Wraith Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

It’s inevitable, if you drive your R/C’s like they should be driven they are going to get dirty. Like everything else worth having, they will need to be cleaned/maintained. Especially if you drive your rigs in mud and water. While some people view this as a chore, it must be done to get the most life and best performance out of your rig and it’s inner workings. Here’s a short list of tips to help you clean/maintain your R/C’s in less time.

Hose

If your vehicle is waterproof, then a hose can be the best way to wash your vehicle off when it is really dirty/muddy. But, be aware that rust will set in on any steel surface eventually. WD40 can work great for keeping rust at bay, if you spray your metal parts down after being submersed in water, or hosed off. Another thing to keep in mind is WD40 will break grease down over time. So, re-greasing the gears and bearings is recommended regularly. You don’t need to re-grease everything after every cleaning. But, it may be a good habit to get into in order for your inner metal components to last as long as possible.

Compressed air

This is the method I use the most. If you own, or have access to, an air compressor. This is one of the best methods to clean an R/C car in my opinion. You should be able to remove any dust, or clumps of dried mud without much drama. I would like to stress that safety glasses are a must for this method. Last thing you want to happen is to start blowing off your rig, only to get blasted in the eyes with dirt and debris. Not fun! After you blow off the bulk of any stuck on dirt and mud, you can use a brush to finish the clean-up. I went to the local hardware store and bought a pack of 3 assorted sized paint brushes. It is nice to have an assortment of sizes, the small brushes work extremely well in tight areas.

Pledge

This is another method I have seen used by some nitro racers. The Pledge actually shines your whole car up nicely, similar to using Armor All on your 1:1 vehicle. The oils in the Pledge will actually help keep rust at bay as well. Basically, you spray your whole car down with Pledge, and wipe everything off with a shop rag. Try not to saturate your electronics either, if they are not protected by a box or balloons. If the electronics aren’t protected, spray the cleaner on your rag, then wipe your vehicle down.

Motul

Motul “Shine & Go” is another spray on cleaner that can be used to clean your rigs after a hard day on the trails. It is originally designed for cleaning plastic fairings on motorcycles, and interiors on 1:1 vehicles. But, it also works really well for cleaning RC cars and trucks, especially lexan bodies and panels. Just spray a light coat on and wipe down with a clean rag, for that shiny “new” look. Use in a well ventilated area, and avoid soaking your electronics.

Following these tips should help keep your rig clean and in good working order, without taking you away from your next adventure for too long.

Axial Visits Azusa Canyon Off-Road Park

We were fortunate in receiving a call from the President of ACORA, Mike Bishop, to come check out the, opening soon, Azusa Canyon Off-Road Park located in the San Gabriel Canyon Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area. Mike and several others (including some lead board members) have been involved in developing and building this park. They are building a great full-size obstacle course to test the crawling capabilities of a rig and the driver’s skills in navigating over them. We were able to extend our invite to a couple other friends, John Rocha and Cody Waggoner, and we made plans to meet in the parking lot at the park. As we arrived on-site we noticed that you could see the obstacle course from the parking area which makes for a sweet spot for spectators to watch the action. We met up with Mike and he gave us the grand tour of the already designed obstacles, telling us about each one and its intended purpose and level of difficulty. As we walked around we really started to get a feel for the size and challenge that some of these obstacles were going to present. After the walking tour we jumped in our rigs and put them to the test. We had a lot of fun on the course with our rigs and then later with our Axial rigs. We were even able to meet a couple new Axial fans that just happened to be at the park that day. Mike Bishop and crew are really working hard on something good and we are honored to be able to get a firsthand look at the Azusa Canyon Off-Road Park. We will be seeing more of Mike in the future.

Related Links:

ACORA USA

Azusa Canyon Off-Road Park on Facebook

Axial on Flickr

Axial at Azusa Canyon Offroad Park
Axial at Azusa Canyon Offroad Park
Axial at Azusa Canyon Offroad Park
Axial at Azusa Canyon Offroad Park
Axial at Azusa Canyon Offroad Park
Axial at Azusa Canyon Offroad Park
Axial at Azusa Canyon Offroad Park
Axial at Azusa Canyon Offroad Park
Axial at Azusa Canyon Offroad Park

Art and Andrew Plascencia of Baldwin Park at Azusa Canyon Offroad Park. These guys just happen to be out visiting the park as the father has handed down the Toyota FourRunner [red truck in the background] to his son and out for some local off-road fun. Andrew brought out his Axial SCX10 Honcho as well!

