Day 9 – SETI And Aliens

Today will go down as the greatest day of my life…I think I may have contacted aliens. I shit you not. This Jeep has strange markings that lead me to believe its driver and passenger (wife) are aliens.

The driver told me he is involved in the SETI project, and that he lives around Area 51. He MUST be an alien! Since his license plate is from Oregon, and aliens have no concept of “States” (heck, one would argue they have no fucking clue about borders).

The suspected alien’s wife was in the passenger seat, smiling like nothing is going on. That means she is an alien too! Remember what Elon Musk said:

“If there were aliens, I would know” said @elonmusk when he was asked by @joerogan about UFOs and Aliens. “If they are here, they are being very subtle.”

Proud to state I finally finished wiring the air compressor. I’m ready to wheel! That’s right, out of all the bits and pieces I bought, the part that made it all happen is my Big fireplace lighter. No heat gun? No problem. #flameOn

Day 8 – High Tailing To Moab

Got up early today, the route I took was recommended by a buddy. Lots of road side natural rock formations, a couple red rock tunnels, a salt wash view, and even Butch Cassidy’s childhood home. First stop was a local diner. They made a Western Omlette that few diners could hold a candle to.

A couple red rock tunnels, not as exciting as Needles Highway, SD, but nice view nonetheless.

I couldn’t help but stop in a few places, the natural rock formations were awesome.

I couldn’t take my eyes off this one. It had so many different patterns and textures.

I never heard the term Salt Wash, today I got to see one first hand.

I got here too late to hit NAPA, where I need two more things to be able to complete the ARB Dual Compressor wiring. If I weren’t moving every day, it would be done by now. On a side note, I smashed the accessory port plug on my Oracle tailgate light. Its a good thing I always keep a spare handy.

My first priority tomorrow is getting the danged compressor wiring done. Really.

Day 7 – Horseshoe Bend

Next spot is Hole In The Rock in Monticello, UT. But not before I get to see Horseshoe Bend. It’s been on my list, luckily it’s on my route.

It was as awesome as I thought it would be, and massive! The viewing area East very crowded. I heard someone mention seeing two kayakers. What kayakers? After squinting a bit, there they were! They looked like ants. On tiny kayaks.

There is a .7 mile walk from the road to the viewing area. It’s a downhill walk to get there, pretty easy, noticed three shaded rest spots. The walk back was up hill, and I rested at each rest spot. 🙂 if you go, being a bottle of water. Trust me.

Saw a few awesome Jeep Gladiators today. Seems like 40” and 4” lift is the favorite setup around here. Also saw some road side rock formations that are out of this world.

I finally found a campground with an open tent spot at Cannonville/Bryce County. One of the best KOA locations, each tent spot is covered in gravel, and raked smooth. Tent stakes held well. Here’s a shot, without and with night view mode.

Ok, time for to a good night’s sleep.

Day 6 – Broken Arrow and Schnebly Hill Trail

What a great ride today! A dozen or so Jeeps, very well organized, very friendly. Did Broken Arrow Trail first, and submitted a suggestion (through the app) to add as a BOH trail. It’s like a Blue trail at Rausch.

Next we did Schnebly Hill Trail, an easy BOH trail. Passed on Table Mesa Trail, since it’s really just a gravel road, so like a Green trail at Rausch. I might grab that BOH next year.

Weather was beautiful, so I took off the Freedom Panels to get some sun and fresh air. Note to self, get more sunblock and a hat…and put on my white arm shields. I ran to the nearest gas station to air up.

I hope to find a shop that can solder the AWG10 wires for me. I picked up some twist connectors but it’s important to get the best connection to ensure there’s no power issues. Maybe I’ll find a place today. Else I’ll need to do the wiring at the hotel tonight.

Here are some pictures.

Day 5 – ARB Dual Compressor, not

I went through this with my previous Jeep. A year ago when I did my month long Jeep tour, I found myself at the trailhead at night, waiting for my Walmart air compressor to pump my 33″ tires. Mid way through the trip, I stopped at Desert Rat and bought a portable ARB Dual Compressor (CKMTP12).

After I got home I learned it is possible to convert it from a portable (CKMTP12) to an on board (CKMTA12) by taking it out of the case, changing a hose, and buying a different power loom. It was easy, except that I had to have a custom hose cut to replace the one that came with the portable model. I blogged about it here.

