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COMPLETED: Elliot Mine area - Nov 2007

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by The Roadie » Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:32 am

Great day today in San Diego county. Low wind, decent temperatures, high clouds for great pictures. So I went back to the Elliot Mine trail in Jacumba, where Teebes took the wheel-in-the-air video last year. Now I've got the new tires and bumper, I wanted to see how traction was, plus if my center of gravity changed much.

I'm pleased to say traction was at least 50% better with the M/T's even without being aired down. Hardly ever slipped and had to use the locker, except for one place you will clearly hear on the video. (Plus some anti-sway bar squeaking - time for new bushings.)

Also discovered that I am no longer one with my vehicle. The track being 3-4" wider means I was constantly learning to place the tires again within an inch of where I wanted them, to the occasional detriment of the sidewalls. Never gave them a hard or sharp hit, but I kissed a few rocks as I went along. Also discovered that eggs may slide off teflon, but rocks don't, and the teflon loses. At least my first rim scrape is done, so I no longer have to worry about it. Picture included.

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65S9nOUpaCU

Mystery object seen at a truck stop. Looks too heavy to be aviation-related like a water bomber tank. Any ideas?

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Back looking down on the otherworldly Valley of the Moon wilderness. You used to be able to drive there, but no more.

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Parked outside an open shaft for amethyst mining.

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Posed Envoy

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More posing. Too late for the calendar this year, darn it.

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Looking back downhill where we came from:

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Another pose:

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My favorite lucky offroad tshirt. Wearing this shirt, I've never tipped over, or fallen off a shelf road into a canyon:

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Wheel carnage:

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Interstate 8 - way below. We're about 60 miles east of San Diego here.

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Looking south towards a cleared dirt road next to the Mexican border fence.

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Oh, this far east, it's a pretty porous fence:

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You can't drive through it, but it's not much of a deterrent.

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The minutemen seem to have been here - fresh flags:

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But at the other (east) end of this section, the border patrol put up a sun shade so they can watch. With night vision goggles, I suppose they catch dozens of sneaky ones every night.

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