Trip Report: The Gutter 2003 Edition
Iíve been running "the Gutter" for 14 years now. I first drove the gutter in a 71 CJ5, Buick V6, 3:73 gears and 32' tires. This was an old Jeep that needed a lot of work. I later switched to my current 86 CJ7, but it was red back in the 90's. I also drove my 88 YJ for a couple of seasons while my CJ7 was getting a major overhaul. This was one of the first trails that I lead many New England 4 wheelers on for ten years. It has become a staple for me and others. Itís not the hardest trail but itís fairly long. You have your rocks, mud, sand and small water crossings to contend with along the way.

It did not matter to me that my pal and guest Bill Barnes wanted to lead the trail. The first real obstacle is a washed out section that gives people with open pumpkin's something to think about. A spotter is always here to help. You have to ride the bank just right to keep all 4 tires on the ground. The extreme right is for the hardcore people and Iíve seen many Jeeps brake right here and then head home. Itís to early in the day to break your Jeep here! We all made it up and continued on.

We were driving over rocks most of the day now we had stopped for lunch at the now famous "LUNCH BREAK ROCK". After lunch we continued on, and we were at the valley. The valley starts off down a hill, winds a little, then crosses a small brook and then up a sandy steep hill to the top. On top you can look back at the other jeeps. By now it was time to leave for most of us. A few headed back to the campground and spotted an Ice-cream stand that was still open this late in the season. Great run.

Sunday's Jeep run, Sugar Shack trail

Today we had 4 Jeeps in our group. I lead the way to some old roads in the area. These old roads had stone walls on both sides of them. Many stone walls in Massachusetts were built between 1770-1835. They defined where the road was laid out. Farmers also used Stonewalls to confine livestock, construct foundations and chimneys for their homes. Back then farmers used oxen and horses to plow the fields and do other farm work. It was a good historical Jeep run.

Thanks to all who showed up . 13 Jeeps
The Willys Brothers! Paul D. Blue Willys,
Nick W. Yellow Willys,
Tom B. Red CJ7,
Bill B. Rubicon TJ,
Mark S, Blue YJ,
Jim H. Red YJ,
Jim P. Red YJ
Doug D. Blue YJ,
Brandon Bond with that English guy Roger Barton Gray XJ,
Ben S. Black CJ7,
John B. and Nephews Black CJ7,
Mike L. Green TJ, Dan and Deb D. Green TJ,
and last but not least Mike K. and I Rich Banfield Blue CJ7.


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