Gettin' Dirty with the Wans: 8400 miles - UTBDR, KLIM rally, Canada, WABDR, OBDR +

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hee, that's hilarious! :poser
    I love that Landon loves "Oh hai!" so much!
    Just don't let him see some of those other videos -
    Can you imagine what he'd pick up from those Deadwood videos??
    "Oh hai, you corksoaking mother brother!" :eek1


    A "real" bike and the slab = :snore
    I actually fell asleep on the autobahn one time...
    It was too smooth!


    Aww, thanks you guys!
    Us dirt pillions rarely get enough credit, so I appreciate the kind words!


    Believe me, I know all about the "Power of the Pillion!"
    :gdog

    I could make us crash any time, any place! :lol3

    Just by tensing, resisting or shifting at the wrong time.
    Even though Matt says he can hardly tell I'm back there most of the time,
    he's so sensitive to my movements, he knows which hand I'm holding the camera in!
    If my foot slips off its peg at speed or in technical bits,
    it can really muck us up.
    I am acutely aware of my role in our safety. :uhoh


    I guess I wasn't communicating very well, but it is Matt's skills that get us through that stuff,
    Including my FAITH in matt's skills.
    That faith and trust in his abilities help allow us to go fast in the gnarly bits.


    I'm able to resist the instinctual urges to steer or control the ride, only because I know Matt can do it.
    A rider-pillion (who spends more time on her/his own bike) would feel the loss of control and want to bail when things get ugly.
    (in mud, rocks, sand, silt; or when we're sliding in corners)
    That person would know the signs of impending doom and get the hell off the bike!
    I know I feel it...
    But, because I have faith,
    and because I turn off my brain on these rides,
    I can stay on (without tensing up) and Matt takes us through it.
    Usually.


    It definitely is a team effort. :nod

    So, thank you all for the applause and huzzahs!
    I appreciate your appreciation!
    :queenie <----- kidding! what I really wanted was a curtsey, but they are lacking in the smiley department...


    :rofl



    wow, thanks Jeff! :shog
    I'm doing another curtsey just for you!
    Wearing a tiara and everything!
    :D






    Hi Nacho911!
    Wow, that section of the WABDR really made an impression on you!

    OK, it sounds like you think we're doing this live - I appreciate the warnings, but we already did the WABDR! :thumb
    Probably around the same time you did...
    I think you're describing the rocky section around Ellensburg, right?
    Near the radio towers or whatever they are...
    We were there on August 5th, it was 102°F (38.9°C) :knary

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    We might have video of that part, but I'm not sure...
    stay tuned!

    Hi Radek!
    BC was unbelievably awesome, and I know we only had as much fun as we did because we were with YOU!
    Grazie mille for your GoPro footage and your pics, too - they add so much to the story.

    I don't think Matt and I heard the part about "IF we make it..." until we watched your raw footage. :huh

    Haha, the next section.... Wooooo! :super



    Okay, you guys, that next section is coming up...
    I just need another cup of coffee and time for the video to finish uploading...

    :*sip*
  2. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 37: 7/28/12 continued
    Kelowna to Mad Radek&#8217;s Man Cave 306 miles (492 km)







    Off we go, towards the Traverse...

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    It was a *little* overgrown...

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    Checking to make sure we&#8217;re still following him...

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    Oh no! :eek1

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    The trail was blocked by this giant stump/avalanche...

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    The new way was through these boulders...

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    And then across these rocks...

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    Radek&#8217;s bike was on the old part of the trail.

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    So, that&#8217;s what Radek was seeing.



    Meanwhile, all we could see was this:

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    Our bike was in a precarious spot and we couldn&#8217;t use the sidestand.
    matt didn&#8217;t want to lay it on its side, so he left me holding it up while he went to go check things out.


    Because of that, I missed taking a lot of pics. :cry
    I tried to take photos by sticking my arm waaaaay out and clicking the camera,
    but there were too many shrubs and stuff.
    I only got a couple. :dunno




    Luckily, Radek had his helmet cam on.



    The guys had to move a giant stump...

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    And pull his bike up.
    Radek doesn&#8217;t use crashbars, so there isn&#8217;t much to hold onto...

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    While I was waiting, I noticed that our crappy mirror was gone! :huh

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    Turns out it got whacked and came loose during one of those hillclimbs.
    Matt took it off and put it in his pocket.




