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I went out to do some recon on some of the proposed TECORE trails.


Above is a copy of some of my electronic 'breadcrumbs'. I found a couple decent camping spots that are suitable for a larger group (marked). More info on that later...


Here's a quick view from inside. The laptop's setup worked well... but I need a screen stabilizer. It was rocking all over the place, HA!


The roads to the trail head. Lots of farms...


On the way up long run road. I'm glad I wasn't around when those rocks broke away.


Time to air down. Note the Staun tire deflator. So handy and quick...


This is the route to 2nd Mountain


Gauley Ridge Road entrance.


More of Gauley. It got a little hairy around that bend... its hard to see in this picture. Looks tame now...


Camping location #1. Clearings like this dot the peaks around the area. Most likely they are as a result of past logging ventures.


Just a cool picture.


The dreaded trail closed gate... I'm going to call the rangers to see why that area was closed. It's listed as public in Topo. Maybe they close it during the winter. I hope they open it soon.


Some 'flexing' action... sweet.


Where did the trail go?!... The fog began rolling in at this point.


I have no idea what this bird is... but he was crazy looking and not too afraid of my big black truck.


Snow covered mud. Like a slushie! Notice... no other tire tracks. It appears I'm the first person through there since the snow fell.


Can you spot the TB? This is actually the second potential camping spot. This one is on 'Pond Ridge'.


More flexing action! I felt the truck teeter, so I quickly stopped the truck and took a picture. I believe this is the furthest I've gotten a tire off the ground.


A creek crossing. The depth was about 14" or so. But sadly after the crossing the trail only went a bit further before hitting another gate.

I decided to head home at that point, in hopes of getting home early enough to write this... (it seems the timing worked out).


One last glamor shot at a sawmill off one of the back roads that I explored after leaving the trail head.

All in all, I only made it only half of the way I wanted to, but I explored a couple side tracks instead, which were worth it. From what I can tell, 'Long Run Road' should connect through to another road that has a couple more trails on it. I guess we'll find out in April. (I hope you TECORE guys don't mind doing a bit of aimless trail searching once in a while.)

I think my total off road mileage was around 25... but I could be a bit off (I forgot to set the trip odometer, Do'h).

As always, I love the feedback!
 

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who and where did you get your Front Grill/Brush Guard?
Please spend the time to check people's profiles - the info you seek is there. Just click on the user name and then "About Me".

JD also has a fantastic web site - in his signature.

Nice trip, JD! Not sure I'd air down for that - I know pics are always looking half as hard as it really is, but that's 2WD territory out here. :D

The bird looks to me like a 95% chance of being a ruffled grouse. State bird of PA.
 

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Nice trip, JD! Not sure I'd air down for that - I know pics are always looking half as hard as it really is, but that's 2WD territory out here. :D
Someone sounds jealous because he hasn't gone off roading in a while...

But yeah, I was in 2WD for the first leg, then stuck it in A4WD for most of it. I only used all 4 in a couple areas.

I didn't air down until I got to the intersection (didn't air back up until I got to the bottom), it really smoothed out the ride though. I felt like I was driving on a cloud! It wasn't a matter of airing down for traction, it was for comfort. :yes:
 

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Someone sounds jealous because he hasn't gone off roading in a while...
Hehe. Got out last weekend. Haven't posted yet. Have a SoCal meet to go to today, so I'll be out of the house.
It wasn't a matter of airing down for traction, it was for comfort. :yes:
Ahhhhh. Perfect! Sometimes I trade off comfort for the extra inch of ground clearance that inflated tires give, but on washboard surfaces where 10 MPH is bone-jarring, I can do 30-40 and the tires end up being the shock absorbers. Much safer for the vehicle to not get rattled to death also.
 

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That must have been fun. I wish we had stuff like that around Dallas. If I want to do that which I will one weekend I will have to take a trip to Oklahoma or something. Nice work, good pics as well.
 

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I consulted with the motor vehicle use map and some of the guys at the 4x4 club meeting today about this trail closure, and it seems Gauley ridge is closed from 1-10 through 4-1. So it looks like we should be in the green still for this trail. From my understanding, it's not too challenging, but it should still be pretty fun.
 

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I appreciate the compliment guys. I completely missed this last round of calendar pics... but I'm hoping to get in 2010. I'm hoping to have some even better pictures by the end of the year... bigger, better mods!!!

(maybe we should just make a trailvoy offroad calendar, eh? :undecided)
 
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