A Roadie in Motion

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Lost Rider, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. D K

    D K Been here awhile

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    I remember that buggy story!


    Crazyness.


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  2. izzyblue

    izzyblue LOST

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    :raabiaCheers darling.... BEAUTIFUL photos...
  3. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    I had camped at about mile 440 on the course, just north of the 450 mile marker.
    While I wasn't too sure where I'd be sleeping tonight but one thing was for sure, I wasn't going to have time to accomplish my goals if I stopped riding at sunset around 4:40PM, no matter how many miles I can cover during the day.

    After a short break with lots of water getting sucked down to rehydrate I felt this determination and overwhelming need to push harder, to actually start committing myself even further to get to the end. Faster, I must go faster and stop lessÂ….

    OK, then it's decided. I'm going to take more risks and stop screwing around. :pynd




    Then there was silt.


    OK, I've not really ridden in deep silt beds before, not something I wanted to do on my GS or R so all you more experienced riders just let me have my moment.








    OK, then it's decided. I'm going to take more risks and stop screwing around. :pynd




    Then there was silt.






    Then there was silt.









    Then there was silt.










    Let me try to describe what it's like to ride through silt beds if you'll indulge me.








    Take a huge loader, something like this:

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    Now go dig a hole about 75' long and 4' deep, make sure you zig-zag it a few times, wouldn't want a straight line.








    Now, go get a big dump truck, something like this:

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    Then after you have a nice big long hole, and and big ole' dump truck, fill the dump truck with talcum powder until it's overflowing.



    Now, dump that talcum powder in the big ole' hole you dug and spread it out, but not too evenly, we wouldn't want that now would we.





    Pack you bike up with what you need for a week camping.




    Go ride through it.







    I don't have a good photo of the deep stuff, no way I was stopping or taking out my camera but this is a taste of it. So much for
    OK, then it's decided. I'm going to take more risks and stop screwing around. :pond


    It seems like a fine line of either not hitting it going fast enough, or when you go too fast it's like hitting a snowdrift where you almost go over the handlebars with the rear wheel off the ground. Not sure how I made it through, mostly I closed my eyes and twisted the throttle

    There were a number of silt beds, some long, some short, some I could squeeze around at a pace that didn't mean death if I crashed.
    Mostly though it started to wear on me, with my OK, then it's decided. I'm going to take more risks and stop screwing around newfound attitude.
    At the time it sucked, I just wanted to get it over with, give me any kind of rocky road so I can pass more mile markersÂ…. PLEASE!
    Now that I look back at it, it was pretty cool to be out there alone in a battle to make it through challenges like that. You just have to depend on yourself, and trust you gear. I like that kind of thing.



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    I had crossed the peninsula and found myself in San Juanico looking for gas. I had it on my GPS there was gas here, but it wasn't of the normal Pemex flavor, luckily I found Camacho's and he had some very questionable pinkish red gasoline to sell me.
    Smelled like gas mostly, hope it doesn't kill TMH.

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    I studied the map some more, trying to decide where I wanted to be when I slept tonight.
    It was around a hundred miles to Loredo with a small mountain range in the middle to cross, I got gas at around 3:30, so a little more than an hour of sunlight left.
    OK, Lareto it is, no camping so extra food needed for the night, I had snacks if I end up camping out, better I stayed as light as possible not knowing what's ahead.
    Gas and water, that's all I need. Maybe.


    I was happy to see wide open parts of the course ahead and took full advantage, heading due east with the Sun at my back, once again hopelessly racing the sun.


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    I could hear the race engine whining in the background but did my best to go faster, eventually these fellows caught up to me at a river crossing. These were the first guys to pass me in a long time, as it was getting closer to the race, people were done pre-running and less people were out there. Could turn into an interesting night if things go wrong, for now I was just having a blast.
    I had passed through a few small towns today, and everywhere I went people and kids were lining the streets when I came through, mistaking me for a racer who's pre-running. High fives and cheers were common, and slightly embarrassing since I was after all just trail riding the course. What the hell, if I could ride a wheelie down main street and kids cheered it was fun for everyone, even if I was an impostor. My biggest mistake of the trip was not having any LOST or Freedom decals in time, they arrived at home the day after I left. Kids everywhere were always asking for stickers and I had none. :cry






