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desmocruiser
03-26-2010, 10:34 PM
I am finalizing details for my trek for CruiseMoab from Tennessee. Due to work and time constraints I am shipping my truck to Denver and flying to Denver on Tuesday evening 4/27 and driving to Moab 4/28. Looking for a little advice on a few details.

Is there a group headed to Moab 4/28 that wouldn't mind me tagging along? If so what time, meeting place etc.?

How long does it take to make it to Moab from Denver?

How early is appropriate to leave Sunday AM? I don't want to take off leaving a group to wrap any group responsibilities. Looking to book a flight back to Tennessee and would need time to drive back, drop off my 80 series at the storage facility and make it to the airport.

I assume that I should show up in Moab with most everything needed for the stay, with the exception of few pershible items that could be purchased in Moab?

Should I plan to camp cook most meals or is there a fairly large group that makes it to town for meals?

Any other helpful information, advice, tips etc would be greatly apreciated.

Thanks. See you in Moab!

Air Randy
03-26-2010, 10:50 PM
It takes about 6 hours to drive to Moab from Denver when there are no weather delays.

There will be a lot of folks at the BFE camping area. Many will cook there but there is always someone looking to go into town to eat so you could easily go either way. Moab has plenty of restaraunts, grocery stores, etc for anything you might need.

I'm leaving Friday or Saturday or I would be glad to convoy up with you, but I'm sure others will post up here soon that are driving out on Sunday.

Some people will leave on Saturday or early Sunday morning. Give yourself a little extra time driving back to Denver as Sunday evenings the traffic on east bound I-70 can get pretty heavy the last 40-50 miles before Denver. Just plan to leave at whatever time needed to make your itinerary work. We'll have plenty of folks assisting with the tear down.

RockRunner
03-26-2010, 11:06 PM
I am finalizing details for my trek for CruiseMoab from Tennessee. Due to work and time constraints I am shipping my truck to Denver and flying to Denver on Tuesday evening 4/27 and driving to Moab 4/28. Looking for a little advice on a few details.

Is there a group headed to Moab 4/28 that wouldn't mind me tagging along? If so what time, meeting place etc.?

How long does it take to make it to Moab from Denver?

How early is appropriate to leave Sunday AM? I don't want to take off leaving a group to wrap any group responsibilities. Looking to book a flight back to Tennessee and would need time to drive back, drop off my 80 series at the storage facility and make it to the airport.

I assume that I should show up in Moab with most everything needed for the stay, with the exception of few perishable items that could be purchased in Moab?

Should I plan to camp cook most meals or is there a fairly large group that makes it to town for meals?

Any other helpful information, advice, tips etc would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks. See you in Moab!


I am sure that there will be multiple groups leaving Denver on Wednesday during different times of the day. Somebody will post up and usually meeting places are along I-70. Find a group that travels a similar speed as you can.

It takes 5-7 hours to get there normally. I-70 through Glenwood Canyon is down to one lane each way so that may/will slow you down.

Help cleaning will be appreciated very much. Since we will be on open land we need to leave it cleaner than we found it. Normally people pull out anywhere from 7 am till about 2 pm or later. I suggest booking a flight Monday afternoon just in case. If Glenwood canyon is shut down for any reason, rock slide, the alternate route will add 4-5 hours depending on weather and traffic. Or you could break down during CM or the drive back.

Full grocery store in town, anything you need. Also auto parts, tires etc.

Yes plan to cook, town is a bit of a drive this year. That is not saying that people won't go to town to eat. If I were you I would eat in town one night, it is always fun to find a new place to eat and visit town at night.

Lots of tips and advice, to much for one post but some of the top things that come to mind;

Bring spare parts, tools, cold weather gear, sun screen, lots of water for the trail, some fire water for around the fire and a camera. Also a sense of humor and be ready to have a blast :thumb:

I am sure others will chime in and give you more info, I will see you there.

PS tell us about your rig/yourself and you 4wheeling experience.

Hulk
03-26-2010, 11:16 PM
Feel free to leave as early as it suits you on Sunday. We'll have plenty of people who don't have to catch a flight to help tear down stuff. You could also leave Saturday afternoon and drive to Glenwood Springs or some other halfway point. Then your Sunday drive would be easy.

desmocruiser
03-28-2010, 12:03 PM
Thanks everyone for the replies!

Anything anyone can add is always appreciated.

MDH33
03-28-2010, 12:47 PM
Thanks everyone for the replies!

Anything anyone can add is always appreciated.

Buy your :beer: in Colorado. ;)

Corbet
03-28-2010, 02:07 PM
Buy your :beer: in Colorado. ;)

yes but don't speed into UT and down to Moab as carring accross the boarder is illegal.:scold:

If you left Saturday night you could take a southern route back to Denver and get a little tour of Colorado. I'll be heading out Saturday night/afternoon for Durango. Part of the stipulations of my hall pass.

