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Title: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: steve c on August 01, 2019, 11:54:58 PM
Jordan and I are leading a run. 
Mark your calendars for March 2020!

DATES: Begin the trail Saturday, March 28th end Monday, March 30th.
A few of us will be camping (tbd location) near the trailhead Friday, March 27th.
Route starts in Ajo, AZ and ends in Yuma, AZ.

Google Result (https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=odlDXbj5JYHZ-gSe5KOgCg&q=el+camino+del+diablo&oq=el+camino+del+diablo&gs_l=psy-ab.3..35i39l2j0l8.994.9778..10006...1.0..0.362.2458.18j1j2j1......0....1..gws-wiz.....0..0i131j0i20i263j0i10j35i304i39j0i13.23SG8JolkEQ&ved=0ahUKEwj4zan8yOPjAhWBrJ4KHR7yCKQQ4dUDCAc&uact=5)

Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=el+camino+del+diablo) results

From the  Morman Church (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/mormon+church+san+diego/Ajo,+AZ/@32.7358708,-116.1047779,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x80dc06d32da29aff:0x3681ef10f8a92fa4!2m2!1d-117.2286807!2d32.8664058!1m5!1m1!1s0x80d5588bb2b55107:0x6b724de12859f37b!2m2!1d-112.8607099!2d32.3717248) in SD, Ajo is about 5.5 hours.

I'm guessing this will be a 4-5 day trip.

As we get closer, "we" will post more details about the trip and route.
The purpose of this edit is to see who may be interested in this kind of trip.
From what we can tell, this will be a Mojave Road level of difficulty trip, however the proximity to the Mexican Border will make it interesting.
Participants are encouraged to be armed when traversing this route. 

Anybody up for this? 

I'm assuming if we have more than a few cars we'll need a permit so I'm trying to start this early.
I also want to give Boarder Patrol and Homeland Security VERY accurate numbers of trucks and people - that's why I'm starting this thread so early. 

I will fill in this original post with actual trip details as interest is indicated.
I can promise, desert, but like different desert than you are use to, some old homesteads, mining activity, etc
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: steve c on August 01, 2019, 11:56:40 PM
Reserved.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: steve c on August 01, 2019, 11:56:56 PM
Reserved.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: CAWoody on August 02, 2019, 06:49:52 AM
I'm interested.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Jayrat on August 02, 2019, 07:13:32 AM
Definitely interested
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: knightrider on August 02, 2019, 07:38:58 AM
How did I get roped into this "we" business? lol
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: RBduffer on August 02, 2019, 10:15:44 AM
My interest lies somewhere between Jayrat's and Knightrider's ::)
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Celt on August 02, 2019, 10:56:11 AM
I'm definitely interested in going on this!
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: JFanaselle on August 02, 2019, 11:58:57 AM
Interested
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: FrankB on August 02, 2019, 10:01:52 PM
Uh, excuse me, but I think you are missing a few things in your initial post:

Countdown Clock.
Sign up sheet showing the following:
  -- Ham license (yes, or applied for, there is no no),
  -- Confirming at least two extra spare tires,
  -- What brand of Scotch they are bringing,
  -- Participant's name (for the name tags) in Spanish (since you'll be really close to the border).
.
.
.
. . . well, you get the idea.

Actually it sounds like a fun trip.  I've read about that road before, it looks interesting.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Celt on August 03, 2019, 08:03:53 AM
Uh, excuse me, but I think you are missing a few things in your initial post:

Countdown Clock.
Sign up sheet showing the following:
  -- Ham license (yes, or applied for, there is no no),
  -- Confirming at least two extra spare tires,
  -- What brand of Scotch they are bringing,
  -- Participant's name (for the name tags) in Spanish (since you'll be really close to the border).
.
.
.
. . . well, you get the idea.

Actually it sounds like a fun trip.  I've read about that road before, it looks interesting.

