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Old 09-26-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Let's go wheeling !! CT

Anyone up for some off-roading? Maybe in Ellington this weekend?
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Porter road ? Been wanting to check the place out.

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Old 09-27-2013, 06:33 AM   #3
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Yup. It was fun the first time. Should be more so the second now that I don't gave to worry about where to go. :-)
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Interested but:
How wild or mild is Porter Rd? I.E. how vulnerable is a stock jeep's oil pan? I'm thinking old Forest and/or abandoned un-maintained town rd: wash outs, exposed rocks/cobbles, tree/limb falls, mud puddles of various size/depth. Probably mostly navigable picking lines.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:58 AM   #5
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If Sunday, Im def in. I went up porter once after a huge rainstorm. Greene road was fun and muddy, but it hasnt rained so I dont know how it would be. My only worry is Im new to wheeling and dont want to phuck up my wheels on the rocks.
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OlYeller, I'm gonna go ahead and say porter road becomes impassable with a stock jeep after about half a mile, maybe less. I've been about a mile and a half up and it gets pretty dicey even with 31's on a 4 lift.
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Interested but:
How wild or mild is Porter Rd? I.E. how vulnerable is a stock jeep's oil pan? I'm thinking old Forest and/or abandoned un-maintained town rd: wash outs, exposed rocks/cobbles, tree/limb falls, mud puddles of various size/depth. Probably mostly navigable picking lines.
Id like that more than porter, it was a short ride from what I remember. Not sure how to gauge porter. Some spots are rocky when I went, and mud up to the bottom of my doors (huge rain storm that night/morning). I have a 12 jks with rubi wheels/tires and I was ok.
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OlYeller, I'm gonna go ahead and say porter road becomes impassable with a stock jeep after about half a mile, maybe less. I've been about a mile and a half up and it gets pretty dicey even with 31's on a 4 lift.
Your coming right? Good, I can show you my new led lights lol. Greene road was fun that day after porter, but no rain, no mud..

I think thats why I remember Porter being so short, I couldnt go very far because of my setup according to the ppl I was with...
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I went down Porter Rd with Verf. He has a stock LJ Rubicon and made it all the way through on all terrains. Scraped a little but if you watch your line it can be done and with no damage. Skinny pedal, a good spotter and fellow Jeepers with you and you should be ok.
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Don't take on areas you are not comfortable with.
I am new to wheeling myself. The rock garden at the rally was scary to look at
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Don't take on areas you are not comfortable with. I am new to wheeling myself. The rock garden at the rally was scary to look at
The rock gardens are scary unless you've got a majorly built rig. Porter isn't anywhere near that, but you're right - if you're not comfortable then don't climb it or cross it. BUT you will never get comfortable if you don't at least try it BUT never alone. Always go with someone else who has some experience.
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The rock gardens are scary unless you've got a majorly built rig. Porter isn't anywhere near that, but you're right - if you're not comfortable then don't climb it or cross it. BUT you will never get comfortable if you don't at least try it BUT never alone. Always go with someone else who has some experience.
Excellent advice.

I have 2 things working against me. Inexperience and the shaky foot syndrome using the clutch. Manual has its advantages but harder to learn to climb and not stall.

Jeeps getting geared soon then skids. One day make it to Rausch creek hopefully.
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So what day you guys thinking of going?
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See title - which ever we get the most people.
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Saw title.

Im in if it is Sunday.
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How far from lower ny are these places I've been looking for a place to try my new setup but nothin but blacktop near me kinda sucks
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:35 PM   #18
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Probably a 2hr drive from NYC. RT84 east towards Hartford or RT95 north to RT 91 north to Hartford.

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Old 09-27-2013, 07:41 PM   #19
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I'm in for Sunday!

FWIW, I scouted Porter Rd. today. I may have to stop and turn around (found some places to do so) if I am not confident in MY ability to run w/o carnage. It's my DD so, no go if I think breakage.

