DAY 4: CRAZY 8s
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.