PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: by Keith Hepler Another missed outing. I guess it is that time of year when we have other commitments or just plain lousy weather getting in the way. Hopefully a few of us can make the rescheduled Upper Lake outing the end of this month. There is a lot of excellent riding there and a great place to go when not so many other riders will be showing up.
Vicki and I recently went to Phoenix for her niece's wedding, and of course I loaded up the bike for the trip. Knowing that Robin and Glenda were going to be in Yuma, we agreed to meet in the Phoenix area for a little riding. Joining up with a friend of Robin's living in the area and a visiting friend of his from Missoula, Montana, a little riding was set to happen. The area is on the Northwest side of town and was a regular for the national enduro series back when Clear Creek was also on that list. Lots of terrific single-track when you have someone along that knows the area - just look out for all the Cholla beside the trail, RIGHT beside the trail!*
We had a great time and all went well with our rides. I am not telling you this because it will ever show up on our riding schedule - it will not. However, for those who go to Yuma each year, this is not a long way to go for a couple days of riding. Dry camping is available at the staging area. Talk to me if interested next year.
One last comment for those who like to explore new areas to ride in: the guy from Montana, well he offered to show us the best riding in his area and northern Idaho. Think around the August - September time frame. Come on, get out and ride more.
*NOTE: To find out about the area they rode, browse to this website: http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/arizona_ohv_trails_places.shtml and scroll half-way down the page to "Hieroglyphic Mountains/ Boulders" - - OR - - go to Rider Planet at http://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/trails/arizona_list.htm and scroll a short ways down to "Boulders OHV Area". Here are a few photos from there: