The first entry in the 6AJUMR thread was posted by Trina on August 8, 2005.....it was the start of the planning phase that would lead up to our all coming together in Moab, Utah for another great week of wheelin'. 9 months and 25 pages of posts later, we were all heading to Moab to enjoy the trails, the scenery, and each others company. The week of May 7-13, 2006, was quite the week....indeed, I've never seen so many trail repairs....in fact, it might be safe to say that all the trail repairs I can remember from the previous JUMR events didn't add up to what all happened this past week. The good news is that no one in our group rolled (or if they did, they didn't tell anyone!).
But before I get into the trails and photos and stories, I need to thank the very gracious vendors who contributed door prizes that were awarded during our Wednesday night pot luck. It is great to be able to sit down with your friends and share some good food, but getting a chance to win some really great 4WD stuff is the highlight of the evening. A big Jeeper thanks to all of you that helped make this years run one to remember!
The following companies contributed items that spanned the gap from t-shirts to a 12,000 pound winch (and lots of stuff in between).
4 Wheel Drive Hardware
Tom Wood Custom Drive Shaft
Tough Stuff Products
Toys by Troy
Here are some photos of some of the cool prizes. Again, a big thanks to the vendors who helped make this such a great evening.
Tire deflators, flashlights, binoculars, t-shirts, LED lights
Ball caps, flashlights, skids, coolers, gift certificates
Winch rope, diff covers, LED tail lights
This year, for the first time, we took up a collection for the BlueRibbon Coalition. It was kind of a last minute thing that a couple of us suggested shortly before we all got to Moab. The generosity of our group was very heart warming. We collected $660 for the BRC. The BRC is an important organization that champions responsible use of our public lands. They help fight the anti-recreationists who try so hard to close down the 4x4 trails and ban motor vehicle travel on public lands. If you do not routinely contribute to the BRC so they can help keep YOUR trails open, I strongly suggest you consider doing so. It would be one of the best mods you can do for your Jeep and your future in off-roading. Thanks again to all of the folks that contributed to this very worthy cause.
UPDATE: On June 2, 2006, I received a very nice thank you letter from the BlueRibbon Coalition. It was signed by Greg Mumm, BRC Executive Director, and thanked the group for "this generous contribution".
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