While competing off-road may be exciting, trail riding with your friends is just flat out a good time.
That was the whole basis for the recent King Family Fun Run, held Saturday, November 22, 2014. Starting at King’s Garden Grove, California, facility, the procession caravanned together from there to Laughlin where we joined up with the rest of the group. After some gas, trail rations and a group photo, it was time to take on the Mojave Road.
The Mojave Road is approximately 130 miles of some of the best off-road driving Southern California has to offer. There were fast dirt roads, slow rock-filled sand washes, beautiful scenery, and, best of all, some great people to share it with. Brett King and his crew from King Shocks (Eric Rivera, Brian Groves, Ricky, and Richard), put on a trail ride that was nearly too good to be true.
The ride started early at King’s Garden Grove facility and then made a speed run to the Avi Casino on the Colorado River’s waters edge in Laughlin, Nevada, where other folks joined up with the group. A few notables included Nicole Pitell from Total Chaos, Outlaw LED’s Ed McEntee and group and Sara, Louie, and Dale from L&G/CTS custom trucks. After everyone was gassed up and loaded with trail snacks, the group snaked their way to the Mojave Road trailhead.
Once on the Road, the fun really began. The Mojave Road is approximately 130 miles of dirt-filled fun. There was everything that an off-road would want; it has rock-strewn trails, sand washes, hill climbs, and fast two-track trails. It also has some very interesting things to see along the way. We ran across a school bus that had been abandoned and a house built entirely out of stone, sitting way out in the middle of nowhere.
The run was broken up into two days. The night of the first day, King and company treated the runners to hamburgers with all the fixings and everybody slept out under the stars. Chilly, but beautiful. The second day saw more great terrain to drive through and a few more sites to see.
There’s a rumor that there will be another King Family Fun Run sometime in the spring. This one supposedly will start near Palm Springs and head to Las Vegas. Though spaces are limited, if there is one, we sure hope to be invited to it. If we were you, we’d be hitting up the King Shocks crew for a place now for it or even for next year’s King Family Fun Run, because as intense as racing may be, trail riding like this is downright fun for all.