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biju
03/15/2006, 08:38 AM
Colorado ZuZoo 2006 Convoy!

Calling all VXers You going to Moab this year? Will your travels take you through Colorado on I-70? If so, lets gather and caravan to Moab after all, nothing beats seeing a string of VXs in front and behind you!

MSHardeman and I have been in contact with each other for a while now regarding the idea of a caravan. After some thought we agreed the best place to meet up would probably be Glenwood Springs along I-70. The plan is to do lunch before heading out for Moab!

The proposed logistics:

Date: 05.15.06
Time: 11:00am
Where: Hot Springs Lodge & Pool parking lot : Glenwood Springs, CO.
Directions: I-70 West to Exit 116.
CB Channel: 17
Walkie-Talkie: Channel 9, Code 0

Obvious participants would be Colorado VXers going to ZuZoo. However, any out of state people interested? Everybodys invited!!!

-biju.

MSHardeman
03/15/2006, 09:47 AM
Way to go Biju. You know I'll be there.

The invitation is open to anyone, but if some of you Colorado VXers just want to do lunch in Glenwood it would be great to have you there.

Bimati - You're more than welcome to come, but I know that it's back tracking for you. If not, we'll call you as we reach Grand Junction, and figure out where to meet up.

Should be a lot of fun. Can't wait to meet everyone.

Bimati
03/15/2006, 07:22 PM
YEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know if I will be in Glenwood or Grand Junction, but I am definitely along for the ride!

I look forward to meeting you fellow VXer's.

Any travelling tips for a newbie besides a bottle of Back to Black?

Locomigo
03/16/2006, 08:05 AM
Sorry, I'll already be in Moab with my Amigo... I know I know... not a VX, but still an Isuzu, and yall should hook up with some of the rest of the guys in the group too throughout the rest of the year. Alwasy somethin going on and wheelin trips planned.

Moncha
03/16/2006, 02:08 PM
BUMP - Added another choice to the pack

biju
03/22/2006, 06:10 AM
Bimati: I'll try to scrounge up the list of things I took for last years trip. Once I find it I'll PM you the list. (anybody else interested?)

Locomigo: Drop me a PM when you go locally. I'll take you up on that offer sometime!

I see we have two more joining: pbkid and raver_boi_88. Welcome. In addition, it's confirmed my roommate is going to roll with. He'll be driving my other VX so that makes 6 in total. Excellent...

-biju.

MSHardeman
03/22/2006, 07:22 AM
Biju,

Count me in on the list of stuff to bring.

MSHardeman
03/22/2006, 07:23 AM
Biju,

Count me in on the list of stuff to bring.

I can't wait to see six VX's rolling down the road. Should we get a police escort when we get to Moab? It'll be like a parade down Main Street.

biju
03/22/2006, 07:27 AM
I think our police escort (Moncha) can't make it. :(

I'll send you the list too... np.

-biju.

pbkid
03/22/2006, 12:55 PM
two things..first would u mind sending me one of those lists? secondly i know everyone is making a big deal outta other vehicles..but can my friend bring his tacoma? he wont go on the vx only run, he can ride with me...but the other days can he follow?

Locomigo
03/22/2006, 08:09 PM
If you are looking for information on local runs etc with a great group, look here:

Trailseekers group on yahoo groups. or link via www.trailseeker.com

Triathlete
03/22/2006, 09:56 PM
There is no problem with your friend in the tacoma wheeling with the groups in Moab. Last year there were jeeps, chevies, dodges and a rover that joined us.

biju
03/23/2006, 01:19 PM
Most of this stuff came with me last year after doing a search on this site. Quite a few threads offered suggestions on stuff to bring.

Here's what I plan to bring this year (my checklist if you will):

Garmin Rino GPS (& batteries)
CB Handheld (w/ car plug & batteries)
Wrench Set
Screw Driver
Pliers
Tent
Sleeping Bag
Water Canteens
Camelback
Flashlight (& batteries)
Duct Tape
Camp Chairs
Blanket
Cooler
1qt Royal Purple 10w30
Digital Cam & Charger
Firewire Flashdrive Reader
Blank CDs
Powerbook
Visine! (Thanks, Moncha)
Sunglasses
Bungee Cord
Rain Jacket
Cell Phone (& charger)
Camp Medical Kit
Camp Knife
Extra Rags
Alan Wrenches
Sunscreen
Hat
Extra Audio Fuses
Spare Tire
Mallet (Not to be confused with "Mullet". LOL.)
Tire Gauge
Tire Deflators
Spare Skid Plate Bolts
Nylon Tow Strap
Pups
Pup Toys & Food

It looks like a lot of stuff, but if you think about it - it's really just basic items you'd want anyways (some for on the trail, some for off the trail). Don't have all this crap? I was told last year not to worry. Just bring a CB, tow strap, spare & some food/water and you're ready to roll... But then again, that's just passing on the same advice I was given. :p

-biju.

