There Will Be Dust X, Thank You Message

Saturday’s There Will Be Dust X was an absolute success. The event execution was nearly flawless due to the hard work of the TRS Planning Team. The staging accommodations at the Amado Territory were appreciated by all who were in attendance. Our good friends at the Longhorn Grill & Saloon once again did a marvelous job providing the lunch and dinner meals. The raffle party under the big tent was a great way to end the day.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the fantastic TRS member’s volunteer support and the many business sponsors of the event.

TRS volunteers were responsible for a wide range of assignments and tasks. Here is a short list of what the club volunteers managed.
• Permits
• Route creation, route proofing
• Mapping, course descriptions
• On-line Registration system
• AMA sanction, Liability insurance
• Sweep riders
• Meal delivery on the trail
• Gas delivery on the trail
• TWBD graphic for sticker, t-shirt and banner
• Riders meeting
• Rider Checkpoints, Start, in route, & Finish
• Conduct raffle party

This year we issue a special thank you to Officer Travis Brenner and 2 other fellow LEO’s from the USFS for supporting the ride out in the backcountry. Having them present out on the back roads offered an extra measure of safety and security for all involved. Awesome!

Certainly not to be forgotten are the local and regional businesses who sponsored There Will Be Dust X. These extremely generous businesses and the people who manage them provided over $3,000 in either cash, motorcycle supplies, equipment, or riding gear to the event. These contributions aided in TRS’ quest to raise a healthy donation for the Amado Foodbank.

Here is this year’s sponsor list.
• Alexandra Miller, CPA
• AZKKT
• Cycle Skis & ATVs
• KLIM
• On Any Moto
• Serrano’s Motosports & Service
• Tucker Powersports

What better way to thank these sponsors than by patronizing their businesses in the weeks and months ahead.

Happy Thanksgiving to all,

There Will Be Dust X Message

Greetings and a sincere Happy Thanksgiving to all.

On Saturday November 19th. TRS hosted the 10th running of There Will Be Dust (TWBD) out of the Amado Territory in Amado, Arizona. This year was special for several reasons. Saturday’s event was a milestone year being the 10th. It was held where it all began back in 2013, Amado Arizona. Next, TRS experienced a record attendance number for the event. When pre-registration closed, we had 130 riders on the entry list. And finally, and perhaps most important, the founder of TWBD, Steve Brown made a special appearance coming all the way from Oregon to ride and socialize with TRS. It was great having Steve with us on Saturday.

What made this year special was having the check-in, camping and day parking, and riders meeting all located on the Amado Territory property. The property owner Doug Getchal provided ample camping and day parking space that comfortably accommodated the event’s participants.

Check-in closed on Saturday right at 8:00am. After conducting a brief riders meeting and processing through the “Start Check”, the ride got underway. Our lunch crews picked up the lunch meals from the Longhorn Grill and Saloon (which is just across the interstate from the Amado Territory) and drove out to their assigned locations. Meanwhile riders began their adventure on the backroads and trails.

By the early afternoon, riders began to return and process through the Finish Check. Around 5:00pm the Check crew left the Finish Check station and headed over to the Longhorn Grill and Saloon for the evening festivities.

The meal, dining accommodations, and Longhorn staff hospitality was outstanding. The buffet meal (chicken, ribs, sides and desert) was served under a huge tent structure. We enjoyed a very comfortable table set-up, artificial turf on the floor, propane heaters throughout and a stage upfront to set up the raffle prizes. There were tablecloths on each table, and we ate our meals with real utensils and plates. Rather upscale for a bunch of dirt bikers.

Right after the meal finished, Todd Davis and John Bingham put on a great raffle party show. It took a full hour to dispense all the prizes. Over $2,500 worth of prizes were provided to the lucky winners. Try to guess who won the full gear set grand prize? None other than Steve Brown. Talk about good karma.

All around this was one very special event. No question the best There Will Be Dust ever. There were no serious injuries to report, and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the ride, meals, and raffle party. Once all the financial accounting is done, an announcement will be made regarding the donation amount. If you missed it, you need to be there next year.

TRS’ Red Spring Trail, Forest Service Moto Champion is Departing Az.