Having put that out there, I think there are areas I can navigate safely, IN SPITE of: a plow frame, tow frame and no oil pan armor. I walked some of it today. On Porter, within a mile or so I came to mud holes, dead ends and ledge I know I can't handle. When I came to "no go" areas I beat feet back and explored a few diversions.

I think with patience and some creativity a stocker, even with the approach, departure and oil pan deficits of my Heep, can make it out to Sykes Rd. from Porter. BTW, a good topo map browser shows the unmaintained roads better than the state forest maps on the DEEP website. I was handicapped today with the DEEP maps.

Sunday for me. I'll bring a couple of snap straps, some Dacron hawser I have, and a poor-man's winch (come-along). Hell, if I can't make it thru I can always turn around, stop and have a picnic! Anyone have a saw? Could be useful for a couple of tree falls (not for blazing new trails or by-passes).
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I'm in for Sunday!

FWIW, I scouted Porter Rd. today. I may have to stop and turn around (found some places to do so) if I am not confident in MY ability to run w/o carnage. It's my DD so, no go if I think breakage.

Having put that out there, I think there are areas I can navigate safely, IN SPITE of: a plow frame, tow frame and no oil pan armor. I walked some of it today. On Porter, within a mile or so I came to mud holes, dead ends and ledge I know I can't handle. When I came to "no go" areas I beat feet back and explored a few diversions.

I think with patience and some creativity a stocker, even with the approach, departure and oil pan deficits of my Heep, can make it out to Sykes Rd. from Porter. BTW, a good topo map browser shows the unmaintained roads better than the state forest maps on the DEEP website. I was handicapped today with the DEEP maps.

Sunday for me. I'll bring a couple of snap straps, some Dacron hawser I have, and a poor-man's winch (come-along). Hell, if I can't make it thru I can always turn around, stop and have a picnic! Anyone have a saw? Could be useful for a couple of tree falls (not for blazing new trails or by-passes).

Do you have a link to a good topo map of the area?
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I am up for sunday. I need directions and a time and place to meet up. I also have a stocker but always willing to learn.
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I have a packed weekend, so can't commit, but not ruling tomorrow out. As Tiki Dave said, I went with a stock LJ Rubi and the ONLY reason I scraped was it was my first off road trip and coming off 25+ years of sports cars, I'm still getting used to going EASY on the gas pedal. I think I scraped 2-3 times and none bad or jarring. No tire or wheel marks, scratches, etc. I'd go over a rock too fast, instead of nice and slow.
As I told Tiki Dave after we finished it, if it weren't for him being there, I'd have turned around at the first puddle, lol. But his wife and him made a great team in coaching me over and around things, giving me advice before we started and while we went. Now its just the learning curve and getting comfortable driving a 'car' over things you've never EVER thought you'd think about driving over. AND I love it.

I'll know a bit better tonight what tomorrow holds. I have to go to the Soldiers' Home and then to the Big E, but may be able to fit this trip between. May, lol.
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Do you have a link to a good topo map of the area?
Topomapbrowser links to the ADK park but you can move the map to any area of the country to scope out road/terrain/sat imagery & my fav, topo features: Topo Map Browser

Google magnetic declination calculators (NOAA has a good one) and you can print a map, annotate declination, and you're off and running!
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Looking like Sunday. I have a DSLR I can bring and try and get good shots of everyones Jeep (Ill have to take a million, lol, new to that too)

Any insight on when and where to meet up?
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Met up last time at a nearby Cumberland Farms. Seemed to work well for me and Tiki. Topped of the tanks and grabbed some grub, nice central location near Porter Rd with plenty of parking.
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Met up last time at a nearby Cumberland Farms. Seemed to work well for me and Tiki. Topped of the tanks and grabbed some grub, nice central location near Porter Rd with plenty of parking.
Yes. The address is 5 WAPPINGWOOD ROAD, ELLINGTON, CT, 06029

It's on the rotary. Good place to meet, top off tanks, get grub to eat and drink and lastly - a restroom to empty. lol

Let's all meet at 1pm there.
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I let Dave know I can't go this round. Still up working on my daughters school project, more me than her... Take lots of pics, can't wait to hear all about! Have fun!
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