December Trail Ride

December club trail rides are typically away from the higher elevation of our mountain where you normally find cold, wet, snow, and not very pleasant riding conditions. Our area and our mountain has not seen any moisture for too many days, so it really was not necessary to escape to better riding conditions. None the less the December club ride was off the mountain, well what we think of as our mountain, in the Globe area. Well it was something different and it was a little warmer. 12 side by sides and/or quads with 16 participants made the trip to the staging area in Globe and headed up the mountain. The last time some riders tried to do a pre-ride for this ride was somewhat of a disaster, snow, lots of snow, and a machine having to be winched out of trouble. Today there was no snow, a little would have helped to settle the dust, and no one needed to be rescued. The trial, not really a trail, more like a “not well-maintained” mountain dirt road, up the north side of the mountain was followed to the Sulphide Del Rey camp ground. This provided a great place for a comfort break and place to stretch legs. The trail then headed east along the top of the Pinal Mountain to a small group of private summer homes and commercial radio towers. Ride participants were provided some great views of the valleys below.

It is amazing how hungry you can get when riding, an early lunch was called in a small camp area atop of the mountain. There were picnic tables and comfort stations for all. The biggest drawback was the fact the wind came up and the temperature was in the mid-40s. Before lunch was over everyone wanted to leave and go to a lower elevation and warmer temperatures. The next section of the trail was on the south side of the Pinal Mountain. The plan was to make a big loop from where we started down the side to a point where we would go back up the eastern end of the mountain. The trail was easy, meaning no “technical” stuff to go over or through. After several more stops for stretching legs and visiting the group found themselves back at the staging area. The trip had been a little over 45 easy miles. Today’s ride was not to dusty for the ride leader, for the rest of the folks, it was pretty bad.

The ride and day would not be complete without a visit to El Ray in Globe for some wonderful Mexican food. A wonderful way to end a fun time.


December Christmas Party

As 2017 draws to a close, the club gathered to celebrate the Christmas season with a party. The Christmas party committee, Tom & Nancy Samoff and Marilyn Slaughter, put together a fun evening. The party was held at the Springerville American Legion, post 30. Thirty plus club members and guest enjoyed a fun evening of great food, member recognition, and gift exchange. The club presented coats with embroidered names to Karen & Pewee Jaramillo in recognition of their many years of club membership and countless volunteer hours. Barry Williams made the announcement that Chuck Wood has been selected to replace Dave Williams on the Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OHVAG). The best part of the evening was the time spent visiting with other club members.


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