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    Once again I had lost against the sun, I just don't have what it takes I guess. Light was fading, shadows of the dark starting to dance about as I passed by.
    Bring it on, I have a fancy scmancy handy dandy HID light on TMH and good eyes. I was still 50 miles out, but it was early and after all, OK, then it's decided. I'm going to take more risks and stop screwing around. :pynd


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    OK, with the sun completely gone, the darkness that came about with no moon was intense. The course had went from gravel roads to a trail that criss crossed a riverbed, the problem is there had been heavy heavy rains last month here that had done it thing and changed the terrain, washing away the road altogether in places and making the wash crossings sometimes very deep.
    My headlight was pretty badass if I do think so myself, :lol3 I had ridden into the night with it before like here on the Nevada TAT earlier this year (will get to that someday)

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    But the reality of the situation was that for trying to keep a good pace on these what one time long ago were called roads is a different story altogether than the TAT or paved roads.

    The sometimes 3' deep rocky washout came up fast and with my headlight nothing more than a black hole. Sometimes I could fly over them, other times it was everything I could do to break as hard so as not to break my neck bouncing off of rocks.
    This continued on for a while, the game of chicken with the course speed vs time vs sight. The little pink course marker ribbons were getting harder and harder to follow.

    It was dark, I was alone, and finally LOST.


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  4. Goran69

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    Man, what a pleasant read with a morning cup of coffee :clap:clap
  5. izzyblue

    izzyblue LOST

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    Please please please let me live through this and I will promise to be a good girl from now on......

    Looking back I still can't believe that was me. Determination, luck and a few HOLY SHITS later I managed to get through this and it was spectacular!

    Short cuts and front row!


    ROWHER here we come:clap
  6. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    Awesome post! What sort of new camera did you have?
  7. Erik500

    Erik500 Been here awhile

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    Great RR ! Fabulous pictures and you have a very pleasent writing style. Top notch stuff, so thank you for it !
  8. Oddball

    Oddball Starting over

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    You are the man. Thank you for all you posts.
  9. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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    Verry nice. :clap
  10. DetoX68

    DetoX68 Been here awhile

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    Great adventure Finn :thumb
  11. kingofZroad

    kingofZroad Been here awhile

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    Wow!! Superb story and adventures!

    I read the whole thread (and the "detour" thread) this past 24 hours... I couldn't quit!!

    Ride hard, take chances!!


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  12. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    what are you shooting with these days?

    I saw rangefinder, but not which one...:ear
  13. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    Thank you for the kind words, it's always much appreciated!



    Ride hard take chances!

    One Life One Chance.



    Camera Talk. Looking back I guess this thread has also been about the various cameras throughout the years, and yes there's a new one in the family. :evil
    All the recent photos were made with a Sony RX-100, I sold the rangefinder that I was using on our CDR/TAT ride and have put the X1 on the shelf for now.

    So far this little Sony camera has been a lot of fun to shoot with and I'm content with the images it makes. Believe the hype…
    I have a clip on polarizing filter to help in some situations and a Manfrotto 709B mini tripod with extension to complete the mini photo package.

    It's funny to look back through this thread and see how everything has just been getting smaller, I guess that's a common natural progression for some people. :evil


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    While I'm wanting to get the Baja tale completed so I can get back to Nancy and I in Utah, to the good stuff, but it might be a little while as my short term upcoming schedule is pretty packed. It's hard to dive in, commit, and post up my story when working, so for now I'll just share a few photos from my current reality on tour being a Roadie in Motion, or at least the final product from our efforts to Rock and stay on the Ball! lol

    It's a Pumpkins Xmas with the little tree spreading cheers and joy to Stagehands round the world. :freaky
    It's been a fun tour with a great group of people to work with, but looking forward to the winter not working season.




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  14. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    no TSO this year?
  15. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    No TSO this year. I miss those guys, but it just didn't work out this year. It will sure be nice to be home for the holidays for a change.
  16. Motorfiets

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    damn.... they are in nashville this year too!
  17. sion

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    I was gonna invite you out for a beer when you hit columbus...oh well, maybe next year
  18. RAZR

    RAZR I'll cut ya

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    i feel bad for Finn.

    hearing Billy Corgan's awful nasily annoying voice over and over :hung
  19. Dirtbauer

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    Thanks for sharing the concert pictures. Superb!!
  20. Lee C

    Lee C Been here awhile

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