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Ultimate Adventure 2018: Day 5 Highlights #UA2018

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2018 on June 29, 2018
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Photographers: 4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff

The 2018 edition of Ultimate Adventure has enjoyed exceptional weather… until Day 5. No one was complaining about staying in a hotel on the night of Day 4, as it absolutely poured rain all night and well into the morning. Ponchos, rain jackets, trash bags; the drivers of open-top and/or doorless vehicles were getting creative with anything they could find to keep dry on our way to the Sawmill trail near Winchester, Connecticut.

Frank “The Dog” Fredsall has had this 240-acre property in his family since 1953, and he and friends from the Northeast Off Road Vehicle Alliance have been wheeling here for the past 10 years. They property has numerous trails and obstacles, but the wet conditions slowed us to a crawl. It took the UA group four hours to do The Zane Loop, which had steep hills, sloppy mud, trees, and huge rocks, but the weather cleared as the day progressed.

We ran out of time at Sawmill and had to continue our march south, where UA guide, Trent McGee, had a special treat in store for us in Red Hook, New York. After crossing the Hudson River we arrived at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. The aerodrome was the creation of the late Cole Palen and is filled with antique airplanes from the early 20th century, rotary engines, scale models, antique cars, and other pre-WWII memorabilia. The Aerodrome even puts on shows and flies several of the planes on a regular basis.

From Red Hook we restocked our supplies before heading to Northeast Off Road Adventures facilities near Ellensville, New York, where we set up camp for the night. Follow along on social media with the hashtag #UA2018 and check back here each day at for the latest updates from Ultimate Adventure 2018!

We woke up to rain, and it continued through our hour-long drive to the Sawmill trail near Winchester, Connecticut. This was no big deal for those in enclosed vehicles, but the guys and gals in open-air rigs got completely soaked along the way.
Rugged Radios invited Ian Johnson from Big Tire Garage along to represent the company in his YJ pickup “shop truck”. The TH400 causes the engine to spin a little high on the interstate with the lack of overdrive, but otherwise the shop truck goes down the road as well as it goes down the trail.
A Range Rover is a sophisticated vehicle, so you have to look the part. And they are distinctly British, so editor Christian Hazel and tech editor Verne Simons donned their Monty Python apparel on Day 5. Apparently only invited reader Adams Clarke is a Monty Python fan because he’s the only one who got the reference. “There are no tigers in Africa!”
We stopped at the Old Rhineback Aerodrome in Red Hook, New York to check out its many examples of airworthy aircraft of the Pioneer Era, World War I and the Golden Age of Aviation (between World Wars). There are also multiple examples of roadworthy antique automobiles, motorcycles, and rotary engines. It’s a really neat place that’s worth a visit if you’re near the area.

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