2018 MONSTAH NOR’EASTAH!
L“This is as far from California as you can get”
ONGTIME READERS WILL RECALL that our last two Ultimate Adventures were defined by triple-digit temperatures that overshadowed the amazing scenery and challenging terrain in Arizona and California. This year we vowed that things would be different. Editor Christian Hazel took the UA back to his old stomping grounds in New
England, just about as far away from Arizona and Cali- fornia as you can get while remaining in the continental United States. New readers may wonder what the heck we are even talking about though, so let’s back up a bit.
The Ultimate Adventure is a weeklong wheeling trip organized each year by us here at Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine. The adventurers are members of the magazine staff, readers, sponsors, and UA cronies (off-road guys who use up all of their vacation and beat up their own vehicles to come hang out with us and keep the trip running smoothly). We not only wheel hard all week but also cover hundreds of miles on the pavement and essentially live out of our vehicles in search of the next wheeling destination. The trip happens in a new location every year, no trailers are allowed, and only the event organizer knows where we are going ahead of time. What we did know this year is that we were starting in the little hamlet of Wilton, Maine, way in the northeastern corner of the United States. As the participants trickled in, the rain trickled down, and while no one said it, everyone wondered if we would spend the week wet, muddy, and winching through the trails. Vehicle inspections were performed, sponsor stickers were applied to wet sheetmetal, and hugs and handshakes were exchanged amongst friends old and new— and then UA 2018 was officially under way!