Run Announcement - Baja Pole Line Rd. 70 year Commemerative Run -- November 19-23, 2011
- In 1942, President Eisenhower asked the Mexican Government if a road could be built that would connect the border region to the tip of Baja California. This was to surpress any German and/or Japanese submarine activity which could have presented a problem in our nations Southwest. � This idea was balked at, due to the enormity of the task, manpower, and the amount of�money this would have cost.� So instead, a telephone line road linking Ensenada to San Felipe was constructed.� Mexican and American soldiers would man a small outpost in San Felipe, Mexico � notifying American soldiers of any Axis powers attempting to invade the United States via the Colorado River.� The Baja Pole Line Road was built within one year - at the same�exact time as the Alaskan Highway.�
This road has withstood 70 years since its construction during the second World War.� Boulders have rolled into place�where a smooth road once was.� Wild mustangs, the symbol of the west now roam the open land.� Grazing upon what little vegetation they can find.� Wild burros, and also cattle can be spotted throughout this scenic, but�challenging 3 day route which links the southern portions of the Laguna Salada to Mexican Hwy 5.�
Date/Time of the Run:
Saturday,�November 19, 2011 through Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 10:30 a.m. at the�Pep Boys Supercenter - 400 South Imperial Blvd. Calexico, CA.
please email me to let me know to expect you at the drivers meeting and run: thedesertoutlaw@...
Difficulty Rating:�2+�includes some sand, whoops, soft dirt, rocky canyons which require spotting, narrow sections of trail containing washout/ditches, steep dropoffs and hillclimbs).� Swaybar disconnects will help in traction, as will mud-terrain-type tires with strong sidewalls (along w/a good spare).
Run Type: Bobtail - you will camp three nights out of the back of your Jeep, pickup or SUV.�
Directions to meeting place: From San Diego, CA - take I-8 to Hwy 111 south for 21.6 miles.� The Pep Boys�Supercenter will be on your left hand side �next door (south) of the recently renovated ARCO AM/PM gas station and market.�
**Exact departure time from meeting place: 11 a.m. (please be prompt).� Lunch will be in Progreso along Mexico Hwy 2 near the Laguna Salada, so don't worry about leaving hungry.
Special equipment required for this run includes;
Passport/Immigration Documents�allowing lawful return into United States Mandatory.
CB Radio with functioning antenna, Mexican travel insurance, two (empty) gerry cans, camping equipment, swaybar disconnects, tow connections fore and aft, a flashlight and shovel, a good winter jacket, sunscreen, a good hat, firewood, AAA roadmap of Baja, CA and/or Mexicali, and a copy of the Baja Almanac http://www.baja-almanac.com/
CB Channel: CB Channel 4 up to the meeting place.�
RV users?� No.� You will need a 4WD Jeep or SUV�or pickup�to complete this run.� An RV and/or tow rig�must be parked in the USA - we will return along Mexico Hwy 5 into Calexico, US.
There will be no fees/permits required for this sort of Back country camping.� Just clean up after yourselves and pack out your trash and recyclables.�
Expected weather conditions - ~80 deg.F. during days, sunny, bright.� ~40 deg.F. at night, cool.
Night 1 - Cohabuzo Junction (in order to avoid Baja 1000 stragglers)
Night 2 - Cañon Jaquegel
Night 3 - Cañon Jaquegel (incl. AM hike to historic Native American site)
Night 4 - San Felipe (Drivers will sleep with their vehicles at a secure Motel north of town).
Contact information: Ken Cooke - thedesertoutlaw@... �(951) 255-1589 [cell]
December 2006 Pole Line Road Group Photos:
Ken and Leidys Cooke
Doing The Pole Line Dance - by Neal Johns (Discover Baja, Nov./Dec. 2000):