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Last Friday, John Clark of the London Jeep Club invited my mother, Tracy and I to Nogies Creek, near Bobcaygeon ON. This is where my father helped build a Jeep trail, which was named “Rathwell Trail”.

When we arrived at the trailhead, it was clear that we were the odd ones out. Everyone had Jeeps with massive mud tires, winches and other specific off-road accessories. The only way we would be making it down the trail that dad built was by hopping into one of them.RathwellJ-150731-8763Mike Assef was kind enough to let Tracy, Rain and I ride along in his beautiful and powerful 2013 Jeep Rubicon. Not long after starting down the trail, we came to a nice ravine, where we all stopped. Clark turned on some fiddle music while he unveiled a plaque and the official renaming of the Rathwell Trail. RathwellJ-150731-8750In honour of dad and all his hard work on building the trail and helping the club, they had decided to call the trail “Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail”. In this ravine, that we all stopped at, they set a plaque in memory of dad. Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial TrailOne by one, members of the club also gave mom roses to show their consideration to the family.

We wanted to thank Clark, Assef and everyone at the London Jeep Club for doing this. It was unexpected, but a huge honour to be part of it. Tracy, Rain and I look forward to getting down Rathwell Memorial Trail again in the near future!

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Tracy and RainDog enjoy the ride!

Tracy and RainDog enjoy the ride!

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Driving down Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Driving down Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

The plaque on "Rob's Rock"

The plaque on “Rob’s Rock”

Lucille Rathwell, John Rathwell and Tracy Guenard stand in front of "Rob's Rock"

Lucille Rathwell, John Rathwell and Tracy Guenard stand in front of “Rob’s Rock”

One by one, members of the London Jeep Club introduce themselves to my mother.

One by one, members of the London Jeep Club introduce themselves to my mother.

The group prepares to head down Rathwell Trail

The group prepares to head down Rathwell Trail

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

Adventures | Robert Rathwell Memorial Trail

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6 comments

  1. Mike Assef Reply August 5, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Beautiful story and fantastic pictures. It was a pleasure to be part of this.

    • Tracy Guenard Reply August 5, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks a lot Mike. You were a great guide and we had a good time.

      • Mike Assef Reply August 6, 2015 at 7:08 am

        You are most welcome Tracy

  2. Trevor Reply August 5, 2015 at 11:39 am

    As someone who got to meet and know Rob a bit at these events over the years this plaque is perfect and touching. Rob gave a lot to the Jeep community and we are missing a small part of it now that he is gone. But, he will never be forgotten and this plaque makes sure of that.

    I’m sad that I missed the memorial, but I wish you are your family all the best, we’re all sorry for your loss.

    • Tracy Guenard Reply August 5, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks a lot Trevor. Much appreciated.

  3. Scott Reply August 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Had a great time thanks for the great pictures. We made it up in the H2 lol Shoot me a picture of my daughter if you can that would be great id love to see it! thanks again nice to meet you both.

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