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RicardoJM
07-22-2009, 11:22 AM
Date: August 9, 2009
Meet Time: 8:00 and depart at 8:30
Meet Location:McDonalds at the El Rancho Exit off I-70 (exit 252)
Leader: Jeff Zepp
Gunner: Ricardo Maestas

This is one of the runs associated with the Rally. It's an easy, scenic run that any stock Toyota 4x4 can do. Get out of the heat of the flatlands and come up to timberline, enjoy the vista and have a nice walk around a pristine alpine lake!

The trail is a there and back again, starting and ending just above the town of Empire, which is just west of Idaho Springs on I-70. It's about 2 hours each way at a lazy pace, leaving plenty of time to lunch and hike around the lake. Kids, family and pets are welcome; of course pets must be leashed.

We will meet at the McDonalds at the El Rancho Exit off I-70 (exit 252) at 8:00 and depart at 8:30 AM. . That will get us to the trailhead and air down around 10:00, which should get us to the lake in time for lunch and exploring. Back to I-70 by around 3:00; if traffic's heavy I know some side roads to get us past. As usual, ham frequency 146.460/cb channel 4.

Bring lunch, plenty of water, jackets (this is Colorado!), hiking gear, sunscreen, deet or long sleeves, and of course your camera!

Post up if you're in or have questions:cheers:.

Rzeppa
07-26-2009, 06:04 PM
Clarification:

We will meet at the McDonalds at the El Rancho Exit off I-70 (exit 252) at 8:00 and depart at 8:30 AM. We will start on CB channel 4, and once we are on the trail we may switch to channel 5 if there is too much chatter not associated with our group. I don't have ham except on my sandwiches.

I recommend long pants and non-open shoes for the hike at the lake. There will be mosquitoes, and the way this summer has gone, the grasses and shrubs will be wet, and it may rain while we are up there. The lake is right about at timberline. The rain can be cold, and winds can whip up, so be sure to bring appropriate attire.

The trail itself is easy to moderate. Most any Toyota 4x4 can do it, and the obstacles have bypasses. Make sure to bring your camera, sunscreen and perma-grin.

MDH33
07-27-2009, 06:03 PM
I'm going to try and make it for this run. Might be the 40's Only Run if Ricardo Guns with his 40. :zilla: :D

RicardoJM
07-27-2009, 07:23 PM
I'm going to try and make it for this run. Might be the 40's Only Run if Ricardo Guns with his 40. :zilla: :D

I'm running the 40:D. I'd be surprised if it ends up being a 40's run. I'm sure there are some people lurking on the board that are looking for a nice beginners level run with some more experienced drivers (Jeff and You:thumb:) where they can try their trucks out and learn a bit along the way;).

nick in nebraska
07-27-2009, 08:15 PM
we are bringing our 40 and 60. we might take both on the trail if there is room.

MDH33
07-27-2009, 08:16 PM
I'm running the 40:D. I'd be surprised if it ends up being a 40's run. I'm sure there are some people lurking on the board that are looking for a nice beginners level run with some more experienced drivers (Jeff and You:thumb:) where they can try their trucks out and learn a bit along the way;).

Should be a fun day. :thumb: I have something in mind for a 40's Run later in the fall when I'll be around on weekends. :cool:

RicardoJM
07-27-2009, 08:18 PM
we are bringing our 40 and 60. we might take both on the trail if there is room.

Plenty of room. Not to send you away from this run, but did you find the details on the Chinaman's Gulch run?

RicardoJM
07-27-2009, 08:19 PM
I have something in mind for a 40's Run later in the fall when I'll be around on weekends. :cool:

Most excellent:thumb:

nick in nebraska
07-27-2009, 08:39 PM
yes i did. thanks. i would love to run chinaman with my 40. not to sure on the drive home sat. night. i have wheeled down around bv and it is a looong drive home back to good ole ne. i probably will be towing a 20' trailor with the 40 on it behind the 60 with the 2f. not the fastest thing. maybe sometime when we have the whole weekend and can tow with the pick-up.

