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Old 10-27-2013, 08:56 PM   #91
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Great pics...Red!

Milkman you plan on doing any trail in CO on your way back?

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Old 10-27-2013, 10:59 PM   #92
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Red, looks like a fun trip and sounds like something we'd like to do. Great pics!

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Old 10-27-2013, 11:07 PM   #93
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It's amazing to me how everyday we run a different trail and we see a different side of Moab we haven't seen yet. Hurrah Pass was probably my favorite run so far even though it was the easiest. How a trail can be both easy and terrifying at the same time just makes it great. If any of you head out here you have to do this trail.

The top of Hurrah Pass:



We then continued on to Chicken Corners. Driving through the flat land after Hurrah we kept saying I wonder why it's called Chicken Corners until we reached it...haha.

On the way back we hiked up a trail and shot this. Standing there looking out over this scene with not another person in sight for miles really strikes home how beautiful it is out here.

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Thanks guys. Milkman, this is really turning out to be a great thread with all of the detailed planning then the trip its self with some great pics. Great job! Keep it coming.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:14 AM   #95
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Thanks for the info on tire pressure Sinister! We did not get to run Engineer or any other Colorado trails ot her than Medano due to snow. We talked to some locals and they said trails were closed since they had 2 ft of snow. Said come back in the summer.

Another beautiful Moab morning:

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+1 On the going back to Colorado in the summer, been going to Ouray the past 5 years in August, it is absolutely stunning!
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:28 PM   #96
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Utah will forever be known to me as the land of beautiful sights and terrifying heights. Coming from a state that guard rails a slight hump in the road, driving shelf roads with nothing but a 1000 ft drop a couple tire widths away is quite a shock.

Today was Potash Road and on to Shafers Switchbacks. Again another great easy drive with varied terrain and stunning views.

At the base of the switchbacks:



The amazing view from the top:

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Once at the top we visited Dead Horse Point. A short walk and our best view yet awaited us. The coolest thing about doing this last was we got to see today's trip as well as Hurrah and Chicken Corners. Pictures just do not do this view justice. Plan your trip and get out here to see this yourself!
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It really is impossible to capture how amazing those views are. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, if you own a wrangler, you owe it to yourself to get out to Moab, its a trip of a lifetime. Glad you had a great time and came out unscathed. I've always wanted to see Moab covered in snow, so hopefully I'll be out there over Christmas and New Years.
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Moab would be awesome in the snow. Can't wait for pics of that. Yesterday we rolled out of Moab since the wind/rain drove us into the Aarchview Inn. Archview campground turned into a dust bowl in 30+ mph winds.

We decided to head to Colorado and check out a few spots. We went over the what the locals call the John Brown Highway which connects Moab area to Gateway Colorado. I think the guide calls it the Castleton Trail.

It started out great with a stop at a movie museum and a picture with castle rock:

After getting on the highway we ran into some snow and ominous clouds:


Finally getting to the top and down the backside was pure mud and ruts, slickest stuff I've driven on. Going downhill in the switchbacks was interesting



And here's the Jeep caked in mud after we finally broke through the pass. We had to stop and use a bucket in a creek just to see out the side windows:



On the way into Whitewash, Colorado we ran into this in the middle of the road. A mule that wouldn't let me by, kept walking right in front of the Jeep:

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They stopped maintenance on that road on Oct 15 and it won't reopen until June 1st. The shape the road was in I think we may have been one of the last to clear that road this year.

It was getting dark so we found a cheap hotel in a town called Glenwood Springs. We googled what to do here and found this:





They believe Doc Holliday was buried in this cemetery and created this memorial.
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Awesome pics. The Doc Holiday thing is pretty cool.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:04 AM   #103
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We set out from Glenwood Springs in the morning and planned to head to Leadville to check out the mining museum. The Colorado weather had other ideas. While Independence Pass was open but the pic made me not want to try it:

So we stayed on 70 through the pass to Denver which was still a slippery beautiful drive. We were early so we decided to hit Golden, Colorado. We planned to tour the Coors plant but tours were closed when we got there so we went up Lookout Mountain to check out Buffalo Bill Cody's grave and museum. It's worth a stop, very well done and the view is spectacular.





Buffalo Bill's Grave



I even learned something interesting, Buffalo Bill lived in Rochester, NY for several years right near where I live.

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After the museum we made our way to Relocatedduckman's house to drop off the trailer.

He's got a great TJ and showed us some awesome pics of you Colorado wheelers on the trails. From the looks of it a dedicated Colorado trip is in order. Thanks for the help Chris!

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Back to the real world and my conference started today. I walk down to register and what is waiting in the middle of the entrance?

