Trail Report – Crag Lake Overnight – June 2011

Day One We started off the day with a nice meal at Shooter’s Bar and Grill in Calabogie. When I pulled into the parking lot, Grant, Tom and Mike were already there, and shortly after we joined them Brian arrived. We ate, chatted and laughed before heading for the trail, stopping only briefly to air-down tires and disconnect sway bars. The weather was threatening rain, but so far, we had remained dry. (more…)
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Camp EOTB 1 Registration Announcement

July 29th to August 1st, 2011 (Friday - Monday) - Calabogie, On   Back by popular demand, Camp EOTB is being held in Calabogie at Black Donald Tent & Trailer Park. Sites are limited so reserve now. Eleven sites (#’s 3-4-5-6-7-8-10-11-14-40-41) have been reserved and singles can double up on a site. The sites are booked from Friday night to Monday noon. Please note that you cannot book these sites through the park at this time. They are reserved under EOTB and you must reserve these sites...
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Ottawa Wing Night New Location

After the last Ottawa Wing Night and battling to be heard over the Bingo announcer we are going to try a new location: the Cock'n Bull Pub & Eatery. Feedback about this becoming our regular place would be appreciated. Hopefully this will be a bit quieter and allow conversations to be heard and give Craig the chance to talk with the group as planned for last Wing Night without being drowned out. More Information
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Trail Report – Lavant – May 2011

The forecast for the day was clear and sunny, but it turned out to be a warm but overcast day. Being Mother’s Day it was questionable as to the potential turnout for the run. Lavant is a great trail with a little of everything to offer the off road enthusiast, but with very few bypasses. At the primary spot, I was met with a good turnout of eager participants, including a new guest to the club Stephen in his blue modified 2 door JK. With the vehicle count at 7 trail rigs, 1 tow rig and 4 dog...
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Ottawa Wing Night Board Update

This week I will be taking the first half hour of wing night to provide you with an update from your Board. We felt it appropriate to provide you with an overview of our most recent board meeting… simply a high level update of the agenda items and our discussions - provide you with an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback etc. It is intended to be a relaxed discussion. Certainly nothing formal. We will give it a try to see how it goes and if acceptable we will provide regular update...
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Trail Report – Adopt-a-Road / Rusty Bat – May 2011

We came … we saw… we conquered! Yup that trash never had a chance! We had great weather for the cleanup and an awesome turnout, including a new guest, Nick from Renfrew who rolled into Munfords in his YJ. We completed the 2KM cleanup in record time finishing just before 1pm. That stretch of highway sure looks great! A big thanks to all those who participated. (more…)
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Trail Report – Gorge Season Opener – April 2011

After all the rain we have been having the forecast was calling for cloudy skies and a high of 13 C… it was exciting looking forward to Easter Sunday for our first official trail run of the year to get the off road season started. As most of you know we choose the Gorge trail as an opener for two reasons. One because we always get new folks wanting to try their hand at off-roading and Two because the Gorge is an “obstacles are optional” trail. We had a total of 21 trucks, 14 members and...
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2011 Season Opener at the Gorge THIS WEEKEND

Hit the trails with EOTB this Sunday April 24 at the Gorge for the Annual Season Opener! This is a great trail for new and old off-roaders, big and small trucks alike: just like the event description says, a dirt road runs through the trail and while some will play on the bigger rocks and bigger obstacles we always return to the dirt road so the group is always together. It's easy to stop and get out and take pictures or check out the obstacles and give them a try ... or leave them until next...
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2011-2012 Board Announcement

On April 7 2011 the board called for an election for all positions on the board of directors. Nominations were accepted up until April 15 2011. As of April 18, 2011 we have only one accepted nominee for each position. We will not proceed with a vote, the new board will stand until the next election at the next Annual General Meeting in spring 2012. President - Craig Jenkins Vice-President - Norm Matte Treasurer - Peter Strecko Secretary - Evan Croskery Chief Environmental Officer - Bria...
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Bring on the new season!

EOTB is ready for the new season. The calendar is set. The photo galleries are prepped. The forms are updated. Put your truck back together and let's go! Don't miss our first two trail events: April 24 - Season Opener at the Gorge - if you are new to the club this is a great first-time trail - this is an accessible trail with obstacles on each side - you can attempt any challenge or just watch but never be left behind because everyone returns to the main trail - come out and give it a try...
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EOTB Presidential Address 2011

Wow! Great food, great company, what an excellent way to start the season. I would like to thank the Membership for the great turnout. Thanks to our Board for organizing the AGM, the new location at Biagio's Italian Kitchen was roomy, the food and service was excellent. We had awesome door prizes, our sponsors have been extra generous this year. I would like to thank Dan and Kathy Trudel of National4WD in Smith Falls for being an invaluable sponsor over the years serving the needs of our...
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EOTB 2011 AGM

Saturday March 26th, 2011 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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Seasons Greetings

While it has been a few months since we embarked on any adventures together, it’s comforting to know that everyone will be eager to resume the moment the snow melts. In the mean time, I hope this message finds you and yours in good health and in good spirits during this holiday season. I hope each of you gets to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. While you are toasting the holidays, I would ask that you take a moment to recognize and thank those Canadians serving abroad who wil...
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Trail Report – Fall Camp – September 2010

