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    • Would anyone be interested in participating in a little friendly fishing tournament this spring? It would be at a freshwater lake in south Jersey. Either total number of fish caught or total length with a $10 buy in, winner takes all, and maybe a side bet or two for a lunker prize. Possibly a gathering afterwards at a local brewery. Right now I am looking at Saturday, April 20th as a date (day before Easter).
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    • Rock the Clock 4 - Bald Eagle State Forest 

      October 26 - 28, 2018

      That's right, we're changing things up this year. RRC4 will be an overlanding style weekend of camping and wheeling in Bald Eagle State Forest in Pennsylvania. 

      More information will be provided, but here's some basics:

      Each vehicle will have to meet all street legal requirements such as registration and inspections. 

      Each participant will have to be self-sufficient for their camping and food needs.

      Camping for this trip is free. I am asking for everyone to plan on keeping their camp setups small so we can accommodate everyone. If at all possible, please try to tent camp versus bringing trailers. If you need to bring a trailer, please be willing to book your own near by campsite, again they are free. Based on the size of the group, we may have to grab a few sites anyway. 10 people is the key number to stay under to keep off the park office's radar and avoid needing a special use permit. This means that I may be booking a site for 6, having someone else book for another 6, etc.

      Again, more info will be coming, but this will be a very casual weekend. 

      Also, this trip will only be posted here. I am not putting it on Facebook or other social media. 

      Reply below if your are attending. 

       
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    • As 2018 starts, it's time to think about RTC4. 

      I'm looking for suggestions. 

      Keep the same format?

      Change of venue?

      Change of date / time of year?

      Ditch the whole thing?
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    • Post up your best wheeling / travel / camping / wrenching photos from this year!
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    • By Dean in East Coast Overland Adventures
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      I was finally able to make it to Tennessee for the Smoky Mountain Overland Rally (SMOR).  This is an event I have been wanting to make since it's inaugural event but there always seemed to be a conflict.


      Home, for the weekend at least, just outside Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
      It's good to be out camping again.
      Read on for my brief review of last week's 2019 Smoky Mountain Overland Rally...


      Southbound and Down

      Full tank of gas and a full belly make for a good start of any road trip.
      It's not an LS powered LJ, but she'll do the trick.  According to GPS it'd be a pretty straight shot down I-81 for me.
      Even though the weather was nice, I opted for a detour on the way down. First stop was lunch in Bedford with the gang from Blue Ridge Overland Gear.
      Can't go wrong with a plate from Azul. Second stop was Cabela's.
      Someone (who shall remain nameless) forgot his rain gear.


      Small but Mighty
      An alternate name for SMOR would be the "Small but Mighty Overland Rally."  It was hands down the smallest overland rally I've been to to-date, but you know what? That's one of the things that made it great. Despite its diminutive size, the event had a lot to offer.

      Camping with a view.
      Welcome meeting.
      The first great offering at SMOR 2019 was the main reason I was there: the classes.  There were multiple sessions Friday evening as well as Saturday morning.  The topics covered the spectrum of overland adventure skills essential for all experience levels.

      One of the classes I offered at this year's SMOR was my "Tire Pressure Management" workshop.
      Thanks to ARB USA, Blue Ridge Overland Gear, and J.T. Brooks Tire Deflators for their support.
      Review: ARB Maximum Performance Portable Air Supply
      Article: Tire Pressure Mangagement
      Another offering that made SMOR so much fun was the ability to run trails not only in the nearby National Forest, but onsite as well.  Hosted at Deep Holler Off-Road Park, the web of trails on the property offer a lot of opportunities for rigs of all shapes and sizes.  The advantage of private onsite trails gives this event a one-up on many other events that only have access to public trails offsite.  Also onsite was a small obstacle course style trail which was great form some behind the wheel training for more advanced drivers.

      Since I was rocking the Liberty for the weekend, I opted to play passenger for one of the trail rides.
      Thanks to Trail Guide Derrick from Southern Xpeditions for letting me ride along.
      Not uncommon to find downed trees blocking the trails this time of year.
      After a little work with a Warn winch and some recovery gear the tree was out of the way.
      A little hill-climb action.
      Another trail; another down tree; another opportunity to work the winch.
      Notice the use of the snatch block to move the tree off to the side of the trail.
      A view from the top of the main hill.
      Well worth the ride.
      The final piece that made SMOR great was the people.  Between the attendees, instructors, vendors, and staff everyone at the event seemed to have a great time.  There was a enough room for campers to spread out into small pockets of mini-camps.  There was also a central fire-pit for people to congregate around each night.

      Everyone braved the wind and rain for sunday afternoon's raffle.
      SMOR provided a grilled lunch and organized a range of prices from small to large prizes.
      Title sponsors Dometic had the most conveted prize offering up a dual-zone fridge.
      CVT also offered up a roof-top-tent.
      I won a hat ~ yay!
      Conclusion
      All in all I had a great time at this year's Smoky Mountain Overland Rally.  It's an event I'd love to attend again next year if my schedule allows it.  I also think anyone on the east coast should make the the trip at least once.  The Smoky Mountains are an amazing area was tons to explore above and beyond the rally itself.  For that reason when I make my next trip down I will be budgeting an extra day or two before and/or after the event to do some more local exploring.

      Ended up taking a detour on the way home.
      Interstate 81 was fully blocked which gave me an opportunity to jump on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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    • By 4WAAM in 4 Wheels And A Motor
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      Properly seasoned pork and potatoes are truly one of life’s simple pleasures. If we had to choose one animal to
      The post Recipes – Herbed Pork with Potatoes and Green Beans appeared first on 4WAAM.

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    • By 4WAAM in 4 Wheels And A Motor
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      It is a fact of life that not every part is going to fit perfectly. It is another thing altogether
      The post Rant – Crappy Aftermarket Parts appeared first on 4WAAM.

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