Rim Country Hosts Gps Rally

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Andy Towle/Roundup - atowle@payson.com

Event director Don Hood (left) explains the procedure for the ride to Young to members and future members of Arizona Trail Riders as they prepare their dual purpose motorcycles and themselves for the GPS-guided ride, Saturday, Oct. 25.

Cycling aficionados from around the state gathered Oct. 25 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant where plans were laid for the day’s Mogollon Motorcycle GPS rally.

About 9 a.m., the cycles roared onto Highway 260 bound for an off-highway scramble that would take riders over Rim Country jeep trails, fire roads and deserted highways.

Dan Basinski, who is better known for his mountain biking feats than for motorcycling, represented Payson in the group.

“I’ve been riding dual sport motorcycles for a lot of years,” he said. “It’s fun.”

The event was a bit unusual in cycling circles in that riders were asked to rely only on GPS units rather than the route sheets and roll-charts they are usually given for navigational purposes.

The rally was sponsored by Arizona Trail Riders, in which Basinski and about 150 other riders in the state are members.

Established in 1988, ATR is a nonprofit group that has as a mission statement to promote responsible off highway recreation in Arizona. While its main focus is trail riding, ATR also promotes desert racing and dual sports events.

Members also participate in numerous trail maintenance and clean up programs in conjunction with state and federal agencies including the U.S. Forest Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Next on the ATR agenda is a Nov. 8 workday with the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Adopt-A-Ranch program at the Williams Family Ranch.

On Nov. 21, ATR members head to Las Vegas for Round 6 of the Maxxis Endurocross Series.

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