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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Zen Slug, Feb 6, 2007.
ElevatorHonky got a new bike?:huh
Yep, he added a plated KTM 380EXC to the stable... my riding gear still smells like 2-smoke fumes
wow, great idea
If i were the KTM CEO i would use a few of these pics in advertisement
Sorry I missed it. Keep the pictures coming.
Wow, an entire thread with nothing but front page photo candidates!
I wondered about taking a large group on what I call the Freeway Loop. It's tough. Even if everyone one only falls one time and blocks the trail, it's likely that the falls will occur at different spots as there are plenty of opportunities to screw up. I know because I have screwed up all of them. :eek1 But the beauty of this loop is that when you've had enough , there are quite a few bail out spots along the way.
Here is one of the early climbs.
The approach to this climb (covered in dust) is deep soft sand with softball to bowling ball sized rocks so getting a good drive is interesting. As usual, the camera flattens the climb and just out of view in the lower right corner, the trail turns into a deep rut. I'm always happy when I clean this climb and ElevatorJunky made it all the way into the rut before stalling. Now look back at the photo and you'll notice FlyinGo!!! has already started his drive at the bottom. Also note the alternative route to the right of ElevatorJunky leading right to where this photog was standing. If I take one thing away from the ride that day, it's that you can't stop FlyinGo!!! I try to wave him off just as he takes the alternate route right for me. He was gracious enough not to use 100 hp to drive the front wheel of the mighty 950 up my ass!!!:eek1 :eek1 :eek1
When we started, I just knew the 950 Adventure was going to be the first bike to drop out. My buddy Brent was on the ride (grey haired guy on the trials bike) saw the 950 and thought the same thing. Brent was the first to put in many sections of this loop. To our amazement, FlyinGo!!! not only survived, he thrived. It was huge fun watching him rip up the trail. And also listening - the music of the 950 at full honk paired with the howl of the back tire clawing for enough traction to harness 100 ponies launching a 500 lb. dirt bike was a full symphony.
Make no mistake - a 950 is a dirt bike when piloted by the right rider. Even the mighty FlyinGo!!! had to stop for a breather.
The rest served him well as he rode the 950 through the toughest section on the loop.
The end was perfect - an inner endorphin fueled glow paired with magic desert twilight shared with fellow riders.
Jonz, you're so poetic! It was a great day and I'd like to thank you again for leading us on such an excellent trail. Maybe next time we can go in the reverse direction!? I'll try to keep the pipes "in tune" for the next symphony!!!
doood, you're almost quoting the Stihlrigg with that 950 praise, words to build an anthem to the mighty twin, clearly the global ripper, ground pounding penultimate (there's always the next version), roaster of track across the desert horizon and the mountains yet to be climbed beyond . . .
Here are the only pictures I took, after the BBQ, while playing with the motostik and a trials bicycle.
Zen Slug was fully prepared for the motostik, wearing all his gear.
Unfortunately it wasn't enough to help him balance. Trying to land this rock, he wasn't quite so sucessful.
Me, catching one good bounce on camera before falling.
Inte(?) playing around on the bike.. and im not sure who that was on the stik.
MRS Gearheart motostiking with no hands.
Posted pictures and my two cents and it got lost in cyberspace.
Have to try again.
Anybody else have pics or stories to tell about the Friday ride before I move on to Saturday?
Come on Inte, fork out the photos. Where are you hiding?
Here's what CollinsB posted in the West Forum thread about the Friday ride:
I guess I'll get the Saturday ride report started so other people can start adding their own versions of that and inte can add his Friday pics later on. Sure hope he's feeling better
19 riders tackle 160 miles of dirt
along the historic "Bradshaw Trail"
More adventurers arrived at gearheart's camp on Friday night and Saturday morning.
By the time 8am on Saturday rolled around we were pretty much ready to roll
19 riders started out on the historic Bradshaw Trail
From there we split into three groups (fast, medium and slow).
I rode with the "fast" group. The goal or our group wasn't to get to the end any faster, but to ride quickly enough along the graded Bradshaw Brail to allow time for exploring side-routes and detours along the way.
Here's a shale-ey hill climb detour that the "fast" group found near the beginning of the trail
The next stop was the rusty bomb which I've already posted teaser pictures of... but here's a few more:
Not every attempt was full of grace
inte was the only one who rode lengthwise down the bomb
A bit farther along we caught up with some people from the other two groups
inte and Betatrialsguy
When we got to the farmlands near the Colorado River it was time for inte and I to play once again
When the road turned paved we hopped onto the canal road for what little dirt we could find
And inte (not having a plate) stuck to the side of the paved roads
look, jon, your GPS is still on the clip at this point
Now at the halfway mark, we made our way to "Wheelies" for gas
And then nextdoor to the Palo Verde Inn for some grub
After eating our burgers and fries in Palo Verde it was time to take the 72 mile length of Bradshaw back to camp again
Not sure I'd want to visit for quite that long
This time I rode with a slightly different group: inte, kkug and mikeyb... and we did a longer (~20 mile)side-route detour off of Bradshaw that took us north out Graham Pass and then south back to Bradshaw again through Augustine Pass
On the way we found an old building near Chuckwalla Spring
It was yet another fun place to play
Augustine pass was a fun run through a sandy (and sometimes rocky) wash
Thanks for showing us that awesome side-route, Ken! It was some of the most fun riding I got to do all weekend!
Once back on the Bradshaw Trail, we were riding alongside the bombing range border again
Nearby we found a big pile of rusty old bombs
Some of them had broken open on impact to reveal that they were just full of cement on the inside
This place is da bomb!
Near the western end of the Bradshaw Trail there's a cool old railroad bridge
On the "Canal Road" back to gearhearts kkug, inte and I had a near 3-way collision
kkug let his bike take one for the team
This was just before my bike hit reserve less than 3 miles away from camp. I understand others weren't so lucky and ElevatorJunky (after running out of 2-smoke oil) even had to be pushed into camp by FlyinGo!!!!!
Once at camp we were glad to be back to our "home on the range"
And the monkey-butt party was already underway
My flash wasn't working, so I didn't get any shots of the delicious deep pit desert ironwood tri-tip BBQ that gearheart's dad cooked up:dg Or much of the other action (mystery fuel, etc.) around the campfire that night.
I did head over nextdoor to check out the (in)famous "Luckey Butt Saloon"
Just in time to watch them light the dioxin-laden "fire bomb" off!