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#1 mikeexplorer

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 07:44 AM

We ran into a few members of the Central Mountain ATV Association on our March ride at Sproul. They mentioned this upcoming ride and its now in place

Reservations for this event are now being accepted. Go to the below link for all the details. A cap of 250 machines is being accepted. This is being forwarded on behalf of the Central Mountain ATV Association.

http://renovoatvcruise.eventbrite.com/

You can buy your reservation online or give a donation to the event.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 04:01 PM

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I am considering doing a day trip for this event, although its basically dirt road riding/road riding, it is for a good cause and see something different on the quad.

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We need your help! The Renovo ATV Cruise for a Cure ride that we have been promoting is our first success in getting a legal ride approved between Renovo and the Bloody Skillet ATV Trail. We have been working on trying to get our goal of “The Renovo Connection” together for approximately 7 years and this is our first semblance of any victory at all.

I know the price to participate is a little stiff, possibly too much so, but It came about because in order to get the American Cancer Society to participate in an event there needs to be a reasonable return in profit for them. Since we are dealing with ATVs and not runners or walkers, we had to limit the number of machines that could be involved. This is the first time ATVs have ever been involved in a ride for the cancer society and on state property and we need to make sure it comes off smoothly. I am sure this event will be closely watched by the DCNR and other state agencies. There have been a tremendous amount of details that have had to be worked out with various state and borough agencies and a lot of people have already been involved. Unfortunately, the registration of riders is not going well. We have been told at our last meeting on May 12th, that if we don’t register at least 125 riders which is half of our set Cap of 250, by the end of the month, the event may have to be cancelled. That would be very unfortunate because that would put everything that has been done over the last 7 years, including all the work that has been done the last couple months right down the drain. We all as ATV Riders, hoping for new and better trails in the future, need to make this event work. The sad truth is, If we fail in this attempt, it will not happen again. If we can make this one work successfully, it will probably become an annual event since a lot of people are very interested in seeing that happen. Changes and corrections can then be made to future events to assure they go more smoothly and more to the participants liking.

We need all of you and some friends, that can manage it, to get online and get registered real soon. I know it seems like a lot of money, however when you consider that it is probably the cost of only 1 tank of gasoline or a few meals in a restaurant, it comes more into prospective. In addition to that, it will be a unique experience that will also greatly benefit the American Cancer Society in their work to find cures for cancer. You might think of it as your donation to help a friend or family member or in memory of, a loved one you have already lost. Attached for your info is a copy of the ride poster we have been distributing. You can get the website or telephone number from it that you need to register.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 05:46 PM

I just signed up for the event. I plan to day trip it. Anyone else interested?

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 06:41 AM

Mike, I might go as well but if I do will stay at the Sportsman. Gotta see if I have to work or not.
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 03:58 PM

They are allowing same day registration for the event and included with the $50 registration is a T-shirt and a chicken BBQ platter. Apparently they are nowhere near the cap of 250 riders so you can just show up and register that day.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 07:39 PM

Just ordered and printed my ticket. They are closing the pre-registration online at midnight tonight 06/08.
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Posted 09 June 2011 - 04:52 AM

Thats good, should be a good event.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 02:19 PM

Mike,
What time do you want to meet at Blue Ridge Truck Stop on Saturday, still around 6:30? I don't know if there is a lot of construction on 80, if there is I can show you the way out 118 and 220. Either way is good for me. Can't wait to ride. :utilrider: Hopefully there will be enough time to scope out Bloody Skillet too.
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Posted 09 June 2011 - 03:59 PM

I don't think it will be an issue because we will be on the road early. I figure plan on the truck stop around 6:30am and leave whenever, its not like we will be waiting for anyone.

I would like to check out the 'Skillet too. take some pictures of the switchback trail from the brickyard so Michelle can decide if she can do it.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 06:24 PM

Sounds good. See you around 6:30 on Saturday
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Posted 11 June 2011 - 04:25 AM

Loaded up and ready to roll out, weather isn't looking to be great but the rain doesn't look like an all day rain.

On the bright side .... no dust.

