Hey guys we need your help!!! Starting the week of November 4th the master planning firm of Farmer Morgan will be conducting an open public comment forum for what activities people want on Doe Mt. Each and every OHV user needs to go to their website, Facebook page or to their office in Mt. City to let them know what you want on Doe Mt. Farmer Morgan firm only knows what people tell them. If the OHV community stands by and is idle we will get no trails. (Then the bird watchers will take over the mountain.) Please take time to let them know you want OHV Trails!!!
We had a great meeting this month. So here is an overview for those of you who missed it. We started our meeting with a prayer by Peanut Barnett there are several prayer request in our club at this time so please keep our members and their families in your thoughts. Next was Bo Miller our treasurer report. Our first topic of discussion was Buffalo Mt.. Lynn Hicks reported on talks with the Distric ranger and recent work day. The conversation then turned to Doe Mt. and the Yahama Grant Initiative. Mike Farmer Reported on the Soft Openning and the work that still has to be done before the soft opening can happen. One of the issues that the mountain is facing now is obtaining insurance. Randy White arranged for Chris Sturgill and Andrea Cash of the Spearhead Trail System to come and speak to the club. Chris is the Project Director for the Spearhead trails system he was very informative. He spoke on the importance of an active OHV involvement in the coumunity for OHV to be accepted and wanted. He also was able to shed some light and put into perspective the time it takes to open a trail system. Andrea is the Marketing and Administrative Director. She was able to tell the members where to get passes and some of the challanges that the Spearhead faced. She also let us know of some up and comming opportuniteis for our club to join in with the Spearhead Trail. For more information on the Spearhead trail system please visit their website at spearheadtrails.com Terry Earheart then opened up the opportunity for 5 or 6 volunteers to help at the Appalachian Fair Aug. 20th & 21st to help flag the Monster Truck and SxS races. If you are intrested in participating in the SxS race or helping with the races please contact Terry at (423) 340-0258. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.
This week a group of the MTRA went to the Spearhead Trail. We were able to purchase our trail passes for the trail as well as the Mountain View atv club membership at local hardware store in St. Paul Va. The trails are well marked and most of the Spearhead trails are well boxed out and well suited for larger quads and SxS. Trail maintenance is on going on the Spearhead system so watch out for large equipment on the trail. We were able to talk to a few of the Rangers they informed us that you need both the Spearhead trail pass and the Mountain View pass to be allowed on BOTH systems if you only have one pass and are caught on the the trails without the correct pass there is a $100.00 fine. The rangers and staff were very friendly and helpful. The Mountain View trails were not as well marked or groomed however they much more technical and tight offering a good challenge for your average rider. We had a great time and can’t wait to go back and explore this system as we only got 30 miles in and never hit the same trail twice. For more information on this awesome trail system please visit their website Spearheadtrails.com.
We have almost sold all of our raffle tickets. We have a few left. Contact a MTRA member or your cycle shop for tickets.
You will have a chance of winning a part of history. MTRA will be raffling off a 1975 Bultaco Pursang at this years Christmas party on December 14th. This bike was donated by Bobby Richards and is being 100% completely restored (down to the Bolts) by Hugh Cannella. The bike will also come with a DVD of the re-build from start to finish. The tickets will be available at all MTRA events and at the club meetings as well. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 you don’t have to be present to win. Remember that all the proceeds from this build will go to help further MTRA’s mission to help keep public lands open and to sustain and improve the riding areas we have. Good Luck!!!
We had two instead of one fun ride to RoseHill. We visited White Rocks, Hensley Settlement, Wilderness Trail Off Road Park and Hole in the Wall.
We had to fix some flats and the record for us anyway is 9 plugs in one tire. Everyone is safe and sound.
MTRA has an official accredited ATV Safety Institute Instructor on staff. Lynn Hicks along with ASI offers the ATV RiderCourse, a half-day, hands-on ATV training course, as well as a suite of free interactive online safety courses for youth (6-11), teen (12-15) and adult (16+)
MTRA of Mountain City has elected Dan Spencer as the new President of the Mountain City Chapter. Rita Spencer was elected as the MTRA of Mountain City Secretary. Lets help support them as they help to lead the Mountain City Chapter into the the coming year. Congratulations Dan & Rita.