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Vermont Over-Land Rover Detailed Info

Vermont Over-Land rover Detailed Info

BENEFITING THE READING PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION

BASIC details and schedule:

Date:  Friday, 5/25 to Mon 5/28

Venue:  419 Bailey's Mills Road, Reading, VT 05062

Check-in/registration:  Drive up to the garage anytime after 9 am on Friday.  Present your vehicle insurance card, sign your waivers, pick up your vehicle decal, raffle tickets and a coveted VOLR baseball cap and/or neck gaither (available for purchase while supplies last!).  There will be a welcome/info gathering meeting on Friday at 6 pm in the vendor area.  

Camping:  Please see the attached venue plan. VOLR camping is rough, rugged and largely left up to you.  Word to the wise:  the area across the brook near "the beach" is usually the louder, late night area.

Facilities:  We'll have portajohns and a dumpster on site and potable water in the vendor area.  There is an outdoor shower up by the pool, both of which are open for use for those polar bears among us! 

Schedule:  

Fri 5/25:  Check in, set up camp, socialize, dinner (on your own).  

   8:30 pm:  NIGHT RUN!  Line up at 8:15 pm heading southeast on Bailey's Mills Road.  Couple hours, medium terrain.

Sat 5/26

   6-9 am:  Coffee by the fire at Pete's Place in the vendor area!  

   7-9 am:  Springmore Farm breakfast sandwiches (for purchase)

   9-10 am:  offroad runs (depart from north pasture).

   5-8 pm:  vendor area socializing and, on Sat night only, the La Pizza Lupo pizza truck will be here selling their incredible farm-table pizzas and amazing local craft beer from the tap.  

   6:00 pm:  Raffle!  We'll have some awesome swag donated by Atlantic British, Lucky8, DAP, Rovers North, Alloy + Grit, Vermont Overland and other vendor/supporters.  You get 1 free ticket with your entry, additional tickets are $5 and you can buy five tickets for $20.  Proceeds go towards the Reading PTO event donation.  

Sun 5/27:

   6-9 am:  Coffee by the fire at Pete's Place in the vendor area!  

   7-9 am:  Springmore Farm breakfast sandwiches (for purchase)

   9-10 am:  off-road runs depart

   5-7 pm:  vendor area socializing, dinner (on your own).  

   6 pm: ATLANTIC BRITISH Special Prizes!  We'll be giving out a special AB-supported prize for worst breakage of the weekend and also for best campfire storyteller!

Mon 5/28

   6-9 am:  Coffee by the fire at Pete's Place in the vendor area!   Breakfast (on your own), goodbyes and head home.  

Off-road outings:

Off-road outings depart from the staging area in the north pasture.

9 am departure:  Extreme run.  Must have at least 33" tires, proper recovery points, a traction aid (lim slip/locker, traction control) and a working winch.   We'll run the hardest trails we can find all day.  Leader:  Peter Vollers

9:15 am departure:  Heavy run.   Must have at least 32" tires, a working winch and proper recover points.  A couple of the hardest trails but not all day.  Leader:  Lazz McKenzie

9:30 am departure:   Medium run.   Must have proper recovery points.  Lead by Ron Harrington of Ridgeback Guide Service.   Stock friendly with agressive driving.  Otherwise, lighter built trucks more appropriate. 

9:45 am departure:   Greenlaning.  Stock friendly.  Lead by Steve Ostrovitz.  

10 am departure:  Just head out on your own and go shopping in Woodstock village or to a local brewery for lunch, whatever you fancy.  

The off-road excursions are day-long Class 4 road outings with stops for provisioning, fuel, craft beer, maple creamies, you name it!