All,

Gary Meeker and I learned last week that Mr. John Titre of the USFS, Nogales Ranger District, is taking a transfer to Utah on the Ashley National Forest near Vernal. This new assignment gets him back to where his career with the Forest Service began and closer to his grandkids. So, this is great news for John but not so much for TRS. If it was not for John, the Red Spring Trail most likely never would have been established. He was our moto trail champion. His work ethic while he was with the Nogales Ranger District is unmatched. We may never again see the likes of his dedication and support of our motorized interests. Tomorrow we will meet with John to wrap up some loose ends about the Red Spring Trail information kiosk project.

Gary and I are working to put together some parting mementos for John. We think an appreciation plaque and a TRS club jersey are appropriate.

Cheers, (or maybe tears)
George

Red Spring Trail Maintenance Day #2

A second Red Spring Trail maintenance ride is being planned. This time it will include much easier work to be done and more trail riding. No need for hiking shoes or heavy tools.
The date will be this Sunday October 30, staging at the Hunters Access parking area, RTR at 8:30am.
The primary objective is to trim back some recent tree and brush growth along some trails to be used in There Will Be Dust X.
Here is an example of the hand tools to bring along. The red handled fold saw works great, the snippers is a second option but only for the really light stuff. If you have a roll of pink ribbon for trail marking, bring that too.

Let me know if you plan to attend.

George

Red Spring Trail Maintenance Day #2

A second Red Spring Trail maintenance ride is being planned. This time it will include much easier work to be done and more trail riding. No need for hiking shoes or heavy tools.
The date will be this Sunday October 30, staging at the Hunters Access parking area, RTR at 8:30am.
The primary objective is to trim back some recent tree and brush growth along some trails to be used in There Will Be Dust X.
Here is an example of the hand tools to bring along. The red handled fold saw works great, the snippers is a second option but only for the really light stuff. If you have a roll of pink ribbon for trail marking, bring that too.

Let me know if you are interested.
George

TRS’ October Meeting Reminder & Dirt Bike Swap Meet



Aside from the usual swap meet items, such as tires, boots, bars and goggles, there will be a couple of motorcycles for your review. One is an Adventure bike that will be for sale. The other that I’m hoping will be on hand is a one-of-a-kind desert race bike (not for sale) for your review and enjoyment. Be sure to stop by.

Date: Tuesday October 11th.
Location: On Any Moto, in the Off-Road Center building, 2535 N Jackrabbit Ave, Tucson, AZ 85745
Meeting Time Start: 6:30pm, feel free to come early and check out the bikes & gear
We will have a quick club news update and then open the dirt bike swap meet.

So, start gathering your excess or slightly used gear or bike parts for the swap meet.
The meeting and swap meet will take place at On Any Moto, in their Off-Road Center building. Outside too, weather permitting.

Bring your food and drink. The outdoor BBQ grill will be available for your use.

TRS’ September Club Meeting Highlights

TRS Club Meeting Highlights

• Had another nice turn out, 29 members on hand.
• On Any Moto’s Josiah Brennan and his crew once again welcomed us to use their Off-Road building for our meeting.
• Watched single-track videos from the Red Spring Trail and Patagonia.
• TRS’ grant application to fund the installation of information kiosk at the Red Spring Trail trailhead will be reviewed by the Arizona State Parks & Trails Off-Highway Advisor Group on September 27th.
• There Will Be Dust X registration is open, a discount for TRS members is available. Registration closes on Nov. 15th. Seeking additional TRS volunteers to support this event.
• TRS is seeking approval to use private property owned by BHP Copper for the 2023 Copper Classic. TRS will attend a meeting in San Manuel on Sep. 24th to seek support from the community and Pinal County of this plan.
• Gary Meeker shared a report of the projects TRS is currently working with the Coronado National Forest, USFS.
o The Nogales Ranger District is reviewing the proposed routes of Red Spring Phase 2 for any archeological concerns.
o Red Spring Trail Information kiosk as mentioned above.
o The Sierra Vista Ranger District is scheduled to begin review of TRS’ Patagonia single-track proposal in the 4th quarter of this year.
o Santa Catalina District (this District includes Redington Pass) does not have any active or potential for future single-track projects. Their current comprehensive trail plan does not include any mention of motorized trail development. TRS will be meeting soon with the District Ranger and members of his staff to discuss corrective actions to mitigate moto rider conflicts with the gun enthusiasts target practicing near or on trails.
• Several tech tips were presented.
• An On Any Moto 15% discount card was distributed to those in attendance. Bring the card into the shop to get the discount good for part, accessories, and tires.
• Heads up, for an announcement of a November Redington Pass trash clean-up day.
• The next club meeting could include a dirt bike swap meet.