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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by HellSickle, Aug 13, 2013.
Not gonna to make it - I know you all will have a great time!
I knew I couldn't ride tomorrow, so I rode up there today.
Who says Green Ridge isn't big bike friendly?
I started at the south end-
And came out on the north end-
Piece of cake. As you can see I barely got muddy.
Not gonna make it either.
This will be the first year I've missed it, but just can't make it happen after all.
Wow. That's pretty typical water at the south end, but the most I've ever seen at the north. Not gonna try it on my airhead GS this weekend!
Yes, more water than we've seen in years.
Justin, you da man! Did you bust some big moves while doing air over all the muddy spots? Looks like I need to ride the 990 today. I better have an extra cinnamon roll at Verns.
No big air, I just wheelied through the muddy spots to keep the bike clean.
An extra cinnamon roll will only get you so far, you better get a krautburger for the road.
Wow, I hadn't planned on a 12 hour day. I also didn't plan on my bike riding the last 25 miles home in a truck.
Beating DR350s into submission with big sticks and rocks takes a lot of time.
Fouled plug, repaired manly style like Anti? Shoulda called me- I'll tow ya out!
No, or else he'd be up there in a trail side bivvy tonight instead of in a warm truck for 25 miles.
Happened to The Eagle Scout of tool's and preparation! Sounds like I'll need to bring some tools on this ride, or at least minimalist supplies.
Tire flat tools..
Spark plug +wrench...
Zip ties. Assorted wrenches...
Medium sized rock for thermal protection and whack tool...
Advil, Oxycontin, etc...
Am I missing anything?
What happened Jeff?
Replacing my flask of whiskey( part of the etc...) with Crown royal, Thanks for the barter advise!
Nothing dramatic. I'm 90% sure it's crap in the fuel. I could have dropped the bowl on the side of the road in a rain storm, but decided to wait for one of the guys who trailered up & hitch a ride home.
My mechanic is getting his pay docked and will be administered severe disciplinary action. When he added the aux tank, the fuel filter was put in the wrong place.
We did have to get creative with a peril sensitive DR chain guide (bends out of the way to avoid contact with rocks). That's where the big stick & rocks came into play. One of the chain derailments was in the middle of a stream crossing.
No drowned bikes today. We made a couple new friends with a nice couple at the trail head and showed them how to get to the grassy knoll at East Twin Lake (aka Happy Place). Hopefully Sam & Ryan will join the asylum.
Missing just a couple of items.
The big rock & tire iron cam in handy for bashing loose a chain that wadded up around the swingarm. We're going to add some circlip pliers to the DR tool kit so we can remove a front sprocket.
Laying in bed last night, we started to wonder if Paula had a spark plug wrench. It would have been terribly embarrassing to be caught without one, so we probably had 2 with us.
That never ends well
One of the funniest stories of the day (I cleared this with Paula over Linner at the Pot Belly)
Paula was having a tough time on the single track. Entering the rock garden on the lower part of Killpecker, we both stopped. She asked for the best line. There were a pair of trees 30' away and I suggested she ride between them. No sweat, they're at least 6' apart.
She starts out, clips a tree 5' in front of her and drops the bike in the rocks 20' in front of the pair of trees. No tears and plenty of laughs about it later. I paddled her beast the rest of the way thru the garden.
Josh showing the proper technique (for draining) the first water hole.
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Paula and Roy being a little more conservative.
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So much for my effort to keep my boots dry at the beginning! Ended up soaked (although my feet were dry :huh, I guess Sidi's are nice? Not used to that yet)! I didn't get to see Jeff go threw so I had no idea how deep it was, once the front end sank I just hammered it on out!
Thanks for the great ride again Jeff!
Eeewww!! Looks like someone should have sprayed their pants with Never Wet.
Good lord! Might need to find a different forum! First Rick wants to see me in my birthday sweater and now this guy is staring at my ass!