Wraith Steering Tips

Now that the Wraith’s have been out on the market for a bit. We have had a few people mention that they were getting some bind in the stock steering linkage. So, for this article I will be going over a few simple tips to help smooth out the steering on your Wraith. The biggest culprit for getting steering bind on the Wraith’s is dirt. After a few battery packs off-road dust will work it’s way into your steering and suspension ball studs. Ball studs are the pivot points in any steering or suspension link set-up. The ball studs press into the rod ends, and provide the links the freedom to move as the steering and suspension cycle through their travel. If dirt and debris work their way into the ball studs, it will start to cause bind. Bind in the steering can cause servos to overheat and even burn out, as well as excessive wear in the steering components.

Since there are no super mini micro torque wrenches available for our niche sport, we have to be careful how much force we use to tighten up our suspension and steering links. Especially when is comes to plastic self tapping screws. The Wraith comes with plastic ball studs stock as well. If the screws that pass through them are over tightened, it will distort the ball stud and cause the steering to bind as well as limited overall movement. So, be vigilant in your maintenance schedule, but don’t overdo it when you are checking the torque specs on your plastic self tapping screws. The best thing you can do to help avoid these issues is upgrading to steel ball studs, (Part # AXA1331) which are 100 times more durable then plastic. I am also going to upgrade this Wraith’s steering system with an aluminum servo horn for added piece of mind and strength. Here are a few tips on the conversion.

Here you can see I removed the servo horn from the servo. At this point the linkage should move freely without bind, if it doesn’t, then upgrading the ball studs will fix the issue. Here you can see this one is a little sticky.

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Removing the servo horn revealed that the plastic ball stud in this linkage was in fact crushed down a little.

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To remove the stock ball stud, I use a pair of wire cutters. Squeeze lightly around the neck of the ball stud and pop it out of the steering link.

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Here you can see the old damaged ball stud on the left and the new ball stud on the right.

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Use a pair of pliers to install the new metal ball stud as shown.

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After installing a metal ball stud and aluminum servo horn, you can see the linkage will move freely now. If you still have a little bind, or sticky feel after installing the metal ball stud. Run a couple packs through your truck and everything should seat in and work smoothly after that.

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Now repeat the above steps on the other 3 points in the steering linkage locations, opposite end of the drag link and at the steering knuckles. Then, you should be back in business. Again, if the linkage still feels sticky. Run a battery or two through your truck and the linkage should free up. Sometimes dirt gets embedded in the plastic, so cleaning your steering link holes before installing the new ball studs is a good idea too.

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The AXIAL Geocache #3 – Found!

Axial Geocache #3-2011

Geocache Found:

Congratulations to Chris Boom of Lincoln, CA for finding the Axial Geocache #3.

Axial Geocache #3 Finder Chris Boom

Chris found the Axial Geocache #3 on July 13th, 2011 at 11:48AM.

Not only did Chris just score a set of un-released prototype 1.9 Ripsaw Tires, he also found some cool Axial Swag that is limited to our Geocaching program. And by reporting back to us that he did find the Axial Geocache #3, we also sent him a set of Axial 1.9 Beadlock Wheels to mount those prototype 1.9 Rispaw Tires on. These tires and wheels will look great on his Axial SCX10 Dingo. Make sure you stay tuned for the next Axial Geocache, it could be hidden in your area.

Here are a few other pics from his find.
Axial Geocache #3 Finder Chris Boom
Axial Geocache #3 Finder Chris Boom
Axial Geocache #3 Finder Chris Boom
Axial Geocache #3 Finder Chris Boom

Axial Geocache #3 Original Post:

We have had some good feedback and success on the first two AXIAL Geocache’s. So this time we decided to put a little spin on AXIAL Geocache #3 which is a special find. Instead of simply giving you the GPS location, which puts you within 20 feet or so of the cache, we thought it would be good idea and play a little follow the leader to test our direction giving skills and your direction following skills.

If you are going camping at Cisco Grove Campground, in the area of Cisco, CA 95728, or headed to the famous Fordyce Trail, get your R/C Rigs ready and get out for some AXIAL Geocaching fun. Let’s see if you can get to the site and drive your R/C rig up to grab these goods before the R.E.C.O.N. G6 Challenge guys get up there on the 30th. This is one cache you are going to want to grab… Let’s just say there is some sort of “prototype” goodies in there.

