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Title: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 26, 2016, 06:13:10 PM
Attention all Jeepers and off-road enthusiasts.  Hooray for Ouray!!!!   Sorry about that got caught up in the moment. ;D

Chrystal and I are going to host an rvforum rally at the Ouray KOA campground in the beautiful Ouray, Colorado (San Juan mountains) Saturday August 12 thru Saturday August 19, 2017.

We hope our many framily members and friends will come and join us and hopefully those we have not had the pleasure to meet yet enjoy off-roading will also join us.

Here are the details:
*  Ouray KOA.  They have about a dozen or so 50-amp sites left and another 8 or so nice 30-amp sites that are fairly close together so as a group we will be able to be in close proximity.
*  They are going to let us use the pavilion area for our evening happy hours.  This is tentative and I will have to reconfirm as the dates grow nearer.
*  The Bar-B-Que dinner will be over by then next year, however, the Creekside Cafe on site will be open for breakfast daily.  It is actually quite good and not too bad priced.

Here is a link to the Ouray KOA website if you have any questions.
http://koa.com/campgrounds/ouray/

I spoke to Debra on the telephone, her and her husband David are the owners and great people.  My wife and I have been going here for the past 8 years now and would like to share the experience and area with all of our friends.

If you are interested please call Debra at the Ouray KOA @ (800) 562-8026 and make your reservations ASAP.  They are already accepting reservations for next year and spaces will be limited.  I could not reserve any more sites than one so I implore that if you are even thinking about coming, please make reservations as soon as possible to at least lock in a site.

If you have any questions or I have not covered something please feel free to post here or contact me.

Also, once you make your reservations please post a reply on this thread and inform everyone that you will be coming and if you reserve a specific site, please let us all know what that site is as well.

Chrystal and I will be in site # 108 for the rally.

Thank you all and we should have a great time.

Mike & Chrystal.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: FrankW on August 26, 2016, 08:58:26 PM
Frank & Barb will be on site #95
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 26, 2016, 09:39:08 PM
Awesome Frank.  Glad you and Barb will be attending.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on August 26, 2016, 10:22:09 PM
We phoned after  hours tonight and hope to get a reservation! Stay tuned!
BB
My turn to plan what we do all  year!
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Jeff and Anita on August 27, 2016, 10:09:27 AM
We're in! Site#60 Booked August 10-20th. Thanks Mike and Chrystal. Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: RVnChick on August 27, 2016, 12:47:17 PM
I called today (Saturday, 8/27/16) to make a reservation for Sarge and I - but the owners weren't there and the woman answering seemed a bit baffled.  She took my name and number and will forward it to the owners  - when they return.  We plan to be there...there just appears to be a little hiccup in the process.  I will update if/when we get a call back. ???
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Jeff and Anita on August 27, 2016, 01:03:08 PM
I called today (Saturday, 8/27/16) to make a reservation for Sarge and I - but the owners weren't there and the woman answering seemed a bit baffled.  She took my name and number and will forward it to the owners  - when they return.  We plan to be there...there just appears to be a little hiccup in the process.  I will update if/when we get a call back. ???
We booked our reservations online and then called to follow up to see what site we were in. We are KOA members which saves a little bit of money.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: RVnChick on August 27, 2016, 01:13:00 PM
We booked our reservations online and then called to follow up to see what site we were in. We are KOA members which saves a little bit of money.

We are also KOA members....I can book on-line.  Did you mention the Rally in your on-line reservation comments?
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Becks on August 27, 2016, 01:43:09 PM
Just made our reservation for the week, Gary and Darlene will be in site # 98.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Jeff and Anita on August 27, 2016, 01:53:33 PM
We are also KOA members....I can book on-line.  Did you mention the Rally in your on-line reservation comments?

Yes we did.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 27, 2016, 02:02:28 PM
Hey everyone, thanks for being so vigilant in jumping on board so quickly, this is going to be great.

One thing I do want to mention so there isn't any confusion, this is a Saturday to Saturday (7-nights) rally instead of the normal Sunday to Sunday style rally.  We will be departing on Saturday the 19th but those who wish to stay another day are more than welcome to do so.  The reasoning is because the FMCA 4-Wheelers Buena Vista rally begins on Sunday and I didn't want to conflict with that.

Thanks.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: John Beard on August 27, 2016, 05:22:42 PM
John and Susan Beard are reserved via the interweb...but we're reserved in the Ouray, CO KOA...
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on August 27, 2016, 05:44:31 PM
Brewers booked on line , then  phoned and were told we had site 77.  Whoo hoo!  It is the same back in we  had this past  August!
We are KOA value Kard members.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Henry Wishard on August 27, 2016, 07:55:06 PM
Hello Mike, Henry and Margaret will be in site 97. Looking forward to joining everyone.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on August 27, 2016, 09:14:49 PM
Team LoLa , Larry & Loretta Dodd will be in site 99.  These 90's sites are
good ones.  Mike and Chrystal have the premier site, but it's their show so
I guess they should. . . .

Looking forward to Ouray again.  Black Bear was awesome. . . . .
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: DJStarr on August 27, 2016, 11:08:37 PM
I booked a site on the creek.  Not sure I'm going or not but it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

8/13-8/17.  Some of us gotta work...  :D
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: SargeW on August 28, 2016, 08:41:38 AM
Hey Mike, Diane reserved us a site and will hopefully get a site # today. Since we haven't been here before, how are the trails in this area? Hardcore, Newbie, or somewhere in between?
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: SargeW on August 28, 2016, 05:42:19 PM
Diane called back and were given site 101. We are in!
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 28, 2016, 05:56:06 PM
Hey Mike, Diane reserved us a site and will hopefully get a site # today. Since we haven't been here before, how are the trails in this area? Hardcore, Newbie, or somewhere in between?

Marty, the trails are all over the board as far as difficulty but none in the area are what I would call "extreme".  The two hardest are Poughkeepsie Gulch and Black Bear and both are very doable with a stock or mildly built Jeep, especially with some good spotting.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: SargeW on August 28, 2016, 09:03:00 PM
Good info Mike thanks. Di is not much of a "hard core" wheeler!
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 29, 2016, 07:37:56 AM
Good info Mike thanks. Di is not much of a "hard core" wheeler!

She will be fine on these trails.  Although they have some technical spots the scenery is the main attraction, absolutely breathtaking.

Glad you will be joining us.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: RVnChick on August 29, 2016, 07:53:04 AM
Good info Mike thanks. Di is not much of a "hard core" wheeler!

HA!!!  In my defense...as a passenger in the Jeep.....riding on the "hard core" trails is like riding on a horrifically broken, jerky rollercoaster that lasts for hours....just saying.  All the fun is in the driving....
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on August 29, 2016, 09:43:40 AM
We're in! Site#60 Booked August 10-20th. Thanks Mike and Chrystal. Looking forward to it.

When we were at this park, we noted this site.  You will enjoy it.  It's large and plenty of room
for happy hour. . . . .
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Jeff and Anita on August 29, 2016, 11:36:43 AM
When we were at this park, we noted this site.  You will enjoy it.  It's large and plenty of room
for happy hour. . . . .

Great Happy Hour it is! Looks like the site has a fire ring to keep us warm in case of snow.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 29, 2016, 01:22:27 PM
Great Happy Hour it is! Looks like the site has a fire ring to keep us warm in case of snow.

Hey, don't even talk like that.  No four letter words referring that white stuff.  Rain more than likely but not the white stuff.  It can do all that it wants to after our Ouray rally. ;)

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Photog on August 29, 2016, 01:38:15 PM
We are in space 102.  See you next year!! :)
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 29, 2016, 02:51:49 PM
We are in space 102.  See you next year!! :)

Great Bill.  See you then.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Photog on August 29, 2016, 06:15:26 PM
Great Bill.  See you then.
Mike.
I guess I will see you and Chrystal next month in Moab, then next year! :)
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Ralph & Diane Billings on August 29, 2016, 10:05:24 PM
Ralph and Diane will be there 10-20. Made reservations online not sure what site number. Thank you Jeff and Anita for letting us know about RV Forum looking forward to the adventure.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 30, 2016, 07:26:58 AM
I guess I will see you and Chrystal next month in Moab, then next year! :)

Correct Bill, forgot about Moab next month.

See you then.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 30, 2016, 07:27:33 AM
Ralph and Diane will be there 10-20. Made reservations online not sure what site number. Thank you Jeff and Anita for letting us know about RV Forum looking forward to the adventure.

Nice to have you join us for the rally and welcome to the forum.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on September 02, 2016, 07:42:06 AM
Hello All.

The attached document is the list of attendees as I have it.
I don't know the last name of a few of you, so if you don't mind send me
a message with that info.  If not, no big deal we will get acquainted in Ouray.

Ouray is called the Switzerland of America.  We think you will enjoy the town and
the trails.  A number of places nearby, Ridgeway, Telluride and even Durango are
available to explore as well.

Looking forward to this.  For those who 'are on the fence' please consider making your
reservations with the KOA as soon as possible.  It is a popular destination for tourists,
hikers and Jeepers.  The KOA will sell out quickly and they have a limited number of
spaces for larger rigs.

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on September 02, 2016, 07:53:24 AM
Thanks Larry, I appreciate that.

I agree with Larry, if anyone is even contemplating coming and off-roading with us, PLEASE make your reservations as soon as possible to guarantee yourselves a site.  If something comes up down the road you can always cancel and just be out a $10.00 cancellation as per KOA's cancellation policy.

Thanks.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: SargeW on September 02, 2016, 07:56:36 AM
Larry, I can't open your document. Can you make it a PDF?
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Becks on September 02, 2016, 08:21:58 AM
I can not open it also.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: John Beard on September 02, 2016, 08:37:12 AM
Opened for me in Microsoft Word....Thanks Larry
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: SargeW on September 02, 2016, 09:46:34 AM
Not everyone uses Word.....
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Larry N. on September 02, 2016, 11:15:12 AM
Not everyone uses Word.....

It also opens in Wordpad, at least on Win 7. It also opens with OpenOffice.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: RVnChick on September 02, 2016, 11:19:10 AM
It also opens in Wordpad, at least on Win 7. It also opens with OpenOffice.

I could not get OpenOffice to Open it.....
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Larry N. on September 02, 2016, 11:21:45 AM
Quote
Ouray is called the Switzerland of America.  We think you will enjoy the town and
the trails.  A number of places nearby, Ridgeway, Telluride and even Durango are
available to explore as well.

It is a beautiful area. Ridgway State Park, just north of the town of Ridgway (which is about 10 miles north of Ouray) is also a nice place to stay, though you really need to get reservations in 6 months in advance (at least for Friday and Saturday nights), since all Colorado State Parks fill weekends very quickly, often within the first day or two they're available to reserve.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: RVnChick on September 02, 2016, 11:23:39 AM
I could not get OpenOffice to Open it.....

Nevermind....I got it!  BTW, our last name is Weston.  Thank you!
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Larry N. on September 02, 2016, 11:23:50 AM
I could not get OpenOffice to Open it.....

I'm using version 3.2.1 on Win 7. Of course it comes up in the Writer portion.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on September 02, 2016, 03:10:49 PM
Just to avoid confusion so everyone can see, here is the current list of attendees:

1   Beard, John & Susan      Oscar Mike
2   * * * , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
3   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita
4   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
5   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
6   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
7   Beckers, Gary & Darlene   98   Becks
8   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
9   Weston, Diane & Marty    101   SargeW
10   Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
11   Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports

Hope that works for everyone.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on September 02, 2016, 10:12:04 PM
Just to avoid confusion so everyone can see, here is the current list of attendees:

1   Beard, John & Susan      Oscar Mike
2   * * * , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
3   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita
4   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
5   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
6   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
7   Beckers, Gary & Darlene   98   Becks
8   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
9   Weston, Diane & Marty    101   SargeW
10   Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
11   Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports

Hope that works for everyone.