Having it under the passenger seat made airing up and down so easy. No more schlepping the case around. Airing up and down became even easier when I bought a MORRFlate Quad hose solution, enabling me to do all four tires at the same time. My late nights at the trailhead turned into my making it to the diner before they close.

ARB doesn’t make a power loom long enough to reach from the passenger seat to the battery, so I had to create a custom power loom. It had to be long enough to be run through the center console, through the 2″ driver’s side firewall hole, and over to the battery. I created an 18′ custom power loom, and ended up trimming a couple feet.

Unfortunately when I had the shop bring over my accessories and non-insured mods, I made the mistake of telling them they can cut all the wires. I was only thinking about the Baja lights on my front bumper, and some other wiring. I totally forgot about the custom power loom. Not that it would have mattered, it was a PITA to run, and might have been even more so to remove.

So it’s Déjà vu all over again. I spent most of Saturday visiting NAPA Auto Parts, AutoZone, O’Reilly’s, and Walmart, to wrangle all the wiring stuff I needed. A 10 foot 1/2″ diameter plastic wire loom split tube, four 10 foot AWG 10 automobile cables (two red, two black), some AWG 10 heat shrink ring terminals, and some AWG 10 heat shrink tubing.

When I got back to the hotel, I realized I didn’t bring my heat gun. I remembered that I decided I didn’t want to bring the kitchen sink, to help keep me under my GVWR. But hey, I do have a BBQ lighter! 🙂 I’ll have to do the wiring when I get to the next site.

Tomorrow I hope to join some locals to do Broken Arrow and Schnebly Hill Trail. I’ll air down to maybe 15 to do the trails, and then I’ll visit a local gas station to air back up again. Luckily the MORRFlate Quad has a schrader valve, so at least I can air all four tires at the same time. Most gas station air compressors are fairy powerful, so I should make it to the diner before they close.

I’ve been to Sedona every year for the past four years. Twice on my Harley, twice in my Jeep. I’m so looking forward to today!

Day 4 – Desert Rat

I knew if I wanted to do the two Arizona Badge Of Honor trails this weekend, I need to get to Desert Rat by Friday, so I can be ready for Saturday and Sunday. That meant today had to be a long day.

On one of my gas stops, I connected with a retired Jeep Gladiator owner who had a Harley-Davidson Street Glide on a trailer, and a 6 week old kennel puppy as a riding partner. Turns out he’s a retiree who’s keeping busy delivering kennel dogs to the kennel’s customers. On this day he also delivering his bike to the person he sold it too.

He decided it was time to move on from riding a Harley. Interesting person. Similar to me, I sold my Road Glide a few weeks ago, to focus on overlanding. I asked him a bunch of retirement questions, and he was happy to share his experiences and insight. He was going to Albuquerque too, so we had ourselves a mini convoy.

Interesting last couple hundred miles. I got to see a couple fairly big dust devils forming along the way. Luckily there were only a couple light, short rain showers. When I got to Desert Rat, they had my custom power loom waiting for me.

What a relief, now I just need to remove the cable that I hacked, and run the new cable to the battery. I’ll try to take care of that in the morning.

Day 3 – Rest Day

Today was a mix of reorganizing the Jeep (why does it seem so empty?!) and resting. Nothing to report today, except that rain seems to be letting up. 🙂

Day 2 – Swimming to Missouri

I left Cincinnati at 0900, and decided to go until I got tired. Well, since I had a good dinner, and a solid night’s sleep, and a good breakfast, I was able to make this a long day.

It rained the entire way, so not much to photograph. Well, I did find a new feature in the Jeep. A volume knob. I know, I’m so easily amused. 🙂

Did I mention it rained? Yeap, 6th day in a row. I feel like Schleprock from The Flintstones, with the black rain cloud always following him. At least so far on this trip. LOL

Day 1 – 4 Wheel Parts Rocks

Payload of gold

Number 102 of 500

On my way to 4 Wheel Parts, I found myself trailing this cool Tonka truck. After two miles, he turned into the same log I was going to. We were both getting work done. Awesome collectable, very, limited run from 2014, very rare.

Winch disappears into Rubicon steel bumper

The winch mounted in the Rubicon steel bumper looks awesome. I do need to replace the hook with something less clumsy looking. Its a Warn VR EVO 10S. Yes, I went with synthetic instead of steel. Why? Weight. #yeaThatsTheTicket

WTF!?

I’m gonna guess this is an eCar charger. I’m also gonna guess the guy behind him might have to whip out a golf club and go all Jack Nickleson on him if he takes any longer.