Perfect Wheeling WeekendMy perfect wheeling weekend? Miles and miles and miles of dirt that requires four- wheel drive, completely loaded down with camping gear, kayaks, and fishing poles, my family of four loaded up in the truck and no cell phone service for miles. That’s my perfect wheeling.
You asked for my perfect wheeling weekend and here it is: the Rubicon Trail. I’ve wheeled it many times over the last 20 years and it never gets old. I love everything about it, even when I pretzel parts. To me there’s nowhere else like it. A few cold ones around the campfire in the evening always rounds out a perfect day.
My perfect wheeling weekend is in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The first time I wheeled the area I was hooked and I’ve returned many times. Imogene Pass is my favorite, but Black Bear and Poughkeepsie are also my top trails. The switchbacks on Black Bear as it drops into Telluride still get my heart racing, Imogene’s shelf trails are attention-getters, and Poughkeepsie has an obstacle that has cost me sheetmetal a time or two. They’re all scenic, but Yankee Boy Basin is hard to beat for incredible scenery. I tried to get over Mosquito Pass (near Leadville) once, but my truck started shedding parts so I had to turn around. One of these days I will conquer that trail.
Windrock Park in Tennessee is my perfect wheeling weekend. It has like over 70,000 acres. Need I say more?
Summer stinks. My perfect wheeling weekend is on a snowy trail in my Jeep TJ. One time I wheeled a rockcrawling trail covered in over a foot of snow. That was fun. It looked relatively flat covered in snow, but it didn’t take long to find out that it was anything but.
My perfect wheeling weekend is every time I go wheeling on a weekend.
Thanks to everyone who shared their perfect wheeling weekend stories. One of the things we noticed about the responses is how they ran the gamut of wheeling types and locations. This is another example of how varied the world of wheeling is.
Memory LaneYou had an interesting picture and write-up about a Bronco and flatfender military trailer in the March 2018 Inbox. Déjà vu. We had a ’70 Bronco for over thirty years having sold it in 2004. From information that I obtained from Ford there were only four Broncos painted this color. Also, I bought three military trailers from a military base in Southern California during one of their auctions. I sold two, which had round fenders, and kept the one with flat fenders. I had it painted the green color of the Bronco. The flatfender M416 did not have a drop-down tailgate so I cut mine and welded hinges on so it would be a drop-down as you described in the story.
Bring Back Real TruckPlease!!! Resurrect the Real Truck Challenge. I would definitely enter with my dad who loves your magazine (as do I). We are both novice off-readers but love it. We live on Long Island (not many places to wheel other than the beach) but we would go pretty much anywhere for a truck challenge. We currently own a mildly modified factory yellow ’01 Jeep Cherokee (rare two-door), a fully stock ’77 Bronco Sport V-8 with 63,000 original miles, and a ’97 Toyota Land Cruiser, among a few others. Would love something in the Northeast. I’d really like to do a trip with my dad. Just my two cents. Thanks.
Are you guys going to bring back Real Truck Challenge or not?
We’d love to bring back Real Truck Challenge, and it’s always in the back of our mind. Since we often receive requests to bring it back it appears the interest level is strong. Our goal is to choose a location that’s centrally located in the U.S. and fit the event into a three-day weekend. Stay tuned, we may be able to spool it up.
Van GoMy ’94 Chevy G20 conversion van. It’s 2WD, 350/350, 4-inch spindle lift on 31s, 200-watt solar power, microwave, 12V cooler, solar shower. Mostly used in the desert Southwest and mountains.