    Radek&#8217;s bike was now on the new &#8220;trail&#8221; :thumb

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    Our bike was next.
    Matt and Lica started stacking rocks in preparation.

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    Now I was off of sidestand duty. :D




    It was a tight fit!

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    Ooh. Nothing like the sound of metal whacking rock. :arg

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    The sun was going down, so the light was really funky...

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    Action shot!

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    Look at this kick ass teamwork! :clap

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    Thanks, guys!
    When it&#8217;s just me and matt, we bust our butts moving the schoolbus.
    With 3 big strong guys on the job, I just try to stay out of the way.

    :gdog:gdog:gdog



    After our bike was through, it was time for Lica&#8217;s bike.
    His standard 990 sits much lower than our S.
    He needed extra rocks.
    OK, I can help with that. :nod

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    Pretty soon, that stack will be as tall as me!

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    Here&#8217;s how it looked on the other side.

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    Go, Lica!

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    Another tight fit...

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    Who says these bikes are too big? :lol3

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    More KTM-power awesomeness :pynd

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    Radek's a great host, always taking care of his guests. :evil

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    Woooo! Happiness is getting your 990 through the rocks without breaking anything. :rayof

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    What a relief!

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    I tried to tell the story with pictures, but they just don&#8217;t cut it.
    You need to see the video for this! :deal





    They did it! :knary


    Now that the 3 bikes were back on the trail,
    all we had to do was make it across the single track in the next part.
    Oh.
    That&#8217;s all...

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    :eek1


  3. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    "...[Oh hai]...it looks like there's an avalanche here!"

    :rofl :rofl :rofl
  4. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Oh hai, a cliffhanger. :lol3
  5. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

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    Those bikes are not made for portaging that's for sure! Wearing all that gear is pretty crazy too! I like when you can hear all the heavy breathing. I bet you slept well that night!
  6. Reddog*

    Reddog* "Gone" by P&1/2

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    Thanks for the time you take with these RR :freaky


    :rofl

    That just really made me laugh, love your writing style.
  7. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    awesome teamwork...
  8. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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    Holy !@#%&*, that's some serious riding, you guys are really pushing the limits. I want to ride B.C. now! Keep it coming :thumb
  9. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Oh hai, a new catchprase !! :evil

    Matt and I usually keep our helmets on so we can keep talking.
    yep, slept great!

    Hi, Reddog*, glad you're enjoying the report! :D
    Thanks, sion!
    Hey jeremy!
    Thanks! Yeah, BC is pretty incredible.

    :thumb







    Day 37: 7/28/12 continued
    Kelowna to Mad Radek&#8217;s Man Cave 306 miles (492 km)







    Time to tackle the next stage of the traverse...

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    There goes Radek...

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    The trail's pretty overgrown.

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    It was hard to see the rocks and branches that occasionally blocked the path... :huh
    We were kinda glad Radek was going first!

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    It was overgrown single track through the bushes for a while,
    then it opened up to stunning views (of fog, mostly, but still breathtaking) and scary cliffs.




    Radek was waiting at the overlook.

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    Radek had cautioned that I should walk across the loose, rocky parts.
    These were the drop offs that he warned about
    (&#8220;if the bike goes down, we&#8217;ll be there a couple of hours&#8221;).
    Looking at them now, I think he meant, &#8220;we&#8217;ll be there all night.&#8221;

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    He was taking photos and video when matt got there. "Isn't this amazing?"

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    Admiring the view.

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    Hey guys!

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    The view was really cool.

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    Looking down at the fog...

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    Happy!

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    Even happier! :lol3

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    There were more loose rocky sections, so I kept walking. :jive

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    If Radek hadn&#8217;t been so worried, Matt probably would have been tempted to try this stuff 2up. :huh

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    It was questionable, though.
    The camera doesn&#8217;t adequately capture the steepness.

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    Looking down to the left...that&#8217;s a long way down...

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    I like this shot, the trees look like they&#8217;re falling off the mountain.

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    This was another section that worried Radek.
    He stopped to tell us to &#8220;be cool! be cool!&#8221;
    The drop off doesn&#8217;t show up very well at this angle...

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    Maybe you can see it better from this side.
    It was pretty sketchy....
    Loose, steep, and straight down...

