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Day 4 of Ultimate Adventure 2018 #UA2018

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2018 on June 28, 2018
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Photographers: 4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff

Traditionally the Ultimate Adventure has alternated between “wheeling days” that are spent with the hubs locked and the Falken tires aired down, and “road days” that covered hundreds of miles of backroads en route to the next wheeling location. This year has been different though, as each day has covered miles on pavement, but has also necessitated a shift into low range. Day 4 was no different, as the day started by breaking down camp and traveling back roads through the lush New England forest as we repeatedly weaved our way in and out of New Hampshire and Vermont. Along the way the group passed through Windsor, known as the birthplace of Vermont, where the constitution of Vermont was drafted in 1777 prior to the state joining the Union.

After crossing over the Connecticut River via covered bridges, passing numerous Revolution-era cemeteries, and sailing by saw mills that date back centuries, we met up with members of the Eastern 4Wheelers, the oldest 4x4 club in Connecticut. They have been the curators of a 62-acre parcel of land for the past 20 years, developing trails over the rock outcrops and between the trees on the property. Traction was at a premium on the numerous climbs, but the weather held out until it was time to venture on to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. As the sun set, the skies opened up and dumped rain into the open top buggies and Jeeps. The forecast isn’t looking good for Day 5 either, so check back soon to see if we survive the weather and wheeling along the East Coast.

Follow along on social media with the hashtag #UA2018 and check back here each day at fourwheeler.com/ultimate-adventure for the latest updates from Ultimate Adventure 2018!

Adams Clarke has been fighting nagging little issues with his Scrambler all week, but he hasn’t let them slow him down. Overcoming adversity is a central theme of UA, and you can always count on a little help from your friends. This year Adams and his fellow invited readers have really set the bar high for future readers.
We are still amazed at the places Stephen Watson of Offroad Design can pilot a fullsize truck. He follows the Jeep everywhere in his convertible-top, tube-bed, squarebody Chevy. The varying conditions on UA this year have really highlighted the need for a wide range of gearing, and ORD’s Magnum transfer case system has a solution for every situation and massive internals that can withstand the copious amounts of throttle this year’s slick terrain requires.
After a couple year hiatus from attending, Corby Phillips returned to represent Warn on Ultimate Adventure. Warn has been a sponsor of the event since its inception, and its winches have been getting a serious workout this year. Corby’s Golden Eagle tribute LJ runs a CJ grille with an iconic Warn 8274 upright winch front and center.
Did we mention that the trails in New England are tight? Chris Durham is one of the best drivers we know (and welders, and mechanics, and suspension designers, and…), but his Gladiator-nosed JK Unlimited is looking a little worse for wear after a week in the northeast.

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