FJBRADY
07-28-2009, 09:04 AM
This will be a fun relaxing run....I think I will bring both rigs so the :Princess: can wheel too.

thenimirra
07-31-2009, 02:53 PM
anyone willing to let a staff photographer from the Denver Post ride up with you guys so he/she can get photos of the rigs in action for the article I'm doing on easy, stock trails?

RicardoJM
07-31-2009, 03:34 PM
anyone willing to let a staff photographer from the Denver Post ride up with you guys so he/she can get photos of the rigs in action for the article I'm doing on easy, stock trails?

I'm sure we can work it out:thumb:. Jeff/Martin/Steve, do you have someone riding with you? I'm pretty sure my son will be with me in my 40, but if he does not the photographer is welcome to hop in - so long as they don't mind being in my Siberian camouflage FJ40.

Years ago, I ran into Gaylon Wompler at the Fly Shop in Deckers. He was getting pictures for a story on whirling disease. I recall he had a bucket with glass that let him take a picture where the bottom half was under the water line and the top half was above the water line. He followed us around for a few hours taking pictures of the fish we caught. The front page picture was real cool, fish below the water line in the foreground and my buddy above the water line with his bent rod in the background.

FJBRADY
07-31-2009, 04:18 PM
anyone willing to let a staff photographer from the Denver Post ride up with you guys so he/she can get photos of the rigs in action for the article I'm doing on easy, stock trails?

Should not be a problem....there will most likely be 4 people between the FJC and the 40. If the kids are with me in the 40 I will kick them to the back or you can ride shotgun with :Princess: in the FJC.

Wait a minute.....Boom doesn't have room in the big ole Bronco:hill:

Rzeppa
07-31-2009, 05:45 PM
anyone willing to let a staff photographer from the Denver Post ride up with you guys so he/she can get photos of the rigs in action for the article I'm doing on easy, stock trails?

Hi Sheba! Long time my friend! How are you and how is your '63?

Happy cruisin'!

RicardoJM
07-31-2009, 06:11 PM
Wait a minute.....Boom doesn't have room in the big ole Bronco:hill:

If it makes the trip, there is a bunch of room in the Bronco. Could almost even fit the FJ40 in there:lmao:.

Rzeppa
07-31-2009, 06:42 PM
If possible I'd like to host a guest from the Post; whether it is Sheba or another staffer. I'd like to explain how responsible 4 wheeling groups like Rising Sun are good stewards of the environment.

thenimirra
08-03-2009, 12:16 PM
Unfortunately I have to work in Fort Collins on that day, so I won't be able to make it. I'm thinking that the Bill Moore run would be the best since it's closer to stock and won't take as long most likely?

MDH33
08-04-2009, 10:25 AM
I'm still planning on being there. Not sure if I'll have a seat yet, Kim hasn't decided if she's going or not.

Bighead
08-04-2009, 08:38 PM
I'm thinking about tagging along on this one...looking for a nice scenic trail for the :Princess: to enjoy and maybe get some wheel time. How are the numbers looking for this?

RicardoJM
08-04-2009, 10:00 PM
How are the numbers looking for this?

If I'm going through the posts properly - it is looking like 7 trucks so far, you would make 8. :D

4RunrFTW
08-05-2009, 10:17 AM
Hopefully, tack on a 9th. It's my birthday too. :-)

timmbuck2
08-05-2009, 10:38 AM
A very definite maybe...add an 80 to the list.

thenimirra
08-05-2009, 11:58 AM
Our photo editor here at the Denver Post is so psyched about being able to send a staff photog out with you guys to get shots of you in action! Thank you so much for allowing us to do this!

thenimirra
08-05-2009, 12:00 PM
If possible I'd like to host a guest from the Post; whether it is Sheba or another staffer. I'd like to explain how responsible 4 wheeling groups like Rising Sun are good stewards of the environment.


