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"Grand Theft Auto Online": Solo Missions A–B

"GTA Online" helped get me through a hard part of my life. When you spend THAT much time with a game, you can't help but write about it.

Go solo with this "GTA Online" guide!

Go solo with this "GTA Online" guide!

Sometimes, it's hard to find a friend, and sometimes, it's hard to wait for one. That's why I've created this guide to help you complete the missions from GTA Online, solo-style. Some missions will get removed or added back from update to update.

To better navigate this guide, please refer to the table of contents to help navigate the article more easily. I have mentioned which missions are no longer available in the table of contents.

Please note that missions are not the same on old-gen and new-gen/PC systems. The video walkthroughs included were recorded using an Xbox One, but can still be applied to all new-gen systems. On that note, most of the written walkthroughs were written using the Xbox 360 of the game.

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A Boat in the Bay

  • Given By: Ron
  • Rank Unlocked: 40
  • Possible Pay: (after patch 1.16) $18,360
  • Weapon(s) Recommended: Sniper Rifle, Assault Rifle, Grenades, Minigun
  • Personal Vehicle Recommended: Any
  • Best Place to Launch Mission: Beeker's Garage in Paleto Bay

Steal the Boat

Drive to the beach at the northern tip of San Andreas. Park your vehicle up near the trash can and bench at the end of the path. Take cover behind it and snipe the enemies near the crate and Granger below. Alternatively, you can toss a Grenade down there. More gunmen will run up the beach once you start shooting, so kill them too. Once the gunmen stop running up the beach, go to the other end of the park bench (left end) and shoot the enemies on that side of the beach. Some will take cover behind the Granger. Shoot them in the feet, and then again when they're down if you can't score a headshot on them through the windows. Once enemies stop respawning, head down to the beach toward the Granger near the boat. Equip your assault rifle and kill the enemies around the corner to the right of the cliff. Take cover behind a Granger or one of the rocks on the beach. Grenades are useful for killing the ones that crowd around the parked Grangers. Once they are all dead, eat some Snacks, and put on a new set of Armor before getting into the boat.

Deliver the Boat to the Jetty

Get in the boat and drive forward along the coast. Be careful to avoid rocks and reefs. A helicopter will be coming after you but won't show up until you get to the bridge, on the left, at Ranton Canyon. Stop the boat completely before pressing Y/Triangle, or else you will dive out into the water. Equip your Minigun and spray the helicopter, aiming for the cockpit. You may also get attacked by men in boats—this seems to be either random or glitched. Either way, use your Minigun on them too. Take the boat up Cassidy Creek, and go easy around the bends to avoid beaching. Gunmen in SUVs will shoot and chase you from the dirt roads at either end of the creek. Ignore them, including the ones that park on the bridge before the waterfall. When you get to the waterfall, go up the current on the left side (see picture) to reach the Alamo Sea. Once you get there, you're home free. Slow down before you reach the yellow marker. It's one thing to deliver the boat, but you don't want to wreck it at the end.

Note: At Rank 40, you have everything you need but a Minigun. A light machine gun is great for taking down a helicopter, but you don't unlock your first one until Rank 50. If you have the Valentine's Day Massacre DLC, you can buy the Gusenberg Street Sweeper at any Rank. This is a good enough anti-aircraft weapon but has more spread and not as great a range as other light machine guns.

Video Walkthrough

This fence at the South-West entrance can be knocked down with a vehicle easily. (NOTE: This fence does not break as easily in the next gen version.)

This fence at the South-West entrance can be knocked down with a vehicle easily. (NOTE: This fence does not break as easily in the next gen version.)

A Titan of a Job

  • Given By: Lester
  • Rank Unlocked: 24
  • Possible Pay: $13,610 (after patch 1.29) $11,660 (after patch 1.30)
  • Weapon(s) Recommended: Sniper Rifle, Assault Rifle
  • Personal Vehicle Recommended: Any
  • Best Place to Launch Mission: Near the Airport
  • Rank Recommended: If you are Rank 24, you can pull off this mission. By this point, you have a Sniper Rifle and access to the Special Carbine with the Business Update DLC, or Bullpup Rifle from the High Life DLC. The Sniper Rifle is the most basic, but it will get the job done in this walkthrough.