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    Maybe I&#8217;ll put the video here...
    It&#8217;s hard to appreciate the steepness and the views through pictures.
    HD Video captures it best.
    Don&#8217;t worry, it&#8217;s a short one and it goes nice and fast. :D






    After the steep loose sections, there was more narrow single track.
    I think there was still a drop off to the left, but it was harder to see it with all the bushes.
    Out of sight, out of mind.
    Matt stopped and told me to hop on.

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    I think he was tired of having to go my walking speed. :rofl

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    The trail almost disappeared here...

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    Boulder on the right, some kind of drop off on the left...

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    Radek was so relieved to see us! :knary

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    High five for Lica!

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    High five for us!

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    Nothing beats the exhausted high of completing a scary, difficult trail on a huge bike. :clap

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    We still had a long, steep descent down to the valley.
    But it felt like a super highway after that single track!



    It&#8217;s hard to believe we had started off the morning in Kelowna!
    Man, what a long day.

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    It was 10:30pm by the time we were back at the man cave, and ready for dinner.
    Most of the restaurants were closed by then,
    so we drove around til we ended up at Earls.

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    I took this lousy photo at the entrance, then put the camera in my pocket and completely forgot about it.

    :ddog



    Oh well.
    We had the most delicious and satisfying cold beer on the planet,
    :beer
    and some tasty food stuffs.
    I think I had a veggie quesadilla.



    We had fun discussing the day&#8217;s ride and rehashing all the madness.
    Everybody was a little over-stimulated.




    Then, it was back to the man cave and right to bed.
    We all needed our beauty rest...


    The next morning we&#8217;d be doing Day 2 of Mad Radek&#8217;s Canadian Lunacy Tour!

    :eek1 :rayof :clap :uhoh :dunno :ricky :lol3
  10. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    Kelly, I thought you just about jumped off the side of the mountain when Matt hit the horn.:jack:clap
  11. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

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    When you guys popped out onto the road I could almost feel that feeling you're talking about. The thrill of the thing accomplished and the relief that it is done and you made it. What a great feeling!
  12. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    Yup I found out what the fuel filter failure means too. Stalling out in the middle of nowhere close by.

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    $120 bucks or so for that thing!!

    Great report BTW - Love it.
  13. Dances_With_Trees

    Dances_With_Trees Been here awhile

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    Hope your ride was as good as ours.

    sjeproductions
    Boulderguy
    DancesWithTrees

    We signed the back of the note and hope others find it and do the same.
  14. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    Hey Kelly :wave

    Finally caught up to the Canadian border :knary
    Took a long time to get through Utah and Idaho. Brilliant riding and fantastic videos (those take the longest, not enough time to watch at work).

    Wish I had known... You were about ~15 miles from my uncle's place near Bonners Ferry. I'm sure he would've loved to put you guys up (with food and drink :evil) for a night.
    View from his back porch...
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    I think the Tour of Idaho may be in my future :hmmmmm

    -M
  15. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Woooooo!! :clap

    That's great, you guys!!
    I'm so happy you found the cone!
    I was starting the worry it was going to sit all winter.
    (one of you did keep it, right? You just left the note, I hope)


    Thanks so much for checking in - love the photo, too.
    Salutes and everything! :fyyff
    :lol3


    Wasn't Lockhart a blast?? let me know if you do a ride report!








    haha,
    I cut a lot of it, but matt was honking his ass off!

    Like he lost his brakes or something :huh but he was just messing with me. :rolleyes






    Thanks, rider 914!
    aw, maybe next time...
    Glad you're almost caught up! :D




    hi hobbes, hi chrish4ku!






    Okay, you guys - I'm super busy with work today.
    No time for a real post right now.
    Hopefully, next video will be tonight or tomorrow...


    Is it just me, or is ADV super slow right now?
    Maybe everyone is in the same boat...


    Get back to work, fools!

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  16. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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  17. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    I like the greeting cards...

    Going to order some up. That is totally my sense of humor.

    JG
  18. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    haha - thanks for the link, Twilight Error!
    I had never heard of the Oatmeal before,
    but he has some fun stuff...


    Oh hai, we're in our hot cock underwear!

    :lol3







    Day 38: 7/29/12
    Mad Radek’s Canadian Lunacy Tour part deux
    483 miles






    Everyone was up by 8am.
    We started off with breakfast...

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    And some bike work.
    Radek woke up to a flat,
    so he took the opportunity to straighten his rim.

