Trail Report – Darling – September 2009

With the weather cooperating and a nice sized group, we made our way from Bells Corners, through Hopetown, picking up some stragglers along the way. It was nice to see Pat, Frosty and Scuba Steve return to the trail. With TJs, an LJ, a JK and Frosty’s Cherokee, we had the Jeep family well represented and the Lexus and Landrover added even more variety. (more…)
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Trail Run – Darling – September 2009

We had a relatively small group with only Matthew and Craig and Linda following me from Bells Corners. We were to meet Marcus and L.J in Almonte, and were pleasantly surprised to find John and Gina with them. We stopped there only long enough to do the paperwork then headed to Hopetown to pick-up Chris and Carol. Another brief stop, and we were on our way to the trailhead. (more…)
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Trail Report – Lavant – August 2009

Despite the forecast for thunderstorms, we only got a few light showers. It wasn’t going to be our first surprise of the day. With a guest along, Brian in his Black TJ sporting 35” tires, we made our way from Bells Corners to pick-up Mike and Ed in Hopetown and meet Trevor’s Dad in his YJ at the trail head. We spent a few minutes at Dixon Lake airing down and catching up, but were soon ready to roll, except my TJ wouldn’t start. After a few minutes of frantic checking of fuses, relays and cha...
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Trail Report – Lingham Lake – August 2009

With everyone packing-up their camp sites, we new it would be a late start and had decided the previous night to make it a short run up the Hydro line rather than doing the full Lingham Lake trail. With the camp sites vacated, we headed out to the hydro line with only a brief stop for gas. With 7 Jeeps and Nick in his sister's Durango, we started down the trail. (more…)
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Trail Report – Camp EOTB – August 2009

Well I'll try to give a brief overview of Camp this year as there are so many small stories that happen within the weekend. People started rolling in late afternoon as usual, Norm showed up with a giant 20'x20' tent that his Scout Group graciously donated for the weekend. It didn't take long to set up especially motivated by the dark clouds looming and a few drops of rain that were felt. Normally on Friday night we don't have a very large crowd at the communal fire pit but this year w...
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Trail Report – Scotch Line – July 2009

Looks like all fingers pointed at me to do the trail report this week... A small group of three trucks were out for this past Sunday's run to Scotch Line and Cookmans trail. John and Gina came with the big YJ, Mark and the Land Rover +2 guests, and myself with my TJ. Paul was scheduled to come out but unfortunately had some alternator issues to deal with. We met in Merrickville in the morning, waited a few minutes for any other trucks to come out, and then we were on our way. (more&hell...
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Trail Report – Brockvegas – June 2009

Well you know what they say, "What happens in BrockVegas stays in BrockVegas" well this one is to good not to share, so here goes. So the plan was to run the Black and Decker trail in my hometown of Brockville, meeting time was set for 10:30am. I thought I should show up early to be the first one there to greet people. Dashed to find H3 Bob and Linda were already there by 10am followed shortly by Paul with a gaggle of kids. We ended with 10 trucks in total and headed to the trail. (m...
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Trail Report – Carp – June 2009

The weather seemed to be cooperating when we gathered at Bells Corners. We were pleased to see John and Gina return for another run with the club, and that Steve joined us for his first run of the season. With the paperwork taken care of we made our way to the trail head where Steve and John unloaded their Jeep and the customary pre-trail rituals were performed. (more…)
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Trail Report – Gorge – June 2009

Well they weren't promising good weather and it was the first Saturday trail run that we hosted in a long time so I wasn't too sure who would show up. Then I forgot that I had to attend a BBQ at my Sisters in Athens that evening, the odds weren't looking good. At the last minute my wife Carol decided to attend in Her Rubicon, it would be Her first trail run of the season and Her first time off-roading in Her Little Blue Stock Rubicon. My Son and I left Brockville at 7:45am in a light rai...
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Weir Bug Cloud Tour 2009

hos⋅pi⋅tal⋅i⋅ty [hos-pi-tal-i-tee] 1. the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strange people that have a passion for off-roading. 2. the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strange off-roader types in a warm, friendly, generous way. 3. example: the Weir Bug Cloud Tour as hosted by Rod's Family. (more…)
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Trail Report – Lavant – May 2009

I found myself leading once again. The fun started with a call from Pat at 8:45am wondering where everyone was. I guess he was a little anxious to get on the trails. When I arrived at Bells Corners, it was clear we would be a large groups. In addition to Pat, three others were out for their first run of the season with Mike back from India, Jerry hobling in and out of the Explorer and Jason wanting to test his Liberty after a years worth of withdrawal. (more…)
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Trail Report – Newbie Run – April 2009

