NOTES FROM THE ROAD


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Testing the JL at AOAA…


Putting the new Jeep through some tests…


21 April 2019: Spent the day out on the trail with Kyle Buchter of Off Road Consulting at AOAA testing the capabilities of the JL and seeing how it differs from the JK. A lot of fun was had in the process…



Post-Training Fun…


Playing around Rausch Creek…


20 April 2019: After the training there was still time for some fun, and a few of us got together on the trail and off…



Guide Training for Ladies Wheeling Day…


Training the trail guides…


20 April 2019: A great day of trail guide training for the Women’s Wheeling Day event with Kyle Buchter from Off Road Consulting at Rausch Creek. Lots of learning and a chance to connect and meet up with friends afterwards …



Jeeps around Town…


Gathering in Pine Grove…


19 April 2019: A number of Jeeps were already arriving for the weekend’s training event and could be seen around the town of Pine Grove …



Moonlit Arrival…


Full moon over the trees…


18 April 2019: Arrived to Pine Grove PA around midnight with the eerie light of the full moon coming up over the trees …



Heading out for a Roadtrip…


An auspicious fortune when departing NY…


18 April 2019: Starting the roadtrip to coal country in Pennsylvania where we have a couple of events going on this weekend, and got a very appropriate “fortune” cookie before leaving NY …


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THIS MONTH:

Heading to Pennsylvania Coal Country for the Women’s Wheeling Day Trail Guide Training with theOffRoad Consulting group at Rausch Creek. The full-day training focuses on the most important aspects of trail guiding and covers what is expected of Guides both on and off the trails during the event …


COMING UP SOON:

Taking part in a field research weekend at the International Wolf Center in Ely Minnesota. The “Track the Pack” event focuses on wolf research and management, as we join IWC biologists and learn to use telemetry equipment in the field to locate and study wild wolves in the area. We will spend time trekking through the forest in search of signals from a wild wolf pack, and also have an opportunity to observe the programs’ “ambassador wolves” at the center to gain insight into the animals’ behaviors and the functioning of a pack …


Participating in this year’s Ladies Offroad Challenge which begins May 13th and continues for ten weeks. Designed by Charlene Bower as a fun way of building skills, the challenges offer something for everyone, and can be as hard or easy as desired — though at least one is designed to push participants outside their comfort zones…


Heading to the Jeep Invasion and the 9th annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, June 7-9, in Butler, PA. The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is a tribute event to the original jeep, the history behind it, the people who created it, and its birthplace, Butler Pennsylvania. The event provides Jeep enthusiasts with on and off-road experiences that embrace the vehicle’s past and the lifestyle it now fosters. The family-friendly event is held at Coopers Lake Campground, about an hour north of Pittsburgh, PA every year with on-site off-road trails, a Jeep “playground” obstacle course, Jeep History exhibit, huge vendor area with 150+ companies and more…


Joining the ladies at Woman and Machine New England for a day of automotive learning fun focused on cars, engines, welding, and more. This automotive educational and networking event is designed for those who want to understand more about their vehicles and/or explore the skill sets that make up various realms within the automotive industry. The event is open to everyone from seasoned professionals to the wrench-curious ladies who are interested in learning more about cars from other women …


Back to Pennsylvania Coal Country to guide for the 2019 Women’s Wheeling Day at Rausch Creek Offroad Park hosted by Jeep Girls Rock. The day focuses on learning, enjoying the trails and meeting new friends, and is for all trail levels, from beginners to advanced. Female Guides will be assigned to each group and will encourage those who have never wheeled before as they build confidence out on the trails and learn what their vehicle is capable of (guys are welcomed to attend and ride along with women drivers at this family event) …


ABOUT THE JL

The Jeep Wrangler JL is the fourth generation of the Wrangler off-road vehicle, available in two- and four-door bodies. Unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29, 2017, production of the vehicle began in November 2017. The JLs feature an exterior design that is reminiscent of the 1997-2006 TJ, with a “raked” front grille that includes the iconic seven vertical slots and round headlamps. The JL has retained a body-on-frame construction and solid axles. The JL four-door has grown by 3.5 inches and is roughly 200 pounds lighter than the JK. Overhangs increase significantly with the new model having 29.2 and 40.8 inches front and rear. The Rubicon features the most capable off-road equipment, including the Dana 44 M210 axle in the front, and Dana 44 M220 axle in the rear. The JL Rubicon edition has a ground clearance of 10.8 inches and a water fording depth of 30 inches. It comes standard with the Rock-Trac system with an enhanced NV241 OR transfer case, a sway-bar disconnect system and electronic locking differentials…


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