 Axial Geocache #3

Once you find the cache, it’s yours. This is a cache and carry find. Leave no trace!

Step 1

Pack your transportation vehicle with your best equipped Axial Rig and camera, and get on the road….. Don’t forget to pack water too.

Step 2

Take Interstate 80 and take exit #164, Eagle Lakes Road.

Take the exit #3

   Step 3

Head over to Indian Springs OHV Staging Area

The Base Location #3

 

Step 4

Park your transportation vehicle and get your Axial rig in the dirt and head for the trees.

View from the Parking Lot #3

Hint

Here is a pic looking back at the parking lot from the cache site.

Looking at the Parking Lot #3

Hint
General location of the AXIAL Geocache #3

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Hint

If it’s still there, follow the arrow. It should be pointing right at the Geocache

The Spot #3

What we want from you:

Name / Address / Email / Phone

GPS Coordinates of the Indian Springs OHV Entrance Sign

Photos of you and your Axial Rig at the Geocache site.

Time / Date of when you found the Axial Geocache #3

 

What you get from us:

More prizes on top of the prize that you will find.

Project Wroncho – Wraith axles under an SCX10 chassis

Ever since I saw the first prototype Wraith axles, I have wanted to bolt them up to an SCX10 frame with a Honcho body for that “full width” one ton axle look. Well, I finally had a chance to try and it, and so far it seems like it’s going to be a fun vehicle. The extra width of the Wraith axles make this SCX10 extremely stable at speeds, especially when cornering on any high traction surface. The axles should make this SCX10 a great TTC style rig too, because of the extra width/beef of these new axles. I also have a feeling it would do well in G6 style events too. I haven’t had a chance to take the “Wroncho” off-road yet, but here are a few photos of my set-up. Keep an eye out for action shots and video in the near future.

The overall stance……..wheelbase is right at 13 1/2″.

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The suspension set-up. I had to use various rod ends and links to achieve the stance and wheelbase I wanted. I will probably machine new rear lower links to eliminate the extra spacers at the axle.

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I tried using straight rod ends at first, but the triangulation of the links was too much, and it caused binding. The curved XR10 rod ends are a perfect fit though.

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For the initial mock-up I ran the link/shock mounts on the axle the standard way they arrive in the RTR Wraith. But, my ride height ended up a little too tall for my liking. So, I flipped the link/shock mounts upside down which lowered the overall height just enough for me.

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It’s tough to see, but in order for the driveshafts to clear the upper links as the suspension cycles, I had to put a slight bend in them front and rear.

The rear clearance at full compression of the suspension.

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The front at full compression.

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Mandatory flex shot.

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So far I am really excited about how this build is shaping up. Like I mentioned earlier, keep an eye out for some action shots and video very soon.

Link to build thread on RCC:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/axial-scx-10/221956-benders-honcho-now-sporting-wraith-axles.html

Link to action shots:
http://wordpress.axialracing.com/?p=763600000

Link to video:
http://wordpress.axialracing.com/?p=789800000

RD’s Adventures – 2011 Big Bear Forest Fest XIV

The IE4W club puts on a great event called Big Bear Forest Fest and I was able to attend this year’s 14th event to show-off the new Axial Wraith to several off-road enthusiasts. We teamed up with Rebel Offroad and created an attention-getting display.
Axial Vendor Display

On hand we had one of each of our current chassis lines for people to look at, the original AX10 RTC, the scale oriented SCX10 RTR, the competition winning XR10, and the all new ground pounding Wraith. Friday was a great day to get up the mountain and get setup.

Falken Tire hosted a hot dog dinner at their trailer for anyone that wanted to come over and get in line. As check-in closed and night fell, we decided to go for a short trail ride; so we headed out the 3N16 to the bottom of 3N93 (Holcomb Creek). This trail, 3N93, was supposed to be opening (closed since 2006 due to fires) for the event but work crews could not get it done in time. Keep an eye out for my adventure on this trail soon.
Saturday was the day of the trail runs. We signed up for Dishpan Springs, 3N34, which is a down-and-back moderate trail, but very well known for rolling over several rigs at “The Wall”.
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Over the years The Wall has gotten worse and worse and is quickly becoming by-passed by several of the short wheel based rigs. On the way down we all took the by-pass to avoid gravity getting the best of us and we continued down to our turn-around spot, Deep Creek, to have some lunch and enjoy the great mountain weather.

