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Old 08-01-2013, 01:09 AM   #61
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I just shared this with my wife...now she is pissed at me! But I'm with you...so worth it!!

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Old 08-01-2013, 03:19 AM   #64
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I gotta say, that Imogene Pass pic is...beyond words. Bravo.
I did most of this same route back during Spring Break in 2004. I also peed on 4 states at the same time. Gotta love 4 corners!

Seriously though, while I agree that the 4-corners area is kinda blah during the daytime, at night it is something to behold. On a moonless night, the stars were so bright I could literally see my shadow, and I probably could have read a book by starlight. It was amazing.

Great thread. At first I wanted to get all political and say boycott Colorado (2nd Amendment,) but that place is so damn beautiful it's unreal. Sometimes you gotta put ideology aside and just enjoy the ride.
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Thank you. My road trip camera gear includes a Canon 1DsMKIII, a Canon 70-200mm F2.8IS, a Canon 24-70 F2.8, and a Canon 16-35 F2.8, along with a Canon 580EXII flash unit. Processing is done depending on what Im using the images for, but I use Capture One, CS4, and Photomatix for HDR processing (although I didn't really need to use HDR for many images.)
Nice. I think its time for me to take some photography classes

I'm really enjoying your trip; the narrative is quite good! Looking forward to the next installment.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:39 AM   #66
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I met a girl who was passing through town yesterday. Her van was LOADED with stuff including a bed on top. I gave her directions to her destination (in Colorado) I figured she was moving but noticed she had Colorado tags. I asked where she was coming from and she told me Alaska. I instantly developed a bad case of wanderlust. It didn't help she was young, good looking and in great shape LOL. Your pictures did not help!

Woe is the tale of no vacation time or gas money.
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Beautiful pics. I'd love to see what gear you have in there. Could you make a list. Pretty please.

It seems you fit everything in the JK. I see no extra gas or water, like in the expedition vehicles.
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Nice road trip!

Did you hit any of the roadside attraction place in the plains states? See any two headed rattle snakes? Maybe a 5 legged cow? Pick up any cow patty "birthday cakes" (complete with white box)? I need to find those pictures, I think my parents still have them.

Those "fly over states" may seem boring from the air but are a rather fun drive, you never know what you'll see!

I agree, the people outside (grew up in small farming community - average class size of my elementary/high school was 50 students) of large cities (I'm in Atlanta area) are WAY NICER!!!!

I remember doing similar on family vacation when I was a child (grew up in Indiana and my parents loved visiting Yellowstone National Park). You're inspired me to take a road trip next year to Yellowstone! Thanks!
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what a great trip! you have a real gift for the narrative, NFR. thanks for sharing!
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Does your jeep still have the 3.21 gearing? (you mentioned it in your Moab thread) Other than steep hills at hwy speeds I havn't had any problem with mine being geared that high. But I stuck with 32's, just changed out the stock tires for BFG Mud Terrains. I'm planning on regearing after it's paid off.
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When you are done, you should get on google maps and try to map out your entire trip (OF COURSE don't let it show where you live lol). It would be cool to trace it over the dirt roads you took.
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This is amazing!! Thank you for taking the time to take pics and document your journey. Your effort is truly appreciated and enjoyed.
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Nice pics, but what bumper is that?? I can't find it anywhere.
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Nice pics, but what bumper is that?? I can't find it anywhere.
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Beautiful pics. I'd love to see what gear you have in there. Could you make a list. Pretty please.

It seems you fit everything in the JK. I see no extra gas or water, like in the expedition vehicles.
I will try my best, I might leave some stuff out, but here we go. (not in any order).

1) A 60QT cooler for refrigeration purposes, with a block of ice and cubed ice swapped daily.
2) An 8 person Coleman instant tent
3) Two 4 gallon rotopax gas cans, full. (I am getting a rear bumper so I can carry it outside rather than inside.
4)A hi lift
5)A bottle jack (more useful than a hilift most of the time)
6)Steripen water purification system.
7)BBQ
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9)Emergency blankets
10) A 100 hour candle
11) Jumper cables
12) A bag of tools
13) A ratchet/socket set, a set of torx sockets, and a set of allen sockets.
14) Clothing
15) Random camping gear, including extension cords, clip on fans, a trickle charger for the Jeep, air matresses, air pumps, etc
16)Recovery gear (tree straps, tow straps, etc)
17) Tire puncture kit
18) High calorie emergency food (usually bars of some sort) which NEVER get touched unless in an emergency.

