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NFRs2000NYC
02-26-2015, 08:38 PM
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.

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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.
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Food bin has 90% of the stuff for food cooking and cleaning.
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All literature on where Im going
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Dried/Canned food and cooking hardware
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All tools except my socket set
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Chairs and an arctic sleeping bag
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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.......

GreggNY
02-26-2015, 09:26 PM
Subscribed...

HoosierWolf
02-26-2015, 11:41 PM
Looking forward to the updates :thumb:

MaxPower
02-27-2015, 02:09 AM
When are you expecting to hit KC? If I'm free id be interested in showing you some good bbq for lunch or dinner

budmanm3
02-27-2015, 02:21 AM
When are you expecting to hit KC? If I'm free id be interested in showing you some good bbq for lunch or dinner

If im not mistaken I think the trip is already completed.

NFRs2000NYC
02-27-2015, 04:02 AM
When are you expecting to hit KC? If I'm free id be interested in showing you some good bbq for lunch or dinner

I appreciate the offer brother, but I am already home. Unfortunately I didn't have much time to stop on my journey. I am hoping my trip in the fall will give me more time to stop on the way and enjoy some sites. :D Also, unlike this thread, I will try and do what Eddie does and post live as the trip is happening so that any opportunities with local members can be seized. :thumb:

jeeeep
02-27-2015, 05:57 AM
nice packing :thumb:

What cargo shelf is that?

NFRs2000NYC
02-27-2015, 01:04 PM
nice packing :thumb:

What cargo shelf is that?

Ace cargo shelf. Nice unit, would recommend.

Jackal01
02-27-2015, 01:28 PM
So you're already done with the trip?

Canvas JK
02-27-2015, 01:51 PM
For some reason National Lampoon's Vacation keeps coming to mind.

Have a blast and keep us all posted. Use the Roadside America App to find cool places to stop.

NFRs2000NYC
02-27-2015, 02:38 PM
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.

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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....

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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....

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

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NFRs2000NYC
02-27-2015, 02:40 PM
So you're already done with the trip?

Yes sir. I made a thread during the trip asking about death valley, but that was it. Due to our time constraints, I wasn't able to stop in too many places in between, but on my next trip, I'd love to post live so that I can meet up for some grub with some WOLifers. :thumb:

NFRs2000NYC
02-27-2015, 02:40 PM
For some reason National Lampoon's Vacation keeps coming to mind.

Have a blast and keep us all posted. Use the Roadside America App to find cool places to stop.

Just wait..... :cheesy::cheesy::cheesy:

NFRs2000NYC
02-27-2015, 03:05 PM
After lunch, the wife and I swapped seats again and I took over into Illinois and into the evening sunset.

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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...

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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.

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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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Jackal01
02-27-2015, 03:54 PM
Yes sir. I made a thread during the trip asking about death valley, but that was it. Due to our time constraints, I wasn't able to stop in too many places in between, but on my next trip, I'd love to post live so that I can meet up for some grub with some WOLifers. :thumb:

I was just confused. Not complaining! :yup:

Anxious to see the photos and story!

UGAdudeoo7
02-27-2015, 04:51 PM
Subscribed. Really enjoying this trip. Vicariously of course.

NFRs2000NYC
02-27-2015, 07:22 PM
Our plan for this trip was to stop in Colorado for a few days to soak in some hot springs and relax for a few days, then pack it up and keep it moving, since most Colorado trails are closed in the winter. Having said that, we actually didn't plan anything after Colorado. I didn't book any hotels, didn't even have any idea where we were going to go...I tossed up New Mexico, Utah, etc, but for now, we just wanted to get to our destination in Colorado, which was Glenwood Springs.

Driving up Vail pass the snow begin to show, but hardly anything major....we were surprised (and sort of disappointed) considering we left snow storms and bitter cold back home...we were hoping for a proper colorado winter...

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But alas, it was not to be. Talking to some of the locals, it has been one of the mildest winters in ages, temps were VERY warm and no good snow in sight. Local businesses were getting killed because of lack of snow.

Prius? Who the hell needs a prius!
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This FedEx driver was absolutely batsh!t crazy. He was trying to hit every apex going lane to lane and was doing a solid 80mph...I kept the hell away from him.

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Finally, after around 34 hours of driving, we have arrived at our destination....Glenwood Springs Lodge.

