Thought I would pass along a few pics of our summer vacation in the Outer Banks last week.
While we had a house down in Nags Head, all but a fairly short stretch of beach was closed to ORV at the time around the Oregon Inlet ("we are from the government and we are here to help you").
Did manage to head up to Corolla a couple of days and hit Carova Beach. Carova has roughly a dozen miles of beach that is open to ORV 24/7 with no permits and runs all the way up to the VA border.
The sand conditions were quite varied, some fairly smooth and hard packed, but mostly very, very soft and easily rutted sand. The soft stuff can be a real eye opener for those 4x4s and especially all wheel drives that choose to not air down. An all wheel drive with limited clearance and full pressure tires would be lucky to make it much past the entrance ramp!
The first day I aired down (Nitto Terra Grapplers) to 12 psi, ran in 4 hi with ATRAC on, I do not think I could have got stuck if I had tried, very sure footed, very pleased.
The second trip down I decided to try 20 psi (what the signs recommend), at the higher pressure I could tell a real difference. While I had no problems and never really felt I was going to, still you could tell you did not have the margin of error you did at 12 psi.
Not too many vehicles out either day and lots of open beach to yourself, really was nice late of the afternoon/evening. This was a great time for the kids to fly kites till dark with not another soul around. The wild Mustangs also seem to come down to the surf mostly later in the day.
There is also a neighborhood behind the dunes that stretches most of the way up to the VA border. Some beautiful homes that range from very nice to some giants that have 20+ bedrooms. This area is isolated and cut off from all roads of any type, the only access other than boat to it is by driving down the beach for about a mile or so from where the roads ends.
Once in the neighborhood it is laid out with street names, but all of 'roads' are just sand trails behind the dunes, lots of great places to explore here as well.
Here a few pics of my Taco from the trip.