By Russ Ehnes, Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association
On August 12, 13, and 14th about 75 OHV riders got together at the quarry at Jefferson Creek near Neihart, Montana for the 2016 MTVRA State Ride. A few people arrived the night before in order to get an early start Friday. The rides on all three days included motorcycle rides, ATV rides and side-by-side rides, either on your own or with guides who are familiar with the area. The guides offered a variety of loops depending on your desired level of difficulty, pace, or distance.
The ride was sponsored by the Great Falls Trailbike Riders Association, the largest of the MTVRA Clubs. GFTBRA was eager to show the area off since it offers a wide variety of trail types, is well signed, is well maintained and is fairly easy to navigate thanks to the outstanding free map that is the result of an MTVRA/GFTBRA/USFS partnership. The map is also available on the Avenza PDF Maps phone app. The app allows riders to see where they are on the screen a map that is identical to the printed version and save, record and share tracks with friends. The app does not need cell service to works and works in any phone or GPS enabled tablet.
GFTBRA also hosted the Saturday night potluck dinner. As usual, no one went hungry. During the dinner Dan Moore, who represents the Montana Council of Boy Scouts, presented Dave and Kathy Covert with a special recognition award for their amazing donation and installation of a 30’ steel bridge to the Boy Scouts ATV program at the K-M Scout Ranch North of Lewistown. The Scouts have a 9-mile ATV trail system on the camp and have taught hundreds of scout how to ride ATVs safely and responsibly over the past four summers.
The State Ride was a great success thanks to the efforts of a dozen or so members of the GFTBRA who organized the event and lead rides.