Day 7 of Ultimate Adventure 2014 started off with an early morning breakfast cooked up by the UA Cronies who slaved through the night to continue this rich Ultimate Adventure tradition. Once our bellies were full, we loaded up and headed out of the Hopewell Winery in Pittsfield, Illinois for our last road day of Ultimate Adventure. This was no ordinary road day though as this was the 4th of July and we would be celebrating our country’s Independence by exercising our freedom to road through this great land that is the United States of America.
Up until this day, most of our Ultimate Adventure road days were spent playing Hurry Up and Wait and Guess How Long Pewe’s former Ultimate Adventure Jeep CJ-17 Can Make It on a Tank of Fuel. Much to our surprise, this day was very much like Senior Ditch Day in high school. There were plenty of shenanigans to go around and even a few ferry rides where we got to make history as we crossed the Mighty Mississippi River on a ferry not just once, but twice! This is something Rick Pewe had been trying to accomplish for the past 14 years and this year, we finally made that dream come true. Oh yeah, Tom Boyd, also known as Tommyhawk also got to pelt most of us with a genius long range water balloon slingshot.
After stopping in Florissant, Missouri, Pewe informed us that we would be stopping at a Dollar Store to buy gifts for our gift exchange during our Victory Dinner. Some of us quickly went for the most useless crap we could buy while others went for very thoughtful gifts like Ice Cream. It surprised us that someone would be nice enough to buy a tub of Ice Cream for someone else but then we realized that this was the Ultimate Adventure crew we were talking about and there was no rules about practical jokes. Remember that ice cream melts pretty fast when left out in the heat. Word to the wise, if Tommyhawk offers you ice cream, avoid at all cost.
After our mid-day shenanigans, we saddled up and rode out west following Pewe into the unknown and while none of us had any clue where we were going, we could have never imagined we would be stopping at a little shop called Bigfoot 4x4 Inc. This is the home to the most iconic 4x4 of all time, Bob Chandler’s Bigfoot Monster Truck!
Most of us grew up dreaming about sliding behind the wheel of Bigfoot and letting that big block Ford scream as we sailed over or smashed through a row of old useless junk cars. Actually getting to meet the original Monster Truck in person was flat out amazing. This is the truck that started it all for a lot of us so it’s no surprise that most of us were walking around the shop like little kids at Disneyland for the first time.
While meeting Bigfoot could not possibly be topped, Pewe had another surprise for us all, a traditional stop at a Military Surplus store. Not surprisingly, we all left the store with arm loads of cool new stuff for our next camping trip or our off-road rigs.
Check out how we celebrated Independence on the 4th of July during Ultimate Adventure 2014!