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Old 08-12-2013, 06:02 PM   #466
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I was going to ride my 200 2T for several reasons, one was that my 525 was not quite jetted right during Fridays ride and the 2T was. Two it was much lighter and would be like bringing a gun to a knife fight in the singletrack.
pffft.....at the end of Lilly Pond, when I was standing there wondering how in the heck I was going to make it up and over that boulder field at the start of the jeep trail, I watched you effortlessly (or so it looked) just kind of jump over all the big rocks, then ride a wheelie up the rest of the hill!

When I got home I was telling my wife about how you must have been some sort of pro racer or something after seeing that maneuver, not to mention going back to camp, changing bikes and catching everyone by time we got to the gas station.

Needless to say, I was impressed!

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Old 08-12-2013, 07:40 PM   #467
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that's Weeble for you...she wobbles a lot but never falls down. :)

Looks like a fun ride Cathy.

Another 12 days or so and we'll be leaving for our 7 day Tour of Idaho Trip.

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pffft.....at the end of Lilly Pond, when I was standing there wondering how in the heck I was going to make it up and over that boulder field at the start of the jeep trail, I watched you effortlessly (or so it looked) just kind of jump over all the big rocks, then ride a wheelie up the rest of the hill!

When I got home I was telling my wife about how you must have been some sort of pro racer or something after seeing that maneuver, not to mention going back to camp, changing bikes and catching everyone by time we got to the gas station.

Needless to say, I was impressed!

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Old 08-12-2013, 08:28 PM   #468
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Thanks Ben, had a great time!

Met some great peeps, the "camp group" Mike, Don, Rick & George (heal up). And thanks to Chad who loaned a bike out and gave me some much needed oil. Can't wait to do it again, less the LEO incident :)


skidxr on the 990 on some 4mile single track!


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Old 08-13-2013, 01:37 AM   #469
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:35 AM   #470
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There are more reports and pix in the Rockies forum under regional.
I have a few pix, but in Walden preparing to head East into the great plains and home.

Sounds like George was in the recovery room with his brother at last report.
I would like to get his room # and call him tonight, as he crashed in front of me and was going to escort me back to camp. He said I should not travel alone on the single track, then it was I who watched over him along with a bunch of riders.

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Old 08-13-2013, 08:36 AM   #471
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:15 AM   #472
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I canít say thank you enough to Chad for the loaner XR250! When my 525 blew a head gasket, I was devastated, thinking my trip was effectively over after driving 1000 miles.

Chad, after having known me for all of 15 minutes, offered me the keys to his trailer and his 1995 XR250. Wow.

I ended up riding about 85 miles on Friday all through 4 Mile, and then did Pabloís ~140 mile ride Saturday on the little XR. Yes, I am way too big for the bike, and it is 20 year old technology, but guess what, it went everywhere I pointed it and ran without a hitch. That thing is a tractor in the rough stuff. Accelerating uphill in 3rd gear or above is a little different story.

Chadís generosity really captures the spirit of a gathering like this, and highlights the strong sense of community that makes these events greater than the sum of their parts. Iíll be making a donation to the COHVC in his name, and sending him some new tires!


A few other random musings on the weekend:

Ben and family were extremely accommodating and his Adventure pants are top notch. Kudos!

The Arrowhead staff and facilities were a perfect fit for the event. Iíll stay there again.

Pablo was a great trail leader, and is pretty good at drinking whiskey too. Thanks for showing us around!

Weeble was the most talented female Iíve ever ridden offroad with. I would hate to follow her on a bike that was running properly. . .impressive.

Full Moon Float was really talented. Wish I could have stayed longer, but I quite enjoyed set 2 from my sleeping bagÖ
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:08 AM   #473
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All . . .

I went by the hospital about an hour ago and George was up and moving around. He said to tell everyone "Hi" and thanks for all the help. His surgery went well and he is doing good. They're going to move him into rehab today and he expects to be in the hospital another 5 days. I'll check in on him again and let you know what his new room and phone number is should any of you want to give him a call.