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After we had lunch it was time to head back up the trail and attempt to climb The Wall. On the way up we found a really cool spot on trail to flex the rig.

After watching a few people attempt it and some making it, it was my turn to drive up.

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Headed up The Wall

Picking a good line and keeping a steady pace helps keep the rig stable and stick well to the rocks. So up and over I go…. No issues.
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Once we got back to the even site it was time to get on with the vendor show and show off more of our stuff. IE4W provides a catered dinner during the vendor show where everyone in attendance gets fed. This year was tri-tip steak, chicken, and a bunch of sides, followed by strawberry shortcake for dessert.

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Raffle Prizes
A friend of mine, named P-Diddy, was the MC for the raffle and though he knows Axial, every time he mentioned Axial through-out the raffle he could never get the name pronounced right… Calling it Axle, Axile, and whatever else could slip off his tongue. It was quite humorous to hear him and the laughter it caused. I think it help us show our product, in a way, cause we had several people come by after the raffle asking about the name and the products.
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On Sunday we decided to head out and explore a little and find a place to get some time in driving the Wraith before we headed back to down the mountain.

We took some time to stop and find a Geocache along the way. Drove the Wraith all the way up the hill to the cache site and had a great view of the lake.
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The AXIAL Geocache #2 – Found!

Axial Geocache #2-2011

Congratulations to Steve Barry of San Diego, CA. for finding the Axial Geocache #2.


Axial Geocache #2 Finder Steve Barry

Steve found the Axial Geocache #2 on May 14th, 2011 at 3:30 pm. He already had a trip planned to Big Bear, CA and noticed on our Blog he looked up the coordinates and realized that we had a Geocache stashed away in the area. During his off-roading trip in Big Bear he was able top locate and grab the Axial Geocache #2. Not only did Steve find an Axial AX24251 NVS – Night Vision System, he also found some cool Axial Swag that is limited to our Geocaching program. By reporting back to us that he did find the Axial Geocache #2, we have also sent him an Axial AX80045 Light Bucket Set (Black).

Here are a few other pics from his find.

Axial Geocache #2 Finder Steve Barry

Axial Geocache #2 Finder Steve Barry

Axial Geocache #2 Original Post:

If you were unable to get out and search for the first ever Axial Geocache #1, or if you could not find it, here’s your chance to get in on the action and search for the Axial Geocache #2. If you are out and about, plug in these GPS coordinates to see if you are close to some Axial Geocache swag.

 

Axial Geocache #2
N34 16.676 W116 55.290 (it works dropped into googlemaps)

Once you find the box, it’s yours. This is a cache and carry find.

 

What we want from you:

Name / Address / Email / Phone

Photos of you and your Axial Rig at the Geocache site.

Time / Date of when you found the Axial Geocache #2

 

What you get from us:

More prizes on top of the prize that you will find.

View from the spot #2

Here are a couple more hint pics. We have not been informed that it has been found yet.

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View from the spot #2

RD’s Adventures – Pines to Desert

Over the mountains and through the woods… to the desert is what we set out to do this weekend. This To Do list consisted of a day run in Big Bear, CA on Saturday and then Easter Dinner in the desert with a side dish of trails on Sunday.

Saturday 5:30 AM:

The Jeep was loaded and off we went to meet up with the day crew at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Currently the 330hwy is closed due to a major land slide that took out the road a year or so ago, so we headed to take the 38hwy up the mountain. The traffic was light and we made good time to Mentone, CA where we stopped to top off the tank to head up the mountain.The drive into the canyon was difficult because of the fog and we could barely see 50 feet ahead. Eventually we were above the low clouds and got to enjoy some really great views of the mountains.

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We reached the Big Bear Discovery Center about 8:45 AM to meet up with some friends and we headed out to the trailhead, 3N61. Driving by Baldwin Lake (typically dry) it was amazing to see that the water level was at a level I had never seen before.

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I planned a route for us to drive that was going to cover some good ground in the back woods and give us a chance to relax while driving the trails… nothing to difficult. Driving up 3N61 was a neat treat as the creek kept crossing back and forth and sometimes straight down. You could see that there had been a ton of water down the creek because the bushes were all water swept. As we drove up and intersected with the 3N16 we got to see another good view of Baldwin Lake and some old mine ruin contraption looking thing. Cruising by the northern side of Holcomb Valley Campground we came to an over-filled pond that kind of left us all stumped for words.

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…. And we stopped at another photo op spot.