There is probably a bunch more, but I can't think of anything else at the moment. I'll add to the list if something comes to mind, but that's my basic list.
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Nice road trip!

Did you hit any of the roadside attraction place in the plains states? See any two headed rattle snakes? Maybe a 5 legged cow? Pick up any cow patty "birthday cakes" (complete with white box)? I need to find those pictures, I think my parents still have them.

Those "fly over states" may seem boring from the air but are a rather fun drive, you never know what you'll see!

I agree, the people outside (grew up in small farming community - average class size of my elementary/high school was 50 students) of large cities (I'm in Atlanta area) are WAY NICER!!!!

I remember doing similar on family vacation when I was a child (grew up in Indiana and my parents loved visiting Yellowstone National Park). You're inspired me to take a road trip next year to Yellowstone! Thanks!
We had limited time, so I wanted to spend as much time in Colorado as possible. If we had more time, we would have definitely stopped all over the place and checked out all the local stuff.
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As we got closer to the bottom, we see some commotion up ahead...somehow, the driver of this buggy managed to slip one wheel off and was dangling over the drink...



After offering my help, but seeing that he was in good hands, we stood clear and let the recovery commence. They were really appreciative of the help. A very nice old couple that has just out having a good time.



We arrived in Ouray, and what a beautiful town it is. It is known as the Switzerland of America.







After grabbing some late lunch, we decided to head back to Telluride (Imogene took nearly 7 hours with all the stops) for dinner and an early bedtime because tomorrow would be even more action packed than today. Off we went, on tarmac roads to save some time. The distance from Ouray to Telluride is about 50 miles or so. The first 25 of them are tarmac. You then have a choice. You can finish the other 25 on tarmac as well, or make a left into the Last Dollar Road. This isn't a difficult trail or anything, more of a dirt road, but it's supremely pretty, passing by lots of ranches, mountains, etc. I quickly chose to hit the dirt.

The road is suitable for any vehicle, but I can't imagine it would be too comfortable.



It was just nice and peaceful to take this route rather than a highway route. Being alone, no traffic, no care, quite relaxing.



We finally arrived back in Telluride, where I once again used hotwire to extend our stay at the hotel Telluride (we loved it), grabbed a quick dinner, and went to bed. Tomorrow would be another day...a day that almost turned very sour.
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Thanks to you NFR, I'm having another "good" day at work. Thanks so much for taking the time.
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Thanks to you NFR, I'm having another "good" day at work. Thanks so much for taking the time.
You got it! We still have much more vacationing to do!
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awesome adventure can't wait to read the rest

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Try this plug in cooler. Can be used upright or regular cooler orientation (horizontal):

http://www.walmart.com/msharbor/ip/4...81640&veh=mweb

It's still good to put freezer packs in to help the efficiency but it works amazingly well in 100 plus temps too!

Says its not available but I've seen them in the store this year!
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DAY 3

Today is an action packed day, and one I will remember for a LONG time.

We woke up in Telluride, and the first trail of the day would be Ophir pass. Ophir pass is a convenient way to get from Telluride to Silverton, another old mining town. The trail is 13 miles long, as opposed to nearly 70 miles of road driving. So, once again, away we go.

The trail starts off as a mildly rocky road, but nothing of note. Most of the trails start out like this.



Shortly after, you begin to climb


My wife saw a grader at the bottom, and was excited that this would be a walk in the park, little did she know the grader only does the bottom mile because there are houses scattered around the tiny town of Ophir.


Here you can see the tiny town of Ophir. It is most houses, with a few businesses scattered about, but I would say it is 95% residential.







After you pass the town, the trail really begins...through the trees and through the flies!




These rocks are sharper than they look on photos.




Once you get above the tree line, the road once again, gets rocky, tippy, and narrow. Passing becomes an issue, but we encountered very little traffic on this one.


The views were getting even more screensaver-ey.
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Try this plug in cooler. Can be used upright or regular cooler orientation (horizontal):

Coleman PowerChill 40-Quart Thermoelectric Cooler with Power Supply ? Walmart.com

It's still good to put freezer packs in to help the efficiency but it works amazingly well in 100 plus temps too!

Says its not available but I've seen them in the store this year!
Will check this out, thank you!
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Thank you for the gear list. Looking forward to updates!
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Awesome. I love the pictures of your trips.

I would also like to start seeing the GPS tracks you took, or google, or whatever.

I like to see the paths people take through places I've never been. Kind of puts it in context.

