March 2017 Club Ride
This month’s ride took place west of Superior AZ and north of highway 60. It was a rather easy ride and short ride at 36 miles. The desert and hills where we rode was very green from all of the past rains. The cactus are fat with moisture and many of the streams are running. For us “mountain folks” the temperature was a little too warm, it got into the upper 80s.
The distance to the trailhead, for many riders, was significant. I had expected a rather small turnout for the ride. Riders from the west and east valley, Tonto Basin area, and Springerville/Eagar arrived excited about a fun group ride. Total count, 28 participants, 14 side by sides and 2 quads. Because the ride distance was short, the ride pace was leisurely with many long stops. Lunch found the group on top of a hill in a small opening in the trees. There was a small grassy area that provided the perfect group eating space. A trail ride would not be complete without someone having some kind of machine problem. Fortunately, the problems were minor and did not spoil the fun day for anyone.
Many of the riders stopped at El Rey in Globe for supper and a brief reliving of the fun day.
The Apache County ATV club participated in the Arizona State Parks & Trails 1st Annual OHV Club Leadership Event March 3rd & 4th. Mel Schweigert, club Vice President, represented the club for this event. The club agreed to pay all of Mel’s expenses for this event, total cost will be available in the March Treasurer’s report which will be available at the March 23rd club meeting.
The goals for the OHV Leadership event held at the Boulders OHV Park where three-fold:
1) To obtain the latest information about how to apply for grants available from the Arizona State Parks OHV fund.
2) To meet with of other off road club members and exchange information concerning trail use, development and maintenance.
3) To experience the Boulders OHV Camping/Picnic/off road riding area. The Boulders is a user-friendly area for all types of off road vehicles (Quads, Jeeps, Single Track) and is a free use area on BLM and Arizona State lands.