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wayoflife
08-26-2012, 05:34 PM
Back in May, our good friends Greg and Dave from Powerline Patrol, invited Mel of Off Road Evolution, Cindy and I out to the Arizona desert to run a few of the trails they have out in the Florence Junction area. For those of you who’ve never been out to this part of Arizona, it is surprisingly lush with vegetation, filled with all kinds of history and has some of the most challenging trails I've ever run and, let me tell you, the rocks there are razor sharp. In all, we ended up running a total of 7 beautiful and epic trails including Martinez Canyon (now officially closed), Box Canyon, Jack Handle, Orville’s Loop, the infamous Axel Alley, Upper Woodpecker and Highway to Hell and all in one scorching hot day. In this short video, you’ll get to see some highlights of the trails and of course, all the fun we had playing on them. I hope you enjoy.


https://vimeo.com/67652966

Florence Arizona Fun Run (https://vimeo.com/67652966)

StrizzyChris
08-26-2012, 05:49 PM
awesome as usual! Im gonna mount a mel to my front bumper instead of a warn....I dont think it would be called a 1/4 punder at that point but whatever

wayoflife
08-26-2012, 06:05 PM
LOL!! it was pretty cool. mel was all set to hook greg up but then decided to just lean into it and pull with all his might. next thing we knew, greg was cresting the ledge. it was awesome.

TrailBear
08-26-2012, 06:20 PM
Awesome as usual!

GCM 2
08-26-2012, 06:26 PM
Great filming and editing as always Cindy! It's crazy how much trail mileage we compressed into those two days :icon_crazy: such a fun run with you guys, thanks again for wheeling with us in our state :thumb:

Edit: ok, 4th time watching the video now. Your editing has gotten even more refined, the music not only matches the vibe we had going on out there, but is so perfectly synch'd with what the jeeps are doing. Just fantastic!

Robar
08-26-2012, 06:26 PM
Awesome video. :clap2:

LoPo
08-26-2012, 06:33 PM
Sweet video. Greg cracks me up.

GCM 2
08-26-2012, 06:40 PM
Sweet video. Greg cracks me up.

Haha! That's what I'm here for! In all seriousness we had blast, and because all four rigs were nearly identical builds (minus my craptastic tires) and so capable, we were able to literally blast thru some epic terrain. Its just too funny I gave Eddie hell for getting high centered, then I go and destroy a quarter panel :cheesy:

ProfessionalDriver
08-26-2012, 06:48 PM
Awesome, as always! Those obstacles look enormous and it speaks volumes for the setups on your Jeeps! Got to love EVO!

Greg, EVO JEEP is so badass! All of your mods are awesome (including the California Car Duster :cheesy:). Hopefully my rig will be as capable (and clean) as yours one day :rigenvy:

catahoula
08-26-2012, 07:17 PM
Can't get enough of your videos!:rock:

JKRay
08-26-2012, 07:38 PM
Awesome video!! Leaves me wanting more haha!! That looks like a hairy trail too but fun as hell.

GCM 2
08-26-2012, 07:40 PM
Awesome, as always! Those obstacles look enormous and it speaks volumes for the setups on your Jeeps! Got to love EVO!

Truly, EVO mfg makes great equipment and Off Road Evolution builds some extremely capable rigs. Just look at what that shop has produced lately; The Vengeance Build and the Built by EBay "EBay1" 2012 Jeepster! One of a kind builds. So when the smack talking begins on the internet forums with all the hardcore wheelers referencing their kit and capabilities......well, thanks to Bleedbeat and Wayolife, we have super high quality videos proving what ours can stand up to ;)


Greg, EVO JEEP is so badass! All of your mods are awesome (including the California Car Duster :cheesy:). Hopefully my rig will be as capable (and clean) as yours one day :rigenvy:

Thanks my brother! Although my rig was pretty damn dusty in that video, and a little rock rashed too, but I do like a clean mall crawler :rock:

wayoflife
08-26-2012, 07:41 PM
Awesome as usual!


Awesome video. :clap2:


Sweet video. Greg cracks me up.

Thanks guys, we really are glad that you liked it. :cool:


Great filming and editing as always Cindy! It's crazy how much trail mileage we compressed into those two days :icon_crazy: such a fun run with you guys, thanks again for wheeling with us in our state :thumb:

Edit: ok, 4th time watching the video now. Your editing has gotten even more refined, the music not only matches the vibe we had going on out there, but is so perfectly synch'd with what the jeeps are doing. Just fantastic!

we really had a great time with you and dave and are grateful that you invited us out to play. the trails and the heat were tough!!


Haha! That's what I'm here for! In all seriousness we had blast, and because all four rigs were nearly identical builds (minus my craptastic tires) and so capable, we were able to literally blast thru some epic terrain. Its just too funny I gave Eddie hell for getting high centered, then I go and destroy a quarter panel :cheesy:

LOL!! i am sorry for giving your tires such a hard time, i know how sensitive they are :D seriously though, i think you're gonna love the noise grapplers you now have. as far as your trail damage goes, at least you gave it a try.

MTG
08-26-2012, 07:45 PM
Awesome video! Greg is right, this really whets the appetite. Or in my case makes my palms sweat. :)

Trail_Creeper
08-27-2012, 02:32 AM
Finally got a chance to get on the laptop and watch this video. I have pretty much made up my mind now, that i'm going to the South West after my 2nd tour in Alaska... That is if we want to leave AK.

Awesome video as always! :rock:

kludwig13
08-27-2012, 05:18 AM
Greg is a badass pulling on EVO1 at the end :thumb:

FoxC
08-27-2012, 05:41 AM
Great video! Makes me wanna go out and wedge my rig between to huge boulders...;) Cant wait to see what you guys dig up on JKX!!!!:shock:

10frank9
08-27-2012, 06:07 AM
Is it just me, or is this video not made to play on iPad/iPhone?

GCM 2
08-27-2012, 06:11 AM
Greg is a badass pulling on EVO1 at the end :thumb:

You know EVO1was actually first up the waterfall. As I was looking at Mel's first attempt, which was so close, he and I had an epiphany at the same time; Climb onto his stinger and add 212lbs of Greg leverage on the nose of EVO1! Sometimes that is all it takes, and that was clear when Mel literally pulled on my winch line to ge me over. At the beginning of the video when I was smack talking Eddie getting high centered on the pointy rock, truth be known, we probably could have pulled Moby off that by hand. He was so close to driving off of that obstacle :icon_crazy:

GCM 2
08-27-2012, 06:12 AM
Is it just me, or is this video not made to play on iPad/iPhone?

Try this link! It should play on iPads, it is what I'm watching it on.

http://project-jk.com/jeep-jk-videos/video-florence-arizona-fun-run-highlights

10frank9
08-27-2012, 06:35 AM
Try this link! It should play on iPads, it is what I'm watching it on.

http://project-jk.com/jeep-jk-videos/video-florence-arizona-fun-run-highlights

You're the MAN Greg thanks!

EDIT:Summa B! That is one bad flick Eddie. I puckered just watching Greg's rig slam on that rock. Looks like you folks had a blast for sure!

Thundercat68
08-28-2012, 03:34 AM
Love the videos but they make me home sick :happy_crying:
I grew up south of Florance Near Catalina AZ.

catahoula
06-02-2013, 11:57 AM
WTF! This video has been blocked???!!! I watch this one all the time! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

wayoflife
06-02-2013, 01:28 PM
WTF! This video has been blocked???!!! I watch this one all the time! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

WTF, really?? Totally sucks!! If we had known back then that this would happen, we would have never used popular tunes for a soundtrack. :grayno:

MTG
06-02-2013, 01:54 PM
WTF, really?? Totally sucks!! If we had known back then that this would happen, we would have never used popular tunes for a soundtrack. :grayno:

Can you put it on Vimeo? I like it better than YouSuck anyway.

StrizzyChris
06-02-2013, 01:58 PM
Can you put it on Vimeo? I like it better than YouSuck anyway.

I LOVE vimeo! The fact that you can pause to load and buffer the whole video in HD(my internet sucks) is the biggest win over YouTube IMHO.

Sent from a migrant connectivity device

wayoflife
06-02-2013, 02:13 PM
Yeah, looks like that's what we're gonna have to do. :rolleyes2:

catahoula
06-02-2013, 02:52 PM
Yeah, looks like that's what we're gonna have to do. :rolleyes2:

Let me know I need my jeep porn!

TheDuff
06-02-2013, 03:45 PM
Some of these bands shouldn't get mad, its free advertising.

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using WAYALIFE mobile app

wayoflife
06-02-2013, 04:12 PM
It's not the bands, it's WMG. Found out one of the bands we used got signed up with them recently and that's why the video is blocked now. ALL songs owned by WMG is not allowed on YouTube EVEN IF they weren't with them at the time the song was made. Totally lame.

catahoula
06-02-2013, 04:38 PM
That does blow!

TheDuff
06-02-2013, 07:05 PM
It's not the bands, it's WMG. Found out one of the bands we used got signed up with them recently and that's why the video is blocked now. ALL songs owned by WMG is not allowed on YouTube EVEN IF they weren't with them at the time the song was made. Totally lame.

Oic, yea they have blocked some of my vids before.... Kinda lame that they can do that with old stuff from before:/

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using WAYALIFE mobile app

phillypete
06-02-2013, 07:52 PM
Eddie, I've been catching the videos that YT blocks on Vimeo when I need some jk action on the road.

wayoflife
06-04-2013, 04:26 PM
Okay boys and girls, we just uploaded this video onto Vimeo and you can see it again now by clicking on the link below:


https://vimeo.com/67652966

paychex.308
06-04-2013, 04:51 PM
Okay boys and girls, we just uploaded this video onto Vimeo and you can see it again now by clicking on the link below:

Okay so I wanted to makes sure my 2,000th post was "special" and not just a :standing wave:.... (and to make sure it went towards my "KINGPIN" status in "jocking the ish out of everything EVO/ORE") That video is AWESOME!!! To watch those ORE/EVO rigs on those trails is absolutely amazing, if you can even call those trails.

Well done Eddie/Cindy, great video!

GCM 2
06-04-2013, 05:02 PM
Okay so I wanted to makes sure my 2,000th post was "special" and not just a :standing wave:.... (and to make sure it went towards my "KINGPIN" status in "jocking the ish out of everything EVO/ORE") That video is AWESOME!!! To watch those ORE/EVO rigs on those trails is absolutely amazing, if you can even call those trails.

Well done Eddie/Cindy, great video!

Congratulations on 2k posts, that means you are exceptionally knowledgeable. I will be sending you a 500 question, multiple choice test, with bonus 300 word essay question worth 48 points. Best of luck to you Andrew :P





Okay boys and girls, we just uploaded this video onto Vimeo and you can see it again now by clicking on the link below:

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/67652966 (https://vimeo.com/67652966)

All this bumping of the old video thread, has me wanting to drive out to the lake that's right near the "Moab" smooth faced climb. It's going to be 107* here today, maybe it's cooler over there!

paychex.308
06-04-2013, 05:05 PM
Congratulations on 2k posts, that means you are exceptionally knowledgeable. I will be sending you a 500 question, multiple choice test, with bonus 300 word essay question worth 48 points. Best of luck to you Andrew :P

I do feel ready to tackle anything Jeep and/or Random related now! Bring on your test... :cheesy:

GCM 2
06-04-2013, 05:13 PM
I do feel ready to tackle anything Jeep and/or Random related now! Bring on your test... :cheesy:

Without even knowing the question to the essay portion, you have answered correctly. Congrats, 48 points to you!

phillypete
06-04-2013, 05:15 PM
Okay boys and girls, we just uploaded this video onto Vimeo and you can see it again now by clicking on the link below:


https://vimeo.com/67652966

Thanks Eddie!

Great video as always! Best off road footage on the Internet.

paychex.308
06-04-2013, 05:18 PM
Without even knowing the question to the essay portion, you have answered correctly. Congrats, 48 points to you!

HURRAY!!! ummmm what are these points for? Can I cash them in for items in a catalog?

wayoflife
06-04-2013, 05:19 PM
All this bumping of the old video thread, has me wanting to drive out to the lake that's right near the "Moab" smooth faced climb. It's going to be 107* here today, maybe it's cooler over there!

That was a fun and really pretty trail and would really be nice on a day like today. For us, we'll be lucky if the sun comes out and the thermometer gets up above 65. :rolleyes2:

wayoflife
06-04-2013, 05:21 PM
Okay so I wanted to makes sure my 2,000th post was "special" and not just a :standing wave:.... (and to make sure it went towards my "KINGPIN" status in "jocking the ish out of everything EVO/ORE") That video is AWESOME!!! To watch those ORE/EVO rigs on those trails is absolutely amazing, if you can even call those trails.

Well done Eddie/Cindy, great video!

LOL!! Congrats to you :clap2:


Thanks Eddie!

Great video as always! Best off road footage on the Internet.

Thank you, we really do appreciate it :blush:

GCM 2
06-04-2013, 05:25 PM
HURRAY!!! ummmm what are these points for? Can I cash them in for items in a catalog?

They're kind of like Skee ball tickets......you can pick any prize worth 48 points or less.
Available prizes;
- Justin Beiber's left sock (used)
- Big Gulp cup (slightly chewed rim)
- two nights stay under an overpass along any portion of the I-15
- Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses (missing left lens an nose pieces)
- 1/86th scale 3.8L model engine

wayoflife
06-04-2013, 05:27 PM
They're kind of like Skee ball tickets......you can pick any prize worth 48 points or less.
Available prizes;
- Justin Beiber's left sock (used)
- Big Gulp cup (slightly chewed rim)
- two nights stay under an overpass along any portion of the I-15
- Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses (missing left lens an nose piecs)
- 1/86th scale 3.8L model engine

:cheesy: ..........

paychex.308
06-04-2013, 05:30 PM
They're kind of like Skee ball tickets......you can pick any prize worth 48 points or less.
Available prizes;
- Justin Beiber's left sock (used)
- Big Gulp cup (slightly chewed rim)
- two nights stay under an overpass along any portion of the I-15
- Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses (missing left lens an nose pieces)
- 1/86th scale 3.8L model engine

:thinking: can I bank my points?

GCM 2
06-04-2013, 05:38 PM
:thinking: can I bank my points?

Sure, this is the Internet....they can also be used as carbon credits, you environmental terrorist :icon_crazy:

catahoula
06-04-2013, 06:57 PM
Woooooo Hoooooo! Everything is happy now in my special puffy clouded rainbow world. Thanks Eddie!

Stickmann7
06-04-2013, 07:46 PM
WOW!!! Fantastic as always...love your videos! Why the hell would youtube ban this video???Do they all own Hummers???, or do they all get jealous when people are having fun??? Craziness!

phillypete
06-04-2013, 09:08 PM
WOW!!! Fantastic as always...love your videos! Why the hell would youtube ban this video???Do they all own Hummers???, or do they all get jealous when people are having fun??? Craziness!

It's the new CAFE emissions standard. It's been rolled over to YouTube and no one is posting Prius videos so they had to pull some low mpg videos.

wayoflife
06-04-2013, 09:11 PM
WOW!!! Fantastic as always...love your videos! Why the hell would youtube ban this video???Do they all own Hummers???, or do they all get jealous when people are having fun??? Craziness!

Apparently, one of the songs we used was made by a band that recently got acquired by WMG. Now that they are under this new ownership, everything they've done is subject to being blocked EVEN IF the track we used wasn't made under WMG. The whole thing is stupid and not even worth fighting anymore.

Linebacker
06-04-2013, 09:47 PM
Sorry for all of us. I used to own a restaurant that had taped background (elevator) music. These guys are thorough and we had to pull the music under threat of legal action. The royalties they required were just too high. End result, nobody got to listen to the music. Not sure anybody did anyway. Sigh! OK, I just bookmarked Vimeo.:yup:

jhires
06-04-2013, 11:10 PM
Sorry for all of us. I used to own a restaurant that had taped background (elevator) music. These guys are thorough and we had to pull the music under threat of legal action. The royalties they required were just too high. End result, nobody got to listen to the music. Not sure anybody did anyway. Sigh! OK, I just bookmarked Vimeo.:yup:

My oldest son called them the music mafia. when he was a bartender he helped create a recording company that all the local bars were partners in for the sole purpose of getting better licensing prices just for the right to have any music because somebody "might" play a song that isn't properly licensed.

Ragnar JK
06-05-2013, 12:03 AM
Looks like a great time, and always just a flat out great video of the run. Thanks for sharing!

bholder817
06-05-2013, 03:22 AM
Awesome video!!!:rock:

10frank9
06-05-2013, 03:58 AM
They're kind of like Skee ball tickets......you can pick any prize worth 48 points or less.
Available prizes;
- Justin Beiber's left sock (used)
- Big Gulp cup (slightly chewed rim)
- two nights stay under an overpass along any portion of the I-15
- Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses (missing left lens an nose pieces)
- 1/86th scale 3.8L model engine

Greg you should write for SNL when you retire. Holy crap this is good stuff!

OverlanderJK
06-05-2013, 04:19 AM
Love that video!

White_JKU
06-06-2013, 01:02 AM
Great Video!

JJM
08-06-2013, 06:33 AM
I have seen these trails in person and they are no joke. It's amazing to know that you can build something that will take all of that on with relative ease.

2012CrushJKU
10-26-2013, 10:37 PM
Awesome footage, any recommendations of what trails are better than others? A couple of my buddies and I are going to spend a couple of days in AZ and wheel some of the trails on our way to KoH this year. We are driving from Texas.

jelliott076
08-26-2015, 08:09 PM
Hey guys, any chance in the future you guys will be making it back out to Phoenix for this run or something of the like?? The weather will be getting to be tolerable sometime in October :fingerscrossed: but who know with the way the AZ oven controls work.

wayoflife
08-30-2015, 01:20 PM
Hey guys, any chance in the future you guys will be making it back out to Phoenix for this run or something of the like?? The weather will be getting to be tolerable sometime in October :fingerscrossed: but who know with the way the AZ oven controls work.

You bet! Would love to get back out there but, maybe after I wear down my tires a bit first. The rocks out there are razor sharp and the last time I was there, it trashed the tread on my brand new tires :crazyeyes:

WEN2FAS
08-30-2015, 02:50 PM
You bet! Would love to get back out there but, maybe after I wear down my tires a bit first. The rocks out there are razor sharp and the last time I was there, it trashed the tread on my brand new tires :crazyeyes:

I'm glad to read you feel this way. I thought I was being a cry baby about the trails destroying my tires but I guess i'm not alone. I about stroked out after seeing my new ko2's condition after the first trail I did. It was then I realized Baja must be way less harsh then Arizona. If a tire manufacturer wants to now how tough their tires are test them in the Az desert next time.

jelliott076
08-30-2015, 03:08 PM
You bet! Would love to get back out there but, maybe after I wear down my tires a bit first. The rocks out there are razor sharp and the last time I was there, it trashed the tread on my brand new tires :crazyeyes:

That's good to know!! Maybe I will hang onto my old tires for a bit. I'm getting the new wheels and tires with the PR60'S and feel bad enough i have to
destroy the tread on the freeway back to Phoenix rather than a trail. These things aren't cheap ! :crazyeyes:



I'm glad to read you feel this way. I thought I was being a cry baby about the trails destroying my tires but I guess i'm not alone. I about stroked out after seeing my new ko2's condition after the first trail I did. It was then I realized Baja must be way less harsh then Arizona. If a tire manufacturer wants to now how tough their tires are test them in the Az desert next time.

Yeah, I had no idea how crazy the rocks were in Phoenix. I've destroyed 3 sets of hiking shoes over the last couple of months. After looking at how you and Eddie replied I'm glad those weren't tires!!!

Arizona
09-08-2015, 11:43 PM
Yeah, Arizona rocks don't like rubber >:(

jelliott076
09-09-2015, 12:22 AM
Yeah, Arizona rocks don't like rubber >:(

Any time you want to go mess up a set of tires let me know. Haha! I'm going to be home at the end of the month.

jeepsterchris
08-23-2016, 10:45 PM
Awesome video! All of this is within an hour of my new place...of course I had to hike Martinez Canyon since it's closed now..
But the terrain is awesome...way nicer than trees and mud in WA!

If anyone wants to go play in this area, let me know!

bthomas
08-24-2016, 02:36 AM
Awesome video! All of this is within an hour of my new place...of course I had to hike Martinez Canyon since it's closed now..
But the terrain is awesome...way nicer than trees and mud in WA!

If anyone wants to go play in this area, let me know!

Last time I was up there I found the new (as of 3 years ago) gate, so we walked up to the creek, had lunch under the cottonwoods, and walked the rest of the way up to what was left of the cabins, that was as far as we went. Awesome to see the mill is still there, I haven't been up that far in probably 10 years. I was only up that far once. That is very cool you found some petroglyphs. There's so much history hiding in the desert, I love it!

AZMikeD
08-24-2016, 06:22 AM
Awesome video! All of this is within an hour of my new place...of course I had to hike Martinez Canyon since it's closed now..
But the terrain is awesome...way nicer than trees and mud in WA!

If anyone wants to go play in this area, let me know!

This is a great area and it's not too far from my place either. I'll have to try this hike some time. One of my favorite trails in this area is Telegraph Canyon Road which meets up with Mineral Mountain Rd and Box Canyon. Not terribly difficult but beautiful scenery and still fun. Doing these two trails is a fun day. There is also some good petroglyphs on cottonwood canyon road, but that road is also closed at a certain point. The location of the petroglyphs is well marked.

I'm waiting for it to cool of a little more before hitting this area again.

SunDevilJk
08-24-2016, 02:00 PM
This is a great area and it's not too far from my place either. I'll have to try this hike some time. One of my favorite trails in this area is Telegraph Canyon Road which meets up with Mineral Mountain Rd and Box Canyon. Not terribly difficult but beautiful scenery and still fun. Doing these two trails is a fun day. There is also some good petroglyphs on cottonwood canyon road, but that road is also closed at a certain point. The location of the petroglyphs is well marked.

I'm waiting for it to cool of a little more before hitting this area again.

I'm with you, I haven't wheeled at all this summer. Too damn hot, and don't have the lights yet for night runs.