Meals, local provisioning and fuel:  Fuel (gas and diesel) is at the Route 131 intersection 6 mi south on Route 106.  Nearest provisioning is Watroba's Market 2.5 miles south on Route 106 in Reading village.  They have amazingly fresh meats, an incredible craft beer selection (nice wines too) and everything else you'll need. Springmore Farm will be selling breakfast sandwiches from 7-9 am on Sat and Sun and La Pizza Lupo pizza truck will be selling their mouth-watering wood-fired home-made pizzas and local craft beer from 6-8 pm on Sat night.  For those of you who fancy a nice meal at a local farm-table restaurant, just walk down the road to Keepers Cafe (open on Fri and Sat evenings).  For great sit-down breakfasts and lunch, try the S. Woodstock Country Store 6 miles north in S. Woodstock village.   

Kids' Corner:  We'll have kids' "rover crafts" activities on Fri and Sat afternoons from 5-6 pm at the main tent in the vendor area led by VO staff member, Sophie Ostrovitz.  

Campfires:  Feel free to have your own campfire but please bring your own portable fire pit.  We'll have firewood available in the vendor area.  We'll also have a portable fire pit going in the vendor area.  

Drinking:  There's no hiding that VOLR is a great party and, personally, I like it that way just fine, but please, and I know this goes without saying, no drinking until your trucks are parked for the night.   

PLEASE NOTE:  THERE IS NO PUBLIC WIFI AT THE EVENT AND PRETTY MUCH NO PHONE COVERAGE, SO UNPLUG AND ENGAGE!

DISCLAIMER: While we go to great lengths to ensure your comfort and safety at the venue (actually, we rely heavily on your good common sense), during the day, when you go out into the wilds of Vermont, you’re truly on your own. All planned overlanding routes are all on public state and town highways.  While we do supply volunteer trail leaders, you are responsible for your own safety and protection of your vehicle.  

ABOVE ALL ELSE, PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY.  DRIVE REALLY SLOWLY AT THE VENUE, LIKE 5 MPH.  THE EASIEST WAY ANY ONLOOKER CAN COMPLAIN IS TO SAY THEY SAW US DRIVING UNSAFELY.  DON'T DO IT.  RELAX AND SOAK IT ALL IN AT A NICE SLOW DELIBERATE PACE.  YOU'LL BE SO GLAD YOU DID. 

NOTES

  • Open to all Land Rover owners and also to local owners of any vintage 4x4 (at least 25 years old).   Local enthusiasts should feel encouraged to come on out and mix and mingle with the rover owners and come on the off-road excursions as well!
  • STRICT 100 VEHICLE MAX FOR THIS ONE SO DON'T WAIT TO REGISTER!

FAQ:

  • Camping is not really my thing.  Is there a host inn nearby?  Yes!  We have the amazingly historic Baileys Mills B & B almost within walking distance of the venue not to mention the incredibly quaint Kedron Valley Inn about five miles away in South Woodstock.  Lastly, don’t forget to check Airbnb and Homeaway.  And if you want the best of the best, check out the Woodstock Inn & Resort just 10 miles up the road in lovely Woodstock village.  
  • Can I just come and register at the event?  Only if you're a local or, if not, the 100-vehicle max has not been reached.
  • My rover isn't running so can I bring my non-rover daily driver?  I'm afraid not.  This is a rover event, so that's what you should bring.  
  • Can I have a campfire at my campsite?  Absolutely, but you'll need to provide your own portable fire pit.   
  • Can I come just for the day?   Absolutely.  
  • Can my friends come and park their car on the property and then join me at my registered vehicle campsite?  We’re afraid not.  There is no non-participant parking on the property.
  • Will there be facilities at the event?  Portajohns and fresh water from the farm hose. The rest is up to you.
  • What if I break down on the trails?  You're trail leader and fellow rover owners will help you resolve any issues.
  • Will there be on-campus trails?  Only those needed to get to your campsite.  All off-road excursions are self-navigated exploration entirely on public roads.
  • Can I bring my family and the dog?  Yes, bring them all.
  • Speaking of, will there be a quieter, separate family camping area?  The main late night campfire will be across the river so that’s likely where there will be late night noise.   The quieter camping is in the upper pasture.  
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