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Getting in a rig with your brother and driving from AK to Chile ain't always pretty. This newest installment of John and Eric Jackson's "Brothers On The Run" underscores the challenges inherent in such a journey and delves a little deeper into what it means to be a Jackson bro.
Aside from some volcano shredding with Jeremy Jones that got squeezed out of the last episode, we get to visit the homestead in Crowley Lake, Calif., near Mammoth, to hang with mom and the dogs. There's some wake skating with pipe master Tommy Czeschin -- who's no slouch behind a boat -- and some cliff jumps. Musical expression weaves its way in, too, and, as always, you're left with a vague wish you were born a Jackson sibling.
The road to LA from the Mammoth region is always a long one, but a production of this calibre involves some pretty gnarly logistics and the crew gets "eddied out" in LA for 11 days as they attempt to make the move into Mexico and Central America a smooth one.
"It was supposed to be two days," laughs Clark Fyans, Lead Guide and Field Producer on BOTR. But the crew knows that, once they cross that border, logistics choices that would have been simple button clicks in the U.S. become serious missions.
Another cool, cultural tidbit that gains traction in this Cali episode involves Jax Union & Brothers For Hope, a not-for-profit jewelry venture. John drew a coin, inspired by this trip, and it'll be manufactured in pure silver to raise funds for an orphanage in Nicaragua -- one that the brothers are planning on traveling to and spending some time at as they make their way down south.
Check out Episode 7 above and wait until things get really real in Mexico in Episode 8 two weeks from now.