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Old 04-23-2012, 09:01 PM   #301
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Holy crap...that was 2-up?
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Can't tell from the pics, but i'm guessing the 990 seat is modded to make room for the massive balls

Great vids BTW

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Old 04-23-2012, 09:06 PM   #302
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steep ass hill

That 2up video up the hill was sweet. What i love about it is you can tell that looks really really steep in the video, in person it probably looks waaayyy steeper. It's like when people post pictures of a steep rocky section in an RR and it looks just past flat, well this looks steep ,so it must be just shy of vertical. Way to go!
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:46 PM   #303
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Okay - the South Park vid is ready!!

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That is going to be one hell of a good video!
Oh, sam... The pressure!!




I just hope you guys can make it through the whole thing -
we tried to keep it interesting, while still showing how the trail unfolds.
It's a gorgeous canyon, with lots of tasty bits!

A few notes:
At around 0:28, Matt decided (at the last minute) to try taking a steep detour. It didn't go well.

I didn't have to hike on this 3 day trip, but I did get off the bike 4 times, to lighten the load when we got hung up on steps.
2 of those times are in this video.
At 6:35 you can hear matt's peg/my ankle get whacked on a rock.
At 6:43 notice how small I look next to the crashbars- that gives you an idea of how high the step was!



Okay - try and watch it at 720p, if you can. It's so much better in HD.
It's still a little washed out at times, but it was a bright day and the camera was often aimed right at the sun.










Thank you for the kind words about the videos - I'm glad that at least some of you are enjoying them!
I know if you've done this ride, the videos are just like being there (isn't it great??)!



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Old 04-23-2012, 09:57 PM   #304
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re: Up South Park - 2up. Kelly + Matt - Now that's impressive! We've been riding snow for 2 weekends in a row... planning on another go this weekend... see y'all soon at Mendo (or this weekend http://bayarearidersforum.com/forums...=398449&page=5 )!
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:29 PM   #305
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WOW Well done! I can't believe you guys did that two-up; crap I'd have my hands full alone on the 990 doing that. Better yet, that stuff is just the reason I have a DRZ. I am impressed Him chuckling like a 10 year old on Christmas morning the whole time and I thought you were screaming a couple of times

I felt bad for you when I saw you limping and sitting on the rock; didn't you do the same thing on last years ride? Not the same foot I hope.

enjoyed that thanks,
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:34 PM   #306
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all I can say is WOW... you guys are amazing..
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:43 PM   #307
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Y'all keep that up and I'm sure there's a KTM commercial in there for ya somewhere....I hope the Big Orange is watching!
Thanks for sharing !
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:00 PM   #308
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Unbelievable riding! 2 up on that monster over all that loose rock? God-like!!

Excellent adventures and videos too. You two are my new heros.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:24 PM   #309
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Enjoyed the vids, thanks for the effort!!
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:28 PM   #310
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you guys are my hero,i can't wait for Moab in 5 weeks it will be the maiden voyage for my 990
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:57 AM   #311
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:17 AM   #313
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Hi Guys!
Thank you, thank you! I LOVE that you're enjoying the videos!
It's a huge relief that these are watchable.
You're getting WAY carried away with the praise, but it's sweet.
(Seriously though, "heroes?" - we're just 2 reckless overzealous dumbasses with a GoPro)


As far as the videos go, we all owe a big thank you to browneye and joefromsf.

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gopro... just mind-numbing, endless trail vid. I'm getting ready to stage a protest against gopro vids. I'm soon approaching the hate stage.
With such a neat and cheap vid cam out now, everybody that gets one thinks their recordings are masterpieces. And worse that we want to see them.
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I agree with Chris. I rarely watch more than a minute of a continuous trail shot video.
Their "constructive criticism" seemed harsh and at first I was a little hurt and insulted.
you know how the internet is.
( what? )
But, thanks to them, Matt and I put in some extra effort and edited ruthlessly.
It's true, I think most GoPro-ers are in love with their own footage and find it riveting when no one else will.
We're guilty of that, for sure.
Those comments definitely made us stop and think and look at the clips more closely.
And everyone ended up with watchable vids.

So, our most satisfying comment has been this:

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Now I want one of them damn things.


Thanks, guys!

I'm falling behind in replying to the comments, but we really appreciate them. Truly.
Thanks for reading and playing along!

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Wow, good job going up that climb to Roger's Pass!
Thanks cjbiker - I was still trying to look for your wallet on this ride!
Obviously, I did a crap job of it, but I think your identity is safe. It's too hard to find anything up there...

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I think I saw you guys farting around over in the PSR campground on your second trip. Wish I'd of said hello now ..... didn't realize it was the " Wans".
Hi!
We don't always look friendly, but we really are - you should have come by (we were in site 29)!
Oh well, next time - ok?