Mike.

Thanks Mike.  We moved today and I just now got logged on. . . . .
I will update the table and just post it with any updates in the field
rather than as an attachment. . . Marty I am not sophisticated enough to
convert a word document to a .pdf.  It's probably easy once you do it, but
I never have.  I will look into it. . . . .

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: kdbgoat on September 03, 2016, 05:59:25 AM
If you're using a Windows based computer, when doing your "save as", there is a drop box beside the document name that you are saving.  Hit the button on the drop box, scroll through to "pdf", and click on that format. Just that easy.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on September 03, 2016, 11:12:26 AM
I knew it probably was, but I had never explored it. . . THANK YOU ! ! ! !
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Becks on September 03, 2016, 11:25:30 AM
Thanks guys, always nice to see the list of who all is coming.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on September 04, 2016, 10:12:46 AM
Thanks guys, always nice to see the list of who all is coming.

Too bad it is an entire year away Gary. :'(

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: John Beard on September 04, 2016, 10:32:58 AM
Too bad it is an entire year away Gary. :'(

Mike

At my age a year seems to take like 2-weeks...This summer flew by in about 2 1/2 days....
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: DJStarr on September 05, 2016, 03:39:41 PM
I guess I didn't make the cut?
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on September 05, 2016, 06:21:51 PM
I guess I didn't make the cut?

 No I saw  your response.   You will be  on the creek.  May be helpful to have your names for the roster.  I  think someone just typed too fast in making the list.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on September 06, 2016, 08:04:46 AM
I guess I didn't make the cut?

I apologize.  I completely overlooked you when gathering names and sites.  If you could provide your names I will get that updated immediately.  Sorry about that.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: DJStarr on September 06, 2016, 09:20:58 PM
It's just me. No worries.

I was just wondering as last week I replied directly to the private message from THE-BigLarry.

I'll be somewhere between sites 2 and 9. A short stroll to where you folks will be with the big rigs.

Dave (DJ) Starr
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on September 12, 2016, 08:50:46 AM
Thanks Dave and again, I apologize for leaving you off of the first list.

Here is the updated attendees list:

1   Beard, John & Susan      Oscar Mike
2   * * * , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
3   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita
4   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
5   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
6   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
7   Beckers, Gary & Darlene   98   Becks
8   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
9   Weston, Diane & Marty    101   SargeW
10   Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
11   Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports
12  Starr, Dave    ?            DJStarr


Not a bad list so far.  Looking forward to it.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on September 15, 2016, 08:30:19 AM
It's just me. No worries.

I was just wondering as last week I replied directly to the private message from THE-BigLarry.

I'll be somewhere between sites 2 and 9. A short stroll to where you folks will be with the big rigs.

Dave (DJ) Starr

Dave:  Sorry I missed your reply.  We have had some issues happening around our place and I have not
been paying attention.  Now, more issues are happening, but not to worry.  You're on the list and we will
get acquainted in Ouray.  We had a great time while we were there in 2016 and next year will be just as
good. 

We look forward to wheeling and getting acquainted with EVERYONE. . . . . .

THE Big Larry
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Photog on September 15, 2016, 12:25:36 PM
We had a great time while we were there in 2016 and next year will be just as
good.
  Maybe Better!!  ;)
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Steve N Dee on October 05, 2016, 10:57:40 AM
After some words of encouragement from our good friend Mike Zuech, Dee and I have made a reservation for this rally and are going to rent a Jeep for a few of the days we are there.  We want to get our feet wet and see if this Jeeping thing is really for us.  The great friends we have made on this forum are always so willing to impart their knowledge that it makes this possible.  Hope you won't mind spotting the newbie a time or two?

Steve & Dee

P.S. Ouray KOA says there are only 3 50amp sites left.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on October 05, 2016, 12:35:50 PM
Glad to see you took the plunge Steve.  Newbies are always welcome as we all started somewhere.  You will love the Ouray area as it is more scenic than technical for the most part, although there are some nice extra credits for the thrill seekers. ;D

This past August I think we saw more rental Jeeps on the trails than we did personally owned ones so you won't be alone. 

Just a word of wisdom, don't plan on renting a Jeep and "getting your feet wet", plan on test driving a Jeep and driving it off-road (the way it was meant to be driven) only to go back home and pick out the color of the one you will be buying.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on November 21, 2016, 10:02:48 AM
I forgot about our friends from our local Jeep club that will be attending with us.  They notified me the other night at our monthly club meeting that they have their reservations.

The attendees list is now as follows:

1   Beard, John & Susan      Oscar Mike
2   * * * , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
3   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita
4   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
5   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
6   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
7   Beckers, Gary & Darlene   98   Becks
8   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
9   Weston, Diane & Marty    101   SargeW
10   Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
11   Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports
12  Starr, Dave    ?            DJStarr
13  Foster, Mike & Cindy

Should be a great time and many more people attending than I had originally envisioned.  GREAT!!!

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday and is safe going into 2017.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Becks on November 21, 2016, 09:38:45 PM
Hey Mike, thanks for the holiday wishes. We and some of the folks on the Ouray list are spending Thanksgiving week jeeping in Fort Mac Dowell, AZ. We all sure missed seeing you guys in Moab, but know you were involved in an exciting endeavor. You guys take care, and have a great holiday.

   Gary
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on November 22, 2016, 09:59:41 AM
Hey Mike, thanks for the holiday wishes. We and some of the folks on the Ouray list are spending Thanksgiving week jeeping in Fort Mac Dowell, AZ. We all sure missed seeing you guys in Moab, but know you were involved in an exciting endeavor. You guys take care, and have a great holiday.

   Gary

Thanks Gary.  I appreciate that.  Tip one back for us and we will definitely have to catch up in the New Year.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Steve N Dee on November 25, 2016, 04:25:59 PM
Hey Mike, I didn't see our name on the list?  Did we not make the cut?  ;)  Just kidding, hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving.  Can't wait to see you in Ouray!

Steve
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on November 25, 2016, 04:48:10 PM
Mike, we weren't active on the forum for a while and missed seeing your Ouray discussion until much later.  When I finally got a chance to check the KOA site it said the larger sites were taken.  Is there any chance we might still get on a list?  I think you said it's a relatively small campground so maybe not.  It sounds like a fun rally.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Larry N. on November 25, 2016, 05:17:41 PM
Ardra,

If you can't get into the KOA campground, try Ridgway State Park (reservations no more than 6 months in advance), as it's less than half an hour from Ouray. There may be other campgrounds in the area, too. Allstay's shows some other, commercial, campgrounds around, also, that are even closer.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on November 25, 2016, 06:12:33 PM
Thanks, Larry!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on November 25, 2016, 07:32:27 PM
Update to everyone.  Here is the list in .pdf format for everyone.

If you see anything that needs correcting let me know.  We're looking forward
to doing this.  We have cancelled out on some fall/winter Jeepin and we're grumbling
about it.  Time to get going again.

THE Big Larry & Loretta   aka   "Team LoLa". . .
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Terry A. Brewer on November 26, 2016, 02:17:38 PM
Ardra

We are in site 77 which is a back-in...It is the same site we had this year and had no problems fitting, you might try & see if ant sites close to that are available.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Ken & Sheila on November 26, 2016, 04:35:43 PM
Mike, we weren't active on the forum for a while and missed seeing your Ouray discussion until much later.  When I finally got a chance to check the KOA site it said the larger sites were taken.  Is there any chance we might still get on a list?  I think you said it's a relatively small campground so maybe not.  It sounds like a fun rally.

ArdraF


Closer into Ouray is a nice open campground, Ouray RV Park and Cabins.
http://www.ourayrvpark.com/cabins-sites/ (http://www.ourayrvpark.com/cabins-sites/)
 I never stayed there, but have driven into it and it looks OK, but then I like open sites - not in the trees. Probably the downside would be some road noise. It gets good reviews.
We have stayed at Ridgway SP several times. Good location for us to vista Ridgway, Montrose, Ouray and Telluride.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on November 26, 2016, 11:33:26 PM
The  KOA was  very accommodating for us last summer.  We called in February as we wanted to camp in August. They were full, they put us on a waiting  list and notified us when a cancellation  happened.  We got in.  So  just ask to  be  on a wait list.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on November 27, 2016, 10:38:16 AM
Hey Mike, I didn't see our name on the list?  Did we not make the cut?  ;)  Just kidding, hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving.  Can't wait to see you in Ouray!

Steve

Sorry Steve, my bad.  I completely overlooked it.  I thought your name was already on the list and when I posted up Foster's name I merely cut and paste the list.  Sorry, you made the cut, just my bad.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on November 27, 2016, 10:41:40 AM
Mike, we weren't active on the forum for a while and missed seeing your Ouray discussion until much later.  When I finally got a chance to check the KOA site it said the larger sites were taken.  Is there any chance we might still get on a list?  I think you said it's a relatively small campground so maybe not.  It sounds like a fun rally.

ArdraF

Ardra, I would still get on the waiting list as they routinely have cancellations throughout the year and even some of their non "big rig friendly" sites are still large enough to fit a 40-footer in quite easily.  Worse case scenario there are a couple of other parks nearby as mentioned.  Personally I think there will be enough cancellations throughout the year that you will be able to get in.  There are a couple of larger groups that seem to be there that same week each year and I am sure they have people cancel.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on November 27, 2016, 10:43:47 AM
Update to everyone.  Here is the list in .pdf format for everyone.

If you see anything that needs correcting let me know.  We're looking forward
to doing this.  We have cancelled out on some fall/winter Jeepin and we're grumbling
about it.  Time to get going again.

THE Big Larry & Loretta   aka   "Team LoLa". . .

Thanks for updating the list Larry.

As for having to cancel some wheelin' trips this fall, we are in the same boat and I am itchin' to get offroad.  Unfortunately it probably won't be until late spring/early summer until we are able to. :'(

Looking forward to seeing everyone and it should be a great time.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Chet18013 on November 28, 2016, 12:06:49 PM
We're looking forward to this rally. Laurie and I have site 58A, the last 50A back in one Debra has. She is amazed that she's had so many calls in such a short time. She says that if there are any folks who can live with a 30A site and who would be willing to give up the 50 A site to one of the big rigs, please call her. In the meantime if you need a 50A site, please call ASAP and get on the wait list.

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on November 28, 2016, 01:14:52 PM
Great to hear there has been so much activity for this rally.  We're really looking forward to it.  There are quite a few more than Chrystal and I had originally thought would attend.  This is GREAT!!

The way things are looking it may be the only time we get out next year.

Here is an updated attendees list:

1   Beard, John & Susan      Oscar Mike
2   Billings , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
3   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita
4   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
5   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
6   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
7   Beckers, Gary & Darlene   98   Becks
8   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
9   Weston, Diane & Marty    101   SargeW
10   Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
11   Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports
12  Starr, Dave    ?            DJStarr
13  Foster, Mike & Cindy
14  Falchini, Steve & Dee,  Steve N Dee
15  Fitzgerald, Jerry & Ardra,  ArdraF
16  *****, Chet & Laurie,  Chet18013

It's shaping up to be quite a group.

Hope everyone has a fantastic and safe holiday season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mike & Chrystal (and Jared)
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on November 29, 2016, 06:48:53 PM
Yeaaa!  Jerry got us a reservation via their website.  Don't know the number of the site yet - but we've made some progress!  ;D

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Lou Schneider on November 29, 2016, 07:52:54 PM
Add me to the list, Mike!  August 11-20.  Reservation via the website, don't have a number yet.

