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Wheeling Western Massachusetts

Posted in Events on November 1, 2011 Comment (0)
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This is the second time in as many years that we got to go out to this trail located in western Massachusetts. The trail is owned by the town it is situated in, and the guys who go wheeling on it are concerned that the town will close it down if every Tom, Dick, and Harry goes out there hootin’ and hollerin’ and tearing it up. For that reason, we agreed to be rather vague about the trail itself. Let’s just say that years ago the trail was cleared to run phone wires into the town. While the wires are gone, the clearing remains and offers just over two miles of some of the most fun we’ve had wheeling in the northeast.

This is the very first obstacle. The road is just behind the trees in the in the background. We thought Eric Chevillet of Dalton, Massachusetts, was going to dump his ’07 Wrangler. It’s not as though the Jeep is that tall, with only 3½ inches of lift to clear 37-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers. The obstacle just walks you over until your rear passenger tire falls in a big hole. If it weren’t for his quick manipulation of the NVG370 six-speed he was a goner. The Jeep has the Rubicon package with the factory lockers and gears. The front Dana 44 benefits from EVO sleeves, gussets, and control arm skids.

The first time we covered it, it really wasn’t much fun at all. We managed to make it only a quarter of a mile into the trail because it was covered with inches of snow and ice. On our second trip, however, in the summer of 2011, the guys from Rock Krawler were leading the way up the trail and we were able to see the entire thing.

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