4 Wheel & Off Road - - ULTIMATE ADVENTURE 2018 -

Af­ter cross­ing over the Con­necti­cut River via cov­ered bridges, pass­ing nu­mer­ous Revo­lu­tion-era ceme­ter­ies, and sail­ing by sawmills that date back cen­turies, we met up with mem­bers of the Eastern 4Wheel­ers, the old­est 4x4 club in Con­necti­cut. They have been the cu­ra­tors of a 62-acre par­cel of land dubbed Crazy 8s for the past 20 years, de­vel­op­ing trails over the rock outcrops and be­tween the trees on the prop­erty. Un­like most of the trails we ran in New Eng­land, Crazy 8s con­sisted of large rock slabs in­stead of smaller, loose boul­ders. These slabs were still cov­ered in slick mud though, re­quir­ing wheel speed to sur­mount the ob­sta­cles. And that was in nice weather!

Af­ter we left Crazy 8s the skies opened up and soaked the driv­ers of the bug­gies and open-top Jeeps to the bone. For­tu­nately we’d al­ready planned to stay at a ho­tel in Pitts­field, Mass­a­chu­setts, that night, so ev­ery­one was dry and com­fort­able.

Just over 100 authen­tic cov­ered bridges re­main in Ver­mont, giv­ing the state the high­est num­ber of cov­ered bridges per square mile in the United States. This bridge con­nects Wind­sor, Ver­mont, to Cor­nish, New Hamp­shire. The bridge was orig­i­nally con­structed in 1866, but has been re­built nu­mer­ous times due to flood dam­age.

In­for­ma­tion is dis­trib­uted on a need-to-know ba­sis on the UA. Driv­ers meet­ings take place each morn­ing and upon ar­rival at a new des­ti­na­tion. This is when Chris­tian Hazel and Trent McGee let the group know what the plan is for the im­me­di­ate fu­ture.

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