JULY 2017


"Desire is the key to motivation, but itís determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.Ē

Mario Andretti


††††††††††††† MERA

††††††††††††† There hasnít been a lot going on up at MERA lately. The prison crew came in and did a little work on the new single track Snag trail. They cleaned up some of the side hill sections. I rode it recently, for the first time, and I think it is one of the better sections of trail we have up there. It still needs a little work, but that will have to wait till there is some moisture back in the ground.

††††††††††††† Rob and I did some more brush work. There is more that needs done, but we are trying to keep up with the worst of it. We have a short section near the Spine Trail that we want to build to tie two sections of trail together so we donít need to hop on and off the road. We also still need to cut out the next section of the Snag trail. After spending at least one day a week working up there, from the first of April till the middle of June, we have backed off a little. We will get back up there as life and weather permits.

††††††††††††† There has been some work going on at the motocross track. The parking area and access road have been improved. There is a lot of work that still needs to be done on the track itself, but as usual I think it is a matter of finding the bodies to volunteer to do the work.


††††††††††††† There has been a change to the Y.S.E.P. program this year and we are going to start evaluating ATVís also. This should add to the number of kids attending as well as make the club a little more money. These are evaluations, so the kids need to have experience riding. They need to have taken the online course at and have their card. To sign up for the evaluations and for more information on what is needed and what to expect, go to Our next evaluation will be July 15, 9:30 am at the MERA training area.


†††††††††† Finally made it up to Breshears a few weeks ago. The trails were in good shape as far as I went. The bridge on Bell Cr. Trail is hanging in there, but is in trouble. The work that was done to shore up the bank has helped, but the water has worked its way behind things again and is eroding the bank further under the east end of the bridge. Iím not sure what the plan is going to be to save it.

††††††††††††† Since I was up there, I know there has been more work done. The motorcycle only trail is open and the trail to that junction is OK. Upper Breshears was still snowed in at the south end, but there didnít appear to be anything down across the trail. Havenít had any reports on if anyone made it all of the way through Bell Cr. Trail yet. Things may be cut open, but there is still a lot of brush and limbs that need cut back.

Union County Fair Parade

††††††††††††† As usual we will be riding in the Union County Fair Parade, which I believe will be on August 4. There wonít be another newsletter before then, so check the date to make sure. We generally line up near 8th and O. Get there between 6 and 6:30. If anyone has kids that can participate, please bring them.


††††††††††††† It is membership dues time again. Look on your address label. If the EXP date is 17 or older your dues are due. If 18 or higher, you are paid up.

††††††††††††† It is also time to nominate people for next months election. We need to elect new or re-elect a Vise President and 2 board members. If you are interested let me know. Preferably at the meeting.




††††††††† Removing rocks from 317

††††† We got to the point we had to start filling things back in.

†Looks a lot different than when we started. Hopefully it will be easier to ride and last a while.