Rickfrmco
03/25/2006, 06:06 AM
I will try and join up when the caravan hits Grand Junction...not sure if I can get the time off yet. How long does the trip last in terms of staying in the Moab area? Do you all plan on doing the 2 day trail?

Bimati - (Jeff) Got the info you dropped off. Great to hear from a fellow VX owner. I think there are only 3 of us in the Grand Valley.

Rick

biju
03/29/2006, 06:03 AM
I concur with Triathlete. Your friends are welcome. (although, they might have to drive in the back of the caravan! :p Just kidding...)


I will try and join up when the caravan hits Grand Junction...not sure if I can get the time off yet. How long does the trip last in terms of staying in the Moab area? Do you all plan on doing the 2 day trail?

Bimati - (Jeff) Got the info you dropped off. Great to hear from a fellow VX owner. I think there are only 3 of us in the Grand Valley.

Rick

Rick - If you're able to go just iron out a place and time you want us to meet you and Bimati in Grand Junction. If you join us for the caravan then the event will run from the 15th - 20th.

Not sure what you mean by the 2day trail. It might exist as a part of the event, but I haven't heard of it.

Hope to see you there...

-biju.

Bimati
04/11/2006, 05:14 PM
Guys and Gals...MSHardeman, Rickfrmco, etc.

Don't forget to click on the VX only run link and add you name to the list....otherwise, NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!!

Just a reminder. ;)

biju
04/24/2006, 12:17 PM
Bimati,

I also had another Colorado VX'er (who just purchased a Proton) contact me - and is still trying to decide if he's going to join.

So far I see 5 (+ my proton, making 6). Seeing as the time is getting close - anybody else going to be through that area during our meet and would like to join?

-biju.

Triathlete
04/24/2006, 12:43 PM
Biju
Which route are you guys taking into Utah? We will be coming up the 163 to the 191 out of Arizona.

Never mind, just looked at my map. The 70 takes you in from the north side.

Triathlete
04/24/2006, 12:50 PM
Don't know if any of this will affect you guys but just in case...
Just something to be aware of:

Quote:
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Moab Main Street

Project Web site: www.udot.utah.gov/moabmainstreet

Project includes the complete reconstruction of Moab Main Street from 300 South to 200 North and pavement rehabilitation from Overlook Road to 500 North. Some utility lines will also be replaced.

Work is complete from 200 North to 100 South and has been suspended until May 1 when crews will return to work from 100 South to 300 South. Pavement rehabilitation activities from Overlook Road to 500 North will also resume on May 1. Construction is expected to wrap up by August 2006. During construction, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction through the work zone. Motorists can expect a reduced speed limit and moderate delays. All business accesses will remain open. Expected completion: August 2006. (RT)


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For those coming from the west on I-70

Quote:
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I-70 from Floy Wash to Crescent Junction (U.S. 191)

Project includes the mill, recycle, and new pavement overlay of this section of Interstate 70 northwest of Moab.

Beginning the week of April 17, crews will mill 1.5 inches of asphalt off the top of the road, mill and recycle 3 inches of pavement, and place 3.5 inches of new asphalt on the road. During construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction through the work zone. Motorists can expect a reduced speed limit and moderate delays. Expected completion: August 2006. (FJ)


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Quote:
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U.S. 191 from MP 147-151 North of Moab

Project includes the addition of southbound passing lanes, the roto-mill of existing lanes, and a full-width overlay.

Crews will begin work April 17 and will reduce traffic to one lane in alternating directions as directed by flggers and pilot cars. Motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes. Expected completion: summer, 2006. (FJ)


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Just an FYI for your planning pleasure.

Locomigo
04/24/2006, 12:56 PM
Just an FYI...

There is construction on 191 south from I70 when you exit @ Crescent junction.

My recommendation is to take 128 down that parallels the river @ Cisco exit ~20 mi over the border (BR-6 takes you righ parallel to 70 to the south a couple miles then 128 to the left and follows the river all the way to town). Slightly longer, but WELL worth the miles for the scenery baby!!! Especially if you are going to be driving during daylight hours.

