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Re: Road Trip in my 2012 Overland

Thanks, it must of been beautiful waking up to such a view. I would love to take a trip like you did. Now if I could only get the wife to sleep in a tent lol.
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Thanks guys. The first two pics were taken with my iPhone. The rest were taken with a Sony NEX 5N. There may be a shot or two taken with a Panny point and shoot. Can't remember the model off the top of my head.

We just started going on road trips 2 years ago. I figured it was about time we got out and explored what this awesome nation has to offer. Doing the NYC, SF etc type trips is cool but we wanted to get active. After a while, all the cities start to look alike. I was born and raised in NYC and live in Houston, so I was eager to get away from the crowds.

So I started planning stuff where we can go hiking, camping and all that good outdoor stuff. The first year was a primer. Last year we did a lot of zip lining and hiking and climbed our first 14er. That was a quite a feat for us coming from sea level. We camped a night or two but still spent plenty of nights in hotels.

This year we added more camping. Don't get me wrong. We did not spend two weeks camping. We did a few nights camping, a few at a hotel then a few camping and then a hotel again. We did way more hiking and climbed another 14er. Only 51 more to go LOL!

As far as the White Rim goes, it's amazing. I believe the loop is actually about 75 miles. There are a handful of camping sites scattered throughout. During the spring and fall, you need reservations well in advance. I'm talking 6+ months. But July and Aug scares everyone away. Ill take 106 degrees in the dry desert over 95 degrees in Houston humidity any day. We went to Utah to get away from the heat, LOL!

Anyway, the average speed along the east part of the Rim is more like 5-10 MPH in the JGC. Very rough road in lots of parts. And lots of places to stop and get out and explore or enjoy the view. For our next trip we want to try something new, but I really want to go back to the Rim. Sooo much more to see.

Here's the top of the Shafer Switchbacks heading out into the wild:



Here's a shot looking toward the Needles district from our campsite:






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Oh and I disagree with comnjeep about gas mileage. I wish I could get 20 while off road. If you're cruising along well maintained dirt roads, then maybe. But on the White Rim or Alpine Loop, you're doing a lot of low or idle speeds. My worst mileage is off roading. Just make sure you start off with a full tank. And if you're not sure, bring a few gas cans. I had some last year, but never used them.


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Re: Road Trip in my 2012 Overland

Did you do the whole White Rim trail in your GC? I did it in our JK in Oct 09 and remember Hardscrabble hill being pretty rough. We just made a day trip of the whole trail.
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That was awesome, love the moon pic
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Re: Road Trip in my 2012 Overland

Very nice pics. Looks like you did a great job on the plastidip bugshield (great idea).
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Re: Road Trip in my 2012 Overland

Looks like it was a great trip! What do you think of those fog light covers? i love that look and am interested in grabbing some for myself.
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Did you do the whole White Rim trail in your GC? I did it in our JK in Oct 09 and remember Hardscrabble hill being pretty rough. We just made a day trip of the whole trail.
No. The Ranger told me that the west end had a lot of loose sand because of the drought. He said lots of 4x4s were having trouble lately and that they actually had a truck get stuck and needed to be pulled out a week or two before we were there. Since we were not wheeling with anyone else, I didn't want to risk it. So we went to Whitecrack and drive out the same way. I was kinda bummed so my next trip there I will do the loop.


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Looks like it was a great trip! What do you think of those fog light covers? i love that look and am interested in grabbing some for myself.
Thanks. I always liked the look with yellow fogs. The light output is not yellow enough to make a difference in fog, so it's purely cosmetic which I'm fine with. They may protect the lens which is a plus. But overall I think they're great. And at 20 bucks I can't complain.

BTW, they have a discount that runs through the end of July for their anniversary. 10% off using the code 10YEAR.


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My wife sent me a screen shot of the Canyonlands NP Facebook page. I'm not on FB so I don't have other info. Anyway, here's what info they posted about the White Rim a week after we were there. I'm glad we didn't attempt to finish the loop alone.




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Re: Road Trip in my 2012 Overland

Fabulous. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Road Trip in my 2012 Overland

Sorry your mileage sucked. I remember the rim having done the whole thing as you go down to the rim, you drive on the rim which is pretty flat averaging 30mph for 100 miles, then you come out... But that was a long time ago...

But your story raises the issue that you never know what you're in for in the wilderness. You could get 105 miles in and have to go back.. Then gas IS an issue!
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