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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Syncrofest is on! #107
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

woohoo! over 100 vans already
to register go to Syncrofest.com

any other Lost Burritos interested in joining the group camp at SyncroFest, PM me and I will try to make room for you.

updated list so far:
Jon_Slider - Thursday morning
TDWesty- Friday Morning
Ubercool - Friday night
Rjhdog
Bavarian Wrench -Thursday night
2dokas - Friday night
ScottShelley -Thursday
Steve - Friday afternoon
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Guessing at # of people, the more the merrier, will do my best to make room for the 10 Vans at the group site, dont worry, theres huge amounts of room for overflow sprawl, we will work it out one way or another.
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Jon_Slider - Thursday morning, 1 person
TDWesty- Friday Morning, 2 people
Ubercool - Friday night, 1 person
Rjhdog - Thursday, 3 people
Bavarian Wrench -Thursday night, 1 person
2dokas - Friday night, 1 person
ScottShelley -Thursday, 2 people
Steve - Friday afternoon, 1 person
Syncro Jael - Friday, 2 people
outwesty- maybe?, 1 person
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really looking forward to some Celebrity Bull Pen discussions at SyncroFest.

Syncro Jael will host a discussion about VC operation.

rjhdog will host a discussion about the effects of tire size on transaxle gearing and longevity.

Jon Slider will expound on his Hot Air about tires.

A few people will actually just go driving, others will actually just be camping, and some will do all of the above. Smile

I took ScottShelleys advice and went driving, on Old Coast Road in Big Sur. I used a Solid Shaft, which was completely unnecessary Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love that photo, Jon .. the proverbial fork-in-the-road ..
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One looks perilous, the other alluring. Think I'll take the right fork because it looks sunnier and there's a vanagon up ahead. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! I like the middle fork too Smile
but its actually not a fork at all.
I was experimenting with the Panorama feature. The photo is a 180 degree pan from my right shoulder to my left. Had never tried it before, had no idea it would turn out that way.. Fun..

That is on Old Coast Road. I took it South bound from Bixby Bridge, my preferred direction because it is mostly UP hill. I like UP. The road has just been graded, and is currently 2wd friendly.

Here is a video of the same spot, and a couple stills, to help add to the visualization aids.

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After SyncroFest, ScottShelley, VWHead, and I are planning a trip to Big Sur Lottie Potrero campground. Though there is no extreme offroading, nor risk of vehicle body damage type terrain, there are some severe switchbacks that are sometimes rutted and washed out with loose rocks.

The Trip to Lottie will be Syncro Recommended, except some experienced drivers in lifted 2wd vans with BFG tires have made it before too. I will post an update on trip dates after recovering from SyncroFest.

Here is a visual aid showing the range of the Lost Burritos in Big Sur.
http://goo.gl/maps/ErQ3Y
Point C is a favorite of mine. Lifted 2wd can do it, some 2wd vans have had trouble and needed pulling over a couple ruts. Conditions vary, I dont have a current report. We might check this on the way back from Lottie.

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Please treat the area with respect, there are dangers of fire, as well as rattlesnakes, and locals who dont appreciate dust from fast moving vehicles. Leave no Trace, pack it in, pack it out.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jon_slider wrote:

That is on Old Coast Road. I took it South bound from Bixby Bridge, my preferred direction because it is mostly UP hill. I like UP. The road has just been graded, and is currently 2wd friendly.


Wow that looks awesome... I've penciled this in on the list to roads to try on my way to Syncrofest...

lifted 2wd, gowesty 2450cc, Peloquin TBD
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Jon_slider wrote:

That is on Old Coast Road. I took it South bound from Bixby Bridge, my preferred direction because it is mostly UP hill. I like UP. The road has just been graded, and is currently 2wd friendly.


