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The 2019 Roco 4x4 Adventure took us from Las Vegas, NV to Lake Tahoe, CA. Along the way we hit some of the top destinations for offroad enthusiasts. The photos we have do not do this adventure justice.

Day 1

Day one of the trip went from 0 – 100 real quick when Carlos surprised us with the plan to go skydiving. Due to the lack of time to mentally prep, everyone was feeling a little anxious, but all in all everyone really loved that the event kicked off that way. Quickly following our rapid descent from 13k feet, we rushed next door to the “Off-Road Hall of Fame” where we received a private tour of some really cool history. From there, we made our way north of town to a state preserve called, “Big Dune”. You never would have guessed that in the mist of all these rocks and mountains would be this adult size sandbox. After spending some time there we continued our journey north to “Leadfield Ghost Town” which is accessed by traveling through “Titus Canyon”. We finally ended day one at another ghost town called “Cerro Gordo” where we were surprisingly welcomed with 34 degree temperatures and 20 plus mph winds.

Day 2

Day two started out just as cold as the night before, and also with the need to swap the passenger front tire on our JLU for the spare due to it receiving a nail in the sidewall sometime the day before. the BDS JLU wasn’t the only one to suffer a wound from the day before, as a couple of the other Jeeps had issues with either cracked oil pressure sensors or failed differentials. Once everyone was mechanically sound again we spent the majority of this day gathering supplies and making the long drive to Topaz Lake where we stayed for the night.

Day 3

Day three began our trek around Lake Tahoe, where we finally reached the destination we had all been looking forward to, “The Rubicon Trail”. The Rubicon is arguably the most famous trail in the world; Jeep even named a trim level of the Wrangler after it for goodness sake. After hearing all the stories of how challenging it is to make it from one side of the park to the other, you can’t help but feel a bit of anxiety when entering this trail for the first time, but shortly after doing so it’s sheer beauty just takes over your mind and all nervousness you may have had is like it never existed. With everyone wanting to have the time to take in every inch of this surreal setting, it was thought that it would be best if we took 2 days to complete the 22 miles of trail and spend one night camping by “Buck Island Lake”.

Day 4

Day four’s primary focus was that we complete the remaining miles left as efficiently as possible, in the hopes of making our way out of the park before the 300 plus expected Toyota enthusiast and their rigs over took the trails. Marlin Crawler was hosting an event that weekend and as much as we would have loved to see all the different Toyotas, the congestion on the trail would not be good. On our way up Cadillac Hill we actually got in a bit of a bind when a group of Toyotas met us head on caused a bit of a traffic jam. After a bit of time getting their rigs located in certain positions, we were able to make a path wide enough that would allow all 9 of us to pass and continue moving up the trail. The real MVP in that situation though was our very own, Miles Henderson, as he was quick to jump into action and walk the trail almost all the way out to the entrance letting everyone know to make room for all of us coming up.

Day 5

Day five was our last and final to go wheeling as a group. We all met in the parking lot of a hotel in Reno, NV. From there we headed north of town to a recreation area called “Moon Rocks”. As much of the trails we have experienced during this trip, this particular location is truly one is in Harry Wagner’s backyard. When you first pull up to this location you don’t think much of it in regards to being a place you could spend much time wheeling at. It just looks like some simple rock formations surrounded by a bunch of dirt. Well it didn’t take long to realize that this place is no joke, and has some real technical lines that if not followed properly could result in major damage real quick. With the guided assistance of Harry and his 2 comrades everyone was able to accomplish the majority of the difficult obstacles on site without any vehicle damage.

We were all thankful to be able to end this trip with neither any major vehicle damage or bodily injuries, and we could all sit down together that evening for one last dinner to discuss the close calls we had during the week – that was usually replied back to with “but did you die???” It’s those simple moments, along with the bonds made, that cause you to put an almost priceless value on an event such as this.