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 06:44 AM

Well Mother Nature came through, it rained hard at the truck stop and rained most of the way out, but near Lock Haven, it stopped and looked more promising. By the time we rolled into Renovo, it was just cloudy. We were group 2 going out and I heard they had about 55 people total show up to the event. What a nice ride! The scenery made the ride awesome! The route we took after the hard roads was all state forest roads. We started off being escorted by the Renovo Police then when we turned off the hard roads, DCNR was the escort. The pace was 20-25mph and the route also included a snowmobile trail. We stopped at the upper trailhead of Bloody Skillet for a break and one machine in our group couldn't get it started so he had to drop out. (they had people there to load up broken down machines) As we got close to the 'Skillet the sun popped out and the skies cleared. Actually got quite warm in the parking area. The ride back was really nice and they served up a lunch that would fill any stomach. It was like SSRT's chicken BBQ, but you had a choice of three kinds of chicken. We had a chance to talk with several members of Central Mountain ATV Association and despite the low turnout they will have this ride again next year. They had to figure things out since this was the first time doing it, but the event went really smooth. The ride was a total of 56 miles. People in Renovo were waving as we passed by and everyone there is really nice.

This was one hell of an event to pull off. It was a collaboration with CMATV, Bucktail Medical Center, DCNR, Renovo Police, and Beech Creek Vol Fire Company. (probably more organizations as well)

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 11:49 AM

It was a great ride. I am definitely in for next year. More than enough food and then you can ride Whiskey Springs afterwards to make the day out of it. It was well worth the price and it goes to a good cause. :good:
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Posted 15 June 2011 - 04:42 AM

Wayne asked me to repost this .....


Well, the Renovo ATV Cruise for a Cure is now behind us. As most of you are well aware it took place on Saturday, and departed from Heritage Park in Renovo, PA. I would like to personally thank each of you that answered our call and participated in this ride. We started the early morning hours with a night of rain, but it all cleared and the rest of the day
couldn’t have been more perfect. A lot of us started our early morning with an all you could eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, Fresh Cut Fruit, Juice and Coffee, at the Renovo Fire Hall.

There was an excited staff of workers on hand at Heritage Park Parking Lot when we arrived and everyone got unloaded and checked in very efficiently and then received their Check In Packet, which included among other things, a nice Tee Shirt with the ride’s logo and name on it. One person had lost their ATV’s Registration Plate on their way to the ride, and that also was successfully resolved. Our first relay departed at 9:00 AM as scheduled, under the green starter flag of Lee Walker, following the opening ceremony and invocation.

The entire ride totaled 53 miles according to my odometer, which was very close to what we had predicted. Non of us had ever actually ridden the entire trail previous to the event. The majority of the ride was on State Forestry Roads, a small amount of black top and approximately 1/2 mile of wooded trail used as a connector between Pete’s Run Road and the Beech Creek Mountain Road to avoid using a dangerous section of Rte. 144 on top of the mountain. As a result of the timely rain, we had absolutely no dust during the ride and not a drop of water fell. The first half of the ride was slightly cool, but after our 1/2 hour break at the Bloody Skillet Trailhead, the sun had warmed things up very nicely for the return trip. When we arrived back at the Heritage Park Parking Lot, a free, delicious and more than adequate 1/2 a Barbequed Chicken Dinner (including baked beans, hobo beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, cup cakes and drinks) was waiting. They even had 3 choices of seasoned chicken to choose from.

Everyone that participated in the event, both riders and volunteer workers alike (including the Bucktail Medical Center Relay Team), felt that it was a very successful event and when quizzed, every one sitting at the tables under the big shelter eating their dinner, said they had a wonderful time, that it was a beautiful ride and they would be back to attend the next ride in 2012. They all seemed happy to be there.

This was the first ever ride of this type and there was a lot of learning to be done by all of us, since we had no previous experience to rely on in putting it together. We are having a Post Event
Meeting on Wednesday, June 15th, at the Medical Center, to critique what we did, what we should have done differently and how to make it better for next year. This first ride was so very important to the future of making this an Annual Event because we had a lot to prove to a lot of people including ourselves. I think that we have done that very successfully and will now look forward to a bigger and better time next year. The whole event had been a work in process over a period of months and required the input, time, resources, planning, participation and out right hard work from a lot of people. Then of course, the best thing of all, it not only benefited the Bucktail Medical Center’s Relay Team in their fight against cancer in their support of the American Cancer Society, but it was good for businesses in the area, supported the local fire company, got Renovo and South Renovo working together, brought some excitement into the area and promises good things in the future. Some of the out of town folks were already planning to stay over and ride some of the State Trails on Sunday.

Again, a big THANKS to all of you that were part of this special day, you helped to make it a success and I am proud of you.

Sincerely,

Wayne Yahn
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