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NFRs2000NYC
02-27-2015, 09:15 PM
Now one of my favorite things to do is to soak in hot water in freezing temps while it's snowing, but the day we arrived, it was 65 degrees, which I thought was a bit ridiculous since I was sitting at 8800 feet on top of a rocky mountain and I just got in from sea level NJ that was 5 below. Crazy, but whatever, time to soak off some stiff limbs. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend this place....Glenwood Springs Lodge...the pool is divided into 2....the main pool is 405 feet long by 100 feet wide, and is just a hair over 1 million gallons and it sits at 94 degrees F year round. The second pool is smaller and is only 100 feet long and 100 feet wide, but it is a toasty 104F. The water has over 15 different minerals, leaving your skin oh so soft. While the SOURCE of the water does smell of sulfur (when you are walking to the pool), by the time the water reaches the pool most of the SOx is up in the air already and the pool doesn't smell at all. My wife is very sensitive to sulfur smells, so if she was good, everyone is good. If you have a hard time convincing the wife to take a road trip, this place is a fantastic bullet for your ammo stockpile in convincing her, along with the spa.

Since we were only in Colorado for a few days, we wanted to do two things....check out some caves and snowmobile. The first day the snow sucked, and snowmobiling is expensive, so I decided to take my chances and wait for better weather the following day, so we decided to take a cave tour at glenwood caverns.

The caverns are on the side/top of a mountain, which also has a fairly dope "roller coaster" (more like a sled coaster that you control the speed.....fun) so you need to take a gondola up there....

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Now the caverns are broken up into 2 parts, the upper, and the lower. THe tours are about 50 minutes each and are spread out so that you can catch both without having to wait the hour...IMHO, if you are ever here, skip the upper, it's fairly boring, and Im a huge cave nut.

The cave system has a very interesting story, and like a bastard child, has been passed around owner to owner for the longest time, until recently when a private owner decided to excavate and develop the land.

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The Upper system is kinda boring, without too many cool formations, and it's very tight in there. On top of that, they are crazy about you touching or scraping the rock inside, so they made me leave my camera bag in a storage locker. I took my SLR inside, but the pics are bleh so I didn't even bother with them, so iphone pics it is.

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The lower system is far more impressive, with much larger rooms, MUCH bigger formations, and far more grandiose.

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After the tours, we decided to head back, take another soak, and go to dinner....

Can you find the jeep :D
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Back at the hotel, the temps dropped, and now the steam from the pools can be seen....
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Very nice after a day of hiking.

We ate dinner at juicy lucy's steakhouse...

Elk wrapped in filo...barely edible. Elk was murdered, ground to a pulp and mixed with a mushroom paste that obliterated any flavor it had left, and the entire thing was overcooked.

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I had a T bone because I figured it was safe...and it was...it was ok.
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Wife played it safe as well, and just got a steamed lobster.
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After dinner we went back to the room and called it a night, for tomorrow it would be snow mobiling time and then we depart Colorado.

NFRs2000NYC
02-27-2015, 09:32 PM
Our last day in Colorado was a lucky one...while it was nasty and raining at the hotel, up on the mountains it snowed all night, and dumped a nice amount of fresh powder, so we grabbed our gear and headed up to go snowmobiling. Now, my wife has never done it, so I was hoping it would be ideal conditions for a first timer, but luckily for her, conditions were pristine. Now only did we all get first dibs on fresh snow, but the scenery was jawdropping going through the woods and up/down the mountain.


So getting here was fun, as the roads were slick
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You couldn't have asked for more ideal conditions....pure winter wonderland.

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Our guide stopping to see if anyone wanted a pee break (entire tour we booked was 60 miles long, which goes by quickly because you're having so much fun.) which I gladly took. Luckily our group was my wife and I and a family of 8 and they were all cool, and good riders, so we kept a great pace.

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I absolutely love these trees. The guide told me what they were called, but I forgot....their burnt copper color is gorgeous against the pristine white backdrop.

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After about 25 miles, he took us out to a flat area, and let everyone go bananas for around 30 minutes, lots of fun. People basically went as fast as they had the balls to. Most machines topped out at 60mph, mine had a hybrid track on it so I could hit around 70, while the guide could hit over 100mph.

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Snow was waist deep near the summit.
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After a full day of snowmobiling, we went back to the hotel, took a nice soak, then went to dinner...where we would stuff our faces and talk about where we are going to go tomorrow....

Dinner was at a place called "Smoke" which was a modern bbq place. Based on what we had, it was ok.

Bacon wrapped shrimp (tasted like bacon but thats it, slaw was good)
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Smoked Wings (far to vinegary for my taste but cooked VERY well)
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A rack of ribs that my wife forgot to take a pic of (nothing to write home about)
A crock of mac and cheese that was bland as hell

And this german chocolate browning which was incredible.

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During dinner, and a long discussion, we decided to trek into Utah, and my wife would do me a favor and let me go to Moab.... :D so with that bombshell, we went back to the room, and back to bed, because tomorrow, Moab in the new Jeep. :D

NFRs2000NYC
02-27-2015, 11:46 PM
So, having an awesome wife and getting my official Moab pass, we get up at the crack of dawn and head out....

The scenery changes dramatically as you leave colorado...

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Another bonus of having a Jeep...nearly impossible to get caught speeding, the most I did was around 87 or so on the flats.

