"We Don't Rent Pigs"

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Thumpstart92, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. Thumpstart92

    Thumpstart92 Been here awhile

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    This will be my first ride longer than 3 days. Packing and unpacking my luggage multiple times. Tearing my bike apart and examining every
    piece of plastic, metal, bearing and wire. My bike has been on the stand a lot lately.
    Last year my dad (Dogjaw) took an impromptu trip to Colorado to raise awareness for an injured rider, the KernKountyKid.

    Here's Trevors famous ride report
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=527702
    Dogjaw's ride report from last year
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=909800

    For the past year family and friends have been hearing the tales of adventure from Dogjaw about his escapade to the Rockies. It almost feels like I've already been there
    Salida, Gateway, Montrose, The Million Dollar Highway, Moab etc from all the times where he would just put down his fork at the table and just say "I miss Gateway"
    or "Man, North Rim of the Black. You have to go"
    And thats where the sickness began.
    It really is a sickness. When all you want to do is just hop on the bikes and get out of Dodge but obligations keep you close to home.
    You flick through Ride Reports and see fellow inmates post their amazing adventures and the only thing you can think is those lucky dogs. The only thing Dogjaw
    wants to talk about is "Mesh or textile" "DR or CB" "Cottonwood or Monarch" and I find my mind drifting off as patients explain to me why they're in the clinic that day.
    If you've ever taken an epic trip you know of which I speak.

    Both Dogjaw and I have DR's so planning started with just us two going out there and hitting some passes and riding a lot of roads but then we started asking some close ADV
    friends in our area if they wanted to join. A few had said they wanted to go but then had to back out because of work and so on. Besides Dogjaw and I there
    would be two more to our party.

    Fletch AKA CleanDirt KLR 650. I met Fletch at a local ride a year or so ago and have ridden a few times together since then.
    He is a Potter by trade and does some really amazing work.
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    Bryan KLR650. This fella Dogjaw met last year in Moab and between now and then we've grown to be friends. I think the only person more gung ho on this trip is Bryan
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    Dogjaw DR650 The architect of this trip. The guy with the loudest mouth and ability to get homeless people to give a donation for Trevor.
    After 21 years of being around this cat, no trip is complete with him.
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    ThumpStart DR650. That's me guilty as charged. Its always a party
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    Okay okay what does renting of swine have to do with this ride report? Excellent question. One of the movies I grew up watching was Lonesome Dove.
    Augustus McCrae, retired Texas ranger talking about his trusty pigs that he won't rent but "any man who wants to rent a pig is hard to stop".

    All of our group are on either DR650's or KLR 650's in some eyes which are just "pigs" not really a dirt bike but not really a street bike either
    just a compromise.

    No better way to plan a trip than with a map and a few boxes of pizza.
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    The plan CleanDirt is headed out a few days early so Dogjaw and I loaded up our bikes in Bryan's trailer where Fletch would go to Raton, NM and wait for us.
    Dogjaw, Bryan and I will take our SUV with Bryans KLR in tow and drive straight through the night.
    From there we head north to Salida and start working our way West to Ridgeway. The plan at this moment is to spend a day hitting passes and riding roads in
    this area then head west to Moab to spend a few days on the White Rim Trail. Then start working our way back via New Mexico.
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    Unpacked
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    Were headed out tomorrow night to meet up with Fletch in Raton. Sleep? you can forget about it.
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  2. damasovi

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  3. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Thump start is leaving out a key dynamic of the trip; I first met him when he came screaming into this world 21 years ago, and I've watched him grow into an incredibly gifted person and rider since then, albeit one that has a real problem with garlic giving him the squirts. Taken twenty years ago atop Pinnacle Mountain: [​IMG]

    Last year I read the kerncountykid's ride report, "Go west young man" and answered the siren's call to go on a solo trip to Colorado, documented "you're that guy!". It was the trip of a lifetime except that two key people were missing; Trevor himself, and my favorite off-road riding partner Zach. As Trevor is confined to a wheelchair for the time being as the result of being struck down by a drunk driver, we decided to do this trip partially in his honor. Also, huge props go to Finkie, my wife and Zach's mom; her support and hard work to help us prepare for this trip is off of the charts, I don't think I could be so selfless. She will be with us next year on her SV650, no doubt about it.
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    Meeting up with Bryan in Moab last year was act of Providence, although local law enforcement may think otherwise; our last ride together involved 3 park rangers, a state trooper, a deputy and a drug sniffing dog, resulting in warning tickets(?) for 71 in a 35 inside a state park.
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    With influences like this, what could possibly go wrong on a trip through the passes of Colorado into Canyonlands?

