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    from my dash cam

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    A little hairy?!?!?!? Just watching the video of that spot makes me pucker. And having the spotter talking on the phone definitely adds a whole nother level of difficulty to that.
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    random photos from Sal Sr (owner of the 09 JKUR)



















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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaveZJ View Post
    A little hairy?!?!?!? Just watching the video of that spot makes me pucker. And having the spotter talking on the phone definitely adds a whole nother level of difficulty to that.
    Dave, have you seen this one? funny

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    Oh, the irony (label on the pan - Less Mess Drain Pan)... it's must be a JK thing, cuz I don't understand






    just like clockwork, oil change every 3000 miles, motel 6 parking lot, Auburn, CA - didn't spill a drop

    https://goo.gl/maps/ZgRWAeBeS7n





    and yes they cleaned up the oil spill, it's california, they put you in jail for less


    and what good is an oil change if you're not gonna scrub off 3000 miles worth of multi state road grime and bug guts, 'ya gotta be lookin' your best when you tackle the 'con







    then it was off to Georgetown to do some exploring



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    My travel partners Sal Sr. & Sal Jr. - Great Salt Lake









    Sal with Danny Thompson


    yeah, saw a whole lotta this


    Lovelock Correctional Center, Lovelock, NV (off I-80) current home of that once famous NFL running back


    Donner Pass




    Me representin' my local club 'yo




    bumped into these guys at a gas station in Battle Mountain, NV - father and son duo from Buffalo, NY - bumped into them again at Rubicon Springs - crazy


    Sal Jr hamming it up with the lady sheriffs


    meeting Eddie (Wayalife) at his home in Carson City, NV
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    passing thru MOAB on the return trip home



















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    On 550 south of Ouray headed to the trailhead






    heading up to the pass


    I loss the coin toss, so I headed down first
























    main street Telluride looking towards Black Bear Pass


    it was COLD up there!
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    Absolutely epic trip Ron. Quite impressive that you did all of that wheeling in the rig you drove the whole way too.

    I was just in Ouray 2 weeks ago and your pics are make me itch to go back. Your pics chronicle too how quickly the weather can change at the top of those passes. We had snow at the top of Black Bear, beautiful weather going down into Telluride, and then by the time we made it back up on top of Imogene it was 30 degrees with 50+ mph winds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaveZJ View Post
    Absolutely epic trip Ron. Quite impressive that you did all of that wheeling in the rig you drove the whole way too.
    Looking back at it Dave, I'm kinda amazed I made it through unscathed. I was determined to check this one off my bucket list. I don't know what was more taxing, running the interstate up through the Rockies or the long extended hill climbs on the open highway. Three Sisters Mountains on Interstate 80 westbound outside Evanston, Wyoming was tough. Constant 35+mph headwinds and the long climb were brutal in the ZJ. I had the cabin heater going to keep the engine temps down. My heep doesn't have AC which added to the pain especially in northern Nevada. Perseverance or insanity, not sure which one accurately describes this adventure, but I would do it again in a heartbeat


    Trip West

    Map - https://goo.gl/maps/kFAho9tQpL42

    Points of Interest / Overnight Stays
    departed driveway, PA 6:00am / Sun Aug 7th
    1st overnight / Terra Haute, IN / 738 miles / Sun Aug 7th
    2nd overnight / Colby, KS / 779 miles / Mon Aug 8th
    3rd overnight / Salt Lake City / 761 miles / Tues Aug 9th
    Great Salt Lake Park
    Bonneville Salt Flats
    Summit Racing / Sparks, NV
    Reno Arch / Reno, NV
    Donner Memorial, drove Donner Pass Road complete westbound back onto I-80W from the Memorial
    arrived Auburn, CA / 611 miles / Wed Aug 10th
    overnight in Auburn, CA Thurs Aug 11th
    visit to Fair Oaks, CA / Georgetown, CA / Uncle Tom's Cabin / changed motor oil in hotel parking lot

    Friday Aug 12th Auburn, CA to Rubicon Springs 68.3 miles (Camped Fri & Sat night / Aug 12th & 13th)


    JJUSA event staged at Mar-Val Foods Parking Lot at 5:30am before departing to Rubicon Springs / Friday Aug 12th
    https://goo.gl/maps/TbLq3uGhpXt


    Trip East (homeward bound)

