If We Could Wheel Anywhere In The World, Where Would It Be?Posted in News on July 21, 2015
Here at the Four Wheeler Network we are always trying to get out a wheel while it's mostly to our regular stomping grounds; we were daydreaming around the office the other day about where we would take our rigs if we could go anywhere.
Four Wheeler Network
If I could wheel anywhere in the world I’d choose the San Juan Mountains. The San Juans are a mountain range of the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado. Yeah, I know, you may have been expecting some exotic location in some barely pronounceable country. What can I say? I’ve wheeled in the San Juans more times than I can count, they’re my happy place, and I’d choose ‘em above anywhere else. My favorite trails are Black Bear Pass and Imogene Pass, but I’m down with just about any trail. I like the danger factor of precarious shelf trails. I like the attention-grabbing switchbacks that require three-point turns. I like the high-altitude craziness of how a warm sunny day can quickly morph to cold and snow without warning. I like exploring old mining claims. I like the incredible scenery of the area. Some of my most memorable San Juan wheeling trips have been while driving a stock rental 4x4 because it tested my driving abilities. The photo here is one such time in a rental Blazer when I got caught in a surprise snowstorm on Ophir Pass.
Technical Editor, Four Wheeler Network
I have been on some pretty cool 4x4 trips in my life, some of the most memorable being crossing the Continental Divide over Colorado’s Imogen Pass, going up the headwaters of an Alaskan river to the foot of a glacier, traveling over the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and into the Sahara Desert, and more than a week driving through the jungles of Borneo. However, the trip I really dream about would be following the ancient Silk Road from China all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. This is the trail by which trade goods (including silk, for which the road is named) were carried by man, pack animal, cart, and wagon from China through India and then west to Europe. Use of the Silk Road (as it’s known today) by the Chinese, Persians, Syrians, Greeks, Romans, and many others, began during China’s Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD), and trade along it was active until the 1400s. That would be a real 4x4 adventure!
Editor, Dirt Sports + Off-Road
While I don’t want to end up like Shackleton and his guys, I have always wanted to drive from my home area of Southern California to Alaska (maybe all the way to the “Gates of the Arctic National Park & Reserve. That has a nice ring to it), using as many dirt roads, power line roads and flat out trails as possible. This would, of course, entail using a four-wheel drive vehicle, but I’m not sure if a van or a SUV /truck that had a fold out tent (like the ones from ARB) would be the best rig. I do know that it would probably take a month or so to accomplish. At least a month or two, I’m thinking. You know, there’d have to be plenty of time for some bikin’, hikin’ and fishin’ to go along with the photographic opportunities. Sure, there would have to be some pavement, but I would like to really try to do as much dirt as possible on the way. I wonder if there are detailed enough maps or if the USGS could help? Or they may just forward my name to either Belleview Hospital or the NSA claiming I’m nuts for even thinking of such a thing when there’s perfectly good highways for that sort of thing.