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Topic ClosedFall Colors Tours 2015! - Event Date: 21 Sep. 2015 - 27 Sep. 2015

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    Posted: 16 Jan. 2015 at 10:25pm
Welcome to the 2015 Fall Colors Tours in Colorado!!

This will be the 8th year of Fall Colors Tours, and each year just gets bigger and better than the years before.  This year we want to see if we can get over 25 Jeeps on the trail at one time.  And we encourage even those folks who cannot tow their Jeep here, to come along for the rides. 

Was your Jeep one of the lucky ones in this great photo posted by jpet, our roving reporter?  If not, why not get it included in this year's lineup?!!


And he didn't photoshop the sky.  It really is that blue!

Here is a short movie about our tours and facilities made by RealDeal (Dave) from Denver.



We are planning another grand year of tours for everyone to enjoy! 

What are the dates?  September 21(Monday) to 27 (Saturday). 

Where are we located?  Just a few miles south of beautiful downtown Nathrop, Colorado!!

So make your plans and book your reservations for another grand week of Fun Willys, wild weather, and beautiful mountain scenery! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jan. 2015 at 10:34pm
Lori and I are in Mike, and looking forward to it. Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jan. 2015 at 10:55pm
  Thanks for posting the video Mike, I had to watch it! Never get tired of it. Dave did a heckuva job, like you do with the Tour. You know I'll be there!  Bruce
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What's the scoop on the Willy Wagon.....never noticed it before.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan. 2015 at 7:58am
Glad you are doing it again! I"ll be there! Just seeing Jpet's face when he topped Aspen Ridge in 2nd was worth the trip. LOL, John
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan. 2015 at 9:13am
Originally posted by rocnroll rocnroll wrote:

What's the scoop on the Willy Wagon.....never noticed it before.




The wagon is Mike's brother in law.

Of course Mike 'found' the wagon for him.

Real nice ride but it smokes a bit...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan. 2015 at 9:25am
Mike,  My calendar is marked. Ruthie and I will be there.  Tom
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan. 2015 at 11:49am
Originally posted by Joe Friday Joe Friday wrote:

Originally posted by rocnroll rocnroll wrote:

What's the scoop on the Willy Wagon.....never noticed it before.


The wagon is Mike's brother in law.

Of course Mike 'found' the wagon for him.

Real nice ride but it smokes a bit...


Last year was a big year for Family for me.  I had my son, daughter, mother, 3 sisters, one brother in law, and one niece all go on rides with us.  First time I've had that much family participation.  I enjoyed having them along.  My Brother in law and little sister bought the wagon because they had two kids and two dogs to take along and wanted the room.  Kids are grown, but the dogs are still around, so now they have lots of room to haul other relatives.  They are trying to figure out if they want to leave it original, Clean it up with new paint, or mod it with upgrades.  They are leaning toward leave it original.
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Leave that one original, buy another one to lift, V8, cut back the fenders and add flares... that one is too original to mod.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan. 2015 at 2:41pm
Woo Hoo!! My calendar is marked in fat black permanent magic marker.  With 9 months advanced notice, I'm hoping I will be ready to arrive on Sunday and go on Monday's trail ride.  Looking forward to another awesome event.  TongueTongue      
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan. 2015 at 2:51pm
Originally posted by m38mike m38mike wrote:

  . . . My Brother in law and little sister bought the wagon because they had two kids and two dogs to take along and wanted the room.  Kids are grown, but the dogs are still around, so now they have lots of room to haul other relatives.  They are trying to figure out if they want to leave it original, Clean it up with new paint, or mod it with upgrades.  They are leaning toward leave it original.

Mike:

Tell your brother-in-law to keep the Willys Wagon's palomino paint job and lovely patina, but get it some Nicotine patches.  Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan. 2015 at 5:56pm
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Tell your brother-in-law to keep the Willys Wagon's palomino paint job and lovely patina, but get it some Nicotine patches.  Wink


Will do Fred.  LOL  They are leaning that way anyway.  Less work.  But he has GOT to replace the springs underneath it.  They had a nice arch at the beginning of the tours, but were sagging horribly by the end.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan. 2015 at 6:29pm
I just want to let everyone know that we will have a staff change here at the Thirsty Dirt Ranch for the 2015 Fall Colors Tours.  Ellen and Steve are moving out and moving on, so your's truly will be running a bachelor outfit for a while.  I'm holding onto the Thirsty Dirt Ranch so we'll still have the same headquarters and same great shop to work in during the FCT.  It's a friendly split, but a split none the less so they will not be around to help with logistics for future FCT's.  Now we'll see just how much work the FCT really is when I'm doing it as a one-man-show.  The show will go on!! 

I'm not asking anyone for help at this time.  I think it's a manageable thing.  I am thankful that everyone does such a great job of taking care of themselves during the week.  I will make sure the showers and bathrooms will be available as always.  My neighbor has offered up a 16 x 16 wall tent as a bunkhouse during the tours  so we may be able to house lots of folks on site.  The bar-b-que room under the porch will still be available for everyone to use.  And we'll still have lots of electric power for anyone who needs it.  So I expect that we'll have all the facilities we've enjoyed in the past.  We just won't have the full staff to greet and help folks that we've had before.  

BUT THE TOURS WILL GO ON!!!    BE THERE, OR MISS OUT!!!
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I am trying to think about a good Jeep project to work on during the FCT.  I am thinking that I will take all the electronics out of Electro-Willys and put it back to a working gas engine vehicle.  I have an M38 block that needs to be stripped and checked.  Maybe we can strip Electro-Willys and the engine and see what the engine will need to get it in shape to go into what will become the Chilly-Willys, arctic adventure jeep!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan. 2015 at 11:28pm
I'm sorry to hear about the split. That's never an easy thing to go through. Hopefully you're doing okay.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan. 2015 at 12:13am
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Schedeled that week on our company vacation calendar. . . Now just hoping to be one of the lucky ones in 2015 photo Big smile
27+ hour drive . . sure wish it was closer.
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Not going to be easy, but after Jpet's presentation in Hudson, it is on my bucket list.


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Mike sorry to hear about the split.    On my Calandar.    Plan on being back. My friend Mark wants to come also
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan. 2015 at 11:45am
Hope to be there subject to the usual uprisings, rebellions, revolutions and other words that start with R.  Other restrictions are health issues and tow vehicles. 
 
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