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Medano Pass, Great Sand Dunes

June 16, 2007

It was a beautiful day for a Medano/Dunes Run. I was the only FSJ in our group, which I knew would happen, and on the trail at all. : ( I had no issues, other than running hotter than I wanted on the highway (topped out just over 220, only once or twice at 75mph with the AC on) but it stayed relatively cool on the trail. It was funny...everytime we stopped, I opened the hood just to dissapate heat easier. Everyone kept asking if I was okay. I told them when FSJ's stop, the hood comes open. It's just a fact of life...it's a Jeep thing.

We had one daring soul make the pass and dunes in his Suburban, and another in a later-model Pathfinder. One of our group had a lifted Rubicon...he did just fine. No one actually had any problems, just a little more trail in spots than they wanted to take their stock rigs through, but everyone made it without any major carnage.

The dunes were neat, the water crossings not too deep, and a good time was had by all. I did find where the oil was leaking...it soaked the bottom of my Jeep on the way home. Looks like I'm repacking a timing cover next weekend, in addition to the front hubs. :( Gotta be done before Ouray....3 working weekends left!

Mark W.