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									             Trail Riders of Houston

                                   Newsletter
                                         June 2011                             Charter #5424

                   “Dedicated to the Sport of Off-Road Motorcycling”
     Volume 44                  Issue 6                                            Editor: Lucas McElroy



                      Notices and upcoming events June 2011
•   Round 4 of the TRH Family Race Series is on June 12th at the Sam Houston National Forest.
    Jack Jennings and Ed Keely have worked their magic to create an old school enduro that starts
    at Kelley's Pond. With racing, camaraderie and food being provided, this is a great time to visit
    the forest. Check the TRH website for more information. http://www.trh-cycle.org/

•   On June 1st through June 15th, Trails Unlimited will be working on bridges in the Sam Houston
    National Forest and could use all the help they can get. Email schoonersam@yahoo.com

•   Monday June 6th, is the next general meeting. The summer elections for the TRH board will
    occur that evening and it would be very nice if we had a good turnout. Show up and support the
    candidates by making a vote. There’s a lot more info on the TRH website.

•   This month we have a guest article by Lynn Bailey that recounts his adventures when he
    competed in the ISDE. If you ever wondered what a bunch of dirt bikers do for fun in a
    foreign country, this tells most of the story =)

                                President’s Report
                                        By: Lee Jordan

    Hello Folks,

    I believe it was MacArthur that said “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away”.
    Unfortunately the same cannot be said for old dirt bikers. Go to any event and take a look at the
    over 50 class and you’ll be able to count on one hand the number of riders competing. Good
    luck trying to find an over 60 class at all. In 20 years of racing I’ve only met one person outside
    of TRH that was 70+ and still on a bike.

    Riding a dirt bike is physically demanding and as old age creeps up on us; our tolerance for
    abuse becomes weaker. Body parts break easier and take longer to heal. Bruises, cuts, aches and
    strains that we used to ignore now dominate the days following a ride. For most people, this is
when they throw in the towel, but not if you’re a TRH member.

Over the last couple of years I’ve noticed more than my fair share of gray hairs fighting for
attention on my head. I’ve also seen this same fight occurring on a significant majority of club
members. I thought this was odd considering the poor turnout of older folks in events outside of
TRH.

So why is TRH unaffected by old age? I believe at its core that TRH has discovered the fountain
of youth. When you surround yourself by passionate, motivated and enthusiastic people you
can’t help but be infected by the same feelings. It’s hard to ignore your bike when your friends
are constantly enticing you with the next great adventure. It’s impossible to turn away from a
lifetime of memories when you’re still adding to them each day.
This all hit me after an especially grueling event this past weekend. On the third lap I was done,
well done, as in charbroiled done. I wanted to find some quiet place and die, but there wasn’t
enough flat ground to make that possible. Sadly the only true talent I have is being stubborn. So
I decided to stick it out for one more lap. On the fourth lap I made the decision to sell
everything I own, the trailer, all the bikes, the gear, everything. I’m never doing this again.

I came through scoring and saw that I had 12 minutes left, which meant another lap, but it
would be the last lap. So, I stuck a muddy hand inside my goggles and wiped the tears away and
eased on out for one more lap of misery. I came to the first hill that I hated more than anything
in life and silently told myself “LAST TIME I EVER SEE THIS”. All my skill had been beaten
out of my body by 300 trees and my strength had been squandered on an endless supply of rock
and root infested hills. I had nothing left. So I hugged my bike like a drowning man hugs a
piece of driftwood and threw myself at that miserable mountain of dirt.

I vaguely remember seeing earth, sky, rock, sky, more rock, a bit more sky and then a root. I
made it two thirds, but that just wasn’t enough to get the paycheck. I’m perched between my
bike and the root, and all I can do is ask myself, “Why am I doing this?” At this point I’m not
even going to bother selling my stuff, I’m giving it all away.

About then my mind starts to drift and I remember how much fun my daughter had racing on
Saturday. I thought about the upcoming TRH meeting, the family ride in June, the dual sport
ride in Terlingua, the 6 board meetings left in the year, and all of my friends that I ride and race
with. I realized that I was truly screwed. Lastly, in order to call my wife and brag about how
tough the race was and how I didn’t let it beat me, I first needed to finish.

It’s been three days now, and I can generally move about without too much moaning. The bike
is cleaned but the gear stinks so bad that no one will step near it. I’m happy with myself for
finishing the race and I’ve decided that I’ll hang onto my stuff for a bit longer. More
importantly, I have come to the realization that TRH is completely and utterly responsible for
my irrational decision to continue riding. If I had an ounce of common sense, I would take up
something less hazardous to my life, but I’ve made too many friends and memories to quit now.
In the meantime I’ll conclude with the old Honda commercial, I wanna ride, I wanna ride, I
wanna ride…….

