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The Orange Bucket – Summer 2017

This issue covers; information on Vehicle Identification Numbers, Essential Emergency Kit Items, great idea on preserving spare belts, and Etc., Etc.

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Gold Butte Ride Report 2017

Dunes and Trails ATV / UTV

Gold Butte 02-2017 ride report. By: Roger Walkemeyer

Ride Leader: Roger Walkemeyer Tail Gunner: Ron Foglia Mid Gunner: Rick Lund

19 rigs, 26 people including the video crew

Everyone started arriving and preparing their rigs between 8 and 8:30 am.

The area and the trails we are to be riding this day are new to most of the club members. There was to be

more than the usual number of photos taken.

This was a special ride that was being videotaped and photographed with interviews to be taken of members

of the group for the Nevada State OHV Commission, to promote the value of OHV registration, Nevada

outdoor off road recreation, and rider safety.

I did an interview about Dunes and Trails ATV Club, this ride location, and rider safety before the 8:45 am

safety briefing. I introduced the reporter, video, photography crew and Nevada OHV Commissioner Charlie

Cox.

At 9 am we hit the trail. Directly out of the parking area to a wash and the fun began. We went about a mile

or so and made an equipment check. No-one had anything falling off. Life is good. On the road again. Then

back to the wash trails until our next stop.

For this loop. We broke the group in half (as parking was limited at the top) and put the rigs into 4 wheel drive

low range to climb up to the top of a mountain to get some 360 degree views of the mountain ranges from the

very top of a mountain. The trail used to go down the other side but got wiped out in a landslide. (The value of

pre-rides)

We rode in washes for a few miles and that gave the suspensions some exercise. Then we came up the wash

wall to the top of a plateau. We picked up the pace a little and checked out some beautiful vistas overlooking

Lake Mead and the mountains surrounding it.

Then back down into the 4 wheel drive washes, trails and ridges. Some in low range. Excellent technical

riding, watching where each tire goes. Down in the bottom of one wash that had a stream running thru it we

stopped for a break and a lesson in tire plugging. One of the rigs got a hole punched into the side wall of a tire

and there was a big crowd of helpers to make the event memorable. The job is sure easier when there are

people to help. We went to the top of a ridge lookout point and took a short photo stop, and added air to a

low tire. Then back down into the wash.

The wash led to the highlight of the trip. Little Finland. Absolutely beautiful red sandstone mountain

outcroppings that are weathered by wind sand and water to create some of the most unique shapes and

colorful vistas that exist nowhere else in the world. This site is very fragile and some of the features can be

broken easily. Your imagination should be left to run wild. Some of the features are named and some are the

idea behind some movie characters. Beware of the rhinoceros and the dragon and the crocodile. The king and

his court are watching.

Every time you come here the experience is different. A person can spend hours here getting “those special

Pictures and memories” where the angle and light is perfect. We spent an hour or so here for lunch and

pictures.

Then we were off to the ridges and washes to the next stop to check out some petroglyphs and take the

group photo.

Then off to Devils Throat. Which is a huge sink hole in the middle of nowhere that we are grateful that

someone put a fence around. We would not want to find it the hard way. 80’ to 100’ down. Ouch!

Off again, this time on trails to the Gold Butte road then back toward the staging area. But there is still one

more stop.

A seldom visited site that if you didn’t know about it you would drive right by.

The site is the dam that was constructed on the site of an ancient spring by the WPA during the early part of

the 19 th century to store larger quantities of water than was previously saved by the tiny spring. This was a

valued resource to the ranchers and travelers in this area and was maintained by the ranchers and

government until the BLM “in it’s infinite wisdom” decided that the ranchers, hikers and others that used this

area for hundreds if not thousands of years (note the ancient petroglyphs and Anasazi ruins in the area)

should not be allowed to use the area. “Infinite Wisdom?”

Then back to camp. We got to camp about 3 pm. We set up the barbeque and table for hot dogs and

socializing. I grilled up 36 hot dogs, buns, condiments, and a few brats. Most of the group stayed for a while

and ate and visited.

An excellent ride and a fun day with a great group of people. Thanks for coming.

Roger

An editorial:

There were three areas that we were going to go to shortly after leaving the staging area that had to be left

out of the trip as the BLM has “in its infinite wisdom” decided to close the roads and trails and block access to

the sites.

