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subzali
04-09-2008, 04:49 PM
Just while I'm thinkin' about it thought I would throw it out there - I know this event is typically close to the summer solstice, and the Ghost Town Run is happening the weekend of July 19-20. Our summer is pretty evenly spaced with events...maybe getting it a little early is not a bad thing. Last year we did it on June 27, so maybe we could look at July 9 or 16.

It's a Wednesday so it probably doesn't matter much which one we go with, but post up interest anyway!

Hulk
04-09-2008, 07:40 PM
Let's book it for Wednesday, July 9.

When I originally proposed this event, back in 2002 or 2003, it was in August. The next year, we moved it to July, where it stayed until last year. We moved it to June last year because July was chock full of events. This year, with the Rubithon in June, we should move it back to July.

We've held it on Slaughterhouse Gulch near Bailey since the beginning. We could go elsewhere if desired.

subzali
04-16-2008, 08:53 AM
Blow Off Work And Go Wheeling Run (8th Annual)
Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Meeting time: 1:30 pm depart at 2:00 pm

I see no reason to change anything from last year, it's always a great run at Slaughterhouse Gulch!

Meeting place: the new King Soopers Shopping Center
This is just off Hwy 285, a block east of where Coney Island was previously located.
KING SOOPERS
25637 CONIFER ROAD
CONIFER, CO 80433
Store Phone: 303-816-4960

Post-run pizza:
Crossroads Restaurant
16 Mt. Evans Blvd. (US-285/Pine Jct., the only stoplight on US-285.)
Pine, CO 80470
303-838-5558

What time we get to the pizza joint depends on how many people show up for the run, etc. I hope to be there by 7:30 p.m.

Trip Report from last year (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=4145)

subzali
06-16-2008, 11:00 AM
Okay, so who is coming? We have a little less than a month, it'd be nice to get a head count!

I'm in!

timmbuck2
06-16-2008, 11:55 AM
I WILL be there. With bells on. I really really really hope to drive the 40...

Jacket
06-16-2008, 12:47 PM
I WILL be there. With bells on. I really really really hope to drive the 40...

x2 on both counts :D

MDH33
06-17-2008, 11:15 AM
I'm in with 40. :thumb:

(`._.[xtr3m3]._.)
06-17-2008, 11:26 AM
What do you think about taking the 100 on this trail? The only part I worry about is that tippy spot on the way back down. I seem to always scrape the roof of my 40 on that tree. :eek:

subzali
06-17-2008, 11:32 AM
Yep that's the hard part - but maybe since the 100 is wider it can sneak further to the right and be stable? Seems like you have to hug that tree in a 40 because of stability issues - I've missed that tree with my hardtop on, but it was close. During the summer I'm glad to have a bikini top/rollbar at that spot ;)

MDH33
06-17-2008, 11:49 AM
Sounds like I might go that route and run the bikini top that week. :) Thanks for the tip!

Jacket
06-17-2008, 12:57 PM
._.);77458']What do you think about taking the 100 on this trail? The only part I worry about is that tippy spot on the way back down. I seem to always scrape the roof of my 40 on that tree. :eek:

I think you'll be fine. If you can run Spring Creek in that 100, Slaughterhouse should be a piece of cake.

AxleIke
06-17-2008, 01:56 PM
Yeah no joke.

Sucks for you super wide LC guys. I've done the trail a couple dozen times in my 4runner, and never even come within a foot of that tree. I remember each time i went by wondering how the marks got there.

I guess now I know.

subzali
06-17-2008, 02:35 PM
Taller and wider, that's what does it. I thought the same thing the first time I went by in my 40. You and I aren't very tall.

AxleIke
06-17-2008, 04:42 PM
I should also add:

Planning on attending.

wesintl
06-17-2008, 05:05 PM
Hopefully the 64 will be in full effect.

CardinalFJ60
06-25-2008, 02:42 PM
:D I'm in. just got the 'day-pass'.

:cheers:

Red_Chili
06-25-2008, 03:01 PM
On the fence. I have an appointment at 4, is most of the reason why.

Romer
06-25-2008, 03:36 PM
As long as I am in town I will be there

corsair23
06-25-2008, 05:46 PM
Pencil me and the 40 in (LX if the family comes again)...Have to see if I can sneak out of work :D

CBone
07-03-2008, 11:23 AM
I'm in and bringing the boss :thumb:
This trail is manageable in my 4Runner with lift, correct?

subzali
07-03-2008, 11:40 AM
Absolutely :cool:

Hulk
07-03-2008, 11:50 AM
Update: we're looking for a new post-run place for pizza/beer. Reports on Crossroads Pizza since new owners took over have been very negative. Dave Brown is going to check out Anthony's Pizza near the Safeway to see if they serve beer.