We had an excellent turnout for the Newbie run on Sunday and although it was cloudy, we only got occasional drizzle. We welcomed a wide variety of trucks including an FJ Cruiser, Dakota, Ranger, Discovery, Lexus, Grand Vitara, Frosty's Cherokee and a handful of TJs. Many of these trucks had returned for more abuse after last weeks run to the Gorge. After a quick assessment of the trucks and signing all the paperwork, we headed off to Mumford's to collect Chris, Cam and Ed before making our t...
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Trail Report – Gorge – April 2009

We could not ask for a better day to hold the 2009 season opener. The weather was a little cool in the morning to get us started but soon warmed to a very nice spring day. Seventeen trucks showed up at the usual Bell’s Corners meeting place where we completed the paper work, inspected the trucks, exchanged some conversation and headed off to the trail. (more…)
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Trail Report – Darling (Second Attempt) – November 2008

With Jerry not finding his parts in time, and others squirreling their Jeeps away at the first sight of snow, we had a very small group on Sunday. Two trucks, in fact, when we left Bells Corners at 9:30am. With just Nick and I showing up in the parking lot, we decided to take advantage of the small group and hit the Rock Coady Trail on our way to Darling. (more…)
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Trail Report – Darling (First Attempt) – November 2008

We had a small group this morning. I originally expected half-a-dozen trucks for today's trail run, but only three of us met at Bell's Corners. Jerry, who was eager to take the explorer on its inaugural trail run, Doug and I set out for the trail. With a small group, we figured we'd have time to check out Rock Coady trail on the way to Darling, so we changed our plans a little. We headed out down the Queensway and exited on March Road (44). After making the corner, kept an eye on the rear vi...
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Trail Report – Crag Lake – October 2008

With club members recovering from thanksgiving dinner, we had a small group for the trail run on Monday. We left Bells Corners with 7 trucks and a minivan, collecting an 8th along the way. We made our way to Munford's to see if anyone else would join us and wait for Frosty and Nick that had deverted from the group to stop for gas. It was at this point that we convinced Sheila to park the minivan and hop in with the others. (more…)
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Trail Report – Gorge – October 8 2008

What can i say, The Gorge... We started out the morning at Zellers with 2 YJ's, 2 TJ's, 1 JK, 1 XJ, 1 Toyota, 1 Dodge pickup and a Suzuki Swift. We left and headed our way to the gorge pre area where we picked up one more TJ and a tubed buggy. We aired down, talked and finally made our way to the trail. (more…)
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Trail Report – Rusty Bat – September 2008

Another early morning meeting in Bells Corners found 5 trucks ready and waiting for Serge. When it was clear that Serge was a no-show, we made our way to Calabogie, where we were to meet Al at Munford's. It was a slow drive down Calabogie Rd, as there were no less than 20 Hydro trucks repair the power lines along the road. To our surprise, we found Serge waiting there with Al. Guess he was coming along after all. We made our way to the trail head where we prepared for the trail. We arrived just ...
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Trail Report – Straddlebug – September 2008

If there's one thing that can be said about trail run's with the EOTB, it's "expect the unexpected". If you were following the mailing list leading up to this trail run, then you know that the Straddlebug trail is pretty tame, not too technical, perhaps even boring. For this reason, I was expecting a relatively simple in-and-out trail run. Silly me. I set expectations. (more…)
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Trail Report – Carp Night Run – September 2008

I will tell you a story about a trail run that should have been 2 to 3 hours long and turned out to be 6.5 hrs long. We met at the Zellers in Bells Corners for 19:00. We had to wait for Serge, who arrived at 19:45. We left the parking lot and started our trip to Carp and Timmy's. Lol. Nick took the lead because my GPS was not awake yet, and having done the run at night only, I wasn't sure exactly where I was going. I took the lead in Carp when my GPS found the road from the night bef...
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Trail Report – Griffith – Camp EOTB 2008

After some mild confusion, a fuel stop and a few wrong turns by some members of the group, we found our way to the Griffith trail head. We stopped for a moment to air down when Pat realized the linkage for the transfer case hadn't been reconnected after his last service stop. After a few choice words about the dealer mechanic's competency, it took Pat and I under the truck, and some tools handed down by Redneck, about 10-15 minutes to reseat the linkage so we could get under way. For the mos...
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