Tourtard on the Desert. ???

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by dorkpunch, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Not sure what I was thinking.... Supermoto + Mud =

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    But it was lotsa fun!



    Our scout troop went out to Government Cave last night. I couldnt go with them cause we've got family in town for Thanksgiving this weekend. I got up about 6:00 and snuck out. It was a bit chilly and definately dark.

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    Made it about 20 miles and was finally getting off the gravel and into the dirt when Mr. Sunshine decided to get out of bed.

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    Stopped to take this next picture,
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    and about 30 seconds later found a rather small mud puddle. Turns out sm tires REALLY dont agree with muck.

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  2. dorkpunch

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    I was going pretty slow, so nothing really happened. Just spun me around 180 degrees and slid out from under me. Picked her up and continued on my way.

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    Sun came out and it warmed up, suddenly I was surrounded by mist.

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  3. dorkpunch

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    Neat lookin lake of fog with Big Southern Butte in the background:
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    Got a little confused as to where I was going but eventually found the camp.

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    The mouth of the cave:

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    It starts out a bit cramped but quickly opens up to a huge cavern and drops down a ways to "level" ground. It forks at the bottom with a decent size cavern on the right, where the scouts camped last night. It eventually peeters out and dead ends here:

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    If you go back up and take the left fork, it goes back in about a mile. Pretty cool cave!

    Saw a couple of these guys:

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    Nuther little bat:

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    Theres one spot where it gets a little tight for about 4 feet.

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    Couple of short ladders to go up lava flows. There were some really cool rock formations in there, this is one of them.

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    Just playing with my camera...

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    Signing in at the guest log at the end.

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    and finally back out!

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  4. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Time to head home... thataway!

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    Gettin there, but still more thataway.

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    Finally home, ready for a bath and a nap.

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    Very cool cave, very fun ride too. It was kinda short, 53 miles from my doorstep to the cave, but it was a decent trip. Found a couple of other caves a few days ago that I will have to go back and explore when I have a bit more time.

    Note to self: PUT DIRT TIRES BACK ON BIKE. :lol3
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  5. Somber

    Somber Been here awhile

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    cool adventure and pics, not for the claustrophobic by the looks of it, heh
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  6. WoodsChick

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    Nice! Looks likes a beautiful spot to witness a sunrise :thumb

    I ride my SM in the dirt all the time but I usually run knobbies or dualsporty tires like the Pirelli MT60. My Diablos are way too slippery in mud but they stick well to wet rock for some reason...

    Yeah, I really like the idea of caves, but I can't handle the tight spaces...too scary!




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  7. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Other than that one spot, the cave was huge- the ceiling was probably on average 20 feet high.

    I've got a set of dirt rims/tires, just havent had a chance to put them back on. Getting a little late for riding anyways, I'll probably just leave the sm wheels on until the snow flies and I have to put the bike away. Hopefully that means another 2 months of riding!
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