Ride Updates and News
Secretary/Treasurer Position Split
At the Annual Meeting in January, it was announced that the Secretary/Treasurer position would be split into two roles. If you are interested in helping to fill one of the roles please reach out to President Jon Wagner for information Contact info on the Board of Directors Page
Due to extremely wet weather the WI DNR has closed all horse trails in the Kettle Moraine and Festivus has to be cancelled
UMECRA President Email Hacked
Jon’s e-mail has been hacked. DO NOT reply to any requests asking for money or money transfers. NO UMECRA BoD member will EVER make such a request. He apologizes for any inconvenience these scam attempts may have caused anyone. If you have a question/concern, you may contact him directly.
My Backyard Location Update
Because of wet weather and poor trail conditions My Backyard has been moved from Jubilee Park in Brimfield IL to Jim Edgar Panther Creek near Chandlerville, IL
Run for the Ridge & Run for the Cactus Location Update
Run For The Cactus: August 17th & 18th, 2019.
Run For The Ridge: September 21st & 22nd, 2019.
A new location has been found!! We are waiting on a special use permit, but we are quite certain that this is a GO!!
Huntersville State Forest, between Bemidji and Brainerd. This is a beautiful venue!!! Angie Orr Mikkelson hosted a ride here in 2007, and I think she'd agree that this is a really nice ride venue. The camping will be in a huge pasture, with LOTS of space for everyone and their friends. You can tie to your trailer or put up pens. There will be water available as well as porta-potties. $28/night per rig.
The trails have excellent footing: not many rocks at all; it's mostly dirt, sand, grass and much of it is 2-track. Browse through the pictures; thanks to Crystal Rene' Esqueda for helping me with trail planning and photos. The sand is shallow and most of the trail is barefoot-friendly. We will be on some forestry roads which are like minimum maintenance roads, but any gravel is fairly fine. The terrain is flat..easy for a first-time 100-mile! We will also be on some gorgeous single-track trail that is windy and mostly trot-able, so lots of fun. This venue also handles rain well; YAY!! The Outpost Bar and Grill is about 100 yards from the campgrounds. They will be catering our Saturday supper, so there's no need to bring anything for a Potluck. The meal will be included in your camping fee, so please let me know if you are coming, and how many people will be eating. Camping will be $28/night per rig.
The Outpost will be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and they have fabulous food and a well-stocked bar. The burgers are amazing!!!
There is a shallow river that we will be going into. The footing is firm: sandy with fine gravel, and the water is crystal clear. The river is also within walking distance from the campgrounds, so bring your swimsuits to cool off after a warm day. Our campground host rents canoes and kayaks just down the road.
I hope we have a HUGE turnout for Cactus! This should be a super fun ride and then we get to do it again in September for the Ridge. See you there!!!!!
Shore to Shore 2019 Cancellation