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Views in every direction...

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Time to say goodbye to my favorite state...

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And hello to my second favorite

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You guys don't even know the excitement I feel in my fizzy bits when this comes into my view....

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We grabbed lunch at the side of the colorado river, and I decided to break the jeep's virginity and anoint it with the red mud of Moab, so I took a canyon road to our hotel...

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It rained for the last two days so things were quite muddy. After we checked into the hotel, I drove down to my favorite carwash (I know Moab inside out) and got cleaned up for the adventures tomorrow.

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GreggNY
02-27-2015, 11:59 PM
Awesome story so far. Cabin fever is definitely in full swing here in NY. I've got a week off in April and something like this might just have to go down. Looking forward to the rest!

NFRs2000NYC
02-28-2015, 12:01 AM
Awesome story so far. Cabin fever is definitely in full swing here in NY. I've got a week off in April and something like this might just have to go down. Looking forward to the rest!

If you have the time, a road trip is definitely worth taking!

NFRs2000NYC
02-28-2015, 02:51 PM
So we get up the next morning, and Im very eager to start the day, because today I would try a trail again that shut me down the last time I was there....Top of The World. This trail is rated difficult in the guidebook, and when I was there last, my Jeep on 33s probably could have made it, but I didn't want to take chances because it is very remote and I was alone. This time, the jeep is bigger and badder, so with lots of excitement, we head on for the 30 mile drive to the trailhead.

Luckily, the drive isn't a bad one.....

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Now, a message to anyone else that will ever have a road trip with passengers, rule #1 to make things fun for everyone....REMEMBER THAT BEING A DRIVER AND A PASSENGER IS NOT THE SAME THING. Driving your M3 on the Dragon or your Jeep on Hellbender might be fun for you, but it is literally torture for a passenger.

With that in mind, and trying to teach the wife about 4 wheeling, my plan was to let her do and drive as far as possible before things get frisky, at which point we would swap.

So....lesson #1....airing down...

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Now, the trail is 9.6 miles long according to the guidebook. The first 5 miles are moderate ....then around 3 miles of difficult stuff, then 1.6 miles of hard stuff....keep those numbers in mind.

So the wife is tootin along, and Im walking alongside giving her instructions, like where to turn, what line to take, and what gear to be in (1st or 2nd in 4LO)

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Trail (in the first 5 miles) switches between sandy areas and rocky stuff..

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Once the wife hit about the 6 mile mark, things started getting tippy and slippy, and the wife was no longer comfortable, so we swapped....

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I know you can't tell, but ask anyone that has ever been offroading, it never comes across in pictures. :D

Continued......

NFRs2000NYC
02-28-2015, 03:11 PM
As we climbed higher, we began seeing signs of snow...which I am very "alert" to thanks to my misadventures on La Sal pass 2 years ago....

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Some sections were pretty badly washed out as well from the snow/rain
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At about 8 miles, things got difficult AND the slopes were covered in ice (flatter areas seemed to have melted the ice off)

You can see the wife walking ahead to tell me if things are passable and getting worse/better

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As luck would have it, it did get worse, but I kept on going so long as the Jeep didn't struggle or fight too much....

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The wife started to get nervous because everytime I climbed a ledge the jeep would slip 2-3 feet to either side, which was fine, but watching a 5500lb box slide around and make banging noises is a bit nerve-tingling for someone that spent their entire lives trying to avoid that sound.

As we got even higher, the terrain became even more difficult, and the ice was even thicker. This trail is supposed to be around 4-5 hours total, and we have used nearly 3.5 already, and haven't even reached the end, plus the return trip....on top of that, it was already around 3:15, and the sun sets (like a light switch) at 5:40, so we would need to do some of the return trip in the dark......so at 9.2 out of 9.6 miles, I had to swallow my pride and ego and turn around. Had I had another jeep with me, I would have done it without even thinking, but being out there alone, with literally no cars around for 50 miles (Moab was dead during this time).....I had to do it. Sometimes you have to do things to keep your passengers calm.

NFRs2000NYC
03-01-2015, 05:09 PM
So after my unsuccessful attempt to get to the end, it was time to turn around and head back (all sad and frustrated)

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This entire time, we have been pretty hungry as our plan was simply to find a nice spot at the end of the trail and admire the view while we cook lunch, but since that didn't happen we were jonesing to eat, however, it was already after 4pm and we had a long way back off the rocks before it got dark so starving and munching on leftover road trip candy, we made our way back to the head of the trail......which was FAR away at this point

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Being frustrated and agitated (combination of not making the end of the trail, being hungry and having recently quit smoking after a pack a day for 14 years) I barreled down the trail in half the time as it took getting up....looking back, it was a mistake as there were a few mistakes I have made, luckily, nothing broke, bent, or snapped.

