From Mulege to Bay Of La
spoiler: we don't make it to Bay of La
first stop is in San Ignacio for some date shakes & to check out the little plaza and yet another mission.
Then we start hitting dirt taking the fun way into Bay Of La.
We make it ~40 minutes into the dirt and The Torta start reporting he's hearing noises out of his front end and it's steering weird.
He slows up and there's smoke everywhere.
Nothing obvious - shit did you just window the block on this thing?
Nope, blew up the front diff.
considering all the shit we just drove through the past few days that absolutely makes sense.
Well, time to 2wd swap this thing in the middle of the desert.
The trouble: we don't know if we can just disconnect the front driveshaft & axles or not - we need to know how the unit bearing installs to see if we can safely remove the axle shaft and run it.
So trevor and I drive to town to get service & do some googling & buy rags + things from VatoZone.
which, by the way, was the best autozone i've ever been in.
We get conflicting results from the internet. Strangely enough there's not a lot of offroad Sequioa owners out there modifying the 4x4 systems on those rigs, lol. who knew?
We get back with extra cutoff blades & thankfully Trev had a battery powered angle grinder and we disassemble the whole front end, chop the axles at the CVs and put it back together. total of 4 something hours.
Poor Ryan had to listen to Tommy tell stories about his friend Scott, who lives in Todos santos, for almost all of those hours
but we got it back together and got the Torta back on the road.
But we're done with dirt, at this point it's dark and we make for the next closest town to the north, which ends up being the first hotel of the trip too. back in guerrero negro.
It's all highway from here, but we end up peeling out to San Felipe on that saturday to meet up with the folks from Baja Weekend 2 (more of my friends from back home) and we have ourselves an end-of-the-trip fiesta in town before heading home.
And a big shout out to the big dummy, Tommy @85Yota
El Tortuga. La Torta.
you talk too damn much sometimes lol... but I'm super stoked you made this trip.
What a statement.
~2 years since the accident, first trip back in the dirt and it was a huge one.
Welcome back to Offroading, officially, amigo.