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Old September 22nd, 2019, 06:53 PM
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Also- was flagged down by a guy who wanted to talk Rovers. He has a SII and lives in Francis, UT. He was tlkinh how Graeme Bell was in town with his 130 and came to their local all Brit car show.
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Old September 22nd, 2019, 08:16 PM
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Also- was flagged down by a guy who wanted to talk Rovers. He has a SII and lives in Francis, UT. He was tlkinh how Graeme Bell was in town with his 130 and came to their local all Brit car show.
Francis or Samak? He doesn't go by hightower on the G&R forum does he?

Yeah the South Africans were here a couple of years ago. Cool family for sure.

Any chance since you were in Francis you stopped in Woodruff and the Biscuit Co.? IF not, big miss on that one cause they are amazing.
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Old September 22nd, 2019, 08:43 PM
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Fed, showered, dressed for rack out. Wife and I were just discussing the Tischer camper on the 130 that we rented in Iceland. Not a trail rig, but there has to be a compromise between that and RTT/camp stove/camp shower. (We remembered that the BaseCamp shower warms water 30deg above the water temp, so lukewarm showers for us! But still showered)

The Euros either by Defender specific campers, pop top their trucks, or build custom. We may look into that. Although 65-75K spent on a used Sprinter 4x4 camper makes more sense to mr than same $ for NuDefender.

We learned a hard lesson, too. Keep seeing warning about food and other things the wildlife like. We were careful, but attacked.

By mice. They got into truck and ate bread, paper towels, toilet paper. One cannot be too careful in mouse country.
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Old September 23rd, 2019, 08:56 AM
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Francis or Samak? He doesn't go by hightower on the G&R forum does he?

Yeah the South Africans were here a couple of years ago. Cool family for sure.

Any chance since you were in Francis you stopped in Woodruff and the Biscuit Co.? IF not, big miss on that one cause they are amazing.
Yes, Francis/Hightower. Nice gent.

Dammit, missed the Biscuits!
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Ran into some Dutch guys doing a return leg of their Nova Scotia to Vancouver run. Very cool 101, being Dutch guy had a Nespresso and an iverter for coffee. Chatted for a bit. Very nice gents.
Wow, that's not what you expect to find in Wall!

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Back onto trail yesterday. Beautiful scenic route. After a nice camp night in Manti National Forest, we headed out. Trail tooks us by Joes Valley Reservoir, really cool.

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After that, moving on the truck totally bogged down and was making a terrible sound driving up a fairly steep switchback. Pulled over to find this, easy fix.

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Reattached exhaust, and noticed damp on rt. Rear wheel. Brake fluid. Looked under and line had snapped of where it enters brake cylinder.

35 miles of careful driving, refilling MC, and judicious use of enging braking, we decnded 2,500 ft. and foung High Tech Automotive in Orangeville. Jason and crew reflared line, reattached, power bled the brake, and we were back on the road to see petroglyphs and very cool mountains.

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“Camped” in the Hilton in Moab, Arches today.
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The offending brake line. Note to self: ensure brake lines are either mounted on axle in factory positions, or zip tied/secured in some fashion. Having line run from T to cylinder with no support allows line to bounce, flex, and be affected by rocks.

Also, add a pair of vise-grips to tool bag, crimping rubber line at T would have prevented additional fluid loss.

Thank god for dual curcuit brakes. And I got a brake line flush in a roundabout way.
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Nice 95 SW out of Golden. Owner also has a Mog.

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The most I have seen on trip!
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The most I have seen on trip!
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On my last trip to Moab, a gas station in North Platte NE was riddled with limited edition matchbox rovers for some reason. Needless to say I rescued them all (except the freelanders) and they came to moab too.
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Old September 25th, 2019, 09:00 AM
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Did Arches and Canyonlands yesterday. Wow. Just wow. Some hikes to arches, sunset overlooking the river. Very awe inspiring. The old 110 is prob not quite set up for White Rim, or any difficult offroad. The TAT stuff has been at limit, not due to route difficulty, but due to truck. Hitting bumpstops (self leveling, lol), passender fron door stuck in locked mode, driver’s door window falling off track. But, hey, what can you expect from a stock 28 year old truck with no restoration?

