"We Don't Rent Pigs"

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

  1. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    Sure have enjoyed your ride report. You guys sure know how to enjoy yourself. Doesn't look like I'll make Sylvia this weekend.
  2. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Not sure now if we'll be going either; was going to ride the CB over to camp and say howdy, now it
    like the rain had set in, flash flood warnings in July? That's just crazy talk, especially in Arkansas!
  3. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    Great train footage. I've ridden the Durango train, but not the Chama.

    Just once in my life I'd like the opportunity to shoot at an educated man.- Gus
  4. cleandirt

    cleandirt Adventurer

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    A fist sized dandelion at our camp north of Pagosa Springs
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    Train at the pass coming out of Chama.
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  5. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Fletch, getting his Flex on in Moab...

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  6. cleandirt

    cleandirt Adventurer

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    I can't believe the gal at the train station had any doubt I was competing for mr universe.
  7. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Yo, flex! Are you going to lk Sylvia tonight?
  8. cleandirt

    cleandirt Adventurer

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    No, I'm trying to get over a gut rot stomach ailment. Don't think camping and riding are in the cards for me this weekend.
  9. Cpl.Goose

    Cpl.Goose Adventurer

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    Two weeks of Dogjaw will do that to you, only cure is stay as far away as you can.
  10. Thumpstart92

    Thumpstart92 Been here awhile

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    And everyone that would be corporeal goose

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  11. cleandirt

    cleandirt Adventurer

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    Hmmm, you think Colorado would be far enough?
  12. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    I know that you have trouble reading without moving your lips, so I'll type slooooow...

    Good to finally hear from you, Goose! I had no idea it would take so long for you to formulate a semi-witty response.

    Seriously, Goose is the man; some pics of his bike at Gothic:

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  13. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    After leaving the train, we headed north through Cumbras Pass into Colorado; I regret that my camera had given up the ghost, as this section was incredible, awesome radiused curves though alpine meadows on par with anything we had seen on this trip. As things started to level out and look like New Mexico, we happened across this burned out old church, cemetery hiding in the back ground

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    Walking through the old cemetery, one could just imagine Clint Eastwood or Lee Van Cleef stepping from behind a tombstone. Seeing the graves of so many children made me reflect on how badly people want themselves and their kin to be remembered; for that reason I have always loved cemeteries. I can't help but think that the dead would appreciate a little bit of attention or they families wouldn't have went to the expense and toil to erect memorials. This little guy died 4 days before I was born, now I have to think that anyone who even knew of his existence is gone from the face of te earth.

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  14. jimtom

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    "I haven't felt 100% on dirt since acquiring knee troubles, and consequently surgery last year, to the point that I was ready to quit dualsporting all together. The only reason i maintained the DR was because Zach would have killed me in my sleep if I had sold it, I just couldn't shake myself from the dirt doldrums; this malaise continued to plague me on this trip as well...

    Until Potash...

    Something clicked( psychiatrists describe a state of flow as when your task exactly matches your ability; if your ability exceeds your task, you have boredom, your task exceeds your ability you get anxiety, but there is a state if being where time stands still and, like a world class musician that plays licks that they didn't even know that they were capable of, you find yourself performing well beyond your ability. Usually the feeling vanishes as soon as I realize I'm feeling it, but this was not one of those times. I'm sure I looked like an idiot, hair on fire and a silent scream in my throat, everything in perfect focus and happening in perfect zen-like rhythm, the most incredible feeling I have ever felt on a motorcycle since chasing Supaflid down 341 in Arkansas, watching him skim his left hand on the pavement. We blasted past numerous jeeps until we encountered an off cambered slate shelf, the road went down and to the left, I foolishly decided I was bulletproof and went high and to the right, quickly found my self piled up under the bike in a cloud of dust and glory. Zach came up just in time to hear me howling, not in pain or anger at corkscrewing into the ground, but I was so pumped I wanted to get her off of the ground and proceed before I lost my mojo. What an experience, I'll never forget it". Dogjaw.
    This is poetry to me , I don't even ride dirt but I get it.
  15. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    "This is poetry to me , I don't even ride dirt but I get it. "

    As Jack Reipe, the author of "Conversations with a Motorcycle" told me, "there's not an author in the world who wouldn't stand on their head in a bucket of crap to hear words like that"

    I'm no author, but someone "getting it" makes the whole trip that much more special; thank you.

    Oh, and in unrelated news: I picked this up yesterday...

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  16. cleandirt

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    Congratulations on the new bike Bret, great snag!
  17. jimtom

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    and thank you. Nice acquisition. I ride a Victory Vision. Did a solo trip from Alabama to South Dakota (been to SD several times at rally time but not for the rally, for the view of creation), and in 2012, took a big loop home through Montana, Wyoming through Moab, Utah into Arizona and the mind numbing I-40 home. It left an impression on my soul that I cannot nor do I ever want to shake. All I ever think about is going back. I'm in love the American west.
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    Gateway, CO is the perfect blend of the Rockies and the desert topography of Moab; perfectly radiused roads arcing from blues and greens to red and orange, then back again, a religious experience every time I do it. If you ever get a chance, be sure and drink from the natural spring hidden in the oasis just south of the town of Gateway, it cannot be explained.

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  19. cleandirt

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    Between the church and the cemetery, I had to wonder about all the stories and lives that existed in this place. You could see where all the exposed wooden framing in the building had burned and charred wood stumps recessed into the bricks were all that remained.
  20. dogjaw

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    I wish we had taken better pictures of where the massive beams had burned up into the clay; that , and the empty bell towers. Makes me wonder what happened to the bells; it's sobering to think of what this church must have meant to this remote Colorado community, especially with all the old graves. I will remember it always.