Night Before Christmas, TRS Version

It has become a yearly tradition to recite our dirt bike version of the Night Before Christmas at our December TRS club meeting. Since we are not having club meetings right now, I am posting the story here for you to enjoy in the privacy of your own home. Each year I update some of the club member names used in the story to keep things fresh. Enjoy!

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the store
Not a Serrano was stirring, why he didn’t even snore;
The mufflers were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Bingham soon would be there;
The riders were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of Garmin GPS’s danced in their heads;
And Noah in his compression shirt, and Mary in her EVS cap,
Had just settled their brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the gravel there arose such piston chatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the seat of a new KTM Enduro,
Gave a luster of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a hyper 250 sled and eight tiny dirt ride-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and in in rhythm,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Bingham.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Meeker! now, McGuire! now Davis and Ivy!
On, Godwin! on, Brogmus! On Amborsio and Perry!
To the top of the hill! to the top of the wall!
Now ride away! Ride away! Ride away all!”

As dust that behind Bob Hurricane Hannah did fly,
When they meet with a 3 ft. rock step, did mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of bike parts, and St. Bingham too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard in the lobby
The digging and spinning of each little knobbie.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Bingham came with a bound.
He was dressed all in dirt riding gear, from his helmet to his boot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with tranny oil and muffler soot;
A bundle of bike parts he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And his jersey and pants were once white as the snow;
The spark arrestor end cap of a muffler he held tight in his teeth,
And the 2-stroke smoke, it encircled his red helmet like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old dirt bike elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all bike gas tanks with fuel; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his ring,
And giving a nod, he said I’m off to Red Spring Trail – and up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his hyper sled, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to TRS, and to TRS a good night!”

-by George Wysopal
(with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)

The Same Feeling 

We are riders of various skill levels and bike preferences. We have our favorite places to ride and favorite terrain type. Some like to ride sand washes others like rocky trails. Some like the longer distance exploration rides with some pavement thrown in to mix things up. But no matter our likes and favorites, when we are done with the ride on any given day, the feeling we experience remains the same. We share that awesome feeling of experiencing something special has just been accomplished. We might have pushed our comfort zone just a little past our normal red line. Sure, it might have scared us a bit, but because we made it through it, bike and body intact, we are excited and can’t wait to get out and do it again.  

Well, let me tell you, I experienced all of this first hand on Sunday. You may have seen the posting about the Las Cienegas “Newbie Ride.” Twelve riders showed up for this ride. The spectrum of rider experience was very wide. From riders just getting their boots dirty to an AMRA racer to old guys like me in between. But let me tell you, when we finished our 35-mile ride, the newbies were just as excited about the experience as I was last week after finishing a ride north of Webb Road in San Manuel. Our riding pace and terrain were extremely different, but we shared the same feeling after the ride. MAN THAT WAS COOL!!

Now for those in attendance on Sunday’s ride, start thinking about posting up more rides like this one for a repeat performance.  

Below is a picture of some of the riders who participated in Sunday’s ride. A side note.

We stopped to check out the historic Ranch House on the Las Cienegas. The buildings were open for self-guided tours and the restoration work is incredible. If you have a chance check this out. Check out www. Empireranchfoundation.orgfor more information.–

Copper Classic Planning Meeting & Jerry T – shirt Distribution

Place: IAFF Local 479 2430 N Huachuca Tucson, AZ 85745
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 6 PM MST – 8 PM MST

This get together is for those interested in preparing for the 2021 Copper Classic
AND/OR For those who ORDERED and wish to pick up their TRS jersey, 2020 Copper Classic t-shirt or 2020 TWBD t-shirt, whatever the case may be.

TRS will provide soft drinks and appetizers. You can BYOB.

Come for all or part of this meeting, socializing is encouraged.

Maximum attendance allowed is 50. Social Distancing will be respected.

There Will Be Dust Report, Final

On Saturday, November 21st in Amado, Arizona, the Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) hosted their annual event, There Will Be Dust Dual Sport Ride and Fundraiser.

Because of the rider’s, volunteer’s and guest’s support and contributions, TRS was able to host another quality event for the dirt bike community and raise funds for the Amado Food Bank. The final contribution amount of $2,300 exceeded our $1,500 goal. A donation check was presented to Vicki Turner, Community Programs Coordinator on Monday December 14th. (See the photo below)

The rider participation numbers turned out to be very strong considering the current concerns over the virus. The Longhorn Grill & Saloon supported the riders with meals and a staging area in ways better than we could have hoped. Their accommodations and food were top shelf. After the ride all the riders said they enjoyed the event and were glad they participated.

My helmet is off to all the TRS volunteers, family and friends, Rio Rico Scout Troop #508 and the Coronado National Forest, Nogales Ranger District for making this event possible. Our goal was to provide a quality event and I believe that goal was achieved. If you were not able to attend this year, please plan to do so next year.

Finally a special thanks to the local bike shops and bike industry sponsors who pitched in merchandise for the raffle party: Tucker Powersports, On Any Moto, AZKKT, Cycle Skis & ATV, Serrano’s Motorsports & Service, Musselman’s Honda, Rocky Mountain MC/ATV, Giant Loop & RideNow.

Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!


George Wysopal

Big Horn Fire Update

Coronado National Forest Update on The Big Horn Fire.
Received from Adam Milnor, Recreation, Heritage, and Lands Staff Officer, Coronado National Forest
Bighorn Fire Recovery –
There’s been a lot of interest in the re-opening of the Santa Catalina trail system and recreation sites after the Bighorn Fire. First, the good news: the fire spared most developed recreation facilities and vistas along Catalina Highway. With the exception of Rose Canyon campground, where the burn encroached on one of the loops, most of the sites emerged unscathed thanks to the tireless work of the wildland firefighters.
The more challenging news is that the trail system, especially on the north side of the mountains, was heavily impacted. Over 120 miles of trails were burned by the Bighorn Fire and most of them remain closed. Approximately 64 of which were either high or moderate severity including portions of the Arizona National Scenic Trail and the ANST wilderness bypass. Popular trails such a Wilderness of Rocks, Pima Canyon and the Green Mountain Trail are within the burn area boundary but are to various degrees. While some of have seen moderate and even beneficial ecological impacts, trails like Canada del Oro and Red Ridge have been very heavily damaged. The major public safety issues are related to hazard trees and the ongoing risk of erosion and debris flows. Some trails, such as Butterfly Trail, have hundreds of nearby standing dead trees, or trees that have fallen across the trail. Other trails, like Romero Canyon, put potential visitors in the path of serious flood risk. Until hazards on the highest risk trails are addressed, these trails simply aren’t safe for trail users or volunteers for now. We have, however, reached out to all of our trail organization partners and asked them to identify which trail projects outside the highest risk areas that might be of interest.
To be frank, recovery will take years and things will never be quite the way we remember them. However, are working diligently to improve the situation and have had multiple certified sawyers out on trails helping to clear them, preparing the way for youth crews or volunteers. The long-running fire season in the West, as you might imagine, has limited the supply of certified sawyers. But our work continues – we have made an investment in young adult crews with the Arizona Conservation Corps, who will be spending nine weeks this winter and spring working to reopen trails. We also welcome organizations who want to contribute time and energy to reach out and find ways to partner with us.
As for the current status, trails outside the burn scar have also been reopened. The fire closure was extended and modified recently, with a number of a high elevation trails like Marshall Gulch, Incinerator Ridge, and portions of the Green Mountain Trail reopened to the public. In total, we have reopened over 90 miles of trail. The current order runs until May 2021, but will continually be reevaluated.