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Unread 12-22-2009, 11:52 AM   #1
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~Dec. 27-Main Divide trail run~

Main Divide Road - Dirtopia, the Off-Road Encyclopedia

Sunday December 27, 2009. Last trail run for this year!
Be there!
We can meet at 9-9:30am at the bottom of Ortega at Central Ave. (hwy 74) and the 15 freeway, and leave for the trail at 9:30am. We can meet earlier, but some folks are coming from the San Diego area and have a farther drive.
When you exit at Central, go west to the first light, turn right and Home Depot will be on your right. We will meet in the parking lot or the Home Depot.

There are several gas stations (for Jeff) in the staging area, and fast food places if you are hungry.

It's a relatively easy trail, but the recent rains and upcoming rains will make it a lot more interesting for sure.

Plan on a bring your own picnic lunch at the top of Santiago Peak, then continue down into Corona for a Corona.

Your brakes MUST be in good condition, and you need tow hooks in case you break and need to be dragged out.
CB radios are recommended as well.

I'm bringing my kids (7&11), hopefully there will be other kids as well.

So chime in now, and I'll add you to the list of attendees:

01) RikRotorhead (4)
02) TJRR (2)
03) smcalpac (?)
04) FallbrookMudd (2)
05) orichierich (3)
06) _Chris_ (?)
07) SDDAVE (4)
08) Jeebs (?)
09) ricochet88 (?)
10) Socaljeeper88 (?)
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Unread 12-22-2009, 11:59 AM   #2
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In. Weather permitting.
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Unread 12-22-2009, 12:10 PM   #3
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I may just have to take out the new Heep for a test run. Put me down for a maybe, it's been a while since I have run that trail.
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Unread 12-22-2009, 12:16 PM   #4
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I may just have to take out the new Heep for a test run. Put me down for a maybe, it's been a while since I have run that trail.

Your Jeep will make it if your 4wd is for sure working. Have you checked it yet?
If you want to bring it over tomorrow, we can jack up all fours and check that and look around underneath to make sure nothing is about to break.
I'll be working on mine tomorrow, just going through it and putting my soft top on.

I'll put you on the list. Are you bringing any family with you?
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Im in. The wife and kids maybe.
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Im in. The wife and kids maybe.
Very good sir!
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I am probably in. It depends on when our company leaves that weekend.
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Unread 12-22-2009, 12:26 PM   #8
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I am probably in. It depends on when our company leaves that weekend.

Just kick them out.

Should be a good shakedown run for your new lift.
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Your Jeep will make it if your 4wd is for sure working. Have you checked it yet?
If you want to bring it over tomorrow, we can jack up all fours and check that and look around underneath to make sure nothing is about to break.
I'll be working on mine tomorrow, just going through it and putting my soft top on.

I'll put you on the list. Are you bringing any family with you?
4wd is working for sure and I have done that trail many times and even in a stock jeep so no worries there. I got lucky last night and threw my doors back on thinking it would be cold in the moring (I didn't even know it was supposed to rain). I was being forced to take two weeks off but got that down to just next week so I will be working all this week except Friday and have been so busy fixing up the house for Christmas I haven't had time to do anything to the Jeep. I finished up laying Slate on my kitchen fireplace with a nice mantel that I built, I will post up some pics of that tonight. But back on track here I will be working on and tuning up the YJ all day Saturday and if I am able to go it will probably be me and the other half. My weekend all depends on when the visitors leave. Could be Saturday or Sunday I will let you know for sure by Saturday.
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hmm im gonna check my schedule and will prob be coming it should be a good test run for my new lift!
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Pray the rain doesn't come till we are done.
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hmm im gonna check my schedule and will prob be coming it should be a good test run for my new lift!
You could come from the SJC side and meet us at the top of Ortega around 9:45, otherwise yo would have to come down through Corona, which may be faster with the construction going on at the OC side of Ortega Hwy.
I'll add you to the list. Looking forward to meeting you.

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Pray the rain doesn't come till we are done.
Hey, mud just make's the trail more interesting. Rain makes it more difficult. The combination makes it an eventful day.

I'm sort of torn between putting my soft top on, or my hard top.
Hmmmmm......
I would like to make a snow run up to Big Bear in March. Should be a good snow season this year.
I want to try one of those trike skis I saw on the news. Supposed to be a lot of fun.
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The Dirtopia page says this thing is 40 miles long and only takes 2.5 hours. Is it just a dirt road that goes through the mountains?
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The Dirtopia page says this thing is 40 miles long and only takes 2.5 hours. Is it just a dirt road that goes through the mountains?
It say's there are alternate trails that cross it. I haven't been on the trail, but it shounds and looks like a fire road kinda' trail.
The rain should have messed it up pretty good.
Once you get past the towers, the road is maintained.
My son said he did the Indian Truck portion in his HD, and was having some difficulty getting traction (empty pickup bed), and said it was not maintained at all.
It's supposed to be a pretty easy trail. Good for shakedowns and scenery.
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There's great scenery all the way throughout... My brother a buddy and I did it a few months back. You can cruise it and take the side trails and make an all day ride out of it or you can jam and make it to Santiago Peak in less than an hour from pavement. From Santiago Peak you can see (clear weather providing) Catalina Island, Palomar Mountain, Lake Mission Viejo, etc.

There are a lot of fun side trails to waste time on, some dead end and are hard to turn around on. I've got the trail from Blue Jay Campground to Santiago Peak already traced in my GPS so I know which ones are dead end and which ones pass through.

Assuming my wife and daughter head out to AZ I'm in. If they don't, I'm 50/50 to make the run.
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