Thursday, August 25, 2016

THERE'S NO ROOM FOR (OFF-ROAD) COWBOYS ANYMORE

The Days of Running Free and Riding Off Into the Sunset Are Only For the Movies!

But Freedoms Still Exist and We Need to Keep Them.


By Del Albright


This story is about off-pavement motorized recreation and how the "cowboy" claim to fame of riding free is just not real anymore.  Not for us as people who put a motor rather than an horse under us.

Now please don't get me wrong, there is a ton of "freedom" built into what we do; but in today's world we cannot behave like riding and roping cowboys on public land and expect to have a "horse" under us much longer.  By that I simply mean we must follow the rules, obey the laws, be good stewards, and set the example for the younger folks behind us.

I also pray (literally) that we will always have real cowboys on ranches, doing real horse riding, roping and cattle driving.  I also fight for and work hard to help make sure cattle grazing on public lands continues to be a viable lifestyle.  But here I speak of motorized recreation and how the "cowboy" in us must be corralled.



While it would be hard for me to argue the point that we might have too much big government in some circumstances, there are just some rules we need to follow when you are on the throttle or gas pedal.  And if we follow them, and be part of developing them by getting involved, then we can keep our motors running and our "horses" fed.

It still boils down to all of us doing our part; joining organizations that make sense to us; being good stewards of the lands (and waters) we enjoy; obeying the rules; and setting the example for others who also want to enjoy our great backcountry by motor.

NOTE: for a good example of a recreation code of ethics, see what BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails has to offer: http://archive.sharetrails.org/node/14768

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Friday, August 5, 2016

HELPING HANDS BUILDING BRIDGES IN VOLUNTEERISM


The Spirit of Cooperation Through Helping Hands

Is the Solution to Successful Volunteerism and a Better Future for All


By Del Albright

Volunteer efforts from churches to charities to clubs and organizations must engage the concept of "helping hands" in order to build better bridges to a successful future. That was the theme of a recent talk I gave at an off-road/four-wheeling event in Empire, CO (August 1, 2016) called All-4-Fun conducted by the Mile-Hi Jeep Club of Denver, CO.

Too many volunteer efforts fall apart because of egos, personalities, bickering or even jealousy.  Turf battles take over meetings and conversations.  People drop out right and left and find something else to do -- or another club/place to do whatever it is you were doing. It has to stop if the effort is to survive at all.


The best solution is to encourage everyone involved to use their "helping hands" to save the cause; keep the sport alive; or the charity strong; or the trails open, by working together to build a bridge that will get everyone to a better future.

To build a "bridge" each person uses the strengths they have to "lift" and install the part they are assigned, then turn and help the person next to them do the same.  With everyone using their "helping hands" the bridge is quickly built in a team effort that helps everyone achieve a better future.

I would hope that everyone would share the spirit of cooperation and helping hands to amplify the effect of all of us in one cause, working towards a common goal, whatever that may be....for sure, in my off-pavement motorized recreation world, that would be more trails saved and open, and a stronger future for all of us with a bridge that cannot be torn down!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

DON AMADOR JOINS HALL OF FAME


Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee Don Amador.

Don joins class of 2016



Really, seriously proud of my Sharetrails/BRC team mate, Don Amador for being inducted into the 2016 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame with a distinguished list of inductees.  Wow, what an honor!  And Don is deserving as he has devoted the majority of his adult life to motorsports and keeping them alive and well, with access and opportunities for all.



Don the politician, who knows the insider tricks to keeping trails open.

Don the rider....gettin' it done on the trails, for the trails, for all of us.


Learn more about Don's sound/noise work at Quiet Warrior Racing where quiet is cool:
http://www.quietwarriorracing.com/


And more at the General's Recreation Headquarters here:
http://thegeneralsrecreationden.blogspot.com/


More about Don's induction, and the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame here:
http://ormhof.org/
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Honored to work with and know Don as my friend,
Del




Tuesday, June 28, 2016

NEW LOOK FOR NAMRC?



 Drafting a new look for the North American Motorized Recreation Council, NAMRC.


We could use all three, depending on the application (avatar, logo, format, etc.).


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Green Wheeling

GREEN WHEELING

By Del Albright, BlueRibbon Ambassador

(Re-posted from BlueRibbon Coalition Magazine, Issue #4, 2016)

I don’t want you to frown at the title of this article and think that I am going to suggest you recycle your toilet paper or any other extremist radical-enviro malarkey, because that’s not the case.  What I do suggest is that we all love four-wheeling and going the places we go, seeing the things we see.  But we don’t enjoy seeing a pile of trash left behind or some idiot getting off trail and tearing up the countryside.  “Green” wheeling is actually an acronym as well as a concept that help solve these problems. 

Admittedly, I have some “green” concepts that make full sense to me and what I leave behind for younger folks, such as 1) conserving and using our resources wisely; 2) keeping our outdoors clean; 3) cutting back on waste a bit; 4) using common sense to reduce air and water pollution; 5) making America more energy self-sufficient; and 6) curtailing illegal and outlaw behavior on public lands and water ways.