Lee Jordan
TRH President 2011
Now for a story from Lynn Bailey...

                                         RACE LIES AND ALIBIS
                                                  JUNE 2011
Right before the last family enduro, I was having a conversation with Lee Jordan and Jeff Wilson at the
trailhead when Jeff brought up something about when I rode the International Six Day Enduro. Lee
stopped the conversation and looked a bit baffled. I did not know that Lee was unaware of this gee
whiz fact, then he pointed out that neither did the majority of the club. Then it hit me that TRH has had
a near complete membership turnover since the late 80’s to 90’s. There was literally a generation gap
of our history and storied past. There are a handful of us still around from that timeframe, but I wanted
to share a few stories from my 1996 ISDE experiences. Not only are they my experiences, but these
are stories trademarked by TRH in the long run because without TRH, I would more than likely not
have two ISDE medals.
 I grew up in and around TRH. My Dad got my brother and I into riding at the Sam Houston National
Forest in 1980. No flashy bikes or gear, just simply loading up the bikes and riding all day Sunday. I
knew how lucky I was and loved the feeling of freedom that riding gave me, even at 13 years old.
Sounds really normal and boring, but the difference was that we had a subscription to Dirt Bike
magazine and all I can remember was reading it from cover to cover trying to understand compression
ratios and editor Super Hunky Rick Sieman’s humor. What I did understand was that every January
edition covered the International Six Day Enduro generally held in Europe. Of most interest to me
were the super tough guys in the magazine with the USA blue and white skunk striped helmets. I
played little league baseball and football every year on through high school, but never had heroes like
the mud caked and half frozen faces of the American Six Day rider. I always had this secret dream of
one day being like those guys. I mean, why not, I ride dirt bikes and I’m an American and who was
gonna tell me NO except maybe…REALITY! Maybe one day.
1982 was my first event and it was the Caney Creek Enduro in the 16 and under class on a KX80.
Throughout the 80’s, we rode the TRH Family Enduros, Scrambles, and some Texas State Enduros. I
cut my teeth on riding very long courses during my teens. Ah, then graduation, working, attempt at
college…riding began to take the back seat. Remember REALITY? I was a good rider, but not
national level speed. I still loved riding, but I needed to get on with my life.
In 1996, after 8 years active duty Air Force, I came back to Texas, and was bit by the riding bug again.
My Dad had a couple of old KDX 200’s out in the barn, so we went riding. Through the spring, I was
having fun and quickly realized that I still felt fast. Too fast for a stock KDX! Enter the 1996 CR250,
a very well suspended and rocket fast dirt bike. A few rides on this thing and I felt like I was on fire.
Motivated, I entered the TRH ISDE Two Day National qualifier in the Sam Houston National Forest in
May. I previously rode an ISDE National qualifier in 1987 and understood the rules, but was just going
to ride this one for fun. Surprise, at the finish I was 10th in class and around 20th overall. Uh, now
what? At the awards ceremony, Ed Keeley came up to me and asked if I was going to the Ohio
qualifier in two or three weeks. Uh, hadn’t thought about it. I was two days of riding away from
qualifying for the ISDE as a USA rider. I worked out a few details (applied for credit cards), found a
travel buddy David Rowland, borrowed my Dad’s van and headed to Ohio. All my cards were on the
table by skipping the Idaho Two Day. I had to have four good days overall to count toward the USA
team selection. Bottom line/Short story about Ohio: I guess you have to be from there to understand
how to ride there. It rained all day both days…all 125 miles each day! I could barely stand up at the
start line in that greasy Ohio mud, much less navigate the constant off camber course. I made it to the
finish and it must have been terrible for everyone else because I actually did OK. I didn’t even care
about the results after the finish. We just loaded my 500 pound mud caked CR250 and limped back to
Texas. Two weeks later, I got a call from AMA. I was one of the 40 riders selected for Team USA.
They wanted to know how fast I could get my bike shipped to Oakland because the USA shipment
container was going to Finland in two weeks. Then the question that stopped me in my tracks and still
sends chills down my spine…What size helmet do you wear? Arai Helmets is trying to ship out the
USA blue and white skunk stripes and mine was on the way! MY DREAM WAS ABOUT TO COME
TRUE AND I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING! I was off balance, had no money, struck with
