CLUB: FOL­LOW THE LINE

CO 4X4’S SPRING RUN THROUGH ON­TARIO’S MADOC RE­GION

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WITH THE FRIGID SNOWS OF WINTER FI­NALLY MELTED AND THE TRAILS BE­GIN­NING TO DRY OUT, the CO 4x4 club de­cided to take ad­van­tage of a sunny week­end to get out on the trails and shake off the off-road­ing cob­webs. Four ve­hi­cles and nine peo­ple at­tended the run, in­clud­ing Val and Cyril in a Toy­ota Tacoma, John and Janet in a Toy­ota 4run­ner, Mo, Chan­dra and Olivier in a Jeep JK and Al and I in the Jeep CJ.

Meet­ing at the Tim Hor­ton’s north of Madoc, On­tario, we drove north­east to the vil­lage of Cooper, then turned east on Ling­ham Lake Rd. Con­di­tions were some­what dry and dusty on the graded gravel road, how­ever the ter­rain in the area is mostly rocky with bogs and wooded ar­eas.

The road to Ling­ham Lake ends where it meets up with a power line ac­cess road. This is the start to the Ling­ham Lake trail. We stopped to air down and check our gear over.

The trail to Ling­ham Lake is usu­ally a wet and boggy af­fair at the best of times. In April, with snow melt and spring rains, the water lev­els would be high. The idea of get­ting stuck in cold water and mud did not thrill us and to re­in­force the no­tion, some lo­cals ad­vised that tak­ing this trail might not be the best idea. How­ever, the point of the day was to try the var­i­ous hill climbs and rock chal­lenges along the power line road. So, we chose to leave an at­tempt on the Ling­ham Trail for an­other day.

Here are just a few high­lights of a great day spent in the back­coun­try.

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WORDS AND PHOTOS BY QUIN­TON NEUFELD

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