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Oct 21,- OHV Ambassadors "Show Me" ride in the Bumble Bee OHV area
Oct 21, 2017 - OHV Ambassadors "Show Me" ride in the Bumble Bee OHV area

The AZ State Parks OHV Ambassadors program are doing one of their Fall schedule "Show Me" Rides in the Bumble Bee OHV Area on Saturday, Oct 21st departing the Bumble Bee staging area at 9:00AM. I am also an OHV Ambassador and will be a second flight leader on this ride. I have really enjoyed the Ambassadors past "Show Me" rides at the Boulders OHV Area, Morristown/Jackass Flats, and Vulture Mtn riding areas. Some of the AAR members also went on their Parker AZ and Bouse AZ rides.

I figure some AAR members and visitors might want to attend their "Show Me" ride as a show of support for this dedicated Arizona State Parks volunteer organization as well as having some fun on a great ride.

I think the OHV Ambassadors ride leader, David Q, may take the clockwise Backway to Cleator route through Black Canyon Creek and Turkey Creek, IF the water is NOT running too high. He is also including some of my scenic stops at the local historical mines in the Bumble Bee/Cleator area that I normally do on my "Cleator Yacht Club" rides. To break up the group, I will be helping as a second flight leader doing a counterclockwise route through the Bumble Bee OHV Area and visiting the historical mine sites.

ALL AAR MEMBERS, GUESTS, VISITORS, AND POTENTIAL NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME ON THIS RIDE. THE OHV AMBASSADORS "SHOW ME RIDES" ARE OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THIS PARTICULAR "SHOW ME RIDE" IS LIMITED TO ATVs, UTVs, AND DIRTBIKES.

IF YOU HAVE AN EXTRA SEAT IN YOUR SXS OR UTV FOR THE RIDE, LET ME KNOW. I HAVE A FEW FRIENDS THAT WOULD LIKE TO GO ON THE RIDE.

The Fall "Show Me" Ride Schedule of the OHV Ambassadors can be found on their website at https://azstateparks.com/ohv-ambassadors .

HIGHLIGHTS
• Lots of scenic off-road travel on a number of mining trails through Turkey Creek, Government Springs Wash and the Bumble Bee Wash OHV areas.
• Some Easy-to-Moderate level difficulty side trails for meet-and-greet Kodak moments visiting the old abandoned Bumble Bee Ranch line-cabins and traveling to a distant hidden canyon to see the 75' Antelope Creek Waterfall pool area with Petroglyphs (aka Bumble Creek Waterfall).
• Also, some side trips to the Hidden Treasure Gold Mine, American Flag Mine (aka Old Brooks Mine), and the Turkey Creek reclamation route and viewpoint overlooking the old Golden Turkey Mine (aka Silver Pheasant Mine) and its large stone cabin and explosives shed.
• After some fun twisty desert riding in the sandy Bumble Bee Wash and Government Springs Wash, we arrive at the Cleator Yacht Club saloon in the town of Cleator for a 30-min lunch. On Saturdays, it has a hot dog cart for food (hot dogs, italian sausages, and brats). Otherwise, pack a lunch, munchies, water, and beverages for yourself. Bathroom facilities area available in the bar area. This is a fun Meet-and-Greet lunch spot so walk around or grab a table on the front porch, at the historic bar, or out back in the marina area.
• Depending on time constraints, there could be a possible side trip after lunch on the Moderate-level switchback mining trail up to the old DeSoto copper mine.
• Fast return on the two-lane Crown King road with a possible final stop at the St John's Mine on a viewpoint hill.
• Plan on 50 miles in length with all the meet-and-greet stops and side-trip ride segments. Extra fuel is usually not required but each rider should know their machine’s fuel consumption. There are no gas stations in Cleator.