fear, and did I mention that I no idea what I was doing. Just get there and figure it out as I go was the
plan.
Here comes the story and circumstances that most would have given up early. By virtue of being on a
short notice bike ship date, Honda of Houston agreed to support me by providing a spare parts box and
would crate and ship the bike to Oakland Cycle Gear to meet the USA shipping container headed for
Finland. I had a military commitment in Florida, so I prepped the bike the best that I could and
dropped it off to the shop. About two weeks later, I get a call in Florida from Cycle Gear that my bike
was there and we had a problem. The crate had been broken apart during ground shipping, the box of
parts were missing, and it was too late to meet the container. The USA container had already left port
for Finland. I had about 30 seconds to make a decision on if this was a sign of not meant to be or re-
group and never give up. Dave Bertram, owner of Cycle Gear, got on the phone and offered to re-crate
the bike in one of his old Six Day crates and air freight it to Helsinki. I won’t mention that cost, but I
went for it anyway. Disaster seemed to be averted for the moment.
Blink and there I was landing in Finland. I was in a huge leap of faith completely depending that my
crate made it from Oakland to Helsinki airport. The AMA team manager, Hugh Fleming, called me the
next morning and told me to come with him to the Helsinki airport so we could pick up the bike. The
AMA had rented a box van and we could use it get the crate. Not knowing what type of barter system
that it would take to get the bike from the shipping company and through customs, we had a plan to get
the bike at all costs. Hugh Fleming went inside to talk to the company. Gunny and I spotted the crate
and made plans to load it when no one was looking. To this day, I’m not sure exactly what happened
because my memory is “fuzzy” at best. Let’s just say that we hoisted the bike into the van as Hugh was
walking quickly out of the building and signaling to leave quickly. No one followed us, so I’m
guessing whatever happened was clean. I was elated that I had my bike and was now looking forward
to the Six Days Enduro. As fate would have it, I was the only American to get their bike at that point.
The USA shipping container was having problems through customs. Hmmm…you don’t think…Naaa!
The container made it just in time for the riders to prep the bikes and go through impound. Bikes were
impounded a day late, but it all worked out. After all the bikes were impounded, we had about two
days to go walk the special tests and hangout with the other Americans. At one of the special test areas
there was a road course for car racing. One of the riders went and asked the track guys if we could
drive around on it in our rental cars to “just say we did it”. The only rule was we had to wear helmets.
No problem, we have those. So, I ended up in a rental car with Rodney Smith, Steve Hatch, and Mike
Lafferty. Other big name riders were in the other cars. As you can imagine, Pro level dirt bike riders in
rental cars on a road course quickly turned from parade laps to something way different. All I
remember was Mike Lafferty screaming in terror and I couldn’t breathe from the hot brakes and
coolant smell. A five or six car Formula One race had broken out and it was not nice. That night,
AMA’s Hugh Fleming had the entire USA group in the hotel lobby explaining about rental car
insurance and highly suggesting that everyone start acting like adults for a change. Yes, he was upset!
Apparently, there was a similar rental car incident in Slovakia the previous year that got quite
expensive. The only surface rental car damage in Finland was from one of the riders putting white
shelving stick on paper on his navy blue rental car attempting to make it look like a USA helmet. It
wasn’t a problem until the agency had him take it off. Yes, you guessed it, it also took off the paint in
two one foot wide strips the entire length of the car. Oops! Where is that friend to tell you that
something is a bad idea? They were all at the road course racing rental cars. He really had no chance.
When Day One finally came around, everyone was ready to rock. I still had no idea what I was doing
and just planned to go for it. The biggest thing weighing on my mind was the 180 ground mile day
ahead of me. By the halfway point of Day 1, I was wasted. 90 miles in, everyone was dropping like
flies. This was to be one of the toughest Six Days in recent history. After a few “encouraging words”
from Team Manager and retired Marine Gunny Claypoole, I was partially motivated to get back on the
bike. I think the conversation went like this…”There are a lot of people that have traveled to help
Team USA, there are a lot of people that have donated their money with hopes on you. I suggest you