Steal the Titan

Drive to the Airport. You can enter the runway any number of ways; the ramp at the east entrance, the weak fence at the west end from the road (along the beach) leading from Los Santos Customs, or the weak piece of fence on the right side of the west entrance (see picture). Once inside the airport, drive toward the designated hanger and stop a good distance away.

Get out of your car, take cover, and pull out your sniper rifle. DO NOT use explosives, because you run the risk of blowing up the Titan and failing the mission. Pick off as many of the Merryweather guards as you can. Some of them will advance on your position with pistols. Take out closer enemies first, then the rest that take cover inside the hangar. Once you have cleared enough of them out, get back in your car and drive into the hanger, stick to the left side. Equip an assault rifle and fight any guards inside the hanger—but beware of the mercenaries on the catwalks above and the ones that spawn in the back of the hanger behind the semi-truck. If you get shot up, make sure to take cover and use some Snacks. Move the semi-truck and trailer out of the way and enter the Titan.

Deliver the Titan to Sandy Shores Airfield

Once in the Titan, gently taxi out of the hanger and fly off heading north. You can ignore the Merryweather troops that respond in vehicles, as they’re no threat to you once you gain altitude. Press in on the Left Stick to retract the landing gear; this will help you fly faster. When you approach the Sandy Shores Airfield, drop the landing gear, and make an approach from the far end of the runway. Reduce altitude and speed as you come in for the landing, and you should touchdown perfectly near the yellow marker.

Note: For some reason, the fence at the right side entrance (see screenshot) cannot be knocked down in the next-gen version. Consider using the Stunt Jump at the left entrance. It also appears to have a lot more enemy spawns.

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All in the Game

  • Given By: Simeon
  • Rank Unlocked: 10
  • Possible Pay: $6,980 (after patch 1.28) $4,650 (after patch 1.30)
  • Weapon(s) Recommended: SMG/Combat PDW
  • Personal Vehicle Recommended: Any
  • Best Place to Launch Mission: Grove Street near Franklin’s Personal Garage in Single Player

Repo the Baller

Drive to the location of the Baller and shoot all of the gang members in the immediate area. There are two* by the Baller and one guarding the parking lot. Once you shoot these two, others in the immediate area will attack you. Shoot them, and don’t forget to pick up any money they drop. Get into the Baller.

Deliver the Baller to the Dealership

Once you get in the Baller gang, members will respond to the area in Ballers of their own. There’s about six of them with two gang members each. They’re easy to ditch if you want to just drive off, but holding your ground and fighting them could get you extra cash and allow you to take your time. Either way, take the Baller to the dealership and park it in the marker.

Note: If you are Rank 10 at this point, the Micro SMG, with Extended Magazine, is more than enough to handle the Ballas gang members. If you wait for one more Rank, you can use the SMG as described in the walkthrough, though. Keep in good cover behind your Personal Vehicle, and you’ll be fine.)

* As of Patch1.29, there doesn't seem to be any nearby gang members that become aggro once you attack the guys guarding the Baller. There are also three Ballas instead of two guarding it.

Video Walkthrough

You can use this landmass to enter the base easily, aim for between these two bushes to clear the fence. The next-gen version has more foliage making the "land ramp" in the first screenshot harder to spot (as seen in the video walkthrough).

You can use this landmass to enter the base easily, aim for between these two bushes to clear the fence. The next-gen version has more foliage making the "land ramp" in the first screenshot harder to spot (as seen in the video walkthrough).

American Exports

  • Given By: Lester
  • Rank Unlocked: 65
  • Possible Pay: $19,710 (after patch 1.16)
  • Weapon(s) Recommended: Assault Rifle, Grenades, Minigun/light machine gun/RPG
  • Personal Vehicle Recommended: Something fast or a plane depending on where you spawn
  • Best Place to Launch Mission: The Ammunation near the Fort Zancudo Military Base
  • Rank Recommended: At Rank 65, you should already have an MG (PKM) with a Scope and Extended Magazine. With this weapon, you can shoot down the helicopter that comes after you once you collect the Container.

