Roaming Rally 2019

What a great opportunity to explore some of Ontario’s off-road / overland locations!  The crew at Gravel Travel have consistently put together a great adventure with nothing but good people and wonderful locations!  FIRST off… thank you to those guys that do all the behind the scenes work!

RR2019 Trucks Overview Map
A 3 day wander around Ontario… the 2019 Roaming Rally!

The event was approximately 600 Km of a combination of back roads and 4wd routes, with nothing but the best to offer, views of lakes, amazing landscapes and more…  OH and don’t forget all the great participants!!!

Our setup at different stages:

 

Met so many really cool people, like minded… those that enjoy a journey to some destination and are at ease in the back country.  I had the privilege of hanging out with the LRAA and OLVR crews!  WHAT a time… IMG_9371

Rover performed well.. despite little growing pains of the motor rebuild, NO major issues 😀 that was awesome!  The work done by Diesel Rovers did not disappoint.  (Highly recommend Adam and his team, small business but great service and knowledgable!)  On the trails with Ryan and I were several land rovers, a Pinzgauer, (oh) and a jeep ;).

The group consisted of some amazing people who made this adventure ‘epic’ and one that will be unforgettable.  Thanks! (you guys know who you are)  I have to admit that I did have some envy going on, those defenders looked amazing, just cruising along on the trail like nothing would stop them – and full of that ‘British’ class…

Now no trip with my Disco would be complete without some drama… right?  Well you guessed it there was some mechanical drama.  On day two, I thought I felt some kind of drive-line surge.  Not sure what it was, but not wanting to stop either…. 😛

So pressed on, all day dreading a *snap* or *bang* stranding me in the middle of Ontario… BUT day two, no trouble.  Continued on with day three… and still feeling the surge, AND one serious *crack*… stopped figuring a front axle broke 😦

Well… luck would have it we had two experienced mechanics and my tinkering ability… to diagnose.  AND nothing wrong.  Mystery continued for another hour or so.  BUT finally took a few minutes to analyze it.  Well the jerry-cans are full on the rear bumper….

YOU GUESSED it.. 60 lbs of sloshing fuel, caused a surging feeling.  The sounds were from the carrier loosening off – might have snapped a weld (Tactical Rovers gear is awesome… but look after your gear, maintenance / inspection is important).  Trouble shot the issue and fixed it! yeah!

If I have not said it enough… this trip was amazing.  Had a great navigator 😀IMG_0120

Thanks Ryan… you were great company!!  Till next adventure….

Things are Happening!

A long time waiting for the mighty Rover to get going… the shop has started to work to get the motor back.  Here is the block getting the ‘royal’ treatment,

Image 2019-04-22 at 4.54 PMthis will be a 4.6 with tophat liners and fully rebuilt. Will be a great setup, with 1000’s of mile of adventuring…. 🙂 super excited to be getting the Rover back on the road.

Just in time for the 2019 Roaming Rally and perhaps a test run out with the Land Rover Adventure Association (LRAA).

More to come… stay tuned.

Rover DOWN! :(

So, sadly the Rover falls victim to a series of bad events… I know it will be back and running but seriously!  You work to ensure that you go to the right ppl pay the big bucks to get ‘good quality’ work, parts, etc so the Rover is treated right – all things we can do AND this happens.  I am sad that those I trusted didn’t provide the level of service I thought they were capable of… and that I recommended them to other Rover enthusiasts 😦

The Rover is in for the ‘TLC’ and I get the news… ‘sorry the motor is worn out…’ Well, here we go… I have that gut wrenching news – gonna have to rebuild the engine from the ground up.  It is never a good thing to hear, but I am hoping that I will be happy in the end with the outcome.

So the plan right now is to have the worn out 4.6 Bosch revitalized, yup – bring it back to life please.  Hopefully we’ll get lots more enjoyment from this Rover!!

I am putting my Rover into the capable hands of Adam Chappell of Diesel Rovers The engine will get:

As the process moves along I’ll put out updates on how the Rover is doing, right now ETA to be back on the road is looking like 6 wks, it will feel like FOREVER… but to get good quality work and have the piece of mind that the rover is in TOP shape I believe that it is just the price to pay.

Don’t worry, the Rover will be back up and running for the Summers plans… Roaming Rally … and all!  Next update won’t be for a while.

