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.
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.
There Will Be Dust Report On Saturday, November 21 in Amado Arizona, TRS staged their annual event, There Will Be Dust. Because of your 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 is being calculated right now and early indications suggest we will meet or exceed our $1,500 goal. The participation numbers turned out to be very strong considering the current concerns over the virus. The Longhorn Grill & Saloon supported us better than we could have hoped. Their accommodations and food were top shelf. All the riders I spoke with after their ride said they enjoyed the routes and enjoyed themselves. My helmet is off to all the TRS volunteers, family and friends that made this event possible. Our goal was to provide a quality event and I believe that goal was achieved. Also a big thanks to Boy Scout Troop #508 of Rio Rico & The USFS, Nogales Ranger District who presented the Colors to start the riders meeting. If you were not able to attend this year, please plan to do so next year. Check out the slideshow of photos taken at this year’s event. 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 Thanksgiving.
I visited a brewery called Moto Sonora today to see if this would be a good place to hold future club meetings. They are located near 22nd and Park ave., across the street from a NAPA auto parts store if you are familiar with the area.
http://motosonora.com There is a food truck parked in the front lot and plenty of parking in the back of the brewery. Of course we are not yet able to hold large public meetings until the Governor declares all is safe for us to live again.
I will keep you posted as this develops. Check out the photos. The place has a real cool atmosphere.
Seventeen (17) TRS members along with John Titre from the US Forest Service we on hand on Saturday Oct. 17th to pick up smuggler trash left behind in various locations along the Red Spring Trail system. Enough trash was collected to fill the FS truck! Cool !! Thanks to all who participated in the clean up. Another event will be schedule in the near future.
On Monday August 24, 2020, TRS club member Chuck Ivy presented a check made out to the San Manuel Community Schools in the amount of $2,500 to Lisa Armenta. His next visit was to the San Manuel Fire Department where he presented them with a check for $500. These donated funds were raised at the Copper Classic Restart Enduro held in San Manuel Arizona on March 7th of this year. The Copper Classic race is part of the Arizona Motorcycle Riders Association (AMRA) Arizona State Championship Series.
TRS is proud to continue to give back to the San Manuel community. We look forward to the next Copper Classic in 2021.