So when it comes to four-wheeling, here’s my suggestion for “GREEN.”
G = Get serious about land use.
R = Read the riot act to outlaws.  (or Read from the Good Book?)
E = Educate yourself and others.
E = Eradicate trail trash.Whee
 = Never be the drip.

Getting serious about land use means three things: JOIN, DONATE and VOLUNTEER. Join everything you can afford to join, including national, regional, state and local clubs/associations that make sense to what you believe in.  Donate (beyond membership) at tax return time or when you have some extra cash.  And volunteer your time and energy at least a few times a year to those causes/groups doing what you know makes a difference.

Read the riot act to outlaws means not letting someone tear up your recreational opportunities and trails. Ask them to stop; show them the error of their ways; or just report them (with pictures) to the nearest law enforcement authority.  If there is a trail patrol or trail watch program, be a part of that.  STOP the outlaws, AND the ill-informed from ruining our future.



Educate yourself and others on good trail behavior such as the BlueRibbon Coalition Recreation Code of Ethics and Tread Lightly principles.  Carry handouts and freely offer ideas to others on how we can keep our trails open by “doing it right.”

Eradicate trail trash is just that – carry a trash bag and pack out more than you brought in.  Set the example for others and stop and pick up that can alongside the trail when so many others may have driven by it. Proudly display your trash bag and fill it up as often as you can!  Clean up messy left-behind camp fire rings, even those you did not create.

Never be the drip and set the example for having a rig that does not leave a fluid trail or sit and drip in camp. Maintain and fix your 4x4 so it doesn’t pollute the trail.  Fix your muffler; tighten up hoses; replace seals; and stop any fluid leaks on the trail.


If we all practice this idea of Green Wheeling, our trails will be in better shape than ever, our image will improve immensely with those who watch us (or even don’t like us), and our future will be brighter.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Moab Easter Safari Underway

EASTER SAFARI MOAB, UT
It's About Freedom

By Del Albright

The 50th Annual Moab Easter Safari is underway this week and wow, is town hopping.  No matter what you wheel or drive, Moab and the surrounding incredible scenery represents a lot of what our motorized sport is about.

While the town itself and some of the businesses may be confused about who brings the money to this small town, four-wheelers are not!  We explode the local economy and bring more focus than any other activity to this Utah community.

And it's about freedom.  Taking a drive around the red rock country, or challenging your rig in some big rocks, Moab area has it all. And the freedom to do this adventuring is what we love.  Unfortunately that freedom is always under attack by, as Stacie my wife says, exclusionary elitists who would rather not have rubber tires anywhere on the red rocks.  I say let's tell them to pound sand!

There are several groups fighting to keep Moab motorized trails alive and well for us all.  BUT it takes all of us doing our part -- whatever your part is in this tangled web of politics, meetings, letters and fight back efforts, you MUST be doing your part if you love Moab for four-wheeling.

I recommend you realize that all fights for trails begin at the top -- Washington DC and national politicians.  So being a part of national groups like BlueRibbon Coalition and United Four Wheel Drive Associations is essential to saving our sport -- from the top down.  Then also join regional, state and local groups that make sense to you and that you see fighting for your freedoms.  WE MUST BELONG and be counted to make a difference.

JOIN and get your name on those rosters of enthusiasts who are really doing something and not just being virtual where your name (and voice) never really shows up.  Take another step and BUY only from businesses in our sport who are doing the same and are on the land use team.

It's about freedom; Easter Safari in Moab represents that freedom.  Go have fun; but BE part of the solution.
Del
BlueRibbon Coalition Ambassador, http://www.sharetrails.org

Monday, February 15, 2016

TDS Desert Safari News 2016

TDS New Location; New Fun; Huge Raffle; and New Obstacle Course


This year TDS Desert Safari is located down the road 8 miles east of the old location at the Training Area. CA State Parks are not issuing permits this year so don't blame the club for the move. 2016 Safari HQ is at Johnson's Landing,  a private RV park facility.


There is limited dry camping north of the HQ. Camping and normal recreation (that doesn’t require a permit) is still available on the State Park lands. TDS club folks are building an obstacle course at the new HQ, complete with a mud pit. And, as a bonus this year Johnson’s Landing will have a BEER GARDEN for your enjoyment. 



Let’s not forget the Fireworks Show! The club promises it will be LOUD and in-your-face fun this year. Finally, our famous Raffle is now up to $150,000.

One more note: as you get close to camp, dial your radio to FM 99.9 to hear the club broadcasting directions/information about the new HQ.




And with so many new folks coming to TDS Desert Safari these days, the club has established some “rules” around HQ/camp to ensure we all have a great time.

See Headquarters/camp rules here: http://www.delalbright.com/tds_rules2.pdf

For more on TDS and the Desert Safari, visit: http://www.tds4x4.com


On behalf of the club,

Del