June SPECIAL and May Meeting

Hello Members, 

We are putting together a special OHV/ ATV trip to La Posada Hotel in Winslow, AZ.  The dates are June 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2021.  We will have two rides, one on the 21st and another on the 22nd and both rides are about 35 to 40 miles south of Winslow off highway 87.  That puts us at a higher, treed location.   

We will arrive at the hotel Sunday, late afternoon, in time to check in and meet for dinner in the Turquoise Room Restaurant at 6:00 pm.  After breakfast on Monday, we will travel south on highway 87 for a day of riding and exploring new territory.  We return to the Hotel for another fabulous meal and relaxing evening.  On Tuesday, after breakfast and check out of hotel, we will again travel south on highway 87 for a second day of riding.  After our ride we travel home or you may choose to stay a third night at La Posada Hotel. 

Important Information:  You must call the hotel and make your own reservation under our group White Mountain Open Trail Assoc. before MAY 4th.  We are going “dutch” for both dinner and breakfast.  

La Posada Hotel 

303 E. Second Ave. 

Winslow, AZ 86047 

Phone number: 928-289-4366 

Web Site:  www.laposada.org 

As always you will need to bring a lunch, snacks and water for the rides. 

Please reply to this email after you have your reservation so I will know how many will be for dinner and on the rides. 

Karen Smith, Treasurer 

928-367-4001 Home 

480-225-0658 Cell 

p.s. Our next regular monthly ride will be Thursday, May 27th, with ride leader Maurice Colwell.  More details will follow. 

Club Season startup

WMOTA’s season is ready to start.  We will have our first meeting, Thursday, April 8th at Show Low Café.  The meeting will start at 6:00 pm but please come at 5:00 pm for dinner and socializing.  After a year we should have a lot to talk about!!! 

If you haven’t paid this year’s dues, you can pay at the meeting.  Please bring your Membership Application and Waiver available on our website.  WMOTA.ORG.  

Our first ride will be, Saturday, April 17th and will be located east of Eagar and Springerville.  We will have more information and directions to the staging area after the meeting.   

Looking forward to seeing everyone!! 

Your WMOTA officers, 

Jack Dyer, President 

Don Kramer, Vice President 

Nate Leonard, Secretary 

Karen Smith, Treasurer 

November 2020 Club Ride

The Weather has changed and now doesn’t look so good…….So we are changing the ride to Tuesday, November 17th which is predicted to be sunny and warm.  Everything else remains the same.  

Our November ride on Tuesday, November 10th, will be to Trappers in Taylor for lunch.  We will leave from the Trail Head (34.33192N, 110.11697 W) at Lone Pine Dam Rd and Burton Rd at 9:00 am in order to reach Trappers by 12:00 to 12:30 pm.  If you don‘t want to ride, you can also meet us at Trappers, but I need to know how many will be there for lunch, so I can make a reservation.  Please reply, l if you are planning to ride or just join us for lunch.  Treasurer@wmota.org

The ride itself is very interesting.  We will start by traveling part of the Maverick Trail, then entering Wilson Draw on our way to Taylor.  After lunch we will return by way of Schoens Lake and an old smelter. 

The weather is predicted to be dry and in the 60’s for a high so dress in layers and bring water and any snacks you may need.  But don’t forget Trappers has great homemade pies! 

This is our last club ride for 2020 so we are hoping for a good turnout.  Karen and Jerry Smith, Ride Leaders


WMOTA club meeting held during Bear Claw Ride ride that was organized by Maurice. Thank you to everyone who prepared the trail for a great ride! There were 25 total units.

President Jack Dyer called the meeting to order. Welcome to all members and guests.

Karen, club treasurer, provided an updated Treasurer Report. Sept. balance $9,573.27

It was discussed that the weekday rides continue to be popular and will continue.

Reminder made about the WMOTA facebook page which is to allow members to get together for smaller group rides.

Paul will lead the next club ride on Oct. 24 in the Heber/Overgaard area. More details to come in the near furture.

Jack then talked about the need for new ride leaders and how training will be provided. Contact Don Kramer, club Vice President and Ride Chairman, if you would like to do this.

It was announced that Nathan Leonard will now serve as the club Secretary.

Meeting was ajourned.

