I arrived at Munfords a little before 9:30 to find Paul, Nick, Martin, and Andy our guests for the day. After fueling up, I grabbed a $2.99 poncho. We decided to wait five minutes for anyone else to arrive and as we started up the jeeps Tom and Tony pulled in.
It started to rain. The group headed to the trailhead and (most) aired down.
I took the lead having a gps and a winch. A nice fall drive through the forest to the first obstacle - Bear Hug.
Karen and I showed up at Bells Corners. At the appointed time, we left in a very orderly convoy and proceeded to Munford’s in Calabogie, where we found Tom, Eric and Luc waiting for us. Eric is a recent new member, but has done the Bat before earlier this Summer. Since that time he has significantly upgraded his jeep, adding 37 inch tires and 5.11 gears. Also participating as a guest in a silver JK was Luc. Luc is a friend of Eric and is also planning to join. Both are from the Perth area.
Earlier this week I mentioned that I was looking for a Sunday adventure. Evan was suggested taking a trek down Straddlebug and kindly supplied a recent track. This set the scene for Sunday’s “May or May not be Straddlebug” run.
The “May or may not be Straddlebug” run started Sunday morning at 9:00 with four Jeeps meeting at Loblaw B.C.. Marc was there in his CJ7, Tom and Tony in their TJs and Serge in his four door. (please forgive any mistakes with names, it’s one of the things I have no memory for). At 9:30 sharp we left Bells Corners and headed to Flower Station Rd. & the trailhead.
Your EOTB Board is happy to announce that we have succeeded in establishing another sponsor to support our members. Orleans Dodge Chrysler Jeep is offering a 10-15% discount of dealer Jeep parts at both Orleans Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Orleans, and Metro Dodge Chrysler Jeep in the West end (Richmond Rd between Woodroffe and Lincoln Fields). For the first time, this provides the benefit of proximity to all members across the greater Ottawa area., regardless of which end you live in.
What a great Camp this year!!!
Almost 40 members of the extended EOTB family – young, old, and all ages in between – participated in the Camp and it turned out to be a huge success.
Thanks to Paul D., the campsites were well organized and everybody who was able to register in time had a good spot. Our hosts, the Black Donald Trailer Park, were gracious as always, delivering wood and message by golf cart right to our sites and checking several times a day to see if we needed anything. They even provided a backhoe to assist Brian after his RV and trailer off-road articulation demo.
A total of 5 trucks and their intrepid owners met yesterday at the Loblaw’s parking lot in Bells Corners. After the normal period of chatting and comparing of fixes and changes, we left at 09:30 sharp and headed out to Hopetown, arriving at 10:25.
At Hopetown we found Chris Palko waiting for us with another 5 trucks, making us a mixed band of 10 stock(ish), slightly modified, and somewhat more modified trucks. After exchanging pleasantries and a brief drivers’ meeting, we headed out to the trail head at Lavant. Chris led, Tony tail-gunned and I made sure the middle didn’t sag too much (ironic in my case).
It all began on a soggy Sunday morning in Bells Corners. Five trucks, with their brave drivers gathered in the parking lot preparing for a fun day on the trail. The rain was light, and we were all hoping it would subside before we reached Burnstown. We left Bells Corners a few minutes ahead of schedule, and we were no sooner headed towards the Queensway when the skies opened up, and it truly began to rain.
We made our way to Burnstown, hoping the sky would rain itself out before we hit the trail. The rain continued. Hoping to wait out the rain, we skipped the usual air-down spot, and continued directly to the trail head. It rained. With our rain jackets and hoods, we aired down and prepared our vehicles for the trail. The rain persisted. Anticipating that I might get wet, I took this opportunity to put on my rain pants.
We had a small group for Saturday’s trail run, with only four of us, myself, Burns, Etienne and Craig B. leaving Bells Corners and collecting Tom at Munford’s. When we arrived at the dam to air down, there was a quite a crowd with the OVO Spring Fever campers everywhere and a significant ATV crowd. Having confirmed OVO’s agenda for the day, we decided that the back door would be feasible with this small a group.