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The next trail we headed to was a small spur trail off of the 3N83, I think. It headed pretty much straight up the side of a mountain weaving around a few small trees. At the top of the trail we had to walk around to see if there was another way we could go without back-tracking but we couldn’t find anything. However, the view of Holcomb Valley was breathtaking. I looked up the elevation on the GPS to find that we were parked at 7,800 feet overlooking Holcomb Valley and all the way across to Snow Summit, and beyond to the San Gorgonio Mountain, reaching above 10,000 feet.

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It was about lunch time and the wind was kickin’ a little too much to eat on the peak where we were so we headed down to a nice clearing with some shady sunlight… and less wind.

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Back on the trail we headed for 3N08 which was recently opened. It had been closed since the Slide Fire back in 2007. We had heard that the trail was recently opened for wood gathering from time to time but not always open. So down the trail we go… which seemed more like a tour of the devastation that the fire caused. It was sort of surreal to be driving in such a devastated area. There were good signs of new growth but no towering trees. Several trees have been cut down to help reduce the risk of “Widow Makers” coming down.

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As we approached the intersection of the 3N08 to the 3N14 we discovered that the gate was still locked. We looked around to see if we could find a by-pass but couldn’t find anything so we had to head back up to the 3N16. And with that back-track we had to cut the rest of our planned trip short and head back to Big Bear Discovery Center. But not without taking some time to plant Axial Geocache #2.

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Saturday 5:00PM

After airing up the tires and saying our good byes to the crew. It was time to head for the desert to have dinner with the Desert Dawgs JC. According to the GPS coordinates that my friend gave me, I was headed somewhere out past Anderson Dry Lake. We found camp a little before sun-down and setup for dinner and a good night’s rest. Dinner was Pit Cooked Turkey, Mash Potatoes, Yams, Salad and some other goodies. They really know how to throw down on some grub…. I was stuffed.

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Sunday 9:00 AM

I’ve Been up for a bit sipping on my coffee and it was time to head for some “new to me” trails called Ball Buster and Cork Screw. The night before there had been talk of me and my JK not making it through or at least receiving some body damage. Ball Buster is a bit intimidating at the start because of the water fall entrance but once your past that it’s a nice rocky cruise up the canyon… UNTIL you get to the next spot where I was for sure going to receive some damage… so I opted for making a by-pass line and got called a few choice names, but still relied on my Poison Spyder body armor to get me through.

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After covering the Ball Buster trail the Desert Dawgs wanted to show me Cork Screw trail. And after watching the first couple guy’s run through I decided that my JK wasn’t going to stand a chance in that canyon. I told the crew that I was going to head for camp and meet them there. Along the way I spotted a geocache on my GPS and took a few minutes to go find it and sign the log.

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The weekend turned out to be a great time away from the city and I enjoyed driving through the mountains and the desert all in one weekend.

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The AXIAL Geocache #1 – Found!

Axial Geocache #1-2011

Congratulations to Bob Hodges of Yucaipa, CA. for finding the first ever Axial Geocache #1

Axial Geocache #1 Finder Bob Hodges

Bob found Axial Geocache #1 on April 14th, 2011 at 2:30 pm. There had been other attempts made to find the Geocache, including some in the dark. Bob was the man in finding this cache and it was his first ever Geocache find. Not only did Bob find the Axial AX20024 Standard Socket Driver Set  and he also found some Axial Swag. By reporting back to us that he did find the Axial Geocache #1, we have also sent him a full set (6pcs) of Axial Metric Socket Drive Tips (4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm, 7mm, 8mm).

Here are a few pics from his find:

Axial Geocache #1 Finder Bob Hodges
Axial Geocache #1 Finder Bob Hodges
Axial Geocache #1 Finder Bob Hodges
Axial Geocache #1 Finder Bob Hodges

Axial Geocahe #1 Original Post:

In our attempt to start a fun new GeoCache program, we put together a little package at the disclosed location below:

If you happen to be out and about scouting new places to run your rig, maybe you are in the neighborhood…

Here is the GPS Coordinate for the first ever Axialcache.
N34 23.230 W116 31.918 (it works dropped into googlemaps)

This cache is located off of Boone Rd in Johnson Valley OHV on the way to the famous Hammers Trails location or Means Dry Lake.

There is a rock pile off to the right side while driving North East on Boone Rd towards Means Dry Lake.

