(If you missed Part 1, check it out here)
Now that the dust has settled and we’ve all had the chance to read up on the Ultimate Adventure (aka UA) online and in the pages of Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off-Road magazine I felt it would be good to include addition commentary on the trip, show some photos of the rigs in action, and re-hype the story.
First, let me start off by saying it was an epic journey. Not in the sense of we were on a quest to find a ring or anything, but for 2 guys that grew up reading through the pages of this magazine to go on this crazy weeklong 4wheeling road trip with the magazine staff and invited readers. While I may not have followed all 10 previous Ultimate Adventures over the years, its a trip that many read about, but only a few get to participate on.
UA is a challenge… I think that’s been established. Whether it’s the sleep deprivation, wheeling with camping gear and supplies, preforming trailside repairs, intense heat and humidity, chigger infested woods, road days that turn into road nights, and trail names like Body Damage just ahead when you are driving a freshly-painted, fiberglass-bodied rig. But there’s no whining on UA, so you take the good with the bad and make the best of it. You complete each day playing a game of follow leader behind Rick Péwé and his trail battered F150. You may think wheeling with a large group of 20 rigs would be slow to navigate out on the trails and you’d be right. Try adding a film crew and magazine staff snapping photos and a quick trail can turn into a long afternoon. But that’s part of the challenge being put in the spotlight with everyone watching how you wheel.
UA brings together the magazine staff, event sponsors like Zone Offroad, and a few lucky readers. Although many come to UA not knowing anyone outside their vehicle, there is a strong sense of camaraderie by the end of the week and there is always willing to lend a hand, spare some parts, or spot you on a tough obstacle.
For more photos from the event, check out this link.
For the magazine’s coverage from the trip, read along at http://www.4wheeloffroad.com/2011/ultimateadventure/index.html