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Old 09-06-2005, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Official 2005 45 Roundup Writeup

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When I arrived at our rendezvous point, I found that John Alverion was already there, HJ60 loaded for bear, with his wife and daughter. John had been napping, but eventually came out to say hi. Land Cruiser Junky [LCJ] showed up about 10 minutes later. We gave up on Phil and went inside for a bite to eat. While we were sitting at the table, what pulls into the parking lot but Tufftorq's cruiser. Well I for one am very confused! I know Mark was saving his pennies up for our Dusy trip in two weeks from now, so that was pretty much the last thing I expected to see. A couple of minutes later in comes Phil McGrane [tlcfj40] and his sidekick Mike. And no Mark!

Phil explained that Mark very graciously volunteered to let him borrow his fully tricked out FJ40 for the weekend! Now I've got to say that borrowing someone else's rig is cool in the first place. But when you consider the amount of drama that these two guys have endured for the last year, it makes this situation WAY COOL! Kudos again to you Mark!

No sooner than we left the rendezvous than we managed to lose John in the HJ. And I thought my F135 was slow! Topped up at the top of the Grapevine and then we were off again. I skipped the midpoint refuel and decided to try my luck on making it to Stockton on one tank of gas [remember my aux tank is out for now!] 279 miles and 17.1 gallons later, we discovered that at 55, my 45 is getting 16.3mpg! WHooHoo! Even more amazing, once Phil had to cut back to hang with me, the carbed 350 in Mark's rig managed over 14mpg! Very impressive.

We almost beat Georg to his house, but not quite. Grabbed a great lunch at a local brewery and then spend the rest of the day doing cruiserhead sheit like drooling on Georg's uber-bling D60 front axle. Georg's hospitality extended to cooking us up a nice homemade dinner washed down with some Sierra Nevadas and we crashed about 11:30.

Saturday morning our ragtag convoy slowly wandered in. I cant remember everyone's name that was there, but there was Ken [I think it's KT40] towing his 40, another green 40, an 80 [much more on this happy couple later!] and Don [fc187] in his Cheby. I think we finally left Georg's after 11, sans peesalot and Mudrak. Meandered up the 88, eventually stopping for gas and some decent pizza just beyond Pioneer. Prolly rolled into camp around 2pm-ish.

Gene and I got our customary spots on the slab of the old cabin. Next to us was Jake in his Bronco [cruiser's still under the knife I guess] Brian in a super clean 72fj and Mike [65fj45] in that unmistakeable seafoam flatbed 45. I had barely gotten out of the truck when a mountain biker pulled up to me and introduced himself as Owyhee Jackass. Apparantly Dan had been the first to camp this year, arriving all the way from Idaho at 9am on Friday. Unfortunately even that wasn't early enough to snag the premium campsite by the slab. He and John Alverion had taken the site at the end of the road.

Saturday night we basically split into two groups: those who were bold enough to have a campfire, and those of us that weren't. The campfire group looked pretty small, so I walked my guitar over to the the lantern group, which included orang, twrecks, fc187 and a few others. Oh yeah, and then there was teapot! Teapot had spent most of the evening imbibing some of that red stuff that people of Portugese descent are SO famous for. It didn't take long for any of us to figure out that between all the "shut the f--k up"s joaquin was going to be the evening's entertainment! At one point, teapot decided that he was going to 'share' with us a small part of his family's history. Once I realized where this monologue was going, I decided to add to it with a little backround music from Alice's Restaurant. Twrecks immediately caught on and started feeding some of Joaquin's verbage back to him, while in the meantime Don was doing his best not to fall out of his chair!

Mr manny and Mudrak eventually wandered in to share the entertainment. Of course Gary, ever the instigator, brought a large burlap bag full of firewood and dropped it in the middle of our circle. Well, teapot took to the bag like a cat playing with a mouse, and it took me about .02 seconds to realize that we were all way too close to Georg's and fc's tents and that the only thing between that combustable burlap bag and Georg's tent was me and my GUITAR! Suddenly, the real campfire looked a LOT safer, so off I went. I heard the next day that even though the bag stayed cool, there was some heat between teapot and Mudrak! I had the chance to entertain both groups of campers with various and sundry tunes from my repertoire, and from the looks on their faces, I would say they were more than satisfied. There was no Texas music, and there was NO KUMBAYAH!