Lou
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: John Beard on November 30, 2016, 06:04:25 AM
We have had our reservations for a while now, but I have a dilemma. Our local Jeep club has decided to do the Jeep Jamboree's Rubicon Trail during the same time period as this Rally. I am torn between the two, and since I cannot be in two places at one time I have to make my final decision by 12/7/2016, the Jeep Jamboree Registration Day.

I really want to be in Colorado as this will be a once in a lifetime rally with friends I get to seldom see, and at the same time (literally) I have a chance to do the Rubicon with several of my friends from our local Jeep Club.

Decisions, decisions.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on November 30, 2016, 07:30:20 AM
Yeaaa!  Jerry got us a reservation via their website.  Don't know the number of the site yet - but we've made some progress!  ;D

ArdraF

Great news Ardra.  Glad you got a site.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on November 30, 2016, 07:31:48 AM
Add me to the list, Mike!  August 11-20.  Reservation via the website, don't have a number yet.

Lou

Great Lou.  Glad you will be able to join us, it's been a while since I've been able to see you at a rally.

Here is an updated attendees list:

1   Beard, John & Susan      Oscar Mike
2   Billings , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
3   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita
4   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
5   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
6   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
7   Beckers, Gary & Darlene   98   Becks
8   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
9   Weston, Diane & Marty    101   SargeW
10   Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
11   Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports
12  Starr, Dave    ?            DJStarr
13  Foster, Mike & Cindy
14  Falchini, Steve & Dee,  Steve N Dee
15  Fitzgerald, Jerry & Ardra,  ArdraF
16  *****, Chet & Laurie,  Chet18013
17  Schneider, Lou     Lou Schneider

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on November 30, 2016, 07:42:38 AM
We have had our reservations for a while now, but I have a dilemma. Our local Jeep club has decided to do the Jeep Jamboree's Rubicon Trail during the same time period as this Rally. I am torn between the two, and since I cannot be in two places at one time I have to make my final decision by 12/7/2016, the Jeep Jamboree Registration Day.

I really want to be in Colorado as this will be a once in a lifetime rally with friends I get to seldom see, and at the same time (literally) I have a chance to do the Rubicon with several of my friends from our local Jeep Club.

Decisions, decisions.

I understand John.  Keep us posted.

As for the Jeeper's Jamboree, have you been before or talked to anyone who has actually been to one of their rallies?  Several members of our local Jeep club went last year and were surprisingly disappointed in the Jeeper's Jamboree format and lack of organization.  They compared it to a "grown-ups rave party" as each night it was a drunken party with multiple occurrences involving local law enforcement having to get involved due to drugs and confrontations even up to and involving life flighting several people out due to being drunk and falling and getting injured.  We have some pretty hard partiers in our local Jeep club and they were very surprised that even on the trails people were drinking.  That is something that we do NOT tolerate nor allow in our local club while on the trails, if you want to drink afterwards fine but not on the trail.  Evidently one of the spotters were quite intoxicated while on the trail one day.

I'm not necessarily trying to discourage you John, I am merely reporting back from our local clubs recap on the Jamboree last year.  They had been so excited for a once in a lifetime trip and came back very disappointed in the whole experience.  It came up again at last month's club meeting about the registration and who was planning on going and no one wanted to.  They talked about teaming up with another club that goes more frequently and is familiar with the trail and going on our own rather than the Jeeper's Jamboree.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: John Beard on November 30, 2016, 12:47:27 PM
I understand John.  Keep us posted.

As for the Jeeper's Jamboree, have you been before or talked to anyone who has actually been to one of their rallies?  Several members of our local Jeep club went last year and were surprisingly disappointed in the Jeeper's Jamboree format and lack of organization.  They compared it to a "grown-ups rave party" as each night it was a drunken party with multiple occurrences involving local law enforcement having to get involved due to drugs and confrontations even up to and involving life flighting several people out due to being drunk and falling and getting injured.  We have some pretty hard partiers in our local Jeep club and they were very surprised that even on the trails people were drinking.  That is something that we do NOT tolerate nor allow in our local club while on the trails, if you want to drink afterwards fine but not on the trail.  Evidently one of the spotters were quite intoxicated while on the trail one day.

I'm not necessarily trying to discourage you John, I am merely reporting back from our local clubs recap on the Jamboree last year.  They had been so excited for a once in a lifetime trip and came back very disappointed in the whole experience.  It came up again at last month's club meeting about the registration and who was planning on going and no one wanted to.  They talked about teaming up with another club that goes more frequently and is familiar with the trail and going on our own rather than the Jeeper's Jamboree.

Mike.

Mike,

You're not the first to point out Jeep Jamboree's lack of organization. I am really torn, on one hand I would get to hang with my local club which would be great, and on the other hand I would get to hang with you guys, which would be great.

I have a feeling that we'll be in Ouray in August. It's been a while since we've seen the RV Forum group, and Steve F. needs to drive my Jeep (maybe)...
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on November 30, 2016, 01:35:20 PM
Mike,

You're not the first to point out Jeep Jamboree's lack of organization. I am really torn, on one hand I would get to hang with my local club which would be great, and on the other hand I would get to hang with you guys, which would be great.

I have a feeling that we'll be in Ouray in August. It's been a while since we've seen the RV Forum group, and Steve F. needs to drive my Jeep (maybe)...

I understand John.  I wasn't necessarily trying to persuade you one way or the other, I just know our local club members that went last year were not only surprised by the event but also very disappointed and said they would not ever go again.  Don't want you to have the same experience, but I understand wanting to be with your club members.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on December 01, 2016, 07:37:57 AM
I apologize to Chet and Laurie, as I couldn't remember the last name.  I have updated it now.

Attendees list:

1   Beard, John & Susan      Oscar Mike
2   Billings , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
3   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita
4   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
5   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
6   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
7   Beckers, Gary & Darlene   98   Becks
8   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
9   Weston, Diane & Marty    101   SargeW
10  Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
11  Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports
12  Starr, Dave    ?            DJStarr
13  Foster, Mike & Cindy
14  Falchini, Steve & Dee,  Steve N Dee
15  Fitzgerald, Jerry & Ardra,  ArdraF
16  Parks, Chet & Laurie,  Chet18013
17  Schneider, Lou     Lou Schneider

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: taoshum on December 05, 2016, 11:42:45 AM
Gary and I are planning to be there, staying at the KOA but don't have a site number.  Thanks Mike and Chrystal for setting this up.

Gary and Coleen Ferguson
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on December 05, 2016, 02:15:12 PM
Gary and I are planning to be there, staying at the KOA but don't have a site number.  Thanks Mike and Chrystal for setting this up.

Gary and Coleen Ferguson

Awesome guys.  Glad you are going to be able to join us.

New updated attendees list:

1   Beard, John & Susan      Oscar Mike
2   Billings , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
3   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita
4   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
5   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
6   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
7   Beckers, Gary & Darlene   98   Becks
8   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
9   Weston, Diane & Marty    101   SargeW
10  Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
11  Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports
12  Starr, Dave    ?            DJStarr
13  Foster, Mike & Cindy
14  Falchini, Steve & Dee,  Steve N Dee
15  Fitzgerald, Jerry & Ardra,  ArdraF
16  Parks, Chet & Laurie,  Chet18013
17  Schneider, Lou     Lou Schnei
18  Ferguson, Gary & Coleen   taoshum

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: John Beard on December 28, 2016, 08:56:52 AM
We will not be attending this great event. I have opted to do the Rubicon Trail with my local Jeep Club with the Jeep Jamboree during the same dates. I will be relinquishing our reservations at the Ouray, CO KOA. I don't know which site I have, nor do I know the Amperage. I was told my site abutted the creek.

If anyone in the Forum wants to take my site let me know today and we can coordinate. Plenty of time, no rush for me to cancel.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on January 03, 2017, 08:06:23 AM
Sorry to hear that John.  Have fun and enjoy the Rubicon trail.

Updated attendees list:

1   Billings , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
2   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita
3   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
4   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
5   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
6   Beckers, Gary & Darlene   98   Becks
7   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
8   Weston, Diane & Marty    101   SargeW
9  Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
10  Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports
11  Starr, Dave    ?            DJStarr
12  Foster, Mike & Cindy
13  Falchini, Steve & Dee,  Steve N Dee
14  Fitzgerald, Jerry & Ardra,  ArdraF
15  Parks, Chet & Laurie,  Chet18013
16  Schneider, Lou     Lou Schnei
17  Ferguson, Gary & Coleen   taoshum

It's getting closer, we are at least in the same year now. ;)

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year's holiday and will have a safe and prosperous 2017.

Mike & Chrystal.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on February 08, 2017, 02:33:01 PM
As some of you may have been following some of the turmoil in the off-road community, there may be a fee associated with running some trails during our Ouray rally come August.  Technically we should not use the term "rally" because that word seems to be causing a whole lot of unrest among the anti-off road people.  To avoid any confusion going forward this August Ouray trip will be a "gathering" of RV friends seeing as how this is not by any stretch of the word an "organized event." ;D  However, even using the more politically correct terminology we may still have to purchase an off-road permit for the area during our "gathering" in August.

I will gather more information as it becomes available and as we grow nearer to August but I thought it worth mentioning that there may be a $25.25 permit that potentially will have to be purchased and displayed in each vehicle operating on these trails in the San Juan Mountains.

Thank you.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Photog on February 08, 2017, 03:30:24 PM
Mike,

Most of the trails we use in Ouray area are county roads.  I'm not sure the fee will be applied to them.  I hope not.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on February 18, 2017, 11:28:24 AM
Just an update to the list.  Ken & Sheila have been added (happily) and John Beard was removed (sadly) but we understand,
and oh yes, Added Louuuuuuuuuu.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Ken & Sheila on February 18, 2017, 12:35:01 PM
Just an update to the list.  Ken & Sheila have been added (happily) and John Beard was removed (sadly) but we understand,
and oh yes, Added Louuuuuuuuuu.

Larry,

We would love to be there but we are going to be in Alaska! We've already paid for the ferry on the north bound trip.

ken
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on February 18, 2017, 07:41:23 PM
Thanks Ken. . . . 

We look forward to your photos. . . .
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on February 20, 2017, 10:56:12 AM
Thanks for updating Larry.  Looks like a great group to take over the San Juan's in August. ;D

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: SargeW on April 28, 2017, 11:24:26 PM
Hey Mike, we are going to have cancel our attendence at the rally. We are currently RVless, and this has thrown our whole year out of whack.  We will be picking up a new Bus around July,  but we have commitments in Fl. already. We had site #101 if anyone is interested. 
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Becks on May 01, 2017, 05:19:00 PM
We also are going to have to miss the Ouray Rally. We were in site 98 if anyone is in need of a site.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on May 03, 2017, 03:25:25 PM
Hey Mike, we are going to have cancel our attendence at the rally. We are currently RVless, and this has thrown our whole year out of whack.  We will be picking up a new Bus around July,  but we have commitments in Fl. already. We had site #101 if anyone is interested.

Sarge, sorry to hear that you and Diane won't be joining us. 

RV-less?  Did you sell yours and are upgrading?

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on May 03, 2017, 03:26:53 PM
We also are going to have to miss the Ouray Rally. We were in site 98 if anyone is in need of a site.

