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Old 06-26-2012, 01:13 PM   #601
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I've only done one ride report, and I ended up getting chastised for it because I found fault with some Harley assholes and idiot campers that would pull in and campo next to me when the entire rest of the campground was empty, so no more. I'll take photos and stuff to remember the trips, but I don't do ride reports anymore.

I agree it's a lot of work, and I definitely enjoy yours!!

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Getting chastised doesn't bother me. I am very opinionated and also a "don't take shit" kinda guy. I remember one guy awhile back felt the need to tell me in here that he thought I was an asshole for my view on Harley riders and told me he'd never read again. Didn't bother me a bit. His loss the way I look at it. I know there's a lot of people that really enjoy this thread. My opinions and all. 57,113 views says so.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:18 PM   #602
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Getting chastised doesn't bother me. I am very opinionated and also a "don't take shit" kinda guy. I remember one guy awhile back felt the need to tell me in here that he thought I was an asshole for my view on Harley riders and told me he'd never read again. Didn't bother me a bit. His loss the way I look at it. I know there's a lot of people that really enjoy this thread. My opinions and all. 57,113 views says so.
Yeah you have the following to do that. I've only done the one... I don't get out to do real rides like that real often. And so then the one time I do a report, of the dozen or so comments I got, a good third of them had issues with something or another. I just figured fuck it, it's not worth the frustration.

I AM glad you continue to do yours. And I share your view on Harley riders. But then again, I hold almost the entire human race in contempt because I think they're self-centered, oblivious morons.

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Old 06-26-2012, 01:52 PM   #603
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Thanks for taking all of those great photos, my wife enjoyed seeing what I was up to on Saturday. I told her that you named your bike Hobbes, she suggested I call mine "The Bone Crusher" I don't know if I am down with that.

Here is my series of posts about "the incident"

6/24/12 4:19 AM

The good news is I had a blast yesterday! I had fun on my first ever ride with other people, saw some absolutely beautiful country, checked off 5 challenge sights, and improved my riding skills by TRYING to keep up with you guys! Thanks for being patient with me and giving me a few pointers today, it was great to meet all three of you.

The bad news is I broke my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metatarsals and dislocated the 5th. It hurt like a sonofabitch when the doc reset the 5th, I have a temporary cast now and go in for surgery consult next week. I went to the ER at the VA and there was another motorcycle related foot injury when I got there!

I really appreciate you guys watching my back on the way home today.

Hopefully I heal up soon and we can go out and knock out a few challenge sights together.

Oh, and now I can't sleep.

6/24/12 9:11 AM

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bummer!! sorry about the toes!

now, where's the rest of the story??


I caught my toe on a cut off log that was sticking out into the road a little bit, when you go to Helena watch out for that sucker.
It probably wouldn't be so bad if it was just the toes, unfortunately it is the bones in the middle of my foot, it hurt so bad I almost threw up when it happened. Somehow I was able to get the kickstand down and get off my bike. I was laying on the ground muttering some choice expletives when Dax pulled up, he said "Are you ok?" I said "NO." Turns out I was right!

Tyson, were you wearing motocross boots when that happened to you and do you thing that is what kept you from breaking your foot?

6/25/12 8:25 PM

I was standing up on the balls of my feet. I have PivotPegz and the more I think about it I think that since I was standing and going uphill my toes were pointed down but still flat on the pegs. So instead of my foot just getting knocked off the peg or bent down like it might have on a regular peg it more likely just got smashed between the log and the peg, that makes sense to me since it broke my foot bones instead of just dislocating them.
At any rate I think I will invest in a pair of motocross boots and pay more attention to how close I am to rocks and logs.

You know what they say, if you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough!

6/24/12 9:31 PM

Here I am at about 3 AM after I finally got home from the hospital, I guess I should have finished reading "The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling" before the ride. It says right in there not to hit your feet on logs.


6/25/12 4:39 PM

Went in for more x-rays and to see the podiatrist today. I took my splint off for the x-rays and laid my foot flat on the table, flexed my ankle and rested my foot on the table on the left side. It didn't hurt at all so I was feeling pretty good, maybe it's not that bad, hell maybe I can start walking on it!
Not so much. I saw the podiatrist and he said it is pretty messed up. I have to go in for surgery next Tuesday to get some plates and some pins. I should be off the crutches about two weeks after that and all healed up in about six weeks.

Here are some x-rays:

Saturday night, hmmm somethin' don't look quite right


Damn! What's my toe doin' over there?


It wasn't fun getting that toe put back in place, I was reaching around in the air, I just wanted to grab something, anything and squeeze the hall out of it! My wife made sure to stay out of reach



Here it is today, good to see that little piggy back where he belongs


6/25/12 7:07 PM

Well, we got the neighbor kid to mow the lawn, but our house sure could use a vacuuming and dusting...
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:02 PM   #604
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:03 PM   #605
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Thanks for posting that Jesse. Those X-rays really show just how much pain you were in for that last 175 miles. Unbelievable you pass out on the bike. Heal up and we'll ride again!
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:59 PM   #606
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A question I've been meaning to ask.