It was around 5:10 or so, and we made it back to the trail head, where we decided to pull over and cook up some "lunch"...LInner at this point.

Wife and I were tired of eating restaurant food and road trip stop food, so before we headed out, I stocked up on some fresh local rainbow trout to grill up later on, and some salad....nice not to eat so heavy for once.

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FInally got to put my tray table/cutting board to use, came out VERY handy.

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After linner, it was getting pretty dark, so we packed up, and began the 30 mile drive back to town. Overall, it was a fun filled but a slightly disappointed day, but as they say, you live to fight another day.

NFRs2000NYC
03-01-2015, 05:36 PM
The next day I wanted to run a few more trails but the wife suggested that we have a "relaxing day" which meant "get your fat ass up and hike" and that we should go into Arches national park and actually see the entire park. I have been to Arches 5 times now, and always saw the same thing...balanced rock, the formations at the park entrance, and then delicate arch, at which point, I was exhausted from the hike and wanted to leave. :D

I thought that was a fine idea, so I took her up on it. We woke up decently early (sun sets early so if you want full day of stuff you can't sleep in until noon), filled up, bought food for later, and headed out.

As we entered the park, the wife kept saying how a lot of the rock formations look like penises....I have no idea what she is on about.....

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The last time I was at balanced rock, the wife wasn't with me, so we stopped again..

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After Balanced rock, we went towards the garden of eden, a place I've actually never been....cool to see now capped La Sal Mountains in the background.

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Honestly, some of the best sports car roads anywhere...

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Finally arrived at the garden of eden

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The day/weather were truly perfect....Tshirts in February.

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Pic of the north window with the wife in it for scale....

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After a whole bunch of hiking, it was time to lunch it, so we went to find a nice quiet spot and set up shop...

Found a nice little spot with no one around and utter silence...beautiful

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Today's menu we're sauteed beech mushrooms with some salad and emergency skirt steak....

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Then we proceeded with consumption of mass quantities. :D

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After a fantastic lunch and about an hour of sitting there and breathing in fresh air, we cleaned up, and headed out to see 2 more arches, (technically 3) - landscape arch and double arch....the only problem was, it was already nearly 5pm...but we went anyway, since I actually had headlamps this time (unlike the time I was caught in pitch black darkness hiking back from delicate arch).

We arrived at the devil's garden parking lot, and the sun was beginning to set, and I didn't really know how long the hike to the arch was....when we got to it, it was fairly dark already.

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After finding our way back to the Jeep in pitch black darkness, we went back towards the double arches. We ran into a photographer that was leaving, and he told us that we came at a great time of year, as it is nearly impossible to have double arch all to yourself, which we did......

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After this, the wife wanted to go grab dinner and a drink in town, and tomorrow would be another day......

TNuggs13
03-02-2015, 02:43 AM
I love reading about your trips. This one is just as good as the last. Seems like a great time. I've been trying to convince my wife to do something like this. Hopefully in time. Looking forward to what's next 👍

budmanm3
03-02-2015, 07:21 PM
Have your rotopax come in handy yet, or have they just been a failsafe in case so far?

Flat Top
03-02-2015, 08:18 PM
Enjoy reading the updates and pics, making me want to plan a trip as well. The arch pics are fantastic! The backgrounds look like galaxy bands, was that visible to the eye or just part of an extended exposure?

NFRs2000NYC
03-02-2015, 08:46 PM
Have your rotopax come in handy yet, or have they just been a failsafe in case so far?

Actually, yes. Coming back in the middle of Kansas, fuel light comes on so I start paying attention....next fuel stop 12 miles, and I have around 25 miles of range left with a VERY strong headwind (will post more on that later)....I drive all the way to the station, which from the looks of things, has been closed for a LONG time. Looking at my navi it seems the next gas station is 20+ miles away, so I dumped one pack into the tank. I haven't needed it out on the trail yet, but I haven't taken a trail long enough. I take them as an insurance policy for now, and they have saved me on 2 different occasions, but oddly enough, they were both ON road.

NFRs2000NYC
03-02-2015, 08:47 PM
Enjoy reading the updates and pics, making me want to plan a trip as well. The arch pics are fantastic! The backgrounds look like galaxy bands, was that visible to the eye or just part of an extended exposure?

Tons of stars visible to the eye, but not the galaxy.

NFRs2000NYC
03-02-2015, 09:09 PM
So after we had an enjoyable day hiking and relaxing around arches, it was time to resume our normally scheduled programming and continue with our wheeling/exploring adventures.

We get up nice and early, do a quick gas/food run, and head out. I wanted the wife to wheel a little more, get a little more practice, and she isn't a fan of just bouncing around rocks (wants nice views and such)....plus I wanted to spend the day in Canyonlands and do some exploring there, so I decided we are going to run Potash Road into the shafer switchbacks which drops you in the middle of Canyonlands...so I stick her behind the wheel and away we go.