Damn you Gary.  If you guys don't want to wheel with us any more just tell us. ;)

We're gonna miss you and Darlene in Ouray.  But we will hopefully see you in Moab if you are planning on attending the FMCA rally.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on May 03, 2017, 03:29:47 PM

Here is an updated attendees list:

1   Billings , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
2   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita
3   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
4   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
5   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
6   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
7   Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
8  Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports
9  Starr, Dave    ?            DJStarr
10  Foster, Mike & Cindy
11  Falchini, Steve & Dee,  Steve N Dee
12  Fitzgerald, Jerry & Ardra,  ArdraF
13  Parks, Chet & Laurie,  Chet18013
14  Schneider, Lou     Lou Schnei
15  Ferguson, Gary & Coleen   taoshum


Thanks.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: SargeW on May 03, 2017, 03:30:53 PM
Yeah Mike, we sold and are waiting for the new one to be built.  The waiting is killing me!
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on May 03, 2017, 03:33:33 PM
Yeah Mike, we sold and are waiting for the new one to be built.  The waiting is killing me!

I'll bet.  Glad to hear you are upgrading and I look forward to seeing it down the road.

We on the other hand decided to have ours painted so I am anxiously awaiting to get ours back and start using it for the season.

Hopefully you will plan on joining us next year as we generally head to Ouray every year for a week.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on May 03, 2017, 03:33:57 PM
And just an FYI.

We are NOT accepting any more cancellations so those of you on the list will just have to plan on attending.

NO exceptions. ;D

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Jeff and Anita on May 03, 2017, 05:19:55 PM
And just an FYI.

We are NOT accepting any more cancellations so those of you on the list will just have to plan on attending.

NO exceptions. ;D

Mike.

You can add one more couple to the list. Our son (Bradley) and daughter-in-law (Mara) will be joining us. They are planning on renting a jeep from the campground. Right now it's rented Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Will any of those be a day off?
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Becks on May 03, 2017, 08:32:26 PM
Hey Mike, we are just sick to death having to miss Ouray, but we will be at both Moab and St George rally. Look forward to seeing you guys there. Also can't wait to see your new coach paint job.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on May 04, 2017, 09:28:58 AM
You can add one more couple to the list. Our son (Bradley) and daughter-in-law (Mara) will be joining us. They are planning on renting a jeep from the campground. Right now it's rented Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Will any of those be a day off?

That is great news guys.  The more the merrier.

Don't know of any days off yet but we will help them to make sure they get the most use out of their rental.

If it were me I would say no days off because it is Ouray, but my wife informed me we will probably have to have a day off in their somewhere. :(  She's probably right, but I'll deny it if anyone tells her. ;)

I will add them to the attendees list.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on May 04, 2017, 09:30:06 AM
Hey Mike, we are just sick to death having to miss Ouray, but we will be at both Moab and St George rally. Look forward to seeing you guys there. Also can't wait to see your new coach paint job.

I'm sure you guys are sad to miss the rally, but I just have to give you shit Gary.  You had to know that was coming. ;D

Looking forward to seeing you guys in Moab at least. 

Safe travels.

Mike.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on May 04, 2017, 09:32:40 AM

Updated attendees list to include Jeff & Anita's son and DIL, whom we are glad to have join us.

1   Billings , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
2   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita  with guests Bradley & Mara (welcome).
3   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
4   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
5   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
6   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
7   Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
8  Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports
9  Starr, Dave    ?            DJStarr
10  Foster, Mike & Cindy
11  Falchini, Steve & Dee,  Steve N Dee
12  Fitzgerald, Jerry & Ardra,  ArdraF
13  Parks, Chet & Laurie,  Chet18013
14  Schneider, Lou     Lou Schnei
15  Ferguson, Gary & Coleen   taoshum

Mike.
Title: ATTENTION! ATTENTION!
Post by: zmotorsports on May 24, 2017, 04:53:21 PM
ATTENTION all who are planning on attending the August 2017 Ouray RVForum Off-Road Gathering.

I would like to address a couple of house cleaning items prior to the rally so we all come to Ouray prepared and ready to enjoy our off-roading adventure and get the most out of the area.

There has been much debate over the years about the need to purchase and display a Colorado Off-Road Permit on the trails of Colorado specifically pertaining to Jeeps.  Also there has been debate over whether or not a Jeep is considered an OHV (Off- Highway Vehicle) because they are actually licensed on-highway vehicles and whether or not they should be under the same scrutiny as standard OHV's.  This seems to come up almost every year and there are debates on both sides, this year being no exception.  After the past couple of days and multiple phone calls of contacting various Colorado organizations (and even then getting different versions) I have concluded that there still seems to be much confusion surrounding this topic and surprise, surprise, you can’t seem to get the correct information on the internet. ;D 
 
I called the Ouray Chamber Resort and Visitor's center and was told if the Jeep is licensed to be on the street there is nothing else to do but come and enjoy the trails.  I called the Colorado Parks & Wildlife division today and spoke with a park ranger who said the opposite and that even a licensed Jeep driving off-pavement, dirt state or county roads must have an OHV permit to be legal.  Seems as though even amongst Colorado agencies there is some confusion.  To avoid any issues during the rally it would be beneficial to simply ask that we all have a Colorado OHV Permit.  It is valid through March 2018 and is only $25.25.  The money also goes directly back to the Colorado Parks & Recreation to help keep our trails open and maintained that we are using so we should look at it as an investment in our trail system that we are utilizing and being good stewards over those trails.

It is quite simple to acquire a Colorado OHV Permit either on-line OR by calling and placing your order over the phone, it will then be mailed directly to you.  I was told to please allow at least 2-weeks for the permit to arrive in the mail when I ordered mine.  There is no need to have to present VIN #'s or any actual vehicle information, simply purchase the generic OHV decal/permit and when it arrives place it on your Jeep.
 
To order via telephone please call 303-866-3203, ext. 4624.

To order via the Colorado Parks & Recreation website please go to this link.
https://wildlifestore.state.co.us/

After accessing the link above, the correct permit is the orange 2018 OHV sticker with “VOID” typed across it for non-resident and resident plated vehicles.  It is valid through March 2018.  Click the link to order and then checkout.

Here is a link to where the decal/sticker must be placed on your Jeep.
http://cpw.state.co.us/PublishingImages/Trails/OHV/jeepicon.jpg

Here is a link for more information if you choose to read more about the OHV, go down to “Out Of State” then click on decal placement just below that for another route to the decal placement.
http://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/RegistrationsOHV.aspx

Other items to bring to Ouray.

While we are discussing coming to Ouray prepared, I thought it would be a good idea to mention some other items that attendees should plan on bringing so we are all ready for the off-road adventure and breathtaking scenery we are going to enjoy.

•   CB radio and/or handheld so we can all stay in touch while on the trails.  Also please familiarize yourself with your particular model and how to use it.
•   First Aid kit.  This should be pretty much standard equipment to us Jeep owners when traveling the back country but we routinely still see Jeeps on the trails that have a need arise and yet they do not have a First Aid kit with them.
•   Water, food and/or snacks.  When traveling most days we will be stopping for lunch breaks on the trail so please plan on bringing your lunch and plenty of water with you each day.  Even on days we may plan on going to lunch in town it is still a good idea to pack some food or snacks with you while traveling as sometimes plans change unexpectedly due to a break down, weather or trail condition and more time will need to be spent on the trail than originally planned.  Unfortunately we have been delayed getting off the mountain until the wee early morning hours on several occasion assisting on a break down or recovery so please come prepared with water, food and/or snacks.

Lastly, and most importantly, please come and plan on having a great time enjoying the fantastic scenery that the San Juan Mountains provide and enjoy meeting up with old friends and creating new friendships.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in August.

Mike & Chrystal
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on May 24, 2017, 06:55:45 PM
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Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Photog on May 24, 2017, 09:14:57 PM
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Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on May 25, 2017, 05:13:10 AM
Your Colorado OHV permit will also be good for the FMCA 4x4 event in Buena Vista so you get a "TwoFer".

Looking forward to Mike & Chrystal's excellent off road event. . . . .

Team LoLa
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on May 25, 2017, 07:50:40 AM
Thanks everyone.

Chrystal and I are VERY much looking forward to our Ouray trip and seeing everyone again.

This will more than likely be the first time I have had a chance to get the Jeep off-road in a year which in my opinion is just wrong. >:(

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: JerArdra on May 27, 2017, 03:01:17 PM
Mike,

Re your reply 106 explaining how to get an ORV permit.  I would like to ask how rough and tough the off road trails will be?  I wonder, will there be ANY moderate or easy trails?  I am not interested in beating up our our Jeep Grand Cherokee. 

I ask because at Quartzsite earlier this year we took our Jeep Grand Cherokee after being assured the trail was STILL okay for us but after getting there I heard that the route we took was the TOUGH trail.  BTW, at the VERY VERY NARROW point in the tough trail we only had an inch or two to spare.  It was a point of no return!  At that point my suspicions that we were on a much more difficult trail were proven to me but there was no going back.   

It was more than I wanted to do in beating up our Grand Cherokee so if I knew how rough it would be ahead of time I would have passed on that trail ride.

On the other hand, if the trails are all to tough for us and our Jeep Grand Cherokee we'll see if we can hitch a ride! 

Best regards,

JerryF

 
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on May 27, 2017, 11:21:58 PM
Jerry, the trails in the Ouray/Silverton area of the San Juans are not nearly as difficult as what you would find in say Moab, I can't speak to the trails of QZ though.

That being said, most are easily traveled by stock vehicles but there will be a couple of days where we will be tackling a couple of the more difficult trails of the area such as Black Bear Pass and Poughkeepsie Gulch.  There will be one day I am sure we will head over to Lake City for lunch which will be a full day but very doable trails for stock vehicles. 

We don't want you doing anything you don't feel comfortable with and we definitely don't want you to beat up your vehicle. 

I hate to put out an agenda on what days we will be running which trails because weather can/will play a role.  We will discuss during the first night's Happy Hour and by then we should have a pretty good idea of which days will be rain and plan accordingly as many of the trails are doable rain or shine. 

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Photog on May 28, 2017, 09:56:36 AM
I agree that part of Poughkeepsie Gulch is difficult, but two years ago I went over it with a stock Cherokee.  I winched it over the wall with no trouble.  There is a by-pass if being winched over the wall is a no go.  Other than the wall the rest of the trip in one of the most beautiful in the area.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: JerArdra on May 29, 2017, 06:15:58 PM
Mike,

That's great because there probably will be some that we can go on.  As usual we can decide the day before if the next days trail ride would be to rough.  Thanks for the info.

JerryF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: JerArdra on May 29, 2017, 06:44:22 PM
PHOTOG,

I loved your last post where you said, "I agree that part of Poughkeepsie Gulch is difficult, but two years ago I went over it with a stock Cherokee and I though oh boy an easy one.   WOW... THAT'S GREAT THAT A STOCK CHEROKEE can do it,

BUT the next sentence, "I winched it over the wall with no trouble" gave me a big laugh.

Thanks,

JerryF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on May 30, 2017, 07:43:32 AM
Mike,

That's great because there probably will be some that we can go on.  As usual we can decide the day before if the next days trail ride would be to rough.  Thanks for the info.

JerryF

You're welcome Jerry, don't worry, there are plenty of trails to run in the area that you will be just fine on.

Plan on being amazed by the spectacular scenery and views that the area has to offer.

Looking forward to seeing your and Ardra again.

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Steve N Dee on May 31, 2017, 08:55:37 PM
Mike,
   Do you know if the rental Jeep will already have the appropriate decals or do you think we need to purchase one also?

Steve
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Jeff and Anita on June 01, 2017, 08:11:08 AM
Mike,
   Do you know if the rental Jeep will already have the appropriate decals or do you think we need to purchase one also?

Steve

Good question, Steve. I will call today to find out since our son rented a jeep as well.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Chet18013 on June 01, 2017, 08:46:50 AM
MIKE,

Will we be able to get the permit when we arrive?

