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jefe 4x4

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Posted: 05/21/14 12:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While Jeanie and I were bummed on not being able to attend OX 2014 this year, we did attend to family business in Sand Point ID. We just returned from a wide ranging trip through CA, OR, ID, and WA. in Cabeza de Vaca: in some ways a dry run on traveling using many venues for overnighting as available and as present themselves. These included:
State Camp Ground in E. OR.
Jeanie's brother's driveway overnighting for 4 nights with power hookups and internet.
A failed attempt at traversing the fabled Lolo Motorway
3 nights dry camping (boondocking) along said motorway and the Selway River
A night in St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, parking lot to attend a memorial service for my mentor.
A high bucks hotel (the only time we spent any money on lodging)
another and final night on a little corner of National Forest land @ 6400 ft. in So. OR, near Siskiyou Pass.
Jeanie's sister-in-law had a severe stroke recently and is recovering miraculously well in Sand Point. We spent a few days there parked on the slab and sleeping in the white box (truth be told, the best night's sleep we ever get, anywhere)
Subsequently, with about 5 days to explore we decided on the Lolo Motorway, a 1930's dirt road following loosely the explorations of Lewis and Clark in 1805-06. It's about 110 miles of dirt, and I was anxious to get off road again. It started out nicely near Lolo Pass with only this sign of things to come:
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Within a short couple miles uphill, this white stuff appeared across the road. Easy: the 50% effort: pull the short lever into 4WD, right? The snow was very icy and had a crown which afforded my limited slip rear axle to migrate to the downhill side very quickly. The fronts pulled well, but the wide rear tires had very little ground pressure, which led to this awkward situation: "Honey, how close to the edge are we?"
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After grinding back up to the middle, it was time for the 100% effort: the boat anchor hanging off the front bumper: You can see the 7/16's wire rope leading up hill to a very stout tree:
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We did after a lot of effort get farther up the trail to no avail. I did a 15 point turn and we drove right back down, this time using gravity as an ally. Within a short time we found what looks to be an abandoned part of the L & C trail:
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and found a nice camp for the evening, repleat with Carne Asada on the Weber and Jeanie's Margarita Sunset. (Any time you consume said beverage, the sun goes down)
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We tried all three entrances along the Lolo Motorway with the same result. Too much snow. On to the Selway Wild and Scenic River, one that has not been dammed or altered to fit man.
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The water level was very high due to much precip late in the spring. See the narrow ribbon of dirt road along the bank:
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Cabeza with the steps folded under to give the best departure angle:
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Alone on a rocky spit along the river bank where two rivers come together:
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I had punctured a long slit into the epidermis of Cabeza and procured some waterproof tape to patch the gap as the rains were closing in.
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Some more road shots plus the moss that sucked on the trees:
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Then there was the invasion of the petting Zoo. Why all those cervidae hung around our camp I'll not venture. No, no feeding. Someone had left a couple apples around which the deer had no interest in.
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Then there was the Selway Falls, a mighty noise and tremendous amount of water passed here.
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The span is 50M across at this point. My only other foto for you is the Saturday morning rush hour in Washtucna, WA. We were looking for a breakfast/lunch stop. None found.
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We drove about 1800 miles and got between 11 (uphill against the wind) and 14 miles per gallon (slight downhill with the wind), mostly 13 mpg. as measured by dividing the miles driven by the gallons consumed. The fuel pressure idiot light flickered on and off while pulling a long steep hill signaling a pump change this week.
regards, as always, jefe

* This post was last edited 05/21/14 01:11am by jefe 4x4 *   View edit history


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Posted: 05/21/14 01:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While I'm at it, I want to introduce a few of you that don't know to
Pocket Earth v. 1.6 by GeoMagik LLC. You can telephoto in and wide angle out with all sorts of info popping up. We ran the wheels off this interactive app on our I-pad. It got us to places we could have never found; got us out of a terrible traffic jam in Portland and we downloaded endless maps of the world for a whopping $2.99, one time only cost. It has put National Geographic's expensive map set out of business.
I have only downloaded about 20 U.S. boundary and Western states so far, but they have maps for the entire planet! I have no business association with GeoMagik.
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Posted: 05/21/14 06:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You may need to clean the seats after that cliff hanger.

Cool report, thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 05/21/14 06:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Old Lolo Trail, Lochsa River, now you're in my old stomping grounds!!

My first trip over the Old Lolo Trail was in 1957 on a family camping trip to White Sands Creek. We repeated this trip every year for several years and the Old Lolo Trail was how we went as US 12 was not yet in existence. We got on it at Kooskia Id and drove to Lolo MT. Then back into the Lochsa Lodge and down into White Sands.

Yeah, way too early for that country.

I haven't been in there since 1979. But I am planning a trip in late July or early August this year. I will be doing the whole Lolo Trail to Lolo MT then on to Great Falls to visit a friend. Then bring US 12 back and go down into White Sands creek on the way home.

You're welcome to do the Lolo with me if you have nothing better to do!! Drop dead gorgeous country!!! In Lewis & Clark book this was the most difficult part of their trip.


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Posted: 05/21/14 08:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good one, jefe. Is your front axle open or lockable?


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Beautiful country, Thanks.


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Posted: 05/21/14 09:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another great Jefe 4x4 adventure. Thanks for sharing!


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Posted: 05/21/14 09:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great story.... We also like those back roads trips... No snow for us though! 2wd.

Thanks for the info on the GPS program...
We too have the Ipad2 with Cell and 32gb... We are going to try this program!

We travel with Delorme streets and topo running on a laptop mounted on a Ram Mount between the seats. Love it but will try this. Sometimes when we are in tight situations we fire up the Ipad2 and run Apple Maps... Very good as long as you have cell service for the maps... So this program could compliment Apple Maps.

Jim


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Well done getting yourself out of that predicament. I would be very worried getting into that position. I have no worries in the Suzuki Samurai, but when I take the camper offroad it is a whole different ball game when it comes to slippery side slopes, and I don't have a front winch either on the truck.

Having said that, I'll do it in a camper any day rather than portaging big wooden boats over it by hand like L&C!

And to cap it all you are up there in the snow in shorts and T-shirt!

Thanks for posting your adventure.

Steve.


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Posted: 05/21/14 10:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We missed you at the EXPO but this is certainly the right choice. Glad you had a great time and an excuse to use the winch. Got to exercise those winches to keep them working well.

I will certainly look at your App suggestion. Here is a clicky link for those interested in it.

Pocket Earth Offline Maps - GPS Navigation Map & Travel Guide CLICKY

Safe Travels, my friend.

b

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