Ok, here's a report on my part of the Easter Jeep Safari 2010 Adventure. I know it won't be as detailed or exciting as the "Famous Idaho-Jeep" but here it is. JK.. Jevon!! Really everyone, he's a great guy who was a joy to meet and talk to, and had a great family also! And the Jeep is all it's made out to be. The thing is smooth and the attention to detail is top notch! I really can appreciate the time he's taken to make it right. I wish mine was that nice.
It all started as reading about the Easter Jeep Safari thread that Cliff333 had started and looking at it often. Well after checking out some of the profiles of people posting I found out Redarcher89 and Howdy were only 5 miles away from me. Actually I have wheeled with Howdy before in the past and didn't realize it was him and that Redarcher was his son. So a few PM's later we met up and did some talking about driving out for this. But...... I had a problem at work. Two of the vacation days I needed another girl had, and she had more senority than me
She has worked with me in the past about trading days but this time was different, her daughter was getting married and she had a ton of work to do and the days I needed she had family coming in from out of town. I fully understood this and was not mad at her but it was frustrating. Well at the end by luck, I had nothing to do with it, she was moved to another area and it opened up the days I needed so it was a scramble to get my stuff together.
Well I started making the travel plans with Howdy and Redarcher and at the same time checking up on his progress with his build. To make a long story short, I helped Redarcher a little to get his Jeep ready for the trip so we could all go, but it was down to the wire!!
I had my Jeep all loaded, washed and waxed for the 1350 mile trip out. Well that lasted all of about 0 seconds since it was pouring rain the day we left. Not a great start. I helped Redarcher out for the first 500 miles by pulling a trailer so to give his brand new gears a little easier chance to break-in. We had to stop and re-adjust the load to make it pull easier and then retarp within the first 15 miles, all in the heavy rain!
Gas stop somewhere in the middle of the night.
The trip went pretty fair other than getting VERY tired since we drove straight thru, till we hit Vail, CO then the fun began again!! Hit a snowstorm that changed from dry roads to 25mph within 1/4 mile! Maybe thats normal for there but I've never seen changes that fast. We made it thru ok but we were afraid that the road would get closed and we'd be stuck for awhile.
Myself and Howdy at a gas station in Vail
It snowed for quite a ways and then came Glenwood Canyon. It was beautiful thru there with the snow.
The famous rock slide that closed I-70