Minneapolis Dirt Bike Rider looking to join up on a ride

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by _lee, May 9, 2016.

  1. _lee

    _lee Been here awhile

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    going to chengwatana today
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    Iffykid Long timer

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    Have fun!
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    8/19/17: Ride Report.

    The wife and I decided to make a two for two of weekend riding. After looking at what was closest, we decided to hit up Chenwatana.

    Standard disorganization before departure, however today we were testing out our new gear. We downscaled our aero gear for more dirt appropriate attire.

    After a crash on 35W, and detour we finally arrived at the park, a park we know nothing about, we soon start to think this may not be the park for us.

    Mainly we were driving in on an elevated dirt road surrounded by boggy marsh. I didn't want to preclude anything but I wasn't optimistic on what we would find. As rolled into the parking lot we see a sea of ATVs and no dirt bike sans one who was packing up. We pulled in behind him, and shortly there after he comes up to us with a look of fatigue. He asks "are you planning on heading out there?..." I give him a nod, and look of inquiry.

    He goes on to tell us that the trails are a minimum of knee deep water, and that he and his son after reaching belly button water had to stop to push/pull the bikes from the bog trails. The wife looks to me, and I to her; ....nope. With the perception that Nemadji is booked with Enduros we head to Gandydancer trail and St. Croix Park. The kind gentlemen whom just excavated his bikes said there are decent trails at St. Croix, and the wife and I thought we could ride to Nemadji to check out the races. 45 mins later we arrive at a destination that we think is it. It wasn't. The maps we had were horrible, so we just unload to try to find dirt that needs riding on.

    After much frustration on the gandy trail, we find an inroad to trails in St. Croix. Atv trails littered with boulders proved to be fun, but with the new gear one of us was without knee protection. A BWCA injury from a friend that smashed her patella one of these boulders weighed on our minds as we perused the park.

    After a short bit of adventure, we realized we wasted too much time driving to than riding in and that we have to head back for the dogs.

    On the way home, the new bike trailer by way of craigslist, 500 bucks, and one haul so far, within 8 blocks of our house makes a horrible crack. It sounded as if a strap broke. Coincidently, close to a friend's house, we stop for a quick beer and a looksie of what happened. The trailer is at a 30 downslant towards the car, make a V between the car, hitch, and trailer. Welds snapped proper. The wife moves on to an old fashioned, and I head home on egg shells. Using the dirt bike block prop, I get the trailer horizontal. Unloaded, and time for an old fashioned.

    My next goal is to get a better map of St. Croix, and explore more of Nemadji.
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  4. Iffykid

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    wbbnm ride report from June 2016 in this thread.

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    Miller Hills yesterday Uffda! Went to load the Beta up yesterday morning and discovered a flat rear tire:becca not wanting to deal with it I decided to grab the Sherco trials bike.:lobby

    After arriving and riding the tight single track I was kind of glad the Beta had a flat tire being a relative noob the tight single track wore me out.

    Limited maps of the area and virtually non-existent trail signage made for a interesting day of exploring.:clap
  7. _lee

    _lee Been here awhile

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    _lee Been here awhile

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    We are going to try to hit up Thielman and Hunterville in the up and coming month. Doug's trail ride at huntersville, and crash Thielman when we find a time.
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    Thielman is only open twice a year. One of them is coming up in the next few weeks.

    Personally I really like Snake Creek/Trout Valley. ATV trails not single track. But Trout Valley has a A class difficult rocky hill. But kind of hard to get to if you live in the north metro.
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    I hope to make Huntersville again this fall, Thielman is a good ride but rained me out this last spring and the fall ride always conflicts with Shindig which I enjoy attending.

    As mentioned by wbbnm, I also enjoy Snake Creek/Trout Valley with the exception of the A class difficult rocky hill:muutt= broke ribs wbbnm he on the other hand has no issues riding it like its no big deal.
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    Not sure of the accuracy of the map as I have only ridden it a half dozen times always open to riding it again:augie
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    7-10day weather outlook looks like some nice riding weather.
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    Anyone thinking of riding Miller Hills barkbusters highly recommended, While talking with a couple of the club members in the parking lot one of them mentioned they "Try" to keep the trails open
    up to 30" must be part of the reason my 32" non barkbuster bars created a lot of smushed fingers:eek2

    Miller Hills has to have some of the tightest single track in the state.
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    Theilman fall ride is usually the same weekend as Shindig, Realized Sa night that they are a weekend apart this year and made it down to Theilman on Su and got in a little bit of riding and as usual the trails wore me out in short order but had fun anyway.
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    _lee Been here awhile

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    planning on it, I was going to trailer up on Friday, camp, and then ride sat before a coming back to the cities on Saturday. With three dogs, dog sitting is expensive.
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    _lee Been here awhile

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    Any knowledge if I can get a DNR OHV trail sticker at the dmv same day?
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    I did
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    _lee Been here awhile

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    What did you need to bring with you to the DMV?