The Epic Willys Adventure was the brainchild of a handful of adventurous and dedicated flatfender enthusiasts who decided to drive 2,000 miles across the country to reach Moab, Utah, in time for the 50th Anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari this year. Starting in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a few days ago, the “Epic” is turning out to be appropriately titled.
The group has suffered breakdowns, delays, roadside repairs, parking lot repairs, an engine swap, radiator swap, rain, wind, and one Jeep down for the count. However, the group remains focused, determined, and in great spirits. They got off to a slow start with lots of malfunctions putting them way behind schedule. By day three, though, after many repairs the parade got its first decent run, doing 374 miles in a little over 14 hours at an average of 38 mph. They are finally on a roll, so there was no way they were going to let a little rain stop them.
Our imbedded journalist’s last communiqué told us the group had just finished Day 5 and that they were able to make up miles even though most dinners were gas station delicacies while making repairs, and many rest breaks were at auto parts stores restocking and tweaking. They had made just over 1,000 miles of their journey, and had ended the day in Wellington, Kansas.
They have met lots of great people along the way, and even had some flattie fans catch them at a gas stop. Stay tuned to fourwheeler.com for daily postings during the second half of the Epic Willys Adventure.