BUY OLYMPIC BUMPERS @ SAVANNA JONES
DATELINE JULY MA: Sat.Beacon - Sun. "The Paper Trail"
Story by Jim Guld & staff, Photos Jim Guld, Mike Schonberg
Among the many wooded areas throughout New England, both currently running and run down abandoned paper mills were an important part of the economy. Historically, from both pioneer roads and later logging roads, the networks of old "trails" criss crosses hills and mountains. Many properties are privately owned and closed to public access, while other publically owned lands have also shut down access for OHV recreation. It is important to check with a local area club for organized trail runs as in some instances, specific permits or permissions can be gained for repsonsible fourwheelers. The "Beacon" area is one such area that provides great challenges mostly on old logging roads. Day 1 of the ride featured the Beacon run, while Day 2's run is now named "The Paper Trail" as it winds it's way down passing by a mill.
Jim was able to attend this run, without Mr.Ed (if you'll recall he's still recovering from the last run... at time of print) and describes what it's like as a spotter and passenger for the saga "Pulp Friction: locked up, winchable and ready to roll."
This would have been the second time that I rode this trail, except for last months mishap,so I was relegated to the right seat and spotting
duties. It still was a great time and the weather was perfect. We met
at a local diner/gas station and had breakfast and thought that we would
hit the trail right after breakfast. Well, a little bit of
miscommunication as to where the trailhead was had us driving around for
the first hour until we doubled back to the gas station and asked the
guy pumping gas how to get there. I knew it was only a short distance
away from the diner - but we took the wrong road. It actually worked out
well because New England 4 Wheelers were also doing the same trail that
day and they had what looked like 20 rigs and with our 14 it would have
been a log jam!
After getting onto the trail and past the first
obstacle and on upto the second obstacle,it became very clear why we
said that a locker and winch are necessary for this trail, along with
that, tow hooks front and rear,or a similar attachment points.
The trail was fairly dry except for a few wet spots and the mud hole
area. Iíll have to say that in general we had an easier time this year
getting through the trail than last year. It was a little wetter last
year but I think in general it was due to good spotting and a relay
system we used. I know that people want to watch others go through
the tough spots but when you get over 12 trucks it really slows the pace
down when you have to get the guy watching to move his truck up, because
he is blocking the trail. What we did was have one person guide the
first 7 trucks and another person guide the last 7. It worked out
really well. I hope to see this practice implemented on more of our larger runs.
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