Trip Report: Spring Poker Run 2024

The BigHorn Outback Explorers 2024 poker run was another success. The course was 60 miles long. And with 176 vehicles ranging from ATV, UTV, Jeeps, trucks, there was plenty of open range to enjoy the backyard trails of Beatty.

The trails were staked with orange or pink directional signs on Thursday & Friday before the run. Mother Nature decided to blow extremely hard Friday afternoon. President Rusty Anderson and crew set out Friday night around 9:30pm to check out the trail and noticed many stakes were blown down and/or had missing directional signs. So bright & early Saturday morning of the run, Rusty & crew took off and ran the entire route, restacking the trail. Upon return to the community center for much needed nourishment, Rusty and a different crew took off as the Sweep Crew to ensure all participants completed the run. We are happy to announce that no one was lost and only 3 participants did not complete the run but did call in that they were leaving. The club whole-heartedly thanks Rusty and all his crews for their hard work. Another clean-up crew left on Sunday to remove all the stakes & signs. These attendees were mostly those who could not attend the ride on Saturday. It was a nice leisure windy day.

While on the run, the wildflowers were in bloom making for an enjoyable scenic view. The radio crew, consisting of 2 volunteers at each of the 4 card stops, kept in constant contact with their base station at the community center of any late or slow card holders. The sweep crew kept everyone moving along.

The trail staking crew on Thursday consisted of Karl Olson, Bill Fiasco, Phil Jesic, Steve Tefoya. The trail staking repair crew on Friday afternoon was Rusty Anderson, Richard Siegfried, John Humphrey, Don Campbell, Ron Anderson.

The Beatty Sr. Center hosted a breakfast from 7:00 – 10:00, which looked and tasted wonderful. It was well received. Chili Eddie hosted lunch of pulled pork, hot dog, or hamburgers, which was also well received. And the Beatty Volunteer Fire Department manned the beverage booth. A much needed stop after the run.
The Best Hand was won with a Full House, Aces over Kings by Cindy Kreutz and Second Best Hand Full House 7’s over 10’s by Guy Morgan. We had raffle prizes donated the following: AngloGoldAshanti (AGA) 5 various size travel coolers, Ron & Kandis Seale – handheld radio, Andy & Charm Kisner with Kisner Motor Sports – 2 Rugged hand held radios, Dakota Dawson – 2 off-road toy cars, Craig & Christina Walsh – Walsh Construction, Craig – gift basket, Atomic Inn – 2 day stay certificate, BOE – 2 fire extinguishers with holders and 2 tire repair kits. Kandis Addington did a fantastic job selling tickets for these prizes. Ron Seale had t-shirts for sale this year with our BOE emblem. A nice addition to the merchandise of mugs, flag, stickers the club has for sale.

The registration team consisted of Debbie Baker, Dee Crawford, Ann Marchand, Edie Kopnick, Jennifer Anderson, Janet, Kurt Wentz, Dakota Dawson, Teresa Gomez It was a long day but very beneficial for the club. The club votes that proceeds would go to benefit the Beatty Sr. Center and the Beatty High School scholarship fund.

The Beatty High School Close-up group, headed by Teresa & Gus Sullivan hosted a car wash for donations for all the dirty rigs.

BOE would like to thank all those that helped make our 2024 Poker Run a success in no particulate order but very much appreciated.

Beatty Town Advisory Board – use of the community center, Carrie & Ricardo especially
BOE Poker Run Committee
Radio Crew – Leo & volunteers from all over the county
All the volunteers
All the raffle donators
Allen Lynn – pictures
Nye County Sheriff office – present patrolman
Nye County Road Department – safety cones
All the side vendors – Beatty Sr.’s Inc, Beatty Volunteer Fire Department, Chili Eddie & crew
Beatty HS Close-up crew

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