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Tell you what Linder, I'll swap with you and reluctantly take your place on the yacht. You can pilot you own yacht over Imogene. :D
Haha I appreciate your willingness to "suffer" for me aircooled:p. Sadly I think I'll have to pass up your offer!

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Have to catch you next year too . . .

Well, since we're not going to get VW to change their marketing plans and get us those V6 TDIs sooner :( . . . Terri and I will have to shoot for next year too.

I thought about bringing the XC90 out this year but since we're going to sell or trade it on the TDI deal [eventually], I'd probably just damage it somehow. I would like to know just how capable [or not] it is under true off-roading conditions. Though it is basically an all wheel drive mini-van with ground clearance, I have been amazed at how well it does in adverse weather conditions just running Eagle ResponseEdge tires and we have done some limited off-roading while out at the CO cabin. You'd also be amazed at how well that little turbo 5 cylinder does at altitude. Our gas mileage even goes up when we're out there going up and down mountains!

patience is a virtue? Not! :rolleyes: Probably order the TDI in September and get it next March.

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No offense taken . . . but

No offense, but your XC90 wouldn't make it, period.

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though I wouldn't begin to suggest our XC90 is remotely as off road capable as a Touareg [one of the reasons I want one], when I hear blanket statements like this, I generally find they are made by people that have never even been behind the wheel of an XC90. This Volvo all wheel drive system has done nothing but impress the hell out of me especially given no low range and just all season rubber. I've already done things with this vehicle that I didn't think it could do out at the cabin. It seems that as long as you even have 1 wheel that can get traction, you will keep moving.

Sadly, it's not worth risking vehicle damage over in a year I expect to sell it to get a TDI just to prove to doubters that, though these XC90s are no Touareg or Jeep, they are absolutely more off-road capable than they are given credit for.
 

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Its May 13 -

Winter Storm Warning

/O.CON.KGJT.WS.W.0013.000000T0000Z- 080514T0000Z/ WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS- SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... CRESTED BUTTE...TAYLOR PARK... MARBLE... OURAY...TELLURIDE...LAKE CITY...SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS 541 AM MDT TUE MAY 13 2008...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MDT THIS AFTERNOON...
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MDT THIS AFTERNOON.
PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS TODAY. SNOWFALL WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES WITH STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 12 INCHES BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON.
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.


Snow Shovel?? I'll bring along my skis! Meet everyone at Lift 1 in Telluride.


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it was better up higher and further north . i was there, beautiful transformation back to winter with everything starting to look brown.

you're a little late though, crazy warm weather is right behind it. near 90 for Moab Sunday....
 

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will anyone be to Moab early enough on Saturday to do anything? I hadn't realized you guys are not even starting until Sunday - I'm due in Seattle by Monday night which is a bit of a drive even if I leave at lunch time Sunday.
 

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Hi Jim,

Just caught this message and of course we talked yesterday. We did miss you out there.

Yes, we worked off a Sunday start since many like to have Saturday as a drive day. While we did have our arrival gathering Saturday night, we dont generally put it on the calendar just so folks can come into town on their own timetable. This is like Colorado where we trail M-T-Th-Fr with Sunday night arrival gathering.

I heard you got some bike trails in. Cool scenery. Send pics!
 

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More snow for Ouray:

Statement as of 10:01 AM MDT on May 22, 2008


... Snow Advisory remains in effect until 6 PM MDT Friday...

A Snow Advisory remains in effect until 6 PM MDT Friday.

A cold unstable airmass will continue to pour over the San Juan
Mountains through Friday. Snow accumulation levels will lower to
around 8500 feet. By Friday afternoon snow accumulations of 4 to
8 inches with local areas up to 10 inches. In addition...
southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts will cause
areas of blowing and drifting snow over high exposed terrain.

A Snow Advisory means that periods of snow will cause primarily
travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and
limited visibilities... and use caution while driving.
 

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So it will just be a Touareg Rally Pub crawl this year? ;) :drunk: Or does someone have a sled they can bring along so we can do some back country skiing. :)
 

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Just noticed the FJ Summit folks have extended their meet to Sunday July 20.

For those like me arriving early - like Saturday July 19 (renting a condo for the week), we are going to be up to our eyeballs in up to 200 FJs. Oh well, I know a few of them... and I am hoping most of them bring shovels so they can clear the mountains for us :)

FJSummit 2008 National Meet
 

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Correction - The FJ Summit has 267 FJ's, 500 participants. July 16-20 (just before us).

Hopefully they'll bring lots of shovels and be out of town by our Sunday evening.
 

