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GREAT RUN! Trail reports and pictures begin on page 9 post #84

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UPDATE - 6/26: (*-these trails have been reversed based on good advice from multiple sources to this order: Gemini Bridges THEN Long Canyon)
Also, I will be traveling with my SPOT Tracker and can provide any interested party a link that will enable the poor schmucks who missed out on this trip to watch our progress through the Utah wild in near realtime on Google Maps. It updates our position every ten minutes or so. Just PM me and I will send you the link. It is viewable immediately, however it will not start posting our progess until the morning of the 20th. Ain't technology grand!

UPDATE - 7/10: Forget PMing me, why don't I just post the link here? Good question! Here it is...
SPOT "Moab Day Long Safari" Shared Page
Enjoy watching from the relative safety of your home as we enjoy some of the most striking panaramas in this great nation of ours from the relative safety of our beloved FJs.

Come join us for a day long safari through the Utah wilds​

With all the folks who will be in the Moab area just before the Summit, my wife and I decided to plan a BIG, LONG, SCENIC trip through some great terrain.

Here is the plan. Meet at the City Market at 8:00am with a FULL tank of gas and at LEAST a gallon of water for every person in your truck. Lunch will be on the trail, so bring some eats. We'll head north out of town at 8:30am and follow the Colorado River along RT279.

*First trail: Gemini Bridges. Starting at the US191 entrance we will go south then west to RT313.


*Second trail: Long Canyon. We will be starting at the RT313 entrance and going east to Jug Handle Arch and RT279.


We will then drive along the Colorado River on RT279 turning east on RT128 for the scenic pavement drive to...

Third trail: Onion Creek. Heading east off the highway we'll pass Fisher Towers and follow the creek. Lunch will be along the way at a random scenic spot.


Forth trail: Rose Garden Hill. Turning north and up the hill to the top of the mesa. This may well be the hardest part of the journey, (though still fairly mild compared to some other trails in the Moab area). But it's important to complete this leg to get set up for the final trail.


Fifth trail: Top of the World. For the finale we will turn south again and head down to the magnificent view of TOTW. The idea is to get here in time to chat about the day's trails and watch an astonishing Utah high desert sunset. We will NOT be starting where the map below has it's 'START' point, but rather at the parking area for the Kokopeli bike trail at the point marked '02'.


Depart after dark and head back into Moab. This should give all you play'as a chance to use those nifty lights you've been sticking all over your rig!:bigthumb:

What then? Can anyone say 'Moab Brewery'?:rocker:


Confirmed Attendies:
Apexbasher
drcaduceus
DallasFJ
baja mike
bc_indiana
linnfj
fjrohrs
Johne
El Tejon
j0enickel
(your name here)


Possibly/Maybe:
colorado mainiac
 

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Looks like a great trip! I'd love to go, but have to switch out passengers that day and head to the Summit. Is there a possibility of changing days? Say Monday or Tuesday? If not, good luck. I'm sure you'll have a blast.
 

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Unfortunately, I scheduled a trail run on Thursday morning in Ouray. Wednesday was my travel day. Sure would have liked to make this run. I'm in if it changes to earlier in the week.
 

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Matt, based on "the book" how many hours will that take ? Is it gonna be a total "haul-ass" trip which leaves no time for enjoying the surroundings or taking any pics ?

When we did the Kokopelli Trail in May 09, we camped at the Dewey Bridge campsite by the highway and ended the day at the bottom of Rose Garden Hill. Sure we could've started the day earlier and spent less time at the Top of the World but it was still a decent day.
 

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ACK!! I put the wrong danged date in the thread title!!! This run is to be done on the 20th (Tuesday). Can I get a MOD to mod that?
 

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Re: 7-21-10 Moab Day Long Safari

Matt, based on "the book" how many hours will that take ? Is it gonna be a total "haul-ass" trip which leaves no time for enjoying the surroundings or taking any pics ?

When we did the Kokopelli Trail in May 09, we camped at the Dewey Bridge campsite by the highway and ended the day at the bottom of Rose Garden Hill. Sure we could've started the day earlier and spent less time at the Top of the World but it was still a decent day.
It's a long day, yes, but totally doable, even with a light sprinkling of stops for photos and such. Whilst reading "the book" remember that the author's time line for TOTW is based on doing a round trip, while we will be combining three of the trails into one loop. So time becomes less of an issue.

This will be a fun/safe ride for all levels of experience and build.
 

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Well, that changes things. Count me in! Thanks for putting this together. See you in Moab.
Glad to hear it! Name added. See you at the Market.
 

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I may be in on this as well. I am trying to get to on the road from Dallas early the weekend before Summit. It is dependant on my significant others schedule though. I will post up as I know for sure, but put me down for a maybe. I have never been to Moab, so a guided scenic tour sounds great to me!
 

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Can I be put down as a maybe? I will know a little better in a couple weeks. Any stockers doing this trip or are all you guys modded?
Stockers will do just fine for this. So don't be shy, the day will be great!
 

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I would like to get in on this run.

Will it be a problem if I don't have extra lights on the FJ, or will there be enough ambiant light from the others that I will see enough of the trail for the ride into town? Current mods are listed below.

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Extra lighting is absolutely NOT required. I just mentioned it because many people have extra and few opportunities to put them to good use.

Shall I put you down as a definate or a maybe?

I would like to get in on this run.

Will it be a problem if I don't have extra lights on the FJ, or will there be enough ambiant light from the others that I will see enough of the trail for the ride into town? Current mods are listed below.

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Matt, my rig is stock and my every day driver would this be ok ? We are going to the summit.This would be an exta adventure and to see more of this great area.Thanks for putting this together. Thanks in advance Mike
 

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Put me in as a definate maybe....

Were is everyone staying in Moab? I'm guessing we'll be staying in Moab the evening of the 19th and the 20th correct?

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Matt, my rig is stock and my every day driver would this be ok ? We are going to the summit.This would be an exta adventure and to see more of this great area.Thanks for putting this together. Thanks in advance Mike
No worries. Your stock rig is fine for this. There will be some places to challenge you, but well within the capabilities of your FJ. Want me to add you to the list?

Put me in as a definate maybe....
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Were is everyone staying in Moab? I'm guessing we'll be staying in Moab the evening of the 19th and the 20th correct?
Yes, I'd recommend staying in town the 19th and 20th. You'll be pretty tuckered out by the end of this run and you won't want to be traveling that night.

I might be a maybe also, My campsite becomes available on the 20th @ Ouray, doing anything on the 19th?
I put you down as a maybe. I'll be kicking around Arches a bit that afternoon (want to go find those dinosaur tracks again).
 

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Hey I had shot you a pm not sure if you saw it. Could I get penciled in as a maybe. I've got a a school schedule that should solidify shortly but that looks like a very interesting trip.

Mike
 
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