DAY 6: NORTHEAST OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES & MILLERSBURG FERRY
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.