My rig is still sitting all nice and covered in the garage waiting for me to have enough extra money to work on her! I had to give up living with roommates, then the Post cut our salaries to keep the paper going. So I literally have no extra money at all. Every time I try to save up, something happens....like I need a new roof thanks to hail, etc. etc. The photography money is only getting me by but not giving me extra yet.

Cruzrman
08-07-2009, 11:57 AM
I'd like to go, and I'll have room for a passenger if needed.
Cruzrman

jettaglxdriver
08-07-2009, 12:38 PM
I'm doing a double birthday party on Saturday for the GF and her youngest son. The family is coming over and they are making some pot stickers and eating that Kimshi crap. I think I am going to fry me some buffalo wings.

MDH33
08-07-2009, 01:04 PM
I'm doing a double birthday party on Saturday for the GF and her youngest son. The family is coming over and they are making some pot stickers and eating that Kimshi crap. I think I am going to fry me some buffalo wings.

:confused: ok, sounds like fun... but what does this have to do with the Bill Moore run on Sunday? :confused:

FJBRADY
08-07-2009, 01:06 PM
:confused: ok, sounds like fun... but what does this have to do with the Bill Moore run on Sunday? :confused:

I think he would rather be wheeling :)

MDH33
08-07-2009, 01:22 PM
I think he would rather be wheeling :)

Birthday party Saturday, wheeling Sunday. Sounds like it should work fine. :thumb:

mtncrsr
08-07-2009, 01:42 PM
Wish that I could join you all. But alas I need to help my in-laws all day Saturday:( You guys have a great run and enjoy the rally:D

nick in nebraska
08-07-2009, 02:41 PM
unless something goes wrong Dad in his 4 runner and i in my 40 will be making the trip up from the flat lands and running the bill moore sun. maybe we will play on sat eve somewhere close by. red cone area?

Bikeman
08-07-2009, 06:45 PM
My son Mitchell and I will be there.

Kenon698
08-07-2009, 11:04 PM
I am going to be there. I hope to get a few things done Sat after the Rally.

Swoop
08-07-2009, 11:10 PM
I'll be there! It'll be my first Rising Sun Run and I'm looking forward to meeting you guys. Every trip needs a Virgin-Runner, right? :)

-Probably will see you tmrw, too.

-Alan

Rzeppa
08-08-2009, 01:02 AM
Virgins are cool. I actually smashed my tail light last year on this run. It was totally Ricardo's fault. He thought I knew my rig well and was going over this rock like I knew what I was doing.

MDH33
08-08-2009, 08:00 AM
Wow, I count 14 rigs on this one.

Swoop
08-08-2009, 11:32 AM
Virgins are cool. I actually smashed my tail light last year on this run. It was totally Ricardo's fault. He thought I knew my rig well and was going over this rock like I knew what I was doing.

LOL! That'll probably be me (broken tail light). ;)

Is this the same as the Bill Moore Lake trail in the Wells 4x4 Guide? They're rating that one difficult. Go big or go home, right? :D

Rzeppa
08-08-2009, 11:51 PM
LOL! That'll probably be me (broken tail light). ;)

Is this the same as the Bill Moore Lake trail in the Wells 4x4 Guide? They're rating that one difficult. Go big or go home, right? :D

I don't know if it is Well's or not, but it's a bunny trail. There is a harder trail in the vicinity called Red Elephant Hill, which I haven't done yet but would like to. Any stock Toyota 4x4 can do Bill Moore Trail easily. There are only a couple of sections where you even need 4 wheel drive, at least in the summer. It is just beautiful and relatively close to town.

Too early in the season and there and there are huge snowdrifts up there. We did this in April one year and it was a winchfest.

As such we may have trail traffic (it is a popular area) and we get a lot of other folks on channel 4 we might switch to 5.