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Old 06-10-2009, 10:07 AM   #1501
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Far and few between

were the short transit sections.



Then it was right back on the special



I believe this is Gridley Lake, with the next range now within our sights.

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Old 06-10-2009, 10:08 AM   #1502
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That's a tough looking motorcycle chick.
I can see the thoughts working though her head.



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Old 06-10-2009, 10:23 AM   #1503
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Not quite video,

but close:







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Old 06-10-2009, 10:44 AM   #1504
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The trail passed

these weird-looking "beehive" rock formations





a better view of the visor muck



The riding difficulty rating here was 6/10 to 8/10...



what we needed, though, was a nice long stretch of 2/10. Not this...

Down:



Up:

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Old 06-10-2009, 11:00 AM   #1505
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We reached this steep,

long, hill climb skirting around McGhee Mountain, and I met minimal resistance when I offered to leap-frog our bikes up the steepest, loosest, most rutted stretch.



Her hip was hurting, morale was flagging... even though the views were still great,



they were getting monotonous... it was clear we were becoming fatigued.

I walk down the hill, she walks up. As we approach each other, it's hard to read emotions through the goggles and the helmets. Heavy boots trudging, no words spoken, but each puts a hand up, and we silently give each other a high-five as we pass.



We each get on our respective bikes, and I hear her engine fire up. Over the Scala, I hear "You with me?" I answer, "Right behind you"

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Old 06-10-2009, 11:03 AM   #1506
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At the top

we seem to be on a plateau,



it's been a long climb



But the trail seems to have leveled out, at least for awhile.

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Old 06-10-2009, 11:08 AM   #1507
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The shadows are

getting longer, and we're starting to think about where to stop for the day.



There's a campground in the next valley... "Virgin Valley"



This is opal mining country, and the Royal Peacock mine and others are still open for people to pay a fee and spend a day digging.

We start down.

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Old 06-10-2009, 11:42 AM   #1508
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:43 AM   #1509
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Lemme guess...based on the photo of the left-turning track out of the water, she did the "rev and release" clutch thing and finally learned the hard way what you'd been telling her that she had to quit doing that?
You have that right. All I remember thinking was that I was going to be propelled over or into that barbwire fence. I can't remember much more detail than that.

Either way, it was negative reinforcement for holding in that "damn" clutch for the rest of the trip. That and David's heart to heart.

After that head plant biff, I can't speak highly enough about the Leatt's brace. It has saved my ass more than once on this trip.
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:50 AM   #1510
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It always seems

that the nice, gentle track you see floating off into the distance, is always steeper and further than it appears once you actually get to it.



We hadn't made great mileage today, not that it really mattered, but we still had in our head that we were pushing for 160 miles / day.

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Old 06-10-2009, 11:53 AM   #1511
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You have that right. All I remember thinking was that I was going to be propelled over or into that barbwire fence. I can't remember much more detail than that.

Either way, it was negative reinforcement for holding in that "damn" clutch for the rest of the trip. That and David's heart to heart.

After that head plant biff, I can't speak highly enough about the Leatt's brace. It has saved my ass more than once on this trip.

You can ride with me any day! You are helping me regain faith in the female race for sure. Maybe there is hope!
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:05 PM   #1512
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You have that right. All I remember thinking was that I was going to be propelled over or into that barbwire fence. I can't remember much more detail than that.

Either way, it was negative reinforcement for holding in that "damn" clutch for the rest of the trip. That and David's heart to heart.

After that head plant biff, I can't speak highly enough about the Leatt's brace. It has saved my ass more than once on this trip.
It seems like the braces make a lot of sense, but it helps to be one tough cookie! Way to go.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:16 PM   #1513
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So glad you weren't hurt.

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Old 06-10-2009, 12:25 PM   #1514
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Campground was kind of strange. It seemed geared for RV's. Like a big gravel parking lot, several actually. We found a water spigot and filled up:



We discussed whether to stay there, or not. We later learned there are hot springs you can soak in, but compared to cowboy camping off by ourselves, this:



just didn't seem particularly appealing.



It was 4:30, and so we decided to continue riding. It looked to be a fairly easy, largish road for at least a while, and then we'd stop at the first place that looked good. We'd seen signs for RV camping at the Royal Peacock mines, which didn't much appeal to me either, but at least it would be an option.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:30 PM   #1515
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On our way out

I stopped to photo this sign, in case we needed to refer back to it for directions / info, and we were approached by a couple of guys who were waiting for a tow truck to come for their broken down vehicle. They ask that if we saw the tow truck up the road, to send it their way.



They offered to take our picture, and I remember saying "yeah, we don't have too many photos of the two of us together" and reaching over to hold LDF's hand.

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