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Moab trail-work ambitions
09/21/14 at 12:52:51
 
This fall will be busy for RwR, especially after the BLM gave permission and support to improve several OHV trails northwest of Moab, toward White Wash.

Although we always appreciate checks sent payable to Ride with Respect Smiley, we could especially use help rerouting motorcycle and ATV trails to increase their longevity and the fun factor. In fact, prizes are available for the first half-dozen volunteers who step up.

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But before detailing the trail-work opportunities, we need to highly recommend next month's adventure ride out of Park City, Utah...


DEER VALLEY RALLY (September 26th - 28th)

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Whether you sign up for the dinner, the ride, the hotel, or all three, proceeds will go to the Kurt Caselli Foundation. After the loss of this exceptional racer and young man, his family and industry friends started a foundation to improve the safety conditions at races. They've already made great strides, and it's even trickled down from racing to general riding, which benefits all motorcyclists. If you can't make the event, please consider making a donation directly to the foundation:

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Okay, now onto the half-day trail-work opportunities. They all qualify for a satisfying sandwich and, if you're one of the first six people to pledge your help this fall, an additional prize (see bottom for details).


ENDURO LOOP SWITCHBACK (early September)

As you may know, RwR already rerouted three parts of Enduro Loop:

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Fortunately, we got help from a handful of motorcycle clubs including the Bookcliff Rattlers MC, Northern Colorado Trail Riders Association, Racers Under The Son, and the unofficial MC of Leif Snapp-Cook. The new sections look great, but the switchback at Big Drop needs some follow-up work as soon as possible. As with the other trail-work projects, call Clif Koontz to schedule (435-259-8334).

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OTHER SINGLETRACK & ATV TRAIL REROUTES (September - November)

BLM did the planning to approve other work all the way up to White Wash, and now they need help swinging tools. Frankly it's hard work, but volunteers can go at their own pace, the scenery is spectacular, and there's time to ride afterward. Most of all, it feels great to have a positive impact on the land and the riding opportunities.

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CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON OHV USE (September 25th)

If getting dirty isn't your thing, here's another way to contribute through RwR. Utah State Parks and Recreation seeks to learn more about off-highway vehicle use, rider interests, concerns, and economic impact. By going through training in Moab on the evening of September 25th, you can then accurately conduct surveys on nearby trails. The data will help State Parks to better serve OHV riders on public lands across the state.

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CLEANING UP FLAT PASS TRAIL (September 27th)

For National Public Lands Day, RwR will partner with Moab Friends For Wheelin' on Flat Pass (aka Steel Bender Trail). The trail is braided, but a few measures could be taken to encourage travel along a single path of good quality. On many 4WD trails, the work of MFFW benefits motorcyclists and ATV riders, so we ought to pitch in.

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THE PRIZES

The first six people to contact Clif Koontz (435-259-8334) and set a date for volunteering will be eligible to receive:

A. half-hour massage from Sarah Ball LMT
(3 available)
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B. choice of premium motocross jersey
(2 available)
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OR

C. set of Tugger straps with custom embroidery
(1 available)
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Thanks to these fine businesses, there's more reason than ever to get involved with RwR!
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