If you haven’t yet read the post for Day 14, please read it first, and come back to the epilogue when you’re done.
As the trip was coming to a close, we began to discuss what we would do next year. We’ve covered a majority of the western United States, and any other trips of interest would either require higher mileage days or a longer trip. We are uneasy with either option.
After a bit of thought, we came up with the idea of a Colorado 4X4 road journey. The original intent of these adventures had been to explore the backcountry, roads not typically seen in a car. Given our personal limitations, this isn’t possible on motorcycles, but it is on four wheels. So, we made the decision to do a Jeep trip next year.
There was only one problem, I didn’t own a Jeep, and dad’s CJ-5 wouldn’t make it to Colorado let alone get us through the trip. This is not an insurmountable problem, but a solution had to be found.
Since we returned a day early, Saturday was free. So, after washing the bikes and enjoying breakfast at Einstein Bagels, we made our way to the local Jeep dealer. It took four hours, but we left the Subaru Outback with the Jeep dealer and drove home in a new Wrangler. I had no choice really, right?
This Jeep is a base upon which to build, and it may take me most of the year to get it where it needs to be for our trip. We’ll be sticking to proper 4X4 roads, but we will be in the backcountry, so the Jeep needs to be capable surmounting basic obstacles and have the necessary implements for extraction. Equipping the jeep for these capabilities will be a fun project.
Next year’s adventure will include a dog (Einstein), camping, cooking, jeeping and hiking. I guarantee it will be different, but I know there will be a story to tell.
As an aside, we did a 4X4 trip in 1999 or 2000. It was short, and it included a dog, camping and cooking. From that experience, we can share a tip. Watch what your dog eats if he’s sleeping in a three person tent with two people. Eating the wrong thing can make for a very unpleasant tent experience. Don’t even ask about the Dinty Moore Stew…