Road Trip Report, Defender Sightings - Defender Source
Defender Source  

Go Back   Defender Source > Non-Technical Discussions > Misc. Chit-Chat


Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old December 25th, 2005, 10:15 PM
chris snell's Avatar
chris snell
Status: Offline
Chris Snell
87 Ex-MOD 110
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kansas
Posts: 2,439
Road Trip Report, Defender Sightings

Hi All,

I just got back from a wild and crazy road trip to San Diego, CA. We started in San Antonio, TX, making "pre-trips" to Austin and Corpus Christi to pick up surfboards and supplies. Along the way, I saw a number of Defenders and thought that I'd post them here to see if they belong to any group members. I saw:


  • Yellow D-90 in Austin, decked out with roof rack, lift, ARB front bumper. I think it was #2610 or close to that. Parked outside of small apartment building.
  • Green D-90 in Austin with series-style taillights. Spotted outside of REI.
  • Green D-90 in Austin, outside of what might have been a Jaguar repair shop
  • White 110 in San Diego; appeared to be stock
  • Yellow D-90 with surfboard, topless, near Cardiff Reef (or was it near Swami's?). Very cool.
  • Yellow D-90 somewhere near Cardiff, with soft top on
Can anybody claim one of these? I also saw a very, very sweet (and HUGE), cherry red Mercedes truck, which I think was some sort of MOG. It was gigantic and in very nice shape. Lucky bastard, whoever owns this...

Read on if you are interested in our crazy road trip antics...

Most of the trip was spent driving and we vowed to avoid interstate highways and major highways as much as possible. We started in San Antonio and after side trips to Austin and Corpus Christi, we drove to El Paso, where we exited the Interstate and took back roads most of the way from El Paso to San Diego. Along the way, I scouted many potential spots for Rover future expeditions. We took a southern and very remote route along the border near Columbus, NM. We cut across the southern New Mexico border and headed to Douglas and Bisbee, Arizona. After a mildly disappointing visit to Bisbee--we foolishly expected it to look as depicted in the recent season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm--we drove through Sierra Vista/Fort Huachuca (hooah!), and on to Tucson. We took I-8 out to Gila Bend, and Yuma, stopping to take a walk out in the deserts east of Tucson. Once again, we exited the Interstate and attempted a dirt road the Imperial Sand Dunes. My cousin (a Disco owner) was at the helm of our rented minivan and managed to take off the rear bumper when he drove through an arroyo at 30 mph. In retrospect, we should have signed Hertz's loss/damage waiver! We abandoned the dirt road and took pavement to the Dunes, which were really awesome. I stripped to my skivvies and took a flying leap off a high dune, like a mad man. I can't wait to make it back to this place with my Rover. After shaking sand from our hair, we drove on to Brawley, CA, where some very kind folks at an auto body repair shop fixed our bumper and laughed at our stupidity. Happy to be back in one peice, we abandoned our plans to drive to the Salton Sea and, instead, made a beeline for San Diego. We spent the next two days at various surf spots between Cardiff and San Onofre. The insane 15' swell on Wednesday was way too much for us Texans and we spent most of that day hanging out and watching the hardcore guys ride triple-overhead waves at La Jolla and Swami's.