get off your blank blank blank…and get your blank blank blank back on that bike and die trying. You
are wearing a USA helmet and there are only two ways to quit, bike failure or death, and you are still
breathing you blank blank blank.” OK, I get it! For the record, I’ll admit that I was praying for bike
failure. But it was a Honda! No such luck. I finally finished the day and my plans to change a back
tire were quickly deferred until a later date. That’s code for I didn’t care about the tire. I couldn’t feel
my hands and all I could do was impound the bike and get back to the spaghetti dinner provided by
Team USA. After about an hour and two plates of pasta, I began to feel a little better. I might actually
survive this. Day Two through Day Five blurred by 200 miles at a time. Somewhere in there I actually
got stopped in a speed trap and was issued a ticket. The days were long and miserable, but I was in the
groove and surviving. My body went through amazing pain and recovery, but I had learned a
tremendous lesson about myself and how far I could push my body. Day Six dawned and I saw the
light at the end of the tunnel. We rode about 60 miles (it’s bad when 60 miles seems short) out to the
final motocross and it was insane. It was a festival atmosphere with 10,000 people. The track was
about 1 mile long and we had to do five laps. There were people with air horns and huge country flags
on both sides all the way around. I couldn’t hear my own bike half of the time. I was about mid-pack
at the finish and didn’t really care. As I rode around the last lap, I started getting crazy. I was smiling
ear to ear. I had hung in there and realized a childhood dream. I battled through several road blocks. I
think back and realize that I might not have been smart enough to give up. Going back to the speeding
ticket that I got on the course, I asked the cop how long that I had to pay the ticket. He said 30 days. I
said, I don’t have my ID, but my name is Troy R. Hough (get it..TRH) aka Ed Keeley from Houston,
Texas and come get the money if you can. Thank You very much…check is in the mail. As I wheelied
away I realized that Ed can probably never go to Finland. After we made it back to the USA pits, all of
the riders were tearing down their bikes to place back in the container. I was on the edge of the security
barrier and thousands of Finnish people were there trying to get anything they could from the US
riders. I completely stripped my bike of tires, sprockets, brake pads, chain, and literally sold the gear
off of my body. I think that I made 300 or 400 bucks. I couldn’t believe it people actually wanted this
stuff. I gave away tons of stickers. By 7pm that night I was officially cooked. All I wanted was to go
to sleep for a week. Nope, once everything was packed up, all US riders were going to the town club
and partied until 2am. Wake up was 6am to get to the airport. Let’s just say that it was a quiet flight.
As we were boarding the flight home, someone started a rumor that the flight would be held up until all
speeding tickets were paid. After many calls for Ed Keeley, it was obvious that he was not going to pay
his ticket and was considered to be an international fugitive at that point. Most of the riders had
received tickets during the event. I think ESPN’s Jerry Bernanrdo had five just from the rental car. I
think everyone was too tired to care. The door to the plane closed and we were on our way to the USA.
At the finish, the USA trophy team finished third, the Junior Trophy team had a rough time with
DNF’s, the Club team that Guy Cooper was on got first place. The Trail Riders of Houston Club Team
consisting of Rip Woodard, Manny Garza, and I ended up in 17th. I finished the event with a Bronze
medal. I was 72nd in the 250 2 stroke class. I think there were 120 riders in that class alone. When I
got home, I figured out that not counting the bike, going to the Six Days cost about $6k. TRH held a
Tag Team Hare Scramble and donated the proceeds to the TRH Club Team. I had several other people
that helped me out financially.
I did it and I had an incredible experience in the process. I got to meet and get to know the top Pro
riders of the time. Ty Davis, Rodney Smith, Steve Hatch, Scott Summers, Mike Lafferty and Guy
Cooper are all very nice people. I was treated like a rockstar by the Americans that traveled with the
team and could not have accomplished my goal without them. Consider every 30 miles of a 180 mile
course is a gas stop. At each gas stop are all of the gas, tools, and food that you could use. It takes
volunteers to make it all happen. If you ever get a chance to go and support the USA Team, I guarantee
that you will love the experience and cherish it forever.
I hope that you enjoyed my flashback. Next month I’ll tell my crazy stories from the Australian Six
Day Enduro. That one was way more fun and had even better stories.

