolute gale. We shelved our camping plan and headed to a hotel.
After a hot shower and a good night of sleep we ready to head into Joshua Tree and found what was probably a more interesting way in.
via West County Explorers Club: To mangle a Smiths lyric, some potholes are bigger than others. Driving up to this washout, you'd think there was no getting across. Watch this Pinzgauer 6x6 give it a go.
via West County Explorers Club: As part of our Southwest Trip this summer, we drove through the Prescott National Forest. We shot video of the most remote part of that drive, Forest Road 82A through Crooks Canyon.
Here’s the post about that part of the trip: Southwest Trip, Part 4: Prescott, AZ.
It was a real struggle to drag myself away from that great hole in the ground that is the Grand Canyon. But it was not long before I realised that there were many more sights to see along the Colorado Plateau, as Idris and I enjoyed the early morning emptiness and cooler temperatures. Heading further east along the 64 we were soon blessed with a view of the Little Colorado River Canyon and a quick chat to local Navajos as they set up their craft stands in anticipation of the day´s tourist trade.