I've Made a Huge Tiny Mistake: Big Bikes on the Vegas to Reno

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by LittleWan, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. stevodadevo

    stevodadevo What happened?

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    I want to come riding with you guys! Your trips look like so much fun!

    Also, you two flat out HAUL on that 990. I'm impressed with your finger strength!
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  2. BillUA

    BillUA Las Vegas, NV

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    Awesome RR!

    I would love to do that ride on my KX 500!
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  3. Goggles Pizano

    Goggles Pizano I'll B right back,promise

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    Hey Kelly, again great RR, and you found the alarm clock music too, awesome.

    Ceasar, would you prefer cold silver bullets or a warm wet cloth towel at each stop???? that's what i thought :1drink( reference to Casey McCoy and Paul Krause-KTM Bend Rally , they had a great crew/chase guy too) next time i will have towels too, lol.

    Canimal makes the 990 look small

    BillUA, yes you would love to ride your KX 500 here, very fast course

    Here is a video of Adam Theisen , local Reno guy. 2008 V2R
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8o9xdEbOJw

    and some more vintage V2R
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf6mz66CAHY
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  4. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    :clap
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  5. BillUA

    BillUA Las Vegas, NV

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    Thanks for the links! Do you use the aircraft just to film or also as a spotter?
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  6. Goggles Pizano

    Goggles Pizano I'll B right back,promise

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    Not my plane , i wish though , my friends video of sponsored riders.
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  7. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    I used to work in that ER the Marines were brought to. Some of the finest nurses and docs I have ever worked with...

    I ended up there once on the wrong side of the trauma table. I was flown in from Mammoth with a burst T12... but that is a story for another time. A time that involves tacos and beers.

    God bless those and their families who serve in our armed forces.

    JG
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  8. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi JG,
    it's comforting to know those Marines were in good hands.
    Thank you for not giving more details about your burst T12.
    I googled T12 and the pics/descriptions freaked me out.
    Hope you're better now...





    :lol3 I have some good pics of the bead breakers coming up :evil





    Thanks, stevodadevo! :D
    hey, speaking of fun - aren't you leaving for Baja soon??
    Have a fantastic time!!



    Hi BeardThrone, sion, and BillUA!
    Thanks for joining us (and for watching the videos!!) :wave


    Thanks for the cool links, Goggles!
    It was really neat to see the trail from the sky like that.











    Saturday 3/23/13, continued.





    There's Goggles! He knew exactly where to meet up with us.
    Pit #1.

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    This stop was mostly for me. So I could get off the bike and into the truck.

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    Bye, Mr. Honey! Enjoy your freedom!

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    Oh yeah. Radek and Bartek also took the opportunity to swap bikes...

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    So, Scott and I drove to the next meeting point...

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    Right about here - Hardluck City Road.

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    This looks like something for a ride report -
    old mining stuff I imagine...

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    Meanwhile - out on the dry lake bed...
    BigWan had a flat. :cry
    For once it wasn't a screw or a nail.
    He was running a patched tube and the patch melted off...A patched tube? Really, matt? :eek7
    (I've made a huge tiny mistake...)

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    Flat count -
    BigWan - 1


    And then they were ready to roll...

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    That first dot on the left is Matt doing a poppa wheelie. :clap
    It was kind of fun to watch on his helmetcam, but he says it wouldn't translate well...

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    I thought this shadow was nice, though.

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    Working their way towards the next pit...

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    Scott spotted their dust pretty quickly...
    Matt came in hot.


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    They were making some dust here, but it would get way worse later...

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    Quick check of Radek's rim (the one we borrowed)...so far, so good!

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    And then they were off!

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    Looks dusty up there...

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    Guess they had some silt later on. Glad I missed it!

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    So, our next meeting place was an old runway.
    Goggles had a good vantage point, he was looking for dust.

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    Yep. Here they come!

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    Wow.

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    Woo hoo! Radek. :clap

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    A 10 second video...







    Matt.

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    Ceasar.

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    Smartek.

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    Rick.

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    Poor dusty Rick.
    He was a good sport, but he got seriously dusty on this ride.





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    Time to refuel.

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    Meanwhile, I was getting my gear together...
    I was going to ride along for the next section! :wings


    :ricky

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  9. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    I could have watched/listened to that all day. Nice mello tune.
    Looks like some great stuff. :clap
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  10. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Woot! Woot!

    Nice trailer...movie trailer, not the other one. :ddog :lol3


    :ricky
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  11. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    :lurk:lurk:lurk Wan-tastic!
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  12. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey redog1, hiya larryboy, howdy RedRockRider! :wave

    great to see you guys - thanks for reading!









    Saturday 3/23/13, continued.






    I hopped back on for this next section...
    It was nice. Lots of Joshua Trees.