Lynn Bailey
The 2011 Family Enduro Schedule is here!

2011 Family Enduro Series Schedule

    Round         Date           Location                          Chairman

 #1 TRH Family    March 6th      Skull Creek                       Al Bunch, Toby Landry
     Series

 #2 TRH Family    April 3rd      National Forest                   Matt Roseberry,
     Series                                                        Toby Landry

 #3 TRH Family    May 15th       Skull Creek                       Eric Pullen
     Series

 #4 TRH Family    June 12th      National Forest – Kelley's Pond   Ed Keeley,
     Series                                                        Bernie Lodge
      flyer

  Caney Creek     September      National Forest                   Lynn Bailey
    Enduro        25th

 #5 TRH Family    October 16th   TBA                               TBA
     Series
SKULL CREEK NOTICE: HUNTERS
The Hunting Club have asked us to not ride across the creek (TearDrop, Zaphy's
Tr,Duck Pond Levee,GOM, Machann, Windmill loop) or in the NW Section(including
Bailey/Beustring & Summer Tr.) before 9 am or after 3:30 pm for the 2 months of
rifle season.

However, we do have a free riding zone which we can ride anytime we want. I will
try & finish marking it this weekend. It includes the Dead Cow Trail,the
levees,Skyline area,Dunes,Snake House,the Predator Tr,back through Lower Snake
House,down the pipeline,right at the end,back through the Anthills,over big dam &
back through the Lunar Basin. I haven't measured it, but I reckon it is a decent
10-12 mile loop. There will be no hunting in this zone at all so everyone can ride
safely.

The restricted zones will be marked with aluminum signs next to the trail at the
river crossings.

I know many of you will be disgruntled about the whole issue but the landlord
asked us to work something out so that both parties could use the property, so
please, guys, make a serious effort.

I know it is easy to lose track of time - a $10 wrist watch strapped to the handle
bars is one solution.

Thanks.
Julie
Skull Creek Park Director
NOTICE: CATFISH PONDS
Ken Owens has sold the acreage along side 90A which includes the Catfish Ponds.
Please do not trespass by riding around the ponds. The owner is in the process of
fencing it off & there may be wire. Stay at the base of the levee & you will end up in
some woods that take you to the NW Section. Be careful crossing the road at the
miners entrance.


National Anthem Etiquette
      171. Conduct during playing

      During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in
      uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in
      uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the
      hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note
      of the anthem and retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those
      present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were
      displayed there.
Editor's Corner:

Marty Halmazna takes on  
                             
                        Texas




By Marty Halmazna, for Offroadmotorcycles.ca, 5/11/11

So what does a Albertan do when winter won’t end and he wants to ride rubber? Go to Houston Texas with a
Husqvarna USA TC449 and ride with the baddest group of dirt bikers in the ‘States for three days in 94F degree
weather! Maybe sweat out that extra lingering 20lbs… I was meeting my good buddy Captain Jack and his crew
in Houston, the Crew being the Trail Riders of Houston. They live and breath off road riding, and I bumped into
these avid riders during one of my stints to the infamous Last Man Standing.

Day one was all about breakfast Burritos, Gatorade and getting out to a area call “Skull Creek”. I’ve been out
here in’ 07 and loved the vast variety of killer trail. I was informed that since my last visit the club had made 30
plus miles of extra trails, and yes they rocked! Outside of the sweeping bermed, Armadillo crossing switch back
trails was a massive sand pit with hundreds of potential jibs! (Marty translation: Jibs; an obstacle of usually large
proportions that shouldn’t be ridden on or up or down or through on a dirt bike.)

With little pure pressure from the group I was forced to scope out some Jibs and nail them like I’ve been known
to do. Let’s just say there were thumbs up and high fives after I orbited the TC several times and defied gravity…
well, gravity did win a couple of times! We headed back to camp for some much needed fluids and a quick snack.
Let me tell you that my biggest challenge so far was the humidity, and I wasn’t winning that race. According to
Jack and the others this was mild weather for them and maybe even a bit cool. Really, I sweated about 2litres in
20minutes and that was only around my privets parts! As I topped up with fuel a bunch of other riders that were
chilling out were very intrigued with the totally reinvented Husky 449. Some of the locals even took it out for a
rip. With all the positive feedback I’m thinking that on my next visit I will be seeing some Huskys living here
permanently, and the onslaught of KTMs will slowly get weeded out. Ya Even Captain Jack, a.k.a. Mr. KTM,
may jump ship. But only time will tell.
Day two was a trip to the National Forest, which started again with Burritos and Gatorade. Jack and I jumped
into his Ford and hit the inter state for about an hour and a half to reach our destination. This spot has been used
for a bunch of Texas state Enduros and I think even some National events. As we pulled into the parking lot
there where a handful of guys wait to join in on the fun. We all chatted for a bit and critiqued each others rides,
fueled up and hit the trails. Although we were in the woods the temperature didn’t get any better. Still Hot! Like
really hot! The trails were third gear fast, flowing and fairly wide open. Not like our trails here. The conditions,
as you may guess, were dry and dusty. Leading was a treat! I didn’t eat much dust at all, not like the worlds
fastest sit down rider eh Duggan? Hell, this poor guy ate so much dust that his belly turned almost black and his
teeth looked like they were missing! He was a trooper. The day ended with a bunch of laughs and stories and ya,
some beer. A big Thank You goes to the Trail Riders of Houston, Captain Jack, Keely, Duggan Girard and Robby
and the rest of the crew for helping me out and providing anything I needed. They are a world class organization
and group. Its people like this that keep our sport where it is today, strong and healthy.