 

Several months back the team at Roco 4×4 out of Miami, FL proposed an offroad adventure of epic proportion. Known as RAW2018 (Roco 4×4 Adventure Weekend 2018) this week long offroad adventure would put drivers and machines to the test navigating a mix of muddy, rocky terrain through dense jungles and even urban cities. What’s more, it would be on foreign soil in the Central American country of Honduras where spare parts and repairs would be difficult (if not impossible) to figure out. Being most of the vehicles are US based they would need to be loaded into containers and floated down to Honduras by ship. The participants would then fly down to go on the adventure.

Fast forward a few months just wrapped up in November 2018 with a group comprised of Roco 4×4 staff, customers and vendors in attendance. Among them participants was yours truly, BDS Suspension, who helped sponsored the event and ride along with the group throughout the Honduras adventure. Its true what they say, pictures and videos don’t do this place justice. It was an amazing opportunity on this epic offroad adventure filled with good people and great companies. A huge thanks to Roco 4×4 for organizing this trip and giving BDS the opportunity to participate. Follow along with some of the video coverage from the event and stay tuned for a full recap video to come out soon.

-BDS Brad @bdsbrad

After a year of preparations, a world-wide team of professionals and enthusiasts have arrived in Honduras to see the beauty, and tackle the terrain. #raw2018 has begun! #roco4x4 thanks to our partners :@fox @jksmfg @bdssuspensions @sprintex_superchargers @rigidindustries @racelinewheels @miamicarga @marcahonduras @monsterenergy @yukongearandaxle @blindaje_inteligente @spiderwebshade @bfgoodrichtires @warnindustries @smgraphics @proline4wdequipment @aevconversions @benchmadeknifecompany @islogistics@arb4x4 @alpineusa@visithonduras

Posted by Roco 4×4 on Sunday, November 18, 2018

We left the concrete jungle in San Pedro Sula to cross an old-school suspension bridge as we entered the mountains we took the road less traveled and kept pushing the rigs to the limit! #HondurasIsBeautiful#RAW2018#Roco4x4 thanks to our partners:FOX JKS Manufacturing BDS Suspension Sprintex USA Rigid Industries – LED Lighting Raceline Wheels Miami Carga Marca País Honduras Monster Energy Yukon Gear & Axle Smart Armor Honduras SpiderWebShade BFGoodrich Tires WARN SM GRAPHICS Proline 4wd equipment American Expedition Vehicles – AEV Benchmade Knife Company @islogisticsARB 4×4 Accessories Alpine Electronics of AmericaVisit Honduras@teamvero4x4

Posted by Roco 4×4 on Monday, November 26, 2018

The trek continued! After walking behind the Cataratas Pulhapanzak waterfall the rigs arrived to an unexpected challenge! A frame twisting rock garden and 6ft deep mud pits! With a guest appearance of a local chevy powered FJ40 nicknamed #ToyLet the drivers pushed the pedal to the metal for the ultimate prize of a limited edition raw2018 baseball cap. #RAW2018#roco4x4 thanks to our partners :Roco 4x4FOX JKS Manufacturing BDS Suspension Sprintex USA Rigid Industries – LED Lighting Raceline Wheels Miami Carga Marca País Honduras Monster Energy Yukon Gear & Axle Smart Armor Honduras SpiderWebShade BFGoodrich Tires WARN SM GRAPHICS Proline 4wd equipment American Expedition Vehicles – AEV Benchmade Knife Company @islogisticsARB 4×4 Accessories Alpine Electronics of AmericaVisit Honduras

