For 2005, we ReUnInvade the San Juan Mountains with our FSJs yet again! The socially acceptable FSJ place to camp is at the Ouray KOA. We have a bunch of tent sites already reserved through Dave, the owner (47 through 53 originally set aside) in the aspen area (see map below). It is pretty laid back in the back by the aspens and only a short walk to the bathroom and showers. You are responsible to get your sites if you stay at the KOA or anywhere else. The best bet is to determine if you can make it to the ReUnInvasion and reserve early. Please remember: if you cancel less than 48 hours before your arrival date, you pay Dave for at least two nights any way. Here is the KOA web site: OURAY KOA You can reserve a site by the Internet HERE, by email to Dave or call 1-800-KOA-8026. Dave spends the winter in Florida and has left Ouray until next Spring. He can take your reservations from where ever he is, but it may take a couple to a few days to make your connection. Please be patient. At the time of this update, we have 23 FSJ reservations for the KOA. Reserved sites are shown on the map below. We currently plan to have social gatherings in the evenings at site 47D. Some members are also staying at the Timer Ridge Motel and other motels in Ouray. Pretty soon, we will have so many coming, we won't be able to keep track! Here is a link to other lodging options. Discounts mentioned there only applied to the 2002 Ouray FSJ Invasion.
So, this is the deal... This FSJ gathering is totally unorganized and unofficial, but that doesn't mean it has to be disorganized. We would like to meet with everyone on Wednesday and Thursday evening to figure out where folks would like to ride during the next few days. (there is a good link below to show trails of the area) The individuals involved can discuss their plans for the week. Meeting times and places can be decided for the trail rides at that time. No person on any trail ride can be designated "the leader", "the guide" or any name that gives the impression that they are in charge. All that show up are their own leader. A person can head up the trail and the others have the option to follow the Jeep in front of them. Each driver is responsible for their own actions and the occupants of their vehicles.
This will be our 6th FSJ gathering in the San Juan Mountains. FSJ Recon missions started in 1999 for the big Invasion of 2002, so the locals are pretty familiar with our gatherings. The trails are from mild to wild with most in the middle. Poughkeepsie is probably the most challenging and that is just on one obstacle with 3 approaches. We have seen totally stock rigs make most of the trails. As usual, the big thing to try and plan for is the altitude. Overheating and vapor lock are common. For 2004, we were blessed with cooler weather and rain than previous gatherings. Everyone that took their FSJ on trail rides made the full runs without needing turning back. In warm summers, there are some who get challenged with vapor lock issues. Be prepared to tune for High Altitudes.
on West side of Hwy 550
Official 2002 Invasion site: THE