What an unbelievable event this year turned out to be. There were over 250 FJ Cruisers that filled the little town of Ouray also known as
the Switzerland of the United States. Everywhere you looked there were decked out FJ’s with every imaginable gadget available and
then some. I was absolutely amazed at the wide array of parts on all the vehicles. Everyone was excited and willing to share their
knowledge on how their rigs worked and what they did to make them even better.
I was lucky enough to be invited as one of the participants for Discount Tire and we brought two personal FJ Cruisers. I was riding with
Cary who is one of the managers at Discount Tire Direct along with Eddie who is a manager at our Phoenix AZ Distribution Center. The
second vehicle is owned by Rob and his passenger was Lee. They are both store managers from Denver Colorado.
Along the way in Arizona.
We brought extra goodies for our 10 plus hour drive from Phoenix so we trailered Cary’s FJ along with all our boxes of food and
give away items.
It was a long and somewhat boring drive on Tues the 19th until we hit Cortez Colorado. The mountains grew to giants before our eyes.
We have big mountains in Arizona (10,000 feet) but nothing that compares to the majestic beauty of the mountains from Silverton to Ouray.
There was a tee shirt in Ouray that said it all about the road between the two towns. It said “ I survived 155 turns at an 8 % grade”.
They didn’t mention that many parts of the road have straight drop offs on a very narrow twisty two lane road with no guard rails. It will
keep your attention for sure.
What a neat old town as we enter Main Street.
We came in early so we could get registered first thing Wednesday and get the two FJ’s stickered up for the event. Fortunately we all
pitched in and got our work done early so we could go and check out some of the trails.
We decided to take the trail named Ophir that goes over the pass to Telluride. What gorgeous scenery as we climb to the top
of the pass where the snow is about 15 feet high.
As we go through the pass the trail becomes one narrow switch back shelf road. The sides fall almost straight down several hundred feet.
It would ruin your day if you went over the edge.
Here's the FJ I rode in with the new Level 8 Guardian Wheels installed. They remind me of the FJ TRD Wheel.
We even saw a few Rock Chuck’s above the tree line.
It is amazing how there are waterfalls all over these majestic mountains.
With just the two of us we were able to run the trail into Telluride in about an hour without any trouble. What a great waterfall view as
we pull into town.