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Last Ride of the season

Posted by Sheila & Ralph Matthews on November 7, 2012 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (3)

After getting off work on Oct 22 and as I drove home it got whiter and whiter. I was thinking we may have to cancel the ride, but as the week wore on I thought “ah” to heck with it, if the postmen can contend with the weather then we are as tough. Quaders can certainly ride with a little snow and besides we had ten of us who were willing to brave the elements. We all met up at the Save-on-more parking lot at 0815 in 100 mile house and then 20 minutes later, 8 of us headed to Dale and Iris place at Ruth Lake, arriving there at around 0930. At just after 1000 we followed Dale out the driveway to the trail head. We were headed to the lookout above Sprout Lake.

The trail took us through bush to FSR to old roads and back to bush. Trail wise it was great. It had a little of everything, from mud to ice on the puddles as we worked our way along having to stop twice to clear fallen trees.

 As we made our way past Sprout Lake, Dale pointed out a couple of places where we could have lunch on the way back. As we started to climb the snow level got a little deeper, so by the time we got to the lookout it was about 4or5 inches deep, we were at around the 4500 ft mark.

The weather didn’t cooperate with us for viewing as the fog kept moving in and blocking our view, but at times we could see 2 mile Lake far below us. We stayed for about half an hour and as our toes were getting cold and we also getting a little hungry, so we headed back down. As we were passing Sprout Lake, Dale remembered a spot with a fire pit and a few benches around it so we pulled in and started a fire to roast our hot dogs. We were there for about an hour telling stories of the year’s rides and other lies.

 

With the fire out we headed back to Dale and Iris. It started to rain a little on the way home. We were back at 1600 loaded up, said our good byes and thanks for a great ride by about 1630. We will have to do this ride again when the weather is not so cloudy and the view better. Thanks again Dale and Iris.

By:  Prez. Ralph

THE 2012 POKER RIDE

Posted by Sheila & Ralph Matthews on October 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Our 8th annual Quad Squad South Cariboo Poker Ride was again held at the 100 Mile Snowmobile Club House on Ainsworth rd. just up from the 99 mile ski trails. This year we decided to try out a camping weekend to give some folks from out of town a chance to ride in our area. We all started to arrive on Thursday, September 19th, by dusk there were 8 units parked for the night. Friday saw a group of us head out to mark the trails for the poker ride which was going to be held on Sunday. It took us most of the day to do this chore as we rode around the course enjoying the wonderful weather. We had a short but relaxing hour at Valentine Lake. As we ate our lunch a couple of fisherman came in and unfortunately they didn’t catch anything, but gave them a hand loading up and we carried on with our job. When we got back to camp 3 more rigs had arrived to join us for the weekend, one from the Okanagan and two from the lower mainland Explores Club.

 

Saturday morning saw some of us up with the sun. But I did wait till 0630 before I exited the toy hauler with Chevy (the dog) who spotted someone else up at that time and well let’s just say with her bark everyone was soon waking up. Good thing as I was getting a little lonely by myself. After a hardy breakfast, our two guides arrived and all got ready for the ride. Nineteen of us headed off for the July 8th, 1965 flight 21 plane crash site. Our guides Tom and Dave located it early in the week as Dave had not been there a few years ago. There is not a lot left but some landing gear and an old fir stump with some dog tags which has the initials of the deceased on them. The ride there and back was a little on the dusty side, so after we got back everybody was ready for a little dust control. After dinner it was campfire time we all gathered around the fire pit for past quadding lies and I don’t think lies get any more thicker then Quaders except maybe fishermen.

Sunday morning now we see if all the work and prep was enough. The tables are set up the guys with their buckets of cards are on their way to the stations. The first cards are sold and their hand drawn and away they go to the first station. We had a great turn out for this year’s poker ride we had 36 people on the ride and sold 43 hands and 45 people showed up over all. It took about 3 hrs. for the riders to start coming back in and receiving their final hand. Then the work started going through all the cards, checking to see who won 1st place went to Angie & Dale DeBruyn, 2nd place to Anne Wentworth, and 3rd to Don Campbell due to an unforeseen oversight we missed a flush and awarded a 2nd 2nd prize to Irene Seibert once again sorry Irene. We also had a 50/50 draw and that went to Tim Wasilieff after that we had numerous donated prizes from local merchants to be handed out. After all that was done everybody said they had a great time.

