A fun ride at Round River Trails! The rain stopped just as we unloaded our ATVs at the Stompin’ Grounds for the second club ride of the year. There was no dust, and lots of shallow puddles. We rode the winding, rocky trails on the east and west side of 64. We played a few hands of poker and passed out Gift Cards to Stompin’ Grounds, Lucettes Pizza, and the Char House restaurant. And Woodrow the Woodtick, our club’s new mascot, made its first public appearance!
Woodticks attend NOHVCC Great Trails Workshop -- Dave Shaw and Dave Halsey went to the 3-day workshop, held by the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (an educational nonprofit), in conjunction with the MN DNR. 40 people attended, from 6 ATV and dirt bike clubs, Hubbard County, and the DNR, including trail technicians and its “roving crew” that builds ATV trails across the state. It was one day in a classroom learning how to plan, design, build and maintain OHV trails, and two days in the field, looking at ways to improve the single-track and ATV trails at the Martineau/Round River Trail Systems north of Akeley. Attendees also got to watch trail dozers in action, building a new trail section, and going into the woods in groups to plan and flag a trail using what they learned at the Workshop. Dick Dufourd, one of the best OHV trail designers in the country led the Workshop. He is also the author of the new 350-page “Great Trails” book now being used by OHV clubs, state DNRs, the USFS and BLM, to build trails that are fun for riders, and environmentally sustainable.
A big thank-you to Taren Saccoman for making the Woodtick costume. To see more of Taren’s artistic talents in mosaics, sewing and jewelry, visit her Facebook page: T-sac Creations.
JOIN US AT THESE FUN CLUB EVENTS:
June 25 -- Club Ride & Cookout at Blind Lake ATV Trail. Meet at parking area in Swatara, at 9 a.m. Ride Soo Line Trail east, then Blind Lake Trail south. Open to ATVs, SxSs and dirt bikes. We will stop for lunch and grill brats. All food, lemonade provided. Return to parking around 3 p.m. Directions from Remer: East on Hwy 200, a few miles before Hill City, go south on 29 (Osprey Ave), at Swatara, go left on 7 (610th Street), go a few blocks to trail parking (same location where we had lunch on Hill City ride last year). Check Google Maps for the best route from your location.
July 4 -- Club rides in Longville parade. A fun club event! This year led by Woodrow the Woodtick, moving to the music of Brad Paisley’s song “Ticks.” Stage at Salem Lutheran Church parking lot at 10 a.m. Parade starts at 11 a.m. Decorate your ATV with flags. Bring candy to toss to kids.
July 12 -- Club rides in Hackensack Sweetheart Days Parade. Stage on 1st St. south of downtown at 5:00 p.m. Parade starts at 6 p.m. Decorate ATVs and yourself to the “Fifties” theme, toss candy to kids. In the event of bad weather, the parade will move to July 13.
July 16 -- Club ride at Hill City. Stage at Sunny’s Gas Station (State 200 & 169) at 9 a.m. We will ride the Hill City Trail or UPM Blandin trail, depending on trail status and group wishes.
Bring bag lunch. Return to trailers at 2-3 p.m.
July 30 -- Woodtick Wheelers Annual Meeting, Elections & Club Ride to Huddles. A one-hour meeting starts at 10 a.m., followed by a fun club ride w/ poker game and prizes, to Huddles Resort on Leech Lake for lunch. Ride or trailer your ATV to the meeting. Directions from Hackensack: East on Cty Rd 5 for 2.5 miles, north on Cty 122 for 3 miles, road turns west (Stony Drive), 1 mile to 3879 Stony Drive (before the Y). Watch for signs.
Send comments and ideas to your Woodtick Wheelers Board:
Sherry Gayken, Secretary; Trista Becker, Dick Buche, Sue Buche, Dick Nytes
Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club
P.O. Box 83
Hackensack, MN 56452