Trail Report – Rusty Bat – September 2013

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. (mo...
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Trail Report – "May or May Not Be Straddlebug" – September 2013

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...
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New Dealer Sponsor for EOTB!

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. Sponsor ...
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Trail Report – Camp EOTB – August 2013

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. T...
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CAMP EOTB IS ABOUT TO BEGIN

What An off-roading long weekend extravaganza of wheeling and good times with EOTB friends and family. Run great trails all day, tell tall tales around the campfire by the lake in the evening, have a few beers and fix your truck all night. Where The campsites are full. You should have been contacted by Paul Dufresne already concerning your site allocations. If not contact me or Paul. The campground is at the Black Donald Campground (http://www.blackdonaldtntpark.ca/) on Centennial lake. ...
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Trail Report – Lavant – July 2013

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 tr...
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Trail Report – Gorge – June 2013

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 tr...
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EOTB OJC CAPS Swap Meet

Need Parts? Selling Parts? Just want to look? This is the place to be! More information here EOTB WELCOMES OUR OJC FRIENDS TO PARTICIPATE! Date: 15 Jun from 10:00-3:00 Location: CAPS Store, 571 Lacolle Way, Orleans, ON K4A 5B6 (see map attached) Venue: Gravel parking lot and grassed area of their lot (lawn) Swap Meet – NO FEE. bring all your old 4x4 stuff and trade it for someone else’s old 4x4 stuff. Or sell it to buy new stuff. Show n Shine – several categories such as fa...
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Trail Report – Crag Lake Back to Front – May 2013

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. (more…)
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Season Opener THIS SUNDAY

Season Opener 2013! This Sunday! (Mark G.'s GoPro shot from last year's line-up) This year's season opener will be held on Sunday May 05, 2013. As is usual for this event we will be travelling the Gorge Trail. The Gorge trail follows a 5km stretch of power line. The trail features a variety of rocks to climb and navigate and a few steep inclines with obstacles challenging enough for every level of experience. Most of the obstacles can be avoided by sticking to the road making this a good...
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Adopt-A-Road Clean-up THIS SUNDAY

Due to the likelihood of rain tomorrow morning, the Adopt-a-road cleanup and Rusty Bat trail run are postponed until Sunday 28 Apr. We are meeting at the same place and the same time. And please note, Mark G. has kindly donated a pair of free tickets to the 3D Advanced Screening of IRON MAN 3 on Wednesday May 1, 2013 at 7 PM at Silvercity Theatre Gloucester in Ottawa East. All participants will be entered into a draw for these tickets at the end of the cleanup. Ross M./Environmental Of...
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Spring Schedule Changes

Tuesday evening a few of us from EOTB and OJC went to the Gorge trailhead for a quick reccee to see firsthand what the road/trailhead is like. The road that leads to the trailhead is very soft and there is still some snow along the side of the road. Both OJC and EOTB have decided not to do trail runs at the Gorge this coming weekend. Instead EOTB will clean up Hwy 508 near Calabogie in our semi-annual Adopt-A-Road initiative. I just wanted to let everyone know ASAP so that they can adjust the...
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Winch Workshop Sunday

Winch Workshop moved to SUNDAY! Saturday: Rain and 4 degrees (feels like -2) and 40-70% POP not doable Sunday: Sunny hence the name Sun-Day and a few degree’s warmer (8 deg. Feels like 15) Bells Corners at 9 am!
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2013-2014 Season

On March 23 2013 the club started the new season with a bang with the Annual General Meeting at Biagios. We had a great crowd and prizes to give away from National 4WD and PJF4x4. Highlights from the AGM are online in our 2013 Photo Highlights. NEW DATES due to late spring: Members start this year with a Winch & Recovery Day (members-only) on Sunday April 21, followed by the Season Opener at the Gorge on April 28, and our spring Adopt-a-Road Cleanup in Calabogie on May 4. Our...
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Algonquin Land Claim AIP Update

Information for Off-Roaders The governments of Ontario and Canada have negotiating with the Algonquins to settle a long standing land claim by transferring 117,500 acres of crown land to the Algonquin. Another 30,000 acres will become a new park. The transferred land will become private land and the Algonquin will be able to use it or develop it just as any private landowner can. This is a multi-year plan with agreements that need to be ratified by the Algonquin and details yet to be deter...
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EOTB 2013 AGM

