** Long-time friend of NOHVCC Max Reid prepared the following article. For those who don’t know Max, he retired from the Forest Service ten years ago, but his passion for OHV recreation and the Paiute Trail in Utah remain strong.

Well, shiver-me-timbers!  A boring Fall day was delightfully interrupted by a phone call.  Caller ID says it’s Dan Kleen.  What the heck! I haven’t heard from Dan in a month of Sunday’s.  I was so excited, I almost dropped the phone trying to get my fat fingers to accept the call.  “Dan! how the heck are ya?” It was so good to hear his voice as he asked me if I wanted to go for a ride.  “Sure!”  I say, wondering how the heck we would manage a riding connection between Iowa and Central Utah.  Come to find out, Dan and his sweet wife Joan, had pulled into the Richfield KOA the night before; they had their Razor off-loaded and idling.  Twenty minutes later we were sharing hugs and handshakes and our impromptu riding adventure was off and running.

Day one, as a shake-down, we ventured west of Richfield to the Devil’s Armchair.  We kicked up a lot of dust, as we enjoyed the beginnings of Fall. The Maple are bright red.  The Aspen are thinking yellow and the Oak are hesitating their way towards golden brown.  Colors are running behind this year.  I suspect it’s because of the exceptionally wet winter and spring; the cold of Fall hasn’t yet set in.  Needless to say, it was a delicious ride.

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