Acquire a Cargobob

Head to Fort Zancudo. If you are in a plane, entering the fort isn't a hard feat. Just jump out and parachute down to the parking lot at the east end of the fort (near the gate). If you're in a car, drive across the bridge and make a right at the end onto the dirt road. Make an immediate left and then look left at the ridge (see picture). There is a "land ramp" you can drive over that will get you into the fort. Make sure you have enough speed to clear the fences, so that your vehicle lands inside the fort, and you can drive up the road and into the parking lot on the left. In this lot, at the south end, are two Cargobob helicopters. Jump in one and fly off.

Note: If you were one of the lucky few to get a Cargobob from Warstock.com before it was patched, it wouldn't count as an "acquired Cargobob." However, if at any time you wreck the one taken from the base, you can call Pegasus and order yours. If you don't have a personal Cargobob, the mission provides two at the base, although stealing the second will require you to go through the whole process of losing the police again.

Lose the Cops

Entering the fort's parking lot gave you a four-star wanted level. Fly as high up as you can, while also heading south toward the Airport. The higher you are in the air, the less you need to worry about cop cars on the ground, spotting you. Just try to avoid the police helicopter cones of vision, or your wanted level will reset, and losing the cops will take longer. Also, once they lose sight of you, do the mask trick to lose one of your Wanted Stars. This will make it slightly easier. Since this is a Lester mission, you can't call him to help.

Go to the Compound

Once you have lost the police, fly south to the Los Santos International Airport. Land the Cargobob just outside of the Compound and equip an assault rifle.

Collect the Container

Shoot the guards in the courtyard around the Container. One of them has an RPG Launcher and will try to shoot you down if you were to just fly in and pick up the Container. It's best to engage and clear them out on the ground. If you have to, use a Grenade or Sticky Bomb on the fence to create a shortcut into the yard. Just be careful of your explosives around the Container. Once all enemies are dead, get back in your Cargobob, and collect the Container.

Deliver the Container to Lester's Warehouse

Fly away from the Compound and gently place the Container somewhere on the runway, then land your Cargobob. Equip a light machine gun, Minigun, or RPG and take out the helicopter that responds after you picked up the Container. Now re-enter the Cargobob, pick up the Container, and fly to Lester's Warehouse. The Container will cause the Cargobob to sway a bit once you stop for a landing. You can easily get control of the aircraft but make sure to do it at a high enough altitude away from the warehouses to avoid damaging the Container. Slowly descend over the yellow corona. You won't have to press Right on the D-pad to drop the Container into it; the game does it for you.

Note: This mission can be a pain in the ass—not a big one, but still a pain. Don't feel bad about bringing a friend along to help you with this one. If one of you gets in the Buzzard Attack Chopper, they can run interference while the other flies away in the Cargobob. Later that Buzzard pilot can take out the enemy helicopter that responds after collecting the Container.

Video Walkthrough

Artificial Scarcity

Added with the High Life DLC

  • Given By: Martin
  • Rank Unlocked: 19
  • Possible Pay: $9,570 (after patch 1.30)
  • Weapon(s) Recommended: Sticky Bombs, RPG or Grenade Launcher, Assault Rifle
  • Personal Vehicle Recommended: Any
  • Best Place to Launch Mission: The Los Santos Customs in La Mesa
  • Rank Recommended: At Rank 19, you have access to Sticky Bombs to take out those first two trucks, but having a Grenade Launcher makes the strategy possible. I recommend waiting until Rank 60 to have that weapon unlocked. You could take this mission on at Rank 24 when you unlock the Assault Rifle (or sooner after the Business and High Life Updates), but it would require you to go into the factory yard. You can still Sticky Bomb the first two trucks like in the walkthrough. Make sure to block the front entrance with a vehicle to hold off the one truck from escaping. From good cover, take out every goon you can before entering the yard to destroy the remaining trucks.

Go to the Maibatsu Factory

From wherever you spawn drive to the Maibatsu Factory and equip your Sticky Bombs.

Destroy the Trucks

Once you reach the Maibatsu Factory you’ll see that two trucks have already left the grounds and are in transit. Throw a Sticky Bomb onto these two, BUT DO NOT DETONATE THEM. Make a left onto Vespucci Blvd (the street with the Ammunation), then make a left at the intersection at the top of the hill, then a left onto the bridge at the next intersection (see picture). Exit your car and pull out your RPG or Grenade Launcher (remember to arch your shots with the Grenade Launcher). You can blow up most of the trucks from up here. Also, one of them will try to drive off during your initial attack, so make sure to not let that one escape.

