April 21, 2018

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It was a beau­ti­ful day and a great re­lief to be out wheel­ing on a spring day af­ter what felt like such a long win­ter. 17 peo­ple and 7 ve­hi­cles met at McDon­ald’s on Hwy 7 and 62 near Madoc, Ontario on a Satur­day morn­ing for a Cen­tral Ontario 4x4 trail ride. We drove up Cooper Road to (you guessed it) Cooper, then turned right on Ling­ham Lake Rd, this leads to (again you guessed it!) the Ling­ham Lake Con­ser­va­tion Area. This pro­vides not only con­ve­nient ac­cess to the con­ser­va­tion area, but also the power line cor­ri­dor.

The road up to this point had been plowed as ev­i­denced by the snow ridges at the sides for ac­cess to the dwellings that re­side along this part of the route. This was the last we saw of a main­tained road.

We stopped and took pic­tures at any given op­por­tu­nity and this proved to be a real hit with some of the pas­sen­gers (and driv­ers).

Due to the cool spring there was still quite a bit of ice and snow around. We de­cided to ven­ture in a lit­tle ways to­ward Ling­ham Lake but got turned around at the River. There is a bridge for cross­ing but not big enough for ve­hi­cles.

Af­ter this we toured along the cor­ri­dor road and chal­lenged our­selves by driv­ing up a hill where we stopped for a lunch break. The snow and ice pro­vided a small chal­lenge to the group but none needed as­sis­tance to make the climb!

Nice view along here. Due to the time of year we didn’t see many oth­ers but did meet sev­eral small groups driv­ing ATV’s, UTV’s and a pickup truck. This area has quite a few cab­ins and hunt camps along the way. We stopped in at one camp to look around and then got back on our way. By the time we got to the bridge, Al and I re­called another hill that was fun to drive up but thought we had passed it. So we de­cided to go back 15 min­utes or so. We couldn’t see what we were look­ing for but found another small hill to try our ve­hi­cles on. This re­sulted in a few good photo op­por­tu­ni­ties watch­ing the ve­hi­cles flex over the ter­rain.

Nope! Part way up the hill the CJ7 stalled and wouldn’t start, so Jeremy used his winch to start pulling up the dead CJ, how­ever then his ve­hi­cle stalled and the bat­tery was de­pleted. Luck­ily by this time the Green jeep was at the top so we used a ‘booster pack’ to start Jeremy’s LJ. Then we pulled the fuel line off the carb on the CJ, and cranked un­til fuel came out again. Sus­pi­cion was ‘va­por lock’ or the pump had picked up air - ei­ther way both ve­hi­cles were go­ing again. By this time it was around 4:30 pm so we trav­elled at a good rate to get back out to the hwy. Pulling out the ve­hi­cle from the rear would have been the easy choice right? In­stead we looked for a rock or tree to at­tach the winch to. When none was found Jeremy of­fered to drive around back where there was an easy way up. This was in or­der to pro­vide an an­chor point at the top. Should have been a quick winch up and done right?

WORDS AND PHOTOS BY QUIN­TON NEUFELDT To­day’s cast and crew of wheel­ers in­cluded Paul and Colin - Jeep Sa­hara JKU, Sean and Joshua – Jeep Willys JKU, Brian and Jes­sica – Jeep Ru­bi­con JK, Jeremy Ella Ophe­lia and Cleo – Jeep LJ, Justin Jen­nifer and Amelia – Toy­ota Land­cruiser, James and Matt – Jeep Ru­bi­con JKU, Al and my­self – Jeep CJ7.

Paul pow­er­ing up with his new Mickey Thomp­sons. Vol­ume 20/4

Brian’s 07 Ru­bi­con

Justin’s well-equipped Land Cruiser made short work of the hill climbs.

Sean’s ‘Willys’ gets crossed up!

By 5:30 pm we were back on the road and ready to head for home. See you next time!

A wet boggy area was at the base of the hill, where I promptly sunk in and got stuck.

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