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[*] posted on 4-7-2008 at 06:20 PM


Our problem was scoping out a route which wasn't dominated by huge brush since the wash was filled with large rocks, dropoffs, and thorny brush. It could be negotiated, but it also looked like a bit of work and dedication.

I drove up the south side of the arroyo (not advisable), and up a dry waterfall. The lava rock was so sticky, my Jeep went up it, lifted the passenger tire straight in the air, and I nearly flopped it on my drivers side. This is without using my lockers. Keep an eye on this, since traction can also bring trouble if you're not careful.

This outcropping is not as tippy as it appears from behind the drivers seat. Mike actually lifted a tire here with his swaybar disconnected up front.




Further up from the outcropping (coming from the Coco's Corner road), you will see this interesting dropoff. Spotting is never a bad idea, especially with the terrain here..





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[*] posted on 4-11-2008 at 07:58 AM


I've been wanting to ride the mine road for a couple of years. A year ago on a ride to Gonzaga I found the end where it meets the hwy, but I was solo and didn't want to risk it. I would love to join up with you guys. My question is do you have a problem with a bike tagging along?

What's the plan for Fri. & Sat. Is the group going to camp, go back to Baja Cactus, stay in Gonzaga??
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[*] posted on 4-11-2008 at 08:03 AM


I am sure a m/c along would be a great thing for the four wheelers, as you could scout a route.

'steekers' was down there last weekend and said he was going to use the Turquesa grade to go up to Santa Ynez and back from Gonzaga Bay... So, we are waiting for his report.

Kacey Smith's Baja GPS Guide says that m/c track stays to the right (north) side of the arroyo to avoid shrubs, but has to work through boulders. Autos can get through brush better than they can through boulders, so that would mean they need to work up the middle or the left (south) side of the arroyo valley/ canyon...?




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[*] posted on 4-11-2008 at 10:32 AM


Thanks for your call last night Roy (sqcrcl). You sure have your elastic waste band, one size fits all cargo pants in a bunch about this deal ;D.

Seriously, I would love to bring GSB and help out but finances are very tight for us right now. Leslie has the budget locked down pretty tight thankfully, or I would have us in even more stress :no:

So, and I'm fishing here, if anyone out there would like to co-dog with me on this and share fuel expenses, there may be a possibility that Les could be convinced to let me go, and Roy would stop calling and bugging me. I've asked him to just call Leslie and lobby for me, but he's scared of her too. :lol:




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[*] posted on 4-11-2008 at 01:20 PM


Wil, in GSB or my Tacoma (if I can swing it)?



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[*] posted on 4-11-2008 at 01:30 PM


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Wil, in GSB or my Tacoma (if I can swing it)?


I think Roy wants the 4 wheels with power and the 9500i winch of GSB down there.

You know this work, or lack thereof, deal just sucks :!:
What I need is a professional life sponsor so I can just do what I like. Anyone!!! :biggrin:




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[*] posted on 4-11-2008 at 01:35 PM


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You know this work, or lack thereof, deal just sucks :!:
What I need is a professional life sponsor so I can just do what I like. Anyone!!! :biggrin:


Too bad you aren't a different sex and marital status. I've seen that worked to perfection here in SoCal. :lol:

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[*] posted on 4-11-2008 at 02:06 PM


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You know this work, or lack thereof, deal just sucks :!:
What I need is a professional life sponsor so I can just do what I like. Anyone!!! :biggrin:


Too bad you aren't a different sex and marital status. I've seen that worked to perfection here in SoCal. :lol:

[Edited on 4-11-2008 by Hook]


No one will ever be able to convince that I didn't marry up. I married my "sugar momma" for reasons other than money though. :bounce:

And please keep your thoughts clean, that isn't what I meant.... entirely :saint:




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[*] posted on 4-11-2008 at 04:23 PM


You did good Will!

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[*] posted on 4-11-2008 at 06:32 PM


David come on down in your Tacoma and I'll follow you in from the west side. Bring long tow straps just in case.