 El Frank-o the trip would be better-o if you-o can el go-o. See I eespeekey real good espanish. If we encounter anyone who don't espeeka no engrish, I'll volunteer to do the translatin. As to the "requirements" man those are some tough ones. I hope Steve and Jordan don't take such a hard lined approach to this. Just imagine the chaos that would ensue with everyone tryin to decipher names in a furner language to figure out who who everyone is much less after drinking some of that mandatory scotch. Next thing you know, some pervert is gonna decide to jump into one of those rock pools with no clothes on. What would be really terrible is if someone took a picture of that madness and posted it up on TN*, er I mean SCCX.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: jpardue on August 03, 2019, 07:59:51 PM
If a 10k lbs sand anchor (Dodge diesel with a camper) will fit on that trail...I'm in!
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Celt on August 03, 2019, 09:15:42 PM
If a 10k lbs sand anchor (Dodge diesel with a camper) will fit on that trail...I'm in!

 Is the camper installed yet?
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: steve c on August 03, 2019, 09:21:43 PM
If a 10k lbs sand anchor (Dodge diesel with a camper) will fit on that trail...I'm in!

I have NO experience on the trail, but from some of the google and youtube links, it looks like full size trucks should be fine. 
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: jpardue on August 03, 2019, 09:36:46 PM
It's been on the truck about 3 weeks now.  I put the truck on the 22 area truck scale at Camp Pen the other day and it weighed in at 9520 lbs.  The truck rides well with it.  No wind noise, but it does rock a little if the rear end has to articulate much.  I'll probable add a rear sway bar later.  I'll figure out how to post a picture later.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Celt on August 03, 2019, 09:43:38 PM
It's been on the truck about 3 weeks now.  I put the truck on the 22 area truck scale at Camp Pen the other day and it weighed in at 9520 lbs.  The truck rides well with it.  No wind noise, but it does rock a little if the rear end has to articulate much.  I'll probable add a rear sway bar later.  I'll figure out how to post a picture later.

 Nice! Can't wait to see it! If you can make it to one of our meet an greets come on over with it.



 Sorry for the thread jack Steve.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Rogue Overland on September 17, 2019, 10:05:01 AM
Definitely interested.  Will potentially have multiple rigs if that’s ok. 
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: knightrider on October 31, 2019, 07:58:40 PM
This thread needs updates. :P
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Jayrat on October 31, 2019, 10:32:36 PM
Reserved.
CALLING STEVE C  ???
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: steve c on October 31, 2019, 11:13:37 PM
Updates.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Jayrat on November 01, 2019, 07:50:37 AM
I believe every vehicle needs a permit , It's free
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Celt on November 01, 2019, 08:52:11 AM
I believe every vehicle needs a permit , It's free


 Permits? We don't need no steeenking permits.....




























Or do we?
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: knightrider on November 01, 2019, 02:38:54 PM
there is a special use permit for large groups Steve will need to fill out and get signed, similar to the mojave rd permit.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Celt on November 11, 2019, 08:40:08 AM
Any ideas for the dates yet? I'm out of state from the 5th to the 9th so I will need to finagle, beg and grovel for the extra vacation days.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: steve c on November 11, 2019, 08:56:44 AM
I suppose we should probably start thinking about dates.

Jordan and I will be hanging out this weekend so we will discuss then. 
Daylight savings is on 3/8/20.  I'll likely do it after that. 
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Jayrat on November 11, 2019, 07:54:48 PM
End of the month works best for me , last week is spring break
But I'm open :P
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Rogue Overland on November 12, 2019, 09:40:17 AM
Our dance card gets a little crazy so locking down dates would be great!  Later March works better for us also. 
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: steve c on November 15, 2019, 07:08:51 PM
End of the month works best for me , last week is spring break
But I'm open :P

Jay, when is spring break?

Our dance card gets a little crazy so locking down dates would be great!  Later March works better for us also.

Got it.  We'll put some dates down very soon.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Jayrat on November 17, 2019, 01:21:12 PM
Jay, when is spring break?