Locomigo
04/24/2006, 12:57 PM
Too funny Billy, I was just typing about that. Was going to go copy/paste it but you already got in there... :p

Ldub
04/24/2006, 02:38 PM
Guys and Gals...MSHardeman, Rickfrmco, etc.

Don't forget to click on the VX only run link and add you name to the list....otherwise, NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!!

Just a reminder. ;)

:confused: There's going to be soup ? :confused:

Moncha
04/24/2006, 03:39 PM
the 128 is a much prettier drive too!

Locomigo
04/24/2006, 06:13 PM
the 128 is a much prettier drive too!

Is there an echo in here? :cool: :p

Slightly longer, but WELL worth the miles for the scenery baby

Triathlete
04/25/2006, 08:25 AM
MMmmm, soup! :homer:

WyldWeasel
04/25/2006, 11:21 AM
There's gonna be soup?! Crap, now I have to figure out how to fab a cup holder.

biju
04/25/2006, 05:58 PM
There will be soup.

If you join us for lunch in Glenwood!!!

-biju.

MSHardeman
04/26/2006, 07:46 AM
Actually if we go where I'm thinking (The Bayou) then it'll be more like gumbo......which is kinda soupyish :_huh:

Tone
04/26/2006, 09:17 AM
Jay, Lisa and I were planning on swinging up to Pueblo to see Scott (for a coffee) and would love to bring up the rear of your convoy. Not sure how far that is from Pueblo but we'll map it. We are leaving from Houston (we'll be down there for the Grand Prix) and driving straight through so we should be there Monday morning.

Bimati
04/26/2006, 01:24 PM
SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!! Hope you can join us.

Update on Grand Junction: The convoy is scheduled to meet at the Shell station on Horizon drive sometime around 2PM on the 15th.

Horizon Drive is the main GJ exit with all of the hotels and the airport. When you exit the interstate, you will be staring at a yellow Shell station right in front of you.

Can't Wait....I'm staying at the Sleep Inn with the other VXers.

Bimati

biju
04/26/2006, 03:25 PM
Tone,

That's great news! So that's two more VX's and Benz, right?

Or are you all traveling in the Benz?

-biju.

MSHardeman
04/26/2006, 05:14 PM
The more the merrier!! I can't WAIT to see all those VX's cruising down the road. If we turn heads one at a time in these things just think what six or seven of them will do.

Bimati - is the other guy in Junction coming along? If not, is he at least going to meet us at the Shell station?

Ldub
04/26/2006, 06:15 PM
There's gonna be soup?! Crap, now I have to figure out how to fab a cup holder.

Ya think maybe a "bowl holder" might work better ???
Or are you strictly a "cup-O-soup" type ? :p

Ldub

Tone
04/26/2006, 06:28 PM
Yup, we're all traveling in the ML as Lisa's is getting older and I'm serious about my offroading - Lion's Back is definitely on our schedule. I did the Hummer test track a few weeks ago and I am confident in the ML's abilities. Scott has a busy schedule so we may not even see him but it's only a hundred miles out of our way and a VX caravan is a sight to see, so count us in.

Bimati
04/27/2006, 06:01 PM
Tone: Can you stick the front turn signal lens in your luggage for the trip? I bought the other two (awesome) and I figure a spare would be nice...

MSHardeman: I sent a PM to RickfrmCO and haven't heard back. I figure he will at least meet the caravan in GJ to say "Hi" and snap some photos of Le Vix Train. Rick has an ironman with custom wheels, so it would definitely add to the texture and aesthetic appeal of the group.

"I'm Rick James, B*tch." -Dave Chapelle :p

Bimati

biju
05/01/2006, 03:21 PM
Two weeks away, and anticipation is growing!

Just to recap we've got the following peeps who'll be joining the convoy:

meju
Bimati
MSHardeman
pbkid
raver_boi_88
Tone

Anybody else? Ldub, you gonna meet us there? Any more locals wanna meet up just for lunch?

-biju.

WyldWeasel
05/02/2006, 12:33 AM
Okay I will not be able to join y'all on the 14th because I'll be coming into Utah from the Nevada side then. BUT I will be driving through Glenwood Springs in a VX (not mine, just bought a Proton for the hunny and am going to be trekking it back to California) on the 3rd/4th of May, (Lord willin' and the crick don't rise).

I'd like to try out this Bayou which has been mentioned. Anybody willing to give an out of towner just passing through directions on how to get to the Bayou? I'll be staying at the Rodeway Inn in Glenwood Springs. Probably getting in late on the 3rd. I will probably check out the Bayou on the 4th before getting on the road.

Ldub
05/02/2006, 03:53 AM
Anybody else? Ldub, you gonna meet us there? Any more locals wanna meet up just for lunch?

