Wednesday 30 January 2019

PS: Venue Change for Eastern Mojave


The EM Ride is usually held entirely in the Mojave National Preserve and is governed by the National Park Service. They are unwilling to give us a multi-year permit, therefore we are forced to deal with them every year. The process must start with contacting their office and telling the person in charge of permits that we want to do a ride and she then tells us exactly the same thing every year for the past 15 years. We then proceed by changing the date on the application and other required submitals. You would think this would be an easy process but every years is the same old story of them waiting till the very last minute to give us a permit. This year we made the first contact in November and received no response as of January 29th. Time has run out and we can no longer wait for a response. Its official, we will hold the ride in the Coso Junction. We have obtained permission from the BLM, The Coso Store and the AERC. We will change some trails around and add some trails we haven’t used recently. The Coso terrain, scenery and vegetation is closest to what we have in the Eastern Mojave.

February 7-10, 2019 – 4 days & 200 miles + 4 days of 25’s each day!

10 to 15 mile Intro/Duck Rides each day

More information to come shortly.

Region: Pacific South, California.

Name: Eastern Mojave at Coso Junction I, II, III, IV There will be an intro ride plus a 50 and 25 each day

Date: February 7th thru 10th, 2019

Directions: Ridecamp will be at the Coso Junction Store, approximately 35 miles north of Ridgecrest on Hwy 395, behind the Chevron gas station. Click here to get directions via google. Coming from either direction on Hwy 395, midway between Pearsonville and Olancha, there is a California Rest Area on the east side of the highway.

Trail Description: This ride will be on jeep roads and single track trails with a moderate amount of elevation gain. Footing will be sandy with a few occasional rocky sections. The terrain, vegetation and views are equal or better than the Cima Rd area. The elevation is lower and we hope for good weather.

Ride Rules: AERC rules apply. The management, unlike the AERC Board of Directors, is able to differentiate between an endurance ride and an endurance race. If you are into endurance riding you will probably enjoy this ride. If you are a real competitor and are looking for a race you are likely to find the lack of structure here to be an abomination. This is an old time endurance ride like we used to have when you could print all the AERC rules on a single page. Back in the good old days we used to ride more and read less. Those were better times.

Ride Photographer: Lynne Glazer will be shooting this ride

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