All CDR Tracks wanted

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - West & PNW' started by Shelby88, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Shelby88

    Shelby88 Dirt tastes good!

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    I will be doing the CDR soon and want to get as may tracks as i can. I have Bigdog and Countdowns track and want a few more. The more i have the better:evil

    I will be deploying soon (a Christmas present from my favorite Uncle) and want something to keep me intertained wile im there. I have the paper maps, but want something else to drool over and make me want to do the ride even more.

    Thanks,

    Shelby
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  2. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    This site, and BigDog's write up of his western TAT ride helped me keep my sanity when I was there.

    So when I got back I did the TAT... in pieces.

    Went back over after a year off, and spent all my spare time planning for yet another big ride.....

    Got back this spring and DID IT!!!!

    TNJT, TWVT, TAT, CDR and SOR.... back to back, all at once.

    Good plan for keeping your cool....
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  3. Countdown

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    I have a four (GPS Kevin, TBirdSp, Python, & ?) besides Big Dog, send me e-mail and I will send them to you.
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  4. Shelby88

    Shelby88 Dirt tastes good!

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    Thanks, ill pm you my email.
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  5. Shelby88

    Shelby88 Dirt tastes good!

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    What bike did you use?
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  6. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    When I got home from Iraq I picked up a used - well used - Honda XR650L.

    Front end was bent up so I installed the front end from a '02 CR125.

    Tank was dented, so I added a Clarke 4.7 gallon tank.

    Skid plate was also added.... and needed!

    For '09 I added Dirt Bagz - Rangers - and dufflebag.

    Also carried a 2 gallon can for gas on the really long stretches.... that gave me a 300 mile range which was VERY helpful in places!!!!

    The motor is really solid on that bike.... which is great comfort when you're far from ANYWHERE!

    At times I would have liked a smaller bike, at times I would have liked a bigger bike, so the XRL fit in the middle.

    I just picked up a DR650 - more road worthy - but less dirt worthy. Still doable on everything, just a little harder.
    Keeping the XRL though.... too much fun!!!

    Thought about a DRZ400, or using my DR350, but you have about 50-60 pounds of gear minimum and the 650 hauls that with less fuss. That extra tractor power is really nice sometimes......
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  7. Shelby88

    Shelby88 Dirt tastes good!

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    I think i will be picking up a 690 Enduro R when i get back. I think it will do fine. They seem to be decent on the road and monsters in the dirt. I have a DL 650 now so going to the 690 will feel like going to a Cr 125 compared to the beast of the Wee. I have put the Wee through a lot of shit so the lighter dirt oriented bike will be fun.
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  8. Countdown

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    Did you get the tracks I sent?
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  9. Shelby88

    Shelby88 Dirt tastes good!

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    Yes, thank you.
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    Shelby, I did the ride north to south in July '07. I think Countdown sent you my tracks. Feel free to ask me any questions about the ride. Either PM or e-mail tbirdsp@yahoo.com

    Mike S., MSgt USAF (ret)
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  11. Shelby88

    Shelby88 Dirt tastes good!

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    Send me a copy of the track just in case.:D

    I like the (ret) part.:rofl I cant wait.

    Shelby C., TSgt USAF (wish i was ret)
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  12. Countdown

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    If you look at the tracks I sent you his tracks are named "T Bird" don't you trust me?
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  13. Shelby88

    Shelby88 Dirt tastes good!

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    I dont trust my own Mother.

    Just kidding i got it.
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  14. VTRally

    VTRally Been here awhile

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    Shelby,
    Good luck on your deployment and stay safe.

    Before you go order the maps and book from the Adventure Cycling Club. I used both and learned a lot of things I would have missed had I not bought them. They are pretty cheap.
    Also, IMO you shouldn't skip Fleecer Ridge! Most tracks that I looked at didn't include it. Have the map so you can at least look at it and decide for your self after seeing it whether you want to tackle it. I did and it was the one of the highlights of my trip. I went up. I have to say I had the biggest case of vertigo when I got up to the fence where you turn left and looked over to the meadow to the South. If you ever do it you will know what I mean.
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  15. tbirdsp

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    Clint, you are Superman if you rode *up* Fleecer on a 640A.:eek1 Especially solo. Although in retrospect we may have been better off going up than down like we did. We had so much shit on our bikes we couldn't lean back far enough for that steep of a hill. We also should have stayed off the loose shale and tried it on the sagebrush off to the side. The other issue is once we started having problems the altitude killed us, being out of shape flatlanders (1000 feet here in Omaha). The point Clint mentioned is at nearly 8000 feet. The bottom of the steepest part is about 1000 feet below that. Hwy 43 near Wise River is another 1000 feet down (although I don't remember much of that part).
    Here is the story of our rather eventful July 4, 2007:evil
    The camera really flattens it out, but one clue to the steepness is the angle of the trees. Knowing that they are going straight up gives a better impression of the actual slope.
    http://www.gdr.jennyandterrythompson.com/July 4.htm

    Countdown's tracks do include Fleecer Ridge. BigDog's do not. If you have my raw tracks we made a bunch of wrong turns before we found the right trail.
    We originally missed the turn Clint talks about at the fence (headed the other direction though) and went up another 500 ft of elevation straight toward Mount Fleecer.
    Like I said, rotate the pics until the trees are vertical...

