ONTONAGON—As the color season begins in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula, senior citizens from all over are making their reservations for the fifth annual Mi-TRALE Senior Citizen Fall Color ORV Ride.
This year’s ride will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27. The ride will take place on the popular and very scenic Bill Nichols Multi-Use Trail.
Mi-TRALE, which stands for Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment, is once again hosting the ride.
Senior citizens will ride in what the off road vehicle (ORV) industry calls “side by sides.” Polaris Industries from Roseau, Minn., has provided two Ranger “crew cabs” the past four years.
“The side by sides provide easy in and easy out for the senior citizens. They are comfortable for the seniors to ride in, and yet provide the ORV experience that so many have enjoyed,” said Mi-TRALE President Skip Schulz.
The ride includes a stop for picture-taking on the Firesteel and Flintsteel trestles. The trestles, built in the early 1900s, provide a great view of the fall colors.
The ride also goes by historic copper mines. It is Twin Lakes State Park that is one of the few state parks in Michigan that is open to ORVs for camping and is located right on the Bill Nichols Multi-Use Trail.
Mi-TRALE provides a morning ride and an afternoon ride. The morning ride goes from Adventure Mountain in Greenland and ends at the Twin Lakes State Park.
It is at Twin Lakes State Park that the morning riders will have lunch with those that have signed up for the afternoon ride. Lunch is provided by Krupp’s Mini Mart of Twin Lakes.
The senior citizens will be picked up at Cane Court in Ontonagon. Motor Coach Bus Transportation to and from the ride is provided by Mi-TRALE.
The bus transportation, the ORV Fall Color Ride and lunch are all free to the senior citizens. It is the Michigan DNR, along with the Polaris Ranger Club, that assists Mi-TRALE volunteers on the ride.
“This is just one of the many ways that Mi-TRALE members show our support of our communities and counties. Mi-TRALE has developed and maintains an extensive ORV trail system in Houghton, Baraga, Iron, Gogebic and Ontonagon counties. In addition to the senior citizen ride, Mi-TRALE also provides ORV youth safety training and is involved in search and rescue efforts.”
Senior citizens are asked to call Schulz for more information and to register for the Fall Color ORV Ride. He can be reached at (906) 884-9101 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.