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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by MasterChief, Mar 5, 2012.
Yo MM, great to meet ya. Headed home now. Got to ride down to the bridges w/JR to see Kamo, Canadian racer & our holeshot winner Stephan all beat up from big crash in 3rd. Weird to ride around through the racing all legal. Jim Thomson was hammering in 10th @ the pits, then we left. Photos & vid later
There wasn't any dust and it was a little muddy but overall not bad.
Just heard from Oregon Coast with an up date on the Outta Sight Racing Team. It looks like OC came in 8th in his class and had the oldest bike out there. Luke is still out but should be coming in soon. I don't know how LCGarage did and Kootenai Rider didn't return from his work trip in time to get to the race today.
They didn't have phone service out there until this afternoon and the reception was very bad.
It sounded like there was carnage in the Adventure class but I don't have any more details on that.
Waiting to hear the full stories about everyone out there.
Yesterday's weather was not so bad .The slick mud on The family run made things interesting on the 950 .
Did not do the "A' section of the dual sport the "B" was easy with a couple nice trail loops .The lunch at the Brewery was a welcome stop .
My tent started leaking bad last night ,so I decided it was time to get back home early this morning .Not a fan of dressing up wet . getting old I guess
I will try to post a vid later
Sorry to hear about adv class carnage, but expected it since there is carnage with dirt bikes. I too am waiting for further updates! Wondered about Krider certain he's disappointed! Should we expect amazing photos of OC and others?
Check your PM's I'm wondering how your knee is.
Pics coming and vid of both starts once I fix my laptop (30 min)
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Start two with the dual sports!
Your camera, aim it lower.
I gave it to Alex! It wasn't me. I'll upload my photos soon.
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Whitney getting ready to race!
I heard this guy launched it in a river? Has anyone else heard anything???
The night life! The keg was booming Friday night, but Saturday not so much.
Body armor put to work...
Flipped back in third coming off a bump. I think this was the bars hitting my upper leg... Overall glad nothing is broken. (on me)
Heres a recap of my first D100 weekend. I didnt stay for the race, and didnt take any pictures, but it was a great experience.
The Good Stuff
- Meeting a bunch of super people.
- Winning the drawing to see who got to sleep solo on one of the two queen beds us three dudes had to share at the Best Western. Sorry guys.
- Having the rain stop before we suited up for the Iron Man/Dual Sport combo we planned to ride.
- Not trying to do two laps of the Iron Man, and following one IM lap with the Dual Sport course.
- Knowing three out of the five check point people I stopped at for a card drawing. Small world.
- Watching MasterChief on the Iron Man on his 610. He was the only guy I saw with saddlebags, and he made it look easy.
- Dancing the 390 up the gnarliest rock garden on the ride, while threading the needle between two downed riders and their helpers. Disclaimer: the climb was off-course and I had to reverse it five minutes later. It was still fun.
- Riding most of the dual sport single track with nobody else around. Some of the best trail riding I have ever done. Very high grins per mile.
The "Adventure" Stuff
- Doing the laugh-in fall 30 feet from Andy and Ron, who were waiting for all sorts of other carnage to disperse in one of the rocky sections. Dang short legs. This had a positive side too, since I had help righting the bike, which was nearly upside down, and neither Ron nor Andy got a picture.
- Abandoning Ron to the sweep riders on the Dual Sport due to a fouled plug. He missed the best riding, in my opinion. SJMC does a stellar job of helping folks, otherwise either Andy or I would have had a cold run back to get the spare plugs tucked neatly in Rons fanny pack, stored in the warm and dry truck. Their help justified the price of admission all by itself.
- Having the rain start on the Dual Sport right as we got to the major paved section of the ride.
- Taking the wrong turn at said paved section and adding at least ten cold miles to the ride in the rain. Guess who was navigating? Hint, it wasnt Andy. I blame the reading glasses.
I'll be back next year.
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Wow... that was fun!
I woke up to this Friday morning, had to unplug the storm drain so I wouldn't drown my wife's Passat and then spent 250 miles in a downpour driving north.
Got what I thought was a decent spot along this short berm to shield me from the wind... noob mistake, as I was blocked in and 1/2 miles of mud-bogging from the exit.
