Ron’s Report : Made it to CO without incident. The truck actually made it up monarch and red mountain pass…….whew!!. The Willys has been performing well on its first real four wheeling adventure. Its a little underpowered on the highway but fine on the trail.
The carb actually runs at 13,000… a little hard to start but runs fine once fired up. Its nice to finally have to “right” Jeep for out here!
So far we have hit ClearLake trail, OphirPass, EngineerPass, HurricanBasin and Picayune Gulch. More updates to follow.
Ron’s Report No.2: Another successful day Jeep’n up in the Rockies. Today we hit some of the more challenging trails in the area (US Basin (easy), Bullion King, and Black Bear Pass). The old Willys clawed up some steep inclines and along some steep ledges
Ron’s Report No.3: Yesterday we took a ride on the Silverton and Durango Railroad. Today we hit some trails up in the Gladstone Area. (Prospect Gultch, VelocityBasin, HurricanePass to ComoLake and then took Corkscrew and hit route 550 to Ouray) We walked around Ouray and drove the million dollar highway back to Silverton. You have no idea how exciting it is to drive a flatfender up the million dollar highway! so far we estimated we have traveled @ 200 miles of trails!
Ron’s Report No.4: This was the last day on the trail. 😦 We hit Ciinamon pass to American basin, then back over to Animas Forks, then to Maggie Gultch. It was bright and sunny when we hit Cinnamon in the morning and snowing like crazy when we came back over just after lunch!
Ron’s thoughts on the trip:
A classic jeep (i.e CJ) is the only way to enjoy the mountains. The flat fender has the perfect “vibe”. Made the experience so much more enjoyable. Had the TJ out here… but the flatfender was the perfect vehicle for these trails.
On the flip side……..Do not bring a flat fender unless you want to spend half the day talking with other jeepers. Everyone I passed wanted to talk about the old willys. It was kinda cool at first……but actually was kinda annoying at the end of the week.
There are way too many JKs in this world. I am sick of seeing JKs.
September is beautiful in the mountains. The aspens are turning and the colors are really nice.Hit the road first thing in the am.