After some debate about changing the location of this years event to Moab or places farther north, I have decided that the 2005 Colorado Touareg Rally will be held again in the Lake City / Ouray / Telluride areas. While I enjoyed entertaining ideas of moving the event, the short time frame for logistical planning and the need to get a date set for vacation planning has necessitated keeping it in Southern Colorado for this year. The good news is that there are still MANY trails that we haven't been on, many trails that are so classic that they BEG to be driven again, and there is always the stunning scenery!
I propose that we use the following schedule for this years rally. I want to add a one day break into the middle of the trip to allow us to further experience attractions in the area with our families. Of course, that means that we will have to push up any pre rally Meet and Greet up a day to Sunday. This should allow us to meet up at a reasonable time on Monday morning, or allow others to arrive later as needed.
Main event: Monday July 25th - Friday July 29
Sunday, July 24- (Pre-Event) Arrive in Lake City, Meet and Greet at Andy's (I8ABUG) cabin (tentative)
Monday, July 25- On the trail near Lake City area, overnight in Lake City area
Tuesday, July 26- On the trail, arrive in Ouray, overnight in Ouray
Wednesday, July 27 - (Break) Go explore Durango or Telluride areas for the day, overnight in Ouray?
Thursday, July 28 - Yankee Boy Basin / IMOGENE PASS!
Friday, July 29- On the Trail / Return to Lake City
Saturday, July 30- (Post Event) Sand Dunes Nat'l Monument four wheeling and camping
Several people mentioned that it would be fun to do Sand Dunes, but we were not able to fit it into the trip. I'd life to go play there this year, but we will have to make it separate from the rest of the event. Also, Christina and I will likely have our Puck trailer with us, so we won't be able to do a full climb over to Walsenburg area and back to the East.
If anyone has suggestions on trails they want to run (not Poughkeepsie Gulch (Eric)), please speak up. We have plenty of time to plan these side trips.
Please submit your comments for the proposed dates by March 1, after which time I will lock in our dates.
Looking forward to a fun 2005 rally!
You can find pictures of the 2004 Event here