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Absolutely amazing trip with amazing friends.

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September 4th, 2017, 12:44 am
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Danny - What am I stuck on???
Me - 38's :goodfinger:

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https://youtu.be/7XCA8pQ6hco


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September 4th, 2017, 12:55 am
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my hybrid on the con

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September 4th, 2017, 12:58 am
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Rubicon springs is a private property and so let the camp fire roar!

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Gordon Ramsey the off-roader

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Bacon tailgate FTW

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no clutch and self preservation plus AAA member equals cool dry drive to the trailer

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Danny at Emerald bay taking a picture of me taking a picture of him

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September 4th, 2017, 1:07 am
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my anti-wrap bar wasn't strong enough to tame the horses

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September 4th, 2017, 1:08 am
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Hey Rich Harris paint your hood!

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September 4th, 2017, 7:32 am
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Why don't you drive your bronco over here and tell that to my face!

(Its funny because he never drives his bronco anywhere)

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September 4th, 2017, 10:12 am
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Here's what I got. I even brought a camera thinking i would take more pics. We just kept moving along and the multitude of pics didnt happen.

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September 4th, 2017, 7:28 pm
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There's some great pics in there Peter!

One question though. One of those pics looks like someone was rope swinging at night? Seems reckless and Def not like something we would do.

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Awesome pics all around, looks like a great trip!

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September 6th, 2017, 12:05 pm
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Sum picures

Day 1: San Jose to Shingle Springs (trailer drop) ~ 150 miles. 4x4's from Shingle Springs to trail head ~ 60 miles. Trail head to Buck Island Lake ~ 8 miles.

I didn't love the idea at the time, but leaving in the dark turned out to be good because we made it to camp that night with about an hour of daylight to spare...

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The group got together and motor'd on

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And eventually we said, who the hell needs trailers!?

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Where's the gas go again?

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Good looking paint on the hood!

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Too cool for school, no gas needed

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Shits almost real...

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Changing, err, removing, the air from tires

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...and lehsgo!

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The first removing of tools from the bag... Simple fix, jam nuts came loose on the tie rod letting the hydro ram spin the tie rod all over the place.


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Second removal of tools... Motor running sporadically, after some tinkering, it runs like a champ. We decide, somewhat hesitantly, that maybe it was just real hot, vapor lock or something like that. Ran great for the rest of the wheeling so thats all that counts

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Here's camp the first night

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And here's the view from camp the first night at Buck Island. Ignore the non Ford's in the foreground :angel:

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September 8th, 2017, 9:55 pm
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That looks awesome! I want to go!


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Stan the Man wrote:
That looks awesome! I want to go!


Who dis?

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September 21st, 2017, 11:20 am
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Dan90FSB wrote:
Stan the Man wrote:
That looks awesome! I want to go!


Who dis?


:stupid:


September 22nd, 2017, 11:28 am
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Writing up a story... no new pics, just combining text and thoughts for years to come...

Rubicon Saturday August 26th 2017 to Tuesday August 29th 2017

Day 1, Saturday August 26th. Real early.

Yeah, like we-watched-the-sun-rise-early.

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From the hood in the frame, you can see I’m towing with my (not so) trusty 99 F-250 diesel, who’s various nicknames stem from the character Hodor in game of thrones. Big and dumb like Hodor. Unfortunately not as blindly faithful. A few years ago I blew up the clutch towing, and back in June heading to the UA the high pressure oil pump housing cracked, losing a few gallons of oil real quickly before the motor died. So this was its first trip back in towing duty after the UA fiasco. But I digress.

The convoy met up in Tracy and hit the road. Gluttons for punishment on the trip include... Peter with his 91 F350 mostly-a-pickup, towed by the motor everyone wants, the last of the Cummins.

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Rich with his 68 Bronco (apparently the elite type call them “Early Broncos”) being towed by the faithful Ex that I borrowed for UA (see story 1 picture back about exploding oil housing).

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And my junk. You’ll notice the tow rig is actually towing!

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We drove through Sacramento, and dropped off the trailers at a friend of Peter’s house in Shingle Springs. We had pre-arranged to leave them there as our intention was to drive the trail all the way through and there’s not a great place to leave trailers in doing so. The cool thing about licensed, registered and insured vehicles with radial tires… 65 on the freeway is totally do-able.

