Day 2: Crown King to Turkey Creek and Cleator Yacht Club
After a great meal and good night sleep, the group got an early start to begin the second leg of the trip. Some hot coffee and a quick breakfast is all that was needed to quickly break down camp and report for the second drivers meeting of the day.
Trent shared that the route for the day would be leading us down to lower elevation and to Turkey Creek, and Cleator Yacht club, on to Bloody Basin where we would then set up camp in a dry creek bed.
We descended out of the Bradshaw Mountains and onto a trail called Turkey Creek, which provided incredible desert scenery, littered with beautiful Saguaro cactus, ocotillo plants and a handful of water crossings. There were a few technical obstacles that in the words of Trent, “Might get a little tippy”.
After traversing Turkey Creek, we emerged at the desert oasis that is the Cleator Bar and Yacht Club. A boat graveyard and bar in Mayer, AZ that is worth checking out if you’re in the area. After a long day in the desert sun their ice cold beverages were a welcome treat, however they don’t serve food during the week, so be sure to bring your own food if you plan on visiting.
Brit, from American Adventure Lab had an issue with a rear brake caliper on Day 1 of the trip, and our friends at Summit 4x4 saved the day by meeting us with replacement parts, tools, to help him get fixed up. Jesse and JP were extremely generous to meet us on the trail and handle the repair. This simple act of kindness speaks volumes about the kind of shop and people they are. Thanks again!
After a quick lunch stop and repair, we were ready to hit the road again. We continued on to our camp destination, which ended up being in a rocky creek bed (don’t worry, we checked the weather forecast for rain.) The rooftop tenters definitely had an advantage here, the ground tenters had to find and clear an area of rocks.
Our good friend Marco, of OvrlndX treated us to his famous Birria de Res tacos, complete with homemade salsa and birria cooked in a pressure cooker. The meal was incredible and we can’t thank Marco enough for the incredible meal. Will Baty also contributed his famous beans, which were an awesome addition to the tacos.
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After more than a few tacos, the group shared laughs and stories around a campfire under a beautiful clear night sky. Sean Holman of Motor Trend wore his comedian hat that night and had the group in stitches. Sean, if your magazine gig doesn’t work out, you certainly have a future in comedy!
The Final Day
On day 3 we woke up to the smell of sausage on the Skottle, fresh pancakes and hot coffee thanks to Brother Jeff, who treated us all to his famous pancakes. No, you didn’t have to worry about us going hungry on this trip.
The route for the final day was a bit shorter than the other days, but still provided some beautiful Arizona views. We snaked through the valleys and ended up on Mingus Mountain, where we stopped for a few group photos.
Once our tires left the dirt and returned to pavement, we headed straight for Centeforce HQ, where we gave the group a quick tour of the facility and let everyone air up their tires. From HQ we had a late team lunch at Colt Grill in Prescott Valley, and had a good time looking back on the trip and planning for the next one!
We want to thank everyone who made this trip possible, we had an amazing time and made lifelong friends and memories.