On the return trip, we turned off of Interstate 8 and headed for Julian, CA. From here, we drove down a very steep and windy desert back road, towards the Salton Sea. It was so wild and crazy that we decided to stop and pull out the road bike (bicycle) that we'd brought along and do a 1:00 AM version of a Tour de France hill descent. After swinging through the town of Mecca, we headed into the Joshua Tree National Park. Once in the park, we decided to take a back route called Old Dale Road. Like our previous off-pavement adventure, this also turned out to be a mistake. We made it 20 miles on this dirt road (at 3:00 AM now), when we came upon a rocky section of road that our Toyota Sienna minivan could not negotiate. Cursing our luck and longing for our Rovers back in Texas, we turned around and took small highways from Twentynine Palms, through insanely desolate country to Parker, Arizona. I absolutely must come back to this area with my Rover. We stopped the car in the middle of the night and walked out into the desert about a mile or so. It was very, very neat out there. Do any of you Southern CA folks ever head out here? Well, back to the road. After sunrise outside of Prescott, AZ, we pushed on through Cottonwood and Sedona. After a long night of driving, Sedona was a bit of an unpleasant shock, so we kept driving along the beautiful highway between Sedona and Flagstaff. We stopped for breakfast/lunch in Flagstaff before heading to the Grand Canyon for the afternoon. After some hiking and gawking, we pointed the car east on I-40 and hauled arse for Albuquerque. We made it in around 2:00 AM. This was the end of the trip for us. I flew home to San Antonio this morning, while the rest of the crew stayed in ABQ with family.

All-in-all, it was an awesome trip. The driving was all done continuously, stopping only for food and exploration. On the way out there, we drove for over 36 hours, taking only one 30 minute nap. I can't wait to do this again, but this time at a relaxed pace and driving my D-90.

Hope to post the pics and videos soon.

Chris Snell
__________________
1987 Ex-MOD 110 Tithonus LHD
2013 LR4


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
/
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
/
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
/
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
/
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old December 26th, 2005, 11:14 AM
Sergeant_V's Avatar
Sergeant_V
Status: Offline
Abel Villesca
1995 D-90 ST
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Albuquerque, NM, US
Posts: 419
That sounds like a great road trip!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old December 26th, 2005, 02:08 PM
snuffer's Avatar
snuffer
Status: Offline
Randy Black
'95 D 90 SW
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Tulsa Ok USA
Posts: 753
Sounds like fun Chris, someone should start a thread (sticky) on road trips like "head turning D 90 stories".
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old December 27th, 2005, 03:25 PM
read's Avatar
read
Status: Offline
Read Kerlin
'94 w/ POE HT
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 244
Hey Chris,

I did the old dale road back in 03. Here are some of the pictures in the day light so you can see what you missed
__________________
Insert pithy quote here.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old December 27th, 2005, 11:25 PM
chris snell's Avatar
chris snell
Status: Offline
Chris Snell
87 Ex-MOD 110
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kansas
Posts: 2,439
Quote:
Originally Posted by read
Hey Chris,

I did the old dale road back in 03. Here are some of the pictures in the day light so you can see what you missed
Sweet pics. Maybe I'll make it out there again someday and can make the run with all you SoCal folks.

BTW, how's Mac the Chessie doing?

Chris
__________________
1987 Ex-MOD 110 Tithonus LHD
2013 LR4


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
/
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
/
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
/
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
/
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old December 28th, 2005, 03:03 PM
read's Avatar
read
Status: Offline
Read Kerlin
'94 w/ POE HT
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 244
My favorite part on the Dale road is the long sandy wash part. I love hauling ass out in the desert and kicking the back end out on a turn. Felt like I was running the Dakar or Baja 1000.

Mac is good. Thanks for asking. He enjoyed his first Christmas. I would come home and he would greet me at the door with a present in his mouth from under the tree. He never tore into them, just pranced about the house with them in his mouth.
__________________
Insert pithy quote here.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Defender Source > Non-Technical Discussions > Misc. Chit-Chat

Tags
ht, sighting, sightings, trip

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Whats in my container??????? SafariHP The Vendors Loft 30 November 26th, 2015 07:31 AM
Best way across the US Mike Hippert Defender Technical Discussions 173 April 29th, 2010 04:56 PM
BSROA Road Trip June 12,13,14th -- Rausch Creek Off Road Park!! 64rovr Trips, Trails and Events 4 May 27th, 2008 12:33 PM
Lousiana Hurricane Aid trip report Trigger Trips, Trails and Events 12 November 11th, 2005 08:02 PM
Defender sightings around Burbank, who are you? kellymoe Misc. Chit-Chat 4 April 3rd, 2004 02:25 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:34 PM.


Copyright