Riding the Big Bend

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by HTSRocker, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. HTSRocker

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    People, Places, Pleasures and Predicaments

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    Alright we crossed the river here:wink: but the people and the riding were a good time.

    Next time I'll be taking my camping and fishing gear.

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    Yep, me and Steve were at it again and I was the entertainment for the day.

    We had taken a route that Florida Trail riders had set up. NoleDiver was having fun on jumps and woops and I was plowing sand.

    We had been through several other water hole without incident.

    When the GS is referred to as a pig, don't take offense. The GS has a natural attraction to mud and once it finds it, you may have one stuck pig.

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    Steve took the right track and I took the left

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    I have been stuck more than my share this spring and it has been suggested that I get a lighter bike.
    A lighter bike would be nice but I should get in shape and today was a workout.

    This is a downhill shot into a small creek and then up that wash. The brown strip of soil after the creek was my line and that disappeared after about five feet.

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    Steve was already up at the top of the hill smiling away...go right and my cylinders would have been stuck into the side of the gorge that has been worn into the hill or go left over even more impassable terrain for the six hundred pound bike. I check out the side and dropped down into the woods and worked my way up some fresh ground. All was well.
    These are all very nice trails but I have a feeling that they are about to be closed.

    We worked our way off of the single track. and made the decision to head Sopchoppy

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    Just incase, you can stop in for a massage there at the red and white sign.

    We ate lunch at a place called the BackWoods Bistro. The food was excellent and I will eat there again.

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    The owner looked a lot like a close relative to the young David Koresh we had met camping several weeks ago. :rofl

    After lunch we were heading over to ride a road we had seen, but had not ridden yet and took some new roads to get there. The new, near impossible route showed a lot of promise but will be taken with caution next time. JD, didn't you say something about an inflatable ramp? I need one.

    They were nice country roads, nice dirt roads and even nice power line roads
    just watch out for the holes on the culverts.

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    Our route was looking pretty good but the brush was dense and that usually means that a return trip down a now familiar path is in the future.

    What a surprise, I glance down at the GPS and it showed just three hundred more feet and we would come out at a paved road.

    Wow man, Thirty feet and there it was.

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    I checked out the situation before giving up and going back. When ever I start to do this, take it as a sign and get the hell out of there as fast a as you can. Off to the right in the ditch was a spot about a foot and a half wide (a half foot of usable allowing for cylinders and brush)were the water went under ground. Going into the ditch I was a little to far to the right and coming up the other side the bash plate hung up...the rear wheel spilled into the water and the pig was stuck. The mosquitoes appeared as if they had been qued up and Steve was taking pictures. I have to say this is the worst the pig has ever been stuck. I tried riding forward and that was just going to make things worse. Pulling it back up the ditch was not working.

    I laid my helmet and jacket up on the road side and we struggled to move the bike. Pushing and pulling was starting to suck bad, zero progress. You know sometimes its best to make sure your in neutral. We cut some of the brush out of the way and eventually managed to lift the bike up onto solid ground.
    Here we are two dirty fellows with a bike in the ditch on one on the wrong side of the ditch.
    A van with a couple of guys slowed down, I guess to collect the helmet and jacket at the side of the road. They looked bummed that we were just stuck bad and drove off without a word. Several other scavenger types slowed way down and then drove off with a disappointed look on there mugs.

    We were beat. We had one last shot that looked like it might work. Some solid ground, a now wider path and les of a angle for the bash plate to hang on. The plan was to put the bike in second and walk it up and out. Out of the clear came another truck, They quickly realized that there would be no freebies from the forest but weren't so quick on the gas. I said we just might be able to use a hand if this next attempt didn't work. While the good-ol-boys were turning around, and I can't imagine why they didn't just stop and get out. I started the bike and we walked the bike up the hill. What a relief, my bike was over the ditch and we didn't get eaten by the locals.

    Steve geared up to go

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    and across the finish

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    Nice pics.

    A ditch we can deal with.... those fffnnn RR tracks are another thing.

    I can't imagine pulling the GS uphill!
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    It was the creek crossing the other week that gave me the false confidence to cross the ditch.
    Now you see how I assign blame...its all your fault.:rofl
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    "Don't hit the big rock" :lol3
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    Sccaauugghhtt stuck the first time Saturday
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    When you look at my line to the left it's easy to see how he got buried. That stuff was nasty.
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    Rock what rock?

    Is that your skid plate making that noise in the vid? That's proally the quickest the GS has ever stopped... and U didn't even use the brakes!
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    I think it's another drive shaft failure.:deal
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    You guys should try to spend some time up here. I saw that the official trail markers for ATV, Jeep and Motorcycles are starting to appear in the last week. I'm not sure what it will really mean to registered vehicles but many of the roads in the forest are not numbered and my guess is they will become off limits.

    How bad did Ocala become now that it has order?
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    My guess is that it will be more like Osceola. All the trails are marked there, both north and south of I-10, but registered vehicles are allowed on them.

    Ocala is just a big crap shoot. You never know if you're on closed trails or not, the story changes with whoever is telling it, and the rangers get to decide when you are in violation of the rules. Luckily, there aren't enough rangers to cover the entire forest.
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