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The White Mountains

Posted in Events on January 13, 2014
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Photographers: Collette Blumer

What do you do when an adventure leaves you short of satiated? Go on another one! Each year, ground-covering trail mavens Locos Mocos undertake a multi-day adventure that combines two-track, scenery, and a smattering of history. Double-compound-low rockcrawling is left to other groups: This crew enjoys putting miles of dirt under their tires.

Locos Mocos got started in 1997 when a group of friends formed a pit crew to help with Ivan “Ironman” Stewart's Baja 1000 effort. When Stewart's truck gave up the ghost mid-race, the crew was left with tools, supplies, and nobody in particular to provide pit services for. The solution? They found the most remote spot on the course they could and set up there, providing free pit service for any racer who came through and needed it. That same adventurous spirit prevails today. How do you join Locos Mocos? You don't. There's no official membership, no president, and no monthly meeting. It's just a group of friends who get together and share a common off-road theme: remote places and miles under the tires.

We encountered a sizeable sand bar a few miles later. Mashing the skinny pedal and maintaining momentum got us through it.

After the first trip of 2013 left several participants wanting more dirt in their adventure mix, trip organizer Troy Robinson put a route together that included asphalt as a bare minimum. Pavement was used only when there wasn't another realistic way to link up the dirt sections.

In picking the route, Robinson used a method that would've been impossible only a few short years ago: Google Earth. Instead of physically running the route ahead of time, Troy went online and searched California's eastern Sierra area. A route was digitally created in the KML file format. The KML file was e-mailed to each GPS-equipped driver, who then loaded it into his or her GPS. All that remained was to follow the GPS track and enjoy the experience.

We joined Locos Mocos for two of their three days of adventure. Our transfer case was treated to some time in every mode: two-hi, four-hi, and four-lo. On day three, the bulk of the Locos crew headed north to the Sacramento area, sampling another trail system en route. Before pointing our 4Runner to SoCal, we checked out a museum, then tied up a loose end in the nearby Volcanic Tablelands.

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