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Photog on June 01, 2017, 09:46:46 AM
There seems to be some confusion about the subject of OHV decals.

I went to the CO fish & game office to look into getting a decal and was told I didn't need one.  A local jeeper told me the law hasn't changed and it isn't required for highway legal jeeps, a Park service ranger told me it isn't required and the fish & game office said it isn't required.

The next time I go into town I'm going to the Forest Service office to talk with them.

More info to come.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on June 01, 2017, 10:49:33 AM
There seems to be some confusion about the subject of OHV decals.

I went to the CO fish & game office to look into getting a decal and was told I didn't need one.  A local jeeper told me the law hasn't changed and it isn't required for highway legal jeeps, a Park service ranger told me it isn't required and the fish & game office said it isn't required.

The next time I go into town I'm going to the Forest Service office to talk with them.

More info to come.

Bill, that was what I had mentioned in my post that you will get different stories from different divisions.  The local businesses as well as the Ouray travel office told me an OHV permit was not needed.  The parks and wildlife, fish and game department are the ones that told me an OHV permit is needed and even had the information on their website (which I attached) that showed where the decal needed to be placed on a Jeep.

I was told by one Jeep rental place that an OHV permit was not needed and another Jeep rental company that told me their Jeeps were already permitted, so even different stories there.

Chrystal and I have been wheeling in this area for over 8 years now and have never been stopped or cited so either it isn't enforced, we don't need one or we have just been lucky.  Many states anymore are looking for ways to generate revenue so it is up to each of personally on whether or not we want to roll the dice and gamble.  I still feel where we are using the trails we should be prepared but I cannot force anyone to get a permit.  I would hate to have someone get cited and have to pay a fine so ultimately it is everyone's personal decision.

I have attached another Colorado website that shows Jeeps need to be permitted for your reading pleasure.
http://www.staythetrail.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=266593&module_id=228438

As far as specific locations on where to purchase them.  I have attached the website and phone number in post #106 but here is also a list of locations where they can be purchased locally.  Looks like a couple of places in Montrose but the closest location is Ridgeway State Park that sells them.  Ridgeway State Park is only about 12 or so miles north of the campground we are staying at.
http://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/RegistrationLocations.aspx


Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Photog on June 01, 2017, 03:56:28 PM
I would hate to have someone get cited and have to pay a fine so ultimately it is everyone's personal decision.

I completely agree with your comment above.

The question seems to be are we going to be on "designated OHV trails".  The lady at Fish & Game made a big point with respect to operation on such trails.  She indicated that there were not many in this area.  Most, if not all, of the trails we will be on are county roads.  They are not designated OHV trails.

The requirement says all OHVs and motor vehicles (including motorcycles) that display a valid Co​lo​rado or out-of -state license plate must also display a current Colorado OHV use permit sticker when operated on designated OHV trails in Colorado.

I am going to see if I can get a list of the "designated OHV trails".

Either way he $25.50 fee for the sticker is cheep insurance.

Bill
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Jeff and Anita on June 02, 2017, 02:02:36 PM
Mike,
   Do you know if the rental Jeep will already have the appropriate decals or do you think we need to purchase one also?

Steve

Steve,

I just talked to Debra at the KOA campground and she said the rental jeeps are all registered with the county and they didn't need a special sticker. She also mentioned they have been doing this for years and there hasn't been any issues.

Anita
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: DJStarr on June 02, 2017, 08:50:27 PM
I will have to give up my site.  I'm  happy to hand it off to someone here if you need it, otherwise I will call KOA shortly and cancel.  Too much going on this year, wish I could make it happen.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on June 02, 2017, 09:49:10 PM
Either way he $25.50 fee for the sticker is cheep insurance


I am on the  board of  FMCA 4 Wheelers and have a leadership role in Keeping Our Trails Open, KOTO. The money from CO  permit goes into a very good cause  right back  into Colorado Trails.  If we are to  run the trails in  Colorado or anywhere in USA  for that  matter, there are costs involved in  upkeep on trails, signage, clean up  and maintenance.  I don't pay any taxes in Colorado, so I am happy to support the causes of keeping trails open for our off road experiences. My 2017 permit is happily in the glove box of our vehicle.  There is no such thing as a free ride!

Thanks Mike for researching the issue and allowing individuals to  make a choice to support trails or not.
BB
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on June 03, 2017, 07:27:08 AM
Mine is purchased also. 
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on June 04, 2017, 09:55:20 AM
Our CO Permit arrived in the mail a couple of days ago.  Easy Peazy to get so no big deal to put a few dollars back into the CO trails that we will be using for the week.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.  Believe me I am getting so excited for August.  That will be our first RV trip since last August in Ouray and the first time I will have the Jeep off-road since last August in Ouray.  This has been a very, very long year but worth while.  Now to get back into PLAY mode with all of our RVing friends. ;D 

Chrystal and I are so looking forward to the rally.

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on June 04, 2017, 09:56:51 AM
I will have to give up my site.  I'm  happy to hand it off to someone here if you need it, otherwise I will call KOA shortly and cancel.  Too much going on this year, wish I could make it happen.

Dave, sorry you won't be able to make it.  But believe me, I understand how busy life can get at times.

Although maybe you should reread post # 100 as I laid out the ground rules. ;)

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on June 04, 2017, 09:58:32 AM
Updated attendees list:

1   Billings , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
2   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita  with guests Bradley & Mara (welcome).
3   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
4   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
5   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
6   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
7   Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
8  Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports
9   Foster, Mike & Cindy
10  Falchini, Steve & Dee,  Steve N Dee
11  Fitzgerald, Jerry & Ardra,  ArdraF
12  Parks, Chet & Laurie,  Chet18013
13  Schneider, Lou     Lou Schnei
14  Ferguson, Gary & Coleen   taoshum

Looking forward to another great rally.

Mike & Chrystal
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: DJStarr on June 04, 2017, 12:58:32 PM
I'll have to tell my wife then.  Between Vegas, Hawaii, a few local camping trips (MN) and football in Oregon followed the next weekend with football in Pittsburgh.  I have been MANDATED to go to CO as well.  Fine with me but who will work to pay for all of this?
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Chet18013 on June 14, 2017, 09:04:46 AM
I have a dilemma. We will be attending this rally, but we also want to be in Torrington, NE by the 20th of APR to see the 21APR eclipse. It looks to be at least a 3 day drive from Ouray. To do both, We will have to cut the Ouray stay short by 3 days. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best route to take from Ouray to get north of Cheyenne  to Torrington in the time needed to see the eclipse.

Is there anyone else who is going to try to see the eclipse who is also going to Ouray?

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Chet18013 on June 15, 2017, 04:04:47 PM
OOPS! I just noticed that I had a senior moment when I typed the preceding post. I inadvertently typed APR when I should have typed AUG for the dates.  My BAD.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Terry A. Brewer on June 17, 2017, 02:17:13 PM
I have a dilemma. We will be attending this rally, but we also want to be in Torrington, NE by the 20th of APR to see the 21APR eclipse. 


Chet

The beauty of 4-wheeling in the Ouray area far out-weighs watching a live 3 min eclipse at least for me...Watch it on TV like the rest of us.<G>

Would Laurie rather see an eclipse or the beautiful upper alpine meadows filled with wild flowers?
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on June 17, 2017, 04:22:47 PM
Our Colorado OHV permit arrived in yesterday's mail.   8)

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on June 17, 2017, 07:05:02 PM
Our Colorado OHV sticker is applied to our Red Ryder and ready to depart.
All we need is for the D#*! MD's to turn us loose. . . One more appointment
for me, and two for Loretta.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Nothing serious just old folks stuff. . . . .

LoLa
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on June 19, 2017, 07:39:59 AM
Sounds like everyone is gearing up for the rally. ;D  We are no exception.  I haven't had the Jeep off-road since last August in Ouray and to say I am itching is a HUGE understatement.

Chrystal and I are getting ready to leave Friday night to head back east to pick up the coach and then will spend a few days around the Black Hills area on our way home.  This will be out first trip in the RV since Ouray last August as well. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone and relaxing.  We are trying to talk Jared into coming with us as well as he has some vacation he needs to use.

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Photog on June 19, 2017, 10:33:30 AM
First trip of the season, I went over Engineer and Cinnamon passes Friday.  There is still a lot of snow and the flowers are just starting to bloom.  Also saw a moose - great trip.  :)  All of the trails should be open by rally time and there should be an abundance of pretty flowers!
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on June 19, 2017, 10:51:33 AM
First trip of the season, I went over Engineer and Cinnamon passes Friday.  There is still a lot of snow and the flowers are just starting to bloom.  Also saw a moose - great trip.  :)  All of the trails should be open by rally time and there should be an abundance of pretty flowers!

Awesome Bill.  Goes to show just how short the season is there.  When we are usually there the third week in August it is "technically" their off-season because the campground starts thinning out for the remainder of the year.  They also quit having their music and Bar-B-Que on Friday and Saturday nights at the campground but the trails are just getting good by about that time. ;D

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on June 19, 2017, 05:53:06 PM
The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music......I suggest everyone learn the words cause I'm gonna  sing!
 ::)
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Tom and Margi on June 19, 2017, 06:00:46 PM
She will, too ...   Love her and miss going to the rallies she makes enjoyable just by her very presence.  And, yeah, Terry's kinda nice, too.  ::) :-*
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on June 19, 2017, 09:58:38 PM
 :)) :)) :))

Margi is my biggest cheerleader.  I need to call her whenever I am feeling down.  RVForum friends are the BEST!

My heart is filled with the sound of music!!!!!  Just ask  anyone who Jeeped with us last summer!
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on June 20, 2017, 07:20:46 AM
:)) :)) :))

Margi is my biggest cheerleader.  I need to call her whenever I am feeling down.  RVForum friends are the BEST!

My heart is filled with the sound of music!!!!!  Just ask  anyone who Jeeped with us last summer!

Yep, between your singing and Cindy running through the flower filled meadows it was something.

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Steve N Dee on June 20, 2017, 10:18:24 PM
I am really glad that we decided to rent a Jeep and join this rally.  Thanks for the encouragement to do so, Mike.  We are really looking forward to it as well.  Tell Jared some of us "old farts" would really like to spend a little time with him catching up. I would tell you he's a great kid, but somehow I think you know that.  Tell him I'm counting on some Jeeping pointers from him as well!  Anything to persuade him to join us!  See you soon!

Steve
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on June 21, 2017, 03:14:24 PM
I am really glad that we decided to rent a Jeep and join this rally.  Thanks for the encouragement to do so, Mike.  We are really looking forward to it as well.  Tell Jared some of us "old farts" would really like to spend a little time with him catching up. I would tell you he's a great kid, but somehow I think you know that.  Tell him I'm counting on some Jeeping pointers from him as well!  Anything to persuade him to join us!  See you soon!

Steve

Thanks Steve.  Chrystal and I are trying to talk him into using some of that well earned vacation time to come and hang out with us so hopefully we will be able to persuade him.

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: John Beard on June 21, 2017, 03:31:54 PM
I am really glad that we decided to rent a Jeep and join this rally.  Thanks for the encouragement to do so, Mike.  We are really looking forward to it as well.  Tell Jared some of us "old farts" would really like to spend a little time with him catching up. I would tell you he's a great kid, but somehow I think you know that.  Tell him I'm counting on some Jeeping pointers from him as well!  Anything to persuade him to join us!  See you soon!

Steve

Steve, One does not merely rent a Jeep. After you enjoy a Jeep for a day on the trails, you'll be at a dealership soon. My Jeep just got a Savvy Mid Arm Suspension Upgrade installed. While you're enjoying Ouray, I'll be battling the Rubicon Trail.

