Trail Report – Bon Echo – August 2011

Bon Echo this year was a little more low key than previous years. We managed to get some exploring in but it really didn't pan out into anything interesting. On Saturday we ran the Kilbourne trail, this was a trail we discovered last year. This trail is close to the park with enough interesting scenery and moderately challenging obstacles to keep us entertained. (more…)
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Trail Report – Camp EOTB – Rusty Bat – August 2011

With a nice sized group, we left camp with the intention of running the combination of Rusty Bat and Calabojee Line. We began with our routine air down at Wabun Lake where we had to take a few minutes to secure Marks sway bar before hitting the trail (can you say foreshadowing). Rodney took the lead as we slowly made our way up the trail, playing on the various obstacles along the way. We deviated from the traditional path along the power in a few places to add a little variety to the tra...
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Trail Report – Geocaching Run – July 2011

We had a beautiful day offroading in Brockville today, but as always, we had a little drama :-) Firstly, I apologize in advance, I am not good with remembering names. I arrived at the Loblaws in Bells Corners at about 0845hrs and was met by Dominic and his two friends in his beautiful black JK. Bit by bit more trucks arrived: New member Dave and his wife, with about 2,000km on their brand new mango-coloured JK Rubicon, followed by Ken in his new mango-coloured JK Rubicon. Another new JK R...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trail Report – Darling – May 2010

While the weather forecast called for rain and clouds loomed overhead for parts of the day, We all managed to stay dry on Sunday, but we all wished the black flies had stayed away also. With a nice sized group and a couple of guests, we left Bells Corners and headed to Hopetown to meet Chris and Nick where we also collected another guest and made our way to the trail head. (more…)
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Trail Report – Lavant – May 2010

Well it was turning into an awesome day, weather wise, when I met the group in Hopetown on-route to Lavant. There were no blackflies at the trailhead as we aired down but the mosquitoes took over where the blackflies left off. We started down the trail in good time and all seemed familiar but then the trail opened up into a freshly bulldozed logging road. (more…)
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Trail Report – Gorge – April 2010

When we arrived in Bells Corners on Sunday, it was clear we were going to have a large group. With an excess of 20 trucks in the parking lot, and knowing that others would be joining us in Antrim and in Burnstown, we decided to split the group. With one group headed to Antrim, and to the trail head via Burnstown, we made our way to the trail. Having collected all the members and guests, we stopped briefly to air-down, disconnect and unload. Once again it was decided to split the group...
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Trail Report – Lavant – October 2009

We had a small group today for our trail run, only 4 trucks. I was a little surprised when I arrived in Bells Corners and there were no trucks. Knowing that a few trucks were meeting me in Hopetown, I headed out on my own. In Hopetown, I met up with Greg in the Dodge RAM, Brian in his Tracker, Nick and myself in the TJs. (more…)
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Trail Report – Gorge Pumpkin Run – October 2009

It turned out to be a nice day starting out sunny and clouding over a bit later in the day. Sure beats all the rain we've been getting. Most of us were still nursing full bellies from the weekends feasting and were content with a nice relaxing, easy trail run. We had a good turn out at our primary meeting spot in Bells Corners and we were all surprised to see Ian roll up in his Jeep. Unfortunately he had to pass on the trail run as he had his two sick little guy's to look after so he just...
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Trail Report – Fall Camp – September 2009

Well it was a short and sweet weekend.The weather for Friday and Saturday was excellent and we knew that Sunday was going to be crummy. A few managed to get up to camp early Friday to enjoy the solitude of a beautiful fall day. From what I hear it soon turned to concern when no one seemed to be showing up and that maybe camp had been cancelled. Eventually people started to roll in around dinner time, set up camp and enjoy a fire that was already well established. Thanks Rod. (more&hell...
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