Mendo NF Rally 2012

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by mootsuno, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens

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    Jeremy,

    Hope you don't mind but since a lot of folks are looking forward to seeing your pic (and are having trouble viewing it), I have saved a copy in my smugmug gallery and reposted here. Its a pretty small pic that you posted, I can host the original if you email it to me at "joefromsf at yahoo dot com".

    This was the one captioned, "looking up to the road where I went off". And remember folks, pics never do justice to how steep hills are.

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  2. O'Hooligan

    O'Hooligan Ken Dodd's dads dogs dead

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    Thanks to all the organizers, I had a great time, met lots of good people. And always standing by with my van as the unofficial "jump-juice" wagon for dead batteries!<a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v476/gerryo/?action=view&amp;current=a016.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/gerryo/a016.jpg" border="0" alt="Jump wagon"></a>
  3. DaveBro

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    What Gilla Funk was doing while not coming to Mendo. He must have heard he'd actually have to ride his bike on dirt to get to Pillsbury. :lol3

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  4. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    A HUGE thank you to Dean, Cory, Marcia, Dave and everyone else for a great rally! :clap

    Matt and I had a wonderful time and we appreciate all the hard work that went into the event.
    It was such a treat to come back to camp after a long day of riding and have all the comforts waiting for us.

    Here’s a super-long one-post ride report, with an emphasis on the “ride” portion...


    Thursday
    - about 220 miles (with our helpful GPS’s “shortcuts”)

    Leaving the east bay, we rode up with our friend Aaron (no ADV name yet, but I’m calling him “Capt. Underpants” with hopes that it’ll stick).
    Matt and I were 2up on the 990S (blue), Capt Underpants was on his new 990.


    We went via Fairfield - Hwy 121 - Berryessa Knoxville - Reiff Rd - Hwy 16 - Hwy 20 - Walker Ridge - Indian Valley Res - Twin Valleys - Deer Valley - French Ridge - M1.

    Here are some pics, so you can feel good about route you took. :lol3

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    Our GPS tried to give us some shortcuts in Deer Valley...

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    Um. No thanks.
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    French Ridge

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    It got worse after that, so I stopped taking photos.


    Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome once we got to camp!
    It was so nice to pull up and be greeted with friendly faces, delicious pizza, and cold beer.
    We basked in the warmth of ADV hospitality and the cozy campfire until nearly midnight.



    Friday - about 90 miles

    There was some confusion in the morning (sorry, Aaron), but we managed to get out of camp by 11am or so.
    We had a nice Orange group -
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    Capt. saveaho and stuntcrazy were also planning to head to Hull Mountain, so we joined forces at one point.

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    Man, I wish we had video footage from when we were racing around with Capt. saveaho...
    It was scary and awesome. :rayof
    Oh, to be in our 20s again...


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    As everyone knows by now, all were denied. Hull Mountain had too much snow.
    Capt. saveaho and stuntcrazy tried harder than the big bikes and kept going...


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    Our group carried on, and attempted a Hull Mountain approach via M61
    It was a fun ride, but no go.

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    Matt and zeegman tried to scout a little further, but only found more snow.

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    Oh well. It was still beautiful up there.

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    Had some fun coming back on M6

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    Did you guys catch the gorgeous purple flowers??

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    We had toyed with the idea of going to Stonyford for gas and beer, but then someone pointed out that there was beer waiting back at camp...
    Hmmm. :hmmmmm
    Camp, it is!


    It was another night of yummy food, cold beer, great conversation and a toasty campfire.
    :kumbaya
    Hey, this ADV rally stuff is A-okay!




    Saturday - about 115 miles

    We added 2 more KTMs to our group today - Just Paul and Jill (2 up on a KTM 990) and DARKRYDER (KTM 990R)
    After hearing from mootsuno and gang that M3 was impassable (but 311 was awesome), we revised our proposed route to Stonyford.

    Just Paul and Jill were stoked!
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    kzahel, gettin’ his 311 on...(thanks Dean, our group loved 311)
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    Matt thought we’d all enjoy some trail 30.
    Some were tested more than others, but everyone had fun.
    It was fantastic!

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    A little mild single track was added, just to keep things interesting. :evil

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    Big Bike single track - Wooo!
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    steeper than it looks, right? :wink:
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    Look out trail 20, here comes Capt. Underpants!
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    We had some mid-ride drama when kzahel’s clutch slave took a dump.
    When trail repairs didn’t seem to take, he impressed us all by riding M5 back to camp (clutchless and nearly non-stop)!

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    I think we had 3 watercrossings on Saturday.