John
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on June 21, 2017, 05:20:42 PM
We want Jared!  We want Jared!  We want Jared!  ;D ;D

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on June 22, 2017, 05:45:42 PM
We want Jared!  We want Jared!  We want Jared!  ;D ;D

ArdraF

I will definitely pass that along Ardra. 

We are working on him.

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on June 22, 2017, 07:33:44 PM
Let's plan on a "Cook Your Own Meat" pot luck dinner.  Mike & Chrystal have agreed it's a lot of fun.

We can set up several grills for your use, bring your own meat (what ever you want) to grill and a
side dish to share.  We might have a dessert or two as well.  We can enjoy an evening together discussing
the day's events.  Most likely we will all be eating out a lot and at different locations, so let's plan on at least
one evening where we all set and dine together.  This is the easiest way.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in cooler geography.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on June 22, 2017, 07:35:44 PM
Steve, One does not merely rent a Jeep. After you enjoy a Jeep for a day on the trails, you'll be at a dealership soon. My Jeep just got a Savvy Mid Arm Suspension Upgrade installed. While you're enjoying Ouray, I'll be battling the Rubicon Trail.

John

My Rubicon will go into Discount Tire about mid July for 5 new 35x12.50xR17 KO2 tires.  It's only money.
By state law, you must do at least one upgrade to your Jeep every year or face ridicule. . . .. .
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on June 23, 2017, 07:42:23 AM
Let's plan on a "Cook Your Own Meat" pot luck dinner.  Mike & Chrystal have agreed it's a lot of fun.

We can set up several grills for your use, bring your own meat (what ever you want) to grill and a
side dish to share.  We might have a dessert or two as well.  We can enjoy an evening together discussing
the day's events.  Most likely we will all be eating out a lot and at different locations, so let's plan on at least
one evening where we all set and dine together.  This is the easiest way.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in cooler geography.

Thanks Larry.

The "grille night" was a lot of fun when we did it in Moab a few years ago when Chrystal and I hosted the rally and last year in Texas.  We will do it on a "light" Jeeping day when we can get back to camp and prepare side dishes.  Then a fun and relaxing evening of eating and BSing, like we already don't do enough of that. ;D

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on June 23, 2017, 07:43:45 AM
My Rubicon will go into Discount Tire about mid July for 5 new 35x12.50xR17 KO2 tires.  It's only money.
By state law, you must do at least one upgrade to your Jeep every year or face ridicule. . . .. .

I think that is a state law here in Utah as well Larry.  Although Chrystal has yet to be able to find it.  I think it is in the "fine print". ;)

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Photog on June 23, 2017, 12:36:03 PM
Thanks Larry.

The "grille night" was a lot of fun when we did it in Moab a few years ago when Chrystal and I hosted the rally and last year in Texas.  We will do it on a "light" Jeeping day when we can get back to camp and prepare side dishes.  Then a fun and relaxing evening of eating and BSing, like we already don't do enough of that. ;D
Mike
I am going to AK to fish for halibut and salmon in July.  I'm planning to ship fish to Montrose (assuming I catch some).  I thought it might be a great idea to have a "fish grille night" if there are any folks who would like some fish.  More to come after I get back from AK in mid July.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Steve N Dee on June 23, 2017, 02:07:43 PM
I think that is a state law here in Utah as well Larry.  Although Chrystal has yet to be able to find it.  I think it is in the "fine print". ;)


I've been told it's not in the fine print, it's right in plain view....

J ust
E mpty
E very
P ocket

As explained to me by Betty Brewer!

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on June 23, 2017, 03:56:16 PM
Bill, sure hope you catch enough salmon and halibut for the rest of us!  ;)  Have fun in Alaska.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on July 10, 2017, 05:47:33 PM
We've decided to stop in Moab for a few days on our way to Ouray.  If anyone else is going to be in Moab we made a reservation at Portal for four nights, August 8-11.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on July 11, 2017, 07:48:39 AM
We've decided to stop in Moab for a few days on our way to Ouray.  If anyone else is going to be in Moab we made a reservation at Portal for four nights, August 8-11.

ArdraF

That sounds like fun Ardra, wish we could join you but we have to work right up until Friday.  Trying to take off a few hours early to maybe leave and get a few hours of driving under our belt on Friday evening just so we can get in at a decent hour on Saturday but won't know until we actually get to Friday what work looks like.

Looking forward to seeing everyone though.  I need my off-road fix, BAD!!!

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on July 11, 2017, 03:59:51 PM
Maybe another time, Mike!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Steve N Dee on July 12, 2017, 10:49:17 AM
We've decided to stop in Moab for a few days on our way to Ouray.  If anyone else is going to be in Moab we made a reservation at Portal for four nights, August 8-11.

ArdraF

We too are stopping in Moab and already have made a reservation at Portal.  I believe we will be there the 6th, 7th and 8th.  We are then going to see our friends in Aspen for a couple of days before we head to Ouray.  Looks like we may overlap with you on the 8th.  Perhaps a mini rally is in order?

Steve & Dee
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on July 12, 2017, 04:44:47 PM
Absolutely, Steve!!!  I just wish the overlap were longer.  We'll be in Richfield the night of the 7th and will drive to Moab the 8th so should arrive in the afternoon.  Dinner anyone??

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Steve N Dee on July 15, 2017, 12:19:07 PM
Dinner sounds great on the 8th.  Since you know Moab so much better than us, you pick the place.  Looking forward to seeing you and Jerry.  Been a long time.

Steve & Dee
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Photog on July 20, 2017, 11:02:09 AM
Hi all attendees,

I am back from Alaska and have some Halibut and King Salmon in a meat locker in Montrose.  :)

I will bring enough for a fish barbecue with me when I arrive in Ouray.  I would suggest we try to have the BBQ on either Saturday or Sunday evening.  I'll leave it up to Mike to pick the date.

It would be nice to have a head count as to who would want Halibut and who would want King Salmon.  Please either post here or PM me.

Thank you.

Bill
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on July 21, 2017, 07:41:10 AM
Hi all attendees,

I am back from Alaska and have some Halibut and King Salmon in a meat locker in Montrose.  :)

I will bring enough for a fish barbecue with me when I arrive in Ouray.  I would suggest we try to have the BBQ on either Saturday or Sunday evening.  I'll leave it up to Mike to pick the date.

It would be nice to have a head count as to who would want Halibut and who would want King Salmon.  Please either post here or PM me.

Thank you.

Bill

Sounds great Bill.  Thanks for going through all of the hassle and "inconvenience" to catch all of that fish for us. ;D

I think Saturday may be a bit tight because many will just be arriving and probably would like to relax and visit after our initial Happy Hour session.

Let's try to shoot for Sunday evening instead unless others have suggestions.

Remember all, this is EVERYONE's rally, not just ours.  Chrystal and I have been to this area many times and just wanted to share the beauty and experience with our friends so whatever everyone wants to do is fine with us.

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on July 21, 2017, 07:42:01 PM
Bill,
You are killing me. You mean I have to choose between fresh caught salmon or halibut?  Dang...

I choose halibut!

Betty

Guess I should go ask Terry.  I'll assume you would like for us to bring side dishes?
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Steve N Dee on July 21, 2017, 09:28:51 PM
You are killing me. You mean I have to choose between fresh caught salmon or halibut?  Dang...

Dee and I will do one Halibut and one Salmon.  That way we get the best of both worlds!

Thanks Bill!

And we are in for side dishes, etc.  Whatever is needed.

Steve & Dee
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Chet18013 on July 22, 2017, 08:28:23 AM
Billo,

Did anyone ever tell you you're a great guy?

Laurie and I are opting for one of each.

We're gradually working our way toward Ouray. We're at the Boulder County fairgrounds in Longmont. Big horse show today and a huge farmer's market.

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Henry Wishard on July 22, 2017, 08:53:59 AM
Hello Bill, Margaret and I will take one of each, sure appreciate you doing this because I know how much work fishing and cooking is! We can bring a side dish also.
    I am sitting in Clovis NM with a bent tow bar arm. Really don't have a clue how that happened. See you guys on the 12th.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Becks on July 22, 2017, 10:19:11 AM
Hey Henry, I see your signature still shows 2010 Phaeton. Does that mean you still have it and did not downsize? just curious.
   
         Gary
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Henry Wishard on July 23, 2017, 08:41:02 AM
Gary , we now have a 2017 Tiffin open road. It's 6ft shorter with a Ford V-10. This will be are shake down trip. Hope to see you guys soon.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Becks on July 23, 2017, 10:14:13 AM
Sounds good Henry, wish we could have made Ouray. Good luck with the shakedown, and hope to see you soon.
   
        Gary
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: DJStarr on July 24, 2017, 02:12:00 PM
If anyone is looking for a site, today is a good day to call in.  I just got off the phone with Debra and cancelled my reservation.

Wish I could go - sometime in the future I will!

DJ
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Jeff and Anita on July 25, 2017, 12:57:22 PM
WOW! Thanks for catching all the fish for everyone's dinner. There are 4 of us in our party. Hope that is OK. We would like 2 salmon and 2 halibuts if that is possible. Our son and daughter-in-law will be arriving on Sunday late afternoon.

We will bring some side dishes and dessert.

We are currently at Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon. Leaving tomorrow and heading inland towards Coeur d'Alene. Will be in Ouray on the August 10th. See everyone soon.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on July 27, 2017, 08:28:21 AM
If anyone is looking for a site, today is a good day to call in.  I just got off the phone with Debra and cancelled my reservation.

Wish I could go - sometime in the future I will!

DJ

Too bad you won't be able to join us Dave.  We'll have to catch you on the next one so we can meet.

Thanks for posting here in case anyone is looking for a site.

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Chet18013 on July 27, 2017, 09:09:41 AM
It's already been picked up by Bill & Ruth Schadt. He's a long time lurker from Vancouver, BC. He was with the RVForum group at Quartzsite  two years ago.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Lou Schneider on July 27, 2017, 10:35:20 AM
HI Mike ...

I confirmed my reservation with the KOA.  I'm in site 59.

Lou
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Chet18013 on July 27, 2017, 11:16:01 AM
I just checked. Laurie and I are listed as having site # 98.

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on July 28, 2017, 08:41:51 PM
Bill - Thank YOU! ! !

Loretta and I will both Take the Halibut! ! ! ! 

We will bring a side dish to share as well. 

See you ALL soon. . . . .
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 04, 2017, 02:43:53 PM
Time is growing nearer so I thought I would update the attendees list based on my memory.  Please don't hesitate to correct me if I made a mistake.  It's been a tough year. ;)

Unfortunately I had to take Mike & Cindy Foster off of the list as they had to choose between Ouray and the Rubicon this year as our local Jeep club just returned from running the Rubicon.  I am still shocked they chose the Rubicon trail over hanging with us in Ouray. :o  Who-da thunk it?

Updated attendees list:

1   Billings , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
2   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita  with guests Bradley & Mara (welcome).
3   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
4   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
5   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
6   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
7   Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
8   Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports
9   Falchini, Steve & Dee,  Steve N Dee
10  Fitzgerald, Jerry & Ardra,  101  ArdraF
11  Parks, Chet & Laurie,   98  Chet18013
12  Schneider, Lou  59   Lou Schnei
13  Ferguson, Gary & Coleen   taoshum

The list has kind of dwindled a bit but I understand life happens and plans have a tendency to change in the course of a year.  We still look to have a great turnout and Chrystal and I are looking forward to seeing everyone.

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on August 04, 2017, 05:28:17 PM
We will show them, we will just have more fun than they did. . . . .

