I finally got a chance to test out my new truck camper and Duramax tow rig...... WOOHOO!! they both performed well.... oh, the Jeep did well too.
I also took my DRZ400 dual sport bike, but ended up not riding it. The plan was to probably ride it on days the group did the hard trails, and I'd ride wherever, but instead, I decided to ride passenger on the hard trails and do a bunch of photos and videos. Might take a while to get the videos online, but I captured some scary moments for sure.
During the time we were there, the wind was almost non stop, with two days being worse than the rest, and only one day being a "no wind" day.
There were roughly 30 people total in the group spread out amongst 10 Jeeps and 1 Toyota. It was a great trip with a diverse group of people. There were 5 Jeeps from WA, 3 from NM, 1 from NV, 1 from TX, the Toyota was from ID, and the others were from AZ (I think).
My trip started with a snowy drive over White Pass on the 20th
At the summit of White Pass: (stopped here to mess with the trailer brakes, which are plaguing me with problems again.
I had planned on doing ROF Moab last year, which is partly why I bought the Jeep trailer last year, but I pulled the plug on the trip when it looked like I may end up jobless.
When I got invited to this Moab trip, I decided I wasn't going to miss the chance to get out and enjoy some nice weather and a chance to do some Jeeping. Sprin weather in Washington has been horrible (too much rain). I haven't been Wheelin' since last October, so it felt good to get out in my Jeep again. When I got home, I could tell it rained a LOT while I was gone.
I had a blast. It was fun to wheel my Heep where it had a chance to live up to the way it has been built.
I swapped over to my softop, and at the last minute decided to leave my full hard doors at home and run the lower steel tube doors with steel skins on them and upper soft half doors.
Here's what I remember about the way rigs on this trip were equipped:
Two LJ on 37s (I think.)
A YJ and a bunch of TJs and another LJ on 35s
Me and another TJ on 33s
Toyota running huge tires - not sure of the size
I think everyone was running lockers (some ARB, a bunch of Rubis with factory lockers)
The trip down went well.... here's a tail wind along I-84 in Eastern Oregon.
I camped out the first night behind a motel in Mtn Home, Idaho, and plugged the rig in to power.
Tooks some photos of the new rig in the same locations that I took photos last year:
South of Wellington, UT, I was dealing with a nasty headwind or cross wind.
This is at the air down spot for Moab Rim trail, which we ran on Day 1.
The trail climbs and follows a narrow path above the river and the road.
Not far in to the trail, there's a small crack situated where a climb and right turn is required.
Shortly after this was another incline and a series of turns, called the "Z Turn" obstacle.
It was fun to watch the Toyota climb the obstacles that sometimes we could not do, or we had to take a much different line in order to accomplish them. The Toyota would crawl up just about anything (long wheebase had many advantages)
Up on top of the rim, we stopped for a break:
Cacti bloom some really neat looking flowers.
We motored down the trail....
..Then stopped at an overlook and had lunch.
...then we hiked out to look at the petroglyphs on the rocks...
Coming back we stopped to play on a sand hill...