Tch2fly
07-03-2008, 01:44 PM
Don't be afraid to get muddy (or stuck:eek:) ...
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j131/mountainmatt/Slaughterhouse/100_3950.jpg

June 23 2008 trip by a group from my office

subzali
07-03-2008, 01:53 PM
Well I've been wondering about that little mudhole beauty. Since that thing developed to be pretty good size there is now a bypass around it. Is this one of the instances where we should either go through it (if it doesn't cause undue environmental damage by going through it) or turn around and go back? Of course the whole trail would be closed essentially if we had to turn back, so I guess that's why people went around through the trees and created a new trail off to the side. Would it be better to fill in the hole to provide natural water drainage again? Just thoughts...

MDH33
07-03-2008, 09:05 PM
I thought I read that there was a work day last year by another club and they hauled in rocks and fill to fix it. Or maybe that was a different trail?

Hulk
07-04-2008, 12:46 AM
In this case, I think you can bypass it without even straying from the trail.

MountainGoat
07-04-2008, 05:54 PM
I wanted to let you guys know that I am going on the Slaughterhouse run on Weds. I was a new guy at the last meeting (the one with 4 Toyotas). I am driving the 80.

I checked with Anthony's in Conifer and they do NOT serve beer. The good news is that there are 2 other decent pizza joints in Conifer that DO serve beer and are open till 9pm next Weds: Pier 49 Pizza and JJ Madwells. I can recommend either, although Madwells does have an actual bar.

Dan

Hulk
07-04-2008, 08:21 PM
Sounds good, Dan. Thanks for looking into this. I guess we'll just wing it afterwards, unless someone has a better idea. See you on Wednesday!

MDH33
07-07-2008, 08:13 AM
I'm out for this run. I won't be able to make repairs to my 40 in time. have fun. :hill:

subzali
07-07-2008, 08:59 AM
You can ride with me :D

jjhancock
07-07-2008, 02:18 PM
Can I do this run with low risk of damage with my locked 80 on 285's with a 2.5" OME medium lift? If so, I feel a cold coming on late morning Wednesday :D

subzali
07-07-2008, 02:42 PM
The only tight spot is a place where the trail tries to tip you into a tree on your way down. I'm pretty sure you can get by without tagging the tree as long as you have a good line, but someone with a wagon would have to chip in to confirm that.

corsair23
07-07-2008, 04:01 PM
Can I do this run with low risk of damage with my locked 80 on 285's with a 2.5" OME medium lift? If so, I feel a cold coming on late morning Wednesday :D

The only tight spot is a place where the trail tries to tip you into a tree on your way down. I'm pretty sure you can get by without tagging the tree as long as you have a good line, but someone with a wagon would have to chip in to confirm that.


We ran the trail last year with that set up except I'm running "heavies" (which is what I'm still running). Aside from the semi-tippy sections coming down damage risk IMO is super low. I'm pretty "tippy sensitive" :hill: so I'm sure most will tell you it isn't that bad. As long as you don't try to "baja" it through that section you should be fine.

Here is the trip report from last year with some good pics --> BOWAGWR 2007 (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=4145)

DaveInDenver
07-07-2008, 04:03 PM
No can do for me. Did talk to Dean, he might be there.

nakman
07-07-2008, 04:59 PM
I ate at JJ Madwell's last Thursday, been there a few times and like that place, their pizza is good, calzones are good too. They have some good beers on tap as well, and I suspect they should be pretty dead on Wednesday too so probably no need to worry about a big table, you can even sit outside if it's warm out, which it should be. They're in Aspen Park next to Loaf & Jug, across 285 from West Jeff Elementary, so not the same side of 285 as CTS, but the other side by the car wash and all the auto parts stores.

And I can't make the run either, unfortunately. :(

MDH33
07-07-2008, 06:45 PM
You can ride with me :D

Thanks for the offer Matt. In addition to my dilapidated 40 needing help, I actually have a deadline for work July 10 and I have suspicion I'll be pulling all nighters to make it.