Now, there are going to be a few lessons to be learned/taught here....

1) ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS check BLM and National Park websites for the latest closure info. It can save you a lot of stress. Im an idiot and didn't do it, thinking "oh, it's nice and sunny today, everything is awesome everywhere"

2) For those of you traveling with your wife/girlfriend/kids/significant other/parent, etc....PAY ATTENTION TO THEIR ENJOYMENT LEVEL...AS MENTIONED EARLIER, YOU AS THE DRIVER MAY BE HAVING A LOT MORE FUN THAN THEY ARE....more on this in a bit.

Potash road is a really easy ride with very pretty scenery, with only a few minor bumps and a few washouts from the rain a few days prior.

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After a few miles, we arrived at Thelma and Louise point....if you have seen the movie, it's the scene where the car goes flying off a cliff....

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After this, we kept on going until we came upon a sign saying "Entering Canyonlands National Park"...I was all happy, since I knew the switchbacks are coming up shortly....and they did...with a big locked gate with signs that said ROAD CLOSED......

I was annoyed. Minorly at the park, and mostly at myself, and how I can be such an idiot and not check any kind of weather closures, ESPECIALLY after getting shafted on top of "top of the world" with all the ice. Lesson learned I guess.

By this point, the wife was visibly annoyed (all that bouncing around for nothing) and visibly (and audibly :D) pissed. She was so annoyed (and a little nauseous)
that she wanted to walk alongside the jeep for a while because she was getting sick. THis was fine on the top of the world trail, and it was slow going, but here it was annoying. I literally idled for like 3 miles so that she can walk and feel a bit better.

Now, to elaborate on the lesson here, my wife isn't what anyone would call a "jeeper"....she likes the out doors, but like most women, she'd like to spend her time outdoors walking down rodeo drive and not bounce around some canyon without another human soul for 60 miles in any direction....so the fact that she comes along on my crazy adventures means a lot, and I need to respect that, and I need to know when someone is being quietly miserable for your personal amusement....and it didn't sit right. We didn't go away at all in 2014 because of our newborn, so the wife really earned a nice vacation, and for her, this wasn't it. We drove out to the colorado river to have some lunch and so that I could have a think....

Never wander a canyon without my boars head dogs.
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So, I relaxed and thought, and thought and thought....then....

I drove....

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and drove

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and drove some more....

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Until we arrived at our new hotel....

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Gentlemen, sometimes, if you want your trip to stay great, you gotta accommodate those that have slightly different interests....luckily for me, there are worse places to end up. ;)

BTW, the jeeping portion of this trip is NOT over so don't tune out just yet. :D

NFRs2000NYC
03-02-2015, 09:21 PM
I won't bore you with too much vegas stuff, since we didn't do what most young folks like to do in vegas, like party, so I'll give you guys the cliffs...

Saw David Copperfield...nothing like he used to be. Boring as hell.

Saw Penn and Teller...awesome show, I was actually IN the show, but that's a whole different story/thread. :D

Ate at the bellagio buffet....unless you absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE crab legs and can put away a lot of them, skip it. Even the best buffets in vegas (bellagio is #1 the last time I checked) is not as good as a nice restaurant. I put away my fill.

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Besides the crab, everything else was mediocre at best, but I may have more discriminating taste buds, this is my opinion only.

A surprise of the stay was Gordon Ramsay's BURGR place in Planet Hollywood. I consider myself to be an expert on burgers, and it has been a long time since I had a literally flawless burger, where every single aspect, bun, lettuce, etc were flawless.

The apps were just ok, but if you are there, just get an "American" with bacon (their bacon is duck bacon, not pork.)

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After a few more days of relaxing, we headed back to Denver to drop my wife off at the airport, and I would continue my journey home....but I do have one more stop to make, which I will post this evening!

Flat Top
03-02-2015, 09:53 PM
FInally got to put my tray table/cutting board to use, came out VERY handy.

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What table is this? I have not seen one with a slide out extension, looks great. :thumb::thumb:

NFRs2000NYC
03-02-2015, 10:01 PM
What table is this? I have not seen one with a slide out extension, looks great. :thumb::thumb:

Yup, its the outback tailgater

http://outbackadventureproducts.com/tag/jeep-table/

Great product, VERY well made and engineered. Google it for the best price...it's not cheap, but it works, and works very well.

NFRs2000NYC
03-02-2015, 11:47 PM
Well, time to wrap this little adventure up. I appreciate you guys taking the time out to check out my little travel blurb.

So, after a nice few days in vegas, we need to start heading back home, and we have a long LONG way back...actually, I have a long way back, the wife just needs to get to denver and fly home...

On the trip back, somewhere in Utah, rig hits 9000 miles

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And into the night we go!