-biju.

Gonna try...we're shooting for Grand Island NE the night of the 13th.
Then get somewhere close the night of the 14th & roll in for lunch with y'all @ 11:00 on the 15th.
This plan should work discounting any unscheduled "pit stops"...I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
If you look to the east & see a man with a "hungry for soup" look in his eye...that be me.

Ldub

Locomigo
05/02/2006, 06:51 AM
I'd like to try out this Bayou which has been mentioned. Anybody willing to give an out of towner just passing through directions on how to get to the Bayou? I'll be staying at the Rodeway Inn in Glenwood Springs. Probably getting in late on the 3rd. I will probably check out the Bayou on the 4th before getting on the road.

Piece of cake...
google map (http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=919+Grand+Avenue,+Glenwood+Springs,+CO+81601)

Basically reverse these directions (taken from the hotel website):
I-70 West exit 116, first light take a left on the frontage road (Highway 6) go 1 mile hotel on the right. I-70 East exit 114, stay to the left go under highway, right on frontage road (Highway 6) 1 mile east on the left.

This is to the south of the river/I70 on Grand at that same exit.

MSHardeman
05/02/2006, 07:43 AM
Wyld,
I was in Glenwood this past weekend, and the Bayou had a sign out front that said they didn't open until 4pm. I'm going to call them today to see if it was just a weekend thing, or if that's normal. I'll let you know what's going on when I find out.
If they are open, when are you thinking of going? If you would like the company I can make the trip down to Glenwood (I work in Basalt - about 30 min away, and live in Carbondale - about 15 min away) to chow down with you.

Mark

MSHardeman
05/02/2006, 01:14 PM
Wyld and the Colorado Zuvoy,

I just called the Bayou and they are only open from 4pm to 10pm daily (4pm to 12am Friday/Saturday). That kind of blows lunch for the Zuvoy and I wasn't sure when you where thinking of going Wyld, but it may be too late for you too.

Any one got any other ideas for the Zuvoy? Bimati, are there some good local restaurants in GJ that we could decend upon? The Denver contingent could still meet me at the Hot Springs in Glenwood for some pics and meet and greet, then we could head on to GJ for lunch (about an hours drive). If lunch in Glenwood is still the plan I can hunt down a couple of other places to eat.

Let me know.

Locomigo
05/02/2006, 02:14 PM
Two words:

Dos Hombres.

Glenwood West exit, then backtrack on the frontage road 1/2 - 3/4 mile.

Although, I thought I had read that the meeting location/lunch would be in GJ. Not that it matters much to me as I will already be in Moab >;- )~, just trying to help out...

WyldWeasel
05/02/2006, 05:47 PM
Gosh, thanks for the heads up, everybody. You rawk!

Maybe if we make Glenwood Springs before 10 pm on the 3rd we'll have a go at the Bayou. If not, we'll check out Dos Hombres on the way out. As far as knowing when or where we'll be we're going to be doing 760 miles tomorrow (mostly straight thru Kansas, but I imagine things might slow a bit once we hit Denver). And since the Proton I just bought has a tranny pan and oil pan leak, and some other things the Isuzu dealer here needs to look over before we can get on the road for a 1400+ mile trip, there's no ETA on when we're heading out.

But, that being said, they definitely know what a VX is. I had just pulled into the Isuzu dealer's lot when a salesman came over and asked "You want to sell that? You want to trade it in? Those things are rare, especially that color." He was very disappointed when I said I had just bought it and was driving it to California.

biju
05/02/2006, 07:58 PM
Lets plan to keep the date/time/place for meeting up in Glenwood on Monday.

As far as eats - I'm completely cool with eating in Grand Junction as an alternative. Consensus says?..?..?..

Bimati - if we end up eating in your stomping grounds, got any good places?

-biju.

Locomigo
05/02/2006, 09:27 PM
(mostly straight thru Kansas, but I imagine things might slow a bit once we hit Denver).

If you get held up in Denver and want/need a break, drink etc.. gimmie a call, be happy to meet up with ya.

303-478-7568 (leave a msg and I will call back)

Bimati
05/03/2006, 04:35 AM
I agree with "Dos Hombres" in Glenwood Springs for your lunch if it works for the group. It's good food, and plenty of space to stretch out inside or outside (although parking is tight).

If y'all decide to eat in Grand Junction, there are many restaurants available close to the meeting place, but we should all still plan on meeting at the Shell station on Horizon Drive.

Let me know what you guys think. I am flexible for anything.