* Two of the sites are full of petroglyphs but the road / trail to the parking area at the base of the glyphs has

been blocked with posts and cables. Preventing access to these sites to anyone with a disability or anyone

unable to walk a half a mile on the old unmaintained road bed. (Yes the road is still there, it’s just that no-one

can use it!)

* The other area blocked off with posts and cables is the “Poppy” flower fields. A few miles of OHV trails that,

in the spring after a little rain is absolutely beautiful. Desert flowers cover the entire valley. Until the area was

blocked off and we were denied access we could ride the trails and take some breath taking pictures, from the

road / trail and never disturb anything other than the click the camera made. P.S. The road / trail is visible

going off into the valley and guess what, there is not one single flower in the road. The closed signs, cables and

posts are the eyesore. PS “Study”? What? When it rains flowers grow in the meadows. DUH! Study done!

* The other note is the pathetic disgrace of the worn out, washed out, chuck hole infested, un-maintained,

un-repaired, sorry excuse of a road. The ROAD has been allowed to deteriorate to this abysmal state over

more than 20 years.

This embarrassment and affront to users of the area can only be explained by one obvious fact. It prevents

most of the public from coming to the area. How many people are willing to risk their $20,000 to $300,000

trucks, campers, and motorhomes over 28 miles of 4” to 6” deep chuck holes going all across the “road” to the

point you cannot miss them. How many are willing to drive 28 miles at 5 to 10 miles an hour to avoid

damaging the suspension tires and wheels on their vehicles? There are some beautiful campsites in the area

that are totally unused.

I have a 22 year old nephew that was 2 years old when we first documented the deterioration and total lack

of effective maintenance to this “road”.

Why doesn’t the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) just get honest and change its name to the BLC (Bureau

of Land Closure). The only evidence WE see of the BLM is the next “closed trail” sign, or “study area” closed

sign. What the “heck” are they studying? Why the “heck” do they need to close trails that are thousands of

years old to “study” them. I have a novel idea. Have some of the “studying persons” walk on the trails, or ride

a horse, of maybe drive an OHV on them. Then get out of the way so the rest of us “the public” can see the

beauty that is being reserved for the exclusive use of a “SELECT FEW” “STUDY PERSONS”.

As shown by the petroglyphs, these roads and trails have been in use for the past several thousand years.

It seems to us mere members of the public. That the BLM has obviously, quite successfully fulfilled its

(unwritten) goal of removing the public’s access to these PUBLIC LANDS. This needs to change!

By:

Roger Walkemeyer

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The Orange Bucket – Spring 2017

This issue covers; Ride Instructions and Courtesy Rules, CDC article on adult smokers, ATV towing safety, Etc. Etc., and Recent and Upcoming Club Events.
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Cottonwood Ride Report

Cottonwood Rd. Ride
Report
Ride Leaders: Mike & Lynn
Mid Gunner: Roger
Tail Gunners: Steve & Sandra Allen

Sunny and warm, 5 to 10 mph breeze, great conditions. After fixing a leaking radiator drain plug on one machine and a torn cv boot on another, we had our pre ride safety meeting and then hit the trail at 9:20 am. We had 11 machines and about 21 people today.

We rode the high ridge line north to south and stopped twice for pictures. From there we went to Portland Mine and took another picture break. The trails were in good condition to this point but started deteriorating as we headed south, due to all the summer rain storms. We went all the way to Shoshone Cove and ate our lunch and took a group photo. This is a great spot to relax, overlooking the water with shaded picnic tables and bathrooms.

From here we went back north the way we came. It was much dustier coming back. We stopped at the top of Portland Mine for a perspective looking down into the pit and more pictures. Our next stop was at Jeep Cove where we fed some burros and relaxed at waters edge for a few minutes before heading back to the trucks.

We made it back to camp about 3:30 pm, all present and accounted for, dusty & dirty, tired and grinning. What a great day!
Oh yeah, almost forgot- Roger tested out his winch getting Fred unstuck while trying to leave the parking lot.
Thanks to all of you for coming and helping to make this such a great ride!
Mike and Lynn

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The Orange Bucket – Fall 2016

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The Orange Bucket – Summer 2016

Adventure is a passion, but it’s one best shared with friends and family. Which is why exploring the limitless horizons in or on an ATV with those who matter most in our lives makes the experience richer and more rewarding. So “get in the game”, meet new people, and bring along those who will make the ride worthwhile. There’s so much still to be experienced and discovered so why not share with others and do it on four wheels?
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The Orange Bucket – June 2016

Adventure is a passion, but it’s one best shared with friends and family. Which is why exploring the limitless horizons in or on an ATV with those who matter most in our lives makes the experience richer and more rewarding. So “get in the game”, meet new people, and bring along those who will make the ride worthwhile. There’s so much still to be experienced and discovered so why not share with others and do it on four wheels?
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Duck Creek 2016 Ride Information

Duck Creek Utah, Ride
June 25th and 26th 2016

All Ride times are Nevada time. Do not change your clocks.

*NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE STAYING WE WILL MEET EACH MORNING AT 8:00 to 8:30 AM (NV TIME) TO UNLOAD AND GET READY, AT THE INTERSECTION OF HWY 14 WHERE UNITA FLATS AND STRAWBERRY POINT ROAD CROSS. *Download the map PDF. At the Dunes and trails website.
*Short safety briefing then hit the trail at 9:00 am.
*Saturday: Planning to get back to camp about 3 to 4 pm. 60 to 70 miles.
Sunday: Back to camp about 12 to 1 pm. 20 to 40 miles.
We will be doing the pre-ride Thursday and Friday. Let me know if you would like to come along.

**FANTASTIC VIEWS. Be sure to charge up the camera batteries and bring a spare memory card (or film?).

Primary Route
*From Las Vegas take I-15 North to Cedar City, UT
*From the center of Cedar City take Hwy. 14, East to Duck Creek Village. It is a long, steep, low gear, trailer pull for a few miles up Hwy. 14 to Duck Creek Village.
*Take Hwy. 14 about 2 miles past Duck Creek Village to The intersection of Hwy. 14 and Strawberry Point Road, mile marker 33. The ride meeting place and orange bucket will be at the parking area on the right side of Strawberry Point road. Download the maps. *Las Vegas to Duck Creek is Aprox. 196 MILES.
THE ALTERNATE ROUTE: . This would be the route to take if you are going to stay in Kanab or one of the places along Hwy 89.
*Take I 15 North from Las Vegas to hwy. 9 to Hurricane Utah.
*Then hwy. 59 – 389 East to Fredonia, Az.
*Then hwy. 89 North thru Kanab to a left turn on hwy. 14 to Duck Creek Village.

Strawberry point Road and Highway 14 GPS coordinates
N37* 30.228′
W112* 37.480′

If you are bringing your own rig: RV, trailer, or tent there are lots of campgrounds to dry camp at just east of the village.

*Take Hwy 14 about 2 miles past the village to mile marker 33, at the intersection of Strawberry Point Rd. and Hwy. 14.
*Turn left. Go about 50 yards then turn left at the “Y”, go 20 yards then right at the next “Y”, then about a mile to the campground with the orange bucket. *See the map pictures.
*Download the map PDF. At the Dunes and trails website. A number of us will be at the campground marked on the map.

THERE ARE MOTELS, CABINS, RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING, ICE CREAM, FUEL, ETC. IN DUCK CREEK VILLAGE. CALL AHEAD!! There is a big wedding and all rooms were booked as of 05-01-16 when I checked. There will possibly be some cancellations. http://www.duckcreekvillage.com/

BRING FIREWOOD, 40 +- DEG. AT NIGHT, 70 + – DEG. DAYS, AND DON’T FORGET THE SATURDAY NIGHT POT LUCK DINNER.

Weather: IT’S UTAH! Be prepared. There is always a chance of a shower, hopefully a short one. Bring rain gear. 4 YEARS AGO IT SNOWED IN JUNE. Bring cold weather gear just in case. It’s better to have it and (hopefully) not need it, than to drip dry and shiver.
Ride Leader: Roger Walkemeyer
cell: 702-232-3070

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The Orange Bucket – February 2016

Adventure is a passion, but it’s one best shared with friends and family. Which is why exploring the limitless horizons in or on an ATV with those who matter most in our lives makes the experience richer and more rewarding. So “get in the game”, meet new people, and bring along those who will make the ride worthwhile. There’s so much still to be experienced and discovered so why not share with others and do it on four wheels?

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Adventure is a passion, but it’s one best shared with friends and family. Which is why exploring the limitless horizons in or on an ATV with those who matter most in our lives makes the experience richer and more rewarding. So “get in the game”, meet new people, and bring along those who will make the ride worthwhile. There’s so much still to be experienced and discovered so why not share with others and do it on four wheels?

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