We are a small but mighty band. . . . .HA

Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on August 04, 2017, 06:09:47 PM
Mike, we finally remembered to call the Ouray KOA and learned that our site is 101 so you can add that to your list.  Looking forward to a great time!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 04, 2017, 07:59:26 PM
Okay everyone, I received a call back from Debra @ the Ouray KOA this afternoon to go over the details and we are good to go for our rally starting next Saturday night.

The campground has an excellent Bar-B-Que throughout the summer and Saturday night is the last night they will be having it so I would like to encourage everyone to plan on having some bar-b-que and supporting the campground.  They will also be having a live band on Saturday night (local band) that Debra told me is quite good.

We will be able to use the pavilion a couple of nights for the couple of group dinners that we will be having.  I believe Bill Roscoe is planning on doing his fish fry on Sunday night and then one night we thought we would do a grille night similar to what we did in Texas last year as it went over very well and was a lot of fun.  On these two nights we would ask for some side dishes and we may have to solicit a couple of extra grilles.  Everyone will be responsible for bringing their own meat and minding their own meat.  Again we tried this in Texas last year @ Big Bend and it turned out great and I think everyone really enjoyed the grilling, mingling and visiting at the campground vs. at a restaurant each night.  The reason I bring this is up is to inform everyone ahead of time to come prepared with meat and side dishes for those couple of nights.

The KOA also serves breakfast each morning at their Creekside Cafe and it too is quite good so if you want to grab a quick bite before we hit the trails that is an option.

The details of the entire week will be addressed and discussed upon the first night during happy hour as weather will play a big role on day to day activities so we will have a more solid plan once we get there.

Chrystal and I are looking forward to seeing everyone next week and we want everyone to travel safely.

Mike & Chrystal
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Chet18013 on August 05, 2017, 08:38:59 AM
Mike,

Your list of attendees is missing Bill & Ruth Schadt who are coming from Vancouver, BC. They have a confirmed site-don't know the number. See my post of 7/27.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 05, 2017, 09:26:15 AM
Mike,

Your list of attendees is missing Bill & Ruth Schadt who are coming from Vancouver, BC. They have a confirmed site-don't know the number. See my post of 7/27.

I apologize Chet, I must have missed that.

They have been added and are most welcome.

Thank you.

Updated attendees list:

1   Billings , Ralph & Diane       Ralph & Diane
2   Sirota, Jeff & Anita   60   Jeff and Anita  with guests Bradley & Mara (welcome).
3   Brewer, Terry & Betty   77   Betty Brewer
4   Weimert, Frank & Barb    95   FrankW
5   Wishard, Henry & Margaret   97   Henry Wishard
6   Dodd, Larry & Loretta    99   THE Big Larry
7   Roscoe, Bill   102   Photog
8   Zuech, Mike & Chrystal   108   ZMotorsports
9   Falchini, Steve & Dee,  Steve N Dee
10  Fitzgerald, Jerry & Ardra,  101  ArdraF
11  Parks, Chet & Laurie,   98  Chet18013
12  Schneider, Lou  59   Lou Schnei
13  Ferguson, Gary & Coleen   taoshum
14 Schadt, Bill & Ruth   

Mike

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 11, 2017, 10:16:05 AM
Chrystal and I are planning on leaving after work today which will allow us to arrive in Ouray around early afternoon on Saturday vs. our usual late afternoon arrival.

Let's plan on having a Meet & Greet/Happy Hour at our site (#108) tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon @ 4:00pm.  Site # 108 an end site just over the foot bridge from the office/Creekside Café walking northeast or if coming in the second driveway is the fist site on the left.

That should allow most everyone a chance to arrive at their site, get setup and leisurely arrive for Happy Hour.  At that time we can discuss the upcoming week's plans as Chrystal and I are "winging it" because we have been to Ouray quite a lot and want those that have not had the opportunity to go get the most out of the area.  Weather will play a role in what trails we do on what days so we will discuss and come up with a game plan at Saturday's Happy Hour, although that game plan will still be in Jello. ;D

The campground will be having a Bar-B-Que dinner and live music tomorrow night as it is the last one of the season for them so I would like to encourage everyone to try it as it is very good.  This should allow us to finish up Happy Hour early enough to eat some dinner and then resume the BSing. ;)

Lastly, I would like to inform anyone traveling with large RV towing that if you turn in the first driveway to the KOA, the turn is very tight at the office and you will more than likely be unhooking at the office.  If you know you are going to be in the north section, which is sites 63-108 you will eventually be entering from the next entrance (north) after checking in, you may opt to park in the gravel area across the street from the main entrance and walk to the office.  This is generally what Chrystal and I do.

Chrystal and I are looking forward to seeing everyone and wish all safe travels.

Mike & Chrystal
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on August 11, 2017, 02:55:09 PM
Brewers have arrived. Site 77.   Friday at 12:30

Ditto what  Mike said about NOT turning into the KOA Driveway by office.  Instead pull over in large gravel lot next to driveway entrance and walk to office.  Will save you a tight turn in front of office.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Jeff and Anita on August 11, 2017, 05:38:50 PM
Jeff and Anita have arrived. We are in Site #60.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Steve N Dee on August 11, 2017, 06:22:44 PM
Steve and Dee have arrived, late as usual  :P  e are in site 102 just for tonight, then we move to site 76 for the remainder of the week.  Definitely leave your rig across the street from the entrance as others have said.  Either walk in or come in your toad. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Chet18013 on August 11, 2017, 06:52:37 PM
We are sitting in the Walmart lot in Montrose. Couldn't get an early arrival at the KOA so we'll see you all right after lunch tomorrow.

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 11, 2017, 09:36:51 PM
We made it as far as Green River tonight after leaving work this afternoon.

We're sitting here watching a pretty impressive lightning storm to the south. Unfortunately we drove through a cloud burst of about 2-miles, just enough to get the coach and Jeep filthy.

We will see everyone tomorrow.

Mike & Chrystal
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on August 11, 2017, 09:51:05 PM
We're in Moab and will look for the gravel area across from the office!  Mike our motorhome and Jeep were nice and clean when we left home.  No longer!  See you all tomorrow in site 101.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Lou Schneider on August 11, 2017, 11:12:41 PM
I'm still in Pahrump.  I set a pretty ambitious schedule to get moved into my space in the SKP park this week, and it proved to be too much in the heat we've been having.  Most days were between 105 and 108 with overnight lows in the upper 80s to 90s and that was just too hot to get much done.

Yesterday afternoon I crashed and burned, I was going to get a new house battery before heading out but instead I didn't do much today except stay indoors under the A/C and get myself rehydrated.

I'm feeling much better now.  Hopefully I can get an early start in the morning and be there Saturday night or early on Sunday.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: taoshum on August 12, 2017, 08:37:15 PM
Gary and Coleen in site 61-C. 

FWIW, I made a track for tomorrow.  Mike can use or not at he wants.  Note Co Road 23 will go to Ridgeway on the other side of the river.  The hiway toward Telluride follows Ridgeway then south to the Ophir Pass Road which goes over to Hiway 550.  I added a loop off 550 on the way back to Ouray that I know nothing about.

I have some really good maps on my laptop if needed.

G.

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on August 12, 2017, 10:35:24 PM
Well this  RVForum Rally has officially begun.  Having arrived yesterday, Terry and I  watched rigs arrive, park, turn around and park again today. A few of us ventured into Ridgeway Co for their Arts fair and a market run this afternoon. At 4 pm Mike and Chrystal graciously welcomed the big group (14 couples I think)  to Ouray Colorado during  Happy  Hour.  We made plans for  our off road adventures Sunday with  a  9 am departure.

Happily we  have  a few "new*"  RVForum members in our group. We always love new members so we can tell the same old stories over and over again!   Steve has a rental Jeep with windows! We see a Jeep in his future pending his enjoyment of the experience.  Most attended the KOA  Bar B Que tonight and finale of evening was  a rousing HAPPY BIRTHDAY song to dear friend Henry . Cake was spread all around! 

 I'm off to make lunch for our 9 am departure!

* members part of RVForum less than 10 years!

Heard  Lou will arrive Monday. 
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on August 12, 2017, 10:40:54 PM
Sadly Bill Roscoe will  not  be in attendance  at our  rally.  He rushed away from CO for  a family health emergency (with  hopefully good news he can share) .  But the fish he caught in Alaska was distributed among members at Happy hour this afternoon.  So bring  your side tomorrow  and we will eat fresh FISH!

Thanks Bill!

Love this group. 

BB
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on August 12, 2017, 10:44:29 PM
Happy Hour was followed by some BBQ and Live Music in the KOA Cafe.

That was followed by celebrating Henry's Birthday.  A good time was had by all.
We're missing Bill Roscoe who could not attend, and Lou Schneider who has not arrived yet.

Tomorrow is Ophir Pass.  Should be 12 or 13 Jeeps on the run.  Let's Roll !  !
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: taoshum on August 13, 2017, 09:11:38 PM
Here are some tracks to load for Monday... I'm not sure where we are going... other than Lake City but these tracks could be helpful once we are out there and looking to make a correct turn...  Use as you see fit.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Lou Schneider on August 14, 2017, 09:11:07 PM
I'm here, in site 59 but I'm totally wiped out and will be hitting the sack momentarily.

What's on the agenda for tomorrow?

Lou
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Tom and Margi on August 14, 2017, 09:39:15 PM
Please, someone, wake him up tomorrow early just for old time's sake.  Remind him of his RV Forum "Moms" from 20 years ago waking him up to be sure "our boy" was safe.   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on August 14, 2017, 09:43:20 PM
Hi Lou!  Glad you arrived okay.  The group left at 9:00 a.m. on a long four-wheeling day. We didn't go today.  Chet and Bill turned around and were back early.  Chet said the Brewers got back and the others stopped in Silverton for dinner.  They're not back yet so no word about what's planned for tomorrow.  We're using CB channel 39.  Saturday On Friday we'll have a grill-your-own meat and bring a side dish to share.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on August 14, 2017, 10:41:41 PM
I know 9 am is departure time for maybe Yankee  Boy?  Mike told us which runs but I forget.   We will have  2 rental vehicles on the run.

Welcome Lou, but I am NOT going to wake you  up.  Line up with lunch , chairs  at the second exit to  KOA.  See ya  in morning.

It was a  BIG day full of  scenery and special moments.  HAIL,Hail the gangs all here.  Hailed on us during lunch!

BB
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Chet18013 on August 15, 2017, 01:26:15 PM
Here's a few photos from the first two days of the Ouray Rally. We have 13 Jeeps that have been making daily runs around the many trails around Ouray and Silverton here in Colorado. So far we have gone up above the tree line to a maximum height of 12,890 feet. Needless to say the air is a bit thinner there.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: DJStarr on August 15, 2017, 09:57:41 PM
Looks great, wish I was there.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Steve N Dee on August 15, 2017, 10:43:29 PM
We rented a Jeep to join in this rally.  Now we are both hooked.  What a great 3 days of Jeeping we have had.  Sadly, tomorrow is our last rental day.  But we have been offered back seat accommodations from many Forum Framily members.  These people are the best and have made out first Jeeping experience fabulous.  Thanks Mike N Chrystal for organizing this!  Here are some photos from our first 3 days.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: taoshum on August 15, 2017, 11:26:30 PM
Perhaps a helpful track for tomorrow... Ouray to Telluride track shows the path to reach Yankee Boy or Gov Basins.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: SargeW on August 16, 2017, 07:42:29 AM
Looks great,wish we were there!
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Chet18013 on August 16, 2017, 06:16:17 PM
Well, here's a few more photos from our Ouray adventures. This area is unbelievable!! Today we went from 7300' to 12,227' and back and had lunch at 11,900' looking over an alpine valley. After lunch we went on to the summit and came around the corner to a whole slope above the tree line that was filled with probably 500+ sheep grazing in the alpine meadow. While on the trail we could look across the valley and see Hwy 550 and I caught a motor home going up the 8% toward the summit. I also managed to get a good shot of one of the local residents eating lunch.

