Come on guys, do it!!!
Check out the details and get directions there at http://www.cal4wheel.com/events/operation-desert-fun
It's a worthy event that raises $$$ for disabled U.S. military veterans, most of which we support are pariplegics and quadriplegics. This is my club's (Geared 4Fun) 10th year of sponsoring this event and I can tell you first-hand that the disabled vets that show up at the event are genuinely grateful for our support.
Not to mention this is a FUN EVENT!!!!!!!!
It's at the Truckhaven 4x4 Training Facility which basically means it's a kick-as
s wheeling spot with miles of trails surrounding it. There's also a great raffle Saturday night with lots of 4x4 related goodies from sponsors that include Warn, Superior Axle, Tom Wood's Custom Driveshafts, Offroad Warehouse, 4Wheel Parts, and Ham Radio Outlet to name just a few.
Runs are set up to be from mild to wild! Be there, I'll be there in my black Rubicon "Geezer II".
KNOCK ON WOOD - Orange Flag
This run leads to a narrow rock canyon over at Superstition Mountains. At least one locker required and at least 33" tires. Tow point each end. Due to some tight areas and turns, long wheelbase vehicles not recommended. Body damage and mechanical breakage is very possible. This trail is for experienced drivers who don’t mind a little “vehicle modification” from surrounding rocks and brush!
PUMPKIN PATCH - Blue Flag
- Time permitting, we will run a second trail.
- Start time: 8:30 a.m.
- Trail Boss: Joe Holden - Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club
We will take you to an area that has a large concentration of sandstone globules that resemble a pumpkin patch. Along the way there will be driving in deep sand, rocky hill climbs, and winding, twisting trails with some off-camber sections along with a drop off or two. Bypasses are available for most of the more challenging sections. There are lots of strange rock formations and erosion patterns throughout the trail. Run time 4 to 5 hours. Open to all 4 wheel drive vehicles.
THE SLOT - Purple Flag
- Start time: 9:15 a.m.
- Trail Boss: Eric Dahl - On the Edge 4WDC
Open to all 4-wheelers. A family run, with places to go and people to see. The route is a follow-the-leader run that features alternate, color-coded spur routes to challenge the most experienced wheeler. Expect to be returning to camp by 3 p.m.
POWDER PUFF - Pink Flag
- Drivers’ Meeting: 8:45 a.m.
- Start time: 9 a.m. SHARP!!!!!
- Trail Boss: Curtis Grinnell - San Diego Outbacks 4X4 Club
The Trail Boss will choose trails based on the capability of the rigs that sign up. The twist is that to drive this run, you either have to be female, or DRESS LIKE ONE! We will have a brief contest before the raffle on Saturday night to judge certain drivers to see who truly is the “Ugliest Broad in the Desert”!! [WARNING: Those with weak constitutions, or strong morals might want to miss this part of the festivities...]
THE SQUEEZE - Yellow Flag
- Start time: 10 a.m.
- Trail Boss: Mark Geletzke - Geared 4 Fun 4WDC
Highway run to Pinyon Mountain where you will go through The Squeeze, known for its ability to snag fenders. We will continue down Heart-Attack Hill, a very steep, slippery and rocky decent. We then continue through Fish Creek and out Split Mountain. This is a fun run, but definitely not for those concerned with paint or body damage. There are NO by-passes! One locker is recommended, wide-bodied vehicles not recommended, body damage possible.
TECTONIC GORGE - Green Flag
- Start time: 8:30 a.m.
- Trail Boss: Mark Chiesman - San Diego 4 Wheelers
Moderate challenging run thru sand dunes, mud hills, and rocky trails in an area less traveled. Suitable for mildly modified vehicles with some extra clearance, larger tires (31+) and one locker. Some minor damage possible. Beginning and end of ride will be on highway roads. No facilities so bring plenty of water and lunch for a picnic on the trail. May also take in some great nearby vista sights if time permits.
MOTORCYCLE & ATV RUNS
- Start time: 8:15 a.m.
- Trail Boss: Duane Hartle - Geared 4 Fun 4WDC
To start the day off we will be offering a kids’ ride on trails around the Main St. area that should last an hour or so. Parents are welcome to join.
At the conclusion of the kids’ ride we will hold the MC/ATV runs. These runs will visit notable sights such as Pumpkin Patch, Gas Domes, and Artesian Well. We will use a variety of trails and roads to access these areas as well as some technical trials. We will separate into groups based on vehicle and rider ability to ensure all have a great time. Please see sign up sheets for start times and location. Rides led by the Ocotillo Anytimers.