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After going through one hell of an ordeal with United (which reminded me again how much I appreciate driving myself and not have to deal with these people at airports) and after the wife has made it through the security at the airport, I depart denver towards my next and final destination....

I book a hotel near the destination in Kansas. I crossed into Kansas right around sunrise, and what a beautiful sunrise it was....

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I made a note that sunrise was around 5:25am, for sunrise pictures tomorrow. My plan was wake up before the sun comes up, get to the destination, and wait out the sunrise....

I arrive at my hotel at around 12pm, and the hotel was nice enough to let me check in early...they weren't exactly expecting a rush of guests in the middle of Kansas, and my sob story of driving 1000 miles scored me some points with the front desk girl.....to my amazement, the room was VERY VERY nice, nicer than Paris rooms, which were old and bleh (I usually stay at the bellagio but for $49 a night you can't beat Paris) and I plop and the bed to relax. I get up at around 6pm to grab some local dinner with some of that fine kansas beef, but the only place around me other than a gas station is a "steakhouse." I go in order a KC strip mid rare and a baked potato. Waitress tells me I can help myself to the cold salad bar....

I took the safe options...

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It was a sad baked potato, the steak wasn't very good topped with a very sad onion ring....

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I wake up the following morning at around 4am, since my final destination is about 30 minutes or so from the hotel...so I pack everything, check out at the front desk and head out.

I drive on a single lane 65mph road in complete darkness (other than my lights obviously).....basically using my navigation as my "eyes" as well as all my lightbars. Finally I get to a turn off onto a dirt road, with 6 miles still to go.....

I cautiously drive down the dirt road but I have to speed up because driving slowly blows a cloud of dust in front of my face and I can't see a damn thing...so Im doing 35mph until I come to something that literally scared me.....I felt like I was in a Silent Hill movie or something....remember, this is in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of even more nowhere....with the wind howling like crazy and not a soul in sight....this is what I came across that spooked me and I slammed my brakes to make sure I wasn't about to get chainsawed to pieces...

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Tell me that wouldn't freak you out if it came out of nowhere!?

After swallowing what felt like a bowlingball, I turned on the 50" bar and proceeded with trepidation.....

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Things looked blair-witchy.....

After 3 more miles of driving, I finally arrived.....

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Gotta feed the kids and I will post up the conclusion and a PSA video. :D

HoosierWolf
03-03-2015, 12:20 AM
Loving your updates. The pictures are amazing.

I really like that trail table. I was planning to get one with slots to attach my MOLLE gear but now I'm wondering if I'd rather have the pull out cutting board. That's pretty sweet.

Look forward to the next one and the video :thumb:

budmanm3
03-03-2015, 01:02 AM
Gotta love LED lighting

NFRs2000NYC
03-03-2015, 01:13 AM
Loving your updates. The pictures are amazing.

I really like that trail table. I was planning to get one with slots to attach my MOLLE gear but now I'm wondering if I'd rather have the pull out cutting board. That's pretty sweet.

Look forward to the next one and the video :thumb:

I had the slotted one with MOLLE crap on my last rig...this one if FAR FAR more useful when out on the trail, but that's just my opinion. Plenty of other places to keep MOLLE gear but you can't really chop veggies and grill anywhere else.

NFRs2000NYC
03-03-2015, 01:13 AM
Gotta love LED lighting

No kiddin...like driving around with your own fold up sun.

MTG
03-03-2015, 01:15 AM
I had the slotted one with MOLLE crap on my last rig...this one if FAR FAR more useful when out on the trail, but that's just my opinion. Plenty of other places to keep MOLLE gear but you can't really chop veggies and grill anywhere else.

This is the one I've been planning to get. I've yet to find one that looks better. Good to hear you like it. :thumb:

xrayjeeper83
03-03-2015, 01:21 AM
Awesome pics, one day I wanna take a trip like this. How many days was this trip?

NFRs2000NYC
03-03-2015, 01:57 AM
So the place I've been wanting to go (but missing every time since I pass through Kansas at night) is Monument Rocks. This place is very cool. These "rocks" are basically like compressed chalk and they crumble and errode fairly quickly. The monument is technically on private land, but part of the deal for the buyers was that they must keep the monument open to the public at all times, and they do.