MountainGoat
07-07-2008, 07:48 PM
Can I do this run with low risk of damage with my locked 80 on 285's with a 2.5" OME medium lift? If so, I feel a cold coming on late morning Wednesday :D

I do this trail all the time in my locked 80 with 255/85s and no lift. Never had any damage ... yet. I live about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. I ran it alot in my 85 Hilux with open diffs and 31s before I got the cruiser, too. No probs. Hell, come to think of it, I used to run it in my IFS 86 4Runner with open diffs and 31s. You should be golden.

Dan

Nick F.
07-08-2008, 08:53 AM
x2 on j.j. madwells. It's good. Might wanna call ahead and see if they can accommodate us.

Tch2fly
07-08-2008, 09:18 AM
Can I do this run with low risk of damage with my locked 80 on 285's with a 2.5" OME medium lift? If so, I feel a cold coming on late morning Wednesday :D

You will be fine ... not a difficult trail at all, you did tougher stuff on Porcupine Rim :thumb:

jjhancock
07-08-2008, 09:35 AM
Thanks for the info fellas. I plan on being there for the run unless something unexpected happens on the work front, which is unlikely, plus I'll be sick so they won't want me here anyway :cool:

RedFox
07-08-2008, 11:34 AM
Post Run options:
1. I checked with Anthony's Pizza in the Safeway S.C.. They have enough room for us and they are open until 9:00pm. They don't serve beer.

2. Cerreta Viejo is a authentic mexican restaurant located at Windy Point in the Boulder Gas Center. They have a lot of room and their food is excellent and they are open until 10:00pm. They serve beer and prices are reasonable.

Red Fox

subzali
07-08-2008, 12:43 PM
I've heard good stories about the Mexican place in the Boulder Gas Station (#2 in RedFox's account). That's my vote, though JJ Madwell's is good too :thumb:

80Series
07-08-2008, 06:24 PM
i was planning on going until I looked at the map and saw how far from home it was. No can do with gas prices :(

Rzeppa
07-08-2008, 11:36 PM
Pier 49 now has their license! Not only do they have kick-ass pizza, but they now sell adult beverages!!!

They are in the King Sooper's center in Aspen PArk. Owner is Rick Lange, number is (303) 838-5201

Rick's been really cool with us at my work up there, I suggest we stop by during our meet-up!

Hulk
07-09-2008, 01:45 AM
Guys, it is with 95% certainty that I will not be there. I have used up my hall passes for time off work for wheelin' activities, and I prefer to keep my job rather than exercise my hobby. It sounds like there will be folks there who know where the trail is and can lead.

Please pay for the pizza (or Mexican food) with a credit card, and I will immediately send a check to cover the expense.

I'm sad -- I think this is the 8th annual Blow Off Work And Go Wheelin' Run, which I founded on a whim back when Mike Aaron was our events coordinator back in 2001. It will be the first one which I have not personally attended.

subzali
07-09-2008, 07:31 AM
Bummer Matt. I was looking forward to wheeling with the Hulk today :(

Romer
07-09-2008, 08:20 AM
I haven't been there in 3 years. I hope someone else remebers where the trail is?

I'll be on 146.460 on the Ham. Like to check the distance on Rachels hand held with a good antenna so hopefully others will be monitoring while driving

AxleIke
07-09-2008, 08:22 AM
I know where it is.

I'm sure lots of others do as well.

Matt, sorry to hear. It will be my first.

Romer
07-09-2008, 08:26 AM
I am recalling you go past shaeffers crossing and turn right where the gas station is and follow along to Rising Sun road. Once your on the trail I think its pretty easy. I think there is one turn near the end where you either turn back to the hill thats closed or the other way to get out.

AxleIke
07-09-2008, 08:29 AM
Sort of. You DO go past shaeffers crossing, but you go past the first gas station, to the next one, and there is a light there now. I lived there for quite a while, my XC coach lived about a half mile from the trail head, so we used to run there a lot.

Hulk
07-09-2008, 09:18 AM
From King Soopers in Aspen Park:

Head South on 285 about 12 miles. Turn right at the gas station in front of the Bailey Library. The road you are getting on is 43.

Head back about 6 miles to Rising Sun Rd. Turn left. Take the next right and head to the area where you air down.

Here is a map of how to get to the trailhead (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=115769960136927015565.000451978b4d56e001e84&ll=39.468402,-105.443773&spn=0.228992,0.377998&z=12).

timmbuck2
07-09-2008, 10:36 AM
Hmm...have to get mom off to the airport...would have to be home by 6...kinda doubt that is a possibility??

