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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, Nov 6, 2005.
Pictures and commentary on the way.
OK, here it comes!
Weather today was good, a little too hot, but good none the less.
Woke up at 4:45AM and hit the road. Pulled into the starting area, the packed starting area, the really really full parking area at about 7:30AM.
First ADVRider I see is Ducky750. Pulled over, said some hellos, and headed to get registered. What a line!! Did I mention that everyone from everywhere came out to run this event. At the riders meeting, the man in charge said that there were over 200 entries for today's event! WOW!
Enough of that crap, here we are getting ready to leave.
The BMW Paris/Dakar contingent showed up in full force.
More riders on big duallies.
I don't know if there was an official plan for us big duallies to ride together, but there was a shit load of us.
Left to right, Deadguy, Walter Barlow (where's the Transalp?), and DocGonzo.
I believe that's the Doc.
The Dakar boys on them there big-ass GS's.
What a great day! A big thanks to the members of TCMC for putting on such a great event. Beautiful weather, sweet mix of two track, woods roads and enduro single track, couldn't ask for more. And the ADV crew had a very good showing at a D/S where most of the guys were riding their enduro race bikes.
P.S.: TomN caught a tree pretty bad and my have a dislocated shoulder. Ducky750 took him to the hospital. Hopefully it is just a wicked contusion. Hell of a way to cut your teeth on your first D/S Tom! Feel better! Percocet should help.
The big group thing worked until the first HERO section. Five of us split off to run the hero section, OCFRider, Eugeneorange, DocGonzo, me, and this incredibly fast guy on a KLR650 of whose name I have no recollection. Blame the memory loss on the accident I say.
First log crossing I get to, I manage to take out the sidestand safety switch, immediately grinding my 950 to a halt.
Back on the main loop, we came across this fellow, who I had the pleasure of riding with at the Pine Barons 300 a few weeks back, and again, whose name escapes me (I am pretty burned out right now). He had just had a nasty crash. He was shaken up, but in good spirits, so we left him to his own and carried on.
Thanks for the update on Tom. He looked like he was in a world of pain at the lunch stop.
Today's course was truely incredible!! More whoops than I remember from last year, but great single and two track, miles of it!!
So, the club had laid out this nice little boardwalk over the mud. You think anyone would use it for a Nightstalker photo op? NO!
So, there's a large pack of bikers (of the dualsport type) parked at this picturesque lake view. We stop, OCFRider's camelback has come apart and he need to make a repair. Someone else also making a repair was this guy with this old Husky, left kick Husky. I gave him a 13mm wrench to use on his Husky, but KTM tools don't work on Husky's. Poor bastard! He did figure out his problem and continue on...
Definately my nemisis for the day, and I'm sure that many will agree. This whooped out sand pit sucked ass!!
While I was there, I got a great show!
If it's this tough with a 200 pound dirt bike, how bad do you think it sucks on a 480 pound twin??
Here is a great action sequence!
I had become separated from the group. Riding miles and miles alone, passing struggling dirt biker along the way. "KEEP PUSHING" I was saying to myself. Once you stop, you don't want to continue on. The pain sinks into your bones and you have to endure the temperance when you start again.
Desperately needing water, and to remove my head from my oven of a helmet, I finally pulled over. Gave me the opportunity to chat with these KLR guys, one of which is a ADVRider lurker. COME OUT AND IDENTIFY YOURSELF!! YOU CAN'T HIDE UNDER THAT HELMET FOREVER!
Somehow I had gotten in front of OCFRider and the rest of my group. He stopped to say hi and ran off to lunch. Eugeneorange blasted by, not even seeing me, he was in the zone. I packed up and departed to catch him. We had the fortune to run down the center of some railroad tracks, which I always thought would be too cool for school. Boy, I couldn't have been more wrong! Running down the tracks was far from fun, but I'm not sure I would have wanted to run down the whooped out trail along side of the tracks.
Next stop LUNCH!
Special event cameo appearance,
T R I B E L E S S !!!
but Im getting ready to go on vacation in the pajamas.
Lunchtime. They had just about anything you could want to eat there!! Even OLD BEER.
Docgonzo. Didn't your mama teach to not talk with your mouth full??
And the sultry sirens of supper serving tasty tidbits and wet and wonderfull libations fit for a dual sport king!
So I didn't stop to take any pics, but I had a ball. Left here at 4:45am, just got home now... Did anyone else on a 650 ride the entire route??? I'm pretty sure I was the last guy in, and I hung out with some of the guys from the club--sorry, my mind was fried by that point and I've spaced your names--and they said they didn't know of any others. I know about 5000 guys on 2 strokes (and maybe 2500 on little thumpers) passed me in the post-lunch single track, but I never saw another big guy. The club guys all thought I was nuts when they saw me airing up the tires to slab home.
But the ride was GREAT... lots of great dirt--and I thought south jersey was only sand--with some surprising and fun as hell drops and climbs towards the end. The only improvement would be to mix up the single track and woods roads a bit... I got so fatigued after lunch that I ended up making dumb mistakes and had to start riding really cautiously. I think a few miles of single track and a few miles of quicker stuff would be ideal, then more single track, etc. That way you have time to sort of recharge without having to stop riding. May not be an issue for you hard-core types, but my wussy ass was getting worked... and maybe a big-bike cop out that isn't just pavement.
Last comment--some of those guys on 950s are incredible, just bopping along through the single track like nothing.
Look forward to next year's ride.
YOU DA MAN!!
you got some good shots dude, I have a couple but the computer won't read the camera for whatever reason ...maÃ±ana.
Good to see and meet advriders alike
Now that I got that out of my system...
I had planned on starting the ride home after lunch. Somehow I let Eugene talk me into running the big bike portion of the afternoon loop. How bad could it be, we would bypass the 9 miles of enduro trail.
On the first 0.8 miles of trail from the lunchstop to the blacktop, I felt spanked! What was I thinking?? A little road riding goes a long way to recharging the soul. Getting to the start of the last 11 miles of trail, I was thinking, how hard could it be? Had this section been in the morning, I would have loved it, actually, it was really great trail, I just found myself totally exhausted.
I did manage to click off a few.
There was this muddy section that someone had placed wooden skids and whatnot over to run on. The wet, muddy, wood was challenging, but way better than running through deep muddy ruts!
Check out that front tire...