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mdawdy on April 03, 2017, 06:55:27 PM
To celebrate Canada's 150th a buddy and I are Jeeping from South Western Ontario aiming for the Yukon. Don't know how far we will get but as the bikers like to say, "It is the journey not the destination". Although in this case the destination does have some importance.

The plan is to leave On Monday May 29, take the long way staying in Canada because of our purpose, head north to the Bruce Peninsula, grab the Chi-Cheemaun to Manitoulin Island, round Lake Superior, and be on our way.

Along the way we would like to meet up with any like minded off road enthusiasts, have a coffee and hopefully be invited to wheel on your favorite local off road trail or with your club or group on an organised event. We will have a flexible route plan and schedule so we hope to be able to accomodate any invitations.

Both of our trucks have 33" BFG KO2 tires with 1-1/2" SpiderTrax adapters, RockHard oil pan and transmission skid plate, ACE Rock Rails, ARB deflator, SmityBilt air compressor, SmityBilt X20 10,000 lb winch, Cobra 19DXIV CB radio, class III receiver hitch with D-ring shackle kit, 30' 20000 lb tow strap, tools, spare oils etc, and whatever else. And we are using GaiaGPS on an Android Tablet.

In addition the 2016 Wrangler JK 4-door has 2-1/2" Rock Krawler Flex Stage 1 suspension lift, TrailHead Customs steel front bumper and MetalCloak Diff cover; and the 2014 Wrangler JK 2-door has a winch mount that can be readily moved between front and back.

We are retired guys, each with one full year of off road experience with the London Area Jeep Owner's Club [LAJOC] including a basic club organised local Off Road 101 course, a full day very serious OF4WD Off Road 101 course up on the Canadian Shield, and some additional weekends up on the Shield around Bobcaygeon and Minden mostly rock crawling, first on beginner then on intermediate trails. We are definitely not into advanced trails or deep water. And mudding - well it's OK but rock crawling is not so messy :)

We are adventurous. We'd love to spend some time on your favourite local trail or with your club or group on an organised event. We are using the Gaia GPS app on an Android Tablet, so if you can point us to GPX files for local trails that would be very helpful.

I'll keep this thread updated as our plans evolve. I may start a FaceBook page for this event but, while I have been a high tech computer guy for decades, I am relatively new to FaceBook.

I have on past holidays been to the west and east coasts and up the MacKenzie highway when it was gravel to Hay River - but that was back in the '70s in a Mazda 616 :)

Thank you,

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Vinman on April 03, 2017, 08:40:47 PM
Sounds like a fantastic trip. While my particular Jeep seems to have fell madly in love with jackstands for to past few years with no end in sight, I'm sure there are a few other members that would be more than happy to show you around on some local trails.
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hps4evr on April 04, 2017, 07:45:56 AM
This sounds like a great trip. Keep us posted on when you figure you guys will be through southern Alberta. We have two great areas relatively close to calgary that have many open and legal trails to try. There isn't much for rock crawling but the trails are fun with any level of obstacles to deal with, you guys will do fine. The scenery on our trails will be the icing on the cake.
As you head west your last good chance to go rock crawling will be in Manitoba, there are a couple clubs/groups you can contact there as well.
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morerpmfred on April 04, 2017, 09:38:41 AM
Welcome to the group. There are some world class trails in southern Alberta. Plus two designated off road areas.
With the current ndp goverment we will be seeing substantial trail closures in southern alberta. Now is the time to check out some of these trails before they are gone forever.
We can not give you gps tracks in these other areas. It is best we show you.

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mdawdy on April 07, 2017, 05:26:05 PM
Thank you for the replys. When it is closer to time for us to leave I'll post a rough itinerary and update it as we go along. Lookin' forward to these trails and meeting more Canadian Jeep people  :)

mdawdy on May 08, 2017, 05:25:14 PM
SW Ontario to the Yukon

I have created a FaceBook Private Event where I will post pics and notes at the end of each day - as long as I am near a tower :) If you wish to meet up us for a coffee, or invite us to wheel on your favorite local off road trail or with your club or group on an organised event, or to just follow the progress of our adventure, then please send me a FaceBook Friend Request. Then in return I will invite you to the event page.

Note too that if I have already invited you, you in turn can invite your friends. I encourage you to do this for any friends who you expect may be interested in following this adventure.

Thank you,
Mick Dawdy <- This is my FaceBook name. You can find me with a FaceBook search :)