Once you find the box – What we want from you:

Name / Address / Email / phone

Photo of you and your Axial rig at the GeoCache site

Time / Date of when you found the AXL GeoCache site

What you get, if you do the above:

More prizes on top of the prize you will find!

PS: Photo above, think KOH and you are standing on it…

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AXIAL GEOCACHE #1
AXIAL GEOCACHE #1
AXIAL GEOCACHE #1

RD’s Adventures – Borrego Springs

I headed out Friday about 2:00 PM in an attempt to find a camp spot before the sun went down. I met up with a couple friends at Stater Bros in San Clemente for some last minute “essentials” and then started making our trek south to the 78 and across to Borrego Springs, CA. We opted for the Julian route to Borrego…. According to Google maps, it’s a 2h 45m journey and a nice scenic route that drops in to the desert floor with some pretty amazing views.

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As we came to and through Ramona we had to face some slight rain and then some serious hail that was coming down pretty good.

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We stopped for some gas and then proceeded to go for Julian, not sure if we were going to get some snow.

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As we were headed out of Julian for Banner we found some turkeys on the side of the road.

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And then I decided to chase them, check out the video. http://ectoadventures.blogspot.com/2011/04/turkey-chaser.html

We stopped at a turn out on Yaqui Pass Rd just past Tamarisk Grove Campground (Closed) to admire some of the blooming desert.

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As Yaqui Pass Rd winds down to Borrego Springs the views that you get are as far as the eye can see. The weather was looking to be perfect for the weekend.

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As we passed through the desert I was telling my friend about a side route of the S22 called the Truckhaven Trail and we noticed an RV that appeared to be stuck. We took the next turn out to the trail and back-tracked to the RV and sure enough it was stuck. Tail and trailer buried in the sand wash.

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As we started talking to the guy, he said that he had already been stuck there for an hour and not one person came by. I told him that we saw him and knew he was stuck and that was the reason we came down the road. After we had talked for a bit it was agreed that he should not continue down the trail and should turn around and head back to the main road. What we thought would be a quick recovery using both Jeeps turned into an adventure in RV U-turns on a Jeep trail using straps, shovels, and snatch blocks that lead into the dark of night.

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Once we finally got the RV turned around, we hitched his trailer up to Johnny’s Jeep and escorted the RV back to the main road. The guy was very thankful that we had stopped to help him so he could get back on his journey…. And so did we.

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We made it to our canyon of choice, Coachwhip Canyon, and set out to find our camp spot for the weekend. I think it was around 9:00 pm when we found the spot that we liked and was time to set camp and get some grub in our bellies. Dinner Friday was a delicious BBQ chicken, baked potato and salad, and after that recovery we had a big appetite brewing. And I gotta say it turned out on the BIG TASTEY side of all dinners. After dinner we had some chill time so I figured I would work a little on my photographic time-lapse skills for a bit.

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We were in a great place to wake up Saturday morning. The skies were clear, the sun was peaking over the canyon walls and the wind was nil. I brewed some coffee and headed out for a quick early AM hike up a canyon to catch a view and some sun.

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We packed up the Jeeps for our outing that day and headed for one of my favorite spots, Fonts Point.

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Next stop, Calcite Mine Area off the S22. This is a really cool place to be on a clear day as you can see all the way to Salton Sea and around to Borrego Springs. You can even see the entire Ocotillo OHV area from here. This was my first time coming to this location and I will be coming back.

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Here’s a 360 video from the Calcite mine Area Plateau.
http://ectoadventures.blogspot.com/2011/04/calcite-mine-panoramic.html

We stopped for lunch down in a canyon where we had the best deli sandwiches ever made, and then headed over to the Ocotillo Offroad Park. This is a new place that opened that is “enter at your own risk and don’t get stupid.”

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We were pretty well tired out after cruising around the desert so we headed over to get some gas and then headed back for camp to relax a bit before dinner.

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Saturday night’s dinner was kabobs, corn on the cob, and more salad…. We had been eating like kings this weekend, and then it was time to watch the stars and enjoy some much needed down time.

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Sunday was upon us and we weren’t ready to head home yet. I know, let’s go to Coyote Canyon and have some of those kick but deli style sandwiches again… so we did.

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And that brings us to a close for the weekend in Borrego Springs Desert State Park. The desert bloom time is a great time to go see the plant life that seems dead year round. It is by far my favorite time to go to the desert and take in the views and enjoy the down time. I look forward to making the trip again next year.