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Tom
Oct 24, 2018
In TRIP REPORTS
The day started off nice and early as the group was meeting at 8:30am in Ellensburg and I had a two hour drive ahead of me. Once the group started to gather we had a bit of a stare down between a few of the members. Sadly they will not be friends, but the rest of us said our hellos and got back into our jeeps quickly as it was around 33 degrees. We headed out of town towards Coleman canyon and once we hit the dirt we stopped and aired down. It was suggested to me that we check out Coleman falls and it was just up the road a short way. When we stopped where the falls was marked on my map it was a steeper climb down then anyone wanted to do. We did talk about using Marks winch to help pull us back up. We continued up the road and wondered our way up a ridge and stopped in the sun for a bit. We all chatted about the jeeps we enjoyed the warm sun and lovely views. Our group consisted of four new Cherokee Trailhawks and one XJ. Since the last time the New Cherokees were together for the BDR in August Matthew had traded in his 2018 limited for a new 2019. We jumped back into our jeeps and continued on our way. Wounding back down the valley and heading over to Swift and up to the Summit of Naneum Ridge. The roads were nice and well maintained but as we got closer to the ridge the road did get a little rougher and steeper, but nothing to worry about. We were all getting hungry at this point and agreed the summit would be nice place for lunch. We all lined up along the ridge for lunch and pictures, but this is when our trip got real interesting. As i got out of my Jeep i head Grant said we might have a problem. We gather around Grants Jeep and we look under it to see that one of his lower control arms had broken. Everyone jumped into action and got out their tools and jacks. We quickly had his jeep in the air and worked on getting the arm in the correct position. Once Grant got it back onto the bolt we used three ratchet straps to hopefully hold it in place as we drove out. While the jeep repair was going on people were able to have some lunch and take in the view. I have to thank Mark and Vicki since our jeep pets didn't get along they put Lilly away so Ellinor could get out and stretch her legs for a bit. As alway she found the closest dirt patch and rolled and got completely covered in dirt. With the Grants jeep back on the ground we had agreed that it we would take it nice and slow and try to get his jeep as far as we can under its own power. We put Grant in the middle of the pack so someone could keep an eye on the arm as we drove. We made our way slowly down and lucky for us the road was relatively smooth. Jeff was the first one in the group to get enough cell serivce to call the Jeep dealer in Wenatchee to see how late service was open and they said 4pm and at the speed we were going we would be cutting it close. In the end we arrived at the dealer at 430pm. Once we got closer to town we did call a few U-haul locations once we realized we would not make to jeep in time, but none of them had a way to transport a vehicle. Grant and his wife grabbed the items they needed and hoped into one of the other jeeps and we headed to dinner as everyone was hungry. We enjoyed a nice meal and chatted about the exciting day. Lucky Jeff lives close to Grant so they were able to get a ride home as it would of been a bit of a drive for the rest of us to take them home. We all said our goodbyes and hopped into our jeeps to head home. Distance: 41.6 miles Move time: 5.5 hours
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Tom
Sep 09, 2018
In OVERLAND DESTINATIONS
Looking to head out Colockum and Naneum Ridge State Forest mid October. I've never been here and just wanted to see if anyone could either provide me with a good gps track to follow or if there is anything we should really see while out there. Are there any areas we should avoide?
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Tom
Aug 27, 2018
In TRIP REPORTS
Matthew S, Jeff and Kathie D, Grant, Raymond, Susanna and myself set out tackle the Washington Backroads Discovery Route(WABDR) in our Jeep Cherokee's. We had 4 Trailhawks and one 2018 Limited ADII with ~5,000 miles. This was my first overland run that I lead a group and we were hoping to get through sections 3, 4 and 5 of the WABDR. We meetup Thursday evening in Ellensburg at the Iron Horse pub. This was the first time the group had meet everyone face to face. Raymond was not able to join us until the next morning. We chatted and had some drinks plus a quick bite to eat as we wanted to make it to lion's rock before sunset. Jeff and Kathie were staying in town for the evening, so that left Matthew, Susanna and myself. We fueled up before leaving town. The road up to lion's rock was smooth and paved most of the way and Susanna joked that the entire trail was going to be paved. Soon after that the pavement ended. We pulled into our camp spot just was the sun was starting to go down so we lined the jeeps up for a photo shoot. We pulled the jeeps into the trees and set up camp. We all got to bed fairly early that evening. The weather was decent but a constant breeze all night. When I got up around 6am I was surprised how much colder it was then I expected and everything has a nice cover of dew. The wind was still blowing and Grant said his Jeep was reading 35* and my guess with the wind it was high 20's as my fingers were a little cold. We were expecting Raymond, Jeff and Kathie around 9am. So it was a bit of a lazy morning and everyone made some hot food to warm up a bit. We were all packed up and ready by the time the others joined us. Jeff and Kathie brought fresh doughnuts for everyone. We had a quick chat and did introductions again. Then we aired down and got on the trail. We did have one minor technically difficulty as my tablet was not picking up our location. Luckily Ray had the GPS track loaded up also and Jeff was very familiar with the area even though he said he had not been on these roads in a long time. We were happy the smoke had lifted a bit with the wind so we had some clear skies for a while. We rolled though burnt out forests and seeing all the new growth coming up. We stopped now and then for some photos. The roads were in good condition and we had been a little worried about the trail condition around beehive. But when we got there it was in better condition than we expected. The road there by no means was fixed but it was passable. This was