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This was my first time attending the Cruise Moab event. I have been to Moab numerous times, but never in a large group event like CM. It was a blast, saw some old friends, made some new ones. Went on a few organized trails; San Rafael Swell Overnighter(Tues,Weds, Thurs.), Porcupine Rim Friday, and 7mile Rim/Tusher Tunnel on Saturday. Explored a couple other trails after the organized runs.

The vendor show was fun, the dinner/raffle was a blast! I lucked out and won the 3" FJ Lift Kit w/spacers and rear ToyTec coils. :rocker: I already have a lift so as soon as I walked out of the tent I had a buyer, I gave him a good deal....okay a GREAT deal....nothing but good karma. Left Moab Sunday, went South to spend the night in Cedar Mesa/Lake Powell area to check out some ruins that I've heard about. I eventually found them, along with many others. Good karma paying off!

The best thing about the CM though was the San Rafael Swell Overnighter. It was a great time in the Swell hosted by the Wasatch Cruisers, trails were led by Kurt @ Cruiser Outfitters. Dinner consisted of lots(I mean lots) of Carolina style pulled pork sandwiches, homemade slaw, corn bread and beans. We also had a few different kegs of beer on tap for quenching your thirst. The next morning we had fresh french toast, sausage, fruit, and coffee to start the day. The entertainment was just another jewel to add to a perfect time in the desert. We had an actual stage built and transported to our Lone Warrior campsite. This stage had lighting and a sound system for the music playing the second night. For the first night we plugged a laptop into the sound system, draped a sheet across the stage and watched the only movie appropriate for the being in the desert, "Dust to Glory". It is the documentary about the Baja 1000, very good, this was like the 3rd time I've watched it. On the second night we had a 2-man bluegrass band playing. It was a blast.... fire roaring, millions of stars in the sky above, live bluegrass music, friends, good eats and drinks, 80 miles from the nearest town in any direction. Epic.

Here are some of the pics I took, I didn't take a lot this time, just enjoyed what was happening around me.

Heading to Lone Warrior Camp via tunnels underneath I-70...



The stage and (tough to see) watching Dust to Glory...






Tomisch Mines...



blowout in Eagle Canyon...



A little music under the stars...





...caravaning to Moab after a stop in Green River for a burger at Ray's...



7 mile Rim...





Our 7 mile rim group met up with the Wipeout Hill group at Determination Towers for lunch...pretty cool to have all these Toyota's meet in the same spot for lunch...






Then wandering through Cedar Mesa area to find this....Over and Under Ruins...







The valley they were found at...





Taking a break on the hike....came across some lizard porn....



Came across this waterhole and just had to wash up after the hike and cool my feet off in the water....







The drive home via 24 from Hanksville to I-70....decided to detour back through the Northern part of the San Rafael Swell...nothing like a high speed run to beat the rain before it turns the clay roads to slick ****.





For those that didn't make it I hope you enjoyed that. :cheers:
 

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Great pics....Thanks for sharing with us!
 

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Ray's burgers are the chit. Great place for munchies. :rocker:

I just got back about 8 pm last night after 25 hours of driving and hope to start putting up some pics later tonight. It was a great time but I am glad I stayed at the Riverside Oasis campground because it was very clean, quiet, much less crowded and cotton-free (cottonwood trees). :)
 

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:rocker: Devin thanks for the report/pics. The S.R. Swell was my favorite part of CM as well, the Utah boys know how to have a good time! Hope to do it again next year, it will be interesting to see what they come up with to top this years trip. :lol:

It was great to finally meet you and enjoyed running the 7 mile rim with ya. :cheers:

Doug
 

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Ray's burgers are the chit. Great place for munchies. :rocker:

I just got back about 8 pm last night after 25 hours of driving and hope to start putting up some pics later tonight. It was a great time but I am glad I stayed at the Riverside Oasis campground because it was very clean, quiet, much less crowded and cotton-free (cottonwood trees). :)
Yeah, Ray's in Green River and Milt's in Moab are the best!

I'm glad I stayed at a hotel in town. Those cottonwood trees were blooming like crazy causing my allergies to act up.

