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Day 7 of Ultimate Adventure 2018 #UA2018

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2018 on July 2, 2018
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Photographers: 4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff

It feels as though Ultimate Adventure 2018 just began, but we are already one week in, marking the final day of the trip. Last year we felt as though we barely scratched the surface wheeling at Sand Hollow, and this year was no different at the 6,500-acre Anthracite Offroad Adventure Area (AOAA). The majority of the property the AOAA now operates was mined in the 1950s and was not reclaimed until recently. While the land sat vacant for decades, it was used by many as a dumping ground. Thankfully, now it’s under much better management and the land is being cleaned, cared for, and well-utilized.

AOAA is unique in that the Northumberland County AOAA Authority leases approximately 6,500 acres of coal lands in lower Northumberland County for the purpose of motorized recreation. The AOAA opened in May of 2014 after seven years of hard work and has beautiful facilities and plenty of paved parked for even the biggest of groups. Steve Risk led us through the trails, which snake through the trees and run up and down the hills of the area. Fortunately, the weather was clear and warm so traction was greatly improved over the previous rainy locations, giving us an opportunity to cover more ground.

Gerald Lee and John Butler came on UA this year to represent Falken Tire. The California locals flew out to New York and borrowed this JK equipped with Ultimate Dana 60 axles to wheel it for the wheel. Other than some minor steering issues the JK worked great!

After eight hours on the trail everyone returned to nearby Selinsgrove to clean up before the final dinner. After 1,034 miles we wheeled every single day, drove to the top of Mount Washington, crossed the Susquehanna River on a ferry, and had an adventure that none of us will never forget. We would say that it is once in a lifetime, but we will be back next year with more sponsors, cronies, and readers for the 20th calendar anniversary of Ultimate Adventure. We can hardly wait.

Tom Boyd is a fixture on UA, as one of the only two people to participate in every event. It has been years since Tommy’s Bronco has been seen on Ultimate Adventure, but he still finds a way to attend the trip every year and entertain everyone with his hijinks.
Stephen and James Watson from Off Road Design have been coming on Ultimate Adventure for 13 years now, and their square body Chevy is incredibly well sorted out. The tube doors and tubular bed allow the father-son duo to follow the smaller Jeeps pretty much everywhere.
Mike Ruzicka from Rugged Radios brought this piñata along. Each morning it was passed out to the person who had the roughest day on the trail. Not surprisingly, it ended up in Corby Phillip’s Jeep after he rolled at North East Off-Road Adventures on Day 6.

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