Polar Edition and man that blue is beautiful:





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Back to the real world and my conference started today. I walk down to register and what is waiting in the middle of the entrance? Polar Edition and man that blue is beautiful:
Other than the wife and kids, sucks coming back to the real world from these adventures huh?
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Did yall make it home alright? Just making sure yall are good! Hope you enjoyed your trip out west. Yall are always welcome over here!
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We made it home yesterday afternoon, drove straight through with just a quick 1 hr nap at a rest stop. Thanks again for all the help Chris!

We ended up trying I80 on the way back and other than the 40-50 mph winds across Nebraska and Iowa it was an easy trip back.

And your right Dave, hard coming back except for wife and kids although my wife is in Asia for two more weeks.
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So taking inventory of the Jeep now that it's been vacuumed out and washed. Everything I added was well used on the trip: tires, lift, lights, etc.

I now wish and recommend to others to take the advice and focus on some skid plates for underneath, only thing I wish I had.

Some rock rash on the front control arm and a nice dent in front crossmember (not sure how it missed that exhaust loop):





Some scrapes and dents in the transmission skid:



The gas tank skid took a good hit, is the pump similar to the TJ as my fuel gauge seems to be a bit off now.



And of course after 4500 miles a car throws up a rock and breaks my windshield:



But guess what hung in there for the whole trip, it was actually a joke to see if I crumpled it or ripped it off after every obstacle:

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We made it home yesterday afternoon, drove straight through with just a quick 1 hr nap at a rest stop. Thanks again for all the help Chris!

We ended up trying I80 on the way back and other than the 40-50 mph winds across Nebraska and Iowa it was an easy trip back.

And your right Dave, hard coming back except for wife and kids although my wife is in Asia for two more weeks.
The first time I made a trip like this I decided to try the I80 on the way home. It sucked. I do I70 back and forth now.
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So taking inventory of the Jeep now that it's been vacuumed out and washed. Everything I added was well used on the trip: tires, lift, lights, etc.

I now wish and recommend to others to take the advice and focus on some skid plates for underneath, only thing I wish I had.

Some rock rash on the front control arm and a nice dent in front crossmember (not sure how it missed that exhaust loop):





Some scrapes and dents in the transmission skid:



The gas tank skid took a good hit, is the pump similar to the TJ as my fuel gauge seems to be a bit off now.



And of course after 4500 miles a car throws up a rock and breaks my windshield:



But guess what hung in there for the whole trip, it was actually a joke to see if I crumpled it or ripped it off after every obstacle:

Get the EVO skids for your next trip. Love mine. Gas tank skid seems to have done a great job, but that looks like one hell of a bash.
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The first time I made a trip like this I decided to try the I80 on the way home. It sucked. I do I70 back and forth now.
I-90 or I-70, yes!
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Glad you made it home alright Tom. Maybe next year we can get you rock crawling out here in CO. Hows all the oxygen treating you back there at sea level? LOL Great pics, glad you enjoyed the trip...
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So taking inventory of the Jeep now that it's been vacuumed out and washed. Everything I added was well used on the trip: tires, lift, lights, etc. I now wish and recommend to others to take the advice and focus on some skid plates for underneath, only thing I wish I had. Some rock rash on the front control arm and a nice dent in front crossmember (not sure how it missed that exhaust loop): Some scrapes and dents in the transmission skid: The gas tank skid took a good hit, is the pump similar to the TJ as my fuel gauge seems to be a bit off now. And of course after 4500 miles a car throws up a rock and breaks my windshield: But guess what hung in there for the whole trip, it was actually a joke to see if I crumpled it or ripped it off after every obstacle:
Hey man! I know this might be a little off topic, but what kind of headlights are those? They look great!
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Hey man! I know this might be a little off topic, but what kind of headlights are those? They look great!
They are JW Speaker projector LED headlights. Be prepared for sticker shock, they are not cheap.
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Glad you made it home alright Tom. Maybe next year we can get you rock crawling out here in CO. Hows all the oxygen treating you back there at sea level? LOL Great pics, glad you enjoyed the trip...
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Thanks John, really sorry we missed Colorado on this trip but between the John Brown Highway and an icy I70 through the Eisenhower Tunnel and highway we were ready to leave Colorado behind. Next trip for sure will include Colorado wheeling.

Glad I'm back at sea level for sure. It really hit us on a hike when we were in Ouray and Glenwood Springs. Feeling your heart beating heavy in your chest after a short hike is pretty crazy.
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I would like to do this trip and I'm curious why I-70 over I-80?
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I80 had a lot more construction than I70. We were lucky and hit Chicago around 3 am so no trouble there but I imagine traffic would be pretty crazy.

On I70 on the way out Kansas City was the only construction we hit. Both are nice drives but with traffic in Cleveland and construction I80 took us longer even though it was supposed to be 2 hours shorter.

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