 I’d like to say a BIG thank you to Husqvarna USA for the support and for use of the TC 449. This would have
been extremely difficult to plan without the help, hard work and devotion to the brand of Travis and Derek.
Thank you both very much for the ride. Also thanks to Tolbert of Napalm Motorsports of Austin Texas for
prepping the bike and helping with the shipping.

 It’s an honour to be a part of a brand like Husqvarna. The re-launch into North America, the launch of a new
four-stroke, Husky race teams popping up all over, huge contingency programs, dealer support rides and race
results are being noticed! It makes for a positive and exciting future. The more I’m involved with this brand and
meet Husky’s people the more I understand the meaning of the Husky logo. The Gun Sight is amid right at the
heart of the competition and will be for a long time. It’s this kind of persistence and passion that will put Husky
on top, with the Husqvarna customers being the overall winner.

Thanks to my sponsors: Bowridge Sports Cochrane, Feeding performance Husqvarna Canada, Troy Lee Designs,
Ogio, Storm Racing, Motovan, MRSI, Linenine.

Marty Halmazna
PS: The Boss Hoss Is a 437c.i small block Chevy that puts out a killer 475 hp, and that’s without the shot of
Nitrous! Oh Ya, it has NOS! Everything is bigger in Texas!

~*~

You think you can ride a motorcycle?!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7HJZHFH3gA



NOTICE:
All TRH Members are required and expected to work the Caney Creek
Enduro on September 25th.

Please call Lynn Bailey to offer your help.
May General Meeting Minutes
TRH Meeting May 2, 2010

Minutes of the April meeting approved.
Lee recalled how a chance encounter at Rio Bravo, and another with Burl Hughes changed his
motorcycling life and brought him to TRH.
Bernie and Lee helped with the Trails Unlimited bridge building in the National Forest this past
weekend and said it was a real learning experience. It is hoped there will be a larger TRH
representation at the next one. Danny Erdlejac was on hand both days with his whole crew to make a
video of the project.

Nominations for June Board of Director election:

Vice President – Barry Green, Randy fuller, and John Fuqua
Secretary – Rena Townsend
Legislative Representative – Bernie Lodge
Park Director – Juliet Peters
News Letter Editor – Luke McElroy
Events Coordinator – Toby Landry

Candidates for the contested office are asked to send Al two biographical paragraphs and a photo to be
posted on the TRH website so members will know for whom they are being asked to vote.

Jack spoke briefly about Marty Halmazna's recent visit to Skull Creek. He said Marty really liked the
property.

Members are asked to look around their RV's and garages for the missing TRH canvas carrier bags.

The next event of the Family Race Series will be a hare scramble at Skull Creek on May 15. Chairman
for the race is Eric Pullen. Round four will be an enduro at Kelly Pond in the National Forest chaired
by Capt. Jack on June12.

Lynn Bailey has agreed to chair Caney Creek again, assisted by Jack, Ed and Bernie. We have learned
the president of the New Waverly ISD board rides an ATV, and we should consider involving him in
Caney Creek course prep.

Danny said the price of the Texas OHV sticker will go to $16.00 in August, but everyone should buy
one because each is s vote for continued off-road use. They now have five miles of trail at Rio Bravo
for some good woods riding.

BOARD REPORTS

Duggan said the bank account is in good shape.

Juliet told us the hot and cold water for the new showers has been connected, the electric is in and the
walls painted. Marcus installed the kitchen stove. The bathroom job is coming in under budget.
Make up work days have been canceled, but all work needs to be completed by Memorial Day.
Vice President nominees should send a photo and biographic info to Al for posting on the website. Al
will get the ballot for the June election on the site also.

Jeff will have the constitutional amendment written for the next meeting to be voted on by members
present.

Luke asked for contribution of articles for the newsletter.

Sam has the event supplies in good shape. He said we have lots of arrows, Ws, staples, 12 new staple
guns, and 10 new carrier bags.

Toby said we have a great race coming up on the 15th. Bring the family out and enjoy.

Bernie said he will let us know the date of the next work day in the forest coming up late May or early
June for more bridge building with the crew from Trails Unlimited. Jason Morton, trails Forest Ranger,
and his wife had a baby recently and TRH sent flowers.
He also talked about motorcycle only traffic stops that some cities and states have instituted. He wants
everyone to be aware of this unconstitutional infringement on personal rights.