Great job and thanks!
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Amazing! I have to thank you big time, i have been following and showed the wife yesterday and now she is following on her own. Needless to say, i think we are cancelling out trip to the bahamas for a good old fashioned road trip. So again, THANK YOU!

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Once you get above the vegetation line, the surface becomes very rocky and nothing but loose rock like this.


After a final push of 1100 feet, we reached the summit.


The views of the valley were breathtaking.


It's kind of weird looking out, and seeing mountains BELOW you...


Once we drove the mild descent into Silverton, we grabbed some lunch, bought some souvenirs, it was time to head out for the next adventures of the day, Hurrican Pass to California Pass, to Animas Forks.

Now, I have been using a trail guidebook, along with GPS to make sure I stay on course, but I wasn't prepared for what was coming up soon.

Hurricane Pass is supposed to be (rated) an fairly mild trail. We climbed most of it without even needing 4WD.


As we got higher up the mountain we came to a V intersection. Checking my guidebook there was no mention of such V and the GPS showed that both sides of the V are actually trails. So, without actually knowing where the path leads off I go....LEFT. This was a serious mistake that I will never make again. Driving on the path for about 15 minutes things were going ok. It was getting a tad rockier, but nothing of concern (although the terrain would be rated moderate by the guidebook, I should have sensed something was wrong.) After another 10 minutes, it began to get narrow, and very rocky...now Im starting to get slightly concerned. I stop, check the GPS, and indeed I am still "on a trail." So foolishly I keep going. After another mile of rocky terrain, I arrive at a very peaky summit. Literally 1 foot forward, the jeep tips forward. 1 foot back, the jeep tips back...it was as if I was resting on the top of a pyramid. So, glad that I wasn't climbing anymore, I continued onwards. After 1/4 mile of even rockier terrain, I reach something that really gave me a bad feeling, but again, checking the GPS, I was on a trail, so this entire time, I am thinking I am on a correct path. I start to descend this route, and I tell the wife to get out and film me. Now, we are all tough e thugs when it comes to the interwebz, but this actually had me nervous. The real reason I wanted her out of the Jeep is so that she doesn't see me nervous and doesn't panic herself. I didn't panic, but I was nervous.

So, down I go....the slope is probably 35 degrees, if not more, on some of the the most loose terrain I have ever driven on. I could feel the rear end sliding around, but it wasn't the rear end, it was the ground underneath the rear end! Nervously, but in control, I start to descend....until I get around a slight bend which opens up a view.....of a switchback.


Now I am really nervous. 500 foot drop offs, Im in a long a$$ unlimited, and I have to do Black Bear Pass style turns on some of the worst terrain I have come across. I make it past that first switchback, sweating, only to realize that I have 7 more to conquer. Great. I kept the wife out of the truck this entire time. She could barely walk on this slope and this terrain, and I was amazed I made it down. Big props to the Jeep for this one. Finally, after a heart pumping drive down, I make it off this hell on a mountain. The wife jumps back into the Jeep, and onwards.....or so I thought. We drove for about 1/4 mile on very rocky terrain again, and see a trail in the distance...


I figured, ok, we're on the right track, until I turn the next corner...which brought to straight to the edge of a cliff, and at that point I realized the real mistake I made. This was just a sideroad and not the main trail. This is a dead end. So, you guessed it, I now have to go back UP over hell on a mountain. Keeping my cool not letting my wife see me sweat, I kept making jokes like "I got this I got this" but the situation was not a joke. Lesson #1, if you have people around you that are depending on you, do not show them that you are nervous, it will make them even more nervous. Keep your cool, and logically get out of the situation. I threw her in 4LO, 1st gear, and up I went. Steady constant pace, slight drifts around the switchbacks so that I wouldn't have to back up, and steadily, I made it all the way up. The wife was pale white, as she was genuinely scared, as was I, but I didn't show it. Lesson #2, never go anywhere unless you are sure of where it leads, and lesson #3, never go anywhere unless you are positive you can get back out. I would say that if the slope was about 10 degrees steeper (maybe even 5) a vehicle wouldn't be able to drive over that loose rock, and would just dig itself in. Buttpuckering? You bet. Hell of a rush when you're safe? Absolutely. Would I do it again? Not a chance.
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Amazing! I have to thank you big time, i have been following and showed the wife yesterday and now she is following on her own. Needless to say, i think we are cancelling out trip to the bahamas for a good old fashioned road trip. So again, THANK YOU!

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