Posted by Roco 4×4 on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Breakfast was served while cruising the Lago de Yojoa, imagine Lake Okeechobee surrounded by the Tennessee mountain range. By this point all the drivers are in love with Honduras so the next stop was extra special. We visited the "Angeles" school for disabled children and with the generous donations of each of the drivers the #RAW2018 group will be remembered for providing the funds necessary for very much needed school supplies. The expedition took us through the National Park of Santa Barbara and the Wildlife Refuge "Montaña de Puca" with a final destination of Gracias, Lempira.#RAW2018#roco4x4 thanks to our partners:Roco 4x4FOX JKS Manufacturing BDS Suspension Sprintex USA Rigid Industries – LED Lighting Raceline Wheels Miami Carga Marca País Honduras Monster Energy Yukon Gear & Axle Smart Armor Honduras SpiderWebShade BFGoodrich Tires WARN SM GRAPHICS Proline 4wd equipment American Expedition Vehicles – AEV Benchmade Knife Company @islogisticsARB 4×4 Accessories Alpine Electronics of AmericaVisit Honduras

Posted by Roco 4×4 on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Honduras has so much to offer that its so hard to pack it in the 1min instagram format! Our media team has been working hard to bring you the best clips of #RAW2018 but keep in mind we will be releasing in the coming months a fully narrated story of all the experiences lived by this amazing group of adrenaline junkies! Shown here is our exit of Gracias, Lempira through the back roads as we continued to explore the diverse landscape.#Raw2018 by #Roco4x4 wants to thank to our partners:Roco 4x4FOX JKS Manufacturing BDS Suspension Sprintex USA Rigid Industries – LED Lighting Raceline Wheels Miami Carga Marca País Honduras Monster Energy Yukon Gear & Axle Smart Armor Honduras SpiderWebShade BFGoodrich Tires WARN SM GRAPHICS Proline 4wd equipment American Expedition Vehicles – AEV Benchmade Knife Company @islogisticsARB 4×4 Accessories Alpine Electronics of AmericaVisit Honduras

Posted by Roco 4×4 on Thursday, November 29, 2018

Did you know: The stelae and sculptured decorations of the buildings of Copán are some of the very finest surviving art of ancient Mesoamerica. The #raw2018 group carried on with the adventure accross #Honduras learning about the Mayan ancestry followed by lunch at one of the main hubs for #sustainablecoffee Welchez Cafe. Enjoyed the #lunajaguar thermal waters and ended the day with a feastful #thanksgiving dinner: Turkey with a flare of Honduran gastronomy ?? #roco4x4 thanks to our partners :Roco 4x4FOX JKS Manufacturing BDS Suspension Sprintex USA Rigid Industries – LED Lighting Raceline Wheels Miami Carga Marca País Honduras Monster Energy Yukon Gear & Axle Smart Armor Honduras SpiderWebShade BFGoodrich Tires WARN SM GRAPHICS Proline 4wd equipment American Expedition Vehicles – AEV Benchmade Knife Company @islogisticsARB 4×4 Accessories Alpine Electronics of AmericaVisit Honduras

Posted by Roco 4×4 on Saturday, December 1, 2018

On a daily basis our minutes are consumed by mundane tasks! For a week #RAW2018 woke up with no idea what awaited in the next 24 hours… our eyes feasted on sunsets versus bright monitors or cellphone screens. Our ears muted our loud minds with deafning waterfull sounds, fresh mountain air gently reminded our lungs what pure oxygen feels like, our hands held freshly picked coffee beans and our tasted buds were immersed in local flavors. Day 7 was our last day behind the wheel, but Honduras still had much to offer! We jumped on a different kind of rigs and headed to #Roatan #Roco4x4adventure#roco4x4 thanks to our partners :Roco 4x4FOX JKS Manufacturing BDS Suspension Sprintex USA Rigid Industries – LED Lighting Raceline Wheels Miami Carga Marca País Honduras Monster Energy Yukon Gear & Axle Smart Armor Honduras SpiderWebShade BFGoodrich Tires WARN SM GRAPHICS Proline 4wd equipment American Expedition Vehicles – AEV Benchmade Knife Company @islogisticsARB 4×4 Accessories Alpine Electronics of AmericaVisit Honduras

Posted by Roco 4×4 on Thursday, December 6, 2018