Now you can press Right on the D-pad and detonate your two Sticky Bombs. Equip an assault rifle and gun down any enemies you see. Keep an eye on the hill to the left (see picture) because enemies will funnel up this hill, and you can gun them down easily. Some will even get up onto the bridge, and others will go up the hill on the other end and flank you. Once the main force of gunmen are taken care of, re-equip your RPG or Grenade Launcher and run to that hill in the second screenshot. From here, you can take out the final truck.

Note: You can end this mission as soon as possible by ignoring the gunmen and blowing up the final truck. However, you might not make as much money, since it’s based on time, and you might get shot to pieces trying.

Video Walkthrough

ATV Steal

  • Given By: Simeon
  • Rank Unlocked: 25
  • Possible Pay: $17,550 (after patch 1.16)
  • Weapon(s) Recommended: AP Pistol, Assault Rifle, Sawn-off Shotgun
  • Personal Vehicle Recommended: Something large like a Pick-Up or SUV, then a Motorcycle.
  • Best Place to Launch Mission: The Sawmill at Mount Chilliad

Go to the Race Location

Get in your personal vehicle and drive to the race location; once there, straighten up your car on the dirt road that leads up the mountain.

Steal the ATVs

The racers will appear over the hill on the dirt road that leads up Mount Chilliad. Speed forward as fast as you can and try to ram the racers off of their ATVs. You should be able to get three of them while one will get past. For the racers that get dismounted, either shoot them from behind the wheel with an AP Pistol or get out and shoot them with an assault rifle.

You need to do this quickly, or they will get back on their ATVs and speed off. If that happens, you will have to chase them down, and this mission will become much longer than it already is. If any do get away, leave the now unoccupied ATVs alone and chase after the moving ones immediately. You might want to use one of the free ATVs since (if you followed my advice) you brought a large slow vehicle to then ram the racers off of their ATVs. As long as you have a Micro SMG, and you should at this point, then you’re good. You should definitely have a Sandking XL, though. It’s helpful for knocking the racers off their ATVs for the kill.

If you have to put up a chase, get away from your Personal Vehicle, and call the Mechanic. Have him bring you a motorcycle, then give chase. Use a Sawn-Off Shotgun to kill fleeing racers while on a motorcycle.

Deliver the ATVs to Paleto Cove

Once all of the racers are dead and the ATVs stop moving, deliver them to Paleto Cove. There are two Sanchez’s parked at the Cove that you can use to drive back to stationary ATVs or hold the Back/Select button and Request Personal Vehicle. Either way, go collect the other three ATVs, and the mission will be complete.

Note: This Mission was designed for more than one player in mind. You don't need to bring a whole crew with you, but if you like, bring a friend along to help with the ATV collecting. This is not a hard Mission to perform Solo, but it can be tedious.

The racers will come down that lighter dirt path.

The racers will come down that lighter dirt path.

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Ballas to the Wall

  • Given By: Lamar
  • Rank Unlocked: 5
  • Possible Pay: $3,810 (after patch 1.16) $4,580 (after patch 1.30)
  • Weapon(s) Recommended: None
  • Personal Vehicle Recommended: Any
  • Best Place to Launch Mission: Vagos territory, the parking lot where you can find gang cars

Repo the Schafter

Drive to the Schafter and get in, ignoring the nearby gang member.

Deliver the Schafter to the Dealership

Don’t bother engaging the neighborhood of pissed off gang members; just drive toward the Dealership. A Baller will chase after you. If you want, you can get out and fight them, but you don’t have to. You are driving a Schafter, which is a pretty good car, so you can outrun them. Drive to the Dealership and park it in the marker.

Note: All you really need is quick reactions while driving. This is pretty much doable at any Rank Solo.

