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Old 01-03-2012, 08:39 PM   #1
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1st drive on the dirt

I had some time today, so my granddaughter and I took the jeep out. We went North on Lake George Road into Lapeer County. A good dirt road with S curves thru the woods. In portions it runs along a small ridge with 20-30' drop offs on both sides. As we got closer to Lapeer county there was more snow on the ground. The snow went from nothing in Rochester to about 2" on the ground. Nothing requiring 4wd, but a fun drive even so. Got lost in Lakeville. broke out the GPS and my Granddaughter navigated home.

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The family that jeeps together stays together :D

Awesome! I love my jeep and try to take it out daily if possible since my parents own 45 acres. Welcome to the jeep community! Dont forget to wave.

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Old 01-06-2012, 03:30 PM   #3
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Back at you! I have to make due with dirt roads around Rochester. In the spring/summer I'm going for a run up to the Mounds near Grand Blanc for some more serious driving.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:38 PM   #4
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Really nice. My profile pic was from after todays fun. Im hoping to take it to blessing of the jeeps this year.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:32 PM   #5
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Blessing of the Jeeps?

Curious, what is 'The Blessing of the Jeeps" I may want to come as well.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:27 PM   #6
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Its just up at silver lake. All the jeeps go up and 4 wheel and dune ride.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:23 AM   #7
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Let me know when, if I can make it, ity sounds like fun.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:15 PM   #8
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Im probably buying a cherokee . Taking that to silver lake rather then my yj.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:42 PM   #9
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Its just up at silver lake. All the jeeps go up and 4 wheel and dune ride.
Please tell me when this is. I've only heard about the one in Mesick in May. I'd love to take my jeep on the dunes!!
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:10 AM   #10
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The Blessing of the Jeeps is in Mesick.

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Shoelessboi may have more info on Silver Lake.
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:07 AM   #11
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Went for a drive in the dirt again today. Dutton Rd has a hill, the bicyclists call the wall. Half way up the traction control came on in 2wd, shifted to 4wd, no traction control necessary. Next on to Brewster Rd. This is a winding up and down hill dirt road past some very large homes. Turning right on Silver Bell and going on to another winding dirt road with many steep up and down hill sections. Finally on to Lake George Rd, going about 10 miles past horse and cattle farms, with more winding up and down hill sections. All in all a fun hour or so.
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Stan, you gotta post the details (location, start/end, directions); I'm not too far away (SE Macomb Co.), and would love a good hilly ride with some required 4x4!
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Dutton rd travels west off Orion rd, about 1 mile N of the Rochester rd, Orion rd intersection. Brewster rd is a right turn off Dutton. Silverbell is a right turn off Brewster. This stretch is about 3 miles and goes back to Orion rd. This is all, or mostly dirt and is mildly challenging if it's mud or snow. Turn let (north) on Orion to Lake George rd (a mile or so). Bear right on Lake George and go as far as you like/ have time. This is a country dirt rd and I haven't found the end yet. It goes up into Lapeer county, that as far as I have gone. To get back, turn right and go to Rochester rd. Turn right and follow it back to Rochester. Note: in Lakeville, Rochester rd makes a left turn off the main route.
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I live off noble road which comes off of lake George. There are a ton of nice scenic back roads out this way. Lake George dead ends north east of lapeer. It's a real nice road but gets a little narley when it snows. 4 wheel is never needed unless it snows. There's another route that come from 28 mile and goes down dequinder and leads through leneord then hits lake George. You can go about 100 miles down back roads out this way with all kinds of great scenery. Y'all wanna meet up sometime and take a drive that would be cool
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PM me if you want to take the drive together.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:39 PM   #16
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Its just up at silver lake. All the jeeps go up and 4 wheel and dune ride.
The annual Blessing of the Jeeps in Mesick (May 5) has nothing to do with Silver Lake. The Cadillac Jeepers host the Blessing at a place called "Ellen's Corner" just outside of Mesick, with an obstacle course, vendor area, food, games, and of course a blessing by the local minister to start the 'wheeling season. Great place to hang out with fellow Jeepers, and family friendly too. They also allow those "less capable" 4x4's to attend too!

The Silver Lake State Park ORV area is just outside of Mears, MI and is managed by the MI DNR Parks department.
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The annual Blessing of the Jeeps in Mesick (May 5) has nothing to do with Silver Lake. The Cadillac Jeepers host the Blessing at a place called "Ellen's Corner" just outside of Mesick, with an obstacle course, vendor area, food, games, and of course a blessing by the local minister to start the 'wheeling season. Great place to hang out with fellow Jeepers, and family friendly too. They also allow those "less capable" 4x4's to attend too!

The Silver Lake State Park ORV area is just outside of Mears, MI and is managed by the MI DNR Parks department.
So... would I be able to drive up to Mesick from Rochester, participate in the Blessing, etc and get back to Rochester in one day?
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You could but it's 3 1/2 hours one way so you couldn't stay up there long unless you left super early in the morning
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So... would I be able to drive up to Mesick from Rochester, participate in the Blessing, etc and get back to Rochester in one day?
It would be a long day, but yes. We usually head up Friday night so we can get there early to set up a vendor table for GLFWDA, and even though I am an hour closer than you, being there at 8am makes for an awfully early wake up call and an very long day without heading up on Friday.
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Thanks, I read some where that registration is required, is that thru the Cadilliac Jeepers? I couldn't find anything about registering on their website.
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It would be a long day, but yes. We usually head up Friday night so we can get there early to set up a vendor table for GLFWDA, and even though I am an hour closer than you, being there at 8am makes for an awfully early wake up call and an very long day without heading up on Friday.
GLFWDA? If I got there around Noon would I be too late?
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Great lakes four wheel drive association. I'm a member. Recommend everyone join and help out when they can
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Back at you! I have to make due with dirt roads around Rochester. In the spring/summer I'm going for a run up to the Mounds near Grand Blanc for some more serious driving.
I just got my jeep about 3 weeks ago and can't wait to do some wheeling and getting it dirty. I've been in Grand Blanc about 7 years and don't know of the Mounds in this area. What are you talking about, that would be great to have something close? My previous 3 cars were all imports so I'm new to the 4x4 thing and can't wait to get into it.

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"The mounds" is an orv park ran by genessee parks and rec. its actually in mt. Morris on mt Morris road.
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Yep mt morris rd west of Irish rd.

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