Ok so here is the deal after years of having tons of local areas to ride and off-road in San Diego our last local trail/place has now been fenced off and has a no ohv sign My plan so far is to email the BLM and California OHV parks department.
But before I do here is the letter maybe you all can help me with it.
Also please let me know if you know anyone else who I should contact..
To whom it may concern,
Hello my name is Manuel Frutos and I am writing to you today in an effort to help preserve the local Southern California Off Highway Recreational activity lifestyle in which many of us have had the great opportunity to be raised in. I am a true born and raised Southern Californian who grew up in Chula Vista, Ca (just south of San Diego) and the fondest memories I have of my childhood are around a dirt bike or quad. As a kid I would anxiously wait for my dad to come home from work so that we could go out near the 905 freeway and ride dirt bikes and quads for a couple hours. As teenagers my friends and I would have our dirtbikes in the bed of our trucks at school and would anxiously await the final bell just so we could go out and ride our bikes, while many of our other classmates at the time would go out near a park and smoke marijuana, we were too busy riding to go with them. I saw multiple childhood friends have their battles with drugs, alcohol, and crime so I am happy I had an escape in the form of riding. Over the years the development of new homes in the area has forced the closure of all our riding 'spots" . While the past is done and we can no longer change the outcome of it or tear down a building so we can ride their again I am worried about the continued destruction and elimination of these areas.
Now as an adult I understand the importance of relaxing and trying to smply "get away " from the every day stressful wich we live in today, even if only for a couple of hours after work and as opposed to using alcohol as an escape, I enjoy riding my dirtbike. It's hard to explain to people what being on a bike can do for someone because it's a fun yet dangerous activity and most would say it's a worry. However, when you're on the bike and are focusing on the obstacle you are trying to conquer at the time, there is no worry bug in your head reminding you about work the next day, or what your girlfriend/wife is up to, or rent that needs to be paid, etc. the only thing you think about is what you are doing and you get to free your mind a bit. I think being able to do this is very important specially now days with so many people reaching dangerous stress levels and even up to the point where they commit horrendous acts of violence as a result of the stress/ state of mind they've ended up in.
The last place we had locally simply known to us as Harvest, was fenced off a month ago and there is now a "OHV activity prohibited" sign. If you look on google earth or maps and find the northeast corner of Harvest Road and La Media Road you will see OHV trails leading out there that go past the 125 highway which include after a couple of canyons that make their way over to eastlake. This area is not in use in any other way and up untill about a month ago was the last place for us to go withought having to drive an hour and a half away into tripple digit head to go ride. On any given afternoon year round last year you would find at least 15-20 people from yound children learning how to ride, to teenagers, to 55 year old ex baja champions who simply want to have a local place to ride some real terrain and not a man made track where only certain bikes can go onto at set times. On any given weekend you'll find families that come and get to gether to have a barbecue and ride or just come out to have something to do withough having to pay a fortune for admission to all. During the "non season" of areas like superstition mountain, ocotillo and Buttercup there is nowhere for all the families in San Diego county that enjoy the outdoors on a motorcycle to go. why close off all local areas? Why not make it a park and charge a vehicle admission as opposoed to outlawing it and doing away with it all together. I am confident the city and / or state can even turn a profit based on the location, the proximity to San Diego which is home to maybe the largest Off Road community in Southern California.
I have seen All of Otay Mesa, Proctor Valley, Otay Valley (main st.) be turned into business structures and holmes and while I understand the need for new developments I am worried that others will not have the same opportunities of escape we had and continue to use. I am willing to do whatever it takes to keep this land as a OHV recreational park. Please consider helping us keep this land and instruct me as to the what my next step should be.