On Monday morning we said good bye to friend’s who had to leave for home and work. The rest that were left we prepared to head out on one last ride and one we had planned the night before. The destination for the day was the “hanging tree”. I had the lat. & long and track loaded into the GPS and away we went along the way. I zigged when I should of zagged and we were off track for a while but it worked out in the end as we made a side trip to Snag lake rec site for lunch. After lunch and a minor repair to the Rhino, Orval said he knew the way so he led from that point on and took us along some great trails and old roads to the hanging tree.

I had to get back before 5:00pm so didn’t know long it was going to take, so I said my good byes and booked it back to camp. About one hour later I got back finished packing up and headed out with 20 minutes to spare. All in all it was a great camping weekend. Once again I would like to give a BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED OUT and thanks to all who came out for the ride. Ralph

The Explorers Ride

Posted by Sheila & Ralph Matthews on September 5, 2012 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (2)

The Explorers ATV Club from the lower mainland invaded the Sheridan Park resort the weekend of August 23rd to the 27th to ride the trails. I met up with them on Friday afternoon to meet them and to discuss a ride. I asked if they were up for a lunch ride, they asked what was for lunch I said how about fish and chips. In a short time I had 15 riders for lunch. So Mike and I arrived at around 0930 hrs. Saturday morning we got underway at 10:00am for the Little Horse Lodge. There were 17 quads and about 19 people. Another 3 or 4 were going to join us by car as they just couldn’t make the trip by quad. They said there must have been something in the water they were drinking last night. Someone added that there was no water in what they were drinking. We stopped for a break at the Jack Frost Lake after some chit chat we were back on the trail, 1.5hrs later we arrived at the lodge. So after a hardy lunch we took a few pic’s then hit the trail for home as they all had things to prepare for the pot luck dinner that night. I was invited to the dinner so I stuck around for dinner. After dinner I was given a club tee shirt for taking them on a ride. They really enjoyed the trails around the west Sheridan area and said they will be back again.

By Ralph Matthews

Discovering new trails

Posted by John and Nicole on August 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi, quick note to let you you know we have found some new trails in the Montana, Machete Lake area. We have found the half way point from Montana to Birch Lake. One more try and I think we can get all the way to Birch from the south end? Long ride and we think it will cover about a 160-180 klm day round trip? There will be some off the grid travel but I think we can do it? Will keep you posted if and when we break through!!

Remember Keep Smiling and No Bad Days

 (Tonka) John and Nicole

Cold Scaur Ride (Clearwater) - June 2/12

Posted by Sheila & Ralph Matthews on July 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday (June 2) saw 10 hardy souls meet at Ralph and Sheila’s house at 0900 hrs. and head off at 0930 for Cold Scar Lake. The day saw a variety of weather patterns hit us as we traveled the trail, from rain to hail. A lot of changes to the trail over the fall and winter, a couple of new logging roads, the first one just off the windy mountain road where it comes into the Deka lake area, plus just a little past the end of Womack road. The winter run off has washed a wee bit of the road away but it is still passable by quads. The next new road and bridge is at the Bowers Lake, it is a very nice bridge. This road doesn’t go very far up the hill side before it ends. The trail to the 8100 rd. was not plaque buy too many downed trees, we arrived at Cougar Lake for a coffee break and found 5 hardy souls camping. Before we got underway 4 more campers passed us. I have never seen so much traffic on that road ever. We arrived at Cold Scar at 1150 hrs. as were about to pass the first campsite we noticed a wee bit of smoke coming from the fire pit so we whipped in and put another log on the fire, as they say, to warm up by and to cook our hot dogs and sausages. After lunch we cruised on down to see the Rock bridge at Cold Scaur. From there we made our way back along the 8100 rd. on the way through the Bowers Trail we came across another group of riders and only one of the riders was wearing a helmet (Shame!). After a quick stop at the Jim Creek rest area we arrived at our starting point and one of the first question asked where are we riding next week so a plan was worked out and we decided on a ride to the little horse lodge everyone departed waiting for the e mail about the ride.