Now, remember when I said the sunrise was at 5:25am? I got there around 4:40 or so and was planning on catching every ounce of sunrise, but when I didn't see the sun even REMOTELY appear at 5:10 I realized what happened...I set my navi for Vegas time when I got there, and never changed it back...so the navi clock was an hour ahead. Oh well, amazingly, I had full AT&T LTE service so in the pitch black darkness with the wind howling like crazy, I watched a bunch of youtube waiting for the sun to show....and show it did.....(pardon the gratuitous jeep ad nature of some of these photos)

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I didn't notice it when I pulled up because of the pitch black darkness, but there are 2 formations there.... 2.1 technically (you can see the single column remaining from a 3rd formation)

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7402/16375196370_8a9c20d94f_c.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8593/16375403950_3fe5f38f9f_c.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8596/16375398800_abbbba5459_c.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8619/16375274218_141b80af33_c.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7383/16561853131_5b6984952f_c.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7288/16537509516_824dab102f_c.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7282/16563537485_199d4cdde9_c.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7380/16397103489_1566ab8320_c.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8597/15960897624_5b832f377e_c.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7423/15960985314_7a3c1cfedc_c.jpg

View of the 1st formation from the second.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7365/16583258635_b98d3287b0_b.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8673/16396330948_e6a448679e_c.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7381/15961406584_68204b26ed_c.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8583/16582862012_6b61f17d06_c.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/16583550615_a4768a15c1_c.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7294/15965403853_b0de0a53ae_c.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/15963022544_200fa96498_c.jpg

Quick note, those are NOT angel eyes. In fact, that part of the shrouds is gloss black but the sun is so strong in this pic that it makes it look like I have angel eyes, which I do NOT.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8622/16397951608_db24cc1794_c.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8648/16431183048_1c964b044f_c.jpg

In front of the 2nd formation

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8592/16411145177_61012c6c0e_c.jpg

Looking back at the first....

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8659/16656018355_333c01d429_c.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8618/16036117973_65694ce465_c.jpg

The 2nd formation again

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8595/16656015885_1b7537d902_c.jpg

Continued.......

boardsurfer
03-03-2015, 02:07 AM
Absolutely stellar set of shots there. As a hobbiest photog I'd love to hear a little about your gear.

NFRs2000NYC
03-03-2015, 02:19 AM
Absolutely stellar set of shots there. As a hobbiest photog I'd love to hear a little about your gear.

Sure, all of the SLR shots you see were taken with a 16-35L 2.8. The body is a 1DsMKIII. My travel lenses are a 16-35, a 24-70, and a 70-200 (all 2.8). I use a gitzo carbon tripod and a manfrotto RC6 head. If there is anything specific you'd like to know, just ask. :thumb:

boardsurfer
03-03-2015, 02:30 AM
Pretty much the holy trinity of lenses there. The sunrise through the arch is my fav. I'd put that on my wall any day. :-)

NFRs2000NYC
03-03-2015, 02:31 AM
Well, after spending the entire morning shooting, it was time to head back.....

Much MUCH less scary during daylight...

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b169/Nirvanaib/Colorado%20and%20Moab%202015/IMG_5480_zps10fcca50.jpg

Scary trees no longer scary

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b169/Nirvanaib/Colorado%20and%20Moab%202015/IMG_5484_zpse6b763b9.jpg

This is something I haven't seen before on any vehicle, but I suspect the Jeep's barnlike aerodynamics have something to do with it......

As I was driving back down the i70 in Kansas, the crosswind became insane. The wind turbines were spinning like crazy and the jeep was literally being blown off the road at 70. Even at 65 (10mph BELOW the speedlimit) I had to actively countersteer the entire way...almost the entire state of Kansas...I countersteered for so long the computer thought the steering wheel was no longer centered and my traction control light went on as a result

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b169/Nirvanaib/Colorado%20and%20Moab%202015/IMG_5502_zps8a1c4353.jpg

Fortunately it went away later on when things calmed down.

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed reading about some of my little adventures, and hopefully, I'll see you on the next one. Remember, life's a journey, take the dirt road.
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b169/Nirvanaib/Colorado%20and%20Moab%202015/38a68843-6599-4595-b85d-a7d55266684b_zpsl4lv6aop.jpg

NFRs2000NYC
03-03-2015, 02:41 AM
Oh, and here's the PSA I wanted to share.....

You've seen my Jeep in the above photos...a vehicle that's pretty well set up for winter driving right? So here is the PSA...if you ever drive down the highway in foul blizzard conditions, and you see a vehicle like mine going below the speed limit, there is probably a good reason for it, so do yourselves a favor and slow the hell down...watch the left side on the screen....recorded from my dashcam somewhere during a snow storm in ohio I think....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vyArMTujV0

boardsurfer
03-03-2015, 04:34 PM
Man, it just goes to show that the driver was completely at fault for something completely preventable. There was no traffic, nothing to swerve around. That driver probably thought there was no risk at all cruising down the road like that. And yet, there he was spinning around backwards on the interstate.

Driving a lifted jeep with big chunky tires I tend to stay extra aware of things like that. I know that my tires are absolutely terrible on hard snow packed roads.

el_chupo_
03-03-2015, 05:08 PM
Thanks for sharing! The wife and I plan a 2 week trip from TX over to Arizona and up into southern Utah in a few months, and threads and pics like you have make me all the more excited.

NFRs2000NYC
03-03-2015, 05:43 PM
Awesome pics, one day I wanna take a trip like this. How many days was this trip?

