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Old 04-20-2013, 03:51 PM   #16
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There may have been a preconceived notion that EOD3MC was in some mortal danger. I assure you that no animals were hurt, bikes critically damaged, or humans suffered in the making of this adventure.

Basically, NEVER Leave a Man's Behind
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:36 PM   #17
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:38 PM   #18
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Sounds like a fun adventure, minus the water hazard!
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:52 PM   #19
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Sounds like a fun adventure, ESPECIALLY the water hazard!
Alrighty, I've fixed that statement for you. I'd figure that my wingmate was going to chime in with his scuba version? What say you EOD3MC?
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:42 PM   #20
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Ok Ok already....I'll talk about my Adventure....

First off, This is the first "trip" I've taken the DRZ on since I got it. I've ridden the local trails with my daughters and friends...even raced it in a hare scramble, but this is the first dual sport ride with it.

Wow...The other bikes are fun, but big. Taking a KTM Adventure on the forest roads keep you wondering about what's around the next corner. Riding the George Washington Forest roads with the DRZ was a blast...It had me hoping for challanges...

Day One was great...nothing was expected to be difficult or challenging, it was a great day to get used to the bike. Late in the afternoon, we hit a long fast gravel road the just swept back and forth along the mountain. Blaster and I had behaved up until we got going on this road...and then we were off. Sliding through the turns slinging gravel we had a blast...even when I apparently opend a gravel faucet and pelted Blaster for about 10 seconds straight. His comments and yelps over the helmet comms had me laughing so hard I had to stop...Couldn't stop for long. Blaster blew right by laughing harder than I was...and we were off again. When we got to the end of the road, I think we waited almost 10 minutes before Dorito came into view.




I did find out I had almost nothing left in the tank when I switched over the petcock to reserve...I got maybe a couple more miles, Certainly not the 20+ miles I was expecting. (Again, first time I've ridden the tank that low...all the rides previous had been short local rides)
Thankfully, Blaster was playing "Tanker"...emptied out a water bottle, popped his fuel line off the carb and transfered a couple bottles over to my tank. Though I like the look of the IMS tank with it's radiator protecting wings, I like the function of the Clarke tank better. It appears the IMS hold a good bit of "unusable" fuel. Meaning it sit in the wings that are lower then the petcock
Anyhow...now worries...back to base camp and filled it up.

Great Dinner by the Mrs. who came with us on this trip. She didn't come to ride, just to enjoy a couple days of quiet West Virginia and a book or two....but she did cook. No food porn...we came home hungry and it smelled way too good to stop and take pictures of.

Day Two was to be the challenge day. This was the day we had been planning for. All the other times we had been out riding in the GW Forest, we had brought the big bikes and avoided roads that had reputations of being used as "Hero" sections for the Shenandoah 500...Not this time
The plan was to hit a road/trail that has kicked others in the coconuts...So off we went...
The DRZ was awesome...just enough power, easy to ride, there didn't appear to be anything that it would not handle with ease. Then we got to the rough stuff....
The rocky hill climbs of Stone Camp...One particular hill has a bit of a challenge halfway up. There's a rocky step up that's about a foot high on the left hand side. It's visible from the bottom if your looking for it, But if you charge up the hill with out planning your path...I could get painful. Fortunately, I'd been told about the ledge and the easier way to deal with it. Stay to the right had side and cut over, there's a gap in the ledge. With that bit of knowledge...the climb went smooth all the way to the top.



So far it had been a pretty fun morning....Stopped at a local general store/gas station for lunch, relaxed a bit and got ready to ride. Except for Blaster's DRZ not wanting to play...end of Day Two with one bike in the back of a truck headed back to base for repairs.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:40 AM   #21
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It's not everyday I can mark a wingmate's location as a "GPS favorite".



(PS I really marked him so I could be assured that I could find him again after I left get the trucks. How much would THAT have sucked to have to play hide-and-go-seek)
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:43 PM   #22
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The Official Snorkeling Award

Every Xmas, there is always a bizarre gift that dear 'ol Grammie gives me. She knows that I ride bikes, and at her age I think that about as good as it gets.

But then I get this..


Really, it looks even worse in person. And who would need a salt and pepper shaker which is capable of covering 1/3 of the usable table space? Gracefully, I let her know how completely amazing it is. The following year, I get the exact.same.thing

So, I've decided to pawn this artful décor off on EOD3MC, herein referred to as the Team Turtle Recovery award. As a proud recipient (think the "Legs lamp" from the 1980s movie A Christmas Story) will have to prominently display it at your residence (or place of work) until such a time the next recipient is crowned.


While the crowning rules are somewhat arbitrary by the current holder, the rescuing event should be noble enough to photographed, video taped, chronicled and laughed so the recipient is proud of this high-caliber, one of a kind award!

EOD3MC...I will bring it to you tomorrow!
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:09 PM   #23
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I am ... Ummmm ...."honored"

You know this will only lead to the holder of the award to encourage others to "go ahead you'll make it"


(might want to wait...i'm not in the office tomorrow)
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:39 PM   #24
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The Claiming of Honor

So we left this story some time where EOD3MC was now safely back on terra firma, albeit on the far side of the river.