Sunday started out as one of the laziest days I've spent camping in a while, which was a good thing. John Pardi, Kent Kaiser [Rat70FJ] and their progeny rolled into camp sometime around 10am. I think our group finally rolled out of camp around 11am for the scheduled powederpuff run. LCJ made what turned out to be an excellent decision and left his LV in camp and rode shotgun with me. We took an early lunch at the log cabin and then rolled up to the shale where we usually take the group photo. This is when I realized that our fearless leader wasn't even riding bitch with anyone. The fawker that set this whole thing up stayed IN CAMP! While I was disappointed, I can't say that I wasn't also a little relieved, knowing that both Jackass and I had left our unobtainium FJ45 hardtops in camp.

We rolled up the hill to where Medusa had been playing in the rocks last year [which is what I assumed they referred to as 'the playground' only to find that there were several decent-sized patches of snow still on the ground. IN SEPTEMBER! Well the Knorr brothers had themselves a blast trying to drive thru that slush, while Mudrak had more fun snowballing his slow-moving targets. Ryan decided to try his luck getting thru the snow with his wife's FJ80. Basically like 5 seconds later, the right rear fender flare and mudflap were laying in the snow! Ouch. Once the cruiser gods were appeased with his offering, the 80 made it thru the snow and up to the lookout point.

We decided to go on down the road the rest of the way in search of what I am not sure. What none of us realized at this point is that NOBODY in our group had actually been down this road before. Well things got real 'technical' real fast, and the next thing I knew, the Pardi and Kaiser crew were turning around. I think if we had known the 'score' a couple more would have turned back. The 80 [edit: greenfox] wisely pulled off to the side and unbolted their running boards, one of them already having been slightly tweaked. I think they got them just in time,because just around the next corner my lwb leaned in and took out my passenger running board! Good thing I know where to find some more of those!

Word came back soon that the HJ60 had dented a passenger door, and it was obvious that this was no longer the powderpuff run. We wheeled and wheeled, spotted and stacked and made our way out to where we could see the ski lifts of Kirkwood. Greg's [twrecks] FJ55 had basically trashed his rear lockright by that point [it was ratcheting while he was going in a straight line at about the same rate as if he were doing donuts on granite!] A few hardy souls started the next climb towards the ski slope before finally deciding that since nobody was sure the road were on would actually get us anywhere, that we should turn back.

Knowing the puny merits of my F135, 3 on the tree and lwb on this trail, I decided to head out first, knowing that it wouldn't take long for the others to catch me. We all bunched our way back into the rock garden, where I proceeded to take out the driver's running board even worse than the passenger, and that was with LCJ and 55guy trying to push my rig away from the rocks. Double ouch. We made really good time on the way back, enjoying the satellite radio and talking about the adventure and our fearless leader [behind his back of course!]

Got back to camp around 7 ish, where the 'safe' part of our crew were impatiently waiting to start the raffle. Georg managed to assemble a respectable pile of booty that took almost half and hour to raffle off. Many good laughs, as many gracious winners deferred their prizes back to be re-raffled. Without a doubt, Jackass cleaned up, getting 45 visor covers, seat covers [thanks to Mudrak] taillights, a bottle of choice alcohol and a few other things that made his iron butt journey even more justifiable. By the time Gene, Brian and I got done chowing down on Phil and Mike's bbq dinner, we discovered that half our camp had already gone home, including Georg!

Our second night's circle consisted of Greg, Manny, Brian, Joaquin, Gene, Ryan[UPDATE 9-7: noob greenfox] [who brought a guitar, but just sat there like a poser with it!]myself, and Marcus and Kelly, who had wandered in late in the day in their FJ55. We sang some more songs, and passed around the bottle of Chivas that Kelly had won at the raffle. Crashed around midnight and slept in pretty good, until Phil decided to take EVERY METAL OBJECT IN HIS CAMP and bang them together! THANKS PHIL! We had a leasurely breakfast of coffee, danish, bacon and OJ before packing up camp. Helped twrecks with some coaching on pulling out his lockright for some open spiders, and grabbed a radiator core to transport down south for pvcruiser.

