Rock and Roll Trials Club, Berwick, Maine

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  1. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    A little bit off topic, but have you seen this? I wish I weren't such an old fart so I could be as good as Toni. Joe M. says that if I keep riding every week I can do this....I'm not holding my breath!
    http://advrider.com/index.php?members/champe.328943/
    Which, by the way, is my goal. I want to see if I can ride 52 weeks this year. As long as I don't break any important bones I should be able to do it.
    2 weeks done, hopefully no more major snow storms (wishful thinking!) Bring on the global warming!
    http://advrider.com/index.php?members/alpineboard.359893/ alpineboard: You can't back up or use your toes in New England, that's strictly an indoor thing.
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  2. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    RITC has posted a couple of dates so there are now 12. One more event and there will be a 2 day work requirement.
    C'mon GMP !
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  3. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    GMP is not doing an event this year. But, we could do one in Ossipee, NH if we had enough support!
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  4. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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  5. alpineboard

    alpineboard Been here awhile

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    Like someone from NH? Would this be Durgins Pit? Describe support please?
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  6. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    AKA Dows Oval
    Need 25 section observers day of, a few people to help cut trails and sections before.
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  7. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Any NETA members know the rule on work days ?

    Supposedly if there are 13 or more events, members need to work 2 of those to qualify for year-end points. At this point there are 12 regular events posted, not counting the Nationals. That would mean one work day. If we count the Nationals, we have 14 events, so the 2 day work rule would apply.

    The annual meeting this weekend might clarify this but I wonder if anyone knows now.
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  8. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    Nationals don't count. Nor do trials schools or 'fun events'.
    However, you could submit a rule change tomorrow if you choose.
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  9. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Feb 5 , 20 degrees and windy at my place in NH when I left this morning. 8-10 inches of snow in most places with a one inch hard crust on top in my yard. Riding in the driveway is the only option at home. The other option is head over to coastal Maine, where it is generally 10 degrees warmer, and large patches of bare ground.

    3 of the hardcore showed up in Berwick today. It was mostly a little above freezing, with a breeze at the parking area. Once we got going, it was actually quite comfortable. The snow that was there was only a couple of inches of crunchy crust. Very little ice. Pretty good traction overall. We spent the whole time in the "upper 60" where there are several large rock piles with lots of loose ones. Good stuff. I am finding I need to work on reversing direction when coming down hill.

    Here are a couple of shots of Jareth - blue jacket, and Chris - red jacket.
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  10. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    Great shots Champ!!! Thanks for coming today, you always put a smile on my face. You did really good on the loose rocks considering you were way above your class. But you probably shouldn't have tried this big stump! Kudos on the big air! I think Chris was impressed. 2017.02.05 Berwick46.JPG
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  11. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    2017.02.19 Berwick 12.JPG Yesterday was a fun ride after 3 hours of shoveling snow!!

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    Can you believe it actually hit 57 degrees!!!!!
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  12. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    After riding, the sun was shinning as I pushed my bike back to the car!

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    We are looking for volunteers to help with our events on July 15 & 16 in Berwick, Maine.
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    Why did you have to push the bike out?
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    Have been in similar circumstances with snow, the bike just spins its rear tire, you can try bouncing it, but no use, it just does not go. Maybe push it with a bit of power from engine...? Also depends on condition of snow.
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  16. Champe

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    When you leave the area you go uphill on the dirt road for a good stretch. The big snowfall ealier in the week melted down to a few inches, but that makes what's left very heavy. Hard to push heavy snow uphill with a motorcycle.

    Downhill is more fun.

    The previous week there was only a little crusty snow around, and it was totally rideable. It's looking like this weekend will be a mud fest, with the warm spell we're having. Weird winter. It will get cold again soon, for sure. I will be glad for some hard frozen ground myself.
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  17. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    Like Charles said, it's downhill to the first section, about as far as you can see in the picture. And basically flat for the entire rut behind my bike, I rode it that far. But the last 200 feet are uphill and I just couldn't get it to go after I took the pictures. That heavy wet snow is almost as bad as wet Texas clay! Basically, I have to hang my but over the very tail end of the rear fender and keep the throttle on in 3rd gear. But it's really hard to balance in that position, so once I loose it, it's easier to walk it the last bit than try to get going again. Anyway you slice it, I got my workout, and this time of year, that is just as important as a good ride.
    :eek:)
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    This picture is from the section looking back. It goes up a little bit and then a bit more just before it meets the paved road. No tire tracks because I walked in with shovels and ice melt and crushed stone first.

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    Second turn and a two foot rock. The snow and ice melted so fast, that by the time I got back with my bike I could clean the rock! That isn't always easy on a dry day. Fourth time around it got some mud on it and became harder, but still doable. :eek:)
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  18. Champe

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    Feb 24 - last Sunday - I had predicted a mudfest and was wrong. It was wet and soft in spots, but there was lots of good riding. Most of the snow had melted and the surface was mostly packed wet leaves and pine needles. Tires stayed wet so traction was not what you would call "grippy". The bikes stayed generally clean and the riders dry.

    Spent some time on the West side cleaning up a BIG rock and surrounding area for an expert section. I want to be the photogapher when that is tried.

    Here is a photo of the conditions and the attitude of one rider :
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  19. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    That would be NORTH side, just so you know.

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  20. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Yay - the snow is gone !
    Boo - the ticks are back.

    Yesterday's Easter ride had a good turnout with 7 riders. Some of the regulars were preoccupied with family but we had a new (to us) rider from Spain (Alejandro) and a returning rider from years ago (Dave). Alejandro had a new
    Gasgas bought that morning and I had my new Montesa 300RR (first group ride with it). This was the hottest ride (temp touching 80) I have seen in the 5 months I have been riding with these guys.

    We are moving forward with our NETA event for July 15 and 16. Most of the observer positions are filled, but there is room for a few more. Free t-shirts (awesome) and lunch for all workers. The t-shirts are mostly paid for by the 6 sponsors - muchas gracias.

    One of the regulars, Chris Cummings, is on the cover of the January Trail Rider magazine. He is demonstrating a 250 Contact, which the article bills as a "skill sharpener". Here he is on a rock yesterday:

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