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We made our final gas stop in Pollock Pines, the last “big” city before heading up Ice House Road to the trail head. It’s about an hour and a half and a lot of winding roads from here to the trail head, and then we gotta run the whole trail into Tahoe before we hit our next gas stop, so it’s important to start the adventure full!

Paint on the hood is sure looking good!

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One for the homies

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And when I say, it’s important to fill up gas here because we won’t have the opportunity for a lot of miles and several days of wheeling, I mean unless you’re as cool as Rich.

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We venture up the twisty, steep grades of Ice House Road and eventually come to the familiar site of Loon Lake. Every time I get the first glimpse of the lake I get excited because I know we’re close!

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You can see the back side of the damn, the trail head is just below

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Yee yee!

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We stop to change the air in our tires, lock hubs, contemplate heading back down the hill to a resort in Tahoe, decide against it and ultimately hit the trail.

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Notice the red cooler in the back of Peter’s truck.. This will come up later so just keep that thought floating around somewhere in between your ears.

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The first obstacle on the trail is the Gatekeeper. While it’s been cleared out a bit in recent years due to some DOT maintenance on the trail, there’s still some fun lines

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Next up is the slabs, which are really a sight, such an amazingly large chunk of rock. Despite some of the inclines feeling intimating, traction is good (when dry!) and the trail is well marked to keep you on a decent line.

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Shortly after the slabs, Peter thought it’d be fun to stop and organize his tools. Ok, his tie rod jam nuts came loose and the hydro assist ram was flopping all over the place as the tie rod twisted in circles. 2 big wrenches and a couple big tugs later and it was all tightened up, and ready to rock.

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We ventured on, passing Ellis, Walker Hill, and likely some other places that have names. We stopped for a snack and water right by the Little Sluice, mourned the missing juniper tree, glanced over at Spider Lake, and noticed Rich had unknowingly created a 2 piece traction bar

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Likely cheap steel and too hot of a weld. That or the obscene amount of power put out from a mostly stock 351. Come to think of it, the latter seems more likely. He removed it and we ventured on.

It was pretty hot out and Peter’s truck was exhibiting some behaviors typical of vapor lock. We tinkered a bit and ultimately he ran his electric fan on high the rest of the trip and that seemed to fix it.

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As is typical, we were behind schedule, so we put the cameras down and made some time coming into Buck Island. We made it around 7-7:30 and set up. Leaving at the butt crack of dawn had paid off since we had an hour of daylight left, its always nice to set up camp in the daylight!

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Remember Peter’s red cooler from before? Well it spent the day bouncing around on top of his truck, and almost fell off a couple times. What the rest of us didn’t know is that the cooler contained some beer, ice, and… a 2.5 gallon water jug. Oh and, importantly, space between all of those things. With room to move, the water jug pin-balled its way around the cooler, wrecking havoc. Every beer bottle had the cap blown off (surprisingly no broken glass!) and the aluminum cans were PUNCTURED. What was left was a cooler full of melted ice, beer, and sadness. The rest of us laughed hysterically, while Peter came to the realization that there wasn’t a single salvageable beer. Fortunately the rest of us, apparently planning for a week and not 3 days, had beers to spare, and handed him some beers from our coolers, At this point the nickname Wrecking Ball was dubbed and we called him that on and off the rest of the trip (OK and for months after), often prompting us to sing portions of everyone’s favorite Miley Cyrus song by the same name.

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It was a long day… from San Jose to Shingle Springs (trailer drop) ~ 150 miles, the rigs from Shingle Springs to trail head ~ 60 miles, then the trail head to Buck Island Lake ~ 8 miles, all totaling over 12 hours on the “road”.

As it was late in the summer, hot and dry, fire restrictions were in affect so we sat around a blaze-less fire pit, cooked up some food and drank some beer (not Peter’s). The weather was amazing that night, we were wearing shorts and tshirts late. More beers were consumed, maybe some whiskey, we recalled our day, and went to bed.

The next morning, the lake was calm, the weather fantastic, and the water looked like a perfect place to go for a morning dip and scrub some of the trail dust off from the day before. So that’s what we did. After a glorious swim, we packed up camp and hit the trail for the Rubicon Springs.

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More to come, sit tight!

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