It feels as though Ultimate Adventure 2018 just began, but we are already one week in, marking the final day of the trip. Last year we felt as though we barely scratched the surface wheeling at Sand Hollow, and this year was no different at the 6,500-acre Anthracite Offroad Adventure Area (AOAA). The majority of the property the AOAA now operates was mined in the 1950s and was not reclaimed until recently. While the land sat vacant for decades, it was used by many as a dumping ground. Thankfully, now it’s under much better management and the land is being cleaned, cared for, and well-utilized.
AOAA is unique in that the Northumberland County AOAA Authority leases approximately 6,500 acres of coal lands in lower Northumberland County for the purpose of motorized recreation. The AOAA opened in May of 2014 after seven years of hard work and has beautiful facilities and plenty of paved parked for even the biggest of groups. Steve Risk led us through the trails, which snake through the trees and run up and down the hills of the area. Fortunately, the weather was clear and warm so traction was greatly improved over the previous rainy locations, giving us an opportunity to cover more ground.
After eight hours on the trail everyone returned to nearby Selinsgrove to clean up before the final dinner. After 1,034 miles we wheeled every single day, drove to the top of Mount Washington, crossed the Susquehanna River on a ferry, and had an adventure that none of us will never forget. We would say that it is once in a lifetime, but we will be back next year with more sponsors, cronies, and readers for the 20th calendar anniversary of Ultimate Adventure. We can hardly wait.