We took another shot at getting John Alverion into our convoy, but by the time we got to Pioneer, we had lost him again. Once we made it to the 99 we discovered, via cellphone, that John was in some deep doodoo, as he had discovered that his trail damage was not all cosmetic. He had a healthy sized dent in his rear driveshaft that made freeway speeds impossible. Oh, and I forgot to mention that for some reason, his transfer case wasn't engaging front wheel drive, so he had wheeled the weekend without it. Not sure how he managed in the end. We tried calling around on his behalf, but of course nobody was open for the holiday.

We made decent time back down the 99, still averaging better than 15mpg back to the grapevine. We split up in the LA dogpile that started at Castaic and I took surface streets back to the valley.

Looking back at the adventure Monday morning, I realized that was absolutely the HARDEST I had EVER wheeled the 45, I had smashed running boards on both sides of the rig to prove it, and still, there was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that resembled a scenario capable of taking out my aux gas tank. Now I am even more certain some bastard DROVE IT LIKE HE STOLE IT!

Props to Georg for all the hospitality and another great run. Next year bring your own rig fawker, so at least I can 'rig' it so you stay til the end of the run, even if you don't wheel it!
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...if I have to buy them from Trail Gear I guess I dont need them.

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Excellent writeup! Someday we are going to need to meet...I've got a guitar to bring and have no problems playing with others!
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how about next year i wheel over the smurf mobile?!
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Old 09-06-2005, 11:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I know that sumbitch.......he called me as he was leaving to rub it in.........all I want to know is did he play any Texas stuff for you guys????? I've sent him plenty to listen to........
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Originally Posted by lc tpi
...if I have to buy them from Trail Gear I guess I dont need them.

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how about next year i wheel over the smurf mobile?!


cause isabel won't be done nice write up and hope next year i'll be up there and don't worry mark i'll bring the grease gun
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georg posted a link to a whole bunch
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65-fj45, I enjoyed seeing those pics of just 45s. Man, I sure like the stance of a lifted SWB.

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i got issues with the title of this thread.

first of all, there ain't nothin official about this run.

second, what's the "45 roundup"?!

third:
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good write up and thanks for making me get better gas mileage
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I gave ya the scoop last night at the meeting sucka! CRS, eh?

LCJ took most of the action shots, along with Mr Manny. I took some stills in the appropriate places!

Being an non-TLCA sanctioned event, it was the perfect alignment of circumstances, my old rollbar being removed for its impending replacement with the bedbar from OwyheeJackass. Soooooo, I got to spend a day in the way-back machine, wheeling the 45 in true 1960s fashion:
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i got issues with the title of this thread.

first of all, there ain't nothin official about this run.

second, what's the "45 roundup"?!

third:
HE TOOK THE BAIT!!

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i got issues with the title of this thread.

first of all, there ain't nothin official about this run.

second, what's the "45 roundup"?!

third:
Leave it to Mark to say his account is the "official" account
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i got issues with the title of this thread.
What's the "45 roundup"?!
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Leave it to Mark to say his account is the "official" account
It will stay 'official' until Hair Kommendant writes his own, at which time I would be more than happy to change the title of my thread. Chances are, now that he's spending all his time trying to impress his new boss , it ain't gonna happen.

At least give us a friggen head count, ya slacker!
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Who ended up winning the High lift Jack.
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Mike, funnily enough, the guy who won the fancy 50th anniversary jack [I think it was one of the Knorr brothers] almost donated it back to the raffle because the color [chrome and green] didn't match his truck's paint scheme! Finally, his brother talked him into keeping it! Too funny.
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Thanks for the write up Mark....I know I can count on you for making it feel like I was there and really wishing I was....Just too hard to turn down 5 shifts of overtime
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