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  1. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    So I wake up to utter silence. No birds or bugs. As I go to get out of the tent, I discover a flash flood has buried my campsite to a depth of about 8” of mud. Dang this ARB tent rocks. Dry inside, mud all the way around. I make coffee and gear up for the 20 mile hike from 8k feet to 11k feet...
  2. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    Excellent and affordable. I’ll be posting a review in the near future.
  3. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    Ely, NV. Laundry and a few cokes at the Trumper bar. I don’t do politics, but the place is both interesting and entertaining: the pool tables are covered with house plants. As Les Claypool said, “ I like the way the boots are all reverbed out [on the floorboards].” There’s live, ready to rock...
  4. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    So the mad dash begins. Tear down camp, pack up, and get on the road. Need gas anyway- can plan the next leg over gas station coffee. I make record time. I’m ready to get out of her territory in roughly 20 minutes. I open the driverside door to get in and WHACK. Something hits my left shin...
  5. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    So, after a day relaxing by hiking and prospecting, I head back to camp. No MREs tonight! Steak and beans and baked potatoes and even a real salad! That mini fridge I got in the Jeep is earning its keep with cold drinks and real food. Then, the monsoons hit. Thankfully not much with wind, but...
  6. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    Ah, Garnet Hill. Not far out of town and really close to the largest copper mine in the US, but it’s got great off road trails, great free camping, and of course garnets. Yet even at a tame place like this the adventure is about to step it up…
  7. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    So it’s well after dark and I’ve got the cruise set at 90… Then I see the signs on the Great Basin highway: elk crossing. F it. All the off road lights are now on. I’ve hit my second wind. Who the F introduced elk to the flatlands? I’m highballing. Bert’s purring like a cougar and many a bug...
  8. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    So still deep in the Jarbidge wilderness at this point. I decide to move my campsite closer to the fossil beds…and this is when I discovered my compasses are all pointing due west…I drive along various trails, all but the one I wanted. Gas is getting down to the danger zone of a third of a tank...
  9. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    Next up: everything goes to hell in a hand basket because due to the geology, my compasses don’t work and there are zero modern coms signals for the next 200 miles. Yep, me and Bert got lost and there was no way to turn around and back track…
  10. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    Not a lot of pictures this leg. Idaho is well, Idaho. Little did I know the adventures awaiting me… Once I left the twin falls metro, it was nothing but open range of until I dropped down into Jarbidge Wilderness. The “road” isn’t much wider than Bert and is paved with rock from the river and...
  11. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    Thanks to the locals at the pub, Bert and I got a badass campsite for the night…and woke up surrounded by a few thousand sheep out on the open range. Got delayed a bit getting back on the road. Next stop Jarbidge, NV via Twin Falls, ID.
  12. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    Got up at the butt crack of dawn and headed to the American Fossil Quarry, one of the pay-to-play dig sites on the Green River formation. It’s famous for fish fossils. I go there as you get to keep anything you find as long as the value is les the 100k dollars. I had a bunch of prototype tools...
  13. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    So the trip started out great! Me and Bert got on I80 and set the cruise. Drove straight through from Omaha to Kemmerer, WY. Milestone: Bert hit 180k doing 80 on I80! Did the drive in 13 hours. Since I left at like 2AM, had time to visit Fossil Butte National Monument and find a nice campsite on...
  14. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    Had a few bars almost everywhere, but this site wouldn’t load for some reason. Mission accomplished without a single issue with the Jeep. Full report to come.
  15. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    Managed to get six hours sleep, and the wife made it home, so got on I-80 around 0200. 80 on 80 made ok time. Had to stop and do a few laps around a rest stop to keep them pesky blood clots away. Apparently is some nasty construction coming up. Should make Fossil Butte National Monument with...
  16. Johnny O

    The 2022 Great Desert Road Trip

    Finally. Just 18 hours or so and I’m on the road. First up is a mad dash across I-80 to Kemmerer, WY. This year actually going to dig some fish fossils. Beyond that I’m gonna have to wing it due to fires and flash flooding in the backcountry. Now if I can just finish this game of Tetris for the...
  17. Johnny O

    What did you do to your jeep today?

    Never did change the canister. The burp started in winter and ended when it got hot out. I’m guessing the was water that froze and then finally evaporated in the system.
  18. Johnny O

    What did you do to your jeep today?

    Yep. In my case the hoses like to work loose. Second time it’s happened…if anything it’s a handy reminder to inspect under the hood. Lol
  19. Johnny O

    Rock Sliders

    Yep. Seen it with VWs too. Lots of talk but no cash. Lol
  20. Johnny O

    What did you do to your jeep today?

    So the “gas cap “ warning returned. Just like last time, the twin vac hose on the unit by the battery came disconnected. Also, the fuel burp disappeared again. A few tanks back. What a poorly designed system. Lol Repacking for the trip a third time. Looks like goal of minimizing roof rack use...
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