Tierra Del Sol is proud to announce the 56th Desert Safari. Headquarters will be at Ocotillo Wells OHRV 4x4 Training Center off of S22. 23 miles east of Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs on S-22 or 3.0 miles west of state highway 86.
For more info see this link
Trailboss: Ellen Layendecker
This will be a combined Holiday Party and ED4 General Meeting. There will be no general meeting on Dec 12th!
The fun all starts at 6 PM. Members, Friends of the Club, and Prospects are all encouraged to come!
Here are the rules for the Gift Exchange.
Here are the directions to the event at the South Bay Historical Railroad Depot!
Trailboss: Ron Frey
It's that time of year again. On Dec 9, Saturday, the annual Toys 4 Tots toy run will be heading down to downtown San Jose to Plaza de Cesar Chavez to drop off toys for the Marines. One of our club members, Joe, is a Marine and will be collecting the toys. Please bring an unwrapped toy with a value around $10-20. Toys are needed for the teenagers the most, but any will work. We will be meeting at Big Lots on Hilldale Ave and Camden Ave in San Jose. Meeting time will be 1030a and we will depart at 11a. Please decorate your vehicle and there will be a small prize for the voted best decorated by those who attend. After the toy drop off, I will be heading to Lillie Mae's Soul food on Coleman Ave and Brokaw Rd in Santa Clara. They open at 12 noon for lunch and everyone is invited. They have some really good BBQ and southern soul food. Looking forward to seeing y'all.
Trail Boss: Greg Youree
Well folks, it's back by popular demand, Mojave Road 2017. The dates will be Thursday November 30th through Sunday December 3rd. We will caravan down Thursday morning, meeting at 7:30am at the Safeway 840 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037. Optionally you can meet us at 4:30pm at Maverik’s Adventure First Stop 4495 Arizona 95, Fort Mohave, AZ 86426 if you are not traveling as part of the caravan.
All of the details of the route are in the attached PDF file. Let me know if you cannot open it. I can also send KMZ waypoints for the route, but they should be linked from the PDF so you can get them that way too.
We will be camping on the trail three nights. You will need to bring food and water for three days (at least 1 gallon per person per day), and also bring an extra 5 gallons of fuel. The trail is roughly 150 miles long. This year there may be a road closure that requires a detour after Fort Piute on the first full day on the trail. Required equipment includes:
* HAM or FRS radio
* 5 gallons of extra fuel
* Portable toilet or "wag" bags (there are no toilets the first two nights, the third night there is a pit toilet at Afton Canyon Campground)
* Full size spare tire
* Ability to air down and air up
* Tires with strong side walls, street tires are a no go
* Tow points front and rear
* All the usual requirements for ED4 trips, including fire extinguisher, first aid kit, etc...
* Would be great if each vehicle can bring one or two bundles of firewood
The Mojave Road is not a technical trail, the most challenging parts are loose sand and a water crossing that can be 2-3 feet deep. We will go over the technique for the water crossing when we get to that section. A good stock 4x4 vehicle should be sufficient for this trail. However, the desert is full of sharp little rocks that like to puncture tires, so you should have off-road tires with strong side walls and a full size spare tire.
When: October 13-15, 2017
Where: The Tamarack Lodge @ Bear Valley and surrounding campsites!
Our 2017 Oktoberfest will be held at the Tamarack Lodge and surrounding campsites near Bear Valley. We’ve had the event here before; the location is perfect for both good off-roading and gathering together to cook. If you are planning to come, then please make sure to book your room soon before it fills up. You can also bring an RV or even camp per the directions on the Tamarack page. There are also campgrounds located near by that can be used and some of the group are planning to take advantage of these. The link above will take you to the Tamarack Lodge web page where you can check out the lodge and make a reservation. You can also directly get a reservation here – reserve a room.
Friday - October 13th
· We’ll hit some trails, current plan is to run Deer Valley since it should be fully open.
Saturday – October 14th
· We’ll hit some different trails, Slick Rock is sounding like a strong contender.
· Pot Luck Cook Out which is likely to take place at one of the campsites, we'll figure this out based on attendance.
Sunday – October 15th
· We’ll start heading home
· Possible trails for those that want more and have time
Now that the September Safety Clinic is behind us, it's time for a Newbie Run at Hollister Hills SVRA! All skill levels are welcome but as with the clinic, you must bring a 4WD with low range.
You can find Hollister Hills SVRA here on Google Maps
The group will be meeting at the Big Tree by the bathrooms/camping area above the Old Obstacle Course (the one with the Stair Steps and Frame Twister) at 9:30 AM. Arrive early and be ready to go!
Hello from Retirementland!
Well, we're rapidly approaching the time to prepare for the September Clinic (September 16th). Rick and I will be doing a pre-run of the trails on Saturday September 2nd. Unfortunately, that is the labor day weekend and I would guess that many of you will have other plans. I will be coming down on Friday and camping in the area above the old O course and any others interested are welcome.
We will meet under the big tree near the bathrooms and will leave at 0930 hrs. (Is the big tree still there? I heard that it fell.) We should be done checking the trails around noon and then we can go "play" in the park.
Please let me know who can make it.
We will use CB channel 4 and HAM 146.430 MHz. I will have my SWR meter if anyone needs to tune the CB antenna.
Reminder: the Clinic sign up email will be coming out shortly.
Dennis and Rick