Basically  Saturday March 28th - Sunday April 5th
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Jayrat on December 30, 2019, 10:20:53 AM
About 4 month out , just stoking the fire  :D
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: steve c on December 30, 2019, 02:53:04 PM
Sorry for the lack of updates.
To be honest, I haven't done much on this as of now.
The end of the year is nuts at work.  I'll get some things firmed up and sorted out in the beginning of January.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Celt on December 30, 2019, 04:04:40 PM
Sorry for the lack of updates.
To be honest, I haven't done much on this as of now.
The end of the year is nuts at work.  I'll get some things firmed up and sorted out in the beginning of January.

 January of 2024?   
8)



                                                                           
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: steve c on January 28, 2020, 12:41:35 PM
Jordan and I are back on the case for this Diablo trip!
Dates are looking like end of March. 

I'm going to float travel to Ajo Thursday, March 26. 
Start the trail either that afternoon or grab hotels and leave Friday morning (3/27)
The trail is reported to take 3 days if you want to see all the fun stuff.  That's my plan.
We can decide as a group if we want to finish the trail early to get on the road or camp another night and leave the next morning.

How's that sound to everyone?  Can I get a headcount? 
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: JFanaselle on January 28, 2020, 02:20:07 PM
Sorry, I'm out. Will be traveling to AZ that weekend (and the weekend after), as it's spring break for my son.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Celt on January 28, 2020, 04:52:54 PM
Brother, I think I'm most likely out. Just too much stuff going on between now and then. I'd really like to go on this so if something changes I will let you know right away.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Rogue Overland on January 30, 2020, 10:58:12 AM
We are checking schedules and should know for sure soon. 
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Rogue Overland on January 31, 2020, 09:44:38 AM
Steve, when will you decide if the start will be Thursday (3/26) afternoon or Friday (3/27) morning?
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: knightrider on January 31, 2020, 07:10:14 PM
He never will, what works best for you?
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Rogue Overland on February 01, 2020, 11:56:15 AM
He never will, what works best for you?


Friday morning would work best for us.  This would allow us to work part of Thursday then drive towards the trailhead, camp Thursday night somewhere close, and be ready to rock Friday morning.

Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Jayrat on February 01, 2020, 01:53:24 PM
I wouldn't be able to start til Saturday 3/28 (start of spring break)
the boy has school that Friday
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Rogue Overland on February 02, 2020, 06:51:08 AM
I wouldn't be able to start til Saturday 3/28 (start of spring break)
the boy has school that Friday


We could swing being at the trailhead Friday (3/27) evening, starting the trial the morning of Saturday (3/28), and being off the trail Monday (3/30) by early evening.   Thoughts?
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: steve c on February 07, 2020, 12:12:57 PM
DATES: Begin the trail Saturday, March 28th end Monday, March 30th.
A few of us will be camping (tbd location) near the trailhead Friday, March 27th.
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Jayrat on February 07, 2020, 07:38:38 PM
DATES: Begin the trail Saturday, March 28th end Monday, March 30th.
A few of us will be camping (tbd location) near the trailhead Friday, March 27th.
Works perfect for me  >:D
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: Jayrat on February 12, 2020, 07:27:36 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zJXVozT8QU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyeEOMeAOjo&t=554s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYybB7qeqMU
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: AdventureRider81 on February 13, 2020, 06:54:34 AM
I was threatened with a good time and bribed with a foxy brunch by Steve :D (This may or may not be factual info). Therefore, I'm in. Can I wear my Slymer Cape? :-X
Title: Re: El Camino del Diablo: March 2020
Post by: steve c on February 13, 2020, 10:55:20 AM
I was threatened with a good time and bribed with a foxy brunch by Steve :D (This may or may not be factual info). Therefore, I'm in. Can I wear my Slymer Cape? :-X

Hell yeah!  (in general)


Here's the list so far of fairly certain attendees.

Jordan
Jay
Miles
Steve
Nick + 3 trucks

Maybe people
Joe
Randy
Tim

Please let me know if I missed anyone.