    Map - https://goo.gl/maps/ZDxo6TbkYsM2

    Points of Interest / Overnight Stays
    departed Rubicon Springs 8:00am / Sun Aug 14th arrived Homewood, CA approx 2:30pm
    North to Garwood's (5000 N Lake Blvd, Carnelian Bay, CA) / lunch & a pitcher of Wet Woody
    after lunch South on 89 to 50 @ South Lake Tahoe, CA
    continue on 50 to Fallon, NV passing through Carson City, NV
    1st overnight Fallon, NV / 145 miles / Sun Aug 14th
    depart Fallon, NV followed 95N to I-80E to MOAB (detour from originally planned route to retrieve parts from a dealership on I-80 / original route was highway 50 across Nevada to Moab, UT)
    2nd overnight / Moab, UT / 712 miles / Mon Aug 15th
    Moab, UT in town Tuesday Aug 16th
    Moab 4X4 for Repairs
    Dead Horse Point State Park
    Long Canyon Trail
    Sands Flats Road scenic drive
    Hells Revenge, drove in a few fins for photos (passed by Dan Mick on his sunset tour)
    Potato Salad Hill recon
    Hole N" The Rock
    3rd overnight Moab, UT / Canyonlands Campground cabin / 0 miles / Tues Aug 16th
    depart Moab, UT
    Black Bear Pass
    Telluride (Brown Dog Pizza for lunch)
    Imogene Pass
    4th overnight Ouray, CO / 186 miles including mountain passes / Wed Aug 17th
    depart Ouray, CO via 550N to Montrose, CO / 50E @ Montrose to Poncha Springs, CO / 285N @ Poncha Springs to Buena Vista, CO / stop @ Buena Vista to recon Carnage Canyon & Chinaman Gulch trails / 24N @ Buena Vista to Leadville, CO (hailstorm) / 91N @ Leadville to I-70E
    5th overnight Hays, KS / 688 miles / Thurs Aug 18th
    6th overnight Richmond, IN / 824 miles / Fri Aug 19th
    arrived home / 595 miles / Sat Aug 20th 5:45pm




    Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe , taken traveling along 89S towards South Lake Tahoe, CA


    who hasn't seen this rig in a few YouTube videos


    passing through Leadville, CO






    early AM leaving Hays, KS on I-70 eastbound towards Richmond, IN / loooong drive day / pounded out 824 highway miles solo that day


    PA or Bust
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    You finally did that trip! Congrats Ron, looks like it was an amazing time.

    Sold my rig.. i'll stop around soon.
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    Sometimes adults drink adult beverages. Sometimes these 'adults' drink too many of those beverages, and sometimes they come from a gas can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OverlandXJ View Post
    You finally did that trip! Congrats Ron, looks like it was an amazing time.

    Sold my rig.. i'll stop around soon.
    Hey John,

    sold the ZJ? I thought you had plans on a trip to White Rim?

    We packed a ton in these two weeks and had a blast doing it.


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    taken from the footbridge in MOAB


    just off the summit of Imogene
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    I did, I do, I will!I knew when I was building it (and trying to reuse most the new parts on XJ) that it was too much rig for my needs.. but I couldn't bring myself to part another good rig. Sold it to a local Jeepers wife.. relax, not yours!Sold the Roof Top Tent..Bought another ZJ, from a best bud and i'v been wrenching on this since 40K miles. Bought two Coleman Colorado pop up campers to build one good one over this winter. Canyonlands, Valley of the Gods, Swinging Steak, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, North Rim Grand Canyon next fall.. If I then don't make it.. it's time for a Vette.
    Originally Posted by CTeunuch
    Sometimes adults drink adult beverages. Sometimes these 'adults' drink too many of those beverages, and sometimes they come from a gas can.
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    cool side story..

    Ben Varozza won the 4600 Class of the EMC 'Every Man Challenge' at the 2017 KOH event.



    http://www.fourwheeler.com/events/17...ery-mans-race/

    It just so happens that Ben was the guy who repaired my drag link at Rubicon Springs. His shop, Verozza 4x4 Outfitters located in Diamond Springs, CA was the shop contracted by JJUSA to provide repair services at the 2016 Rubicon event.





    chattin' with Ben's wife in the waiting area

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    More post Rubicon trip stuff

    They shot this video on our trip. The Sal's are movie stars @ -0:34!!

    Calling it the hardest trail in the world is a bit of a stretch though...

    https://www.facebook.com/jeepjambore...type=2&theater
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    I caught a crawdad in the lake and it was this big!!







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    Exactly one year ago tonight I was pulling into Rubicon Springs.
    Wow, where did the time go?

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    Soup Bowl





    JKU in front of me





    just motoring along..






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