On Day Five of the 2017 Ultimate Adventure the group kept marching north across Arizona through the best of the state’s backroads and off-road trails. Starting from Mollogon Rim the participants hit the pavement and wound past Mormon Lake on the way to Flagstaff. Once there the Falken tires were aired down as Trent McGee led us through the Cinder Hills OHV Area. Located in the Coconino National Forest, Cinders covers 13,000 acres of ponderosa forest and volcanic cinders from a cinder cone that has erupted as recently as 1,000 years ago.
After cleaning the carbon out of our engines blasting up the cinder hills, we aired the tires up and headed further north towards the rim of the Grand Canyon. Overheating, mechanical, and electrical issues claimed a few victims on the drive, proving once again that the road days can be just as hard on equipment as trail days. The standard protocol at UA is for a crony to stay back with the injured vehicle rather than stopping the entire 20 vehicle convoy. Slowly people crossed Marble Bridge and climbed up to Jacobs Lake where we reconvened to camp for the night.