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Old 08-24-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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Took the Moab to Moab!

We took a family vacation from Eastern Kansas to Moab Arches/Canyon lands) last month with a four day stopover in Vail with the family. I loaded up my 13 Moab Unlimited with the wife and two boys (4 and 1) and off we went. The Moab has 3.21 gears and no lockers. The wheels, tires, and suspension were are all stock.

I'm going to use this thread to tell about the trip and how the Jeep did through. We didn't do anything crazy cool in the Jeep as it was our only mode of transportation and the Mrs. deemed it necessary that the Jeep be able to get us home again.

Here's a couple of photos my wife snapped 10 miles from home in Kansas:

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We decided to stay on Kansas highways heading West for a little while as I-70 is remarkably boring. As soon as I got on the highway the Jeep began what I was sure was a death wobble!!! Thankfully after about three seconds I realized that the tires weren't balanced. I had the local shop due a five way rotation on my 5000 mile Jeep and he had apparently not even attempted to balance the spare. Thankfully a Wal-Mart mechanic fixed me up in less than 30 minutes.

The Jeep began running smooth as silk after that. We hooked up with I-70 in Hays and headed on to Colby at 80 miles per hour. We got 19 miles per gallon on the first day.

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Looking forward to more pictures and the rest of your stories.
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very cool, memories like that last a whole lifetime
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Was in Moab about a year ago, already wishing I was back out there. Make sure you do potash road and schafer switchbacks!!
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Looking forward to pictures from Utah. I'm sure you're going to have a blast out there!
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Get some advise on Moab trails before you tackle them.....esp with a stock unlocked JK and your kids.
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Day two of the journey took us from western Kansas to Denver via I-70. To break up the trip a bit we decided to hit up the Museum of Natural History downtown. My four year old loved the dinosaur skeletons and mammalian taxidermy. My one year old fell asleep in the stroller. Upon exiting we had to stop at a gas station downtown at about 2 PM. There were gang signs on the pumps and a homeless guy got right up on me while I was pumping gas. Not an awesome experience.

We left Denver via I-70 and headed for Vail. Shortly after getting onto the interstate we nearly collided with 7 big horn sheep that were grazing along the road. We flew by at 60 mph and didn't see anymore sheep the rest of the trip.

Heading over the passes along I-70 the Jeep down-shifted routinely and wanted to be in third gear even at 65 mph. It was annoying but not surprising. This was the first time that I ever wished I had 3.73s in the Jeep. Despite the downshifting, we still managed 21 mpg.

We arrived in Vail in the rain (common afternoon showers in July) and found the rental house. It was the first house built in Vail (1962) and while it was quite large, it was nestled between 12000 square foot mansions valued in the millions. Ski shacks for the fabulously wealthy. Our neighbor had a heated roof made entirely out of copper.

Despite my middle class status, I felt that the Jeep was quite at home amongst the countries social elite.

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Keep an eye on the weather....flash flood watches out for Sunday and Monday and it looks like flash flooding will be possible for at least the next week. Make sure you have food and water in case you get caught on the wrong side of a washout. There was water 20 inches deep flowing over a road in Arches yesterday.

Oh...never mind...I see that your trip was last month.
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Get some advise on Moab trails before you tackle them.....esp with a stock unlocked JK and your kids.
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Keep an eye on the weather....flash flood watches out for Sunday and Monday and it looks like flash flooding will be possible for at least the next week. Make sure you have food and water in case you get caught on the wrong side of a washout. There was water 20 inches deep flowing over a road in Arches yesterday.

And by the way, if you haven't already planned to do so, I'd get off I-70 at either exit 214 or 204 and take Hwy 128 into Moab. It's the scenic route. Watch for rocks...especially if it's raining. You will see numerous places where the water has been over 128 in the past few weeks...but it's good road and all paved.
Why are you guys acting like this is a live update? He said this trip was last month...
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Thanks for the fun read. Great pictures of Kansas by the way, I really enjoyed my time in that state. Beautiful place with awesome people.
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So the updates are a little late, but my wife took over 1500 pics

She's just now getting them loaded onto the computer and I'm going to post less than a few dozen. The fun Jeep pics are still to come!

First morning in Colorado I was having coffee on the deck before anyone else woke up and this little guy came to join me:
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He ran across the deck about 10 foot from me and up the stairs to the edge of the protected forest. He hung out long enough for me to scurry inside and grab the Mrs. camera.

We spent the rest of the day in Vail Village eating and shopping.
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The following day the family went out on Red Sandstone Road which leads to a forestry road. The trip which requires mild 4 wheel drive (not a technical road) ends with a 2 mile hike to an alpine lake. The two boys were not making good time and a thunderstorm blew in. We had to turn back prior to reaching the lake. Notice I left the freedom tops off…
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After leaving Vail we took I-70 to Cisco and got on Hwy 128. Highway 128 follows the Colorado River through the desert of the Western slope. From the looks of the scenery, I'm fairly certain that Radiator Springs was nearby. The Jeep did dandy coming down the mountains and we got 24 mpg that day! We had the Freedom Tops off for most of 128. It was VERY HOT.

The Goodyear Silent Armor tires aren't grand for any type of off-loading, but they really do excel on highways and bi-ways. Completely silent.
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When we arrived in Moab, we immediately noted all of the off-road rentals and tours. My son asked, "is Moab where all the Jeeps come from?"

To this I replied, "No, it's where all the Jeeps go."
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When we arrived in Moab, we immediately noted all of the off-road rentals and tours. My son asked, "is Moab where all the Jeeps come from?"

To this I replied, "No, it's where all the Jeeps go."

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We have a trip planned for 2015, it cant get here fast enough!!
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:41 PM   #23
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First night in Moab was my wife and I's 8th anniversary. We stayed in the Super 8 which was recently redone. Our room was great (suit with 42" flatscreen in living room and bedroom) wood floors, new furnishings, kitchenette, reasonably priced. We went to the visitors center and my wife took all the brochures. I grabbed one on 4X4 trails. All the people working at the visitors center were extremely friendly and helpful. It was like 110 degrees outside, but the A/C inside was great. We left and noted a sushi place next to the VC so we headed back to the hotel and called in sushi for carryout. The kids had McDs. It was great!!!
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Next morning we took off for Canyonlands. For those of you that haven't been, Canyonlands, it is divided into three (or four if you include Horseshoe Canyon) sections which are completely separated as apparently, the Colorado River is damn near impossible to cross! The most heavily frequented area (and closest to Moab) is Island in the Sky.

We took plenty of water, but…it really wasn't enough. The desert is hot in July. They have an outdoor fountain you can fill up your jugs (and we did) but I recommend you estimate how much water you use in a bath and double it. That's about the right amount for a day.

Here's what we saw in Island in the Sky (the first and last shots have pics of White Rim Road):
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I wanted to do White Rim Road, but apparently it's a two day adventure. Instead, we took the Schaffer trail from the very top of the canyon, down the canyon wall and then jumped on Schaffer Trail which took us back into Moab.

Here's a couple of gratuitous shots of the Jeep and the Schaffer Trail:
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As soon as we got on the Schaffer Trail, which is wide enough for two Wranglers, at most points, a CAT back hoe came towards us. We had the inside and we got WAYYYYY over. Half of the Cat's track was hanging off the side of the trail. I was sweating it for the dude driving. The wife was in full panic mode, so no pics.

He made if by and we breathed a sigh of relief. When we made it to the edge of the switchback we looked about 1/4 mile down and saw this:
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Those gents were quite kind and they stopped at that wide switchback (where they did 5 point turns) and waited for us to come to them. We were then allowed enough room to go by on the inside. Thanks fellas!!!

AS we got a little further along, we saw that they were adding some drainage pipes under the road to help with erosion.

Once we got to the bottom we only saw one more vehicle the rest of the way along Potash Road.
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I don't know if I'm more jealous of your trip or your gas mileage. I went to Carlisle, PA this weekend for the Vette show and got about 18 with the top down.....
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Those gents were quite kind and they stopped at that wide switchback (where they did 5 point turns) and waited for us to come to them. We were then allowed enough room to go by on the inside. Thanks fellas!!!

AS we got a little further along, we saw that they were adding some drainage pipes under the road to help with erosion.

Once we got to the bottom we only saw one more vehicle the rest of the way along Potash Road.
Great report and Canyonlands pics. I'm from Chanute and just bought a '14 Unlimited Rubicon just because I've wanted since my first trip to Moab in the 80's to get down into the canyon. You're living my dream! I'm hoping for a trip out there next year. Sure am happy I stumbled onto this thread.

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