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Four Wheeling - Trail Mud & Good Old Fun

Posted in Features on October 1, 2002
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The tradition continues. With tough trails and action-packed adventure, the Two Rivers Jeep Club held its highly successful 1st annual Illinois 4x4 Safari in its hometown of Pittsfield, Illinois. The 4x4 Safari replaced the Land of Lincoln Jeep Jamboree that had run for nine years. The Two Rivers Jeep Club will carry on this time-honored 'wheeling event with complete sponsorship and support. Similar to past events, the 4x4 Safari attracted participants from across the nation with the lure of awesome trailruns, great fun, all-out adventure, and a chance to flaunt their four-wheeling skills to their fellow Jeepers.

The Two Rivers Jeep Club and the landowners of Pike County worked very hard to prepare for this highly organized thrill-a-minute 4x4 extravaganza. The club members and landowners carry on a legacy that has lasted more than 10 years, building trails, supporting one another, and creating an event that helps bring in some much-needed revenue, benefiting everyone in the town of Pittsfield and the surrounding communities. The safari's raffle alone generated more than $3,500 to help local charities. These Jeep jamborees have not only brought together a great bunch of club members and four-wheeling enthusiasts, they have also stitched Pittsfield's close-knit community and surrounding towns into a 4x4 Mecca.

This unique two-day event is held in Pike County on private land available for use only during the Two Rivers club events. The 1st annual 4x4 Safari was a resounding success, with more than 225 participating Jeeps and 400 people in attendance from 10 states. They came to spin their wheels on the 15 famous trails and socialize with old trail-mates and club members. The trails had a rating scale from one to five, five being the most difficult. This year's safari, however, was more of a challenge than past events, because of 20-plus inches of rainfall. With the heavy precipitation, the trail ratings ran from slip-sliding fun to up-to-your-knees-in-mud while winching. The trails were choked with the slickest and thickest of mud, and the usually meandering creeks turned into a nightmare for river-forging. Yet with true Jeepers' grit and determination, all the participants hit the trails with smiles on their faces and mud flying behind them. To say the least, some trails were almost impossible to negotiate, yet were conquered, and the easiest trails turned into mud-bogging swamps. If the participants weren't experts at 'wheeling under muddy conditions, they were by the end of the event.

The 2002 safari will go down in the Two Rivers history books as one of the most challenging, yet it was the most successful event to date. All of the participants survived the two days of trailruns with the traditional dented fenders, broken axles, and a newfound affinity for mud, swearing to return again for the next adventure in Pittsfield.

For More InformationFor more information on upcoming events, visit the Two Rivers Jeep Club Web site: www.trjc.com.

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