Nathan Leonard

Late Oct. Cub Ride

Paul Kulas will lead a ride on Saturday, October 24th.  The ride will stage from the intersection of forest roads 146 and 124.  There is an area southwest of the intersection where the Club has camped in the past and there is plenty of parking.  The turn into this area is about 50 yards west of the intersection on the 124.  Take 260 to the 146 and turn south on the 146.  The 146 is between the 314 and 313 mile makers about 200 yards west of the 314 marker.  It is about 3½ miles south on the 146 to the 124. Obviously, anyone that wishes to can camp for this ride may.  Paul wants to get the ride started promptly at 9:30 am so please arrive early enough to be ready to go then.  The ride will be about 34-40 miles long, so expect to be back 3ish.  As always bring you lunch and plenty of water.     

October 2020 Club Ride

WMOTA had a very successful camp and ride this week, six campers and a camp fire every night. On Tuesday, morning, hot coffee and donuts greeted everyone. We rode out with 25 machines, including the ride leader, Maurice, and tail gunner, Ken. It was a great 49 mile ride and elk, deer and antelope were sighted along the way. We returned to camp about 4pm, somewhat longer than our rides normally take, but there were lots of slower, rocky sections. While the trails were dusty, no one seemed to mind but all should check their air intake box for dirt and clean or replace their air filter. Jack held an impromptu meeting when we stopped for lunch. The ride was also a poker run, won by Karen

September 2020 Membership Meeting

WMOTA General meeting September 10, 2020

President, Jack Dyer called the meeting to order.  Welcome to all new members and guest.

Our club ride will be during the week, this seems to work for the club. Maybe 3rd Wednesday or let the ride leader chose the date.

Webmaster, Steve Dudley informed us we have converted to a new E-mail server.  Now it is a new learning curve.

Minutes were approved from last meeting. Available on Club web site.

The club needs a Secretary and Social director. If interested contact Jerry Smith.

The Club needs more ride leaders and the we will train.

Maurice Colwell has been working on the Maverick West trail from Clay Springs North to 277.  This was proposed 8 or 9 years ago. roro

Maurice will be leading the Fall Color Ride in October.  More info to come later.

50/50 was won by Karen Smith $80.00.

Meeting was adjourned.


Lila Dudley

RIDE September 15, 2020

 Tuesday, September 15th   The Club has now ridden twice during the week (July and August) instead of Saturday and the consensus is nearly unanimous that weekday rides work.  We are still finalizing plans for this ride, but will be leaving from the Sheep’s Corral, which is almost a mile north of 260 on 117 where 117C branches to the right.  We’re planning on starting the ride at 09:00 am.  More details will follow before the ride, but mark you calendars for that day and join us.

Club Picnic

WMOTA is hosting a members only, BBQ rib dinner on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  This year the dinner will be held at Woodland Lake Park, Ramada #2 in Pinetop.  In addition to the dinner, we will provide Ice Tea and Lemonade, if you want any other liquid refreshments bring your own.  Woodland Lake Park is off Highway 260 — turn at the Chevron station and take the first park entrance to the right.  Ramada #2 is the second one you come to and parking is just past the Ramada.
RSVP is required by August 31th!!  Please reply to this email, with a head count, only if you are coming. 

We will have WMOTA shirts to sell at the BBQ, so bring cash or your check book.
We will also do a 50/50 drawing at the meeting.
Hope to see all of you at the BBQ
Your Board of Directors

August 2020 Club Ride

On Wednesday, August 12th WMOTA had its August ride.  Yes, on a weekday.  The initial response to my inquiry about riding on other than a Saturday was overwhelmingly in favor of weekday rides, so we tried it in August.  I think most would call the ride a success.  Twenty-five machines made the ride.   We did get a little rain, but our ride leader, Karen Smith, timed our lunch stop in a period of no rain.  The little rain settled the dust nicely.

  1. We are planning a ride for September.  Given the success of the August ride, the September ride will likely also be on a weekday.  Watch your e-mail for details as the plans finalize.   
  2.      We are also planning a September meeting.  Yes, an actual meeting.  We’ve reserved a ramada at Woodland Lake Park and are planning a dinner for Club members similar to the one last year.  This will be on our regular meeting date, the second Thursday, September 10th.      Since we’re providing dinner, we will need an accurate count on how many are coming.  So, we’ll be asking who is planning to come.  Again, watch you e-mail for details.

Jack Dryer WMOTA President