    DARKRYDER liked this one so much he did it 3 times (capt underpants, too). :D
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    Lining up for the Bear Creek crossing.
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    Just Paul and Jill nailed it!
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    Our GoPro camera is too much fun.
    I love watching Slo Mo water crossings...:D
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    Again, another great day of riding for our group.
    I think we were all pretty stoked.

    It was a special treat to come back to find cold beer, yummy guac, and tons and tons of amazing smoked pork.
    Thanks, Dean - we know you were slaving over a hot smoker instead of being out on the trail. Dinner was fantastic!
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    Sunday - about 175 miles


    It was sad to pack up and leave Fuller Grove. :cry
    (though the growing “aroma” of the outhouse wafting around our tent made it a little easier, haha).

    After saying our thank yous and goodbyes, our little group (JustPaul and Jill, DARKRYDER, Capt Underpants and us Wans) headed home.
    We pretty much rode the same route back (M1, french ridge, indian valley res, etc.).
    Nothing too exciting.


    We tried to liven it up a little with a detour near the reservoir.

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    Mmmm, rocky.

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    Hillclimbs in two flavors - steep and steeper.
    This is steep (no pics for steeper)

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    Matt and I added some standing around to the mix when we got a rear flat (picked up a drywall screw :huh).
    It was the second flat of the day (Capt Underpants had one earlier), but the group was still patient.
    Thanks, guys!

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    We saw a helicopter on Bear Creek Rd

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    I think it was a fire at Wilbur Hot Springs.(linky)

    The rest of the ride was uneventful.
    We haven't heard from Capt Underpants, but as far as we know everyone made it home in one piece.



    Anyway. Sorry this report was so long.
    We have a couple hours of video, but couldn't get anything done in time (you're welcome! :lol3).
    (note to DARKRYDER - yep, we got that drag racing up 311! :evil)



    Thanks again to the Mendo Rally organizers!!
    You guys are awesome - this had to have a been a ton of work.
    From what we understand, Cory and Marcia didn't even get to ride this time??
    So sorry to hear that. :cry Hope you can get out on the trail next year.

    It was great to meet all you friendly ADVers - hope to see you guys again.
    kelly and matt
  5. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    great pics Matt and Kelly. Nice little mini Ride Report.

    Think we should create a login for Capt Underpants so someone else doesn't take it :clap
  6. DaveBro

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    Awesome report and pics, Kelly! :clap (And no, not too long - just right.)

    Great to meet you and Matt - you krazy kids are a hoot.
  7. DaveBro

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    Yikes! :eek1 That's a long way to fall (see the little people up there?)! Glad you came out of that OK, Jeremy, and you lived to come back next year!

  8. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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    Thanks to the organizers for putting this weekend together. That was some amazing scenery and riding and my first Mendo Rally. Great meeting all the new faces up there, can't think of a better way to spend a 3 day weekend :thumb

    Looking forward to doing this again next year!
  9. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    What I learned at the Mendo Rally
    1. I want to do it next year.
    2. Food being a very important part of my passion around riding, (I&#8217;ve been nicknamed &#8220;the hobbit&#8221; and not for the hairy feet!) the meals offered were the best reward after a long day of riding&#8230;the large chunk of pork I brought home travelled quite well and will be devoured in short order.
    3. Arrive early. Did it in DV and got the coveted camp spot 14 and even though we had some heart pounding moments coming in Thursday in the rain and mud, it was worth pitching camp in the non-snoring area.
    4. Bring an extra tube. Even if I don&#8217;t use it, perhaps someone else might need it (and do something nice for me in return).
    5. Maps are good. GPS is good too. However having both works best.
    6. There is some awesome &#8216;witness protection program&#8217; territory between Elk Creek and Stonyford you should see if you want to do on road.
    7. Don&#8217;t rely on 50 guys to think of bringing smores. Thanks to Michelle I was able to have a goowey sticky happy moment Saturday night. (er&#8230;.hmmm aw heck, I&#8217;ll just leave this one as is)
    8. Buying expensive BMW gear lined in Gortex is a good investment. Thanks Larry at BMW of San Francisco!
    9. Eye fatigue and double vision can be a real problem if you ride all day long with clear goggles or face shield and it&#8217;s not nearly as much fun as when it involves alcohol.
    10. Put a suction cup on the bottom of my scotch glass for those careless tip overs.
    11. Rely on the benevolence of others. Thanks to a diligent Luke at the campfire in the morning and the heat from Dave&#8217;s mini stove I had dry boots and socks the day after our water crossing.
    12. A hot shower can be had at Lake Pillsbury resort for 50 cents complete with many spiders watching.
    13. I LOVE my Tiger XC 800. Just point and throttle and you&#8217;ll get through loose dirt on uphill and downhill, medium sized rocks, big river rocks, a 2 foot deep stream, some snow, God awful sized ruts and miles and miles of gravel, dirt and mud. Now, if I can just get one of those in my bedroom, I'll be good. (See #7)

    An epic weekend, thanks to my great riding partners who deserve call out; Brian, Bob, Dave and Tim. We made a great team!