I was heading back to the cottages to get some more hands and feet. EOD3MC never leaves without a (what I think) is half of a tool trunk of tools in a trusty pelican case. Since I can barely use anything more than a hammer, I quite think those tools are nothing more than hunk of metal, much like an anchor is to a boat.

However, in the 2 hours I was gone he has been able to complete a mini-service interval maintenance on his submarine with that limited tool set:

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Air filter pulled out, wrung out and set aside to dry.
Pulled the seat and gas tank
Pulled the plug...yep it's a bit wet
Turn the engine over to pump out the water,,,spray in some WD-40, repeat...and repeat....and repeat...
Clean the plug
Re-install the plug
Put the tank back on
Put the seat back on
and try and start it......actually fired right up

Put the air cleaner back in and...not so much.

So I start figuring what I'm going to do next...
Back at home, he somehow believes the bike needs to be field stripped for a simple oil change. No Dorothy, it's not a KTM



Yep, when you get that much water into a internal combustion engine, there is bound to be water in the oil sump:




Note to self: Always keep a spare filter at home, as he's still awaiting parts I think T+ 2 weeks later.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:41 PM   #25
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And so the saga ends.

The saga ends, almost as peacefully as it started:

Just for reference, the truck is no slouch for ground clearance. It's a 3/4 ton 4X4. You'd pretty much need to pole vault to get into it, if the step rails weren't there. The amazing part is that EOD3MC was going to consider riding the bike back into the West Virginia Bermuda triangle.

Quite scary since if he was trapped he couldn't even use the old honk the horn technique:

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So...I need to get the bike back over to the other side...

I throw a few sticks into the river and watch to see where the current is strongest...
I walk across and confirm the current has a good bit of pull ( duh )
Bottom is slick as hell at the flat spots, but there's a groove between the pavers

Pretty sure it's too strong and slippery to walk the bike across by myself...
Since the first crossing was into the current, going back should be easier

Yep, I'm going to ride it back across.... oh wait...I think I hear the cavalry trumpets



Blaster braves the current with the Dodge....even that moved a bit with the current

Load up the DRZ and back across.....

As you can tell, we are a very caring group. We even took EOD3MC to Gander Mountain last week to pick up some new kit:

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So while Blaster and I were were out today, we stooped at Gander Mtn...I think I found the next add on for my DRZ...



Should help with those deep water crossings.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:51 PM   #26
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If you are interesting in partaking in the excitement, the next foray will be June 14-16. Still undecided, but might be time to take the big bikes out and get ready on them for the Canada trip.

However, there is most definitely some tasty tarmac around there, so might need to split it between dirt and tarmac. Let me know if you want to join up!
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:09 PM   #27
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Looks like great fun! I recognize some of the trails from my college aged Jeep'n days years ago. Big thanks for sharing the pics / video / maps. Might have to check with wifey and see what is on the agenda for mid June. We are just below Richmond Va.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:24 PM   #28
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Prepped and ready to roll...



Thinking I'll let Dana lead through the water crossings this time
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:25 PM   #29
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The July Adventure is Born

To recap, do we all remember this water xcing from the last foray?


And this award?


Well, the new recipient has been crowned: Presenting a Gastone production:


And now onto today's events:
Is it a bad omen when the odometer is 666? Well, the packout was rocky at best. First, coming off the heals of the TWVT/TET just a mere two weekends ago, the little bikes weren't as road ready as one might like.

My little bike evidently needed a new set of brake pads, which caught me off guard (and no time to order them). We stopped at two Suzuki dealers on the trot out, and nary a DR200 brake pad to be had. I guess it even caught EOD3MC by surprise as he thought I had fly-away kits for parts for everything.

Blaster's original steed of choice was the DRZ. He changed the oil in her, put a new reusable oil filter, tightened the front sprocket and had intended to change the rear sprocket to gear up. Well, one bolt stripped out on the hub. And then he noticed the not one, but two broken spokes With that, the Husky is loaded onto the trailer. The drive out was uneventful, and EOD3MCs ride performed flawlessly.

We got into Sugar Grove around 1330, and Blaster realizes that he doesn't have an insurance card for the Husky. No problem, jump online and get one faxed. And with that we hit the trails.

No real maladies to be had, although we all took turns trying to run off the roads. Hopefully, we got some tasty vid of it at least.

The track is 140 miles long. Blaster certainly excitedly looked for any opportunity for gas. He was sweating bullets to get back to base and fill up. Given the zest for gas on the this route this time and the last time, I think we will rename this GPX file "Gasser' Up"
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:55 PM   #30
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Yep...it's all true! Well, Dave and I were having a good time today roosting each other but apparently the Husky bites a bit harder by the looks of his face shield. I am quite sure Dave will return the favor in the next two days so don't you worry. So we got to Sugar Tree road which is a long road with many many turns that you can carry some speed on. So I played Dave and told him that I was going to take it easy so he layed back and let me get out first. Little did he know that after he said he was playing Hare and Hound that it was game on!! So after I got out of sight I just pinned it and kept rollin! Dave didn't realize what was going on until the comms said "rider B" disconnected and that's when he realized that he had been played and it was going to take a lot of work to catch me. Eventually he caught up and we both decided it was time to back her down a bit as we were flat moving. I was using all the tools in the toolbox and having a ball...CornerSpin training was a great investment!!!!
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