sooooooooo many jeeps, it was pretty amazing to see that many (mostly built up) rigs. there was everything, from military 6x6s, full-size pickups, jeeps of every variety to those golf-cart things.
they had 3 runs staging when we arrived at 8:30.
advanced on lower ajax
intermediate on woodpecker
basic on box canyon
originally i was queued up to go on the intermediate run, but as i realized that the line for this run was well over 100 rigs i bailed.
here's a shot from my place in the queue:
i really started having doubts about being on a trail with 100-150 rigs, so i jumped to the shortest line for box canyon. lisa hadn't seen it yet so seemed a decent compromise.
here are shots from my place in the line on box canyon, total of 51 rigs and i was near 15ish in position:
there was so much dust, both lisa and i were not feeling well by the end of the run that we bailed and didn't even head back to the expo. went and found a nice clear stretch of pavement with almost no dust and learned to breathe again.
that said, it wasn't all bad. yes, very dusty. yes, very over crowded and sloooooow. but there were great rigs of all kinds, and the convoy of ~300 rigs moving down arizona farms road to florence must have been a sight to see from the outside or a distance.