Taken from the December 2010 Newsletter - Part A

SPANGLER HILLS OUTING REPORT: by Chas Moser

The predicted low turnout was indeed small: Keith & Vicki, Chas, and Bill Thomas along with friend Tim McMillan. On Saturday we were visited by Larry & Karin, who were camped elsewhere with their SoCal friends and family. It almost goes without pointing out the obvious but the riding was GREAT. We enjoyed three nice days of super riding. The weather was on the cool side, maxing out at 57 degrees during the day and 22 degrees at night. The 80-mile ride on Thursday included lots of hill climbs in the Spangler Mountains, and the Teagle Sand Wash to the Trona Pinnacles, plus trails to The Wagon Wheel (Charlie's Place) and beyond. Since Chas was still getting used to his new '09 Beta 525RS, he was a little tentative on the monster hill climbs and chose to spectate for the most part.

The 91-mile ride on Friday included lots of jeep road riding through the Red Rock Canyon plus a journey to Burro Schmidt Mine, trails in the Rand Mountains, and a visit to the historic town of Randsburg, since Tim had never been there before. Ordinarily this place is a real mad house bustling with activity during holiday weekends, bulging at the seams with hundreds of OHV riders. Unfortunately, due to our late arrival time at around 4:30 pm, the town had already essentially shut down, with all the stores closed or closing by the time we got there.

The 91-mile ride on Friday included lots of jeep road riding through the Red Rock Canyon plus a journey to Burro Schmidt Mine, trails in the Rand Mountains, and a visit to the historic town of Randsburg, since Tim had never been there before. Ordinarily this place is a real mad house bustling with activity during holiday weekends, bulging at the seams with hundreds of OHV riders. Unfortunately, due to our late arrival time at around 4:30 pm, the town had already essentially shut down, with all the stores closed or closing by the time we got there.

The 72-mile ride on Saturday included a wide variety of terrain: two-track, some great single-track (especially near Fremont Peak), sand washes, and a visit to the Husky Memorial Monument. By this time, Chas was getting used to the Beta and was really in his element on this ride. Near the beginning of the ride, we all did a double take as we passed a long dog sled team out on the trail. Turns out that the dog sled group has been visiting the area for a number of years during the cool winter months, both as a hobby and for practice. Luckily, the only major casualties during the outing were Keith's flat tire and Bill's broken foot peg, and we’re all thankful for that

SPANGLER HILLS OUTING PHOTOS: by Chas Moser and Vicki Hepler

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(Continue to more photos in Part B)

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