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Old 12-28-2013, 01:27 AM   #331
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I just finished reading this for the second time and it only got better. My wife, daughter and I are pre-planning now for early June 2014 to the San Juan mountain region. Road trip on the 14 JKU from Florida to Colorado.

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This has to be one of the coolest threads I have read on this forum. It makes me want to get the forum member's all together and just (biker gang style) Jeep group it to different locations across MERICA just causing hell with our Jeeps in the dirt and mud.

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Old 12-28-2013, 02:09 AM   #333
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I just finished reading this for the second time and it only got better. My wife, daughter and I are pre-planning now for early June 2014 to the San Juan mountain region. Road trip on the 14 JKU from Florida to Colorado.
Feel free to hit me up for any info you may need, timeframe planning, routes, books, alternate plans, etc etc.
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Old 12-28-2013, 02:11 AM   #334
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This has to be one of the coolest threads I have read on this forum. It makes me want to get the forum member's all together and just (biker gang style) Jeep group it to different locations across MERICA just causing hell with our Jeeps in the dirt and mud.
Haha, thanks, but I definitely don't want to raise hell anywhere. The hippies are shutting down offroad areas one by one, I don't need to give them any more ammo. I like to make sure that I always make a positive impression, so that the hobby spreads and is welcomed.
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I guess we can just call it controlled chaos then....LOL. I have always loved to travel so this thread is right up my alley.
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:58 AM   #336
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Feel free to hit me up for any info you may need, timeframe planning, routes, books, alternate plans, etc etc.

Thanks for the offer. Actually it was this thread that inspired the trip I'm planning right now. So.......Thank you.

I just posted in the JK forum our pre-planning info.
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:45 AM   #337
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Great thread - thanks for posting this. Inspired me to sign up for the Roof of the Rockies Jamboree in July 2014. Driving from the Philadelphia area out to Moab, then back to Colorado for the Jamboree - planning on driving my 10th Anniversary Rubicon on a southern route on the way out and a northern route on the way back so I can see more of the country - assuming about 2 weeks in total - any suggestions, etc are appreciated - been researching for a few weeks and outfitting the Jeep for the trip - looking for any suggestions on trails / sites on the way and out in Moab and Colorado
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:55 AM   #338
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Great thread! You did it right! Just pick up and go and heck with motels...you have the camp gear and Jeep! Been awhile since I did this, but used to car camp all thru the US and Canada. No plans, no destination, no worries! Definitely a must do and its nice with the digital camera, though it's hard to ditch the cellphone and internet!
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great read. after reading this and sharing it with my girlfriend we are planning a trip to Silverton area as well. going to do it in a Jk 2door towing a runaway camper from Daytona Beach. Hoping to hit the road in July 2014.
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Old 12-28-2013, 02:34 PM   #340
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great read. after reading this and sharing it with my girlfriend we are planning a trip to Silverton area as well. going to do it in a Jk 2door towing a runaway camper from Daytona Beach. Hoping to hit the road in July 2014.
Perfect time. Plan your camping spots in advance!
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:27 PM   #341
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I am currently trying to turn this into a career. For a very long time, I have worked a job I don't love because well, that's what you do. I have had an epiphany that there are people out there that do what they absolutely love and get paid for it, so why can't I? I have a family, so I have to do it far more cautiously, but still.

One of my favorite movie lines of all time from Shawshank Redemption...

"Get busy livin, or get busy dyin." I have lived to work for too long. I have let too much of my life pass me by. It's time to work to live.
Good for you! I loved your travel post and especially the pictures. Some of those pictures are breathtaking and could well be made into Postcards for sale.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:01 AM   #342
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Haha, I was just poking fun, the Pacific Northwest has some amazing sights. If you can, take a solid week-10 days off and make your way up to British Columbia (ie Banff)...will drop your jaw.

I have been to BC before, but never with a Jeep...will be heading that way hopefully in 2015 on my Alaska road trip!

Banff is actually in Alberta not British Columbia. Alberta is the next province to the east of BC which is the western most province in the country.

Just thought I'd correct that so you Americans learn more about our land

Having said that, my god I love your photography!!


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Banff is actually in Alberta not British Columbia. Alberta is the next province to the east of BC which is the western most province in the country.

Just thought I'd correct that so you Americans learn more about our land

Having said that, my god I love your photography!!


Haha, you're right. I just call that entire area BC, but I realize it's incorrect.

That entire west side of Canada is a beautiful place. I've been there a number of times, but never with the Jeep. When I finally get to do my Jeepin road trip to Alaska, I'm going to spend at least a week wheeling in the canadian rockies.

My last trip there...
Calgary


Lake Louise in the winter




Did some amazing dog sledding


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Haha, you're right. I just call that entire area BC, but I realize it's incorrect.

That entire west side of Canada is a beautiful place. I've been there a number of times, but never with the Jeep. When I finally get to do my Jeepin road trip to Alaska, I'm going to spend at least a week wheeling in the canadian rockies.

