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Well, it was that time of year again....a year of craziness with two kids, work, and general daily life required us to regain our sanity...so after much debating, a road trip was in order. I had a new Jeep that hasn't been properly broken in yet (4500 miles on the clock in 15 months) and an outdoor itch that I have been unable to scratch for quite some time.

The plan was, I would leave NJ on Sunday, and my wife would fly to Denver and meet me there on Wednesday. I left myself an extra day in case I run into foul weather on my journey west, but as it will turn out, it isn't me that will need the extra time.



Sunday afternoon, the day I am supposed to leave....I get an email from United that my wife's flight is cancelled. The Snowpocalypse that is supposed to hit the NE monday night into tuesday is going to affect all the flights into wednesday, so they cancelled it. I called United, and they stick her on the next flight, which is thursday. I checked the forecast for the remainder of that week and see more snow in the forecast....I tell the wife that she can take a chance on flying out thursday but by doing that, her insurance policy (me) wont be here and she would have to wait for yet another flight out, wasting valuable vacation time. After a bit of deliberation, she decides the smarter move is to drive out with me, as we would get there the same time as the flight would (or earlier.)

So, having a partner for the drive out, I began loading the jeep up...since the last time I did one of these, I have bought a cargo shelf, which allows me to keep stuff off the floor, and with careful packing, one can have a super comfortable bed for 1. The wife didn't enjoy the 42 hour drive last time sitting in a near upright position, so I wanted to make damn sure that I had a very comfortable place for us to sleep when we take turns driving. I have received a bunch of PMs last time about my packing and such, so I tried to take some pics and videos of it.....

The road and trail kit has tree straps, fuses, winch remote, transfer case linkage thingies, D rings, and things of that nature.


Food bin has 90% of the stuff for food cooking and cleaning.


All literature on where Im going





Dried/Canned food and cooking hardware


All tools except my socket set


Chairs and an arctic sleeping bag


Quick vid I made of the sleeping setup...sorry it was a bit dark, but I think you get the idea....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daS8UBaPeN8

More to come.......
 

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Haha thanks. I'm a bit behind because I had a mini heart attack when I couldn't find any of my photos from Utah, but after a bunch of searching I have found em, and once I edit them I'll be back on track. :)
 

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Haha thanks. I'm a bit behind because I had a mini heart attack when I couldn't find any of my photos from Utah, but after a bunch of searching I have found em, and once I edit them I'll be back on track. :)
Pop a nitro and get-r-done.
 

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Been waiting for your next adventure...
I didn't see it posted, but with the reference to the snow storms I assume this was just recently?
 

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Yes, we just got back...wife came home on the 10th, I came home on the 12th. We left at the end of January...27th to be exact.
 

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Sleeping bag? Food? Does this mean you're camping?
Sleeping bag I packed for an emergency, but it turned out to be useful for the road trip, as the back of the jeep was much colder than the front. I would have camped out in Utah, but my wife isn't into camping in sub freezing temps, and the temps at this time were in the teens at night. Hotels were very cheap so it wasn't even worth the hassle of booking a campsite.
 

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subscribed! your original trip to Ouray is what inspired my trip last summer and we will be going back again this year for sure.
 

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So we left at around 11pm to stay ahead of any weather that we may run into, and away from as much traffic as possible. Since it was a workday for my wife and I was off, she would sleep the night while I drove, for a 10-12 hour shift. Usually this brings us into Ohio, Pennsylvania is a lot longer than it looks. :D

Normally, I don't really have a hard time with a long drive like this, but this one wore me out. I was driving into a horrible headwind/crosswind which required A LOT of attention and constant steering input (but nothing like my return trip that I'll talk about later) and I was only able to do about 65mph comfortably, otherwise, the Jeep would get pushed around too easily, making the situation unsafe....the downsides of driving a barn.



After a long night of battling the wind (and having my MPG murdered into the 13s) I was starving, and just like my previous trips, a stop at my favorite roadside breakfast places was in order....





After we loaded up on 6700 calories a piece, we once again hit the road, only the wife to take a short leg to let me catch a few zzz's.

Shortly after getting back on to the highway, we came upon a wreck where we couldn't really tell WTF happened....







And just like the other trips, the wife brought us into Indiana...

 

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After lunch, the wife and I swapped seats again and I took over into Illinois and into the evening sunset.







It was a most welcome sight to see the temps, even at night have crawled their way up.....unseasonably high I was told....We went from freezing to Florida weather in a very short amount of time...



As usual, driving through kansas at night was quite a lonely experience. Howard Stern on Sirius, wife sleeping in the back, and the howl of the wind outside.



By the time the sun came up, I have gotten us to the rockies...and now became the fun job of climbing vail pass, which if some of you remember from my previous thread, was a big chore with my last Jeep with 3.21 gears and 33s. This one has 4.10s and 35s.

 

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A quick safety question with regards to the sleeping place: in case of an emergency brake, would all the cargo fall over the person sleeping there?
And is it a Dozer or Baja?

Keep writing, I'm going to buy some popcorn for the ultimate experience here ;)
 

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No, everything was secured with straps and bungee cords. Nothing budged, as I knew I would have to keep everything secure for when I am out on the trail...if for nothing else but to keep my sanity. Can't have everything bouncing around making noise the whole time. :D

As for the color, it is neither....it's Dune.
 

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Ok, I'd immagined you would be smart enough to do that but couldn't see it on the youtube link and wondered if the ACE cargo thing had maybe some kind of a metal frame behind it (like the ones for to prevent your dog in the back from flying through the windshield...).

Dune! Of course! Now I know it, I see it.
 
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