I have always wanted to take a trip to Moab to drive the most iconic off-road trails.. This fall, we finally made it happen and are working @landroverusa documenting the experience.. It turns out that five days won’t be enough, the amount of exploration here is near infinite…
January 9th, 1969 (Twickenham Film Studios, London): As everyone waits for John and George to arrive, Ringo, Mal, and director Michael-Lindsay Hogg listen as Paul tries to figure out the lyrics for the second verse of ‘The Long And Winding Road’. (Note: Mal’s reference to The Wizard of Oz reminds me of this interview he did in 1975 about him and Paul crying over John’s “I want a divorce” declarative.)
PAUL: See I was thinking of having another – like the weather obstacle.
MICHAEL: It’s beautiful. What’s it called?
PAUL: ‘The Long And Winding Road’. [tries playing; falters] The only trouble is I always think of the… The storm clouds and the rain / Break up over the winding road… [trails off]
PAUL: I suppose it should still be about this sort of winding road. I’ve just got that picture – just the winding road that leads to your door, it will never disappear, I’ve seen that road before, it’ll always lead me here, lead me to your door. [audio feedback] Oh no!
RINGO: [laughs] It’s a start.
MAL: What you’re talking is sort of like The Wizard of Oz. Did you ever see The Wizard of Oz?
PAUL: No no no, I didn’t, but I’ve—
MAL: ‘The Yellow Brick Road’?
PAUL: Yeah. I know.
MAL: ‘The Long And Winding Road’.
MICHAEL: It’s great.
PAUL: You see, it’s also something… [starts playing again]
MAL: It’s got that feel about it, you know? [inaudible] —so [Dorothy] gets back to, back to the boys— [inaudible] —and she’s never going to see them again.
MICHAEL: Yeah, yeah, exactly.
MAL: It’s a terrible feeling.
MICHAEL: Heartbreaker, yeah. It’s great.
MAL: It made me cry.
PAUL: It could be like the thing that’s up ahead. The thing that’s up ahead / At the end of the road…
MAL: Like, how about like the obstacles on the road, that you’re going over?
PAUL: No, but I think the obstacles – eh, you know. I have enough obstacles without putting them in the song. [laughs]
MICHAEL: How’s it going to end? Is it going to end happily, or just – not sure yet? Is that the end?
PAUL: No, it should end something like this. But still they lead me back / To the long and winding road / You left me waiting here / A long long time ago / Don’t leave me standing here / Lead me to your door…
Recently had a trip to Ardbeg, a small logging town just North-East of Parry Sound. It was a fun weekend of trails, adventuring through nature and taking in the beauty, and good food and drinks with friends around the fire.
More posts like this have been queued far up ahead, so stay tuned. Especially you Ranger enthusiasts!
/// Sometimes four wheels do move the soul - This past weekend we took a break from two wheels as we set out to traverse the entirety of the Rubicon Trail. After traveling 3000+ miles from the East Coast to the West, in a Cummins powered F-250 nonetheless, we met up with my brother @iamtaylorcorbett and headed down to the infamous Rubicon Trail in his far-from-stock Bronco II. Miles from modern amenities in some of the roughest terrain around, there are no safety nets, no cell-service, no mechanics or tow trucks, its up to you to make it through. This is no fire road trail, it’s unmaintained with 6-8 foot rock ledges, miles of rock gardens, acres of granite rock slab, and river-crossings. It is the most famous off-road trail in the world but don’t expect your mall crawler to make the trip, you’ll at least need lockers, 35″+ tires, and a winch.
Jeep Hurricane Concept, 2005. A twin-engined prototype with 4-wheel steering and 37inch tyre for extreme off-road situations. One feature of the Hurricane’s engine system is the ability to use different sets of cylinders for different driving conditions. Each engine contains eight cylinders, but the multi-displacement system can use all, half, or none of the cylinders of each engine. For example, all sixteen cylinders can be utilized for rough terrain, twelve can be used for charging along off-road trails, eight can be used for city driving, and four can be used for highway conditions. This feature can be manipulated manually or done automatically
This is sort of a follow-up to my previous post— to give additional details about the off-road trails I explore in Colorado.
Almost all of the trails I traverse are located in southwest Colorado (a bit north of Durango, around the towns of Ouray, Telluride and Silverton). These trails originated over 120 years ago as mining roads, traveled by pack mules and horse-drawn wagons. Consequently, they’re quite narrow, a bit dangerous, and entirely exciting.
There’s many ghost towns, abandoned mines, and relics to explore, and the raw, rugged beauty of the San Juan Mountains (part of the Rocky Mountains) definitely makes this one of my absolute favorite places in the world.