Saturday March 23rd, 2013 5:00 pm Biagio's Italian Kitchen, 1394 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, ON K2B 6R8 We are once again getting ready for the upcoming season and part of that will be the election of your board representatives; the first look at the trail run schedule and of course the annual general meeting where we officially kick off the new season. The eating, drinking and being merry starts as early as 5:00 pm. Please come at this time to order food and to renew your membership. You...
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Algonquin Land Claim Agreement-In-Principle

What You Should Know Important negotiations are underway in Eastern Ontario that should be of concern to anyone who uses crown land in Eastern Ontario. If you recreate on crown land, off-road, ATV, snowmobile, canoe, kayak, boat, hunt, fish, camp, geocache, hike, ski, snowshoe or cottage on or near crown lands you should get informed and ensure that your rights and your usage of crown land is documented and considered. The governments of Ontario and Canada have been holding confidential me...
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OF4WD Newsletter

The latest newsletter from the Ontario Federation of 4WD Recreationists (OF4WD) is now available on line. OF4WD works on behalf of members to keep open access to trails on public land, to educate, to clean-up and maintain trails and to promote 4WD recreation. Members can access the OF4WD Trail Index for a trail map with background information and trail status. If you are a member of EOTB or ride with us on the trail then you are a member of OF4WD. $20 of your annual membership fee or guest...
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Winter Studies

While winter is upon us, some of us are working on trucks and some of us are studying up to get our Amateur Radio licences. There are a couple of advantages to having our trail leaders equipped with amateur radios: Amateur radios can transmit at much higher power (250 watts with Basic certificate) than CB radio (4 watts maximum), which means greater distances with ground wave propagation Amateur radios have access to repeaters that can increase the range of the radio, even at low power, by ...
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Winter 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year EOTB Ski / Snowboard Day at Calabogie Peaks - Saturday Feb 2 2013 EOTB Snowtubing Day at Edelweiss - Sunday Feb 24 2013 EOTB Annual General Meeting - Saturday Mar 23 2013 Stay tuned for more winter social and off-roading events Just a reminder that as a courtesy to our friends with snowmobiles, please stay off groomed trails during the winter months. They only get the trails for a short time each year and you can be charged with trespassing. I...
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Adopt-a-Road Clean-up & Club BBQ Report

Honestly I was getting a little anxious with all the rain coming down hard on Friday evening, that we would have to postpone the adopt-a-road cleanup. But come Saturday morning, the skies cleared up just as forecast. We didn't get as many cleanup volunteers as we had in the spring, but we certainly had enough enthusiastic members to get the job done. We met early at Loblaws in Bells Corners and we were on the road by 0900hrs. At Munford's in Calabogie we met Peter Z and his family. We broke i...
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Trail Report – Calabogie Line – September 2012

Meeting at Bells Corner on an overcast day, there were already a couple trucks ready to go. Greg made a grand entrance through the flock of sea gulls basking in the pavement heat. For a few brief moments it reminded me Alfred Hitchcock's, The Birds. They weren't deterred and resumed their basking although they seemed to be discussing the next move against Greg. After some banter, a few more trucks arrived bringing us to 6 trucks. Pierre in his Liberty, Greg, Christoph, and myself were flyi...
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EOTB Fall Camp 2012

September 21 through September 23 EOTB Fall Camp is an informal gathering of EOTB members at Black Donald Tent and Trailer Park with the express purpose of off-roading. This is not coordinated by the club: if you wish to attend you should contact the campground directly at http://www.blackdonaldtntpark.ca/ to book a site for Friday September 21 and/or Saturday September 22. Please bring your own food and equipment. The club does not collect money for this event nor pay for your camp site....
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Trail Report – Quinn – September 2012

It was a last minute decision. When I say last minute, friday night. Mark W. talked to me about the Quinn. "Hey!" I said. "The rear of the Jeep are on jackstand waiting for 2 new shocks. So what! Let's put them back and let's goe wheeling. It will be fun." Arrived in Munford at 10am and OJC was there. I was waiting for Mark W. Tom was there. And Paul D Showed up. Great! So we went. As a tradition, we got lost leaving the dam to go to Quinn. Funny! We did a few loops me and Paul before...
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