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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 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 Three

Day three's plan was to drive from Punta SanFran to San Ignacio. Day three would be known as a mellow day. Total mileage for the day would be around 125 miles with a stop in the middle to hike up to see the cave paintings near El Arco. We stopped in Vizcaino for lunch and hit San Ignacio around 3pm. After a quick tour of the mission in town we headed back to the hotel for dinner and good nights rest in a bed. Sunrise on the Sea of Cortez. Our camp spot didn't allow for vehicles to be driven on the beach because its a sea turtle nesting site. I think everyone in the group...

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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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2013 SCORE Baja 1000 Course Announced

SCORE announced yesterday the 2013 Baja 1000 course which will allow us to start planning for our four day adventure on the actual race course.  I'm personally really excited because the course is very similar to the 2003 Baja 1000, which was my first Baja race in my career. The course that SCORE has laid down will be tough. SCORE alternates between a peninsula race and a loop race each year; meaning every other year we finish in La Paz/Cabo or Ensenada. On the loop races which finish back in Ensanada the course is typically no more than 750 miles, while the peninsula runs are at or greater...

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July 2013 Baja Adventure

Day one started out with crossing the border at Tecate. 10 miles after crossing we would be airing down for the rest of the trip. The compadre trails high reaching pine forest awaited us. We stopped at the rope bridge to do a little exploring.  It’s fairly secure with one person, but cross with 6 and it bounces like a trampoline!  With a new sense of adventure we changed course and decided to get a little techy on the goat trail on our way to Vally T.  Once there, we filled up on some authentic mexican food and gassed up for the next leg.  We moved on to the El Diablo dry lake where we picked...

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