RedRunner's 2016 SR5 Build and Adventure Thread

RedRunner87

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Almost lost the Disco!


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The group:

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My accident:

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Lets see how badly he can get stuck in this one spot:

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...after he tried to get through with speed

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I slid into this front bumper try to get a better pull position:

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...after he hit a tree

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We did a little scouting run to find some camping spots my buddy could bring his trailer too.

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RedRunner87

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First overland trip for the 4Runner!

Enchanted Rockies Trail

Starting point: Show Low, AZ

I traveled from Colorado Springs to Phoenix to pick up drawers and roof rack cross bars from my buddy. We decided to get a jump on the Enchanted Rockies trail but cutting our Day 1 drive down so we shot up to Show Low, AZ to camp.

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Day 1: Show Low, AZ to Lincoln, NM

Time to top off the gas tank and start our journey to Lincoln

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New Mexico!!

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Pie Town, NM! To bad everything was closed and we could not get any pie in Pie Town.

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We decided to have lunch outside of the Very Large Array Radio Telescopes

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Finally made it to the trail head for the Enchanted Rockies Trail

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The beginning on the trail was pretty easy. Just a gravel dirt road, which was nice at the end of the day. We decided that we could get a little bit of a jump on this section of the trail while we found a camping spot.

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We found a suitable campsite for the night

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Enchanted Rockies Trail

Day 2

On Day 2 we started in Lincoln, NM and traveled to Corona, NM. This section should be approximately 106 miles.

As we traveling down the trail my buddy radios "Is that a water park ahead of us"?

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It ended up being a Bible Ranch in the middle of no where.

This section of trail wasn't hard, but it was rocky enough that we could only travel about 10mph's give or take.

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Time to air up as we are about to hit the highway

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...well that section of highway was a lot shorter than we thought. At least this section was a lot of "County" roads. So we could pick up the pace.

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We detoured to the Roswell Incident Site. This is the debris field left from the UFO

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The obligatory fuel up picture

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This was on the drive up to the camp site. Free roaming cows everywhere.

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Camp! This camp site had soooo many bugs it was crazy.

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Enchanted Rockies Trail

Day 3

For Day 3 we traveled from Corona, NM to Pecos, NM. This section is about 156 miles, but was a little bit more with the Bypass

Beginning of Day 3

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We had some more flat "County" roads till we hit the highway. We may have accidentally hit a cattle guard a little to fast and jumped both trucks. I definitely do not recommend doing this.

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Got a little bit of pavement time

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Found a cool tunnel right before the highway to get some "Gram" worthy pictures

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We ended up doing the Bypass because the new owners of a property locked a gate you have to take. The Bypass according to LifeStyle Overland "TRAILERS, LARGE RIGS, OR STOCK RIGS NOT RECOMMENDED". I did this trail with stock suspension but I do have 255/80's(33's). I hit my skids a couple times and completely flexed the 4Runner out. It took us around 2.5 hours to go 12 miles. It is super slow going with a lot of rocks and off camber sections. We were also the first ones threw this section in awhile, so we had to scout out some sections to figure out where we were going. Plan on some extra time taking the Bypass.

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Campsite with a killer view! Was totally worth the long drive of this section.

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Enchanted Rockies Trail

Day 4

This section is from Pecos, NM to Angel Fire, NM. This section is about 140 miles and probably the most beautiful section.

...and we are off!

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So many cows in NM

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Air up time again for the highway
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...so how do you know your friend is in from Phoenix? He makes you stop and take a picture when he sees snow.
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RTT Problems

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Camp! This camp site was absolutely amazing

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Enchanted Rockies Trail

Day 5

Today we were supposed to go from Angel Fire, NM to Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. But due to COVID-19 National Parks are closed. So we decided to detour and camp with a couple buddies in Colorado Springs, off of Rampart Range Road. One day we will have to finish the Angel Fire, NM to Estes Park.

Airing up and heading to the The Springs

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Made it to The Springs. Found a little mud and this was the end of our trip for this time.

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