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February Trip to Sand Mountain
Our Kawasaki Teryx and Polaris RZR at the top of Sand Mountain
I twisted my buddy Dave's arm to make a day trip to Sand
Mountain with me on February 22, 2010. We were in between storms, and it was
likely to be our only window for the week. The skies were clear, but as we
drove through South Lake Tahoe, the temps hit 6 degrees. Brrr.
Driving along the edge of Lake Tahoe on Highway 50, we saw a
flashing sign that chains were required going over Spooner Summit. Uh oh,
that's not what we need right now. But we drove right up and over the
summit without any other signs and made it down to Carson City. Then I got
worried again. There was about 3" of snow in the Carson Valley and out
past Dayton. If we had that much snow at Sand Mountain, the trip would be
a waste of time.
Once we got out to Fallon, the snow lessened and by the time we
got to Sand Mountain, we were looking good. As we rolled down the road at
Sand Mountain on this chilly Monday, the place was deserted. Now I have
been to Sand Mountain when there are only a few camps, but never when I have had
the place completely to ourselves.
We were the only vehicle at Sand Mountain
The reason for the trip was two-fold. After competing in the Pit Bull
Tires King of the Hammers UTV Race earlier in the month, I wanted to do a bit
more testing and tuning on the Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx before our next
race at Prairie City (VORRA).
The second thing I wanted to do is get our long travel Polaris RZR out in the
sand to check out the installation of our Holz/Kroyer Stage III engine upgrade.
Both the Teryx and RZR performed very well. It was fun to get the toys out
in the sand, even if it was only for a few hours.
Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx with Muzzys 840cc Engine, Pit Bull Tires, Baja
Crippler Beadlocks, Fox Shocks and Funco long travel
Polaris RZR with Holz/Kroyer Stage III Engine, Fireball Racing long travel,
Baja Designs HIDs, Roggy Enterprises roll cage, Maxxis Bighorns, OMF
beadlocks and Fullbore plastic.