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Base Invaders

  • Given By: Ron
  • Rank Unlocked: 27
  • Possible Pay: $19,620 (after patch 1.16) $17,660 (after patch 1.30)
  • Weapon(s) Recommended: Sticky Bombs, RPG, Heavy Sniper, shotgun, Light Machine Gun
  • Personal Vehicle Recommended: Any
  • Best Place to Launch Mission: Sandy Shores Airfield

Get in Ron’s Plane

Get inside the Velum and fly toward Fort Zancudo. If Ron’s Plane gets destroyed, the Mission will instantly fail.

Destroy the Lazers

Land Ron’s Plane on the main runway and taxi it over to the red dot at the far end of the base. Get out and throw a Sticky Bomb on it. Then get back in Ron’s Plane and taxi back down the runway toward the large hanger at the other end of the base (see first picture). Climb the long ladder (second picture) on the right all the way to the top. Equip your RPG and shoot the two Lazers parked in the distance. Then set off the Sticky Bomb you set earlier on the first Lazer.

Steal the Cargobob

Equip your Heavy Sniper and shoot the soldiers in the distance that should be running toward your position by now. Soldiers will constantly spawn in twos, but there is a larger group with these two that you should thin out before moving from the hangar roof. Any soldiers that get past you will climb up the ladder that you did. Equip a shotgun and shoot them as they get to the top. When this initial group of soldiers (sans the two that respawn) are dealt with, go to the ladder at the opposite end of the hanger and climb down. Run along the hangars and warehouses on the right as you advance toward the hanger with the Cargobob. Take cover in the alcove on the side of this hanger (see third picture) and take out the soldiers with a light machine gun. Keep in mind that a few soldiers will spawn constantly, so just concentrate on taking out the others in the area to create some breathing room. Also, remember to use Snacks to heal and throw on new Armor. Reload and go to the hanger, strafe to the left using, the hangar door as cover, and kill the soldiers on the upper floor catwalk. When the area is clear, run to the Cargobob and get in.

Deliver the Cargobob to Sandy Shores Airfield

Gently fly the Cargobob out of the hanger, don’t worry about getting shot at by the couple of soldiers that are still alive. Once out of the hanger make your way to Sandy Shores Airfield and land on the Helipad to complete the mission.

Note: The above walkthrough is not possible without an RPG; it has a long-range which works from up on the roof of the hanger. You don’t unlock the RPG until Rank 100. You could do a drive-by Sticky Bomb strategy but should be at least Rank 55 in order to have an MG with an Extended Magazine for the soldiers.

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Blow Up

  • Given By: Simeon
  • Rank Unlocked: 12
  • Possible Pay: $13,100 (after patch 1.16) $9,360 (after patch 1.30)
  • Weapon(s) Recommended: Any, but a Grenade is helpful.
  • Personal Vehicle Recommended: Something fast
  • Best Place to Launch Mission: The Convenience Store near Grove Street

Go to the Rival Dealership

Drive to the rival dealership and park your Personal Vehicle away from the cars near the ladder.

Destroy the Cars

Get in the Minivan and park it close to the other cars in the horseshoe-shaped parking lot set-up. Then do the same with the Patriot and pickup truck. Once all of the cars are bundled together, either toss a grenade into the mix or shoot the engine of one of the vehicles until it catches fire. Whichever you choose to jump into your car while you wait for the explosion.

Lose the Cops

Drive toward one of the train tracks in the area and follow it toward a tunnel. Cops won’t follow you into the train tunnels. Alternatively, you could call Lester and select Remove Wanted Level. You can also hide in one of the alleys in the area. It’s up to you.

Go to the Dealership

Once you have lost your two-star wanted level, drive to Simeon’s dealership and park in the yellow marker.

Note: If you wait until Rank 15, you could use a Grenade for this mission.

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Blow Up II

  • Given By: Simeon
  • Rank Unlocked: 20
  • Possible Pay: $9,600 (after patch 1.16) $7,200 (after patch 1.30)
  • Weapon(s) Recommended: Any, but a Grenade is helpful.
  • Personal Vehicle Recommended: Any
  • Best Place to Launch Mission: Convenience Store in Downtown Vinewood

Go to the Parking Lot

Drive to the parking lot and park your Personal Vehicle away from the other cars. You’ll get a text message from Simeon asking to spare the Banshee.