Take Care

Prez. Ralph

Little Horse Lunch Ride - June 10/12

Posted by Sheila & Ralph Matthews on July 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Well after a very wet week Sunday morning (June 10th) saw the sun shining thru the window waking me at 0630 hrs. to get ready for the ride to the little horse lodge. We all meet at the west Sheridan forest service road at 0930 hrs. by 0950 hrs. 15 quads and 20 riders had arrived for this ride. The ride was going to take us along 7 trails (fsr) to E trail to Jack Frost for a quick stop along the E to the 83 Road and to the Lodge. It’s a good thing that we got under way a little early as we came across a number of trees down across the trail, even though 9 of us had spent just over 4 hrs. clearing E trail and C trail about a month ago. Oh well, thanks Mother Nature for all the extra work as we ended up clearing 32 trees from the trails. So by the time we got to the Lodge we were ready for lunch which was per ordered. You had a choice of either Fish & Chips or Beef Dip. After a hardy lunch it was back to the trails which by this time had become a little dusty once again. We got to work off lunch off by clearing a few more trees out of our way. We came back along C trail so that we could take advantage of the puddles and as usual C trail did not let us down with about 5 good sized puddles. By 1600 hrs. we were back at the staging area loading up and heading out. Boy 2 weeks off goes by fast when you are having fun hope the next 2 go by as fast as I’m off for about 65 days yeahoooooooooooooo safe riding.

Prez/ Ralph

Scouting out new rides

Posted by John and Nicole on July 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi,

Nicole and i have been scouting out new places to ride in the last couple of days!

Finally got a chance to get out on the quads. We have been scouting new trails in the Machette Lake area and have discovered a whole new trail system. Found a few new lakes to get into and some great scenery! Claude, Nicole's dad (86 years old) and still quading had a great time. Sleeps very well at night now! HAHAHAHA! Us too! Just a few more trails to explore and then maybe set up a club ride soon! Hope you are all getting out on your quads and riding safely! If you have a trail that you would like to share with us just give RRR (Ralph) or Tonka John a call and we will come and explore them with you?

Take care and safe riding! Tonka John

Safe quading certificate

Posted by John and Nicole on July 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone!

Nicole and I (John) managed to take the certified quading safety couse last month! It was absolutely fantastic. We learned a lot of really good safety tips on how the operate the quad! The instructors covered every aspect of safety from unloading the trailer to getting into trouble on steep slopes and unseen hazards. Well worth the time and effort to take the course and you will save 10% on your insuranse! We had fun roaring around the gravel pit (safely). Well worth it even for the people who have been quading for a long time. Don't realize some of the dumb things we do without thinking about the situation before it happens. Wear your helmet it will save your life one day! If you get the chance you should take the coarse it is relly good. Happy and safe riding for everyone!

VP Tonka John and Nicole

Remember keep smiling and No bad Days

RAFFLE WINNER OF ATV/BC QUAD

Posted by Sheila & Ralph Matthews on July 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (3)

The ATV/BC Quad Raffle was drawn on July 1st in Merritt at the Poker Ride 

The winner is: 

Yvonne Weston of 100 mile house.

Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone that purchased tickets.  The raffle was sold out the day before the draw.

Look for the article/picture in the 100 mile free press and on ATV/BC's website: www.atvbc.ca

 

Little Horse Lodge Ride June 2012

Posted by Sheila & Ralph Matthews on June 14, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Well after a very wet week, Sunday morning saw the sun shining through the window waking me at 0630 hrs to get ready for the ride to the little horse lodge. We all meet at the west Sheridan forest service road at 0930 hrs by 0950 hrs. 15 quads and 20 riders had arrived for this ride. The ride was going to take us along the fsr to e-trail, then to Jack Frost lake for a quick stop, along e trail to the 83 and to the Lodge. It’s a good thing that we got underway a little early as we came across a number of trees down across the trail, even though 9 of us had spent just over 4 hrs clearing E trail and C trail about a month ago. Oh well, thanks Mother Nature for all the extra work as we ended up clearing 32 trees from the trails. So by the time we got to the Lodge we were ready for lunch. Lunch was pre-ordered, you had a choice of either Fish & Chips or Beef Dip, excellent meal. After a hardy lunch it was back to the trails which by this time had become a little dusty. Once again we got to work our lunch off by clearing a fee more trees out of our way. We came back along C trail so that we could take advantage of the puddles and as usual C trail did not let us down with about 5 good sized puddles. Buy 1600 hrs we were back at the staging area loading up and heading for home. Boy 2 weeks off goes by fast when you are having fun. Hope the next 2 go by as fast, as I’m off for about 65 days yeahoooooooooooooo safe riding.

Prez. Ralph


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