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Ultimate Adventure 2018: Day 6 Highlights #UA2018

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

Day 6 of Ultimate Adventure started by rolling out of sleeping bags and into low range at Northeast Off-Road Adventures facility in Ellenville, New York. The 68-acre facility has miles of trails of varying difficulty that they use for training classes for 4x4 driving, recovery, and survival. We might need to sign up for a few of those classes ourselves, as we had to do some winching and recovery while trying to climb the steep, slick ledges found on the property.

Corby Phillips of Warn got his Jeep way sideways while trying to climb a snot-slick ledge and took a tumble. Fortunately, no one was injured and the LJ, while certainly worse for wear, was mechanically fine and able to continue on the trip….as well as make a few more post-rollover attempts at the obstacle. Day 6 saw the most road miles of UA2018, crossing New York into New Jersey and finally into Pennsylvania. Along the way the group wound through the Pocono Mountains and coal country. While there were a few miles on the interstate, much of the route followed backroads and small towns like Jim Thorpe, with its unique train station and quaint brick downtown nestled inside the lush green mountain slopes.

When passing from New Jersey into Pennsylvania we crossed the historic Dingmans Toll Bridge over the Delaware River. Originally the location of a ferry, in 1836 a bridge was built to link the two states together. Speaking of ferries, it has been several years since the Ultimate Adventure crossed a river via ferry, but they were as much a part of the event under Rick Pewe as Hawaiian-shirt Wednesdays. The ferry tradition returned this year with the group crossing the very wide, and very shallow, Susquehanna River via the Millerburg Ferry Boat. These all-wood, double Stern-wheeled paddleboats are the oldest transportation system in Pennsylvania. It took five trips to get all of the vehicles across the mile-wide river, but the time spent was well worth it. Christian Hazel and Trent McGee have once again outdone themselves this year, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us on the final day of UA 2018.

Follow along on social media with the hashtag #UA2018 and check back here each day at for the latest updates from Ultimate Adventure 2018!

Some drinking around the campfire resulted in Rick Pewe agreeing to try Rugged Radios UA representative, Ian Johnson’s signature hair style. The results stunned everyone, Pewe included. Might we see more hair gel in his future?
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Corby Phillips of Warn and Fred Perry from Clemson 4 Wheel Center took a bad roll in Corby’s Golden Eagle tribute LJ. Fortunately, both men were unharmed and after kicking out the windshield they drove the Jeep another 250 miles on Day 6!

Adams Clarke has been battling a misfire condition for the entire trip, but it hasn’t really slowed him down on the road or on the trail. His Scrambler is simple and strong with 1-ton axles, leaf springs, and a Chevy TBI 350 backed by an NV4500. And man, can he drive it!
Return of the ferry! Ferry boat rides were a staple on the UA when Rick Pewe led the trip, but they have been absent the last few years – mostly because the UA has been visiting bone-dry locations the past couple years under Christian Hazel. But with UA travelling part of the country with actual river systems, it’s back for 2018, and there were no complaints about the return to this tradition.

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