First off, Ouray is an absolutely beautiful area…simply amazing views, and a very laid back lifestyle. Wheeled from Ouray to Telluride via Imogene Pass on Tuesday. The melting snowpack made the scenery even better, and the group of FJ Cruisers, a Tacoma, and my FZJ80 made easy work of the trail. The runoff creates some great stream crossings, and great photos (pending…ha)
Of course, my day was not without some excitement…for the back story, I had left my FZJ80 at Proffitts Cruisers in Delta after my mid-June trip thru Moab UT. There was little reason to trailer it home and trailer it back, considering the fuel mileage on the DMax is 22ish unloaded, and the FZJ80 is 14 on a good day. We had completed Imogene, fueled up in Telluride, and were just off one of the side gravel roads and back on to pavement when I noticed my steering wheel was further left than usual. My first thought was I had re-bent the drag link, but considering it was straight in Telluride, that seemed unlikely. After a few miles, it got sloppier, and I finally stopped to inspect…discovering that the passenger side steering arm was now hanging by TWO loose studs, rather than four tight ones!
A little time with the 17mm, and a slow drive back to Ouray and it was time to repair. A call into Proffitts http://www.proffittscruisers.con netted the required parts, a discussion with Mark and LT from MetalTech http://www.metaltechcage.com netted a delivery, and I was in business. Everything got re-buttoned up this morning, and all is well.
Today is Vendor set up day at the FJ Summit http://www.fjsummit.com – good day to catch up with folks, and relax a bit before the next 3 days of trail rides. Guess I outta get my registration handled too…details…