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Buggy Roundup 5 Trip Reports

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This trip gets better and better every year. I don't know exactly how many cars showed up, but there were about 30 buggies in the group photo and a few back at camp still so probably 35 total. Everyone was super cool. We met a bunch of new friends this weekend and had a great time with everyone. We couldn't have asked for better weather or dune conditions. Having the place pretty much all to ourselves helped with that many buggies running together. Those dunes were soooo good. I'd like to thank everyone for coming out and making this trip come together. Anna and I had a ton of fun. 


Here's the group photo by Neal Rideout.

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We attempted to make an oval camp this year but it turned into an "8" of some sort. Still a good sized camp! Drone pics by 619 Action Photo,@bp-guy


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What a great time!!   Thank you for organizing it and for all the introductions.  Great to finally meet you guys. And for taco night!!  



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What a great time, big hand to Pete for all the hard work that went into this roundup :rockon:

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We wished we would have camped with the group. I'm happy that Mike was able to do a couple of runs with you guys. His only frustration, is that yes the SxS's need to be in the back, because they can't run as fast as the big cars in general, but the last run he tried to do with the group, he was stuck behind a beam car and in the big long travel car it was just to hard to try to run behind them, without running them over and he didn't want to be "that guy" and pass in the line, so he just dropped out. Poor guy, it's the second year in a row he's been stuck behind a buggy that just can't move like the long travel cars. Maybe the beam cars need to also stay back behind the long travel cars? Just a suggestion after listening to his frustration. He still had fun.


We also stopped for a little photo shoot with his Tatum and this guy jumped in the fun. I got some great photos of him, I'd like to share with him, maybe someone knows who he is? I assumed he was part of the buggy round up...



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Some more pics...


Wednesday night. It was empty and chilly, but the 3/4 supermoon lit up Dumont!

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Thursday morning was quiet...VERY quiet. It was nice. 

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@sandmandan and I both had radiator cap issues (small leak), so we messed with that for a bit.

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Then we went out to survey those smooth dunes. They were difficult to read, almost like summertime, but they were so awesome. 

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Although it was just 2 buggies, Buggy Roundup 5 had begun!

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Back at camp, Anna enjoyed some sunshine in her hammock.

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Did I mention we had the place all to ourselves? :) I took my 500 out for a cruise.

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There was another group of buggies already out there camped behind the rock pile. One of the guys stopped by a couple times to chat. Nice guy and wicked car.

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Later in the day when the sun got a bit lower, we headed back out to make some more tracks and enjoy the emptiness of the dunes. Our radiator caps were still dripping a little, but if that was the worst thing that happened all weekend we were ok with it!

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We finished off the day with a quick cruise over to the sunset hill. We were a little late to the show, but it was good enough.

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Friday to be continued.....




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Friday morning camp had started to grow as everyone arrived and got ready for a morning dune run. 

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Friday afternoon camp grew larger as more cars arrived and we hung, BS'd, etc.

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We headed out for a late day dune run. 

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Tim's wheel/ lugnut acorn washers decided to fail and he destroyed a rim. Luckily he had dirt tires to put on so he could still run afterwards. 

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I took the 500 out for another spin. 

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Sandy the elf, once again, made an appearance this year and came out to party. 

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I turned in early Friday night after a few beers and socializing. I wanted to be charged up for Saturday. :driver:




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Saturday morning dune run to the North Pole...


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@louB tested out our hammock

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Just after lunch we brought out the scales and did a buggy weigh off. 

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This was the coolest wheelchair I've ever seen. So of course we had to weigh it. 

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Sat afternoon we headed out for a group photo. Big thanks to @FE135 for getting the shot.

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Then we went duning.

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Neal captured this awesome shot!



We stopped out near Talladega for a break. 

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Then we headed over to "the jump" back behind comp area and a few guys went big, but nobody was feeling like getting crazy. A couple guys played around while Neal and I grabbed some shots.

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Later in the day we headed out for another run and stopped on the sunset hill.

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After the sun went down the grills got fired up and it was taco time! Big thanks to Carrie and @bp-guy Tim for cooking!
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After dinner we had a nice hot fire thanks to @vegas style. He piled that wood on!

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Great times with some great people. Thanks again to everyone who made it out. 






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2 hours ago, dirtflickarooster said:

awesome pictures, and great report!

I was hoping there would be a picture of when I broke my rim on the jump!

Thanks John. No, sorry I was below the jump when you launched to the moon. Wasn't able to catch that.  

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I watched the jump.  Right when I got there.  Holy S$&t!!!!   Massive!! I’m hoping that Neal got a shot of it.  Biggest launch I’ve ever seen in person.  Told my son about it but hoping for a pic.  Sorry about you smashing a rim. 

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On 12/14/2017 at 8:10 AM, FE135 said:

Yea I got it. Still working on all the pics I took.


Holy Sh*t John.  I'm surprised the rim was the only casualty.  Impressive as hell.  

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On 12/19/2017 at 9:46 AM, sandrash1 said:

Holy Sh*t John.  I'm surprised the rim was the only casualty.  Impressive as hell.  

haha. that was just the test hit to see how the jump would throw us. We were planning on trying to make it further hoping to hit a little bit of the backside of the dune for a smoother landing. I ordered the OMF rim stiffeners that I believe you have. Unfortunately UPS says they were delivered, but I for a specific reason did not receive them. When I called OMF they stepped up and are sending me new ones at no cost to me while they deal with UPS.  If anyone needs rim products I would highly recommend this company.

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Totally cool event! Looks a great time for everyone. We'll be just finishing the installation of the skid plates, smittybilt winch and the new set of tires for the current Jeep project and I'll start planning for my buggy. This is exciting.

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