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I met up with the Midwest Overland society over the weekend for their 2nd annual "North woods Rendezvous."

They turned out to be a great group of people Very welcoming, non judgmental with a wide variety of rigs. MNCarl was also there. You will have to pardon the poor quality of most of my pics, but all I have is a cell phone, no quality camera.













After getting all set up and once the sun went down, we went on a night trail ride. Epic is an understatement. The trail leader is familiar with the area, so he led us on a great ride with the best being a great overlook. Again, cell phone only, so night pics are limited.









 

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Saturday morning we all assembled for another trail ride. We ended up splitting in to two groups, heading on to the trail in opposite directions and met up on another overlook before finishing the ride. Pay close attention to the vehicle on the far right of the 1st pic...





There were plenty of mud and water the whole way.







If you are wondering, this rig is affectionately called "the rusty Mongoose" and was a pretty awesome and capable rig.

 

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After the trail ride, there were a few info sessions put on by the group, one of which one of the trail leaders purposely stuck his Rover up to the axles in order to demonstrate a vehicle extraction with a winch. We were in a super tight spot in the woods, so for safety reasons I didn't get any shots of the extraction.



I got plenty of trail pin striping which I am 100% fine with.





 

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Very cool mix of rigs, shizzy! What area was this...as in nearby towns/etc...?
 

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Backus MN. We camped in the "foot hills horse camp" which is apparently private property next to the trails that the owner has set up as a camp spot for horse riders and others. Plenty of room to set up camp, a couple of outhouses, a pavilion and a big fire ring. Free of charge with a donation box so you could toss a few ducats in as a thank you.
 

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Thanks for posting this Shizzy.
It was an awesome weekend !!
Great people, Mud , Hills , Tree pin striping , Powerline trails , Deep woods not sure where we are trail's.

I will add to this thread when I get pics up-loaded.
 

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A couple of teaser pics ......

I will add to this thread a more detailed report as time allows.
Just a couple of pics.
Shizzy:


Me in my truck "The Moose" tackling the obstacle course we made just outside of camp on the edge of a gravel pit.
 

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Midwest Overland Society

::smile::Thursday morning I started heading north from Minneapolis to Backus MN where the Midwest Overland Society was having there rally "Northwoods Rendezvous".
M.O.S. are a great group of like minded people interested in vehicle dependent travel.
Wanting to take some back roads, state forest minimum maintenance roads and DNR ORV trails I drove to the southern entrance of Foot Hills State Forest off 24.
Then proceeded to the DNR ORV/Jeep trails.

From there I popped out of the north end of the Foot Hills State Forest and proceeded to the Bull Moose Trail

Super fun road/trails with lots of giant mud puddles/pools.
Sorry not many pics , I was using my phone as a GPS with google earth.
From the Bull Moose trail I connected to the Pine Mountain Forest road.

The plan was to connect the end of the Pine Mountain Forest (thru what looked like a two track trail) to the another State Forest service road that would lead me near the camp.
Looking at this plan on google earth prior to leaving it looked possible but when I was nearing the end of Pine Mountain road, it was a two track trail at this point with some forks in the trail left and right. So I just went right leading into a very over grown two track swampy area with a large downed tree blocking the trail.
I took this tree as a sign to give up plan "A"
At this point it raining , I am solo , no winch or come-along , So I had to reverse for about a city block until I had enough room to do a 5-8 point turn to turn around and go back the way I came from.
I then proceeded on asphalt roads the the Horse Camp arriving day early for the event on Friday.

Camp
My plan is to sleep in the bed of my pick-up with the topper.
I am about 5'10" and I have a short bed pick-up .... It actually worked pretty good , I slept at an angle in the truck bed and Saturday night It got down to 45 degrees so I got to use my candle lantern in the bed of the pick-up to take the chill out of the air prior to sleeping.

Friday we worked on setting up the off-road obstacle course just outside of camp in an over grown gravel pit.
Cutting a path back into the woods behind the gravel pit with off camber hills, cutting up logs for obstacles and setting up cones.
Here is Craig/Jeep rubicon with RTT coming out of the woods on a pre-run test of the obstacle course.


Fortunately Shizzy took some pics of the Friday night trail run....I have none

Saturday we split into two groups for the morning trail ride , Shizzy was in group "A" and I was in Group "Z"

About half way thru the trail I got to do a recovery!
Steve in an lifted Isuzu Trooper + 35" tires (with a bad starter motor/had keep the engine running or else) stalled engine on the Trooper near the top of a rather steep hill.
They hooked up the Trooper to my truck, I engaged my rear diff lock and gave her hell , pulled the Trooper up the hill and I dug two big trenches in the dirt with my tires. It was freeking awesome.
Sorry no pics of the recovery but here is a pic of Steve's Trooper.


Towards the end of the trail run we ran into some ATV's and side-by-sides coming the opposite way on the trail.
It just so happen to be where a fallen tree was blocking the trail.
Fortunately one of the ATV guys had a chainsaw.


Going up a hill, clino-meter on dash reached number 2


The pinstriper's hard at work.


Mud


Somewhere along the trail ride we kind of got turned around (lost?)
Craig in his Jeep (trail leader)went ahead and scouted the trail while the rest of us in in group "Z" waited.
So of course I had to offer everyone some Nissan breath mints while we waited for Craig to radio back.



After the trail ride there where several informative seminars, Trip planning, High lift jack, cooking, communication.
Here is Sean / forrestderp giving a welding seminar.


After the seminars my truck "The Moose" tackled the obstacle course, I drove and Brendon rode shotgun.

Entering the course, Craig was spotting.


Coming around the back side


Craig Spotting , Me slightly un-nerved at the right hand off-camber and having to turn left.


Again turning left with the truck leaning right felt very unnatural.


Exiting back to the gravel pit down steep drop-off hit my rock sliders


Departure angle at the bottom of the drop-off scraped my re-bumper


And last part of the obstacle course position your front tire on top of a stump...I missed the stump on the first attempt.
Your wheels/tires are tucked in farther than you think. This was a good exercise.


Camp pic.... Tony , Tom and Forrest....I dont re-call Toms dogs name....


Got up early Sunday morning and made it back home with no problems.
Spent a good part of the day cleaning the truck.

Dirty


Clean
 

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Nice one on the touch-less car wash.
Just for the heck of take your hand an reach under the upper arch of your rear wheel fender wheel well , there will be gobs of fun waiting for you.
Oh wait.... never mind you have a car as your daily driver.
Just call it good then.... its clean.
LOL
 

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Nice one on the touch-less car wash.
Just for the heck of take your hand an reach under the upper arch of your rear wheel fender wheel well , there will be gobs of fun waiting for you.
Oh wait.... never mind you have a car as your daily driver.
Just call it good then.... its clean.
LOL
The touchless was to get the bulk of the earth off before I hand wash it at home. There is a new Kwik Trip by my work so the wash is a brand new setup. I was quite surprised how clean it got my truck. My wife already pointed out the clumps of mud still in the rear wheel well area. ::grin::

I'll drive it in the rain over the next couple of days. THEN I'll hand wash it. >:D
 
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