ATV
  • Nevada Road and Recreation Atlas (Benchmark Map: Nevada Road & Recreation Atlas)
    Nevada Road and Recreation Atlas (Benchmark Map: Nevada Road & Recreation Atlas)
    by Benchmark Maps (Firm)

    The 3rd version of our favorite Nevada atlas is available! This is the very best resource for riding the trails in Nevada.

  • PIAA 71891 881 HID Headlight Conversion Kit
    PIAA 71891 881 HID Headlight Conversion Kit
    PIAA

    These HID bulbs replaced the stock ones on our 2010 Ranger. They are very, very bright and a must have for riding the trails at night. Kit comes with everything necessary to connect them (harnesses, switch, wiring, etc). Everyone in our Club says they are the BRIGHTEST headlights by far.

  • PIAA 5192 510 Series SMR Xtreme White Driving Lamp - Set of 2
    PIAA 5192 510 Series SMR Xtreme White Driving Lamp - Set of 2
    PIAA

    I installed these driving lights in 2012 on our Ranger to get even more light on the trails at night. They definitely have improved the overall lighting on the trail.

  • GoPro HD HERO3: Black Edition
    GoPro HD HERO3: Black Edition
    GoPro Camera

    This is next on my "want" list.

  • Paiute ATV Trail [Fish Lake National Forest, BLM] (National Geographic: Trails Illustrated Map #708) (National Geographic Maps: Trails Illustrated)
    Paiute ATV Trail [Fish Lake National Forest, BLM] (National Geographic: Trails Illustrated Map #708) (National Geographic Maps: Trails Illustrated)
    by National Geographic Maps - Trails Illustrated

    If you are going to ride the Paiute Trail, this is a MUST HAVE! I wouldn't go on the trail without it.

  • Garmin GPSMAP 62 Handheld GPS Navigator
    Garmin GPSMAP 62 Handheld GPS Navigator
    Garmin

    This is the one I use. GREAT along with Topo maps to use along the trails of Nevada.

If you were looking for the Renner ATV Riders, you have come to the right place. We changed our name a couple of years ago. Same great people and adventures! Update your browser favorites to here: OasisDesertTrailRiders.org

Tuesday
Mar172015

WILL BLM CLOSE OUR RIDING AREAS?

If that title doesn't get your attention, I don't know what will. Is the BLM going to close all of our riding areas? I don't think so nor do I read this document as wanting to do that, but each of us will have differing opinions. I do think this plan is more restrictive than what we currently have and it will be worth as many of us as possible to show up to the meeting and voice our opinions.

If you belong to our Club and subscribe to our emails, you know that the Carson City BLM office will be having a public meeting this Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Churchill County Commission Chambers in Fallon. The actual meeting runs 6:00 - 8:30 pm, with BLM staff being available before the meeting from 5:00 - 5:45 pm. I plan to arrive for the 5:00 pm informal portion to see what I can learn before the meeting.

During the formal meeting the BLM will give a short presentation reviewing their plan and then open up the floor for comments. If you decide to make a statement you will have up to three minutes to make your point. Don't expect questions to be answered at this time, but this is the opportunity to get your comments on the Public Record.

As I stated in the email, the Resource Management Plan (RMP) is a very large document of over 2,000 pages. The BLM is required to update this document every so often and notify the public of their proposed changes as well as hear their comments. If you don't have the time to read the entire document, then I would recommend you read the Executive Summary which will provide you an overview of the plan. Go to the Carson City's BLM website here: http://goo.gl/aYMgf and click on Documents and Reports along the left. There you can find the RMP

As I stated in the email, the plan covers many areas, including our mechanized access to these lands. That's all I am going to speak to here, which is just a small portion of the entire plan.

Figure 1 below shows the part of the plan that deals with ATVs/UTVs. The plan considered five alternate COAs (Courses of Action) with 'A' being the status quo (i.e. leave it as is), and 'E' being the BLM's proposed action. As you can see there is currently 3,840,300 acres open for motorized use (Alt 'A'). The BLM's proposed action is to have only 55,700 acres open for motorized access! WOW. It is true, they want to close all of our land from riding. Well, not necessarily if you read further. The amount that is currently closed to motorized travel is 6,900 acres and that amount actually drops to 6,200 acres in their proposed plan. Similarly, it's the same for the next category of mechanized travel limited to existing routes. In the last category, which limits travel to existing routes, we currently have 924,300 acreas and this will increase to 4,717,300. 


Figure 1

The areas proposed to be closed to motorized and mechanized travel is only 6,200 acres and is similar in size to what it is today. Page 2-178 of the plan provides the details on this.

The areas closed to motorized travel is currently 31,800 acres and will reduce to 24,100 acres in the proposed plan. Pages 2-176 to 2-178 of the plan provides the details on this.

The areas Limited to Existing Routes for motorized and mechanized travel changes from 924,300 acres to a whopping 4,717,300 acres. Page 2-180 of the plan discusses this but provides little detail other than referring you to the Plan's Figure 2-66, shown below as my Figure 2 (click to view the map at a larger size). 

Figure 2 (click for a larger version)So the big change that this Plan proposes is that instead of almost the entire area being open to motorized and mechanized travel, travel would now be limited to existing routes. Is that going to be a problem for us? Well, part of the answer is dependent on the answer to the question: "What constitutes an existing route?" On page 2-180 of the Plan it says "Manage the 4,717,300 acres as limited to existing routes, primitive roads, and trails for OHV and other motorized use until subsequent route designation occurs Figure 2-66)."