Facebook memories showed we were Rovering on Hardangervidda Plateau, en route to Bergen, Norway a few years ago. September must be road trip month for me.

Off to Telluride today, then Colo Springs.

On road in Canyonlands
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Wearing my SHP shirt. For those who have not been here, 3 feet behind us is a 1,200 foot sheer drop. Dayum!
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Canyonlands sunset
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That road below is White Rim Trail
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You would have been just fine on White Rim. That said, it's high season for mountain biking and every campsite on the trail was almost certainly booked, which would force you to do the entire circuit in a day.
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Yeah, I prob would have been OK on White Rim. But we have burned up a lot of time and needed to start heading back. That said, we wasted time going to Telluride. Not impressed. That’s just me, some may love it. Construction delays to and from Telluride, and it seems like from there east, people are driving like assholes. Like pass us into oncoming traffic to lock up brakes and squeeze into car right in front of us...in a line of cars doing the speed limit.

We left Moab this AM and got on TAT going east. About 12 miles in the 200 got almost to red on temps, so we turned around and came to this area via La Sal and Naturita. Pretty drive, we stopped and did some creekbed walks, cooled down our feet. Stopped at a fantastic asian fusion taco joint called Gnar in Ridgway, and located a campground in a state park. Wiped out for the day.
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Did the TAT in my 110 in 2016.
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Construction delays to and from Telluride, and it seems like from there east, people are driving like assholes. Like pass us into oncoming traffic to lock up brakes and squeeze into car right in front of us...in a line of cars doing the speed limit.
Welcome to America my friend. That is the law out here. If you aren't driving that way YOU are the arsehole. Not really, but that is how those drivers treat you, like you are doing something wrong. Unfortunately those drivers are becoming the norm. Good luck and it sounds like otherwise you are having a great trip. I was in a lot of the areas you are a Thanksgiving or so ago. Drew
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Welcome to America my friend. That is the law out here. If you aren't driving that way YOU are the arsehole. Not really, but that is how those drivers treat you, like you are doing something wrong. Unfortunately those drivers are becoming the norm. Good luck and it sounds like otherwise you are having a great trip. I was in a lot of the areas you are a Thanksgiving or so ago. Drew
Lol, yes. That's normal driving in Denver metro for sure, and spreading throughout the state like a cancer.

Telluride is nice but the inhabitants tend to be very important. Give Ouray a try, it has a different more laid back vibe. The hot springs are nice.

On the way east try to work Engineer Pass in your route. It's a very easy 4wd road if you approach it through Silverton/Animas Forks, and the views are nice. Lake City is also nice and worth visiting.

Sounds like a great trip and looks like a great time!
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Home and done. Whew. A little over 3K miles.

What we know about truck: when being used hard, and engine temps creep up, oil pressure light will flicker a little at idle. Low fuel warning light i now a whenever it wants to light light. Passenger door still stuck in locked position. Rear pinion seal shot. Right side swivel seal shot. Self leveling unit shot. Drivers door window will fall off channel, due to complete disintegration of door inner bracing from rust.

That said, one can take a 28 year old truck, top it off, and just go. Truck did great overall!

After campground in Ridgway, we headed east towards the Springs. Some great views, stated on 2 lane until Springs. Overnighted ar Holiday Inn in Limon, found more great local tacos!

Up in AM and across CO, KS, NE, and into Iowa and home.

All in all a great trip, a nice break, and a good way to find out where I want to go again.
Badlands- cool to see, but prob not numerous times.
Black Hills- a great area with a load of offroad trails, abandoned mines, buffalo, views.
East WY- we talked about it as the Blasted Lands from Stephen King novel. God forsaken. If you like no trees, oil wells, pronghorns, it is for you. Some may love it, for us it was a place to drive through.
Tetons/Jackson/Wilson- pretty, great hikes, wildlife, towns are pricey. Wear a flannel, North Face jacket and Rolex. Will go back, especially as our friend has a house there.
Wasatch/Manti LaSal- great parks
Moab- will go again with better plan and fresh suspension. Too many trails to list.

Also will plan more time for North Rim, more of Canyonlands.

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Any access to that Amangani place without coughing up $1000's for a room? Lunch? Spa day pass that includes the outdoor pool? - Something? - Anything?!
I have stayed on that property in the Cabins next door multiple times. Awesome place.
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