Oh. It was me. I drove that beater to work.
My last version of this was popular enough, I figured now is a good time for an update. For our trip to Big Bend we got our usual cast of characters together for another round of trail bashing. But which do we think did the best? Well… read on to find out!
In this, our thrilling conclusion, you get to see if we made it through the previously blocked Old Ore Road, hiking with our weak human legs, and the perilous Big Bend Ranch State Park reservations hotline!
Big Bend is big. Like really really big. The area contains over one million acres of public land in the national park and state park. For reference, that is just a little smaller than the state of Delaware. All of it. This is where we chose to spend a couple days over the holiday, bombing around backcountry roads and…
I hate valve clearance adjustment. Hate it. It is fiddly, precise work that requires patience, concentration, and accuracy. These are not traits I possess. I haven’t had to do it since I owned the Buggy (and with air-cooled VWs it is an recommended-every-oil-change procedure.)
So here is this picture.
A while back the editor of the national Saab magazine, Nines, read my Oppo article and the 2018 Talimena Drive and requested to publish it. This was somewhat surprising as that article... wasn’t my best work. I gave him an improved copy instead and yesterday I got back from vacation and was met with a copy of the…
I didn’t post this at the time as I wanted to make sure all involved made it out okay first (they did), so: Hey look what we found on Old Ore Road in Big Bend! And upright no less!
Sitting in my gym shorts, catching up on the last week or so. At some point I’ll need to deal with the mountain of crap I unloaded from the Landy, but not just yet.
Lots of cool offroad rigs on this trip, none of which I photographed. Then there is this.
We parted ways with Taylor as he headed back to Austin, but not before we had to drive through several hours of freezing fog. This is not a thing I knew existed before this trip. Pretty but thick enough to make slow going.
Though it was a really, really cold new year. All three cars are still intact, which is a plus. Curretly in Marfa for a late lunch, followed by some tearful goodbyes and a lot of highway driving. 900 miles of it.
As expected, data coverage is non existant. We’re all still alive and intact, if a little broken. Did Black Gap and River Road three days ago, Old Ore Road two days ago. Mostly a hiking day yesterday. Trying to get a camp site for tonight. Happy New Year OPPO!
Well despite the weather I made good time to our overnight halt in San Angelo, Texas. The rain and wind were TERRIFYING. I’ve been driving for many, many years and I’ve never had wind almost push me off the road. I also passed at least four vehicles that had wiped out due to rain, two of which were heavily damaged…
2018 we hardly knew ye. That said, looking back, it was a hell of a year for me. Here are some of the best photos/ videos/ articles that I
shamelessly take credit for have produced this year.
I think I have more room with the seats up vs folded...
Specifically the off-roading bug. Last week instead of driving down to Dallas to buy a sketch looking Suzuki, Kate kept it domestic and bought a 1996 Jeep Cherokee Country for the bargain sum of $1,250.
Our big Big Bend trip approaches! Luckily most of the prep is going pretty well! My pre-trip anxiety is... better... after talking with a couple friends. Trying not to let my fear of the unknown get the best of me.
So here you have the Powertrade 640912 3-Ton All-in-One Bottle Jack. Basically it is a high lift bottle jack permanently mounted to a jack stand. In theory, this is a good idea. At $36 at time of writing, it costs about the same as a good bottle jack, if there is such a thing.