4 Wheel & Off Road - - ULTIMATE ADVENTURE 2018 - Harry Wag­ner BY EDI­[email protected] PHO­TOG­RA­PHY 4WOR STAFF

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!

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