West Side Road

West Side Road is a long, washboard road that runs parallel and to the west of Badwater Road. Any 2WD truck would make it through just fine and this amazing route offers access to numerous trails, hikes, and historical sites like the Eagle Borax Works. I started this road from the southern end just after squeezing my truck through Mengel Pass. There are a lot of alkali beds out here that anyone dumb enough to drive through will learn a painful lesson from. The land in Death Valley National Park offers such stunning beauty and these pictures are just a small part of what there is to see out here. Enjoy the rest of the photos on the full page here!

     

     

     

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon is an easy one-way trail that starts in Nevada and ends in California. Titus Canyon Road is accessible via NV-374 and ends on pavement at Scotty’s Castle Road 27 miles later. This road can be completed by any 2WD vehicle with some ground clearance in a few hours. The canyon is extremely dangerous during any period of rain and should be avoided at such times. The ghost town of Leadfield is located about halfway along the road and you will have to watch out for individuals driving the wrong direction. I almost ran into a large group on motorcycles in the western end where the canyon is at its most narrow.

     

Enjoy the photos and find the rest of them here!

     

     

Marbo Cave Cleanup

On many trails that I’ve driven through I’ve often picked up some trash along the way. This time however what I am passing by is a little more severe and I feel obligated to to more. I also don’t live over 80 miles away from the Marbo Cave so it’s much easier to do more than fill up the pickup bed with trash. The Marbo Cave is on the northeastern side of Guam and is quite a beautiful area. It’s also littered with an obscene amount of appliances, electronics, tires, human waste, and general garbage. Some point soon I will post some nice pictures of the area but for now I’ll put up some pictures of what I have cleaned up and need to work on some more. Hopefully, those of you reading this will also pick up some trash along the way to your favorite wheeling or hiking spot.

     

     

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Spytec A119 Dash Camera Test

I recently bought a Spytec A119 dash camera to replace the failing Rexing camera and I think that it turned out pretty well. The new camera does up to 1440P resolution, shows up with a GPS tracker, and accepts up to a 64 GB memory card. I have uploaded one video that includes several different lighting conditions and another that shows a continuous trip through Route 17 on Guam. What do you viewers think of the new camera?

 

Disney’s Star Wars Han Solo Standalone Movie Ideas

Another year passes, another Star Wars movie gets to be made. This time there’s going to be a “standalone” film about Han Solo that takes place at some point in time with a plot that will probably be total garbage. These movies just need to stop being made and there’s really nothing I can say that Rich and Mike won’t do in a much funnier way. Disney sucks:

 

Bonus video:

Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow is a moderate trail that requires a decent tire, good ground clearance, and low-range gearing. My Tundra made it through with some more pinstripes and a lot of backing up from all of the Pink Jeep Tour vehicles. Oh yeah, this trail is very crowded with motorized and foot traffic. Be prepared to stop and backup numerous times. I actually wish that I had skipped driving and just done the hike. The entire loop is only about four miles long but is of astounding beauty. Directions and maps are show below. Enjoy the photos and videos and find the rest of them here!

Google Maps Location

               

 

Illinois as Deadbeat

Another day goes by, another failure of progressive economics is made painfully obvious. In this case, we’re talking about the state of Illinois and its inability to make payments for Medicare and its Lottery. From the Fox Business news story:

Illinois will not meet a court-set deadline Tuesday to increase spending on backlogs of Medicaid payments, pushing the problem off until the end of the month as the state’s unprecedented budget impasse is on the verge of entering its third straight fiscal year.

I thought that proud progs thought that we should give “free” Medicare to everybody? Why don’t they just steal raise taxes some more?

Illinois owes Medicaid providers $2 billion for care provided to more than 3 million people — a small sum compared to the state’s total unpaid bill of $15 billion, or 40 percent of Illinois’ operating budget. After failing to pass a spending bill for two straight fiscal years, the state has been functioning on appropriations since 2015.

Illinois can’t pay 40% its budget? Perhaps they should spend less? Don’t tell that to a Democrat.

Failure to strike a budget agreement by the end of the state legislature’s annual session on May 31 resulted in a critical credit downgrade for the country’s fifth largest state to Baa3, the lowest of any state and only one level above non-investment grade — also known as junk.

I wonder what Illinois is offering as an interest rate on its junk bonds? I sure as hell won’t accept a measly 4.4% from a 10-year Illinois bond.

Additionally, the state currently has more than $250 billion in unfunded pension obligations, annual payments of which could be cut if a deal isn’t struck — a scenario that Moody’s warned would be a negative credit event for bondholders.

I’m sure that the Democrats in the Legislature have $250 billion hiding somewhere. The capitalist neo-kulak pigs just need to pay up.

The state legislature’s special session begins Wednesday and will take place over 10 days. The impasse between the Democratic-controlled legislature and the Republican governor has paralyzed the state so severely that Gov. Rauner even compared Illinois to a “banana republic” earlier this month because it cannot manage its finances.

Yeah, I’d say banana republic is a good description. Venezuela isn’t doing so hot these days.

Toroweap Overlook

The roads to Toroweap Overlook are easy until the last few miles and even then aren’t too difficult. Understand that if the road is muddy (like how I found it) you will need a truck with good ground clearance, 4WD, and decent tires. There are multiple paths to Toroweap Overlook such as from AZ-389 (near Fredonia, AZ) or from Colorado City, AZ (not too far from I-15). The trip one way is a little over sixty miles and will take most of the day to complete the round trip. At first your driving through some Reservation land and ranches where you aren’t allowed to camp nor should you park for too long. Once you leave the Kaibab Indian Reservation there are more places to stop and a lot of side trails. You won’t actually reach the Mount Turnbull Wildreness until the last 15 miles or so. Just prior to the road getting a little rougher there is a ranger station you must pass by. You will not be allowed past 30 minutes before sunrise and are generally not allowed to camp out past this point. There are a large number of photos and videos for this trip so be sure to view them all here.

As the day wore on I passed a number of people who were driving quickly around blind corners so drive slowly and be careful out there. Be sure to check the for up to date documents on the appropriate websites. Google Maps   

National Park Service web page information Map of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Long-Range Interpretive Plan

      

     

 

Colorado River Tour

This post is to review a river raft tour I took starting at the Glen Canyon Dam following this path. I opted to take the half-day trip through this wonderful canyon. The river level is constant and the water is always cool since it comes from the bottom of Lake Powell and only slightly warms up as you go downstream. It can get very hot during the summer but our tour guide was a great man and kept us in the shade quite a lot. Enjoy the photos and find the rest of them here!

  

  

  

  

  

Kane Spring Road

Kane Spring Road is a “road” of moderate difficulty that starts at the northwestern edge of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, passes through Ocotillo Wells, goes through a very long wash, and ends at CA-78/86 and the Trifolium Border Patrol checkpoint. This road is broken up by Split Mountain Road is not a single path all of the way through. Some of the signs have also been placed in the wrong spot.
   You’ll want to take a truck with high ground clearance and good tires through this road and should have a 4×4 on the eastern section as you weave in and out of the wash. Those of you with long-wheelbase trucks will want sliders. If you finish on the eastern end there is a good chance that you will be approached by the Border Patrol. I didn’t take a lot of pictures on this trip, but the rest of the videos can be found here.
Perhaps people get stuck out here when it is muddy out? I saw several of these signs along the eastern portions of the road: