Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kramer Arch

I finally made it to Kramer Arch, east of Barstow, CA. I've tried to get there before but my previous car (Acura MDX) wasn't up to handling a short section of road that's seriously rutted. My new Land Rover drove right over it without any problems. Gene and Bobak were with me on this trip. We were on our way to Zion NP, and this made for a nice diversion along the way.

That's Gene in the photo, standing on top the arch. Here's a Google map centered on the arch location. I approached the arch by taking Mule Canyon Road and Phillips Drive, both of which are sandy washes. To make things interesting, I left by continuing on to the east, following a road / ATV trail until it met up with E. Phillips Drive. We got the truck to the best pitch angle so far: 27 degrees down. The roads always seem much steeper than my inclinometer shows. I've begun to wonder if the truck's automatic leveling suspension is possibly negating some of the steepness sensed by the passenger compartment (and my inclinometer).

5 comments:

Bbk said...

Yes we did. It's almost comical how large the photographs make that arch appear.

Daniel said...

Did you drive through that arch?

michael said...

No, we didn't drive through it. Although ... on subsequent trips I came to the conclusion that it might be possible. The road surface is drivable. The only doubt is the clearance for my tall rover.

Daniel said...

OK, this was not what thought when I looked at the photo...I thought you had so I did! BUT when I was into it I started to think I did not have the clearance. I was tight, but I fit and I'm the same height as you, maybe a bit taller. You are wider so watch out for that "fin" of rock hanging down. See my video and watch my hands and how much I was turning the wheel. I was inspired by your photo, but quickly thought to myself, "I don't think he drove through here!" http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php?v=424540307925&ref=mf

michael said...

Wow! That's great. OK that does it. I'll drive through it on my next visit (when i have a spotter).