WMOTA Membership Meeting June 13,2019

WMOTA General Meeting June 13, 2019

Jack called the meeting to order at 6 pm.

We have 5 new couples that joined the club.

Steve, Web Master, informed us of the problems with Web site going down.  We now have new security.

We will be parking cars for the Beer and Music Festival in Pinetop Lakeside.

June ride will be Saturday 29th. Ride is at Buckelew Springs. Saturday AM will have a Conational breakfast.

Financial report by Karen. End of May checking balance $2,912.46.

July 27th   ride is one week later. We are looking into Lunch or Dinner.

There will be a Maverick Trail marking from Panorama Trail Head toward 260.  Karen and Jerry are in charge.  More information by email.

Hannigan’s Meadow ride will be August 29th Lunch in Alpine. Dinner at the Lodge where we will be spending the night.  There will be breakfast and a bag lunch to go. The 30th will return home.

Looking for a small committee of volunteers to put maps of all trails on a tablet that members can copy.

50/50 was won by Barbara Bear.

New business: Lorna sent email to Jack regarding changes with Forrest Service.

White Mountain Preforms gave the club holders for our insurance cards.

WE NEED RIDE LEADERS. Be a tail gunner, learn the ride.

Judy made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Passed.

WMOTA Secretary,

Lila Dudley   June 2019

June Club Ride

The ride will be led by Pat and Jo Ann.  It’s about 45 miles and will leave the staging area at 09:00 am Saturday, June 29th.  Please arrive in time to unload and be ready for the ride briefing at about 08:45. The staging/camping area is at Buckelew Springs.  Bring your ride lunch and plenty of water.  It’s likely to be hot and dusty, although you can obviously check the weather conditions nearer the ride time.

From the intersection of US 60 and Penrod –

  • Go east on US 60 to the Vernon Road ≈ 20.7 miles
  • Turn right (southerly) on the Vernon Road
  • Go 2.3 miles to 3261, about 0.1 miles past the cemetery on the right
  • Turn left (easterly) on 3261
  • Go 1.5 miles on 3261 to the second cattle guard
  • At the second cattle guard you will enter the Forest and 3261 becomes FS 61
  • Go 0.9 miles to a fork in the road.  Bear right at the fork, and continue  on the better-looking road
  • Go another 0.9 miles.  You should see a sign on the left saying Buckelew Springs.  The right turn off into the staging/camp area is less than 50 yards past the sign.

Jack R. Dyer

Special Club Ride

On Thursday, August 29th Jerry and Karen Smith are leading an overnight ride to Hannagan Meadow Lodge.  Jack and Jane Dyer will be tail gunning for this ride.  Details of the ride are still in the planning stage, but the ride will be 60-70 miles in length both ways.

The ride will stop in Alpine on Thursday for lunch.  Fuel is available in Alpine.  We’ll have dinner on Thursday evening and breakfast Friday morning at the Lodge.  The Lodge’s Dinner and Breakfast menus are online.  For lunch on Friday, the Lodge can provide a to go lunch for a nominal charge.  We’ve spoken to the Lodge and fuel will also be available there.  The Lodge has both rooms and cabins which the OHV riders have used in the past.  Several of the cabins are large enough they could be shared.  If your significant other doesn’t want to do the ride, they’d be welcome to join you for the evening at the Lodge by driving in.

If you’d like to make this overnight trip to Hannagan Meadow Lodge you don’t need to do anything now except, we urge those who wish to do this ride to book a room soon.  You can book on line at:  https://www.hannaganmeadow.com/          

As of today, the Lodge is wide open, but Hannagan Meadow Lodge is not a large facility and can fill up quickly.   From the Lodge’s web site this is the cancellation policy:    

Hannagan Meadow Lodge Policy:
A 50% deposit is due when your reservation is made. Your deposit is non-refundable, but if canceled at least seven days before arrival date, it can be used up to a year for another reservation with us. If canceled less than 7 days before arrival date, the whole reservation will be charged to your credit card. Reservations made less than 7 days prior arrival won’t be able to be canceled. All rates are subject to change without notice. Due to the small size of the property, reservations are highly recommended. NO REFUND FOR ANY REASON.


