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Toyota 4X4 Trail Rides - Toyotas Take Paragon

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Jay Kopycinski | Writer
Posted December 27, 2006

East Coast 4Runner Jamboree

Our group for the weekend included a wide range of driver skill and vehicle levels. There were also three new Toyota FJ Cruisers that showed up to run the trails.

Every summer for the past six years, a group of wheelers from up and down the East Coast has gathered to meet and hit some trails. Such is the history that led to this, the 2006 East Coast 4Runner Jamboree.

This gathering continues each year as the cycle of the wheeling season turns. It's time to see old friends and make a few new ones. Another year has passed, and that usually means new mods have been added to the rigs and the time has come to try new challenges.

This year, the event returned to Paragon Adventure Park in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The August weekend included two full days of trail rides, with a third day for those who had a little more time to play.

The group gathered Friday morning at the 4x4 park to split up into several groups. There were 4WDs that were near stock to partially tubed rigs set up with big tires to tackle the tougher trails in the area. We enjoyed a sunny day of running trails and saw routes with names such as Chicken Run, Upper Blueberry, Turtle Trail, and Rattler's Tail. The participants spread all over the park and tackled varied terrain.

As part of the end-of-the-day playing, much of the group headed over the Q trail, which is a hillside site of former NEUROC competitions. This nasty slope has some huge boulders and rock slabs, with some gaping holes sprinkled in to make it more interesting. About a half dozen rigs attempted and conquered this challenging hillside, some not without significant effort.

Saturday was another good wheeling day, and the group had grown in size as other participants arrived. The afternoon threw a few light showers our way, but not enough to dampen our trail spirits. We managed to find a bit of mud on some of the trails, and some guys dove right into the slop.

Given the number of vehicles and trail miles covered, the carnage for the weekend was fairly reasonable. There was some knuckle damage on one Toy's axle and a broken sector shaft on a steering box. A couple of tire problems and a leaf spring repair were also a part of the weekend. Most repairs were easily handled in camp and didn't stop anybody from wheeling the rest of the weekend.

There's already talk of next year's event and the event name will most likely be changed to the East Coast Toyota 4x4 Jamboree. You can contact organizer Allen Dickenson at fort.knox@verizon.net for more info. Maybe we'll see you there.

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