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Run Announcement - Baja Pole Line Rd. 70 year Commemerative Run -- November 19-23, 2011

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  • ken cooke
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 1, 2011
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      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.

      RSVP Required:

      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.

      Expected Route/Schedule:
      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:
      http://www.justruns.com/gallery2/v/Run+Photos/Pole/

      Your Hosts:
      Ken and Leidys Cooke

      Doing The Pole Line Dance - by Neal Johns (Discover Baja, Nov./Dec. 2000):
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    • Rainer Mueller
      Eisenhower didn t become the President until 1952, seven years after the end of WWII. Franklin Roosevelt was the President in 1942.
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        Eisenhower didn't become the President until 1952, seven years after the end of WWII. Franklin Roosevelt was the President in 1942.

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