DMC - Mikey's Last Ride

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Well as some of you might know. Only1mikey is getting hitched in a few weeks. So in a similar fashion, we had to have the proper send-off. The mission was Mojave RD Barstow to Laughlin and back. mandatory attire was track suits. and yes it was hotter than a whore on payday out there in the Mojave Preserve. But that didn't stop us.,a bunch of other things did, well at least slowed us down. We'll get into that later. Enough babbling....

The man of the weekend....im lovin it
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We met up 2pm Thursday In Simi valley then hit the pike towards Barstow.
Carlos (gimmesand), yours truly, derek in the 4 runner, Danimal in the brown trout , JesseA in the Dodge, Bruce in Bronco
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Made it to Del
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Waited around for a bit for the rest on the squad to show up. matt, Flaunt and Stevyboy and billy (Rustbucketracing )
Met up and down the road we went... Cruised into camp maybe 20 miles or so just outside of Afton Canyon.
Whipped up a feast
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yea he's been working out... P90x
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oh and lets actually back up a bit. on way in to camp. Flaunt wasted his passenger side extra cab window.
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We did what any good group of friends would have done and that was laughed and found a random little tikes cardboard box on the side of the trail and make a window.

Any ways back to the morning.... Flaunt woke up to his brand new Toyo flat
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Ended up being a little rock about the size of acorn right in between the tread... Got the rock out and threw a plug in and that was that. Cleaned up breakfast/ camp and hit the trail.

We got a pretty decent start considering the size of the group and the amount of sport sodas that were consumed the night before. All of us chatting it up on the radio having a grand old time... as we come into a sweet little dune section Scotty and I warn everyone to stay on it ( we were leading in the mouse) . We made it all way through with ease, the trail was pretty well burned in compared to the last time we ran the section in 2013 i think it was. Then there are a few calls on the radio. Flaunt is having clutch issues. So we stop and waited for a min. We could them stopped a ways back. I decided to spin around and head back into the sand...

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As we are pulling up we are hearing Billy and Los talking back and forth on the radio.... Billy is stuck and Auto locking hub won't engage.

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You can see my parking spot was less than prime... Didn't really think that one ahead....
Mikey wasn't providing as much traction as I would have hoped
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Got flaunts clutch issued dial, Billy got out and met up with the group and I with the help of 8 grown men was extracted out of my parking location. It was Soffffffffffffftt should have brought my traction boardz haha.
On the road again. for another few miles when flaunt said he was hearing some good vibrations from motor... End up figuring out he delete one of the fan blades.

Finally took a right on to Mojave road and head to the mail box for lunch...

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Met up with this strapping young gentleman
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East bound and down
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Pretty sure mai tai had his shifter cable come off so we pull off to regroup and fix that real quick.

album is about to drop.
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scott almost hit his life alert here
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metcho deleting a mirror
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everything was going greatttttt until it wasn't..... 4runners radiator sprung a leak.

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I was super excited to get the egg treatment another go..
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We end up having Jesse drag him to the aquarius on the umbilical cord.

We showed up and got geard up for the night....
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Not all of us butttttt

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To be continued..........
 

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Most of you have probably already seen this on the Gram

Sound onnnnnn! hahha

Scotty and I getting pitted jumping every other whoop going toward Laughlin

 

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So where was I...? oh right, Outback steak house getting to much-needed nourishment. When we caught wind that bikini's was closed ???!
Damnnnnnn, some of us decided to make donations to the casino others cruised back up to the presidential suite to consume more white claws. By the end of the night we were doing what any group of guys would be doing... having Sport sodas and a round table about whether or not bigfoot exists ( shits real yo! )

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The next morning was a little rough.....
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There was no time for hang overs, we had some shit to prep in the parking lot

First up metchos mirror needed some attention after snapping it on the joshua tree
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Derek and jesse headed over to auto zone and picked up a new radiator for the 4 runner and fan for the brocoma.
While Mikey and the bodj Pulled the bad parts off the trucks
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Stevyboy and i hit the store to resupply on ice and beer and picked up a few more items for Saturday nights feast.

Sounds super organized, eh ? no, it was a complete cluster fuck trying to coordinate 20 people to do anything. Half of them were shredding beers in the parking while steve and flaunt were down in the parking lot but left all their stuff 2 hotels over... finally we had everyone ready to go and maitai and the bodj went across the river to get ice .... he didn't like the CA sides Ice... we ended up starting the trail and met up maitai and bodj at balancing rock. probably about 11 ish... not bad right.

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Still in them track suits
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Wait a min... wtf are they doing ?

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yep you guessed it Flauntaisa DNFed that rear hard line on a rock. Luckily I had a 2 foot brake line that had been zip-tied on the back of the hardness bar for the past 6 years. A few years back started carrying a cutter and flair tool. Cutter ended up being too big for the line though... so
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Angle grinder to the rescue
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Some guys were fixing Exhaust hangers and eating chicken tendies
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To be continued....
 

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took a bit but finally got a decent flair on the brake line buttoned everything up... back on the trail
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pitted for a left-handed throwing match
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We stopped for lunch at the "school bus" Such a bummer that it's gone. Wtf. Does anyone know the deal with that?

We jammed through most of the Joshua tree section, mai tai and Flaunt took the whoop section the rest us opted for the bypass a few miles down the road. Saw a train that had derailed out there a no photos of that but it was pretty gnar.

The Bypass around the whoops honestly at least for my little truck is way more fun..bunch of rollers which can all be launched....Just ask bruce in the bucking bronco. he over overcooked on and landed on to flat and then boosted the follow roller. only to find he had no rear brakes due to a sheared break line...no photos of the trail fix but they end up pinching the line off and going front brakes only ... you know some of that frontier medicine....

We pressed on was pretty fun having everyone move around in different trucks I gave 3 or 4 different people rides even found myself behind the wheel of Roxanne for a few miles. While Los was in taking old man scott for a ride in the Desert mouse.

We had decided to camp in the dunes near afton. As the sun began to set
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We set up the grills and cooked pretty much everything we had left. Jalapeno poppers, Steak chicken tacos , peppers onion, Tri tip, Potatoes, Sausages. If you went hungry it was your own fault.

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Drive home was pretty uneventful. Shockingly my Co dog passed out

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All and all, we had a great time. We are all stoked for Mikey and his lady. A shit load of adversity to overcome, but what fun is it if everything goes perfect and as planned. That doesn't make strong talking points around the campfire.

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