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Rzeppa 06-18-2006 07:02 PM

7th Annual Father's Day Run
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It was an excellent run this year! We had an early start, nobody broke anything, everyone had a good time. The weather was beautiful as usual, and it was wonderful being at 11,000 feet instead of the sweltering heat of the flatlands. What better way to spend Father's Day!

We had ten rigs total, just about a perfect sized group. Matt Miller and his dad Tim in his FJ40, Bill Morgan and his wife in his runner, a fellow named Doug in a taco, Farnham and his family in his UZJ100, Farnham's friend and our newest Rising Sun member Brent Gehrman in his taco, Ken Romer in his LX450, Rachel in her runner, Matt Lewis in his runner, and Yuri, Oleg and family in Yuri's frankenrunner. They took a 1st gen body (for the open top) and put it on a 3rd gen chassis. It did well! Of course I was in my FJ40, and no, I didn't have time to stick the freshened engine and 4 speed tranny in before the run, as the last of the parts didn't arrive until Friday.

We totally skipped the first obstacle, I guess after the rollover last year some folks were kinda spooked. That's okay, we had fun anyway. Below is where we stopped for a few minutes a little ways up from the first obstacle.

Rzeppa 06-18-2006 07:06 PM

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Since I was leading,, I didn't take a whole lot of photos, kind of busy spotting people. The rocky hill below was troublesome for a number of people, including Matt Miller. Right after I took this shot, he whacked his driver's side springs on that rock really hard, but it didn't hurt anything. Everyone ended up with some pretty good steel-on-rock moments here and at a couple other places. Doug in the Taco below Matt had some trouble here too. I didn't photograph it, but Farnham had a heck of a time getting that big 100 over this, but he finally did once he used enough skinny pedal.

Rzeppa 06-18-2006 07:12 PM

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I just realized the photo of Doug and his taco is at the base of the rock garden, at the entrance to the bypass. There is one section of the bypass that was impassable for him and Farnham, where it squeezes between those two trees. The dirt is really dug out and they were just spinning out and digging their tires in deeper. I found them a line where they could turn left into the main garden but avoid a couple of boulders, then make a hard right back to the bypass. Below, Yuri's frankenrunner goes up the main rock garden. It was fun to listen to Oleg spot Yuri in Russian!

Rzeppa 06-18-2006 07:18 PM

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Below, Ken Romer and ROD (Sarah) calmly cruise between the two trees in the bypass. It did take him a couple tries to get the wagon lined up right, it's a tight squeeze. Speaking of trees, look carefully on the left part of the photo at his fender. The tree at the base of the rocky hill climb did that. I feel bad because I was spotting him at the time, but he did slide about a foot and a half sideways into the tree. He said it looks like Oleg will be getting some money to feed his dogs :-)

Rzeppa 06-18-2006 07:20 PM

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Rachel just drove her runner right up, no trouble at all for her.

Rzeppa 06-18-2006 07:22 PM

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Farnham in that big 100. He had his 40 on the run last year and drove up the garden. The wagon proved to be a lot more difficult on this trail.

Rzeppa 06-18-2006 07:25 PM

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Bill Morgan actually got the Red Chili stuck here! He did get it out, but at one point it was nothing doing either forward or reverse.

Rzeppa 06-18-2006 07:26 PM

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More Red Chili in the garden.

Rzeppa 06-18-2006 07:29 PM

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Dear reader, what's wrong with what you see in the photo below? Bear in mind this is Bill Morgan =-O

Rzeppa 06-18-2006 07:31 PM

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After a few moments, we got the people off his runner, hooked a strap from Yuri's runner to Bill's and got him stabilized. As much articulation as Bill's runner has, if he's doing a tripod you KNOW he was close to flopping!

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