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Ultimate Adventure 2018: Day 2 Highlights #UA2018

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2018 on June 26, 2018
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Photographers: 4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff

During the 15 years that Rick Pewe organized the Ultimate Adventure, he made it his goal to visit as many states as possible. But one state that the event never made it to was Maine… until now. After a day of wheeling the mud and rocks of the Rocky Mountain Terrain Park, the group made its way through the Diringo State south towards its ultimate goal of New Hampshire. In keeping with tradition, the 2018 Ultimate Adventure took the road less traveled and even though it was a road day, we wouldn’t pass up a good ‘wheeling opportunity. After leaving our starting point of Wilton, Maine, the Falken tires were only aired up for an hour before everyone was lowering their pressure and locking their hubs to run Dragon’s Tail with the Western Maine Mountain Jeepers in Bethel, Maine. The trail was narrow and tree-lined with granite boulders sticking up through the muddy dirt.

From Bethel the group made its way into New Hampshire to ascend Mount Washington along the Mt Washington Auto Road. The mountain is the highest peak in New England and the second-highest point east of the Mississippi. The Auto Road is privately owned and normally closes at 6 PM, but we arranged a special sunset tour at the top of the 6288-foot peak for the group. The souvenir store at the top of Mount Washington was once the stage office and observatory and is literally bolted to the ground, as this is the location of the highest wind speeds ever recorded on earth, at 231 miles per hour. Fortunately, it wasn’t that high during our visit, but the temperature did drop from 68 degrees in the valley to 24 degrees at the peak (when accounting for wind chill). After the sun set the group returned to base and continued down the road to find its camp spot for the night and warm up around the camp fire.

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The group thought that we had a road day, but it wasn’t long before we were locking the hubs and hitting the trail. The Western Maine Mountain Jeepers lead us through Dragon’s Tail near Bethel, Maine.
As the Official Crate Axle of Ultimate Adventure, Randall and Rachel Speir attended Ultimate Adventure for Dana in the company’s new JL Wrangler. Despite having the smallest, least aggressive tires in the group, they have done a great job keeping up on the trail.
Once an invited reader on UA2013 and then brought back to drive the video crew support van on UA2017, Ken Smith has been promoted (demoted?) to crony status. He brought out his 1971 K20 on a 2001 Ram chassis and has hauled everyone’s gear around.
Editor Christian Hazel to handle arranged for us to get a private sunset drive up the Mount Washington Auto Road. With a peak of 6288 feet, Mount Washington is the highest point in New England. It has also seen the highest recorded winds in the world, at 231 mph! After the seller job he did on UA2017, Old Crony, Trent McGee, was once again tapped by Hazel to help plan and prerun this year’s Ultimate Adventure so McGee led the charge to the top in his 1997 TJ Buggy.

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