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What's up guys, figured it's been a little while since I posted a thread like this, and the last time I did one of these people seemed to have enjoyed the read, so I figured what the hell, and decided to post up another one.

After the Moab trip in May, I've been itching to do another expedition elsewhere. I wanted to escape the disgusting summer heat (more specifically, the nasty NY heatwave of 100+ degrees) so I wanted to go somewhere where the air is crisp...and Colorado was calling my name. I convinced the wife who isn't a big Jeeper (hates spending time in cars, doesn't "get" expedition offroading, etc) to come along, so, without any plans, we packed up the Jeep and went.

The first destination would be Cortez Colorado, one of the most Southwest towns in the state. The route once again was the I70 and then mountain roads to our destination.



I wasn't sure where we would stay, if hotels were fully booked, etc, so I packed ALL of my gear, and by ALL gear, I mean enough gear for a small army to survive....in Siberia, with no food and water....for 2 months. I took camping gear, water purification gear, food, cooking stuff (grill, etc) and a slew of other items, including a portable toilet...still want to be civilized you know? :D After a full day of packing, the Jeep was ready to go! 2000+ miles of open road!



We left NJ close to midnight. I usually prefer to drive at night (especially in heavily populated areas) and driving at night keeps you "not tired" longer. The sun tires your eyes out, so anytime you have a long drive, IMHO, night time driving is the way to go. We stopped by 7-11 to pick up a few must have snacks for the road (gum, kit kats, beef jerky, and sour skittles for the wife) and hit the road.

By the time the sun came up....


We have made it to Ohio. I have been driving straight through the night. I'm very good at long distance driving (don't get tired, enjoy it, etc) so long drives are not a big deal for me.



The morning came, and it's time for breakfast. Now, Im not a fan of Ihop and Denny's but I am a HUGE fan of this place...good fresh well made breakfast food. The breakfast of fat champions. :D



Loadin' up on a good ol' merican breakfast.


It's amazing to see how much nicer people are when you leave a big city. I can't speak for all big cities, but the people in cities like LA, Miami, NY, NJ, etc are pretty large scumbags. Everyone is pissed off, stressed to hell, etc. It's nice to see warm people, people saying good morning, etc.

After breakfast, I let the wife hit the road for a little bit and let me sleep a little bit. She managed to take us through Ohio and into Indiana!


During the drive, the Jeep hit a milestone!


After the wife has been at the wheel for 1 tank (about 4 hours and 350 miles) we switched back. She was tired, and I was rested, so I took the next shift. She fell asleep and I drove on. I saw this prank played on someone once on a break.com video, but never thought that I'd ever have a chance to do it. Well, I did. The wife was sleeping and I came upon this...doing 70.


I yelled like crazy, she jumped up, saw this, and almost wet herself. I had an excellent giggle at her expense. :D

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After a bunch of uneventful cornfield lined driving, we crossed another state line...



Greetings from Christ again....



And another...



Driving away from the nasty NE heatwave is proving more and more difficult...god I hate the heat.


Clouds we hangin' low and I was praying for some rain...which never came.


After a bunch of driving past nothing, it was nice to see something of note...


After lots more driving, the sun was once again departing for the evening, and we settled in for the night shift....no stops on this train, it's a non stop ride all the way to the end.
 

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We "woke up" on the plains of Kansas. The road is pitch black and you can't see anywhere past your own headlights at night, so no pics of anything during the night drive.



The morning fog was rolling in, and at some points, it was so thick you can see about two carlengths in front of you.





After another LONG while we made it into Colorado. Unfortunately I missed the Colorado border sign....one I was hoping not to miss....doh! We drove on I70 for a little while in Colorado, then finally turned off onto some much smaller B roads....pulled over for gas at a local small town, but didn't realize this would cost us almost 30 minutes!!!! This train was like 5 miles long!


Finally, after what felt like an eternity, we made it to the real colorado....the green, mountainy Colorado! Pulled over in the San Juan National Forest to admire some scenery and breathe in some real fresh air!


After 200 or so more miles (long LONG miles since you are driving on slow mountain roads) we arrived at our destination....


Took 41 hours of nonstop driving, but worth it for what's to come!

We settled in for the rest of the day, relaxing, getting a bite to eat, swimming at the pool and soaking off the stiff limbs in the hot tub.


To be continued.....
 

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AWESOME write up so far!!!! My wife and I "grew up" on the road and you are making me crave a drive.

Now I REALLY can't wait for Moab in October!!!!
 

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Your trip pictures made me wish I was back on the road! I don't know if you are welcoming other Jeepin' across America experiences here or not. Back in May I drove from Dallas to LA, up to Vegas, then through some of the Utah National Parks and then back home to Dallas.

In the attached picture below the map: Overlooking the Pacific Ocean north of Malibu, between Zion and Bryce Canyon NP, East of Capital Reef NP, in Capital Reef NP and lastly in Canyonlands NP (south of Moab). All pictures were taken with the iPhone in panorama mode.

In the Fall I plan to drive to the other coast in the Jeep to Charleston Sc then down along the coast to St Augustine, Fl then back home. After that trip and a few more thousand miles on the stock tires, I'll be getting some nicer wheels.
 

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This is my dream vacation... My wife always wants to go to some crappy tourist trap like Disney or on a cruise.

I would love to just leave for a few weeks and drive across the country. No itinerary, and the only two things I'd definitely want to see are Devils Mountain and Mt. Rushmore. Driving the Alaska Highway would be an alternate trip.

Someday I'm going to do those things, until then, stories like yours keep me going! :thumb:
 

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Another great travel thread, subscribed.

I want to thank you for inspiring me with your trip reports. I'm from NY also and my company is sending me to Denver at the end of Oct for a 3 day conference. They said I can get there anyway I want, they'll cover the stay and the cost of a plane ticket.

So my Dad and I are driving it and going to Moab/Colorado for two weeks. Ordered my 2014 JKU for the trip yesterday and should be here just in time.

Looking forward to all your pictures.
 

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Love the write up! Nothing like the open road in a Jeep which is why I bought my 2013 JKU. I would never take a trip like yours in my TJ!! Keep it coming...
 

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A little off subject but I have ran from FL to VA and back ran the whole Blue Ridge Parkway to VA in only 5days on my Harley this was the second ride on my HD my next trip on my bike will be to CO WY SD ND but first I want to do the Blue Ridge in my JK top down and smelling the clean fresh air I miss the great feeling of being on the road I'm Jealous . great read BTW love the truck joke on the wife .
 

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Keep it coming. I'm trying to figure out where to go next.
Just got back from a 2 week run and want to do it again next year. We ran from Green Bay, WI to the Big Horn Mountains in WY. Spent a couple days there and hit some off road trails. Nothing too major up there, but decent when it's wet....which it was:). Then over to the Grand Tetons for a week. Up through Yellowstone and over the Beartooth Pass into MT. Beautiful country and some nice dirt roads for side runs all the way.
 

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Life really IS about the journey...(and a Jeep makes the journey a bit more extraordinary.)

Keep the updates coming!!!!
 
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