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    Mike, Thanks! I felt like Superman when I got to the top. I let out a big yell and felt like I was king of the world. I stopped and let my heart return to 70 bpm.
    When I got to the fence I was already in this sort of altered state,
    all I did was look over my right shoulder to see the view (which is amazing) and I got the strongest case of vertigo I have ever had. It was weird. I rode like an old lady for about 15 minutes until I got my head straight.
    You must have rode across the top of that meadow. From where I stopped it looked like it gradually got steeper and steeper until it was vertical. I felt this incredible pull to go over and ride down it faster and faster
    until i just fell off the bottom. It was weird.

    I never did a trip report but here's what happened that morning.



    I stayed at the Wise River Club and had a great dinner.

    <a href="http://s900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/vtrally/?action=view&current=DSCN6974.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/vtrally/DSCN6974.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    I woke at 6, showered and repacked my bags. I was out at 7 and I fired her up. Nobody was up yet and I'm sure the LC4 alarm woke up a few.
    I had handwritten my notes the night before on a piece of notebook
    paper from the waitress. I stuck it in the clear sleeve on top of my tankbag where I could see it, reset the odo and took off. It was about 30 degrees with a good frost.

    I told myself before I left on the ride I had to at least ride out to Fleecer and look at it. Most of the ride reports I read everybody skipped it or had great crash pictures. I wanted to beat it but I told myself if it looked too gnarly I
    would back track and take the slab.

    It was only a short section of tarmac before I turned off onto the road that gets you there. The mileages were a little tough but I have always had a knack for navigation and I made it through to the bottom of Fleecer on the first shot.
    The book really helps here as there are some good additional directions.

    When I arrived I saw this

    <a href="http://s900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/vtrally/?action=view&current=DSCN6976.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/vtrally/DSCN6976.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    Pics do not do this proper justice.
    I parked the bike and decided I would walk up to the big pine halfway up ( I thought it was half way anyway) Boots, helmet on, jacket, etc. Did I say it was about 30? I got halfway to the tree and thought, "you are stupid to try this by yourself"
    I was sweating profusely and pulled the helmet off. It was more nerves that anything. I picked my line and moved a few bigger rocks. I had decided to stay to the right side in the sage on the bottom half and then switch into the right track after
    I passed the big pine for the second half of the hill. It looked like a good line choice to me.
    I walked back down the hill and mounted the bike.
    I should say now that I left the stock main jet in the bike believing the BST to be up to the job of metering fuel correctly for me up to 12K feet on the stock main. Wrong!
    Anyway, I am not a rider of great skill. I love to ride and have maybe 8k under my belt on dirt. I wouldn't consider myself brave but I am stubborn. That hill would not be left unconquered. I circled around twice in the little meadow at the bottom
    before I felt comfortable and then said to myself "why are you stalling, just do it already". With that I turned toward the bottom loose shale crap and brought the bike up to climbing speed and went for it. Bottom half (I thought so anyway), easy!
    I flew up in 2nd and had to duck going under the pine. I had planned to downshift there and make the rest of the climb in 1st as she starts to get steep and nasty after the pine. Around the tree, nick it into first, settle into the rut on the right,
    roll into the throttle and climb. It was all going really well until I got about 100 yards past the pine and had to adjust my line because of a large rock. I rolled back on the throttle briefly and that is when I learned that my main jet was probably
    two sizes too rich. When I went back for more throttle she had nothing to give me. I fanned the clutch but all I got were a few weak pops. The bike stalled and I was severely disappointed.

    One of the things I love about the LC4 is that it pulls like a tractor at low revs and you can lug it to maximize traction. On this hill I had my blown my chance to get to the top cleanly.

    Now I had to figure out if I wanted turn this whale around and go 300 yards back to the bottom or start from a dead stop mid hill and continue up. I was determined to make it one shot so I fired her up. The combination of the rich
    mixture and fuel in the bowl being on a 45 degree slant meant I had my work cut out for me. I am not a hill climber and I debated in my wind if it would be better to sit on the seat and let it loop out or stand and let it dig a hole. Neither sounded
    good so I attempted a sort of seat bounce maneuver to get it moving with a walk/push with my feet to help it build momentum until I could get my feet on the pegs. It was running like crap and had nothing until about 3000 revs.
    Yeah, I eventually dug a hole and it was now sitting about 60 degrees nose up. I honestly didn't know what to do. What I decided to do was while it was off leave it in gear and pull the clutch in, I stood up and pulled back on the bars
    to get the tire out of the hole. It didn't take much as the hill was pretty steep! As soon as I got it out of the hole I needed the front brake and the engine to hold it on the hill. I started it back up, revved it to 4k, slipped the clutch, seatbounce,
    walk/push maneuver and we were away. Loads of shale, loose dirt, rocks and general crap. Up we went. I got up on the pegs as fast as I could and we motored our way up. The front tire spent some time in the air and the rear was looking for
    grip all over the place, I wasn't about to let out of it once I got going and it was a wild ride. I thought I was almost to the top when I had to make a slight right turn to face another climb of about 200 yards! At this point my confidence
    meter was pegged and I sailed up the last part like a pro. It is purely a mental game. If you think you can do it, you will. If you think you might not make it, you aren't going to.

    When I got to the top I yelled some insulting words at the dirt and rocks that had really done nothing to me. Somehow it made me feel better.

    Here's Fleecer from the top looking down. It's hard to convey but this picture does the best job of all that I have of implying what is involved here. Go out about 30 yards and it drops straight down into the valley. I left the pics a little large to help convey the scale.

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  18. tbirdsp

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  20. Countdown

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    What is going on at this place? Gates?

    Big Dog came from south and turned around, others came form north and also turned around.

    Has any one looked at the road to the east?

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