MayClub Ride

The official Club ride is Saturday, May 18th at 9:00 am.  Please come early enough to unload and be ready to ride at 9:00 am.

The Club will be riding from the staging/camp location near the intersection of FS 146 and FS 124.  From the intersection of 260 and 60 at the west end of Show Low:

·         Go west on 260 about 26⅓ miles to FS 146 – FS 146 is just west of mile marker 314/look for the WMOTA sign

·         Turn south/left coming from Show on FS 146

·         At about 3.2 miles you will come to FS 124 – again look for the WMOTA sign

·         Turn right/west on FS 124

·         The turn into the ride staging/camp area is about 50 yards on the left – again WMOTA sign

The approximate location of the staging/camp area in degrees.decimal is 34.3270 and 110.4809 or in degrees°, minutes’ and seconds” 34 19 37.2 and 110 28 51.2.  And in UTM 12N easting 247753.5 – northing 3798536.  Ok clearly, I’ve too much time on my hands.  😊

Rides are also planned for Thursday, May 16th, and Friday, May 17th.  You do not have to camp to participate in the Thursday and Friday rides.

The Thursday ride will leave the staging area at 3:00 pm and arrive at the Wild Woman restaurant at about 5:00 pm where the group will have dinner.  Thursday night is ribs night at the Wild Woman.  The ride back to the staging/camp area after dinner is easy and short.

The Friday ride will leave at 10:00 am and return to the staging/camp area about 1:00 pm.  Since the ride gets back about 1:00 pm, Paul is not planning on a lunch stop.  You can bring a lunch to eat at the camp/staging area if desired.

As always, bring plenty of water for the rides and whatever snacks are desired.  The long-range forecast is calling for temperatures in the 60s and some chance of rain.  Rain gear and layered clothing is recommended. Of course, it never hurts to check the forecasts closer to the ride days. Also, if you plan to camp and didn’t sign up at the meeting Thursday night, please let us know you’re coming.  Thanks

Membership meeting Minutes April 2019

WMOTA General Meeting April 11

April 2019 Club Ride

The Cowboy Spa Ride

Our April ride will be on Saturday the 27th, leaving at 9:30 am from the staging area.  This is a great ride in the Junipers and Pinon pines with many interesting sights, including crossing under US 60 and driving on old US 60.  We will visit some historical sites as well as some geological sites.

Directions to the staging area are….leaving Eagar take highway 191 towards Alpine past Nelson Reservoir (your last chance to use a public restroom) to Forest Road 2116, turn left before the large cell tower, drive up to the top of the hill (approx. 1.4 miles) to FR 688, turn left again.  The staging area is on FR 688, approx. 1.8 miles from highway 191. We will have our WMOTA signs out to help you. 

We don’t usually camp in April but if you want to camp there is a great area at the junction of FR 2116 and FR 688.

This is a 45 mile trip with NO mud but some dust.  As usual bring a lunch, snacks, water and a fun attitude.

Your Ride Leaders Karen and Jerry Smith

Members meeting Minutes 10/11/18

WMOTA General Meeting 10-11-18

Yuma February 2019 Ride

At the September meeting club members Bill&Cathy Meinheit and Dave&Penney Bachmann who spend the winter months in the Yuma area suggested a club outing to the Yuma area this winter
This email is more for notification / basic information
About the ride. More details will follow
The outing will be the the first week of February (4-8) 2019 The 4th and 8th would be travel days. Its a about 6-6 1/2 hr drive from Show Low to Yuma The 5th,6th& 7th would be riding days.
The rides will be in the Foothills area of Yuma (14miles east of downtown Yuma ). Options for accommodations are as follows
– Rv. Boondocking area close to where Bill&Cathy & Dave&Penney live which will be the departure points for the rides
  • Commercial Rv Park. There are 2 within a couple miles of the departure points
  • Motels. There are two within about 5miles of the departure points. Many more motels closer to yuma but a farther drive
Would be nice to have a list of interested members by the November meeting
This will be desert riding not sand dunes. Some rocky areas , Dirt roads and some sand washes. Nothing technical or difficult
The temperatures this time of year are in the low 70’s for highs and high 40’s for lows

WMOTA General Meeting September-13-2018

WMOTA General Meeting September-13-2018