As I was the sweep on the ride out I noticed that just after we got on the main road from the 4 wheeler trail (well, maybe a mile or two down the road) I noticed what looked like a near wipeout at a corner in the road. By the looks of the track it appeared to either be a front end washout or the backend breaking traction trying not to miss the turn. Was that you by chance?
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:23 PM   #607
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As I was the sweep on the ride out I noticed that just after we got on the main road from the 4 wheeler trail (well, maybe a mile or two down the road) I noticed what looked like a near wipeout at a corner in the road. By the looks of the track it appeared to either be a front end washout or the backend breaking traction trying not to miss the turn. Was that you by chance?
I know exactly what corner you speak of. I noticed the skid mark on the way in. On the way out I put a second one down on the gravel. Didn't wipeout, or really even come close. Just had to apply a little more brake than I initially thought.
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:03 PM   #608
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

I first started typing everything in the "new reply" window on the forum, until my computer locked up and I lost several hours of writing. Never again! There is a much better way to do it.

I use Microsoft Notepad. NOT Microsoft Word. There is a difference. Notepad is the free one that comes with Windows and is located in the Accessories folder. The problem with Word is, there are many hidden characters and codes that can screw things up when copy and pasted into a forum like this and all that computer gobbly gook writing shows up. This doesn't happen with Notepad.

What I do is I split my screen about 60/40 vertically down the middle with my photobucket account in my web browser taking up the 60% on the left half of the screen and Notepad taking up the 40% on the right. I write my story in Notepad and insert the embed code for the photos into the story where I want them. It works pretty slick.

There is only one catch with this simple method. While typing in Notepad, I select the "Word Wrap" option under "Format" while typing so it wraps from line to line. Otherwise Notepad will only drop to the next line when you hit enter. The catch is, you mus deselect "word Wrap" before you copy and paste the whole thing into the forum post. It does some funny things if you forget.

The other trick I'd offer if you put a ton of photos in like I do, is when you start with a blank Notepad and have "word wrap" selected, hold enter for about 15 seconds and put a bunch of blank lines in before you start. That way when you type and want to add a photo you don't have to worry about hitting enter after your writing, and before your photo and then after the photo again. It makes copying and pasting the embed codes go really quick. It also ensures that you have that nice one line space between all of your photos and paragraphs. That may sound a bit confusing, but you'll figure it out.

That is what works for me! Hope that helps.

Good info on posting and the RR. I just copied this info and emailed it to myself. Now you won't have so much re-training of me after our next trip.
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Are you still planning on coming out this year? It's gonna be tough for me to take another week off this summer with our Alaska trip next summer. I could do a long weekend and that would be it.

Yes, after the OR fire season. Probably leave 2nd week of Sep after I get 'my work' done. What ever time you can get will be fine. We could just do day rides, cookouts and drink beer! (from most of the RRs I read it's a toss-up as to which liquid has the highest consumption rate - petrol or beer) Maybe T-rev needs to come to ID. He wants to go S, as in out of country South so I may go that way on my way home. I really don't have a return planned. Dogs will be with Jeff and Diane and I will train them on some parts of the business.
This is more email stuff so I'll just finish by saying 'I'm on the left!'
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Thanks for taking all of those great photos, my wife enjoyed seeing what I was up to on Saturday. I told her that you named your bike Hobbes, she suggested I call mine "The Bone Crusher" I don't know if I am down with that.






Here it is today, good to see that little piggy back where he belongs


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Well, we got the neighbor kid to mow the lawn, but our house sure could use a vacuuming and dusting...

Bone Crusher , not funny at all
Looks like you may have a chip off the 1st metatarsal floating around in there too. Damn, that really looks like it hurt then and now. You have my sympathies!!! I would suggest you chat with your Dr and get some heavy duty pain killers for your on-bike First Aid kit. If you keep hanging around with this crowd something similar will probably happen again.
Good luck on the recovery.
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:27 PM   #611
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I would suggest you chat with your Dr and get some heavy duty pain killers for your on-bike First Aid kit. If you keep hanging around with this crowd something similar will probably happen again.
Good luck on the recovery.
When it happened I had Dax grab me some IB Profen out of my tank bag. It wasn't until I got home that my wife reminded me that I just put some Norcos in my 1st Aid Kit. I guess they will be there next time I need them.
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Hey Tyson, I think that I heard you say you had Sasquatch do some suspension work for you. I think since I will be off the bike for a while I may do the same. Is it worth it? Does it help more with on-road or off-road? You think an ol' hop-along sumbitch like me could get the shock out?
Wish I could go down to Nevada this weekend with ya! Whatever you do, have fun!
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Moto boots are a must! Do not ride off road without them! And while you're at it throw in a good pair of athletic insoles for shock absorbtion. I think I got mild sprains in both ankles today from failed attempts at climbing big rock walls on my trials bike
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Moto boots are a must! Do not ride off road without them! And while you're at it throw in a good pair of athletic insoles for shock absorbtion. I think I got mild sprains in both ankles today from failed attempts at climbing big rock walls on my trials bike
I've grown to like my Tech 2's, though I want to upgrade them to those neat Aerostich Combat Riding Boots when I have the money. I put a set of SuperFeet in the Tech 2's and it makes all the difference in their comfort.

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Just got home from a short little solo overnight trip. 810 miles and three states. What a spectacular country we live in!
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