    Time to put away the doubts and concerns and focus on the ride; 4 very different riders, 4 very similar bikes... I'm so giddy with anticipation that I think I just dribbled a bit. Tonight we ride.

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  4. Thumpstart92

    Thumpstart92 Been here awhile

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    On interstate 40 headed west! Will be arriving in Raton around 5am. Let the fun begin Trevor even stopped by to see us off

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    Watch out for Blue Duck out there!:D
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  6. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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  7. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Elk City at 0200, driving straight through to Raton

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    The washateria at the Elk City RV park, a great place to pull the bike under cover in case of a storm; this place saved my bacon last year when I had to spend the night on that picnic bench, had to stop and pay homage.[​IMG]

    Sure did hate that light, though the shower made up for it.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled broadcast.


    The Ride for Trevor:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=941454
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  8. Philb772

    Philb772 Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to your ride reports. Envious of you guys and I know you will have a great time. Take lots of pictures for us stuck here at work.

    Enjoy to the fullest.

    Phil

    Gus McCrae: I'm just tryin' to keep everything in balance, Woodrow. You do more work than you got to, so it's my obligation to do less.
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  9. bluestar

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  10. Finkie

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    The anticipation is getting the best of me!
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  11. bomose

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    I can tell it's going to be a good report. At least it'll have a lot of good sayings.

    Jake Spoon "I was just trying to get across the territory without gettin' scalped"
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  12. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    You guys rock. Have a great time and ride safe. Checking up on you will give me something to do, but not at work, that would be wrong. Njoy your ride !
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  13. Thumpstart92

    Thumpstart92 Been here awhile

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    Its been an awesome few days riding around here. Sorry for not posting I've been out of signal and we've been covering some miles here's a few pics
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    Gus McCrae: here's to the sunny slopes of long ago

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  16. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Been hard to update this thread for the last few days, just some teasers: snowball fights at 12000', two flats, one busted clutch lever, an amorous woodchuck, Ophir, Owl Creek, Gateway, Silverton, heading into Canyonlands tomorrow, 100+...

    Quote of the day from thump: "I know how a Cheerio feels!!"

    ...and from LD: "a man who wouldn't cheat for a poke don't want one bad enough"

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    The Ride for Trevor:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=941454
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  17. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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  18. Mister D

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  19. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    And awaaay we go! Zach, Bryan and I left Little Rock at 1830 Wednesday, determined to sneak across the flats of TX and OK under cover of darkness. Fletch enjoys a more measured pace, and had pulled out three days earlier, camping in Hinton, Ok and in Raton, NM, where we were to meet him Thursday AM after we pulled our all nighter. A few thunderstorms in west Arkansas slowed our progress a bit, but everything was relatively uneventful until we started sighting herds of pronghorn antelope upon leaving Clayton, quite a thrill to these Arkansas hillbillies, We had arranged to meet Fletch at a local business that had graciously allowed us to leave our trucks, a super guy and even better location; it did my heart good to pull up and see Fletch's KLR ready to roll; after a quick stop at the diner across the highway, we got our bikes unloaded. I had thought a lot about this trip, my son would say even overthought it, so even though I'm not a praying in public type of guy, it seemed not only proper but necessary on this occasion considering the adversity we would possibly face. Hugely embarrassed that my voice was cracking and warbling like an old granny singing Anazing Grace, here were my words:


    We thank You for this incredible opportunity to experience Your creation; guide our paths and keep us under Your covering as we travel. May we all find what we're looking for on this journey and may the recounting of our exploits bless those who are unable to be with us here today. Your mercy endureth forever.

    We rolled onto I25 for the short stint of slab to Trinidad and twisties; so it begins.

    "If you want one thing too much it’s likely to be a disappointment. The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds and buttermilk—and feisty gentlemen." Gus, to Lori




    The Ride for Trevor:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=941454
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  20. Philb772

    Philb772 Been here awhile

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    We rolled onto I25 for the short stint of slab to Trinidad and twisties; so it begins.

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    Looking forward to some great stories and pictures. Enjoy and savor the moment.
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