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FJ Summit, Ouray CO, Wednesday morning…

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

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 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 – 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…

FJ Summit, Ouray CO – Tuesday

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Rolled into Ouray CO last evening, checked into the Best Western…this is the host hotel for the 5th Annual FJ Summit and the place is already hoppin. I promptly ran into Seth Kovanic, one of the event coordinators, as well as Digger from, Jacque Arnondin from and a pile of other TX folks who made it up.

Rain yesterday turned into an absolutely stunning morning…it’s been a few years since I have been thru this area, and I’ve forgotten just how beautiful the Ouray area really is. Definitely on my short list of places I need to visit more frequently…or perhaps even make a summer home :)

More coming as the week rolls on, the event participants roll in, and the trails rides and evening festivities continue!