[Edited on 4-12-2008 by TW]
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[*] posted on 4-11-2008 at 07:48 PM


David,

Bring a 2nd spare tire just in case. That terrain is tough on tires, and theres lots of thorny stuff to contend with...

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[*] posted on 4-12-2008 at 08:28 AM


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Bring a 2nd spare tire just in case. That terrain is tough on tires, and theres lots of thorny stuff to contend with...

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Thanks Ken, but I don't have a second spare.... I have NEVER used the one spare under my truck as I have never had a flat with this Toyota on any of the three brands of tires that have been on it (BFG, COOPER, TOYO).

Anyway, if I went it would be as co-pilot in Gadget's GSB Bronco...




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[*] posted on 4-12-2008 at 09:19 AM


In November, we had to pull thorns out of the sidewall of the Tacoma that is pictured here. It was totally unexpected, but due to a little driver error, and the really tight nature of this trail, circumstances happened.



I was thinking primarily about your vehicle's bolt pattern and the interchangeability with other participating vehicles. Viva Baja!




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[*] posted on 4-12-2008 at 09:26 AM


The Tacoma is a 6 lug pattern that's a little closer together than a GM vehicle. I've got a spare toyota wheel but the tire is a 31x10.50x15 inch.
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[*] posted on 4-12-2008 at 12:07 PM


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David come on down in your Tacoma and I'll follow you in from the west side. Bring long tow straps just in case.

[Edited on 4-12-2008 by TW]


Still not officially committed to this but I think this is a great idea.

Crews from both sides with radio comm and GPS to clearly identify location and then meeting in the middle will have the best chance of success IMHO.




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[*] posted on 4-12-2008 at 12:10 PM


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Quote:
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David come on down in your Tacoma and I'll follow you in from the west side. Bring long tow straps just in case.

[Edited on 4-12-2008 by TW]


Still not officially committed to this but I think this is a great idea.

Crews from both sides with radio comm and GPS to clearly identify location and then meeting in the middle will have the best chance of success IMHO.


That's a great plan. Pinpoint the trouble spots, zero in, and create a route that works to get from Hwy 1 to Coco's on the dirt using 4 wheels.




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[*] posted on 4-12-2008 at 08:05 PM
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Maybe.

Which direction do you plan on going in from?

Accomodations and supplies are better on the Hwy 1 side, but it may be easier to go up then to go down so Gonzaga would be base camp? [/quot

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A special thank you to those NOMADS responding to the La Turquesa Trek. - BAJACAT/Fatboy/TW/ bajalou/Steve&;Debby/
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1-- May 1, Thursday. Leave San Diego am head for El Rosario
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011-52(616)165-8700.

2-- May 2--3 Friday & Saturday. Drive M-1 to Laguna Chapala
>>> Coco's Corner >>> Las Arrastras de Arriola >>> La
Turquesa mine site >>> into the arroyo to start way-find-
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3-- May 4 Sunday. Celebrate the accomplishment and head
Home.

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[*] posted on 4-13-2008 at 10:12 PM


I just emailed DK a bunch of photos of the wash. I took them last Sunday from the rocks above the mine so all of you going could get a view from above the wash. I hope they help.

I didn't make it all the way up the grade on my XR400 as my fuel and time ran out. Had to ride back to San Felipe and get home for work the next day.

Hope all of you going have a good time!
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[*] posted on 4-14-2008 at 07:34 AM
STEEKERS PICS


Two photos show both the valley and then the grade up the mountain, from the turquoise mine... Steekers didn't say why his trip to Santa Ynez was cancelled, but we all know how Baja can be... She doesn't give up her secrets easily!!!

Thanks Michael for going to the mine and getting the great photos that clearly show the grade coming down the mountain from Hwy. 1!

Photo A, shows the canyon/ valley from the mine to the mountain side... the grade is on the right in the background:

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[*] posted on 4-14-2008 at 07:36 AM
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Here is a close up of the grade... reduced for Nomad posting. If any of the La Turquesa road building crew wants the full size image, let me know!

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