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The Driving Company instructors often go on fun trips and we invite our friends – our past students! These are not commercial trips, or professionally guided adventures. We think of all of our past students as our friends, so we want to invite you to come with us when we go on fun offroad trips. Of course you don’t charge your friends to have fun with you, and we don’t either! When we are planning a trip, we will send out a bulk email. These are typically 1-day trips, but sometimes in places like Palm Springs we will stay in town several days and do two or three off road day trips. We will give all the details of where to meet, where to stay, etc. We have recovery gear, and we know where we are going. All you have to do is come and have fun putting your off road training to work!
Below is our next fun trip, and pics from previous trips.
Our March 6-7, 2021 Free Fun Trip to the Mojave Rd is full. We will try for another free fun trip in the Fall, so check back! We had such a big rersponse, we cannot manage any more vehicles on the trip. Don't worry, we will do more of these!
Date / Location
SORRY! THIS TRIP IS FULLY BOOKED!
We were unable to do a fun trip in 2020 due to the virus throwing a grenade in our schedule. For 2021, The Dave, Scot, Doug, Randy, and Wes are going on a fun trip to Mojave Rd! The date is Saturday March 6, 2021 for those who want a day trip from Barstow to Baker. For those who want to run the entire route to Fort Mojave, we will camp overnight and head the rest of the way on Sunday March 7. This is a personal fun trip for us, not a class or company event. We are just inviting you as a friend!
This road is not particularly difficult, but it is very scenic and interesting. There are a few mildly challenging sections though. It has been on our list of places to go for a long time. We will be traveling from West to East – from Bartow to Fort Mojave. A short way in, there is a deep water crossing. For those with vehicles that can handle 20”- 30” inches of water, you are more than welcome to ford the crossing. We will stay with you and help as needed. For the rest, we will take you around via a bypass route. One of us will stay with the group that crossed the river, and one of us will take the others on the alternate route. The two groups will meet up again at a predetermined spot down the trail.
Once the group is back together, we will head to our destination for the day – the lava tubes we can walk through– stopping at the many points of interest along the way. For those who only want to do a 1-day trip, I will guide you back out to the highway in the evening. For the rest, we will camp overnight and proceed the rest of the way to Fort Mojave the next day. I will head back to camp after taking those who need to leave out to the highway.
What to Bring
There is a lot of information on the web about this road, so Google away! You will need to bring food, water, snacks, camping gear if you are staying overnight for day 2, camera, and a FULL TANK OF GAS – the entire route of 2-days is 138 miles. This is a great place for drone video for those who have one. We will guide you on the route, and we have all necessary recovery gear. We also have radios, but if you have your own GMRS radio, that would be helpful in case we run short. We will be on Channel 15, quiet code 8.
Itinerary / Meeting Time
This is our first time on this road, so we are not certain of the timing. We should use all available daylight so we can make it to the lave tubes before it gets dark on Day 1 – at least that is the plan. It is critical you are on time at the meeting point. It is also critical that if you let me know if you need to cancel after you sign up. Last trip, we waited 30 minutes for someone who signed up but never showed up! We will be leaving the rally point in the morning at 6:30 am. If you miss us, you will have to catch up, or run it on your own. We are not being rude leaving without you if you are late, we just want to make sure we get to the lava tubes!
Meeting Location Map
Map Link to Rally Point: https://goo.gl/maps/hpbimRYDEhU32S8R6
This is the intersection of Harvard Rd and Yerma Rd, just outside of Barstow in Newberry Springs, CA right off of I-15.
Email Dave if you are coming- TheDrivingCompany@Gmail.com. If you have a GPS that syncs route files and would like the GPX file, just let me know and I will email that back to you. This file will have our route and points of interest.
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