Well the Weatherman was wrong, it turned out to be nicer weather than I had anticipated. We had a few Board members up on Thursday so they could do a little exploring on Friday before the other members arrived. From what I've heard they found some trails that warrant further exploration. Most of the membership arrived on Friday night greeted by damp ground and a wicked wind. Saturday morning we managed to get the groups rolling before 10:30…. am. Three groups were formed 1)-Six modifi...
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Trail Report – Lavant – August 2010

Well, my first Trail Report, I hope everyone enjoys, it is very lengthy for the shortness of the run. With a good number of the veterans doing minor fix-ups and members unavailable this weekend, I accepted the offer to lead my first trail run with Chris as my tail-gunner. I’ve been working on getting to know the areas we explore a bit better as well as expanding my GPS abilities. I had complied quite a bit a track data from the last few years but never had the time to do anything with it....
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Trail Report – Bon Echo Circumnavigation – August 2010

Grab a cup of coffee, this could take a while. We should have known that the day would be unusual. By 10:00am, all the trucks were ready to roll except Chris. While attempting to quickly swap his CB antenna mount, he found it to be stripped and a 5 minute job took a little longer than expected. By 10:30am though, we were ready and headed to the trail. We had trucks inclung Chris, Martin in Carol’s TJ, Nick, myself, Mark, Rob, Bob in his Hummer and Craig. At the exit to the park, Tom squeezed ...
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Trail Report – Rusty Bat – July 2010

The day started out with a coffee and some great weather, sunny and little clouds. The Bell Corners meeting spot had Mark W in his Discovery ( garbage bag window still installed, Brain G in his silver TJ (hooked), Paul D in his family machine JK (sporting the TJ's 33's as the TJ was down for TLC), with myself in a black TJ. Guests, Simon from ORA (Montreal) in his 35" Green JK, Jean-Louis (JL) in his 35" black JK and a F150 driven by Jeremy. After getting to know everyone and collecting mo...
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Trail Report – Scotch Line Ice Cream Run – July 2010

With the forecast calling for a hot sunny day we pulled into the Parking lot at Bells Corners. It wasn't long before Ryan and family joined us followed by Brian and his family. This was the group that headed out for the second rendezvous in Merrickville. As we drove along 43 the CB crackled to life and started to pick up Steve and group chatting, a few minutes later and we had visual contact. The park at the locks already had a couple of trucks waiting and with the two new groups arrival ...
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Trail Report – Gorge – June 2010

The day started out overcast and drizzly as we waited in the Bells Corners’ parking lot for the arrival of what turned out to be 10 other trucks. We were pleased to see so many of the newer members of the club and we also welcomed and signed up three guests for the day’s run. Shelley drove ‘sans’ Clint as he was heading to Ian’s for a day of slave labour. We were happy to see Jerry pull into the parking lot eager to head out - we had not seen the explorer since last season. We lined up and h...
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Adopt-a-Road Cleanup – June 2010

Thanks to the 16 members who came out on June 19 to help the club participate in the Renfrew County Adopt-a-Road program. EOTB has adopted 2 km of Hwy 508 leading into Munfords in Calabogie. We use this road so often on the way to so many trails and to camp, it only makes sense that we try to help keep it beautiful. 2 km doesn't sound like much but on a hot day, under attack by ants, wading through long grass, thistles and brush, it's a lot of work! In the end the work was done, both ...
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Trail Report – Crag Lake – June 2010

WARNING: The contents of this e-mail may not be suitable for all readers. They contain graphic descriptions of events, vehicular damage and other off-road activities. Reader discretion is advised. The events described in this e-mail occurred in real-time. Grab a coffee, this is a long one. (more…)
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Camp EOTB Registration Announcement

July 30th – August 2nd, 2010 (Friday – Monday) - Calabogie, ON Description Back by popular demand, Camp EOTB is being held in Calabogie at Black Donald Tent & Trailer Park. Sites are limited so reserve now. Eleven sites (#’s 3-4-5-6-7-8-10-11-14-40-41) have been reserved and singles can double up on a site. The sites are booked from Friday night to Monday noon. We have a minimum to meet in terms of cost to get the special deal that Black Donald gives us. In order to reach this we need ...
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Trail Report – Straddlebug – May 2010

Well it was a cloudy day, not real exciting but not raining. I met with the Wiz & LJ at Timmies in Perth and we then traveled up to meet the group at Munford's in Calabogie. Mark, our favourite Rover guy lead the group of 8 out from Ottawa. Unfortunately Brian had to head home because one of his crew was under the weather. So we were 9 trucks for the day. (more…)
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Trail Report – Rusty Bat – May 2010

With nice sized group of about 7 trucks, we left Bells Corners to collect the rest of the group at Munfords and continued from there to the trail. At the trail head, we found a group of campers and a couple of trucks already making their way up the trail. We took a few moments to prepare our trucks for the trail and allowed the other group to move ahead. (more…)
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