Wow that looks awesome... I've penciled this in on the list to roads to try on my way to Syncrofest...

lifted 2wd, gowesty 2450cc, Peloquin TBD


the spot in the pic is approximate gps 36, 20,57N, 121,52,31W

the starting point was Bixby Bridge, but if youre coming from the south, the starting point is at Andrew Molera
http://goo.gl/maps/3ZL3Q
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a spot that stopped a 2wd, returning from San Martin peak

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here is how he got out Smile

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This is the part Im warning 2wd people about, the same 2wd did fine here that same day.. conditions change, dont go alone

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The 2wd is also a Carat, with low profile tires and a lightly scratched air dam.. not bad for a streetrod on dirt Smile. update The 2wd driver just bought a Syncro.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey All, when is the next trip? big Sur, Lost Coast, Tahoe....
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could be into meeting the weekend of the 23-25. I'll be heading back from the meet in the PNW (Descend on Bend) in the Syncro and as long as she is mechanically happy I'd love to partake in some more trails.

Jon its so much fun to see the videos of me in the 2WD and how far my driving skills and van ownership skills have progressed... was up San Martin a few weeks back in the Syncro solo and glad I was road conditions were horrid.

Cheers,

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

> I could be into meeting the weekend of the 23-25

Hi Ralph
so glad you got your syncro on the road already, and thanks for the road report for San Martin, Ive been wondering about that.

I may be headed to Prewitt tomorrow. Was there last week. The flies were bad, but it was wonderful to be in the hills.

Id be happy to go again with you, but Im not sure the dates you posted make sense, please verify when you mean.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished scoping out the route over the weekend. I know I mentioned to a few of you we might do Foresthill to French Meadows but I think this is going to be a lot better.

This mission heads through some awesome country. Meet up point will be at the Barker Pass OHV staging area in black wood canyon Friday Eve. (between Tahoe City and Homewood) You'll see signs for Caspian - blackwood canyon snow park. Turn there and once you see the pavement end at the Y about 2 miles in go to the right. Meet point is 1/4 miles on right after that. (if you cross a bridge you went too far)

doesn't look like many can make it this time. message me if you are.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz area Syncro Camping with The Lost Burritos Reply with quote

Hey Guys

Thinking about taking a winter trip this weekend down to Big Sur - we're up in St. Helena. Been wanting to do Old Coast Rd. and check out Prewitt Ridge. We're in a lifted 2WD w/ fresh Geolandars.

Trying to feel out what conditions will be like? Also heard some questionable things recently about the sanitation up there, which really bums me out. Is this true?

Any info would be great. Not 100% set on Prewitt, but would love to cruise some dirt and find a nice retreat down South. Thanks for the help!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz area Syncro Camping with The Lost Burritos Reply with quote

I was there last March and it was beautiful. I did see some evidence of people not really making much effort to deal with their sh&* Lots of toilet paper etc. I was driving a Syncro but a 2 wheel drive with Geolanders should be fine. In fact, I saw a Prius back there trying to tear of it's front air damn.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz area Syncro Camping with The Lost Burritos Reply with quote

There are no facilities up there, I take one of these PETT fold up toilets with me to keep the camp areas clean any time I am doing dispersed camping.
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If it had been raining prior to your arrival prewitt ridge will be difficult for a 2wd. The climb out has a few short steep climbs and the dusty trail in the summer gets pretty slick with the rain. There are areas along coast ridge that can still provide dispersed camping without going down to prewitt ridge that won't be a issue.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:12 am    Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz area Syncro Camping with The Lost Burritos Reply with quote

Figured this may be the right spot to ask the question - Going to be staying at our cabin in Truckee off and on for the next two weeks and was thinking of taking some time to take the westy out for a few nights in the area. Obviously high season right now but thought this group may have some ideas... Was thinking Gold Lake area but don't think my stock-ish syncro westy will clear the OHV road... any other good suggestions? ideally lakeside so I can take the little ones fishing?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:24 am    Post subject: Re: Santa Cruz area Syncro Camping with The Lost Burritos Reply with quote

Contact Outwesty, he knows the area like the back of his hand.

baltik wrote:
Figured this may be the right spot to ask the question - Going to be staying at our cabin in Truckee off and on for the next two weeks and was thinking of taking some time to take the westy out for a few nights in the area. Obviously high season right now but thought this group may have some ideas... Was thinking Gold Lake area but don't think my stock-ish syncro westy will clear the OHV road... any other good suggestions? ideally lakeside so I can take the little ones fishing?
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