Jennifer said we have over 200 members. Skull Creek is full and taking names on the waiting list.
Eleven new members joined at the East Side Tango Enduro.

FLYING W

Toby was upside down under a 4-wheeler while working at Skull Creek.
Duggan stuffed Rena in a corner in a board of director's go-cart race.
Toby 's name goes on the plaque this month.

Everyone is invited to the annual crawfish boil at Tommy's shop, Houston Motorcycle Exchange on
Durham, May 21.

Meeting adjourned.
Minutes submitted by Rena Townsend.
Sam Houston National Forest
Be sure to call the Sam Houston National Forest service to check PMT trail closures before venturing that
direction. The toll free number is (888-361-6908) or long distance (936-344-6205).




TRH Skull Creek

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

The sand piles on the south end of the campground are OFF LIMITS!!! This means that all kids, adults,
and bikes must stay out of the sand pile area. This is not a request but a hard rule. Violators will be
asked to leave the property and potentially lose their Skull Creek membership. The gravel company
continues to complain that our children are continually putting themselves, TRH, and the gravel company
at risk when people are in the sand pile. When leaving the campground to the west, please use extreme
caution and situational awareness due to the gravel trucks and operations being conducted.


As always we ask that you ride with care and pay attention to the area that you are riding in. They are still
working the sand dune areas and the terrain changes on a daily basis. If you invite guests to ride at Skull
Creek please inform them of the dangers and stress that they obey all the Park Rules.   Please ride
with care and have fun at Skull Creek!

New TRH Skull Creek Motorcycle Riding Park Guest Pass Rules


The TRH Board of Directors has adopted a new set of Guest Pass rules for Skull Creek. The most
significant change was to add a clause that limits an individual to the use of a maximum of 3 guest
passes (total for the year) before he or she is asked to join the TRH as a Skull Creek member. It’s each
Skull Creek Member’s responsibility to adhere to and/or enforce the Skull Creek rules. Please report
violations to the Skull Creek Park Committee or post them on the website. See Below:

Web Site: http://WWW.TRH-CYCLE.ORG
   Membership Rules for the TRH Skull Creek Cycle Park
       TRH Skull Creek Cycle Park Guest Policy
Each year a member will be given four (4) guest passes which may be used until the
beginning of the next year’s membership renewal date on January 1 st. A guest is
defined as a person who rides a motorcycle at the TRH Skull Creek Cycle Park. A non-
riding guest is considered a family visitor, like a parent, relative, or friend who comes
to the park with you but does not get on a motorcycle. A non-riding guest does not
require a guest pass but is required to sign a release form. All guests and visitors are
subject to all the rules and regulations of the TRH Skull Creek Cycle Park and are the
responsibility of their host/member. A guest or visitor must be accompanied by the
host/member while they are at the TRH Skull Creek Cycle Park.

Guests will be allowed to ride at the TRH Skull Creek Cycle Park a total of three (3)
times per year. After an individual uses a third Guest Pass, he or she will be asked to
join the TRH Skull Creek Cycle Park. A guest may use the passes from more than one
member but may only use an aggregate total of three (3) per year. After a third pass is
used, a membership request will be sent to the individual and he or she must join the
TRH Skull Creek Cycle Park if he or she wishes come back for subsequent visits to the
Park. Violators/abusers of this rule will be asked
by a TRH member to leave the property or be forcibly removed by the local authorities.

Guest requirements: All guests/visitors shall complete and sign a TRH Skull Creek
Cycle Park release form. A $10.00 fee per guest rider per visit and the appropriate
guest pass release form shall be put in an envelope in the Guest Pass lock box in the
TRH clubhouse at Skull Creek.

We want you to be able to ride with your friends but please do not abuse the Guest
Pass privilege.

Members get top priority and we respect the fact that members pay the full
membership fee each year and perform trail work and upkeep. Do not give a non-
member, guest or visitor the gate combination.

We will allow a Skull Creek Cycle Park member to beg, buy or barter for another
member’s guest pass(es) if the other member does not plan to use it or them. This will
allow some flexibility for members to invite guests (potential members) even if he has
no passes left for the year.