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    Here’s our crappy mirror - good as new! :lol3

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    Our BD skid plate looks like it’s still doing its job...

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    How are the tires doing? Not bad.
    1800 miles so far...

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    Time to roll!

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    Unfortunately, Lica was having some kind of oil leak.
    Even after some fiddling at the man cave,
    it seemed to be getting worse.
    We stopped at a Canadian Tire (sort of like Home Depot) to check it out...

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    Turns out he had some stripped bolts on his valve cover.
    The oil leak wasn’t going to stop until those were addressed.

    It sucked.
    Lica was out.
    He was really sad, and so were we. :cry

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    Lica assured us he would get home fine.
    We left him there and got on the highway.



    Originally, Radek wanted us to do an 18 hour loop.
    Now, we were getting such a late start (it was nearly 11am)
    we had to cut out some dirt and take some slab...

    Radek was pointing at these mountains - that’s where we rode last night!

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    Oh yeah. :nod I remember passing the water park at the end of the long descent...

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    This was a cool ferry...

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    It’s a reaction ferry, meaning the powerful current propels the ferry across.
    We enjoyed it. It’s totally silent, and fast (about 5 minutes).&#8232;
    I took video, but I didn’t think anyone would watch it.

    if there’s enough interest from the ferry nerds,
    the nerd fairy might cut something together and post it. :wink:

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    It’s a pretty small ferry - only 2 cars are allowed at a time.
    In this case, it was 1 car and 2 bikes.

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    Ah, finally some dirt! :thumb

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    And pretty BC views. :D

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    The next bits may be slightly out of order.
    With 483 miles, I can’t remember exactly where everything goes...
    I have some screen shots from Radek’s video and the metadata is all jacked up.
    His GoPro thought it was April 2011. :huh




    Anyhoo, I’m pretty sure we ate lunch first...

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    Then, did this section.

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    Radek said this was tribal land...

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    It took forever to get through it. Lots of twisty gravel.

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    I like this action shot with the dog!
    He was barking his ass off, but in a playful way.

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    Now, the dirt was getting even better!
    I think it was around 3pm.
    Good thing we had taken some of that slab...

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    These roads were fun and fast.

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    And, scenic.

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    We were on our way to China Head Mountain.

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    Finally, the good stuff! :ricky

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    I thought this video from Radek was the fastest of our 2up stuff.
    Again, it was really cool of him to spend so much time filming us.
    We tried to get some of him, but he told us to keep going...
    Thanks, Radek! :bow

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    Woo!
    Radek said he usually doesn't ride this trail that fast...
    I think he enjoyed it.
    We sure did! :clap

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    We were all ready to film him.
    He took off like a rocket!
    Unfortunately, just as we were chasing after him,
    Matt realized we had a flat.

    Mother brother!

    :becca



    Eventually, Radek figured out we weren’t following him and came back...
    sorry, dude. :doh

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    At first we thought it was the price to pay for blasting through all those rocks...

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    But it turned out to be a rusty nail.

    Monkey fighter! :bluduh

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    Luckily, it didn’t take long to fix the flat...

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    And we were back on the trail...

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    China Head, here we come!

    :ricky
  19. Uller

    Uller Long timer

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    Awesome!!!!!!

    I was in BC last July riding and went over China Head. Isn't it spectacular.

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    This is too cool following along the RR and seeing your pics of a place I have just ridden. I can't wait to hear you opinion/experience of the downhill into the deepest creek crossing. That one was very, very challenging on a 690 by myself, can't even imagine it two up on the 950. I kept thinking, after, of going down it on the 950 and if I would even want to do it or not, solo. :eek1
  20. Tee2

    Tee2 I SAID! Woo Hoo!

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    You guys are awesome. My wife and I have been following your RR. We have a 990 Adv also and 70% of my time on the bike I have my favorite pillion on the back. :clap We just started camping with the bike this fall and have 5 overnight trips so far. She sees the stuff you ride and says "I don't want to do anything that rough", and "I don't want to go that fast". She looks at my pictures from my last trip to Colorado and says "Can we do that together? How about that trail?" Where last year she would say "you can ride I'll wait for you at the hotel".

    I wish I had BigWans skills on and off the bike. Valve check? No problem, how about two? :lol3 I have my first one coming up and keep thinking maybe I should take it in and let the dealer do it. But I am so cheap and I need to learn myself. :lol3

    Keep up the good RR.

    Todd