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments, it was a great event and my wife and I are glad everyone had a good time
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:38 AM   #474
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:24 PM   #475
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:35 PM   #476
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Great time

Another great WestFest. Thanks Ben and thanks to your family. Norm and Brian the firewood was a nice addition(have you ordered the axe yet?)
Sorry about the unexpected stop in the picture.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:23 PM   #477
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Day 1

Day 1 was my singletrack exploration ride. I started with 5 attendees (somehow only 4 made it in the pic): The Austinites, Ross, Chad, and George; I'm behind the camera.



Fandango's motorcycle was scared just looking at the mountains so it blew a head gasket before we touched the dirt, so the Austinites bailed.

Next, George didn't like the pace I was setting over Hancock Pass and we happened to run into the moderate DS ride group so he switched groups.

By the time we got to the Hancock summit there were only three of us:


We searched quite a while for the trailhead. It was very narrow and hard to see through all the foliage:


The trail was narrow, slippery, and stupid-steep. An eighth mile after the trailhead Ross had fallen a couple time and decided to bail. You can't see it, but in this pic his tires have gone off the trail and both slid under a fallen tree.


Now it was just Chad and me. There were a number of real big rock stepups. I helped Chad pick up his bike a couple times. I don't know if you can see it, but his bike is steaming:


Then he hit a big rock and sort of looped it out. He got up just fine, but the bike got an exhaust full of dirt:


And a dinged pipe:


And a wavy radiator (Sorry, Chad):


I think he was pretty fed up with the trail at this point, but I convinced him to push on a little farther, but then I finally hit an obstacle that I couldn't get over:


I hate how easy everything looks in pictures. This trail was so steep it was difficult to walk up it, but my picture doesn't convey that at all. Anyway, my bike is laying on a big rock and the trail was too steep to get enough speed up to get over it. At this point we decided to bail; we had only made it a 1/4 mile up the trail. We took a jeep road to the middle of the trail and rode it downhill in both directions just so I could say I rode the whole thing.

Then we tried to find our way out; it was like watching National Geographic: first we interrupted two mating marmots, then we interrupted a bull trying to mount a cow, then Chad was attacked by a badger (seriously, the thing chased Chad while he was on his motorcycle).

By the time we got out it was time to head back so I didn't get to ride the other two singetracks I had planned. I wanted to get back in time for dinner and the whiskey bus so I was setting a brisk pace. At the top of Hancock Pass, Chad was getting a bit nauseous so he took a break while I kept moving. So overall, I abandoned my entire group, and damaged many of their bikes, all just to ride a very short section of stupid-difficult Taylor Park singletrack. Sorry, guys, I owe you each a beer.

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Old 08-15-2013, 06:42 AM   #478
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Thanks

Add my thanks to Ben for a fun rally. Just what my summer needed. A little rain and hail, lots of altitude with flowers, new country to ride, good food and wonderful evening visits with interesting, good people. Thanks also to emcee Marty and ride boss Storm and everyone else with whom I rode, ate and drank. Hope we get to do it again. Rusty
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:55 AM   #479
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Day 2 - Am Flag Mtn

We started with 8, but by the time we left the Trading Post we had 10 (first time that's happened)



First trail on the list was Lily Pond. Usually Lily is relatively easy, but all the puddles made the traction a little less than ideal, but we all made it through.



Here's someone dropping their bike in the creek, too bad there was a bush in the way of the camera.











Then on we went to Flag. It's always a great day on top of Flag (unless there's lightening)

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Old 08-15-2013, 09:11 AM   #480
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Next, Doug decided to put on a trail repair clinic. In order to properly demonstrate the procedure, he had to puncture both front and rear tires on the way down Flag Mtn, which he did a great job at.







These pics were sent to me by John. I had already split off with the crew that wanted more singletrack.

We started with upper Reno Ridge.



I should have gotten some pics of the tough spot, but with the fear of death on that spot, I wasn't able to think straight. Basically upper Reno Ridge traverses a verys teep scree field and one section has had a rock slide which has left a couple very large boulders in the path that you must go over. To make matters worse, there is a 4x4 at the bottom of the scree field that clearly rolled off, and if the driver didn't bail before the rig went over, he certainly died.

After Reno ridge we hit some pristine high country ST, but I think my group was a little too beat to enjoy it's full potential. Then we headed home.
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