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    Water crossing on M10
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    The pork made it home :)
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    Amazing Guacamole!
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    Cool tree I took a nap under
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  10. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    I second capt underpants!
  11. r3r3r

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    Back from Mendo last night. Just enough time to hose off the truck and bike and put everything away.

    What a blast! I had so much fun riding, camping, seeing old friends and making new ones. Thanks to everyone who attended.
    Special thanks to Dean, Dave, Cory & Marcia for putting this all together.

    Here's a mini RR...

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    Driving in was a mudfest on Thursday afternoon.

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    Some effort was needed to get the bikes going on Friday AM

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    Fun, fast ride up the M6 to a junction to wait for the big bikes

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    Thanks to Skibumbrian for this great shot of Jeff (arbrlvr) and I together.

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    The creek crossings on Road 311 were so much fun, my bike decided to take a dip on the far bank.
    Shortly after, James (ADV name?) had a hard landing on his KLR. We were all glad he was ok.

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    We rode through some snow

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    We waited (in the wrong spot :huh) for the big bikes

    We changed a flat (yes, a 21" tube does fit in an 18" tire - my guess is that my used 21" tube is still in Jeff's rear tire right now...)

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    It was cold and cloudy at the higher elevations. If only the clouds weren't there it would have been...

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    The snow turned us around on M3

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    We rode back down M6 to camp, taking trail 65 just east of the lake as a fun detour.

    Back at camp, everyone had a great time, hanging out around the fire. It was a bit windy, but we knew the high pressure was blowing in.

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    On Saturday, Jeff (arbrlvr) and I left camp with Eric (Capt. S.), Gautam (stuntcrazy), and Griffin (ADV name?) rode out towards Penny Pines (after a detour to trail 65 again to get warmed up)

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    Jeff and I split from the group (they took Trail 38) and headed towards Streeter Ridge on Trail 40. It was torn up with lots of muddy ruts (one of the worst trails of the day, and it was Green one...)

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    The intermediate trail (Trail 25) leading towards Streeter Ridge was fun, but we were headed to Penny Pines and Sled Ridge.

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    We took some trails (Trail 12? to Trail 08) to Sled Ridge (Trail 07). This was a total blast, and at the limit for my big 650 beast.

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    Then we took a lunch break at Deer Valley before heading over French Ridge to M10

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    The creek crossing was so much fun, I did it three times! (Jeff has the video)

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    French Ridge is a lot of fun, with great scenery as well.

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    The water crossing before M10

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    Beautiful spot here in the valley

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    Bear Creek crossing on M10

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    Awesome day to be out riding

    Saturday night was much warmer, and everyone enjoyed the feast that Dean labored over all day. Tales were told of the day's exploits. Some slack-lining was also provided for entertainment. The moon over the water was magical.

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    Headed out on Sunday AM. The natural beauty of this area is truly stunning.

    The rest of my photos are here: http://s445.photobucket.com/albums/qq172/r3r3r/Mendo NF 2012/



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    I'm already thinking about 2013
  12. DaveBro

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    ...totally sunny! :lol3

    Great RR, Randall.
  13. DaveBro

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    I'm still smarting from that - bring more scotch next time dammit!

    Glad you made it up, Nancy. Nice ride report. Let us know when you're ready to go little-bike riding and we'll take a trip to Cow Mountain.
  14. Just Paul