My last trip there...
Calgary


Lake Louise in the winter




Did some amazing dog sledding


Well if you want a co-pilot just let me know! I know your wife is your co-pilot but I'll gladly sit in the back just to go on the trip so I guess that would make me the "Backseat Driver" not the co-pilot
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Thanks for sharing....Great pictures and write up!!!!
Since I just purchased a winter home in NW Arizona, this makes me realize that I absolutely must devise a way to get ALL mt toys down there with me!!!!
And mine; like yours, are at opposite ends of the toy spectrum!!!


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Its nice to have toys on the opposite ends of the spectrum....they all have smiles for miles, just very different versions.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:55 PM   #347
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Great read NFR! Any info on good areas here on the East Coast? Three or four day weekend in the N.GA, NC, Tenn, Va areas?

Don't think I would ever run my TJ out to Co. But, I will one day get out there!

Thanks for a terrific write up and pictures!
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:28 PM   #348
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Great read NFR! Any info on good areas here on the East Coast? Three or four day weekend in the N.GA, NC, Tenn, Va areas?

Don't think I would ever run my TJ out to Co. But, I will one day get out there!

Thanks for a terrific write up and pictures!
I am not aware of anything in the north east other than a few things in North Maine woods. There is nothing on the east side of the US that is like the west side (miles and miles of wheeling, historical sites, etc.) I'd like to check out a few locations further south in the states you are describing though, but info is very hard to come by (especially compared to the western half of the country.)
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Great read NFR! Any info on good areas here on the East Coast? Three or four day weekend in the N.GA, NC, Tenn, Va areas?

Don't think I would ever run my TJ out to Co. But, I will one day get out there!

Thanks for a terrific write up and pictures!
I know there are some extensive trail systems in Virginia in the George Washington and Jefferson national forests. In the Virginia Forum a guy has maps set up and recommendations.Northern GWNF Trip Report
In West Virginia There is not one organized trail system but there are now 4 offroad parks and there are trail systems through many of the national parks. The fire roads don't have much in the way of wheeling but have a lot of beautiful scenery especially around the spruce Knob area.
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I know there are some extensive trail systems in Virginia in the George Washington and Jefferson national forests. In the Virginia Forum a guy has maps set up and recommendations.Northern GWNF Trip Report
In West Virginia There is not one organized trail system but there are now 4 offroad parks and there are trail systems through many of the national parks. The fire roads don't have much in the way of wheeling but have a lot of beautiful scenery especially around the spruce Knob area.
I will definitely head down there sometime in the near future. Im sure there are some cool sites to see, and lord knows I love the great smoky mountains.
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If you're down in the Smoky Mountains looking for some trails, check out IronJeep - East TN Trail Information in the trails section. I've done several of those trails when I lived in Knoxville. Good times!

You can always check in with the guys at Knox Off Road - KnoxOffroad - Index page and see where they're going on pretty much any given day/weekend.
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Good info gentleman, I'll check into it. I'm really not looking for a "Jeep adventure", lol....just maybe some moderate jeep trails, forestry roads and seeing the nice scenery and wildlife.

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I'm headed back to Great Smoky National Park the last week of April 2014. My wife's 2013 JKU Sahara will get a rest this time since I now have my own Jeep. I still have several mods to get done but plenty of time between now and April. Visiting the Smoky Mountains is always a fun trip! Here is a pic of my wife's Sahara from my last trip a few months back, and a pic of my new road warrior.
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Looks awesome! I've been to the smokeys over 9 times now, but always in my sports cars, never in my Jeep. The roads down there are incredible.
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Looks awesome! I've been to the smokeys over 9 times now, but always in my sports cars, never in my Jeep. The roads down there are incredible.
This will be either 8 or 9 for me as well. Like you sir, have made the trip in more sports cars than not. But now with all of my photography gear there is no way I could make that trip in a sports car. I have to admit though, the trips are more fun in a Jeep!
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Thanks for sharing, NFR. What an outstanding presentation! I am motivated now!!
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Haha, you got it. Always glad to see this thread bumped, reminds me of the good times, and gets me itching for another trip...plus its nice to see Scorpion I again. Glad you enjoyed the story!
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My wife and I just got back from Colorado. We didn't have a lot of time so we flew out to Denver and rented a Jeep to do the trails in Ouary and Telluride. It was just what the doctor ordered. Fun and magnificent. We found ourselves taking a lot of pictures and even did some hiking. Can't say enough good. We loved the Telluride Hotel. (don't stay at the Beaumont in Ouray-very disappointing) Thanks for leading the way!
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My wife and I just got back from Colorado. We didn't have a lot of time so we flew out to Denver and rented a Jeep to do the trails in Ouary and Telluride. It was just what the doctor ordered. Fun and magnificent. We found ourselves taking a lot of pictures and even did some hiking. Can't say enough good. We loved the Telluride Hotel. (don't stay at the Beaumont in Ouray-very disappointing) Thanks for leading the way!
We drove under that same overhang about 3 days ago! Tomorrow is our last day here. :-(
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Its never enough time. I really want to go back and do all the trails I didn't have time for, but I think I want to explore something else next, so maybe New Mexico will be on the list, who knows. I love not knowing where the next adventure will take me.

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