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Weekend story on Ouray Snow

Two weekend stories on plowing the passes. The summary is that crews are weeks behind, with major avalanches to untangle. Yankee Boy is clear (if you call a snow canyon clear - see picture first story), they are moving to Red Mountain (Corkscrew-Hurricane-California), then Engineers, then Imogene. They may acquire an additional plow to help speed up, but highly unlikely they will be all ready by traditional July 4, probably toward end of July.... whoo hoo... we may be some of the first to get over :).

Snow Delays road opening, Jeep tours.

News : Snow delays road opening, jeep tours (Montrose, CO)

The five-man team has numerous roads to open in Ouray County and jeep tours, a major tourist industry in Ouray, can only wait. Those trails consist of Yankee Boy Basin, Red Mountain Town, Corkscrew, Brown Mountain, Engineer Pass and Imogene Pass. However, deep snow is making progress slow and the team is several weeks behind. The department started plowing Yankee Boy on May 5. The usual 10-day plowing project is already weeks behind, but Miller was hoping to finish there yesterday and move onto Red Mountain Town at the top of Red Mountain Pass.

“We’re just going to have to bail right back in,” he said.

In a normal year, Yankee Boy usually has 2 to 3 feet on the road and is easy to work, he said. But this is no normal year, and where the crew started plowing, the road was covered with more than 8 feet and it only got deeper.

Also hindering progress were several snowslides that haven’t run in almost a century.

“They brought down 100-year-old trees ... all twisted up,” Miller said. He said the slides took several 10-hour days to move.
Last year the crew finished up around July 2, with a goal to have the jeep trails open by the Fourth of July weekend. However, this year is looking grim.

Miller said he hopes they can have the areas ready by late July, but the projects could take them into August. Right now the crew is working two employees with one dozer, but the county might rent another to move things along quicker, Miller said.
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Road to Yankee Boy Clear
Road to Yankee Boy Basin clear: Welcome to Ouray News
County Road & Bridge equipment operator Dave Leonardi reported Wednesday that Camp Bird Road is now cleared of snow as far as the outhouses at Yankee Boy Basin.

"It's just incredible how much snow there is up there," Leonardi said, noting that the road usually takes three to four days to plow out, and this year took three to four weeks. "It was huge. There were huge avalanches we had to plow through."

Leonardi and partner Bob Rummel have been putting in four ten-hour days per week to get the Camp Bird Road open. It is typically the first road of the season to get plowed out. This year they had extra help from Harry Castle, owner of the Ruby Trust Mine, whom Leonardi said has been working on his own to get the road open to recommence his mining operations.

The next task Leonardi and Rummel face is to restage their plow in the vicinity of Red Mountain Town and plow out Corkscrew Pass. Next in line will most likely be Engineer Pass, then Imogene Pass.

Leonardi said he is going to propose that the county rent another dozer to speed the opening of high-country roads for the summer season. "We could do twice as much," he said. Currently, with just the one dozer, Leonardi and Rummel take turns plowing and spotting each other.
 

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It's going to be fun to watch!!!
 

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Ok, I will ask again, who has a sled they can bring along so we can do some skiing? ;)
 

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Oh My God........ What a time warp this Rick and Ann photo stuff is. Sarah had just been born and I was riding my Husqvarna up Mt. Antero while Margaret was driving Sarah in the Wagoneer up to Pitkin and Tin Cup Pass. Time flies when you are having fun.
 

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Hey Rick, I think that guy on Fins N Things in Moab had your old Blazer!

Let's see: August 1987, I was more than likely riding my Huffy back and forth between my neighbors' house and our garage. I was probably pestering dad to let me drive the tractor on my own, one last time before school started back up. Ahh, memories. ;)

Well, time to make some more memories: Less than 7 weeks until Rally '08!

Matt

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I was going to post something about 1987, but thought I would refrain. Since Matt brought it up I was just two years out of Highschool and still living in PA. I remember I traded my 78 Subaru Brat in on a 87 Escort GT. Not much else exciting for me in 87. :)
 

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Young Whippersnappers!!!:p:p:p

Until 2 weeks ago at Moab, I would have told you that that old Blazer was the toughest 4-wheeler that we have had. It was a 2.8L V6 with throttle-body, 4.11 diffs, and skid plate. The darn thing would hardly go 75 mph. But, it would climb a telephone pole and forded the East Fork of the San Juan on that same trip.

In 1986, we had rented a pos Jeep in Silverton and almost killed ourselves within the first hour, but we were hooked! Came home and bought that Blazer.

Can hardly wait to see everyone again in Ouray. Remember, show us old fogies (including Hap) some respect :hug::grin:

Rick
 
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