Intense 4x4 driving in beautiful country. This trip is not for the faint of heart or those not willing to risk damage to their vehicles. After only a few miles in on this trip, I determined the best vehicle for this trip is someone else's.
We started bright and early Saturday morning, planning on getting to Turkey Creek to camp for the night. Fat Chance, the mechanical problems and ultra-slow driving, made that impossible. We did 10.9 miles in 10 hours on Saturday before stopping for the night.
First days damage report: 4 bent running boards, 1 snapped radio antennae, tire carnage a plenty ( chunks missing galore) 2 flats, 1 cracked axle, 1 overheating episode ( stuck thermostat).
Camped in a nice area near Parsons Cabin on Saturday; totally exhausted from the days challenges.
Bright and early Sunday, we start the day with a flat tire in camp. In addition to strapping the cracked axle for support, oil need to be added frequently to the rear differential to keep it moving.
After more bad road we finally get to Turkey Creek around 11:00AM. After a short walk to the Ruins we had lunch and made our way back to Tucson via Wilcox instead of the planned trip to Safford.
Loading up on 90 weight, and purchasing a used tire, we were back on the road stopping every 20 minutes to fill the rear diff.
All and all a very enjoyable, stressful weekend adventure. If you go, be prepared. Bring tools, extra water, extra food, tires, oil, etc.
Good tires are a must! Recommendation is 32" or better, Lockers will save wear and tear on your vehicle too.
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