STAGING AREA AND START TIME
The OHV Ambassadors "Show Me" ride will stage at the Bumble Bee staging area and start at 9:00AM. Get there early due to the anticipated turnout of a normal OHV Ambassadors "Show Me" ride by the general public. To get to the Bumble Bee staging area, convoy up I-17 up to the Bumble Bee/Crown King exit 248. Turn west and head down to the bottom of the hill. The staging area is at the bottom of the hill approximate 3.75 miles from the exit. The asphalt road ends at the bottom of the hill. The staging area is about a ¾ mile further down the Bumble Bee/Crown King dirt road on the west side of the road by a kiosk sign. The Ambassadors ride departs the staging area at 9:00AM after their safety meeting so try to get there early to unload your vehicle since it is a small and heavily-used staging area on weekends.

Bumble Bee Staging Area on Google Maps:
Enter the GPS coordinates N34.1614° W112.1663° or (Google coordinates 34.161400, -112.166300 ) into Google Maps and zoom out to see the way from the I-17 Exit 248 to the staging area.

There is also an overflow staging area about 1/4 mile past the Bumble Bee staging area if the lot is full. There are a few parking spots along the asphalt road as you come down from the I-17 exit 248 too.

Arrive early to meet-and-greet other AAR members, friends, visitors, and guests. Feel free to ask me questions about the OHV Ambassadors and/or the AAR club. THIS RIDE IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. You don't have to join the AAR club to go on this ride. I will have some AAR membership forms with me but I will be participating as an OHV Ambassador flight leader on this ride.

TRAIL RATING
Easy-to-Moderate Ride (Level 1-2; Green-Blue). (Definition: May have some spots that are a little off-camber on the mining trail side trips and switchbacks; some hilly/rocky spots and a few steep slopes; recommended for riders with more than 6 months of riding experience.) ATVs / UTVs / SxSs / ROVs okay on this trail. 2WD vehicles s/b okay. Two-Up ATVs okay for passengers.

THE OHV AMBASSADORS "SHOW ME RIDES" ARE OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THIS PARTICULAR "SHOW ME RIDE" IS LIMITED TO ATVS, UTVS, AND DIRTBIKES.

VEHICLE & EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
All ATVs, UTVs, & SxSs should be street-legal and have the Arizona Off Highway Vehicle Decal sticker. This will be a 50-mile roundtrip Easy-to-Moderate desert ride through some varied and beautiful desert / mountain scenery. Dress appropriately and keep hydrated. Bring a lunch, snacks, and beverages. Bring a camera for those Kodak moments. Extra fuel is usually not required but each rider should know their machine’s fuel consumption.

Helmet that is properly fitted, fastened, and has a USDOT safety rating for those 18 years of age and younger who ride on an OHV. Riders in an OHV such as a ROV / UTV / SxS or similar vehicle, while recommended for safety, do not require a helmet unless a rider is under 18 years of age. The AAR club and the OHV Ambassadors organization promotes the use of helmets on all its rides. Eye protection is required for operators of vehicles not equipped with a windshield. You should use common sense for eye protection, bandanas, scarfs, and dust masks for large group riding due to the dust conditions anyway. All attendees are expected to have appropriate vehicle registration, license, and insurance and to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner.

COMMUNICATION
Leader, mid-pack wingmen, and tailgunner will be on Channel 5 in case you want to bring your walkie-talkies. I highly recommend bringing a walkie-talkie.

ADD-ME BUTTON
For active AAR members, please use the Add-Me button feature in the members-only-accessible screen using your MemberID and password on the AAR website www.azatvriders.org.

“You can always go on a ride with people. It’s best to go on a ride with friends. Come join us for a fun ride and make some new friends!"

Happy Trails to You! Keep the Rubber Side Down!

Bob Maitzen
Cellphone: (480) 363-7723
Bob.Maitzen@gmail.com

Contact: Bob Maitzen (480) 363-7723 bob.maitzen@gmail.com
Date: 10/21/2017
Time: 9:ooAM
Submitted by: bobma


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