my comments are in yellow. i'm the one on the honda. written by zach: Here's a quick summary of today's Dual Sport Regatta: It was really wet. The craziest thing happened today. We were riding along Tate's Creek Road, and all of a sudden, the lens on my helmet was completely fogged. I thought I might have exhaled on it or something, so I opened my helmet, and my glasses instantly fogged. Then I noticed my mirror was fogged up. Apparently, we hit the edge of a front, and there was an instant change in temperature of at least 15 degrees. I've never had that happen, and it was pretty nuts. I stopped, and of course, Dave was like, "Yeah, that happens all the time." !!! Anyway, it was a good run today. We were surprisingly on schedule, and there were no casualties (except my back and postaldave's knee). I think I had picked my bike up ten times before we hit the KY river (well, nine plus the one postaldave didn't see because he had fallen down a bit behind me I busted my knee riding part 2 of zach's ride. trust me, it's not for the faint of heart. The water crossings were all deeper than yesterday, which kind of sucked. We made it through them all, but there were a couple pucker moments. My strategy of wading around and carrying 1/2 of the stream out in my boots never seemed to work. Eventually, my boots were so full of water, and my back was hurting so bad, I asked Dave to go wade around to find a good crossing. basically we spent the whole day riding awesome one lane pavement roads and the turning off onto gravel dirt roads that crossed the same river/creek over and over again. Then, a short time later, since he was already wet, he decided to walk (swim) out to help me get across one really slippery, deep, fast section. One second he was right in front of me, the next he was under water on all fours (and the next, he was under water flipped 180 degrees top to bottom). I said it was like a cat. When his stomach hit the water, he jumped straight up in the air and came down ass first. Anyway, I was pretty happy it was a person, not a bike, that took a swim today. I pretty much left the house soaked, so I didn't have much sympathy, but I was appreciative that he took one for the team, trying to help me out :) My boots are waterproof in a special way. They only let water IN. Then I'm stuck with a gallon in each boot for the rest of the day. while not the deepest crossing for the day, it was by far the toughest to get across. the floor of the creek was pure slime and there was a STRONG current. i traveled across the creek at a 45% angle to combat the current and make it across in a straight line. We never rode through the giant overhang section, because as we were passing the turnoff, it really started raining. Luckily, it was pretty warm today, because we were SOAKED by the time we got back to Lexington. Even more soaked than usual. I impressed Dave by gunning it at like 50mph in the pouring rain and ending up sideways on the road. Then I told him it was an accident, and he was less impressed we you do something stupid and don't crash, don't tell anyone. they might think you did it on purpose. So yeah, good ride. Awesome work today Dave. At many points I said it was like the "dumb leading the dumb." I'm too stupid to turn around when things get messy, and Dave was always supportive of my moron decisions (because he didn't know how bad it could get). you want stupid? check these videos out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMLFZvrQqxQ <object height="355" width="425"> <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/JMLFZvrQqxQ&rel=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" height="355" width="425"></object> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9f9YfjrpmE <object height="355" width="425"> <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/J9f9YfjrpmE&rel=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" height="355" width="425"></object> I'll call it a victory for the day! Now I'm going to go crawl back into the fetal position, because my back is killing me. Zach PS: I was very sad to find out the Newby Grocery no longer has Sunday hours, because I was STARVING. Then I was forced to eat my emergency three year old (and open for three years) nutri-grain bars that have been lurking in my camelbak. a picture tells and thousand words and we didn't take enough. this post doesn't do justice to the great ride we had. miles of twisted pavement and even more high speed dirt trails never got recorded. i can't wait to go again, thanks for the great ride zach.