WyldWeasel
05/03/2006, 09:09 PM
Hey there, Locomigo!
Hunny here with an update on WyldWeasel's whereabouts. Currently deep in west Kansas on I70, hoping for Denver around midnight, mountain time. Got a late start out of the dealer in KC Mo. Breakfast tomorrow, perhaps? On the cell at (805) 217 4695, call anytime. Looks like the Weasel will be up late.

Update from the Weasel and apologies for this thread hijack but Locomigo's PM quota is full :cool: :

Called, but got no reply. Leaving Denver hotel (near airport) around 10 am, will stop in Glenwood Springs (cause I wanna see the caves). Will try you again when I reach Glenwood Springs, maybe we can still hook up.

WyldWeasel
05/05/2006, 05:55 PM
Just a heads up for those of you who plan on going to Dos Hombres: Passed thru Glenwood Springs yesterday. There is road work on 6th street just off the freeway that might make things confusing for those who are unfamiliar with the area. It's certainly navigable, just a bit distracting.

On a related note, there is road construction through parts of Glenwood Canyon heading west all the way to No Name rest area.

The road construction mentioned earlier in this thread on the Westbound I-70 leading into the 191 turn off to Moab does indeed narrow the road down to 1 lane, and that surface was so bad that it's easier to drive half on the shoulder.

Had scattered thunderstorms last night all thru Utah. But the ambient air temp was very tolerable. It's really nice outside here in Vegas today. Sunny but not scorching. If the weather's like it was yesterday, it should be be very nice for Moab. But then we're talking another 10 days, and anything can happen before then. :)

biju
05/08/2006, 12:35 PM
WyldWeasel/Moncha/Triathlete/etc: Good info on the construction and scenic routes. Thanks.

I've updated the original post with the CB & 2-way channels. They are:

CB Channel: 17
Walkie-Talkie: Channel 9, Code 0

Still meeting in Glenwood. Still on 05/15/06. Still at 11:00am. Everybody's still invited. MOAB!

Be there, or be obtuse!

-biju.

Tone
05/10/2006, 07:49 PM
Can someone email me the street address of where we're meeting and maybe a phone number or two? I'll respond with my cell #. We leave Houston on Sun morning and will probably drive straight thru since there are three of us. See ya'll soon!

biju
05/10/2006, 07:57 PM
Tone,

Here's the info:

Where: Hot Springs Lodge & Pool parking lot : Glenwood Springs, CO.
Directions: I-70 West to Exit 116. (you can't miss it).
http://www.hotspringspool.com/

I don't see an address (other than a P.O. box) on the site. I'll email you some phone numbers right now, Tone...

Plan is we're just gonna meet, chat, pictures, wait a while for others to show up, and then probably just take off for lunch in GJ. I guess we'll just call Bimati along the way and iron out where we're eating, etc...

Rick (other GJ VX'er) - will we see you there? Would be good to meet you even though you may not go to Zu...!!!

-biju

biju
05/14/2006, 09:37 AM
24 hours, 13 minutes until we meet...

-biju.

pbkid
05/14/2006, 02:32 PM
hey im excited guys, gonna be real cool to see all those vx's cruising...yea you cant miss the glenwood hot springs, its right there next to the road, its huge...anyways, any additions anyone wanted to add to the list that was posted earlier? just trying to get everything together...might have to stop by walmart to pick up last minute things...

biju
05/20/2006, 08:07 AM
I was very surprised and pleased to see so many VX'ers make it to Glenwood Springs! Thank you all for making it! It was a blast, and very cool to see all those machines roll down the highway...

Those in attendance were:

Larry (Ldub - Fargo, ND)
Jim (Ldub's friend w/ trooper - Fargo, ND)
Jack (Pbkid - Greeley, CO)
Bill (biju - Westminster, CO)
Chris (biju's friend w/ Proton - Westminster, CO)
Kenny w/ wife (Kenny - Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Mark (MSHardeman - Basalt, CO)
Larry (LEG 01VX - Houston, TX)
Jeff (bimati - Grand Junction, CO)

Here are some picks of the event:

http://www.bijulab.com/images/moab/convoy01.jpg

http://www.bijulab.com/images/moab/convoy02.jpg

http://www.bijulab.com/images/moab/convoy03.jpg

http://www.bijulab.com/images/moab/convoy04.jpg

http://www.bijulab.com/images/moab/convoy05.jpg

I know others have more pictures than I do for this event. Please post!!! I'd love to see them.

I'd like very much to do this again for next year - so for those planning on making the trip to Moab consider making a stop for CoZu II !!!

-biju.