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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by gentry, Aug 30, 2005.
awesome, have a good ride. I hope the RV's etc arent too bad.
Just FYI: I posted a last-minute ride for Labor Day (tomorrow) leaving from Denny's in Issaquah at 9am. See http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/pugetsoundbigtrailies/message/1282
Thanks for the excellent day Toothy! Erin and I had a good time. She rode her first twisties, ran out of gas and rode in the rain for the first time...
good food too!
you got a good family
no way in hell im gettin' up early tomorrow...
JD and I were talking about heading that direction but we went toward the Great White North instead. Congrates on the twisties, riding in the rain and the ultamate bummer of runing out of gas there Erin
She's a natural rider!
Thanks for coming over you guys.
Gotta go recover from today's ride... phew!
I said I'd take it easy on the dual sports, but I lied. Well, not so much a lie as a lack of short term memory. I just can't remember how bad the trails are. I took Gentry and a16tony to Wallace Falls and the log bridge on May Creek. The only other vehicle to make it up there was a UNIMOG. I thought I'd level the playing field a little and ride the XR650 in case we wanted to jump on the pavement. Big mistake.
The good news was it was dryer than I had ever seen it out there. So dry there was no water visible in Wallace Falls from the highway, a first. May Creek was just a trickle.
The bad news was the rocks were growing like weeds. I feel bad about leading them up some very harsh terrain, but not as bad as I feel for being stomped by my XR650, several times. You know that old saying, being caught between a rock and a hard place; well the hard place is an XR650. It tried to break my leg twice today.
What hurt even more was being spanked by the Blue Sprite. Tony didn't go down once. Chad and I gave serious thought to knocking his bike over, just because we could. I'm having a crisis now, wondering if the DR200 isn't the ultimate off road machine. I mean come on; it's a 200, on skinny little dual sport tires. Why was it going everywhere like a mountain goat.
I drove off without my map or camera so I have no photos. Chad shot a few so we'll have to wait for his report. I did set my trip meter. We rode 15 miles in 4 hours and 20 minutes. We stopped to catch our breath (a lot), take a few dirt naps, smell the roses (figure of speech), and for Chad to trouble shoot client's networks. He took at least 4 calls from the top of the mountain, I kid you not. He was getting paid to ride.
i think the truth of it is that you are somewhat nuts to hit some of the those trails on anything more than a 250. Rocks and clothes-line branches and trees do not make friendly terrain for tall thumpers. I swear I thought my throat got slit at one point. We were nuts.... Tony had the right ride. I can only imagine how ugly it would have been if you'd brought your other bike. I would have been done :huh
Here ya go
Pics arent so good. I was too busy trying not to snap limbs off n stuff....
What a ride. When the big quake comes, I think the DR 200 should do fine. Normal people don't ride these trecherous boulder paved hills. I did my standard bitching, moaning and smartass comments.
You couldn't have asked for a nicer day, great weather, any warmer out and we would still be there, passed out, tucked under the bikes. It seems every time I go out lately I come home and say: 'it was the toughest ride yet'. Heck, whats next? I do believe the hardest part of the ride was my seat. Oh my, I'm thinkin' they make seats as uncomfortable as possible to make you stand the whole ride and work on your skills .
Labor Day? Yup, labored my ass off. Glad no one was criticly hurt, sure was close though. Lacey, Chad, you get three more days to heal, GPS ride is aroud the corner.
1) Need new tyres (found some "missing piece" on the rear...
2) Need new clutch lever
3) Gotta rebend Acerbis guards
4) gotta straighten handlebar gear
5) Need new sprocket
6) Need new seat
That with about what is shaping up to be 19 hour days this week Im not promising anything...