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Old 08-09-2010, 06:55 AM   #31
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Very entertaining; thanks for sharing your adventure!
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:13 AM   #32
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D was taking a beating in the dump bed of the side-by-side but was taking video much of the time - (D please post!)
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:37 AM   #33
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5Chord, you really know how to have an adventure!

Really glad you're OK and everything turned out well.
Thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:22 PM   #34
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this is one hell of an adventure to read about. you're fortunate to have been where you were. if you ask me, a generous donation and some breakfast is in order for the fire department there.
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:11 PM   #35
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WOW dude, im glad to see you take it in stride and that you didnt get hurt, thats a heavy pig and its pretty easy to know what could have happened if it had pinned you underneath it while going downhill, i would have been freakin out, i have been many times down similar trails and learned my lesson at the beginning of spring, although my experience was nowhere as bad as yours it was enough for me to realize that once the trail gets that rough its better to just turn around. in the end most of us are stubborn and think we can make it
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:42 PM   #36
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I was excited. It was my first organized dual-sport event and I had the beemer packed to the hilt.

The plan was to take a leisurely trip up some asphalt twistys and arrive in Hancock at 4pm in time for sign-up. It was a good plan and the weather was perfect.

Must have been a misunderstanding, I always had dirt on my mind on the PA side...
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:44 PM   #37
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Not sure what you call "light traffic"? Riding the shoulder on the Cross Westchester Expressway for eight miles?
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D met me at me at my house at 11am, I activated my SPOT device in tracking mode and we were off. Traffic was light and the trip up was effortless so far. D asked if I wanted to do some dirt roads he had done on earlier trips. I said fine. D is fairly new to off-road riding, but very enthusiastic. He is in the process of putting together a Trans-New-England GPS route and carries two of the devices whenever he rides, a Garmin, (I forget which model) and an off-road/hiking GPS. He's one of the few guys I ride with that I can just forget myself and follow.

The dirt road was well groomed and secluded. It stayed that way for several miles.....And then got very narrow and rocky
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:46 PM   #38
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Now that we're outta there I am willing to admit I was lying about the GPS signal, it's just that turning around isn't part of my vocabulary...
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It got progressively worse and we contemplated turning around. We couldn't get a GPS signal and weren't sure how far we were from pavement. I had only a tee-shirt and (kevlar) jeans on. An entire bag of motocross gear was strapped on the bike. We decided to continue as we had already covered about 8 miles of grueling rocks and we were in no hurry to do it in reverse.

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Old 08-09-2010, 05:52 PM   #39
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We continued on. D and I have different riding styles so we fell into a rhythm after awhile. Fatigue was setting in so D was stopping every 100 feet or so for a few seconds, putting his feet down to rest. At 5' 7" I'm a bit small to follow him closely on the big GS, so I wait for him to go 100 yards or so and catch up to him, wait and repeat. I was enjoying it very much and this is where I made my fatal error.
Not so much fatigue. I just stopped every here and then because I could not believe my eyes. That's what I call a trail, not a road!!! Do I really want to keep going???
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With 100 yards of trail ahead of me, I forgot I was on a 600lb fully loaded bike and was throwing the GS down the trail at a safe but swift pace. I also forgot I had 2 large aluminum panniers making my bike 2 feet wider than my brain was registering it to be. The trail was getting tight and I stayed close to the left wall of the mountain traveling an estimated 25 mph.
Same here. The fact that there was a 40 degree drop towards the river 300 feet below made me wanna stay on the left.
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I saw the rock at the last second as it connected with my left pannier, kicking the entire rear of the bike off the mountainside trail. I was ejected and I watched the 600lb GS do a 360 degree flip over my head, landing in a tree 25' down the embankment. I did a flip myself and managed to get a grip on something about 25 feet further down. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the right pannier take the full 300 foot trip down to the river, spinning end over end as it went. This pic was taken by my cell phone as soon as I was climbing to the top of the embankment.
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:56 PM   #40
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I had no clue what was going on, and I wasn't even wearing earplugs or listened to music (I save that for the pavement). I just got suspicious after a minute or so. No lights in the back. No engine sounds. Tod? Tod????? Honk, honk? WTF? Did he turn around without me? It was too narrow to make a U-turn, so I walked back for a hald mile or so, constantly shouting his name. No response. Fudge!
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I saw the rock at the last second as it connected with my left pannier, kicking the entire rear of the bike off the mountainside trail. I was ejected and I watched the 600lb GS do a 360 degree flip over my head, landing in a tree 25' down the embankment. I did a flip myself and managed to get a grip on something about 25 feet further down. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the right pannier take the full 300 foot trip down to the river, spinning end over end as it went. This pic was taken by my cell phone as soon as I was climbing to the top of the embankment.
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:59 PM   #41
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Finally, I turned around a bend, and there he was, climbing back up the trail. Man, what are you climbing up and down the hill for, and where the hell's your bike??!! He points down the embankment. There it is, neatly wrapped around a tree, every inmates nightmare come true.
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We continued on. D and I have different riding styles so we fell into a rhythm after awhile. Fatigue was setting in so D was stopping every 100 feet or so for a few seconds, putting his feet down to rest. At 5' 7" I'm a bit small to follow him closely on the big GS, so I wait for him to go 100 yards or so and catch up to him, wait and repeat. I was enjoying it very much and this is where I made my fatal error.