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    The next canyons were kinda sandy...

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    Very sandy.
    We missed a turn at one point, lost our momentum and had a get off. Sigh.

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    But, it was pretty.

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    Radek was into it!

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    Go, Ceasar!

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    Gah! More deep sand...

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    Bartek thought maybe this wasn'’t the best 2up section...he was probably right.
    (I'’ve made a huge tiny mistake)

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    This canyon was a dead end. :dirtdog

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    OK, here we go - we missed a turn.

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    Found some cows, though!

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    I liked this part so I did super short video. Just because.
    49 second clip. Tuba music for Scott. :evil






    I thought this part of the road looked cool.

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    The golden light was nice. But, it meant the sun was going down...

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    The warm light made everything look so nice...

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    But, when we turned....Augh! The blinding sun!

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    Between the thick dust and the sun in their eyes...

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    I don’t know how they didn'’t crash...

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  13. Goggles Pizano

    Goggles Pizano I'll B right back,promise

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    I think i know whats coming next, :cry + :baldy = :freaky
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  14. Bartek990

    Bartek990 Adventurer

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    Hi all,
    Kelly, as always grate work on another RR. It’s so nice to go back to pictures and refresh memories. Nice to see you Medianwan on ADV!!! Thanks Scott for all good tips about my riding. So going back to my body position:
    Smartek and Radek

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    Stock handlebar dose not work for me.... Radek elbows against my (no bueno)

    Look what I get today,
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    Renthal RC High with less sweep ;-) :D:super
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    See you guys and Happy Easter weekend to all of you.
    Cheers,

    Bartek as a Smartek:rofl
    Ps. I have taco for dinner. :nod
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  15. KTMADV

    KTMADV Hammer Down

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    I want the silver bullets for sure. The towels might put me to sleep.

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  16. nevermind

    nevermind sLOW Rider

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    Little Wan's narration skills and Big Wan's perma-grin, with all the WanKERs in tow makes this stuff EPIC. Creation of the ADHD Production Co. moves all y'all to GALACTIC. Carry on, many warm and flava-full taco's to ya's. :freaky
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  17. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hola Goggles y Smartek y KTMADV!

    Aww, Scott - anyone can make a tiny huge tiny mistake :wink:
    It only adds to the adventure. :D



    Nice bars, Smartek!
    Mmm...tacos. :yum
    Happy Easter to you and Mrs. Bartek, too!
    Hope the Easter bunny brings you some chocolate!



    haha, Ceasar knows the importance of hydration. :nod
    (I thought you might post that one...:evil)









    Heh, thanks, nevermind! :shog
    OK, if you say it's epic, who am I to argue?? :dunno
    So glad you're enjoying the report, thanks for reading!








    Saturday 3/23/13, continued.





    More pretty light.

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    Blurry, but I don't care.

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    It was going to be dark soon...

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    We were almost at Goldfield at this point.

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    Just needed to find Scott...

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    There he is! :wave

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    When we pulled up, he said..."Hey, Matt - what's the flat count now?...."

    Matt: "just one. Why?":scratch




    Scott: "....well... I have two." :augie

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    (I've made a tiny huge tiny mistake...)




    Flat count -

    Matt - 1
    Scott - 2


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    Aw, Scott - not to worry.
    The guys were on it (like Bartek on a taco!).

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    Some people were more helpful than others...:dirtdog

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    Scott had 1 spare, but not two.
    First step was to get the Honda off the trailer.
    Then they got the tires arranged so Scott could limp into Tonopah. :D




    The boys were looking at a night ride - it was getting dark quickly.
    Rick's light is barely better than a candle, so his bike went on the trailer and he rode with me.
    Scott told us to go on ahead and secure the rooms (reserved, luckily),
    and he'd meet us there.
    So, I drove the Ridgeline and we went into town.





    Us WanKers did a lot of night riding in Baja
    but I never had video to share.
    This time, Matt got some. :thumb
    A couple screen shots....

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    I thought it was kind of neat, so I have a short clip.
    The first part is normal, with some road hazards just for fun...
    but about halfway through I sped it up.
    4x, then 8x (til the 990 sounds like a 2 stroke :lol3) all the way through Tonopah...
    ending at the motel door.






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    I have to thank Goggles for the motel.
    Originally, the guys wanted to camp. They were pretty set on it, actually.
    Then Scott emailed that the forecast was for 30°F. :vardy


    He said the Clown Motel only had 6 rooms left (and we needed 3).
    Crap!
    Wait. Did you say "Clown Motel?" :scratch


    Anyway, the next morning I called and reserved 3 rooms.

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    I'm not exactly scared of clowns, but I'm not into to them, either.
    So, when I walked into the lobby and saw this...

