Nitto's JK Experience East Coast 2015 presented by Discount Tire
Day 5 - North Carolina: The Flats
Day 5 started with an early driver meeting then off to Marion, North Carolina home of The Flats Offroad Park.
The crew and their rock bouncers led the way through kick-ass trails and seriously challenging obstacles.
The trails and weather were great yet again. Damn, we all love wheeling on the East Coast.
Discount Tire's RESQ1 was there to rescue or help anyone along the way. Oh, and they wheeled the hell out of that hemi powered rig.
Guest Randy from Texas, with his hemi, "lets it eat" up one of a few difficult climbs.
Evolander making quick work of yet another fun obstacle.
Mel & EVO1 turning tight around another tree, then throttle down up the next climb.
After lunch, time for Barbie Jeep Racing, with Eric from Northridge 4x4 and Mel banging and racing down a climb. Steering? Who needs it...
After the Barbie Jeep races and lunch we split into groups: hardcore and moderate.
Turns out the moderate group wasn't so moderate. A sharp turn, a sharp rock, and mud ended with a few of us earning some trail badges, like Chris from Fargo, North Dakota. We laughed and aired up to catch another great meal and rest for a 7:00am drivers meeting the next morning.
Day 4 - North Carolina: Tail of the Dragon & the Biltmore Estate
Road day, but done in a JKX style road day. Proving that JK's can wheel the hardest trails and then jump on the highway, we headed East towards the Tail of the Dragon with it's 318 curves in 11 miles. It was time to re-connect the sway-bars, air-up the tires, and let the hemis, superchargers, and even the ol' 3.8's roar. But first breakfast at the one and only Wafflehouse, thanks to Dynatrac.
After breakfast we hit the road, not sure where to, but soon we had an idea thanks to our GPS.
The Tail of the Dragon was spectacular.
We took a pit stop at Deal's Gap to catch our breath then back on the road.
More road miles, but looking forward to wherever we end up. Nothing like waking in the morning with no idea where you will be or sleep at night - that is JKX.
Asheville, North Carolina for the night, but first, let's all take a tour of the Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate - DAMN!
After a long day on the road, we all checked in to the hotel next door, prepped the the jeeps and got ready for a 7:00am driver's meeting.
Day 3 - Wind Rock
72,000 acres, 320 miles of trails. Rain, mud, waterfalls, winch lines, momentum defined our third day on Nitto's JK Experience sponsored by Discount Tire. Let's do this.
Getting up early after a night of cabin camping - ready to hit the trails.
Mel reviewing the 72,000 acres - hell yeah.
So green and muddy this spring day. On our way to the trails.
And the views were amazing.
Our leader for the day and his bad-ass rig.
And the wheeling was awesome as well. Rocks, waterfalls, mud, and momentum. Here is Eric from Northridge4x4 rocking it.
Super steep, slippery, muddy, long up-hill climb requires a lot of speed and momentum. After a long climb, a sharp turn and a sneaky tree jumped out to add some new trail badges.
Props to the great JKX crew - jumping in a muddy trail to help us all along.
Mel had us doing team building exercises like... winching. A lot.
We all got to winch some tricky parts of the trail. Always amazed at how well those #warn winches perform.
Yet another great day on the JKX. Nice to be back home to the cabins, re-torque, wash, and pack for the next day.
Day 2 - Ian Johnson, Xtreme Off-Road & Powernation Studios.
Day 2 started as a road day, putting down some serious miles, then ending up at the Powernation.tv studios, Ian Johnson, and some drifting.
On our second day, we hit the road with yet another destination unknown.
As the miles rolled by, we soon jumped off the road and ended up in a seemingly residential part of town. Additionally, the cameras hiding along the entrance gave us a hint that we were going to stop here. Then out comes Ian Johnson of XTREME 4X4, part of Powernation.tv
Ian Johnson introduces us to the Powernation.tv studios and took us on the first ever behind-the-scenes tour.
Learning about the show production, how they shoot, edit and produce - cool stuff.
Oh, and some free swag, raffles, and BBQ for the participants of the JKX - thanks Powernation.tv
Before leaving, Ian, Mel and some of us took turns drifting their drifting trikes.
Day 1 - Tennessee: Hale Mountain & Lynchburg
Our first stop on the JKX started in the green mountains of Tennessee. Beautiful weather and killer trails up at Hale Mountain.
Driver's meeting for Day 1 - let's roll!
Hale Mountain OHV - Great people and great trails. Airing down to go to Hale and back.
After an awesome day of wheeling. Airing back up - ready for our next experience - back to the road.
On the road to...
Jack Daniels Distillery - and tour, and an awesome BBQ dinner!
Time to clean up, re-torque and get ready for the next day of the JKX.