With 100 yards of trail ahead of me, I forgot I was on a 600lb fully loaded bike and was throwing the GS down the trail at a safe but swift pace. I also forgot I had 2 large aluminum panniers making my bike 2 feet wider than my brain was registering it to be. The trail was getting tight and I stayed close to the left wall of the mountain traveling an estimated 25 mph.

I saw the rock at the last second as it connected with my left pannier, kicking the entire rear of the bike off the mountainside trail. I was ejected and I watched the 600lb GS do a 360 degree flip over my head, landing in a tree 25' down the embankment. I did a flip myself and managed to get a grip on something about 25 feet further down. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the right pannier take the full 300 foot trip down to the river, spinning end over end as it went. This pic was taken by my cell phone as soon as I was climbing to the top of the embankment.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:03 PM   #42
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I really hate burning up the clutch, but at that point I was just too intimidated by what had happened only minutes ago to foolishly ope the throttle and just beat thru those rocks. One of us had to keep it upright so we could make it out of there, right?? I had never had any confidence those helicopters were ever dispatched in the first place...
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Aside from a small scrape I appeared to be fine. D had no idea I had crashed and walked over 10 minutes later to look for me. He was ashen. I pushed the 911 button on my spot, and we discussed what to do next. The trail was far too technical for our skill to ride two-up, so I grabbed a sleeping bag, D's GPS and a jacket off the bike and started walking while D rode ahead. I wasn't worried; my SPOT was working and I was sure the army and helicopters would be arriving soon.

About 10 minutes later, I caught up to D and gave him a push to get through a steep rocky area just past a very intimidating rock/falls section. Very little water, but MAJOR rocks I was instantly impressed that D had made it through.

Again, 10 minutes later I caught up to D on foot and helped him through a tough spot. And yet again a short time later, this time he was off the bike.

"Taking a break?" I asked....."So is the bike", he replied as I suddenly smelled the burnt clutch and saw the smoke rising from the front of the bike.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:06 PM   #43
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I had zero confidence they would be able to get the bike out of there, simply because I did not think they could get anything in there that would be big enough to pull up the bike and move it out of there. Little did I know. The FD guys started talking, and I thought I heard them saying something like "We gotta use the boat"? Huh? A boat? Brilliant idea, a boat can make it down the river!
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While we waited for D's clutch to cool, we finally got a fix on the GPS and it appeared we were 5 miles from pavement. I was happy; I was now sure I'd get out of the woods before dark. It was about 6pm at this point.

D made it the rest of the way down the trail without my help and it was a doozy. Several large water crossings lay ahead as a compliment to the very rocky road. What was amazing, was that the trail we were on appeared as a real road on the GPS and maps. There was even one house!

While it was indeed 5 miles to the pavement, it was just another 2 miles to a smooth dirt road that we could do 2-up. D was excited as was I. I scanned the sky for the approaching helicopters that were surely dispatched for my rescue but the sound of rotors were not heard.

"Let's go to Hancock" D said. ""We're only 6 miles" 6 miles!?!?!?! So close, yet so far. It made a lot of sense to go to Hancock. There were literally hundreds of bikes, trailers and mechanics there. So off to Hancock we went.

I rode on the back of D's bike all the way to Fireman's Field, mesmerized and dizzy. I knew that the real adventure was yet to come. How the HELL were we going to retrieve that bike.

We pulled up to the gate at the field, dismounted and told my sad tale to a slack jawed gentleman named Elroy (Not his real name). He was one of the main guys who run the Hancock FD. He immediately put me on the phone with a towing guy. After a brief talk with the towing guy about what happened, and the fact that he couldn't get ANY kind of a truck within miles the bikes location he said "Well, I'm off the hook, put the big guy back on the phone"

After hanging up Elroy said "Don't worry, we'll get your bike". I really wasn't worried. I was just glad to be alive.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:11 PM   #44
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Oh, it's a Q-Boat-A, not a boat. Doh! So much for sailing down the river in the sunset! Well, I'm a city slicker AND a foreigner, excuse my sorry ignorant ass! At least I got to ride in a fire truck!
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"Hey we have service here!" D exclaimed. While my phone had died searching for a signal, D's iPhone had full data service in Hancock and a USB power source.

My girlfriend sounded VERY relieved to hear my voice. She told me the SPOT monitoring people called and explained about my 911 signal. They couldn't explain however, the reason why no one was dispatched to rescue me. They did manage to tell my girlfriend and father that I was in trouble but that was about it. Mmmmmmm. So that's what you get for a $100 a year subscription?

After I got off the phone, D told me he overheard that they were planning on getting a boat to retrieve the bike. "Wow cool!" This is going to cost me friggin thousands, I thought.

What D thought was "Boat" was actually "KUBOTA" (pronounced Kooboata)

A burly guy named BJ in a bright orange T-shirt (not his real name either) pulled up in the side-by-side dump truck and said "Let's go get your bike"
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:13 PM   #45
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I was worried to ride all the way there in that little death trap, with me on the back! I was relieved that we were actually taking the truck!
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The 3 of us got in the Kubota and rode off. I was just thinking it was going to be a long ride to the bike in this golf cart, when we pulled into the Hancock FD. BJ got out and went in the building leaving me and D wondering what was going to happen next.

A short time later, the large-bay garage door opened and BJ pulled out with a yellow FD pickup, pulling a trailer. He drove the Kubota onto the trailer, ratcheted the 4wheeler dump truck down without asking for(or receiving any) help from us. He grabbed his favorite chain saw and said "let's go gentlemen"
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