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Old 07-01-2020, 08:24 AM   #21
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I have done a fair amount of crazy stuff - here is the wagon overlooking the Old Spanish Trail:
Crazy stuff?

We drove our 2wd VW golf down Shafer Pass in Moab



when we got back onto mixed pavement on the bottom, I got out of the car and kissed the blacktop.
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Old 07-01-2020, 10:03 PM   #22
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Crazy stuff?

We drove our 2wd VW golf down Shafer Pass in Moab

That's a lot better condition, wider, and fewer tight curves / sharp descents than Cerro Gordo Road.

When Top Gear US ran their "Monument to Moab" episode, I kept grumbling that I'd done far worse roads in an Atom, which has approximately no ground clearance.
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That's a lot better condition, wider, and fewer tight curves / sharp descents than Cerro Gordo Road.

When Top Gear US ran their "Monument to Moab" episode, I kept grumbling that I'd done far worse roads in an Atom, which has approximately no ground clearance.
Notice all the guardrails and 1000-200 foot drop offs! The last couple of miles were relatively flat, but had very bad washout in a few spots.

We had to stop 4-5 times, get out of the Rabbit, and figure out what would be out path for the next 35-50 feet to get through rock wash. (repeatedly scraping the undercarriage.

We had no business being there in a Rabbit. I grew up driving in the woods around reservoirs in northwest NJ. Rule #1 was ALWAYS don't go along, Caravan with vehicles with tow ropes and winches.

I broke rule #1 in an area that could have killed us
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I broke rule #1 in an area that could have killed us
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Crazy stuff?

We drove our 2wd VW golf down Shafer Pass in Moab



when we got back onto mixed pavement on the bottom, I got out of the car and kissed the blacktop.
I hope that is 1-way.
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Old 07-02-2020, 10:57 AM   #27
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So I think the answer is, Alan, don't worry about it too much!
All done, it was a pretty cool patch, it actually had a plug too ... kind of like a Golf tee at a driving range. Maybe they all have this I never saw a patch before

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I hope that is 1-way.
No two way. plus many mountain bikers on the day we went down
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No two way. plus many mountain bikers on the day we went down
Are there enough spots for two cars to go by?

I have my own footage of Edewissspitze but too lazy to upload so I found the one below. It was narrow and windy. The lack of pavement or guardrails doesn't bother me, but I'd want to know there are spots to pass without having to back up.

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Are there enough spots for two cars to go by?
The first 1.5 miles (starting from the top) is almost 2 lane. After that is is 1.5 lane. There are a few places chopped out to allow a passing area. Vehicles going down are supposed to yield to vehicles going up, so I did have to stop and wait a few times for the path to clear in front of me. (had to back up a couple of times too so we could get into a wider spot) The last 3 miles were driving through (dry) river wash, so plenty of room, I just had to pick my best path. Pictures are from down at the bottom. I wasn't getting out to take pictures during the decent. The huge blue lakes were actually Potash drying beds, that was where we found blacktop again. it was about a 3 hour adventure
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