Destroy the Cars

Like with Blow Up, park all of the cars together tightly, except for the Banshee, which you should park at the entrance of the parking lot facing the street. Once the other cars are bunched together, either throw a Grenade or shoot one of the engines until one of them catches fire.

Get in the Banshee

As you wait for the ensuing explosion, jump in the Banshee and drive out of the parking lot.

Lose the Cops

You will get a three-star Wanted Level. Drive into the "T" alley down the street from the parking lot. The one behind the Pacific Standard Bank (see picture). The police helicopters can’t see down, and the cop cars (if they didn’t see you enter) will drive past you. Alternatively, you could call Lester and select Remove Wanted Level.

Deliver the Banshee to the Dealership

Drive the Banshee to the dealership and park it in the yellow marker.

Note: By the time you unlock this mission, you have Grenades. If you wait one Rank longer, Lester will give you the “Remove Wanted Level” ability.

This alley is narrow enough to protect you from the vision of police helicopters and cruisers will pass you by if you don't draw attention.

This alley is narrow enough to protect you from the vision of police helicopters and cruisers will pass you by if you don't draw attention.

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Blow Up III

  • Given By: Simeon
  • Rank Unlocked: 31
  • Possible Pay: $9,930 (after patch 1.16) $7,450 (after patch 1.30)
  • Weapon(s) Recommended: Grenades, or Grenade Launcher and Assault Rifle
  • Personal Vehicle Recommended: Anything you prefer, but I would say something fast
  • Best Place to Launch Mission: Simeon’s Warehouse down at the Docks

Destroy the Vehicles

Climb to the top of the crane (see picture) and equip Grenades (either thrown or with the Launcher). Destroy the vehicles parked down below. It will probably take three or four of them. If you did not blow up all of the gunmen from here, in the barrage, shoot them with an assault rifle.

Go to the Dealership

Climb down off the crane and either blow up, or shoot the occupants of, the two SUVs that respond to the scene. Once those enemies are taken care of, collect any cash that was dropped, and then drive to the dealership. Stop in the yellow marker.

Note: Using the Grenade Launcher’s more fun, but you could use standard Grenades at this point. The Special Carbine or Bullpup Rifle is good enough to take out enemies at your current Rank.

Video Walkthrough

The prison bus will drive through this tunnel. Be ready with your Sniper Rifle, it will be in the left (your right) lane.

The prison bus will drive through this tunnel. Be ready with your Sniper Rifle, it will be in the left (your right) lane.

Bust Out

  • Given By: Lester
  • Rank Unlocked: 55
  • Possible Pay: $14,910 (after patch 1.28) $12,780 (after patch 1.30)
  • Weapon(s) Recommended: Sniper Rifle and AP Pistol, or Micro SMG
  • Personal Vehicle Recommended: Something fast
  • Best Place to Launch Mission: On the highway near Grapeseed
  • Rank Recommend: You have pretty much everything you need at Rank 55 to do this mission solo.

Rescue Gustavo

Drive up the wrong end of the highway and face your car in the opposite direction (I guess the correct direction, considering I just told you to drive up the wrong side of the highway). Get out of your car and aim toward the left highway tunnel exit (see picture). Equip your Sniper Rifle and aim for the driver seat of the Prison Bus. If you were able to kill the driver with a headshot, everything should be going fine. If not, chase after the Prison Bus and shoot the driver from behind the wheel. Once the bus comes to a stop, Gustavo will get in your vehicle.

Lose the Cops

You will have a three-star Wanted Level. Since this is a Lester mission, you can’t call him to have it removed. Put on a mask, when you are out of their sight, and go to the train tracks near the highway (the grey line on the mini-map). Follow the tracks heading south. If you’re in a fast car, going this route should help you avoid the police and police helicopters if you did not knock your Wanted Level down to two-stars by doing the mask trick. Also, when you see a police car’s cone of vision coming, stop behind certain points along the train tracks, like a large bolder, and the cops will drive right past you. Keep this up, while driving south, until the Wanted Level goes away.

Escort Gustavo to Lester’s Warehouse

Once you lose the Wanted Level, it’s just a matter of driving to Lester’s Warehouse. If you took my advice and made your way south while Losing The Cops, it shouldn’t be as long of a drive.

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Comments

Jaz Durham on October 26, 2014:

Very helpful and very well put together.