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You have inspired me enough I ordered in a Tom Harrison map of DV from Amazon.... Thanks! it's all your fault
Don't thank us - thank larryboy.
He's the one who turned us on to Tom Harrison maps. (and he's the one who got me into death valley!)

It's all Rob's fault

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Can't tell from the pics, but i'm guessing the 990 seat is modded to make room for the massive balls
that, and the helmets are padded extra to protect our tiny brains...

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Him chuckling like a 10 year old on Christmas morning the whole time and I thought you were screaming a couple of times
I felt bad for you when I saw you limping and sitting on the rock; didn't you do the same thing on last years ride? Not the same foot I hope.
Haha, I've been known to scream, but I think this ride was more about quiet whimpering.
Don't feel bad for me - as I was telling Tn.Walrus, I think this was like the 4th time one of my feet/ankles has been smashed.
My footpegs stick out just a little more than Matt's do and he always forgets. He clears the rocks, but sometimes I don't.

That, and I suck at crashing.
Sometimes Matt knows we're not going to make it and he jumps clear. I, on the other hand, ride 'er into the ground.
It's best that way, though.
We usually *almost* eat it at least 2-3 times a ride.
If I ejected every time I thought we were going down, I'd be jumping off all the time.

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i can't wait for Moab in 5 weeks... it will be the maiden voyage for my 990
Woo! 990 - congratulations!
Drank the kool-aid, eh?

looking forward to your moab RR!




Okay, where were we?



Day 1: Monday 101 miles
PSR - South Park Canyon - Middle Park - Rogers Pass - Pleasant Canyon - Ballarat - Minietta Rd - Minietta Mine Cabin - Lookout Mountain - Osborne Cabin - PSR continued...



So...
after making it up the steepest part of the hill and doing a little "showboating,"
we still had a bunch more to go...



(side note - we learned that the GoPro tends to fog up. Didn't see this until it was too late, but if you put the camera in its case while it's cold outside, it fogs as the temp warms up)





it went on for quite a while. Lots of uphills and downhills as we traversed the mountain.
I don't know if you remember, but last time there was a steep hill that we didn't think we could make (the sun was in Matt's eyes, etc...).
Anyway, we went down it this time and it wasn't a big deal at all. We should have tried the ascent, 2up.
It's always satisfying to do something that we were scared of before.


It's hard to tell from this pic, so I added the note about the jeep...
This is looking down the steep, rocky uphill near the yellow Rogers Pass sign.




here's how it looked when we were going the other direction - it's that rocky stuff behind matt...





Again, we should have tried riding up that, 2up. we might have made it!


We explored around a bit, trying different trails. It's a really fun area (Rogers Pass).
Found the steep section (to the right of rita's cabin) that we missed last time and looked around for cjbiker's wallet.
Still no luck.





Eventually, we ended up at Worldbeater cabin and took a water break.
It's so pretty. There was a nice breeze, too.






We had left PSR around 9am and now it was almost noon. Time for lunch (trail mix)!






Heading to Pleasant Canyon.











We didn't notice this fork last time, since we were going in the other direction...





Let's take a look!





Looking down on Pleasant Canyon...





Matt wanted to check out the view from the top of that mound...





It was nice!
Here's a pano, looking out over Ballarat...





Heading back the way we came.






We thought this was an interesting view, looking back up at the canyon and the greenery below.




It was kind of fun going backwards!


Okay, back to Pleasant Canyon.
Lots of water flowing today...





I thought this was the strangest photo - does it look like an uphill to you?
It's really a shot of a steep downhill.
This is the section I walked up last time (remember? we were worried about the wet rocks so I hiked it...)






The camera was in "sport" setting - for some reason it letterboxes everything...











And, down to Ballarat for some cold $2 beer...






Hung out with Potlicker and Rocky for a bit.
Rocky said a scorcher was coming. He's so good at predicting the weather! Seriously, he's always right.






While we were BSing, this cool sidecar pulled up...



Isn't that dog cute? He was really friendly, too.
Rocky said the owner is making a documentary about Ballarat or something. He's living over in the campground.





Okay, I think I'll leave you here for now. Sorry, no linkies...
Don't worry, we're going to finish day 1 soon, I gotta get you over to the warm springs for some Booty, Saline Valley-style!





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Old 04-24-2012, 09:42 AM   #314
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That fork uphill from Pleasant Canyon will take you back to Ballarat too. Steep downhill...
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:29 AM   #315
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That fork uphill from Pleasant Canyon will take you back to Ballarat too. Steep downhill...
We saw some jeeps coming into upper Pleasant Canyon from that road. Was wondering if that was the recommended route for 4WD vehicles, as I think it would be a nightmare for two vehicles to meet in the middle of that narrow, wet section of lower Pleasant Canyon. Don't recall many spots where two vehicles could pass and backing up (or down) on the wet rocks would be challenging.
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