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    Here is Matt and Kelly !
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    Jeremy
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    Aaron and Kyle
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    Braap ! (this pic was taken by Jill blind over the shoulder)
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    Kyle making the inside pass on the slow 2 up riders
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    Look how there is NO dust... thank you rain on Friday !
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    Mike !
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    mike about to hit a SWEET JUMP !
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    Such great views in Mendo. its my favorite National Forest I think
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    another Blind shot... nice job JILL !
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    Aaron's Favorite.. He likes them so much that if he gets stung he gets an added prick of the Epi Pen !
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    Jeremy and Matt and Mike finished off 1 each of these
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    Lots of Goats in Mendo.. we saw hundreds
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    Lets do some single track !
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    Ridgeline shots are a favorite of mine.. and roosting on the beach in Baja but that's another RR
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    we rode this one !
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    Jeremy almost crashed here.. good save J !
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    Capt UNDERPANTS !
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    BRAAPPP !
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    20 miles of this and we were loving it !
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    Here comes Just Paul
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    Matt and Kelly make it look easy... if you think your a good rider on your big bike.. ride with them sometimes and they will humble you quick ! check out there recent ride report in Death Valley
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    We are all having fun on the single track
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    Kyles clutch slave gave up the ghost but we fixed it with Matt's good skills and a bit of my oil... and he made it home !
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    Kyle is crossing the m6 stream... easy stuff
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    Our battery went dead after this.. I must have forgot to charge it from my Baja Trip 2 weeks ago... we missed some great pics on French Ridge but Kelly took some good pics...

    THE END !
  15. DaveBro

    DaveBro Long timer

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    This reminds me to say hello to Tim. Tim and I worked together in the 90's. At the rally, it took us a moment to figure out how we knew each other. Good to see you, Tim!
  16. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Hi All,

    wanted to thank Dean, Cory, Marcia, Dave for the fantastic weekend.

    Nice to meet some new people.

    Great riding with Matt, Kelly, Paul, Jill, Jeremy, Aaron, Kyle.

    Fun bunch!

    Sorry no pictures but will relive through others pics.

    thanks again.
    Mike Z
  17. Bartek990

    Bartek990 Adventurer

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    Hi Guys,
    I missed a grate weekend:( Things have been pretty hectic for me lately, and I’ve been working some long hours.
    Im Sorry Jeremy that I screwed up our Friday ride.
    Grate picture btw.
    See you next time,
    Bartek.
  18. Titus58

    Titus58 Adventurer

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    This was my first ADV Rider rally…and it was AWESOME :thumbup


    Much thanks to Cory, Marcia, Dean and Dave for the most excellent food, lodging, and beverage arrangements. After logging some 210 soggy miles Thursday afternoon, including a rather dicey 15 final miles of slippery mud, what a relief to pull into this beautiful campsite…first thing I did was pour myself a beer…and it was Lagunitas on tap :D Then delicious hand-made pizzas for dinner as the rain finally stopped – yeah-baby!


    Was great to meet all the folks and talk bikes and rides when we weren’t out riding. Between talking about DRs and Huskys with Dave and Dean, and KTM 990s with Matt, Kelly, Paul and his SO (sorry, I’m so bad at names…), I had way too many “next bikes” to ponder on the long ride home :D


    Also kudos to Dave, Bob, Nancy, and Brian who were great riding partners during our epic 120 mile big-bike circumnavigation on Friday, that took us north to high altitudes and snow, then west to Elk Creek and south to
    warm & sunny Stonyford, before a long ride back on M1 and a challenging crossing of Bear creek.

    Pics below.

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    Beautiful sky, mountains, pine trees, and dirt…what more can you ask for?



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    Farm country near Elk Creek north of Stonyford



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    Bear Creek...photo does not due it justice…was ~18” deep with holes to 2feet - very challenging for us!



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    Successful crossing!



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    Backwoods Dave and his ingenious boot drying and oatmeal setup…queue the banjos…thx Dave :thumbup - you saved me from a wet & cold feet all the way home....I bet we owe you $$ for all the fuel we burned....:lol3




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    This was where I ate BBQ lunch in Cloverdale - quite good actually - I had pulled pork in honor of Dean's BBQ that I had to miss...will make sure I stay longer next year!


    I can't say enough - I had a blast - great people and accommodations, fabulous riding, and I got better on dirt w/no crashes this time…can’t wait for next year :super:happay:thumbup


    Thanks Dean for the suggestion of M1 south to 20 for my route home…it was indeed more gorgeous scenery…And a :wave & shout back to Dave – Great reconnecting after all these years…look forward to riding w/you again!




    Tim
  19. SanGJan

    SanGJan Janet

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    I can't figure out how to post photos directly so here's a link to the dropbox...

    https://www.dropbox.com/home/Photos/Mendo 2012

    I think everyone else got better shots of the riding and the scenery, but there are some good ones of Grifin's repair, DaveBro's underpants and Luc's first ride on his new 70...

    Good times, you guys! Thanks Dean, Marcia, Cory and Dave, especially - !!

    --Janet (SanGJan)
  20. SanGJan

    SanGJan Janet

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    JEEZ, I forgot the best parts! Jacques "mentoring" Bob on my tool-free tire change and Dean's BBQ wagon...!! Gotta see those...