I think most will cook in camp this year. I will probably be cooking back packing style with a micro stove as I'm running solo this year. Maybe town once if others are planning a brewery run:beer:

Make sure you bring plenty of water storage, a gallon per person, per day on the trail. Sunscreen, a sunshade for camp if you have one. Good shoes/boots and a pair of sandals/flops. You'll want good footwear while on the trail. Hat to block the sun. A tent that windows completely close up are good. Wind often picks up during the night. (mini sandstorms). A medium weight jacket or more. Temps can drop at night in the desert more than you'd think. I'd recommend a 10 degree sleeping bag. Or have some long underwear if it gets cold. You will want a good flashlight this year. There will only be natural light at basecamp. No AC power sources. I think its a full moon this year. That should be pretty cool. Camp chair is a must. Be prepared to get sand into anything and everything. But that's OK its part of the fun.

Everyone enjoys interesting and unique adult beverages. That makes you a popular guy around camp.:happyhour:


After all that you might think we are a bunch of boozers. But no. You will not see any consumption on the trails. That is a CM rule. But most of us will enjoy a few around a campfire.

Jacket
03-28-2010, 02:08 PM
Nice avatar!

Keep an eye on this forum as it gets closer to 4/28. In the past there has been one or more threads about convoys out to Moab. People start leaving the Saturday before, and then pretty much every day between Sunday and Wednesday there's usually a group heading out.

farnhamstj
03-29-2010, 05:05 PM
Fill up with gas in Grand Junction, as it is a long way to the next gas station. Also I'd suggest taking the 2nd Cisco exit (202 I think) and follow hwy 128 s down the Colorado river into Moab. Beautiful drive and only 15min longer than hwy191. Be ready to have red sand in everything you bring to Moab. Bring a down coat if you have one. Most of the trails are near town so you have the opportunity to get groceries and supplies in the mornings or after trail runs. I bring a big cooler to keep at camp and a small one to have in the truck during the day. Wear good shoes, most accidents seem to happen while walking around on trail. Join us for the Hot Wing Cook off on Thursday night 7:30ish. Or at least stop by and sample a couple wings.

Corbet
03-29-2010, 06:34 PM
Fill up with gas in Grand Junction, as it is a long way to the next gas station. Also I'd suggest taking the 2nd Cisco exit (202 I think) and follow hwy 128 s down the Colorado river into Moab. Beautiful drive and only 15min longer than hwy191.

Good tip on fuel. And I've always found it faster driving along the river. I must have a heavy right foot? Maybe its my stock height truck? Either way the scenery is much better on that route.

desmocruiser
03-31-2010, 11:06 PM
Thanks again. Really helping to make my prep much easier, trying to put a few finishing touches on the 80' series before it goes!

Plan on sleeping in the Cruiser, have a nice platform above my storage drawers and a thin custom futon mattress that fits nicely. Would it be a good idea to rent a small enclosed UHaul in Moab to toss all of my gear in while on the trail?

I would prefer not to have to take everything on the trail or have to leave it laying on the ground in case it were to rain, dust storm etc.

Corbet
04-01-2010, 07:29 AM
Thanks again. Really helping to make my prep much easier, trying to put a few finishing touches on the 80' series before it goes!

Plan on sleeping in the Cruiser, have a nice platform above my storage drawers and a thin custom futon mattress that fits nicely. Would it be a good idea to rent a small enclosed UHaul in Moab to toss all of my gear in while on the trail?

I would prefer not to have to take everything on the trail or have to leave it laying on the ground in case it were to rain, dust storm etc.

Purchasing an ez-up or some other type of canopy shelter would probably be much more useful than a small enlosed trailer. If its hot you will like the shade. And if it rains you'll have some cover to cook. I guess it all depends what you want to leave behind and your confort with its security. Which I've never even heard of problems in the past.

DaveInDenver
04-01-2010, 09:48 AM
Assuming things work out (still unsure) I'll be leaving town after work on Wednesday the 28th. So say about 6PM or so. I think that is a day later than you are planning, but just in case. Leaving after work generally puts me into Moab about midnight and I don't expect that to be any different this time.

I fill up here in town and then again at the Shell in Fruita across from the state park. There is a Wendy's there and a liquor store near by. I take the Utah 128 route unless weather or otherwise prohibits. Last time I was in Moab was October of 2009 the state was doing work on 128, so it was closed near Dewey Bridge, for example. In my case taking 128 is no slower.

RockRunner
04-01-2010, 09:57 AM
Would it be a good idea to rent a small enclosed UHaul in Moab to toss all of my gear in while on the trail?

I would prefer not to have to take everything on the trail or have to leave it laying on the ground in case it were to rain, dust storm etc.


It would be cheaper to buy a $30 tent at Target or where ever and set that up. That way your camp spot is established and you don't have to spend extra $$ on a trailer.

