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Centerforce Clutches Adventure Run 2021 Part 2

Four Wheeler overlands with influencers with clutches.

Verne SimonsWords and PhotosBrit ManselWords and Photos

The camping, the vehicles, the gear, the challenging trails, the camaraderie, the isolation, the clutch pedal, the beauty of our land. If you don't get it, you won't get it, but we do. The overlanding trend has hit social media, podcasts, and online video hard. And while we like to make fun of this "new" aspect of the sport, we're happy to welcome folks who like four wheeling and camping as much as we do...especially when they go out of their way to add in amazing food, video, imagery, and manual transmissions. The truth is, several folks we've met recently have started careers in the off-road space thanks to overlanding and its union with social media. The truth is, outfitting 4x4s for back road and trail exploration is nothing new. Camping out of 4x4s on the trail is nothing new, but when we were offered the chance to participate in the first annual Centerforce Adventure Run, we jumped in head first. We've divided our coverage of the event into two articles that will be followed by two more articles discussing the participants and their vehicles. This is part 2 of the adventure with part one here. Be on the lookout for the upcoming participant articles. Last time we left you part way through the second day of the adventure in a little town called Cleator, Arizona. From here, we will head east toward Bloody Basin and then jog back north and west through the towns of Dumas, Arizona, near which we camped for the second night before proceeding through Cherry, Arizona, and eventually ending near the town of Prescott, Arizona. The event was a blast filled with fun trails and roads, great food, and great camaraderie between several industry insiders. Special thanks to Centerforce Clutch and the social media influencers who also contributed to the coverage. For more info on this adventure, check our Trail Recon's page on YouTube and more! Here's our coverage of the second half of the trip, and if you want more action like this, plan your own overlanding trip, or join friends. Nothing can replace the experience of the real thing.

...we're happy to welcome folks who like four wheeling and camping as much as we do...especially when they go out of their way to add in amazing food, video, imagery, and manual transmissions.

Cleator to Bloody Basin and Our Second Camp

Cleator, Arizona, is a crazy little town not far from the I-17 north of Phoenix. Known for the Cleator Yacht Club and Bar, a general store, and some friendly, some furry, and some fierce locals, it's worth a stop if you are in the area. From Cleator we headed east under the I-17 toward the area of Arizona called Bloody Basin and part of the Great Western Trail. Bloody Basin is supposedly named with its descriptive name because of a bloody attack in 1873, on Apaches by U.S. Army soldiers near Turret Peak. Supposedly three whites were killed and many Apaches perished. Near Bloody Basin, we hopped onto part of the Great Western Trail, an assemblage of trails ideally stretching from Mexico to Canada through several states. The trail in this area covers a ton of ground east of the I-17 and west of the Verde River. The area is beautiful, and the trails are mild and fun. Eventually we reached a picturesque camping spot a few miles south of the town of Dumas. In camp, Marco Hernandez (@Ovrlndx on Instagram and YouTube) treated us to some amazing fresh salsa with chips followed by some of the best birria tacos that have ever passed these lips. Yes, he used fresh ingredients and a pressure cooker for the birria. It was amazing. The next morning, Jeff McCallister (@ruff_me_and_a_jeep_cherokee on Instagram) worked the grill to produce yummy blueberry pancakes with warm maple syrup and sausage! Amazing

Dumas, Cherry, to Prescott, Arizona

After packing all our kit back into the vehicles for the last time on the adventure, we headed farther up the Great Western Trail, passing Dumas, hitting a little pavement and skirting by the historic mountain town of Cherry. From there, the views and tall lodgepole pine trees continued up past Arizona's beautiful Mingus Mountain and on to Prescott. Prescott is another amazing and historic town in central Arizona filled with tons of history and attractions. It's also just down the road from the home of Centerforce Clutch, our main sponsor for the adventure and the maker of some of the best clutches for off-roading. After the trip wrapped up, some of us took a tour of Centerforce and then grabbed some lunch before heading back home refreshed from the trails, fresh air, amazing food, and adventure.

Sources:

Centerforce Clutches, 800.932.5882 ,https://www.centerforce.com/