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[*] posted on 2-21-2017 at 04:05 PM


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The good old days... great memories, indeed.


Jan '09. Yea, I'd rather it remained the same, but can't stop progress.





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[*] posted on 2-21-2017 at 04:35 PM


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We did the trip this afternoon. Just under 24 miles of unpaved road. Road is a generous term for it. It is pretty much a collection of detours, potholes, and slow moving trucks. We have driven the road several times in the past, though not in the last two years, and it is now appreciably worse than it was even just a few years ago. Mostly exposed rock, dirt, and continuous pothole, with a 4-mile mud section through Chapala. There's also a short section south of Coco's which has some nice smooth sand parallels.

It was passable in my Jeep without any need for 4wd, but we will not go that way on the way home. I was driving slow (10-15mph) and still felt we beat up the boat trailer a good bit. We trailer with the motor off and in the car (thank goodness)...

The 24 miles took about 1:45 today... In contrast, I did the 27 miles in an hour two years back. This was during the Driscoll protests and they'd graded/graveled large sections. All of that work is long gone.

Don't recall whether it was this thread or elsewhere, but I would not at all recommend this road to someone pulling a trailer. Likewise for a passenger car. You *could* but you'll wish you hadn't.



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The road was half way decent and kept up by the road construction crew until the rains hit the last couple of months. thus all the exposed rocks. Trailers were not a problem. Hopefully they clean up the road again since it is heavily traveled now.
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[*] posted on 2-21-2017 at 07:01 PM


Quote: Originally posted by DeMinimis  
Quote: Originally posted by David K  
The good old days... great memories, indeed.


Jan '09. Yea, I'd rather it remained the same, but can't stop progress.



I am talking the really good old days, the first auto road to Gonzaga!
1970s here:







Did it both directions on three trips (74, 75, 79) and with my parents in our Jeep Wagoneer in 1965 and 1967. What a rush!




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[*] posted on 2-22-2017 at 02:27 PM


Great memories..2007 in my wifes BRAND NEW Fj Cruiser with a 12' Valco on the top...pulling an off road camping trailer....glad that I can say that I did it...and its also was a kick to point it out to new guests...will driving a crew cab dually with 1150 truck camper and pulling a 19ft boat...cant say that I miss it...but the campsites at GB are a little more crowded
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[*] posted on 2-22-2017 at 07:13 PM


I too took the road from Mex 1 through the dry lake over to Papa's in Gonzaga in 73 but I did it at night! I wasn't driving. Half way through we were stopped by a Feds check point out in the middle of nowhere. No problems just a quick check to see who we were out there at night. Did it in a Jeep Wagoneer.



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[*] posted on 2-22-2017 at 07:38 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Cliffy  
I too took the road from Mex 1 through the dry lake over to Papa's in Gonzaga in 73 but I did it at night! I wasn't driving. Half way through we were stopped by a Feds check point out in the middle of nowhere. No problems just a quick check to see who we were out there at night. Did it in a Jeep Wagoneer.


Yes, there were more than a few that too that road over the years. It was an adventure.
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[*] posted on 2-22-2017 at 09:19 PM


I have taken that road every year going south in November and North in February starting in 2001. Way more fun then Hy 1.
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[*] posted on 2-23-2017 at 09:38 AM


Any update from Highway 1 (Chapala) to Gonzaga since 2-22-2017?? I have friends wanting to travel that route with a 27ft and a 29ft motorhome. Was wondering about the conditions after all the rain in Norte?? Any signs of asphalt from the turn-off north 5 or 6 miles?? Came through here 4 months ago and this seemed to be the worse part of the 23 mile gravel road..
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[*] posted on 2-23-2017 at 12:26 PM


Brent, Will driving that section on Sunday back down to Loreto.. Will get you an update at Augies on Monday...:biggrin:



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[*] posted on 4-2-2017 at 09:05 PM


Did it twice over the past couple of weeks. Rig is 19500# and rock hard 100psi in the tires (airing down not an option). Only 1.5hrs from pavement to pavement.



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