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Postby cgarbee » August 21st, 2014, 8:27 pm

csmith wrote:I'm in! Coming up with my son Ian and Dog Gunnar on Friday, leaving mid day Sunday. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Going to try to convey up with Blake from Portsmouth.


Wonderful! It looks like we are going to have a good size group of folks attending. :)
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Postby lpcoating » August 28th, 2014, 8:57 pm

I should be there on Saturday with a friend. The plan is to ride motorcycles down.

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Re: 2014 Va Rally at Graves Mountain Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014 (ak

Postby lpcoating » August 31st, 2014, 6:26 pm

Just got back to my friends house in Southern PA around 6 tonight from the Rally. It was a quick trip and when I get home on Sunday it'll be about a 700 mile motorcycle ride! Thanks to Clell, I was able to drive (for the first time) a 151 (A2). After that my friend and I rode with Clell and his son (and dog) for over an hour in the hills of the Rally site. I was very impressed with how the jeep handled the trails. Great food was served and met some new people. Maybe next year I'll be able to bring mine. Nice job on the event Cabell and thanks again Clell!

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Postby whiterabbit » September 1st, 2014, 10:34 am

I saw a few pics from the rally. Looks like ya'll were having a blast! Beautiful country and nice trucks! These lil' jeeps will go just about anywhere in the woods as you found out. And do it in style!
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Re: 2014 Va Rally at Graves Mountain Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014 (ak

Postby csmith » September 1st, 2014, 11:27 am

The boys got a pass this weekend I so took Ian, Gunnar, Driver out to Graves Mt. Rally this weekend and what fun!. Caravan out with Blake from Hampton Roads and arrived Friday afternoon, left Sunday afternoon. Met Guy - LPcoating and friend Ray who rode in on their bikes (great guys!) and big RickF was there with his CJ. We were the only two 151's, there were 2 M38's, 3M37s a GPW bunch of 5 tons, Carl's 44 HalfTrack NannyGoat and a bunch of non MV off roaders. There were lots of organized trail rides with the MV group or non MV group but Blake and I opted to go it alone and find our own way around the mountain and boy did we spending about 7-8 hours on the trails between Fri afternoon and Sun morning. I have always known these were great vehicles but never got to put one through the test until this weekend. We climbed fresh cut trails full of dirt, rocks, tree debris some at 30-45 degree grades, forded streams! Basically put her in 4 and 1St and she crawled up the hill and through the streams even with 4 and a dog on board. Never came close to getting stuck. Blake bottomed out on a ridge once but managed to get his rig turned around after a few tacks with a couple wheels in the air! Got it all on GoPro with about 3 hours of video and covered all the trails we rode so once I figure out how to make a movie will post for all to see. Thanks Cabell for a great event and killer BBQ dinner Sat evening. If you are looking for a place to have some with your mutt from hard surface trails to as much as you want to put it through in a beautiful mountain setting you should plan to attend this event next year. I'm coming back and we need to get a good showing of 151's!!!!! There is also lots of things to do in the area for those non MV lovers in the family, horse riding, trail walking, vineyards, and Montpelier (home of James Madison) all withing a short drive. Some photos until I can get the GoPro video's up.

Stopped along a trail meadow, Blake's 151 (with top) and mine.
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Easy trail
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Blake and Emma
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Stopping for some creek side fun
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Emma and Gunnar cooling off (we came here many times and these guys would have stayed here in the water all day if we let them)
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This one is for Rainman
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After a small creek fording
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Ian catching so ZZZ's Sat afternoon
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Bottom of a new trail Blake found, taken by Guy, Ray is friend in back with Ian. This trail had 40 degree grades and one area curving around a hill with about 30 degree angle on trail (with a wooded cliff on the low side), when we came down and around I was not sure we were going to make it without rolling over or sliding off the trail but we all leaned uphill, took it slow and she crawled around!
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The little Jeep that CAN!
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Nanny Goat, Carls Halftrack
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Re: 2014 Va Rally at Graves Mountain Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014 (ak

Postby Rainman » September 1st, 2014, 3:05 pm

Thanks for the pics Clell, especially the bottle of Dickel. :D Always nice to be
remembered, and how appropriate to be displayed on the hood. :lol:
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Re: 2014 Va Rally at Graves Mountain Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014 (ak

Postby csmith » September 1st, 2014, 8:45 pm

Rainman wrote:Thanks for the pics Clell, especially the bottle of Dickel. :D Always nice to be
remembered, and how appropriate to be displayed on the hood. :lol:
Rainman


Product positioning :!: :!: Thats the same bottle I brought to Aberdeen 4 years ago, not many takers at Graves so I will put it away until we can meet one day and polish it off :)
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Re: 2014 Va Rally at Graves Mountain Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014 (ak

Postby cgarbee » September 3rd, 2014, 9:18 am

Thanks to everyone that came to the gathering this year. Chuck (BMan) is still updating his spreadsheets, but he did tell me that I had 70 folks registered this year, and a handful that did not register that attended (most noteably, the folks who had supper with us at the Lodge on Thursday who came down on Friday for a trailride and a halftrack ride...).

One thing that I was really impressed with was the number of folks who had the whole familly attend, wives, girlfriends, kids, dogs...everyone... It has been a goal of mine from the beginning that this be an event where you can bring the familly so that they can see and participate in our collective hobby.

I also need to thank a bunch of folks, some here and a bunch over at Rockridge Offroad (the civilian Jeepers), for all the hard work that was done before and during the event to ensure that it was a successful weekend. The list is long, and you all know who you are...

It was great seeing everyone, both those who have been before and those attending for the first time.

We'll do it again next year on the same weekend...
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Re: 2014 Va Rally at Graves Mountain Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014 (ak

Postby cgarbee » September 3rd, 2014, 9:21 am

csmith wrote:
Rainman wrote:Thanks for the pics Clell, especially the bottle of Dickel. :D Always nice to be
remembered, and how appropriate to be displayed on the hood. :lol:
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Product positioning :!: :!: Thats the same bottle I brought to Aberdeen 4 years ago, not many takers at Graves so I will put it away until we can meet one day and polish it off :)


Somehow, I missed this otherwise Mr. Dickel might not have survived the weekend... :)
I did manage to find some Devil's Cut though and that did help me sleep on Saturday night (and Sunday night as well...). ;)
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Re: 2014 Va Rally at Graves Mountain Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014 (ak

Postby rickf » September 3rd, 2014, 9:27 am

What? No Garbee pic's? I know you have the only pic of my rig in it's complete traveling form. The only pics I have are of the break downs and they were separated. If you could e-mail me the pic's you took when I arrived that would be great.
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Re: 2014 Va Rally at Graves Mountain Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014 (ak

Postby cgarbee » September 3rd, 2014, 9:36 am

rickf wrote:What? No Garbee pic's? I know you have the only pic of my rig in it's complete traveling form. The only pics I have are of the break downs and they were separated. If you could e-mail me the pic's you took when I arrived that would be great.


I'll post mine in a day or two...
I'm still recovering... ;)
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Re: 2014 Va Rally at Graves Mountain Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014 (ak

Postby rickf » September 6th, 2014, 3:22 pm

Got tied up when I got home and have not had time to download pictures. Here are some that we took, did not get out all that much this year because wife was sick the whole time there but for the last day.

This was day one of the 6 hour trip

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This was the second day of a 6 hour trip. Wal Mart parking lots make fair camp sites. :roll: Shredded this tire at 8:00 Wednesday night and did not get a tow here and settled down until midnight. Really long day. started driving at 10:00 and made 180 miles in 16 hours. What a day!

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Friendly campsite visitor

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The dinner line up, military side

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Civilian side. I parked here this year and felt kind of out of place.

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The dinner. And the red solo cups held SODA!! The beer drinking was back in the field.

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The luxury accommodations, Yea right, the generator quit so no AC and let me tell you, this thing was not designed for natural air movement. It was HOT!

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From the trail.

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Postby rickf » September 6th, 2014, 3:34 pm

More from the trail.

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Breaking camp.

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Re: 2014 Va Rally at Graves Mountain Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014 (ak

Postby whiterabbit » September 7th, 2014, 5:50 pm

Blowouts sux! Never at a good place or time.
It looks like ya'll had a blast,tons of smiles and some nice trucks! I'm hope to make it next year once all the dust settles down with truck issues, retirement issues and job hunt'n issues and the wife's cats issues. :roll:
Ahhh, forget the job hunt'n. I got my VA comp letter! :shock: :lol: :lol:
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