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Old May 13th, 2012, 09:22 PM
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Hole in the Rock with 1964 Series 88s

My local Land Rover Club, the High Desert Rovers, does an annual HitR run that I haven't been able to attend for two years due to deployment activities. I was fortunate to be able to get out there again this year.

This year nine Rovers and one Jeep met at Cal Black Memorial Airport on May 5th to gas up and head down the trail to our first camp site. Two of the trucks were 1964 Series II 88s. One of them was pulling a trailer. I'll limit my photos to those that include the Series trucks. Some of them were shot with a cell phone camera in very low resolution mode to facilitate e-mailing from the field.

The Series guys, Scott, Jim and Jeff carried an elaborate kitchen in the trailer which would serve as the gathering spot for breakfast and dinner throughout the trip. They also carried many spares for the 88s which came in handy.

The first day of on the trail the Series trucks did fairly well at the beginning and only needed a little bit of spotting. After lunch near the spot where Mons Larson's child was born on the trail, things were about to become not so nice for the Series trucks as this is where the trail gets just a little more difficult.

Scott and Jeff soldiered on in the 88s. The first casualty occurred somewhere between the lunch spot and the obstacle we call "the Waterfall". Scott broke a short side rear axle shaft that had to be replaced trail side. After the repair we continued to march up a sequence of off-camber wall huggers and out onto the slickrock. The 88s made it with some judicious use of the strap and by swapping the trailer over to one of the well prepared Discoveries.

We all made it across Grey Mesa and camped near the turn off to the Rincon Trail. On the second morning a group of us finished the HitR Trail while the Series pilots and Rob Dassler from Southwest Rovers stayed behind to fix up both of the 88s. Jeff's Series pickup had a broken shackle and some drive shaft location problems and Scott did a little more work on the rear axles on his truck. After lunch we split up again with one group headed down the Rincon for a look at Lake Powell and the other group lead by me, taking the Series trucks back out to our third night's camp site.

On the last day we took it easy on the way out to ensure the 88s were able to make it to the highway and to Cal Black mostly on their own power. Only minimal strapping was required.

I have to give Scott and Jeff credit for attempting the trail in trucks that were basically stock and 48 years old. I chatted with them after the first day and Jeff said he had tried to research the trail, but had no idea how rough it would be on his Series with small tires. As he said, "it is kicking my a$$". All in all it was a great trip with great company and no one was left behind due to a lot of good humor and patience.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 09:25 PM
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A few more pics ..
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Old May 13th, 2012, 10:29 PM
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Looks like an awesome trip! What's mounted on top of the series PU?

Thanks for posting.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 10:31 PM
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Why do I live in Massachusetts? So beautiful.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 10:33 PM
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Looks like an awesome trip! What's mounted on top of the series PU?

Thanks for posting.
Looks like door tops strapped to the rack. I'll have to ask Jeff about that.

Cheers,
Abe
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Old May 13th, 2012, 10:46 PM
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Why do I live in Massachusetts? So beautiful.
I love Massachusetts, spent 4 years at the Pentagon and enjoyed the east coast. It is definitely a different kind of beauty out here in the southwest.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 10:52 PM
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Great trip Abe. I hated to come back, but there's something about paying the bills that requires some sensibility.

By the way, if anyone ever does that trip and travels west home I would suggest taking the ferry at Hall's Crossing to Bullfrog and go through Dixie National Forest. What an awesome drive.

Thanks for posting those pictures.

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Old May 13th, 2012, 11:13 PM
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Great trip Abe. I hated to come back, but there's something about paying the bills that requires some sensibility.

By the way, if anyone ever does that trip and travels west home I would suggest taking the ferry at Hall's Crossing to Bullfrog and go through Dixie National Forest. What an awesome drive.

Thanks for posting those pictures.

Paul
It was great wheeling with you Paul. I'm sure we'll all be telling, "remember when we did HitR with those Series 88s" stories for a long time.

Cheers,
Abe
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Great photos, thanks Abe.

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