   For specific questions not answered in this policy, please contact the TRH Hot-line at 713-910-3131
                              The Following Dealerships Support TRH
                                  (Some offer discounts to TRH members)
Columbus Cycle Shop                               Texas City Cycles –
Charlie Marshall                                  Kawasaki
1004 Mentz Road                                   1119 6th Street North
Columbus, TX 78934                                Texas City, TX 77590
800-807-9910                                      409.948.4969

Cycle Shack North                                 JM Racing
Carl Hope                                         22820 I45 North, Unit 3K
830 S. Frazier                                    Spring, TX 77373
Conroe, TX 77301                                  281.353.7729
281-353-1705
                                                  Houston Motorsports South
Goe Kawasaki,                                     11941 SW FRWY
Harley-Davidson                                   Stafford, TX 77477
Mark Sherrill                                     281.530.8600
1350 S. Hwy. 288B
Angleton, TX 77515                                Gene’s Polaris Country
800-460-8274                                      12525 I-10 East @ Mont
                                                  Belvieu
Houston Motorcycle Exchange                       800.544.0694
Tommy Fabregas                                    www.genespolaris.com
1326 N. Durham
Houston, TX 77008                                 Houston Yamaha
                                                  Motorsports North
Honda of Houston                                  Bob Harvey
12655 West Rd.                                    9550 W. FM 1960
Houston, TX 77041                                 Houston, TX 77070
713-467-2426                                      281-890-2020
www.hondaofhouston.com
                                                  Texas Yamaha South
K’s Yamaha-Suzuki-Polaris                         1660 FM 528
17802 Highway 59N                                 Webster, TX 77958
281.446.7165                                      281-338-1636

Northwest Honda
Ronnie Lunsford
10102 North Freeway
Houston, TX 77037
281-447-3476

Sportcycles of Houston
Wes Sealy
9111 FM 1960
Houston, TX 77070
281-894-7450

Wild West Honda
Frank Reaves
22515 Katy Freeway
Katy, TX 77450
281-392-8850
www.wildwesthonda.com

Pasadena Honda
2901 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, TX
713.941.5920
                                  “SWAP SHEET”
Several Used Bikes Street & Dirt:        Joe Hauler single-bike hitch hauler brand-new, great shape,
Call for details!                        comes with ramp. Email Jeff Galloway at
                                         jgalloway16@comcast.net
Tommy Fabregas @ 713.818.6458

2006 CRF450x - ASV levers
(brake and clutch), Devol radiator
guards, Hammerhead case saver
and long shifter, JD Jet kit,
Boyesen quickshot accelerator
pump cover, CRF exhaust with
forest approved Pro-billet spark
arrester end cap (stock
pipe/exhaust included), new brake
pads, bike tender, spare parts
(tire/air filters and misc. bearings).
Asking $4,400.
Call Mitch Fane - 713.859.0600.

2008 Kawasaki KLX110 –
Custom Monster Energy graphics
package from Wild West Honda.
New sprocket, chain, front and
rear brakes. Well maintained and
in great condition. $1050 OBO.
Will make an excellent Christmas
present! Call Jason McCafferty
(713) 715-9991.




    For any Newsletter or Swap Sheet changes, modifications or ideas please email
         them to the TRH website: www.trh-cycle.org attn: Luke McElroy
   Any items you want to be included in the Newsletter should be
    emailed as an attachment in Word or OpenOffice document
                format to pixelante083@gmail.com
Looking for new property!!!
We are actively looking for a new club property similar to the Skull Creek lease. If you know of
someone out there that would be interested in this type of deal, please let the board of directors
know. We love the Skull Creek property lease and plan to stay as long as there are a few trails to
ride but the club is looking to expand our horizons. The best thing that could happen is the
opportunity to have two lease properties to choose from on any given weekend.

Need more Fun Days
We would like to be putting on more fun days for you! The problem is that we need you to
volunteer to help us. I know we are all busy but some of us are heavily involved in the Family
Enduro series and can’t manufacture more time and $$$$ to put on additional events. We need
you to help us with that. We’d like to hold some “fun” hare scrambles or novelty events at Skull
Creek but we need you to help us. Wouldn’t it be neat to have at least one event each month that
you could go ride for fun? Talk to any of our BOD members and we will do our very best to
accommodate any ideas that you might have. There are plenty of dates open for internal club
events so let’s do some! WE NEED YOU!

Call Before You Haul
As always the TRH hotline @ 713-910-3131 will provide you with the latest course conditions and
weather situations before you drive to our events.

June 6th, General Meeting!
Please come to the June 6th General Meeting to get an update on TRH activities, get your monthly
dose of dirt bike bench racing, discuss past and upcoming rescheduled TRH events and issues,
and spend time with your off-road riding buddies.




                Web Site: http://WWW.TRH-CYCLE.ORG

								
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