:rocker: Devin thanks for the report/pics. The S.R. Swell was my favorite part of CM as well, the Utah boys know how to have a good time! Hope to do it again next year, it will be interesting to see what they come up with to top this years trip. :lol:

It was great to finally meet you and enjoyed running the 7 mile rim with ya. :cheers:

Doug

Good to meet up and run some trails with you as well Doug. I don't think there will be a way we can top the SRS run next year, it was a once in a lifetime thing.
 

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Lizard Porn.... :lol::lol::lol::lol:

The ruins are awesome!!
 

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Ray's burgers are the chit. Great place for munchies. :rocker:

I just got back about 8 pm last night after 25 hours of driving and hope to start putting up some pics later tonight. It was a great time but I am glad I stayed at the Riverside Oasis campground because it was very clean, quiet, much less crowded and cotton-free (cottonwood trees). :)
Thanks for the tip on camping!

We stayed at the Moab Springs Resort, just accross the street from Slick Rock Campgrpound behind the old house restaurant. Shade, plenty of grass for the rug rats to roam and lazy river.. It was pretty nice.

Did anyone organize a FJC run for Wednesday?

We did have an FJC with us Ben from Utah on our Kokopelli overnighter, forgot his forum name, Ben blew his right CV on Rose garden Hill.. A Boulder moved on him and to the CV with it.

If you are curious, how my 4Runner handled..It drove like a 4 door FJC...because that is what it is...Thank goodness for A-trac!

I saw ACE, honked at George, saw Ross Sunday morning, said Hi to Woodsman and Gaylen at dinner, saw Larry on Vendor night! Great to see you all!

I admit I miss my FJC bretheren..

 

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That looks like a ton of fun...thanks for sharing. I'm making it a top priortity to make it to CM next year. Heading to Moab this weekend ourselves....
 

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That looks like a ton of fun...thanks for sharing. I'm making it a top priortity to make it to CM next year. Heading to Moab this weekend ourselves....
Just hitting the trails and relaxing for a bit?? The weather should be perfect, it might even actually be considered "hot" after this cold Spring up North here.

Great photos and report. Moab was definitely my most memorable trail experience
Moab is always a blast. Next time you are down here you should look into the areas surrounding Moab. Cedar Mesa, Comb Ridge, San Rafael Swell, etc. are well worth the visit as well.
 

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What days were you in the swell? We were out there last weekend on the atvs. Eagle canyon is tons of fun.
Tuesday, Weds, and Thurs. Our base camp was setup over at the "Lone Warrior" panel.

Eagle canyon is cool. This time we started on Swasey's Cabin side and went down to the turn that leads you out toward Red's Canyon. I forgot which road it was but it is before the I-70 bridges.
 

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Great pictures, and thanks for sharing the experience with us. That really is a special area. I may have to go to one of these Cruise Moab events...
 

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I made it as far as Shreveport, La. Decided to turn back and try to get the tow vehicle worked on closer to home, and then haul azz for Moab. Made it down to I-10 and broke down!!! Missed the event, bummer. However I did get to spend a week on the Bayou before it was washed away. Always another time West.
 

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I made it as far as Shreveport, La. Decided to turn back and try to get the tow vehicle worked on closer to home, and then haul azz for Moab. Made it down to I-10 and broke down!!! Missed the event, bummer. However I did get to spend a week on the Bayou before it was washed away. Always another time West.
Martin, I think we need to get this event done next year, you and me. Maybe get that workaholic brother of yours out as well. :rocker:
 

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I made it as far as Shreveport, La. Decided to turn back and try to get the tow vehicle worked on closer to home, and then haul azz for Moab. Made it down to I-10 and broke down!!! Missed the event, bummer. However I did get to spend a week on the Bayou before it was washed away. Always another time West.
Alan and I were wondering what happened to you. Glad to hear it was nothing major.
 

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Martin, I think we need to get this event done next year, you and me. Maybe get that workaholic brother of yours out as well. :rocker:

As for my "brother", we don't speak much any more.
Duster is my brother now! :cheers:
 

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:cheers:

I've been following the reports and looking forward to more of them.. I know there has to be a lot more pics to be posted then what we have been seeing

:cheers:

2012 won't be able to even dream about that one 10 yr anniversary heading to the keys for a week just prior to the event. But 2013 might be possible
 
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