STAY TUNED

BEEN A While, so update…

I have had the typical rover issues… and they never really have gotten out of hand.  BUT over the last six or seven months, MAN the Rover gods must be mad at me.  The list:

  1. Ontario’s safety inspection
    • unecessary bushing replacement
    • unecessary tire replacement (x5)
  2. steering knuckle issues
  3. pinion seal on rear differential
  4. rear main seal
  5. water ingress driver side
  6. MULTIPLE bad experiences with local body shop / mechanics (sad about this, because it caused more issues than fixed and COST $$$)
    • if in Kingston DON’T EVER GO TO M.A.R.S. Autobody
  7. RECENTLY – significant oil leak

I have waffled on replacing my beloved Discovery for an upgrade to my ‘dream’ Land Rover – the Defender 110.  Actually found a really nice one in Germany.  BUT there are several factors that have come into play – first and most prohibitive is the cost.  To get a nice Defender here in Canada will cost at least $25 – 30 K and that is a 15 – 20 year old vehicle. Other things that were considered – I love my Discovery.  It is nice, clean and comfy.  Despite the recent issues, I still enjoy it A LOT!

So with some prodding from the boss (aka wife), The decision was made to keep the Disco.  Now this is not as simple as just continue to drive it till something goes wrong.  I REALLY want to have that unicorn – a nice clean Discovery 2 with no issues, oil leaks etc…

OFF i go, to See the guys at Diesel Rovers:  where it may cost some $$ but not the amount of the Defender and certainly not Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 08.20.03enough to discourage me from doing this.  I have had good experience with Adam and his shop. Hoping that this will launch my Discovery 2 into years of trouble (ish) free enjoyment 😀

The Disco was dropped off this weekend (21 Feb, 2019) and I look forward to letting everyone know how the process is going.  Stay tuned…

In the end, once the Rover is healthy again… it will be time to explore, on the books this summer are several adventures.

Plus whatever else I can find in the great Canadian Shield ;).

Water… water… everywhere :(

So, latest challenge for the Rover and I is a wet driver side floor pan. AND I’ll tell you this tracing water down is ‘fun’…

I first went with what had changed last – several months ago my windshield was replaced, and it has had some issues afterwards. SO went ahead with the assumption that the water was coming from there. Being new to a town and looking for a trust worthy service center added to my challenge. You never truly know if you are entrusting your rig with someone who will treat it right.

This time I think it was a good choice – Kingston Autoglass the owner – Leo spent some time to show me what could be the issue and ALSO was clear that the glass might not be my issue.

Sadly, two things happened 😦 first the water leak continued… not good.  Second the in windshield heater was damaged when they did the maintenance  OH and that is not covered by the work they did 😦 so now I have half a heated windshield.  BUMMED!

I continued the hunt… found where the water is coming out… it is the seam at the base of the A pillar – in the drivers foot well.  SO I went and bought seam sealer, and cleaned up the joints and sealed away…. only to have my dreams crushed as water continues to ingress 😦

Continue to watch here… I am still on the hunt for the leak.  Right now, next thing to check is the rain gutters – research has uncovered that the Safety Devices rack might be causing the seam to crack and leak.  More info to follow.

Fall in Ontario

So, been a busy few months, moving, school, new house… etc etc etc (lots of excuses to not get out) – but the stress builds up AND I just need to get out.  So this was adventure 2, we headed out to Effingham lake. A large lake only accessible form the North by snowmobile / ATV trails – right up the alley of the Rover.

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Have to say that the off-road adventures in Ontario are much different from Colorado 🙂 BUT still a great time none the less…  The trails are fun, lots to do and see.  AND man the colours and the lakes – wow!!

Today was a success….from the point of view that I got to get out enjoy the outdoors, time with my family 😀 and the Rover was it’s normal Rover self… 😀  Had the chance to stop by the lake short for lunch and just explore a bit, what a great area…  we also enjoyed a meal thanks to the Jetboil 😉

Amazing times!  Here is to future adventures….

 

Lost footage…

Came across this footage of Black Bear pass in Telluride, CO.  Totally forgot about it… but what an epic adventure that was!  Here is to finding amazing places here in Ontario.

I know the clip is long… but couldn’t resist.  It was much more intimidating in the truck 😀  Enjoy!