The question/comment that I plan to voice at the meeting is when and how will the route designation occur and who will decide? Will the public have a say in the matter? Is anything that is a trail, road, etc. now going to remain open in the future for motorized travel?

As it stands now and based on what is in the plan, the riding areas we have and enjoy today will remain open under this new plan. We need to remain vigilant and keep engaged and take an active participation when route designation occurs; and make sure our interests are considered.

Our Club is a great bunch of people and we love our riding. Keeping to existing roads and trails isn't going to be a problem for any of us, and it's what we should do even if this plan didn't require it. Taking ownership and care of our lands and keeping them open for all to enjoy is a small price to pay. We are very fortunate for the freedom to ride almost anywhere we want in this Great State, let's not lose it!

So what is your opinion of my very simple summary of the BLM Plan?

Do you think our riding areas will remain open or is this "their" plan to close them?

Are you going to attend the meeting this Thursday and voice your concerns/opinion?

Like many things, silence is consent, so lack of action and voicing your opinion is telling the BLM and the Government that the Plan must be good because no one voiced any concerns.

See you on Thursday,

~Dave 

If you want to download pages 2-175 to 2-184 that are referenced above, click on this link: Details of Plan
If you want to download Figure 2, shown above, click here: Figure 2.

 

Saturday
May102014

MILL CITY RIDE ON MAY 10 RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 17

I know that some of you were disappointed today that I cancelled the ride to Mill City, but I believe it was for the best. Cancellations are never optimum, but I think we have had to do it every year the Club has been in existence.

Watching the weather on TV Friday night as well as the forecast for Saturday, it was apparent that the area where we were planning to ride was going to be right in the cold front that was moving through the area. Low temperatures, precipitation, and high winds were forecast.

That front came through Fallon later in the day, and I think we all agree that the winds were strong and not something we wanted to ride in.

We have rescheduled the ride for next Saturday, which is supposed to have much nicer weather. Hopefully you will be able to make it.

What is it they say: "If you don't like the weather in Nevada, wait, and it will change."

~Dave

Sunday
Apr202014

GOLDYKE RIDE

The ride last weekend to the Goldyke area was a fun one, even though we only rode 31 miles. This has to be one of the shortest rides for the Club, but there is a lot to see, which is why it took us all day!

We had our first flat tire of the new riding season by the Henderson's on their Ranger. The Hendersons are friends of the Petersons. Carlos was also on the ride, so he was on that flat like white on rice--isn't he always! So while we were waiting for Carlos to get the tire repaired, I was thinking that it's great that Carlos was here. But, I also was thinking that every time Carlos comes on a ride we have a flat? Hmmm, what gives? So I'm just putting it out there for all of us to watch for the next flat tire and if Carlos is on the ride. Maybe it's a coincidence, maybe not.

We had a big turn-out with 17 ATVs/UTVs in attendance. Rides are always going to take longer with a group of this size as compared to a group of 6-8, so don't be surprised.

Our first stop along the ride was the town ruins of Goldyke. There's not much left except for a foundation or two. It was here that Toby stirred up the first rattle snake of the season. He was really "rattling" to alert us to his presence.

Next on the route we stopped at a number of old buildings and explored.  After a few miles, we came to the site of an arrastra, which is explained below and can be seen in the pictures from the ride.

What is an arrastra: An Arrastra (or Arastra) is a primitive mill for grinding and pulverizing (typically) gold or silver ore. The simplest form of the arrastra is two or more flat-bottomed drag stones placed in a circular pit paved with flat stones, and connected to a center post by a long arm. With a horse, mule or human providing power at the other end of the arm, the stones were dragged slowly around in a circle, crushing the ore.
For gold ore, the gold was typically recovered by amalgamation with quicksilver. The miner would add clean mercury to the ground ore, continue grinding, rinse out the fines, then add more ore and repeat the process. At cleanup, the gold amalgam was carefully recovered from the low places and crevices in the arrastra floor. The amalgam was then heated in a distillation retort to recover the gold, and the mercury was saved for reuse.

After the arrastra we rode for a little while longer before taking a break for lunch on top or a ridge. It was a beautiful view during lunch.

Our ride took us up and down hills while steadily climbing to our next artifact, which was a Roaster. It was still standing, but who knows for how long. It's balanced precariously on four natural timber posts and it wouldn't take more than a heavy winter to fall it. We were over 8,000 fett in elevation now and there was still snow on the northern face of the hills. If it would have been a bad winter we never would have made it to this point as the roads would probably have been covered in snow.

After leaving taking pictures at the Roaster, we rode to the top of the nearby hill and then turned around. Our trip back to the vehicles was via a loop, so we weren't back-tracking very much. The trails were much better on the way back and we made pretty good time, arriving well ahead of the darkness!

Most of us stopped at Middlegate Junction for dinner on the way home. This put a nice finish to a nice ride and made it a complete day.

~Dave

Tuesday
Mar252014

QUESTIONS AFTER CHURCHILL CANYON RIDE

Monday
Mar172014

HIDDEN CAVE VANDALISED

If you haven't been reading the paper or watching the news, you may not be aware of some very sad news: Vandals spray-painted the Hidden Cave Archaeological site - including the interior of the cave.  They also shot up the information kiosk below the cave. The BLM is offering a $1000 reward for information.

http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/march/blm_offers__1_000.html

Hidden Cave is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the region with deposits dating back 5,000 years. The damage to the interior of the cave will cost many thousands of dollars to erase but the damage to the archaeological deposit is incalculable.