Like Corbet said an Ezee up is a good idea if you have one already if not there will be enough around just bring a beer for the owner:beer:

rover67
04-01-2010, 10:28 AM
x2 on the tent.

Get an extra cheapie and throw all of your non trail related stuff in it for the day. we usually set one up and make it the "garage". That way you can get all the extras out of the truck like you are describing during the day, and at night they are ready to go. Also as Tom stated, you'll have a camp spot when you get back to BFE.

Welcome from Tn by the way, I am originally from Memphis (moved here in 07). I know it's 400 miles away from Knoxville, but I spent years messing around in those mountains so it feel slike home also :)

rhyary
04-01-2010, 03:50 PM
Thanks again. Really helping to make my prep much easier, trying to put a few finishing touches on the 80' series before it goes!

Plan on sleeping in the Cruiser, have a nice platform above my storage drawers and a thin custom futon mattress that fits nicely. Would it be a good idea to rent a small enclosed UHaul in Moab to toss all of my gear in while on the trail?

I would prefer not to have to take everything on the trail or have to leave it laying on the ground in case it were to rain, dust storm etc.

Hi, desmocruiser
I will be sleeping in the car as well.
I have one of these canopy I did not think bringing.
If I can tie it to the factory roof, I suppose I can give it a try.
I plan to bring a backup tent, but I really like sleeping in the car on the air mattress.

farnhamstj
04-01-2010, 06:32 PM
I've destroyed EZ up tents in Moab. They don't do so well in the wind, even staked and roped to the ground. $30 wallmart tents on the other hand do very well when staked to the ground and filled with gear. That is definatly the route I would go. Throw everything in it that you don't want in the 80 while on trail. We are 3 miles off the paved road, there is no reason to worry about people stealing you stuff. Sleep in your 80 but store your stuff in the tent.

desmocruiser
04-01-2010, 10:51 PM
The extra tent is probably the easy and best way to go, thanks for the advice.

No real worries about theft at BFE, I guess all the warnings about red dust had me concerned that a tent may not keep all of it out!

I have any ezup, kinda a pain to take, hopefully someone near my campsite with one will have an extra spot for my chair, hope they like schlitz or Miller High Life! :beer:

Corbet
04-02-2010, 07:50 AM
I love Schlitz and so does Porter

MDH33
04-02-2010, 08:03 AM
... I guess all the warnings about red dust had me concerned that a tent may not keep all of it out!...


No way to avoid it. After a week in Moab, everything you own will have a nice coating, and you'll be finding it on your gear and throughout your rig for years to come. The inside of my 40 is permanently tinged red. :hill:

zgcruiser
04-02-2010, 06:43 PM
As far as the Liquor is concerned.. if u plan on drinking only beer buy it in CO.. UT only sells 3.2 unless its a microbrew.. But if u can make it to the state liquor store in Moab (weird hours 12-7pm or something like that) the hard liquor cheaper and same proof.

wesintl
04-02-2010, 06:48 PM
yeah.. but if you buy beast 3.2 you can really drink a lot of em and think you were back in college again.:D

just stay away from someone with a bottle of big black d^&* :eek:

BryanF
04-08-2010, 09:31 PM
yeah.. but if you buy beast 3.2 you can really drink a lot of em and think you were back in college again.:D

just stay away from someone with a bottle of big black d^&* :eek:

Haven't had a beast since 1995. Might have to see if its as bad as I remember.

Any other strange rules or laws us inexperienced need to know about? What about firewood? I can't bring it from home, our county is quarantined because of a bug in ash trees.

Air Randy
04-08-2010, 09:55 PM
There will be a guy who drives through the campground each evening selling firewood. It's supposed to be $5 for as big an armload as you can grab.

desmocruiser
04-18-2010, 03:24 AM
Nice avatar!

Keep an eye on this forum as it gets closer to 4/28. In the past there has been one or more threads about convoys out to Moab. People start leaving the Saturday before, and then pretty much every day between Sunday and Wednesday there's usually a group heading out.



Thanks. ABB fan?

Jacket
04-18-2010, 09:29 AM
You bet! I spent many of my "formative years" in Georgia and grew up on the Allmans, WSP, Allgood, Black Crowes... :beer:

rover67
04-18-2010, 07:38 PM
did you form or degrade during those years?

desmocruiser
05-03-2010, 09:39 PM
I would like to say thanks to the members of Rising Sun. The event, trails and you folks were fantastic.

Hope to make it again next year!!!!!

rover67
05-03-2010, 09:47 PM
Had a great time with you on Metal Masher, look forward to seein' ya sometime in the future!

-Marco

desmocruiser
05-03-2010, 10:09 PM
Had a great time with you on Metal Masher, look forward to seein' ya sometime in the future!

-Marco

Great time as well. Good job as the gunner!