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Palm Springs to Vegas

Some would say the weather is too hot this time of year in the desert. But the lack of people easily outweighed the hot day time temps. We started near Palm Springs early Saturday morning and finished in Las Vegas. Sundays itinerary included dirt roads back to Barstow. The total mileage over the two days was around 300 miles of dirt. Group shot on the dry lake. Working our way down from the mountains. Lava Tubes.

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Backyard Trail Video

Sometimes it's nice to not spend the whole day off-roading. Monday night we decided to catch the sunset from the top of Saddleback mountain. Truth be told, we needed an excuse to play with our new GoPro cameras.  

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2014 FJ Cruiser Customer Build

The FJ Cruiser will always be a special vehicle to Millen Adventures. With this year being the last of the FJ's, we are a little saddened. The future is still bright for the FJ, as they drop slowly in price, new buyers will begin to purchase gently used FJ's and begin down the path of making them more off-road worthy. Brian tasked us with building a FJ that would be at home in the desert on rough roads taking him to remote camping locations. Build List Icon coilovers with reservoirs Icon rear shocks with CDC valve Camburg 1.25" uniball Upper Arm Total Chaos cam gussets, upright gussets,...

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Baja Peninsula Run Trip Report, Day Seven

The end of an amazing adventure. Our last day we had heard reports that the highway was washed out from a recent earthquake just north of Ensanada. So we decided to toke the vineyard road to Valley T and the compadre trail home. Sunrise in San Quintin. Doug loaded up with Chris's dirt bike. I have no idea how Doug was able to keep chips and salsa from being completely crushed but he did and it was a welcome snack as we regrouped on the compadre trail. Horses on the road just before getting to the boarder.

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Baja Peninsula Run Trip Report, Day Six

Day six started with a bittersweet morning because we were now headed north on the highway. We covered roughly 400 miles with no dirt. We left town early with one stop in Guerroro Negro for lunch and fuel and drove until sunset to our hotel in San Quintin. The arroyo through the town of Mulege. Mission Santa Rosalia de Mulege. During lunch we were taught how to make tamales. The finished product. Sunset over the Pacific. Hotel Santa Maria in San Quintin. Click below for day seven.

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Baja Peninsula Run Trip Report, Day Five

Day fives would take us from the Pacific Ocean back to the Sea of Cortez. We would spend the night in the sleepy village of Mulege. Pangas heading out to catch fish for the day. Chris fixing a flat. The nail he pulled out. I had a big nail that I plugged from the night before. Breakfast in the cantina. Crossing Arroyo San Raymundo. Click below for day six.

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Baja Peninsula Run Trip Report, Day Four

Day fours itinerary would have us head out to Laguna Ignacio for a couple of hours of whale watching. Then onto Scorpion Bay to camp at the legendary surf break. This section of road that is permanently washed and one bad decision left tour new friend Juan stuck in the mud. He was more than grateful for a tow out by Mike. We ended up meeting up with him again on the whale boat. Our whale watching panga and guide. Getting covered in whale exhalation was a strange highlight for the day. The whales were pretty hard to miss. I think we spotted around 15 or so in the two hours...

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Baja Peninsula Run Trip Report, Day Two

For day two we awoke to a beautiful Gonzaga Bay sunrise. The staff at Alfonsinas had made fresh hot coffee waiting for us as we soaked up the view. The plan for the day was to drive to Punta SanFran on the 2012 Baja 1000 race course. The route would take us past Coco's Corner and into the Calamujue wash. After the wash we would head into L.A. Bay for lunch and onto Punta SanFran to camp. The terrain after Coco's started to get really interesting. We had crossed into the infamous Cardon forrest that Baja is famous for. The road was lined with Boojum trees, Chollas and Cardons but thankfully...

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Baja Peninsula Run Trip Report, Day One

Wow, so many stories to report from an adventure like this. It's a little daunting trying to remember every experience. So we're going to break the trip into each day. We hope you enjoy "riding" along with us through a pretty crazy journey.   Here's a little bit of the basics of the adventure. What: 1000 mile, Seven day, off-road trip following the smoother roads of the Baja 1000 race course. Who: Chris on the moto, Doug and Mike in FJ's, and Craig in the 4Runner.   Day one's plan was to cross the border in the morning and finish in Gonzaga Bay on the Sea of Cortez....

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