4 Wheel & Off Road - - ULTIMATE ADVENTURE 2018 -

The last day of the Ul­ti­mate Ad­ven­ture is of­ten bit­ter­sweet. No one wanted the trip to end, but it was dif­fi­cult to be sullen dur­ing our time at Anthracite Out­door Ad­ven­ture Park. AOAA con­sists of 6,500 acres and miles of trails rang­ing from mild to wild, mak­ing it by far the largest park we vis­ited on our trip. What re­ally makes this park unique though is that it is leased by the Northum­ber­land County AOAA Author­ity us­ing grant money to re­pur­pose for­mer coal land. This unique ar­range­ment is the re­sult of seven years of hard work and co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the lo­cal wheel­ing com­mu­nity and county gov­ern­ment and serves as a shin­ing ex­am­ple for other groups to fol­low in their own com­mu­ni­ties.

The trails at AOAA ain’t too shabby ei­ther! Steve Risk gave us a guided tour of Bar­ney Rub­ble, Thunder Al­ley, Scream­ing Jimmy’s Hill, and more. De­spite this be­ing the last day on the trail, no one went for broke at AOAA, and we were pleased to end the week­long event this year with all of the ve­hi­cles and par­tic­i­pants we’d started with.

We weren’t even back to Selins­grove for the wrap-up cel­e­bra­tion be­fore we started schem­ing over plans and ideas for Ul­ti­mate Ad­ven­ture 2019. Where will we go? What should we build? Even though this trip is only one week long, the UA finds its way into your soul once you’re ex­posed to it, and there’s no known cure. Not that we have tried to find one.

We love that Lon­nie McCurry built a Bronco for the SEMA Show and wasn’t afraid to scratch it on the Ul­ti­mate Ad­ven­ture. This rig had the most horse­power on the trip, coilover and by­pass shocks, and 1-ton axles, mean­ing that it put a smile on McCurry’s face whether we were in the rocks, the mud, or on the pave­ment.

We were amazed that Dana’s JL looked the same at the end of the trip as it did at the be­gin­ning. Ran­dall Speir’s skill­ful driv­ing and ex­pert spot­ting by his wife, Rachel, kept the new Wran­gler in one piece. The cou­ple even re­moved the rear seats and slept in­side the Jeep!

Adams Clarke and John Bai­ley had made a long drive to Maine to start the Ul­ti­mate Ad­ven­ture, but by the time we got to Anthracite Out­door Ad­ven­ture Area (AOAA) in Penn­syl­va­nia they were most of the way home. And un­like the West Coast res­i­dents, these lucky guys will be able to go back to AOAA soon to ex­plore more of the trails.

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