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Epic Road Trip – Day 7 – Poison Spider Trail

Day 7 of our trip was to hit up Poison Spider.  The mesa that it travels over forms one of the cliff features that is part of the Moab landscape northwest of town.  It has become one of the most popular trails because it has great scenery and because the jeeping is just challenging enough to be fun without quite being a vehicle buster.

All 140 photos can be viewed here and in a larger format- https://www.wanderoffroad.photography/Epic-Road-Trip-2019/20190728-Moab-Day-2/

The trail starts out with some pretty gnarly  switchbacks, and a few rock ledges that you must climb.

The we come to the obstacle nicknamed the “Wedgie” or “V notch”.  It makes for some great pictures.

It wouldn’t be as fun without a romp in the sand pit on the loop out.

Back in town, and it’s time to wind down with some good food, cold drinks, and stories to share!

All 140 photos can be viewed here and in a larger format- https://www.wanderoffroad.photography/Epic-Road-Trip-2019/20190728-Moab-Day-2/

Dual Battery Setup

There are a million videos and how to’s on dual battery installs so I am not going to rehash one here.  I will share my parts list, cost, and a few pics.
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My total in this project is $755 and about half a day of install time.
Scroll to the bottom for a breakdown of components, prices, and links to products.
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After the battery was installed, I connected all accessories to the 2nd battery that were originally connected to the single battery.  This includes winch, lights, sPOD, and ARB air compressor.
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I also ran power into the jeep connected to a distribution strip to provide power to accessories inside the Jeep.  This cable was ran through the upper access hole in the firewall that comes out behind the dash on the passenger side door.  This cable is then connected to the distribution strip which is mounted behind the glove box.   The distribution switch has (1) 40A fused input, and (8) fused outputs.  I  like the idea the each circuit is fused to protect the system and other devices connected.   I intend to reroute the JKU’s center console and rear cargo 12v cig lighter outlets to this strip so they run off the second battery.   I also intend to install a fridge in the very near future. 
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The National Luna dual charge controller is mounted in the center shift console with some velcro.
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My total in this project is $755 and about half a day install time.
 
Parts and cost
 
2nd Optima Yellow top – $280 ( all ready had 1st one and got this one on sale)
2 gauge pos/neg cables and connectors – $25  (Autozone Parts Store)
 
Thanks for reading….

 

Epic Road Trip – Day 6 – Trail Hell’s Revenge

Day 6 was our first day of trail rides in Moab.  If you have never been to Moab, you need too!  The landscape is unworldly and there is so much to see and do.  There are two National Parks 1) Arches National Park and 2) Canyonlands National Park and also Dead Horse Point State Park.

All 200 photos can be viewed here and in a larger format- https://www.wanderoffroad.photography/Epic-Road-Trip-2019/20190727-Moab-Day-1/

Trails on the list for day 1 were 3D and Hell’s Revenge.   After an intro run of 3D, it was time to start tackling the hard stuff!!  Hell’s Revenge is located in the Sand Flats Recreation Area right outside the Moab.  Even with temperatures climbing into the high 90’s did not deter us from getting our flex on.

The infamous Hell’s Gate obstacle!

Stuart Allum and Doug Jensen make it look easy.

All 200 photos can be viewed here and in a larger format- https://www.wanderoffroad.photography/Epic-Road-Trip-2019/20190727-Moab-Day-1/

Epic Road Trip – Day 6 – Trail 3D

Day 6 was our first day of trail rides in Moab.  If you have never been to Moab, you need too!  The landscape is unworldly and there is so much to see and do.  There are two National Parks 1) Arches National Park and 2) Canyonlands National Park and also Dead Horse Point State Park.

All 200 photos can be viewed here and in a larger format- https://www.wanderoffroad.photography/Epic-Road-Trip-2019/20190727-Moab-Day-1/

Trails on the list for day 1 were 3D and Hell’s Revenge.   3D was a nice intro trail for those members of the group that had not experienced slickrock before.

Mashed Potatoes rock formations

All 200 photos can be viewed here and in a larger format- https://www.wanderoffroad.photography/Epic-Road-Trip-2019/20190727-Moab-Day-1/

Epic Road Trip – Day 5

Day 5 of our trip west saw us moving 150 miles from Ouray Colorado to Moab Utah!  This was a day of driving and everyone had separate agendas and routes to get them there.

Before heading out, I wanted to get some night shots of the town and skies.  I got out about 4AM only to find the skies overcast, but I was still able to get some shots of an empty Ouray.

 

All 10 photos can be viewed here and in a larger format- https://www.wanderoffroad.photography/Epic-Road-Trip-2019/20190726-Ouray-to-Moab/

We said our goodbyes to Ouray, and headed out.

Moab, Utah here we come!!