If you have the chance, Ouray MUST be on your bucket list to visit. If you don't have a Jeep, RENT one for at least 3-4 days. There must be at least 6-10 Jeep rental places in town
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Larry N. on August 16, 2017, 06:39:18 PM
Nice pix, Chet - thanks. And thanks to the others, too, for your pics and comments. Sounds great.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Lorna on August 16, 2017, 06:50:35 PM
Thanks for the pictures Chet.  There are times that I miss being on the road and this place and Framily is one of those times.  Sounds like you are all having a great time.  Greetings to all.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on August 16, 2017, 10:10:55 PM
Lorna, we miss having you with us too!  This is a beautiful area.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on August 16, 2017, 10:54:34 PM
The fun continues. Wish  I had   enough time to share all the moments and laughs.  So here we were on Wednesday pm . Mike and Chrystal continue  to provide leadership for our Ouray, Colorado trails. No small task to follow the maps, navigate the correct turns and still stay married!

Line up at 9 am today was for Yankee Boy and Governors Basin. It was the  Rental Jeeps' last two days. CB radio reports  Henry has an indicator  light, Mike  jumps in with his indicator "tool" to help.  Gary and Colleen run ahead to  ensure they can make their scheduled hot springs spa treatments. 

  25 minutes later  Henry stayed behind so as to not hold up the group. as some light was still blinking. this technical reporting is WAY beyond my expertise.   The group got underway on a day of spectacular weather and wonderful new found  friends.  Henry later shared his problem to be something about  Sway bar   module. ( I never ever claimed to  be an expert in those blue job things.)

 
BLACK BEAR  run tomorrow is at   9 am .  Today ,Wednesday, Jerry  and Ardra walked the Dennis Weaver   Memorial  to Ridgeway Trail Both ways. (3 miles round trip )  They recommend the walk  on Friday our day off!  I see lotsa shopping on Friday.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on August 17, 2017, 09:12:41 AM
The fun continues. Wish  I had   enough time to share all the moments and laughs.  So here we were on Wednesday pm . Mike and Chrystal continue  to provide leadership for our Ouray, Colorado trails. No small task to follow the maps, navigate the correct turns and still stay married!

Line up at 9 am today was for Yankee Boy and Governors Basin. It was the  Rental Jeeps' last two days. CB radio reports  Henry has an indicator  light, Mike  jumps in with his indicator "tool" to help.  Gary and Colleen run ahead to  ensure they can make their scheduled hot springs spa treatments. 

  25 minutes later  Henry stayed behind so as to not hold up the group. as some light was still blinking. this technical reporting is WAY beyond my expertise.   The group got underway on a day of spectacular weather and wonderful new found  friends.  Henry later shared his problem to be something about  Sway bar   module. ( I never ever claimed to  be an expert in those blue job things.)

 
BLACK BEAR  run tomorrow is at   9 am .  Today ,Wednesday, Jerry  and Ardra walked the Dennis Weaver   Memorial  to Ridgeway Trail Both ways. (3 miles round trip )  They recommend the walk  on Friday our day off!  I see lotsa shopping on Friday.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on August 17, 2017, 08:41:03 PM
Well Frank and Barb took a turn at leading trails today. Eight mighty jeeps off road vehicles ran  Black Bear and Imogene Pass today.  Many wondered  about  Lou ( who was 2 minutes late to  departure today and almost missed us) In his defense an RV decided to hook up in the road in front of him delaying his departure! 

He runs in a  1984 Bronco with street tires and was the hero of the day  as his driving skills  managed  him to negotiate every turn, obstacle and bump  of the road today.  We watched out for him in Awe!  Lunch in a Telluride Park was lovely.

Got  back  after  4 o'clock Happy hour had begun (around 4:30 pm)  yet no complaints from participants on the run.   At Happy hour  we praised Lou, made  some  rough plans for tomorrow, Friday  day off we will all enjoy!  6 pm  BBq bring your own sides in the pavilion area. Sadly Frank and Barb will leave  Friday to attend to  leaking tire issues on motorhome.  Something ya gotta do to your home!

 Love our new RVForum friends and the  small  groups we get to  enjoy!

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on August 17, 2017, 08:48:39 PM
Margaret and I plan to walk the Weaver Memorial trail in morning at the decent hour of leaving our KOA at  11 am.  We plan to walk one way and  have lunch in Ridgeway  for  anyone who wants to join us.    Planning  to have  Henry  take us back to  camp or lunch?

Let us know if you plan to join us so we can  group up.
BB
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Tom and Margi on August 17, 2017, 09:28:37 PM
Vintage Lou!  Ya gotta love that guy.  He's always a hero and one of the most knowledgeable and helpful guys on the planet.  ;D
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Lou Schneider on August 17, 2017, 09:45:31 PM
Aw, thanks guys!

Actually, my vehicle is a 1986 Ford Bronco II.  It's the original compact SUV, while the full sized Bronco was a shortened Ford F150 pickup.

It's dimensions (length, width, ground clearance) are about the same as the original WWII Willys Jeep.  It weighs about 1000 lbs. less than the current Jeeps, which cancels out some of the disadvantages of running street tires.

It's main disadvantage is it doesn't have quite as much ground clearance as the Jeeps.  I scraped bottom a couple of times today, but the skid plate protected the critical parts.   The only damage was to the towbar electrical connector, which was mounted underneath the tow bar baseplate.  When I replace it tomorrow I'll move it above the baseplate.

In 1988, Consumer Reports gave it's first "Not Acceptable" rating to the Bronco II because it has a tendency to lift the inside rear wheel on sharp, high speed turns.  If you drive reasonably it's fine.   Ford decided to discontinue it and the used prices dropped through the floor.

Until a few years ago you could buy a Bronco II for a song.  I bought one up in WA state 10 years ago in perfectly good condition for $1500.  I gave it to my stepson after the divorce, and 4 years ago I bought the one I have now for $4000 all set up and ready to flat tow.

Now the millennials are re-discovering the Bronco II.  I turned down an offer to buy it when I was in LA, and last night I drove by a group of young people in Silverton and heard a girl say to her boyfriend, "Now that's the kind of Jeep I want."   :)
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on August 17, 2017, 10:11:08 PM
Betty, we'd like to re-do the Dennis Weaver trail with you!  Sounds fun and, if the weather is as nice tomorrow as it was yesterday, it will be gorgeous!  Shall we line up like for a trail ride at 11:00?

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Roadhappy on August 18, 2017, 06:10:33 PM
Thanks for the Pictures!!  Beautiful! Some of them look like painted pictures.

We will rent a jeep and do this next year if the forum gets together again.  Really hated missing this one.

Robin & Charles

PS: More pictures please :D
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Chet18013 on August 18, 2017, 09:14:47 PM
About 10 miles north of Ouray is the Dennis Weaver park.  We just found out about it after dinner tonight and we jumped in the Jeep and ran up there. I was lucky and was able to get this photo of the main attraction just as the sun hit the top of the mountains to the west and gave me this perfect light.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: taoshum on August 18, 2017, 09:29:33 PM
some pics...
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: THEBigLarry on August 18, 2017, 10:23:01 PM
The last meal has been cooked and the dishes are done.  It has been a great get together/rally.
Mike & Chrystal as always are great hosts.  I can't say enough superlatives about this couple.
Thanks guys.  It's always fun when you're around.  We look forward to our next meeting when ever
that may be.  Give Jared a big hug for us and tell him he needs to travel more. . . . .

Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: taoshum on August 18, 2017, 10:34:01 PM
Yes!  Thanks Mike & Crystal. Thanks for all you did to make this a great week in Ouray.  OBD Diagnostics and all!

BTW, I didn't see any vehicles with the Colo OHV sticker.  We had one in the glove compartment (You're welcome Colo) but waited to mess with it if need be.

Have a great year.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on August 18, 2017, 11:42:47 PM
Chet and Laurie, I'm so glad you got to see the Dennis Weaver eagle!  Isn't he magnificent?  Great photos.

Gary and Coleen, more great photos.  Lots of contrasting scenery and even the shepherd's tent!

Mike and Chyrstal, thanks so much for hosting a great rally.  Even though we didn't do the tough trails we still managed to see lots of beautiful scenery, go on some fun hikes, and most of all enjoyed being with framily.  Please do tell Jared all his "grandparents" missed having him here too.

To all, safe travels until we meet next time somewhere down the road!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Larry N. on August 19, 2017, 07:06:51 AM
Super eagle shots, Chet -- thanks! And nice mountain shots, Gary -- thanks.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Steve N Dee on August 19, 2017, 07:23:52 PM
Many of us sadly hit the road this morning.  What a great rally!  Renting a Jeep was a lot of fun.  Special thanks to Mike N Chrystal for organizing the rally and helping me learn the jeeping ropes.  Really hope we get the opportunity to do this again soon and that Jared can join us.  We have made it half way home.  We are safely parked at Temple RV in St. George, UT, 480 miles.  Thanks for the recommendation Mike Zuech.  Easy in and out, pull through without unhooking.  Thanks again for everything!

Steve & Dee
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: ArdraF on August 19, 2017, 10:22:18 PM
Henry, Margaret, Jerry and I are the only ones left!  :(  But we had a good day.  We all went to both the Box Canyon and Cascade waterfalls.  Both are so neat!  If you haven't been yet, be sure to go the next time you're in Ouray.  They're totally different from one another.  Spent the afternoon packing up and getting ready to leave in the morning.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 21, 2017, 09:27:03 AM
Thanks for the Pictures!!  Beautiful! Some of them look like painted pictures.

We will rent a jeep and do this next year if the forum gets together again.  Really hated missing this one.

Robin & Charles

PS: More pictures please :D

We would love to have you guys join us.  I have already posted a thread in the rallies section for next years Ouray Off-Road Adventure.

Spots are filling up quick in the Ouray KOA so if you think you may want to join us, please make reservations as soon as possible.  Worse case scenario if you can't make it you can always cancel your reservations.

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 21, 2017, 09:29:54 AM
Thank you everyone who attended this years Ouray Adventure.  Chrystal and I are flattered by all of the comments and were happy to host this rally in one of our favorite places.

It was great to see all of our friends and we were even able to make some new friends whom I hope will also join us next year.

Special thanks to Betty for the forum recap during the rally as I only had my phone for internet access and it was less than ideal for posting to the forum.

Mike & Chrystal
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Roadhappy on August 23, 2017, 04:51:08 PM
All the pictures are wonderful!!

Mike, do you know the dates for next years rally?

Robin
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Becks on August 23, 2017, 08:02:52 PM
Aug 11-17 2018 Call soon Robin, as they are filling sites fast already for next year.
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: zmotorsports on August 24, 2017, 08:17:10 AM
All the pictures are wonderful!!

Mike, do you know the dates for next years rally?

Robin

Robin, Gary is correct.  The dates for next years gathering are Saturday August 11-17, 2018 (departing on Saturday August 18).

I have started a thread already, here is a link.
http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php/topic,108012.0.html

Hope you and Charles will be able to join us.

Mike
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Roadhappy on August 25, 2017, 12:36:38 PM
Thanks to all, I'll call today!!
Title: Re: Ouray, Colorado August 12-19, 2017 Off-Road Rally
Post by: Roadhappy on August 25, 2017, 12:56:37 PM
I just booked my reservation on-line.  There are plenty of back-ins available but no pull thrus.  Now all there is to do is wait. :(

Robin and Charles