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Day Five of Ultimate Adventure 2017

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2017 on June 28, 2017
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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.

We woke up on the edges of Mollogon Rim with a gorgeous view to start the day. This was a treat since we set up camp well after dark.
Mark Turner’s freshly completed CJ10A is representing Voodoo Offroad Ropes on the Ultimate Adventure. The cab was grafted onto a JK chassis and runs a 3.6L Pentastar engine with a Sprintex supercharger.
Cronies Tom Boyd and Clifton Slay borrowed Verne Simon’s Shrink Ray TJ for the trip. The simple four-cylinder Jeep is one of the few vehicles which hasn’t had a single issue on Ultimate Adventure.
The group moved north towards the Grand Canyon and stopped for the night at Jacobs Lake. Dan Strubbe’s Bronco had no problem handling freeway speeds.

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