|Date:||Aug 21st 2011|
|Trip Leader:||Mike Borum|
|Members Present:||Fred Haskel, Sue Fisher, Dave Peaslee, Marilyn Borum|
|Guests Present:||Dylan, Mark, Roy|
|Picture Link:||Mikes Pics|
At our usual meeting place on this fine morning in August were Fred and his son Dylan in the blue JK Rubicon, Sue in her champagne TJ Rubicon, Dave and his friend Mark in the black Range Rover, and Marilyn and me in the buglight yellow LJ Rubicon. We were wondering if Roy was on his way, lost, or still sleeping, so I called his cellphone and discovered it was none of the above...he was at the wrong meeting place! So we decided he could easily catch up to us on Hwy 24 and we headed out for our adventure.
Not 1/2 mile on the highway and I hear Fred on the CB telling Dave that he's seeing coolant coming out from under Dave's rig. So we pull over and quickly determine that a 1/2 inch rubber hose connecting to some odd piece of that Rover's engine had a small tear in it just above the clamp. Meanwhile, Roy and his son Matt had so quickly caught up to us in the black JK Unlimited Rubicon, that they pulled over in front of the group while we fixed the leaking hose.
Soon we were on the road...NOT! Roy's battery was dead. So I whipped my Jeep around in the middle of the busy highway and jumped Roy's rig. Now we're really moving! RIght to the NAPA store in Woodland Park, where we installed a brand-new Optima red top in Roy's rig. Crossing out fingers and thinking we couldn't possibly have any more problems, we got back on the road and made it to Fairplay without a problem.
Oh, wait. There's more, because Sue's CB was really acting up and some of us could hear her but others couldn't. So we fiddle-farted around with her antenna for a bit, but in the end just gave up. Finally we were all moving along and determined that we were going to Mosquito Pass.
The rest of the trip was thankfully uneventful. We climbed up the rocky road bed of the pass, stopped and took in the sights and spectacular scenery at the North London Mine, ate lunch at the 13,100 ft summit of Mosquito Pass, headed down to Leadville, took a quick break at the convenience store, motored up and over Weston Pass, and aired up at Hwy 285. With lots of daylight to spare, I should add.
It was a great trip with good company, and even with the fits and starts and dangs and darns, this group was not to be denied a wonderful trip over two very unique and beautiful Colorado mountain passes. Great job, everyone!