Those of you who have participated in the AMA National Dual Sport rides based out of Wabeno, Wisconsin (Big Woods 200 and Ride for Research), are probably familiar with Mr. John Newton. John is the founder and president of the Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders club, and seems to know everyone who has ever ridden one of his events. John is one of the most optimistic "Why not?" kind of guys I've ever known, and that is the attitude that has built the Wabeno rides into nationally recognized events. That type of attitude, combined with 'people skills' and preparation, are what moves our sport forward. Today John and fellow WIDSR member Andrew 'Halo Boy' Jensen made a presentation to the Marinette County, WI board to request land access to plan, build, and maintain a single-track, motorcyle only trail through county forest and land. And........they didn't say "NO!" In fact, they were impressed. Most of us would not have even thought of asking, or if we had, our immediate second thought would have been - 'Nah, they'll never go for it, why waste the time.' Well...that is NOT the way John's mind works. The Marinette County board was very impressed with the presentation that John and Andrew made, which included a number of letters of recommendation from local folks (including the Sheriff of the neighboring county!) Right now, things are tabled until the snow melts and we can show the board what have done and can do, but overall, it's looking very positive. So, this is really just a BIG "Good job!!" for John and Andrew, but, as this goes forward, the WIDSR club will be looking for volunteers (like YOU) to help build, monitor, and maintain whatever trails might get approved. And....to anyone who has an idea for a riding area but thinks it would just get shot down -- GIVE IT A SHOT -- worst that can happen is they say no. Good freakin' job, guys.