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Unread 05-06-2011, 06:59 AM   #1
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How far have you ventured?

Would love to hear who has the longest trip in their Jeep. Trials and tribulations Older Jeep the better.

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Unread 05-06-2011, 08:18 AM   #2
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I used to drive my older CJ's from Midland, Texas to the North Central area of New Mexico several times a year. It was about a 600 mile round trip each time. It wasn't so bad going up there and driving around for several days. The trip back home was tough because my body could hardly take the rough ride when I was so tired.
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Unread 05-06-2011, 07:01 PM   #3
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In January the Navy transferred me from San Diego, CA to Virginia Beach, VA. I did the 2800 mile drive in 3 days while towing a 5x8 enclosed trailer.
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Unread 05-07-2011, 10:11 AM   #4
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I drove from Michigan to the west. I went to Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. I put about 6-7000 miles on the Jeep, and I started with about 190000 miles (or somewhere around there).

Beginning in Utah, my power steering pump slowly started to fail until southern Colorado when it got so bad I had to do something about it. The bearing was failing and if it continued the pulley would fall off. The nearest power steering pump was at a Napa in Colorado Springs (2.5 hours from me). I was on a time constraint to get to Denver so I risked the drive there, and replaced the pump behind the store. To be honest, I take pride in the fact that I was willing to fix this. Not that it was all that difficult, but because most wouldn't do it themselves.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 01:07 AM   #5
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In about 2 1/2 weeks my son and I are driving my '05 wrangler from Wisconsin to Anchorage, Alaska. It's about a 3600 mile trip. We'll be pulling a small trailer and plan on taking our time to enjoy the trip. I have 10 days to make the trip. I'm hoping for the trip of a lifetime! Haven't driven my jeep since October, I can't wait to get back behind the wheel.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 05:51 AM   #6
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In about 2 1/2 weeks my son and I are driving my '05 wrangler from Wisconsin to Anchorage, Alaska. It's about a 3600 mile trip. We'll be pulling a small trailer and plan on taking our time to enjoy the trip. I have 10 days to make the trip. I'm hoping for the trip of a lifetime! Haven't driven my jeep since October, I can't wait to get back behind the wheel.
Hey that trip would make a great thread to follow. Pics of your ride at different locations and a little commentary. A good real life read!
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Unread 05-24-2011, 06:00 AM   #7
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I drove to Labrador City for a fishing trip. It was about 1,800 miles. It was an 18 hour trip, and 10 of those hours were on dirt roads.

At one point I came to a place called "The Burn." It's a spot that got leveled by a massive forest fire a few years back, and the road passes right through it. You could easily see 10 miles in every direction, and all you could see was black charred earth.

I passed through another place called the "Ghost Town." It's a section of road that used to go through an old mining town, then the mines got used up, so they tore down all the builings and left. But the road features that you would associate with a town, such as the raised median and the sidewalks, were still there. Pretty creepy to be cruising along at 60 MPH and suddenly come upon sidewalks when you're 200 miles from the closest town.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 09:21 AM   #8
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A couple of summers ago I drove my Jeep down to Houston from western Kentucky to visit a friend for a couple of days. Then I left from Houston and drove out across west Texas for what seemed like days. Then into New Mexico and just drove back roads and forest access roads up through the Rockies into northern Colorado. Most of the dirt forest access roads were in Colorado, where I basically just drove aimlessly camping out along the way. Then back down onto the prairies of Kansas and slowly weaved my way back home. All said and done I drove just under 4000 miles. All done with the top down & doors off.....All on 2 lane blacktop roads or dirt roads. I think I did about 20 miles on interstate roads and most of that was around Houston. Also, I didn't have a GPS at the time and all my navigation was done with an Atlas. That's a book of paper road maps for all you youngsters. Taking the back roads take you through all kinds of cool little towns, eating at little "mom & pop" restaurants, chatting it up with the locals. Can't tell you how many times I sat out in parking lots and gas stations talking "Jeep" with total strangers. It was one of my most memorable road trips ever!
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Unread 05-24-2011, 10:54 AM   #9
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A couple of summers ago I drove my Jeep down to Houston from western Kentucky to visit a friend for a couple of days. Then I left from Houston and drove out across west Texas for what seemed like days. Then into New Mexico and just drove back roads and forest access roads up through the Rockies into northern Colorado. Most of the dirt forest access roads were in Colorado, where I basically just drove aimlessly camping out along the way. Then back down onto the prairies of Kansas and slowly weaved my way back home. All said and done I drove just under 4000 miles. All done with the top down & doors off.....All on 2 lane blacktop roads or dirt roads. I think I did about 20 miles on interstate roads and most of that was around Houston. Also, I didn't have a GPS at the time and all my navigation was done with an Atlas. That's a book of paper road maps for all you youngsters. Taking the back roads take you through all kinds of cool little towns, eating at little "mom & pop" restaurants, chatting it up with the locals. Can't tell you how many times I sat out in parking lots and gas stations talking "Jeep" with total strangers. It was one of my most memorable road trips ever!
That is the winner so far! great story. Sounds like the perfect Jeep trip.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 06:49 PM   #10
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Unread 05-27-2011, 12:41 AM   #11
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Hey that trip would make a great thread to follow. Pics of your ride at different locations and a little commentary. A good real life read!
I would be happy to oblige. I all ready do a small blog about our move here to Alaska. This trip will be a big adventure, and my jeep is playing a starring role!

If you would like to read my blog you can find it at www.roseyinalaska.blogspot.com There are lots of pics of moose and snow-capped mountains. I really missed the jeep for the winter driving - cannot wait to be back behind the wheel!

A week from today we will be on the road!
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Unread 05-27-2011, 08:08 AM   #12
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I would be happy to oblige. I all ready do a small blog about our move here to Alaska. This trip will be a big adventure, and my jeep is playing a starring role!

If you would like to read my blog you can find it at www.roseyinalaska.blogspot.com There are lots of pics of moose and snow-capped mountains. I really missed the jeep for the winter driving - cannot wait to be back behind the wheel!

A week from today we will be on the road!
I signed up to follow your Alaska blog. Great writing, it was an enjoyable read.
I look forward to reading about your upcoming Jeep rip. Sounds amazing! Take care and be safe....
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Unread 05-27-2011, 11:08 PM   #13
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I signed up to follow your Alaska blog. Great writing, it was an enjoyable read.
I look forward to reading about your upcoming Jeep rip. Sounds amazing! Take care and be safe....
Thanks for the good wishes, and I'm glad you like my blog. I'm a little nervous about the trip. I have never gone on such a long road trip and I will be pulling a little trailer, also a first for me. But we have plenty of time to make the trip, so all should be good!
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Unread 06-09-2011, 07:26 AM   #14
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For anyone who might be interested, I have started on my trip from WI to AK. Yesterday was our first day on the road and so far so good. I have an
'05 Wrangler soft top and my 15 year old son is my navigator. We are pulling a small homemade trailer full of personal junk.

I keep a small blog about our transition from the midwest to AK and right now the topic is travel. I will update it when I can. Which it what I'm doing now

you can find it at www.roseyinalaska.blogspot.com
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Unread 06-09-2011, 07:28 AM   #15
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Bump to keep this in my replies, cool thread
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