HOW MANY ORGANIZATIONS DO WE NEED?
WHAT IS NAMRC?
By Del Albright
Originally published 1998; re-published with additions January 2016
I had my new TJ Jeep hung up and somewhat wounded in a “crack” in Moab not too long ago, about to get out the duct tape and bailing wire, when a couple dirt bikers came by. They saw my dilemma (mechanically disadvantaged that I can be at times) and stopped their bikes to watch the show. I was grunting and moaning and shaking my head like a guy who must know what he’s doing. They smiled, pulled off their helmets, and settled in for a long show.
Well, the gist of it is, they were not only mechanically knowledgeable, but also very helpful. I gave up on the duct tape and got out the Hi-Lift jack. Between the jack, a few tools I had, the trusty winch on the front of “C UN RD” (Seeing Red), and the three of us, we got the Jeep out in no time and back on the trail.
As we stood around and celebrated our engineering feat, I told them how much I appreciated their stopping to help. I don’t remember the guy’s name, but he did have an AMA (American Motorcycle Association) sticker on his bike. But his comment to me has stuck with me (get it, stuck?) until this day. He said: “Hey, pard, all trail users gotta stick together!” Boy, ain’t that the truth?