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    11th Annual Aussie Run - Radical Hill/Deer Creek/Saints John - August 11, 2018

    11th Annual Aussie RunSaturday, August 11, 2018

    OK, here we go again! The eleventh annual Aussie Run will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018. We will be meeting at 9:00 am in Keystone and run Radical Hill (or Deer Creek, your choice) and Saints John, returning to Keystone at the end of the day. If you want to go wheeling and have an empty seat or two, this is a fun event!

    What is the Aussie Run?
    Well, as some of you know, Iím an elementary school teacher. In 2006, I participated in a teacher exchange to Australia. Basically, an Australian teacher and I swapped jobs and houses for a year. While my wife and I were there, we were constantly amazed at how people went out of their way to show us their favorite parts of that incredible country. When I got back, I vowed I would do the same thing for the Aussies on exchange to Colorado, and the Aussie Run was born. I got a few willing volunteers together (you awesome folks) who had a few empty seats in their rigs, piled in some teachers and their families, and had a great day wheeling in the Colorado mountains. Iíve been doing it annually ever since!

    How does it work?
    I compile a list of volunteer drivers who have available seats in their rigs, and passengers who want to ride along. We meet in an easy-to-find place, match up passengers with drivers, and head out for the trails. Itís usually a full day with lunch on the trail, and returning to the meeting spot around 4pm. After that, people have often stopped for dinner or drinks on the way home, but thatís up to each individual.

    Things to be aware of:
    Every year, we have had more empty seats than passengers. This is intentional, as unexpected things happen and it would be really disappointing for someone to drive up there and not get to go. Having a few extra seats also provides a safety margin in case a vehicle breaks down. What this means for drivers, however, is that you might be wheeling by yourself. Rest assured, though, that there will be time to meet and chat with the exchange teachers at the meeting spot, photo stops, lunch, and possibly dinner.
    If you do get a passenger, be prepared that they might not be Australian. I organize the passengers for this run through the Colorado International Teachersí Exchange League (CITEL), and all members are invited. This means that the passengers may be teachers here in Colorado on exchange from another country (not always Australia, though the majority of exchange teachers are Aussies), or Colorado teachers who, like me, have been on an exchange in the past. Iím sure youíll find that all of them are adventurous and thankful for your time and willingness to help out!
    Also, please be aware that this is NOT a hardcore wheeling run. Most of the passengers have never driven on anything more difficult than a dirt road before, and what may be a routine shelf road to you may be at the limit of their comfort zone. The emphasis is on conversation and having a good time in the mountains, not conquering a rock garden or avoiding a near-rollover. The safety of passengers and drivers is a priority at all times during this event.

    How do I sign up?
    Simply message me with the following info:

    • your real name (first is OK)
    • what you drive
    • how many empty seats youíll have
    • a good cell phone number
    • email address

    Iíll send you an email with a map to the meeting spot and any other information needed for the trip. Iíll also send my phone number so I can answer any questions you may have.

    One more thing:
    THANKS. I could never say it enough. I cannot run this event without awesome people like you who want to share our beautiful backcountry with others, and are willing to do it without compensation of any kind other than a handshake and a smile. You rock!

    Kyle
    Mud sucks. No, really.

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    I'm in!

    Kim

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    Awesome! Sending you a PM to check contact info in 3, 2, 1...

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    Can't seem to figure out how to change the thread title (without editing code, anyway), but we decided to switch the trip to Loch Lomond and Chinn's Lake. Meeting in Idaho Springs at 9:00am. If you want to join, PM me with your email and I'll send a map to the meeting spot and other info including my phone number. Thanks!

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