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    I admit I had a slight twinge of "I've made a huge tiny mistake..."


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    I blame Poltergeist.
    (okay, maybe I'm a little scared of them...)


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    So, Smartek had planned on making a huge sausage feast for us. :dukegirl
    He had special Polish sausage, artisan bread, and all the fixings.
    Unfortunately, the BBQ (and the bread) were locked in the Ridgeline trunk...
    and the trunk was jammed.
    :cry

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    It was awful. We tried everything.
    First Rick, Scott and I attempted to open the trunk.
    Then, Matt. No luck.


    I'm so sorry, Bartek! We still feel really bad about screwing that up for you.
    :2cry
    At least the tons of beer that Ceasar and Radek brought weren't locked in the trunk!
    (thanks, fellas -
    that beer was great! )

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    So, instead, we ended up at the Mizpah Hotel restaurant.

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    It was 10pm, so we were lucky we even had that option!


    I tried to get a photo before everyone started eating, but
    they were hungry!

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    Mmmmm...burger. The fries were good, too.

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    Some drunk lady tried to lure the guys into this bar. :rofl
    Who knew that Tonopah was such a happenin' place?

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    But not for us. :nono
    The next day was going to be even longer.

    Everyone needed their beauty rest.


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  18. Bronco3738

    Bronco3738 Mike

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    You've got to keep these reports going. I finished reading the Baja trip and I get to move seamlessly into a Vegas to Reno ride report. Thanks again Kelly. Always a great report. :clap

    Mike
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  19. jadedillusion

    jadedillusion Adventure Wife

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    :ddog shame on you LittleWan. Two RRs in a row? You're getting us addicted. Now you just put tons of pressure on yourself, we're all your little customers and we'll need our fix. MORE RRs!!!! All the time!!!!

    Seriously though, your RRs are always killer. :D
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  20. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi Bronco, Hi jadedillusion!
    Thanks you guys, great to have you reading along.
    I know! Two reports in a row - it was a fluke. :loco We just had too much fun with those guys!



    Oh man, if I try to do even one more this year, my head might explode. :kboom




    Read this report... s...l...o...w...l...y....

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    Sunday 3/24/13






    Today'’s first map.

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    The guys went off to do their thing and I went with Scott to check on the trailer.
    We had lucked out - this was the only tire place within 100 miles...
    AND this was the very first weekend they had been open on a Sunday!
    Without them, we would have been SOL.

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    I should have gotten a better photo of him, but that'’s Todd.
    He was a super nice guy and helped Scott load the Ridgeline.
    If all goes well, Todd will be racing his Dodge Neon this May. :D

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    So, while we were getting to know Todd,
    the guys were tearing it up in the desert...:super



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    It’'s so nice when Matt and Radek ride together - there’'s twice the GoPro footage to pull from.:D
    How about a little video? :evil
    I think this is the first time you guys will have seen BigWan riding solo!
    Usually we'’re 2up and Radek wasn'’t filming at the KTM rally in Bend...






    (Sorry, no HD - the letterbox format cuts off their heads...:cry)


    Those two ride so well together!

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    This was quite the sandy wash. Bet Matt was glad to be by himself...

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    While Scott and I were scanning the hills for dust,
    the phone rang (we had Smartek'’s smartphone).
    It was Rick. He needed some roadside assistance...

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    Matt had smelled oil when he was riding behind Rick,
    when they checked the XR, no oil showed on the dipstick. :eekers
    Uh oh. Into the truck, mister.

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    Rick and I rode with Scott until the next pit.
    As we approached the meet up point, we saw Matt roaring down the road - holy shit, he was flying. :eekers

    Show off. :nono :lol3



    After I changed into my gear, I went with Matt and Rick got to ride shotgun.
    (Rick - Scott has good taste in snacks, doesn'’t he? :D)

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    Mitas.
    It was still feeling good.

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    rburkat. :nod

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    So, after that pit stop, the riding was incredible. :clap

    It was sandy and fast with really nice turns.
    Banked berms and great flow...
    Matt and I had the best time on that section...it was magic carpet riding. Sigh.:raabia


    Of course, no photos (too fast), no video (forgot). :rolleyes
    Oh well. I think it was between pit 9 and pit 10.
    Might be worth a visit if you're in the area.




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    The next section had some snow - that was neat.
    It was a little chilly, but nice. Love that clean air.

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    We could hear Ceasar and Radek, but it was hard to see them. :ear

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    There they are - the orange really catches the eye out here...

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    More snow.

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    Then we dropped in elevation.

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    We were getting close to Mina, NV.

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    Ceasar had a smartphone, so he called Scott.
    They decided to meet further down the course (past Luning).

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    Radek’'s rim was still looking good! :thumb

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