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Old 08-17-2014, 05:24 PM   #736
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Old 08-17-2014, 06:51 PM   #737
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You guys will be. I'll probably be in the middle of the north end of route3 riding still.
We'll save some couscous for you!
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:35 AM   #738
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looks awesome. Me and a friend will be riding there from Wednesday the 27th.

Not sure if our routes link but if you see two smiling idiots on vstroms... do me a favor and make sure we are not stuck

Just kidding, safe travels
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:24 AM   #739
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looks awesome. Me and a friend will be riding there from Wednesday the 27th.

Not sure if our routes link but if you see two smiling idiots on vstroms... do me a favor and make sure we are not stuck

Just kidding, safe travels
Nice!! Have a great trip! We'll keep an eye out for you guys!
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:38 AM   #740
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looks awesome. Me and a friend will be riding there from Wednesday the 27th.

Not sure if our routes link but if you see two smiling idiots on vstroms... do me a favor and make sure we are not stuck

Just kidding, safe travels
What part are you doing, and which direction of travel?
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Old 08-31-2014, 01:28 PM   #741
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Great trip guys. Thanks for having me along.

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Old 08-31-2014, 06:44 PM   #742
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:18 PM   #743
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Great trip guys. Thanks for having me along.
Glad you guys made it through the ride safely. Looking forward to reading the ride report! Wish I could have been there.
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Old 08-31-2014, 08:21 PM   #744
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Great trip guys. Thanks for having me along.


Ditto that Loren! Thanks for pushing us to keep improving too! Looking forward to riding together again!
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Old 08-31-2014, 08:22 PM   #745
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Glad you guys made it through the ride safely. Looking forward to reading the ride report! Wish I could have been there.

You were missed Rick! The ride report(s) will be coming along. Lots of video to figure out how to edit and put together a good montage!
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:45 PM   #746
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You were missed Rick! The ride report(s) will be coming along. Lots of video to figure out how to edit and put together a good montage!

How was the ride? Curious to see how your experience was running the same route I did.
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:08 PM   #747
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How was the ride? Curious to see how your experience was running the same route I did.
Sorry for the delay! Short version (sort of):

Route 3 was the most technical, 2 was the most physically demanding (miles of loose sand followed by miles of rock garden). 5 and 4 were beautiful high desert areas, but there were tons of nasty ruts!

We didn't run the areas with stream crossings, so we were a bit bummed about that.

While I wasn't the first to take a spill, it became clear that I'm the clumsiest of our group. Thanks to ruts full of loose sand, I ended up in the sage brush several times. One episode tore my plastic fuel Y-fitting in half and another peeled my shifter around parallel with my foot peg! Luckily, both were quick, easy fixes.

Lessons learned:
1) Jammed/fractured fingers, soft tissue rib damage and massive bruising of the shin are not fun, but they all heal and are the price of doing business. :)

2) While I love my XR650L and likely have too much personal time invested in it to consider selling it, I should have started with a smaller bike and built rider skills and confidence. I had an XR80 25 years ago and hadn't been on a dirt bike since. I bought the 650 in April of last year but haven't put nearly the time in the saddle that I should have. So...I need to get my ass in the seat!!!

3) Really glad my wife didn't attempt it this year. She is definitely not ready for some of the stuff we ran into.

So overall...TOTALLY WORTH IT!!! I had a great time with new friends and certainly improved my riding skills and confidence!

I can't wait to plan another OBDR trip and explore some of the areas we missed this time around!
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:21 PM   #748
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Sorry for the delay! Short version (sort of):

Route 3 was the most technical, 2 was the most physically demanding (miles of loose sand followed by miles of rock garden). 5 and 4 were beautiful high desert areas, but there were tons of nasty ruts!

We didn't run the areas with stream crossings, so we were a bit bummed about that.

While I wasn't the first to take a spill, it became clear that I'm the clumsiest of our group. Thanks to ruts full of loose sand, I ended up in the sage brush several times. One episode tore my plastic fuel Y-fitting in half and another peeled my shifter around parallel with my foot peg! Luckily, both were quick, easy fixes.

Lessons learned:
1) Jammed/fractured fingers, soft tissue rib damage and massive bruising of the shin are not fun, but they all heal and are the price of doing business. :)

2) While I love my XR650L and likely have too much personal time invested in it to consider selling it, I should have started with a smaller bike and built rider skills and confidence. I had an XR80 25 years ago and hadn't been on a dirt bike since. I bought the 650 in April of last year but haven't put nearly the time in the saddle that I should have. So...I need to get my ass in the seat!!!

3) Really glad my wife didn't attempt it this year. She is definitely not ready for some of the stuff we ran into.

So overall...TOTALLY WORTH IT!!! I had a great time with new friends and certainly improved my riding skills and confidence!

I can't wait to plan another OBDR trip and explore some of the areas we missed this time around!
The important thing was that you had fun and made it through in one piece.

I plan on going back to do the nortehrn section of Route 5 that has the streeam crossings.
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:29 PM   #749
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The important thing was that you had fun and made it through in one piece.

I plan on going back to do the nortehrn section of Route 5 that has the streeam crossings.
Yep! Success! :)

I'm in for the northern part of 5 sometime next year!
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:41 PM   #750
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Yep! Success! :)

I'm in for the northern part of 5 sometime next year!

If you want some seat time (once you heal up) we can hit some local dirt roads over the winter...
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