DAY 6: NORTH­EAST OFF-ROAD AD­VEN­TURES & MILLERSBURG FERRY

4 Wheel & Off Road - - ULTIMATE ADVENTURE 2018 -

On Fri­day we were spoiled. As the group rolled out of our sleep­ing bags we locked the hubs and aired down the tires and hit the trail with­out ever touch­ing pave­ment. You have heard of the farm-totable move­ment? Well, this is tent-to-trail!

Jon Mapes led us around the 68 acres at North­east Off-Road Ad­ven­tures. The trails are well marked, as Mapes and the rest of the staff at NORA reg­u­larly teach classes at the fa­cil­ity on driv­ing tech­niques, ve­hi­cle re­cov­ery, and more. We prob­a­bly could ben­e­fit from some of those classes our­selves, as we racked up a rollover, a bro­ken axle­shaft, and a dam­aged ra­di­a­tor at North­east Off-Road Ad­ven­tures. Scal­ing the rock ledges at the park re­quired just the right amount of mo­men­tum.

From NORA we worked our way east through New Jer­sey, New York, and Penn­syl­va­nia, through the Po­cono Moun­tains and along the Delaware Wa­ter Gap. The group crossed from New Jer­sey into Penn­syl­va­nia on Ding­man’s Toll Bridge be­fore find­ing our­selves at the shore of the Susque­hanna River in Penn­syl­va­nia. Long­time read­ers of the magazine will re­call that Rick Péwé al­ways tried to in­cor­po­rate ferry rides into the UA. In 2010, he ac­tu­ally wanted to take the Millersburg Ferry from Millersburg to Liv­er­pool, but the wa­ter was too low for safe pas­sage. For­tu­nately that was not the case this year, and we can say with­out reser­va­tion that the ferry ride was worth the wait. The only down­side is that we knew our week­long ad­ven­ture was closer to an end as the sun dipped be­low the hori­zon.

The ferns at North­east Off-Road Ad­ven­tures made us feel like we were in Juras­sic Park. Should a T-Rex have jumped out at us, we are con­fi­dent that Ger­ald Lee could have out­run it. His loaner JK is equipped with coilovers and by­pass shocks atop the Ul­ti­mate Dana 60 axles.

A bet may or may not have been made around the camp­fire, and adult bev­er­ages may or may not have been in­volved. All we know is that on Fri­day morn­ing Rick Péwé agreed to let Ian John­son give him his sig­na­ture hairdo. Péwé wore it well, if we do say so our­selves.

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