14 for me, 11 for the wife.

NFRs2000NYC
03-03-2015, 05:44 PM
Man, it just goes to show that the driver was completely at fault for something completely preventable. There was no traffic, nothing to swerve around. That driver probably thought there was no risk at all cruising down the road like that. And yet, there he was spinning around backwards on the interstate.

Driving a lifted jeep with big chunky tires I tend to stay extra aware of things like that. I know that my tires are absolutely terrible on hard snow packed roads.

Duratracs do very well in the snow, but since mine are so wide they don't like ice that much on concrete so I always drive very carefully. Pizza cutter duratracs would be unstoppable. The kid was 100% at fault, but lets hope he learned a very valuable lesson without hurting anyone.

MR.Ty
03-03-2015, 06:19 PM
Awesome photos! Thank you for sharing and contributing to my bucket list of places to visit :thumb:

Jackal01
03-03-2015, 07:17 PM
Awesome trip! :rock:

What dash cam do you have? I have been in the market for a year...can't decide on one. :grayno:

HoosierWolf
03-03-2015, 07:26 PM
Thanks for sharing.

I had a similar situation to your video last weekend. The roads IMO were not that bad by this point but some guy in a Suzuki Vitara (I think) blasted by me going at least 90. I could hear something on his vehicle whining as he flew by me. He caught some snow on the right side of the road. Fish tailed back in forth, flipped up on one rear wheel, slid out into my path while spinning. He straightened it out and accelerated down an exit ramp where my wife said he turn left through a red light without even braking.

I'm just really hoping he didn't hurt anyone else.

My wife was sleeping when the incident happened. Strangely she was awake the rest of the ride home.

NFRs2000NYC
03-03-2015, 07:27 PM
Awesome trip! :rock:

What dash cam do you have? I have been in the market for a year...can't decide on one. :grayno:

With dash cams, it's mostly about the software, and IMHO, the best and easiest to use the Blackvue. There are a number of models, so check out which one works best for you.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR11.TRC1.A0.H0.Xblack vue.TRS0&_nkw=blackvue&ghostText=&_sacat=0

Don't judge video quality by my video. It was snowing hard, I had a wet/filthy windshield, and it was pitch black out. The video quality is actually quite stellar (and you can find plenty of examples on youtube.) Actually, now that I think of it, the video quality of my vid is actually pretty damn nice considering the circumstances. :D

NFRs2000NYC
03-03-2015, 07:29 PM
Thanks for sharing.

I had a similar situation to your video last weekend. The roads IMO were not that bad by this point but some guy in a Suzuki Vitara (I think) blasted by me going at least 90. I could hear something on his vehicle whining as he flew by me. He caught some snow on the right side of the road. Fish tailed back in forth, flipped up on one rear wheel, slid out into my path while spinning. He straightened it out and accelerated down an exit ramp where my wife said he turn left through a red light without even braking.

I'm just really hoping he didn't hurt anyone else.

My wife was sleeping when the incident happened. Strangely she was awake the rest of the ride home.

Im very cautious when I drive in bad weather and think everyone on the road is a moron, ESPECIALLY 4WD/AWD drivers...they think they are invincible. I always try and keep away from everyone.

Jackal01
03-03-2015, 07:45 PM
With dash cams, it's mostly about the software, and IMHO, the best and easiest to use the Blackvue. There are a number of models, so check out which one works best for you.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR11.TRC1.A0.H0.Xblack vue.TRS0&_nkw=blackvue&ghostText=&_sacat=0

Don't judge video quality by my video. It was snowing hard, I had a wet/filthy windshield, and it was pitch black out. The video quality is actually quite stellar (and you can find plenty of examples on youtube.) Actually, now that I think of it, the video quality of my vid is actually pretty damn nice considering the circumstances. :D

Looked heavily at BV. Which one are you running? I have literally looked at hundreds of cameras. I am positive I looked at yours.

boardsurfer
03-03-2015, 07:46 PM
Duratracs do very well in the snow, but since mine are so wide they don't like ice that much on concrete so I always drive very carefully. Pizza cutter duratracs would be unstoppable. The kid was 100% at fault, but lets hope he learned a very valuable lesson without hurting anyone.

Exactly why I talked my girlfriend into putting them on her Unlimited. :thumb:

Flat Top
03-03-2015, 08:22 PM
Thanks for sharing! Fantastic pics, I hope you don'y mind but I "borrowed" a couple for tablet wallpaper. :yup::yup:

NFRs2000NYC
03-03-2015, 09:02 PM
Nope, don't mind at all.:thumb:

charlienwes
03-06-2015, 03:28 AM
enjoyed reading this. I live about 5 hours south of Glenwood Springs in Co. but have not been there yet. We have amazing hot springs around us. LOVE Utah's red rocks, will have to do some jeeping there soon!