Any place around 757?

Fatdrew Aug 21, 2019

  1. Fatdrew

    Fatdrew Test Drive

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    Looking for a place or 2 to go trail riding in Hampton roads and not be trespassing. nothing too crazy, i don't want to break anything yet.
     
  2. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    I wish you the best of luck. I spent over 35 years in the 757 and there is narry an actual trail to be found. Ever since Dominion/Vepco cracked down on the power line trails 10 or so years ago there just isn't anything public.

    Few things.

    Starr motors in Suffolk has an off road club and does public trail days. There is one that is open to anyone with 4wd, there is one that is sponsored by the VA4WDA (also open to the public), and they usually do something around labor day. They have a meetup group that posts all the information.

    The dealership has a "proving ground" of sorts behind it that backs up to 58. It's like two main trails with some fun obstacles. A decent rock garden and some pretty big hills. I was able to take my trucks there at least twice a year and stretch their legs. It's not big, but it's fun for an afternoon plus you get to see people in big shiat do things that break stuff.

    Your only other two options are the GWNF just outside of Harrisonburg (3hr drive) or going down to the outer banks and drive on the beach.

    I will say that if you take 12N (left just past the Wal-Mart on 168 in Nags Head) and take that all the way up through Duck and Carolla, 12 just turns right and dumps onto the beach. That is Carova Beach. It goes all the way back up to the VA state line. The first 12 miles are just beach road. You're on the beach but driving traffic only. Once you pass that you can park on the beach and chill. You have to park in the middle of the beach. Just remember the speed limit and beware of kids. That place gets swamped in the summer.

    The fun part about Carova is once you get to the neighborhood, you can drive behind the dunes and there's a bunch of trails back there. Lots of places to get lost and SOME REALLY deep rain water puddles. I've seen lots of people hydrolock engines on those trails. But it's fun. When I lived on that coast, Carova was the only place I'd even bother to go to the beach.

    I've got some old YouTube videos I'll have to dig up to show you what I'm on about.
     
  3. Fatdrew

    Fatdrew Test Drive

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    That sounds fun. I want to get back in to doing something in 4wd. I’ve spent most of my driving years lowering vws and whatnot. Which is fun. Still have a 62 beetle that we play with. But I wanna get my kids back into camping and stuff. “Overlanding” which my wife makes fun of for having a name lol, looks like fun. Just driving to wherever you want and setting up camp.

    I saw some trails west of Charlottesville that we may make a trip to check out. Gonna need to test the truck out for a while though to make sure it’ll make it. Big levels to the blue ridge ohv is what it’s called. Ever been?
     
  4. TerryD

    TerryD Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    Yes. Good place to swamp a truck up near the Parkway. We went a couple years ago during the dry season. Those holes on top were still deep. I hate mud!

    The lower part was a lot of fun.

    I'm actually thinking about running Flag Pole in a couple weeks with my daughter. She's been wanting to go camping and I haven't had the X in 4wd since I left Colorado in July.
     
  5. Fatdrew

    Fatdrew Test Drive

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    Saying that make me a little nervous. I don’t have a winch yet and don’t wanna get stuck alone. That would be horrible.
     
  6. TerryD

    TerryD Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    We're thinking about camping around Switzer Lake on the 6th then running Flag Pole Saturday. Do you have tow points on your X?
     
  7. Fatdrew

    Fatdrew Test Drive

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    All stock bumpers.

    Where’s that?
     
  8. TerryD

    TerryD Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    Outside of Harrisonburg on 33.
     
  9. Fatdrew

    Fatdrew Test Drive

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    well, id love to try. lets see how it does the next couple weeks driving around.
     
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  10. Gabriel

    Gabriel Test Drive

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    Id say I join you if it was an open invitation to anyone atleast for the trail but with this stupid P0420 going with mine i rather play it safe till i figure out whats going on.
     
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  11. TerryD

    TerryD Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    Yeah you need to get that fixed. I'm sure I'll be going again sometime.
     
  12. Fatdrew

    Fatdrew Test Drive

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    So the trucks on the road! I failed inspection today too!!! The only thing they pinged me on was not having a battery tie down, which I honestly meant to do before I went. So that’s done now. Time to start driving it everyday and see if I can make a trip soon
     
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