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Wikid's annual Colorado trip 2015

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Wikid, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. Jul 25, 2015 at 5:55 PM
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    Wikid

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    Since I asked for this forum to be created, I suppose I should at least write a descent trip report, for our Colorado trip

    The initial plan would have been to visit the FJ cruisers Summit (8 out of 9 years running) , the go off to somewhere we have never been. Yellowstone National Park.
    With a family member getting very sick about 1 month before our trip, we actually had to cancel Yellowstone, because of the uncertainty of the situation .
    The event is amazing. nice people, plenty of Fj's and other Toyota's to gawk over and the most amazing scenery you would ever want to be in.
    We left on Wednesday, the day before the official summit began. The trip was good, but we were in "go mode" to get there and get settled in. I pulled my travel trailer and burned lots of gas. Again we were in go mode. At one point I averaged 7.5 miles per gallon, but didn't care . The mountains were calling :)
    Thursday we registered for the event, but since my Tundra wasn't lifted, I opted out of the standard trail runs.
    We actually went off and did a simple but beautiful trail called Last Dollar Road
    It winds up to over 10,000 ft elevation and is basically a scenic dirt road .
    Here are a few pics

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    This was an amazing view. I was as far up that little hill as I could be. Really
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    We were camped in a little park in town called the 4J's My Camper was almost overhanging the water in the stream. It was a fast moving stream, so the music off the water was awesome.
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    The next day we did some event stuff. Talked to some of the vendors we do business with and ate some food. Drank a few beers and just hung out
    The shuttle pulling Tundra

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    We actually got a chance to do a few trails with the AZFJ local group in AZ . Funny how we always get together 500 miles away from home, but it always seems difficult at home :)
    We went back to Last Dollar rd , then went into Telluride for lunch at a place called the Brown Dog, for Pizza Highly recommend this place . On the way we spotted a few elk. like about 100 of them grazing in a field.

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    Then we took a trail back over to Ouray called Ophir Pass
    I have no pics, because I was busy keeping on the narrow shelf rd :)
    Here is a pic or the drive back into Ouray near dusk . Just one of the tunnels you have to go through to get there

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    The weather kept us busy deciding what it was going to do, but I love it that way . It makes for excellent photo ops

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    Bridal Veil falls after Brown dog
    Switchbacks in an FJ are no problem. With the Tundra, they were 3 point turns :)
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    Day 3 was more Summit events. Raffle dinner etc. I spent 500 bucks on raffle tickets, because it all goes to a bunch of great causes. I ended up winning a very nice impact wrench, but not 500 bucks nice . I really don't care . I always just consider it a donation anyway. The joke is always, that I win everything, but that isn't and wasn't the case. The event ends with all the 390 trucks taking over main street on Sunday morning at 6 am for an event photo. I will find a pic of this and post it . I just don't have one now
    After the event we actually added a few days to our vacation, since the family illness thing had settled down. We ended up staying until Wednesday
    Sunday and Monday we chilled out and just enjoyed the stormy weather. Tuesday we did an epic ride and trail. We decided to go to Crested Butte a few hours away. With some research we planned out a really cool loop trail from Blue Mesa Reservoir, to Crested Butte. It ended up being about 80 miles of all kinds of terrain
    Here are a few pics
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    We did lots of this in really bad rain and hail, but it was a hoot. I got a little nervous about the tight shelf roads and the muddy conditions, but I just took my time and took in the storms
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    The trail already traveled
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    This was so scenic and full of sound, I sat here and made a video with audio of the sound, so I could loop it for great sleeping
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    This was in the middle of the loop we did. It was the entrance to the Devils Punch bowl , Just after Schofield Pass. This is suppose to be the most deadly trail in Colorado. 16 deaths due to narrow steep shelf roads with erosion.
    We just took a picture of the signs, but didn't dare do the traile Especially alone
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    FJ Cruisers were not all we saw at the event . This LS3 FJ 40 was just a sweet build
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    The last day before we came home was dedicated to Ridgeway State park and a trout pond
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    All in all , this is a must do trip for anyone that loves scenery and relaxation. Ouray is know as "The Switzerland of America" . That isn't an exaggeration
    The total trip ended up being 1861 miles, over eight days, with all the trails. The Tundra remains a comfortable beast, that also can kick some dirt, mud and rocks around, with the best of them.
    Then you can cruise in style on the highways and byways . I am not disappointing in choosing this platform, after my years of FJ Cruisers, Although, I still have a soft spot for the Cruisers :)
     
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  2. Jul 25, 2015 at 8:04 PM
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    Eating popcorn in anticipation. Will you be hitting Denver area in your travels?
     
  3. Jul 25, 2015 at 10:39 PM
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  4. Jul 25, 2015 at 11:52 PM
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    First post updated with trail report . I will add additional pics , as I get them processed
     
  5. Jul 26, 2015 at 12:05 AM
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    Trip looks fun!
     
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    I enjoyed reading this, makes me look forward to my - still in the planning stages - cross Canada trip.
     
  7. Oct 1, 2015 at 5:08 PM
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    Best Canada cross country snack: upload_2015-10-1_18-8-49.jpg Puts Cheetos to shame.
     
  8. Oct 1, 2015 at 5:14 PM
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    Agreed :thumbsup:
     
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    Very addicting. When I reached Alberta/Montana border I thought I was going to get busted because of my cheezy fingers. Was sweating it out as I handed over my Passport. :oldglory:
     
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    Cheezies and Kathleen Edwards(Best Canadian Maple Leaf singer. IMO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDSwlbIc4f8
     
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    Thanks for the trio report. Thought I would bump this up again to let everyone know that there is a sub forum for trip reports. I will be adding at least one this summer.
     
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