Nine wrap up OHV trip from Idaho to Arizona

Sep 21 2012 - 8:30pm

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The second annual Utah “border-to-border” ride from Idaho to Arizona, this time aboard ATVs using the state’s public trail system, took seven days and 793 miles to complete. The nine people who made the ride are pictured here holding a shot-up Arizona state border sign. (Photo courtesy of Vaughn Jacobsen)
The second annual Utah “border-to-border” ride from Idaho to Arizona, this time aboard ATVs using the state’s public trail system, took seven days and 793 miles to complete. The nine people who made the ride are pictured here holding a shot-up Arizona state border sign. (Photo courtesy of Vaughn Jacobsen)

Seven days and 793 trail miles later, Utah's border-to-border OHV riders reached the end of the road.

The nine riders on eight machines spent Thursday night in Kanab and reached their destination, the Arizona state line, early Friday, said rider Barbara Riddle, president and CEO of the Davis Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The group started its trek Sept. 15 near Bear Lake State Park, at the Utah/Idaho border, Riddle said.

"Everyone is in one piece," Riddle told the Standard-Examiner in a phone interview Friday.

Riddle said the ride was done to promote the recreational opportunities throughout Utah.

"We saw landscapes that were just breathtaking," she said.

Gregg Belnap, general manager of Triple-S Polaris of Ogden and Cedar City, which provided the machines, referred to the ride as an adventure and a great experience.

"That was our first time taking on an adventure like that," Belnap said, who has been in the business for 19 years.

Each section of the state had some tough sections in it, Belnap said, with Hogs Canyon in Kane County being one of his favorite areas the group rode through.

"I think, as the trip wound down, we started to savor the moment," he said. "It was all very enjoyable."

Syracuse resident Chris Dallin said he is hoping their effort will serve as a model for other Utahns to follow in discovering more about their state.

"There are a lot of people that sit around the coffee table and say, 'We ought to do that,' " Dallin said. "We did it. We have some people that are passionate about this sport."

Others on the ride were Tim Hughes, Russ Smith, Bill Francis, Vaughn Jacobsen, Utah State Parks Recreational trail specialist Dale Bartholomew and Brandon Beauregard, sales manager with Triple-S Polaris.

Chevron served as a major sponsor of the event and paid for all fuel and incidental costs.

Riddle said no taxpayer money was used for the ride.

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