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Only a few miles up the road... The
Centralia Mine Fire
Smoke rises out of the ground, the smell of sulfur is in the air, the ground collapses as homes are destroyed. Science fiction? Think again.
  This is Centralia Pennsylvania, where a town was destroyed by a 44 year old mine fire.  Read More Here


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How to compare offroad lights

Lockers, Limited Slips, and other Differentials Explained


Strange and Unusual Vehicles & 4x4s
Hundreds of vehicles that make you do a double take.


Right up the road is
Knoebels Amusement Park

Offroad Tire Reviews & Information
Super Swamper Bogger
Super Swamper SSR
Super Swamper LTB
Super Swamper TSL
Super Swamper Narrow
Thornbird TSl Radial
Thornbird TSl Bias
Thornbird TSL
Parnelli Jone Dirt Grip
BFGoodrich Krawler
BFGoodrich MT T/A KM
BFGoodrich AT TA KO
Maxxis Creepy Crawler
Maxxis Trepador
Nitto Mud Grappler
Pit Bull Rocker Extreme
Pit Bull Maddog
Pit Bull Growler
Goodyear Wrangler MT/R
Pro Comp Xterrain
TrXus Mud Terrain
TrXus STS All Terrain
Mickey Thompson Baja Claw
Competition Claw
Dunlop Mud Rover
Yokohama Geolandar


Offroad in the heart of the
Anthracite Coal Region
Shamokin, Pennsylvania

April 15th.  Tax D-Day.   We paid our dues and now it was time to play.  What a place to play.   Shamokin PA in the heart of Bear Valley.  We knew there were more trails to be found in this expansive trail rich area and we were right.  The word for the day was Mud.  As the day moved on the fun moved with it. At times it was crazy around the mud holes.   Tacomas can't swim but they can tread water and mud for a little while as the tow lines were pulled tight.


Shamokin PA. / Bear Valley

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Morning Meeting

We gather at 9am at the local Walmart just outside of Shamokin.   Some of the group from T.T.O.R.A. (Toyota Tacoma Offroad Association) had spent the night up here in coal country.  Carl and I rolled up here early to get a look at the local unofficial attraction Centralia, home of a 40 year old mine fire burning under what used to be a welcoming little town and the home of 1100 people.  As 9am passed the group was up to a manageable 15 or so vehicles, mostly Tacomas with the exception of a 92 Toyota Pickup, a lifted Blazer and a sweet 89 Toyota Land Cruiser.  We had a brief meeting and it was time to hit the trails. 

Visit the trail pictures of  T.T.O.R.A. Here


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One of the Tacomas the turned a few heads was Rich's 98 Tacoma. With a 6 inch Trailmaster and a few other lifting mods riding on top of 33's it was a tall Tacoma.

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In a nice, wide clearing we regrouped after making our way through town and into the back country.  Here we aired down, disconnected swaybars and chatted a little.  As the group was about ready to move someone said, "Bullshit at lunch!  Lets Play!"   There was no argument with that statement. 

Now what was that word for the day?  Oh yeah, right....MUD!  First stop was the mud hole for the first of many coats of the thick brown stuff.  As the day went on some of us took home more of the brown stuff than others.  Hey, Jack, does that right speaker still sound a bit muffled?


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