going to be Matthews first time doing some wheeling. We put the jeeps in 4 low and a few guys locked up but I wanted to make sure Matthew was going to be fine since he doesn't have a locker. The jeeps made it look easy and we loaded back up and heading down the road. We passed a Honda element that asked if we made it through the washout. We joked around it the Element was going to attempt to make it through. We soon were back on pavement, so we aired the jeeps back up and headed into Wenatchee to find a park to have lunch at. After lunch Raymond had to head home so we said our goodbyes. We talked about the plan and as were not going to be doing any of section 4 due to the wildfires we opted to head up to Chelan instead of continuing on to Cashmere along section 3 and then back down. We stopped to grab some fresh fruit before leaving town and soon enough we were in Chelan. We fueled up and headed towards copper mt summit to make camp. We made it to the summit around 5pm and everyone got their sleeping areas set up. Fortunately there was no wind, but that also meant the smoke settled back in and we had no views that evening. We chatted and shared stories before turning in the night. The weather the next morning was more enjoyable and everyone made breakfast while panicking up camp. We were on the trail by 8am and once again the trail was easy going. Jeff wowed the group with his knowledge of the area and would point out areas that would have good views. Then all of a sudden Jeff comes over the CB and asks if anyone was getting rain drops on their windows and soon it was raining lightly. Jeff let us know there was a steep down hill decent coming up. So we all decided to test out the hill descent feature on our jeeps. It was nice after shifting into 4 low and engaging the hill descent I put it in 6th gear and the jeep held me at 3.5mph down the hill. At the bottom we passed by the historical marker for ruby town site. Since it was raining we opted to stay in the jeeps instead of exploring a little. There was a little talk about attempting section 6 since we were at the start but since this would add to everyone's drive and everyone has to work Monday we opted to end the trip here. We were going to camp one more night and take off in the morning but with the rain everyone felt like heading home. The Jeff and Kathie had family close by so they opted to stay in the area, but lead the group into Okanogan, so we could fuel up before heading home. Matthew headed home over 20 while Grant, Susanna and myself made our way down to Wenatchee and we parted ways there. It was a great group of people and I look forward to more Cherokee adventures with everyone.
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Tom
Aug 13, 2018
In OVERLAND DESTINATIONS
Hey so me and a few friends are planning on doing sections 3-5 of the WABDR in about a week. But seeing how fires have closed the section 3 from Cashmere to Chelan i wanted to see if anyone could suggest a route that we could take from Wenatchee up to Chelan other then going up the HWY.
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Tom
Jun 24, 2018
In OVERLAND DESTINATIONS
I'm looking at doing section 1 the WABDR in a few weeks. I'm just trying get any helpful info I can. Have you done before? How hard compared to the other sections (I've done of section 2)? Anything we most see?
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Tom
May 29, 2018
In WRENCHING - HOW TO
I more need a space to do the work. I'm in Redmond, so if you happen be free Friday June 1st and would be willing to provide me with a flat space to work let . I'll provide drinks and food. I'm free all day and the lift install shouldn't take to long. Could be done after work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW6RT2_xqKk&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFka8Jr-tgs&feature=youtu.be I also have some rock sliders that I would love to get on also.
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Tom
May 14, 2018
In OVERLAND DESTINATIONS
I have a free weekend and was thinking about getting out and exploring manastash road or something in that general area. I'm up for other areas. I'm up for camcamping Friday night if people are interested.
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Tom
Apr 29, 2018
In IT'S ABOUT THE EATS
I'm putting the finishing touches on my chuck box and getting it stocked for adventures. Just wanted to see other peoples setups. Also what are your "Must have item(s)" for your camp kitchen? Mine is a good griddle as I really enjoy pancakes in the morning. My girlfriend would says the drip coffee maker. But we were gifted a Dutch oven, so we are excited to give that a try.
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Tom
Apr 21, 2018
In FIELD COMMUNICATIONS
So I redid how my CB was set up and I went to test my swr reading. When I key my Mic and Turn the knob on the SWR meter labeled “SET” or “ADJUST” the needle doesn't reaches the setting position at the end of its range. Any thoughts or ideas of where to look? I didn't adjust wire length just location and I had tuned before. Could it still set correctly?
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Tom
Apr 10, 2018
In WRENCHING - HOW TO
Hi so I'm having some issue figuring out if i have what i need to wire up some lights and an air compressor. I am looking at adding a fuse/relay box to help keep wiring a little cleaner. The Front light bar i plan on using is 126W and from what figured i will should use a 15 amp fuse and 30/40 amp relay and run 10 gauge wire. The toggle switches i have are 20 amp. I will be mounting two smaller lights in the rear totaling 18W so i was going to run a 2-5 amp fuse and 30/40 amp relay with 10 gauge wire. The toggle switch i have are 20 amp. The air compressor i have has a 20 amp draw so im assuming i ill need a 20 amp fuse and could get away with using a 30/40 relay or do i even need a relay in the compressors wiring? I assume using 10 gauge wire would be fine for this also. The toggle switch i have is 20 amp. Any words of wisdom would be great.
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Tom
Apr 07, 2018
In GOT TO HAVE IT GEAR
I'm working on my overland rig and just wanted to get an idea of what people bring for tools on the trail? Also any spare parts or extra fluids?
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Tom
Apr 04, 2018
In NWOL PETS & ADVENTURES
She hasn't overlanding yet, but will be joining some trips soon.
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