Coming Soon – NOHVCC will begin a series of free webinars in 2019. The webinars will be designed to deliver quality and helpful information on OHV safety, education, management and other issues related to motorized recreation.
(Note: HOHVCC has been a key informational & technical reference source for our Red Springs Trail Project. TRS has recently made personal contact with Geoff Chain the NOHVCC Project Coordinator. Geoff lives in Prescott)
The series will kick off in January 2019 with a presentation titled What is NOHVCC? This initial webinar will be useful for those who are unfamiliar with NOHVCC, its projects and its mission. It will also be useful for those more familiar with NOHVCC but who want to expand their knowledge about specific NOHVCC programs or projects.
Future webinars will likely focus on creating and sustaining OHV clubs and associations, mapping, engaging land managers, effective OHV websites, and more!
Please keep an eye on NOHVCC’s & TRS’s website (and on your emails) as we will be providing more information as the first webinar draws near.
The southwestern desert is one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes on earth. You can be riding in rim deep sand, teeth chattering rocks, smooth rolling trails, and hills that would challenge a mountain goat. And all in less than a mile. We’ve put together a few suggestions that we hope will make your riding more enjoyable.
One of the biggest mistakes new riders to the desert make is underestimating their hydration needs. A bottle of water might be fine for a day ride in Michigan, but it won’t work here. We recommend a hydration pack [like a CamelBak] in addition to a spare bottle of water.
Helmet: We recommend an MX or Adventure style full coverage helmet and goggles. A modular helmet is another option.
Boots: We recommend MX or Adventure style boots with plenty of shin protection.
Pants: There are lots of things in the desert that will try to stick you. We recommend heavy duty MX style pants. You’ll need a vented pair for warm weather.
Gloves: As we said, there a lots of things out there that will stick you [Google La Cholla cactus] We recommend gloves with finger and knuckle protection.
Jersey: We recommend a long-sleeve jersey.
Protective Gear: We recommend a chest protector [MX roost style] at the very least. Full coverage chest, elbow, shoulder and knee protection is a plus.
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS
All vehicles, including off-road vehicles, need to be registered and plated in Arizona. You will receive either an “MC” or “RV” designation on your plate. You will also need an OHV Decal is a sticker which must be purchased annually to allow your OHV to be operated within Arizona.
Arizona Trust Land is land managed by the State Land Department. Trust Land is not public land. A recreation permit is required to camp, hike or travel on Trust Land that is designated as open for recreation.
In a single ride you will likely pass through Arizona Trust Land, Bureau of Land Management areas, and Private Property. It’s important to recognize and respect whichever property you are on. If you come across a gate, make sure you leave it in the position you found it. Closed, or open.
PROTECTING THE CRITTERS
The desert is an ocean with it’s life underground, so the song goes. We want to be good stewards of the land and it’s occupants.
Much of the desert is open range. Use caution when cresting hills and rounding blind corners. You don’t want to meet a 1,500 pound cow or worse yet, and angry bull.
Perhaps the best part of There Will Be Dust VI was meeting the fine folks, Clark and Judith of the East Santa Cruz County Community Food Bank located in Patagonia. Today I presented to them a check in the amount of $1,500 to support the Food Bank they represent. All the riders who attended this year’s event made this donation possible. TRS thanks you very much.
This donation is what makes TRS special. Each year at this time we strive to make a donation to a local cause that will improve the holiday season for those less fortunate.
Clark & Judith surprised me with a gift for TRS as their way of saying thanks. (See the photo) The handmade cutting board comes right from their own shop. The photo does not do it justice. I will bring it to next week’s club meeting.
Please read the both letters they gave me. One is a thank you letter from the Food Bank and the other provides some interesting information about the cutting board.
Now with There Will Be Dust VI in the rearview mirror, it is time once again to turn our attention to our ever-popular AMRA Series race event, the Copper Classic. Your club will be hosting the race in San Manuel on Saturday March 9th, 2019.
Your Club Officers are now seeking volunteers to form the Race Planning Committee and begin taking on the event planning action list. This event should be of special interest to those TRS members currently racing this year’s AMRA series. We can use your experiences obtained from riding the other races to help ensure our event offers the best venue in the entire series. So I am looking for a strong representation from our racers on both the Race Planning Committee and the action list.