2020 New Year's Ride- Atsion/Wharton State Forest

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BinDerSmokDat
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2020 New Year's Ride- Atsion/Wharton State Forest

Post by BinDerSmokDat » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:00 am

Is your New Year's resolution to ride more in the winter?
Do you resolve to get your rig dirtier in 2020 than 2019?
Have you been putting off your first real off-road excursion?
Out with those old lazy riding habits and in with the new!
Kick off 2020 right by partaking in the Nation's earliest off-roading event of the year!

Where
Wharton State Forest
Meet at the Atsion Ranger Station.

When
Saturday, January 4th.
Leave 10:00am from the Atsion Ranger office parking area.
If you need to unload a bike or sort out your gear, get there earlier.

What
A day ride through Wharton State Forest and surrounding environs.
Lunch is your sandwich, snacks and drinks you bring with you on the trail.
Mighty Joe's has gas and a deli, with good sandwiches.
You can grab fuel AND food there before you meet at the Rangers Station.
Bring food! It can get chilly at times and a good meal will help you stay warm.

Riding
All skill levels/rigs welcome.
A Ural/Dnepr is preferred but we've had two wheelers along.

All vehicles must be street legal. If your brother in-law wants to tag along on a dual sport bike that's OK; he cannot bring his quad.
Our main activity is trail riding. This is great Uraling territory, flat and sandy, no rocks and some water crossings.
If someone gets stuck, we all help push/pull each other out.
Either 1wd or 2wd will be fine.
A knobby or 307 pusher helps, but not required.
We've literally had a Retro with a street tire do the ride before.

This is a great opportunity for newer owners to get their feet wet (pun intended) off-roading.
This area is very Ural friendly.
Trails are just wide enough to make it seem adventurous.
The sand has just enough slip to make it fun and enough traction to get going (most of the time).
There's nothing too steep or scary off camber. If that sounds boring just pick up the speed a bit or skip the chicken bypasses navigate one of the deep holes.

This is a "rain, snow or shine" ride, so dress appropriately.
Wear layers, including a windproof layer.
Nylon windbreakers and jogging pants in your layers will keep you warmer than thicker gear, as they stop the wind.
Monkeys should dress for snowmobiling, they are less active than riders and they can get cold in that metal tub.
Warm gloves, wool socks and waterproof boots go a long way in keeping riders and monkeys warm.
Spare layers, socks and gloves are a good idea if it is wet/extra cold.

Please come with most of a tank of gas, willingness to get your bike dirty, and pack a lunch, snacks and drinks, as we'll be in the woods for several hours.

General NJ Park information...

https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandfor ... arton.html

Gas
Gas up before you get to the Ranger Station, we hit the woods at 10am sharp-ish.

Mighty Joe's Gas Grill & Deli/ATM
1231 U.S. 206, Shamong, NJ

Gulf
90 N White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ

PM or post of you have questions.

Hope to see you there!

Dress warm, brings lots of layers and pray for snow! :naughty:

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Re: 2020 New Year's Ride- Atsion/Wharton State Forest

Post by jaybird » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:44 pm

Hey, count me in! :moto: :cheers:

Happy trails,
Jaybird
2005 Gear-Up, Mr. Nat_ural 108,000+ Kilometers and counting
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1975 Enfield Diesel Bullet
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