Found the GL boys and did some BS'ing...
And then ran a couple practice laps, it was greasy out there! Yet another good reason for a steering damper on my 450, if only the wife would see the light
Ran into town for some chow at Chief's and chewed the fat with a Stumpjumper, turns out he was born and raised in Sheridan, WY, not far from where I grew up. This event has to be a massive economic shot in the arm for this community, I hope other communities take notice and take action to maintain access to their local riding areas.
I think Odessa has given a lot over the years...
Got situated and bundled up for a cold night in the tent. Earplugs did a fair job drowning out the constant buzz of 2-stroke traffic and one of my neighbors getting rid of their stomach contents at 1:00 AM
Saturday dawned pretty early, I became fully conscious at about 5 AM and was just contemplating rolling out at 5:45 when it started a light rain again. But who cares, I came to ride and my hoss was ready
Pretty good rain by the riders meeting at 7. I took off on the Ironman loop fairly early and was all fogged up and shedding layers within a few miles.
Had an absolute ball though, I think the 450 EXC was perfect for this stuff. Plenty of grunt for tractoring through the mud and rocks, and plenty of suspension for blasting through the woops. This particular shot may have been a bit off piste, at one point I followed a single set of tracks for a few miles before popping out at a checkpoint.
I'd periodically hit groups of riders and then be on my own for awhile, really liked the track, trying to pick out the best thread through the sagebrush and trying to keep my vision up so I wouldn't get surprised by a particularly nasty set of whoops.
More desert scenery... sorry for the rather blah shots, I'm too tired to do any processing and didn't take many anyway due to the rain :)
Some cool little flat topped buttes in the background. About this time I had the first question about my Giant Loop Mojavi, kind of a "WTF are you carrying all that crap around for?" question I like to be prepared and I don't like carrying all that crap on my back
The stuff along the river was fun and challenging for me, glad to have made it though without going into the river or going down and being used as a ramp by the rest of the pack.
After the Ironman loop I managed to get confused and couldn't really figure out which was the DS A-Loop (sorry Pat and Dave!). I went back to camp and got my ticket punched and hooked up with a guy (Israel) on a Dizzer. He needed some fuel which I had and I needed some roll-chart direction, which he had, so we did the A-Loop together. Some really fun singletrack but I was getting tired by then and we kept moving, so very few pictures. It was funny, whenever we got to something where skill mattered, Israel had no problem maintaining the lead. Whenever we got to something where motorcycle mattered, I could take it if I wanted . Here's one measily shot of Israel at the ranch on the A-Loop that had the MX course... really fun loop for us.
By that time I was famished, so I burned for Odessa and looked for the brewery... by looking for the pack of dirt bikes
After chow I went looking for the trails south of town, finally found them in the rain with a big guy on a KLR. Rode those and by now it's raining good... started heading north from town to catch the bottom of the B-Loop and thought screw this, time go get out of dodge before the Passat is a permanent fixture in the mud. I beat feet back to camp and got lucky because a truck and trailer had left giving me an exit. I scouted the mud, tore down a very wet and muddy camp, threw it in the (2WD) car, and *barely* made it out of there. Couldn't believe it.... the traction control wouldn't let me get any momentum, but it also hauled that car through some stuff that I thought was totally impassible. I got one little assist in the deep mud right at the exit to get me moving again and I was out. *Whew*.... would have loved to see the race but by that time all my clothes were wet with sweat or rain.
So I ran to family in Ellensburg, sat in a hot tub, and came home this morning :)
Had a GREAT time, can't wait for next year!
By the way, what would an eight high pair of nines have done for me??
<<<--- big guy on a KLR. Good to ride with you. I'm already pumped for next year, but hopefully I'll be on a better suited bike.
Real easy:eek1, except somewhere along the way my front rotor met a rock.
I finished one loop the Iron Man and road into town for lunch. It was at that point that I noticed something wrong with the front brake. Didn't do anymore of the dual sport and headed home Saturday afternoon. Fun day overall. My 4th time out there and I'll do it again
Ha! Excellent! Yeah man you took that thing places I wouldn't have dared when I was on a KLR!