Hulk
07-09-2008, 10:44 AM
Hmm...have to get mom off to the airport...would have to be home by 6...kinda doubt that is a possibility??

Almost certainly not.

AxleIke
07-09-2008, 10:44 AM
From King Soopers in Aspen Park:

Head South on 285 about 12 miles. Turn right at the gas station in front of the Bailey Library. The road you are getting on is 43.

Head back about 6 miles to Rising Sun Rd. Turn left. Take the next right and head to the area where you air down.

Here is a map of how to get to the trailhead (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=115769960136927015565.000451978b4d56e001e84&ll=39.468402,-105.443773&spn=0.228992,0.377998&z=12).

what, you don't trust me? :D

I wouldn't either...These mini truck guys, you know, they're a bad crowd.

Hulk
07-09-2008, 10:49 AM
what, you don't trust me? :D

I wouldn't either...These mini truck guys, you know, they're a bad crowd.

I started with trying to find the turn off of Hwy 285 on Google Maps, and then kind of got carried away. Glad you will be there to show the way. If Jeff Zepp goes on the run, he knows the way very well, too.

Thanks man! :cheers:

timmbuck2
07-09-2008, 11:49 AM
Almost certainly not.

Hmm......maybe I could turn back around 5?

Hulk
07-09-2008, 11:56 AM
Hmm......maybe I could turn back around 5?

2:00 Leave King Soopers in Apsen Park.

2:30 Arrive at air-down spot

3:00 Arrive at actual trailhead.

You could probably run the trail for a while and turn around at 4:15 -- that would get you off the trail at 5:00 and home by 6:00. Your only issue would be that you'd be by yourself if you got in trouble. It's not a difficult trail, but you never know.

timmbuck2
07-09-2008, 12:00 PM
2:00 Leave King Soopers in Apsen Park.

2:30 Arrive at air-down spot

3:00 Arrive at actual trailhead.

You could probably run the trail for a while and turn around at 4:15 -- that would get you off the trail at 5:00 and home by 6:00. Your only issue would be that you'd be by yourself if you got in trouble. It's not a difficult trail, but you never know.

Dang....never made this run and really needed it today....2 years ago I left work late and was never able to catch up to the group...last year I had to cancel because my tennis league team needed me to play...then the opponent forfeited when we got there.

Hulk
07-09-2008, 12:03 PM
Dang....never made this run and really needed it today....2 years ago I left work late and was never able to catch up to the group...last year I had to cancel because my tennis league team needed me to play...then the opponent forfeited when we got there.

If it were me, I'd say to my wife: "Honey, would you mind taking my Mom to the airport?" and go on the run. Depends how happy your :Princess: is with you currently.

Romer
07-09-2008, 12:04 PM
If it were me, I'd say to my wife: "Honey, would you mind taking my Mom to the airport?" and go on the run. Depends how happy your :Princess: is with you currently.

Or say, "Mom I Love You, here is some money for a cab" :D

AxleIke
07-09-2008, 12:13 PM
I started with trying to find the turn off of Hwy 285 on Google Maps, and then kind of got carried away. Glad you will be there to show the way. If Jeff Zepp goes on the run, he knows the way very well, too.

Thanks man! :cheers:

totally kidding there man! LOL. Just trying to be funny. :o

timmbuck2
07-09-2008, 12:18 PM
Hmmm....wifey is 8 months pregnant and the 3 year old would have to tag along......

Hulk
07-09-2008, 01:13 PM
totally kidding there man! LOL. Just trying to be funny. :o

No worries, I thought it was funny. :thumb: Wish I was going to be there! :(

wesintl
07-09-2008, 01:41 PM
we'll miss you matt, I've run it a couple times too. we'll figure it out at king soopers.

nakman
07-09-2008, 02:04 PM
You guys will figure it out. Turn right at Conoco, then go back a ways, then you actually go on Rising Sun blvd, right? Once you get back there it will be obvious. wish I was going, but just can't blow off work this time.

Rzeppa
07-09-2008, 02:19 PM
I started with trying to find the turn off of Hwy 285 on Google Maps, and then kind of got carried away. Glad you will be there to show the way. If Jeff Zepp goes on the run, he knows the way very well, too.

Thanks man! :cheers:

Yep, I'll be there, leaving for Kings in about 10 minutes :)