Meteor Strike!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    A typically brisk November morning gave way to mid 60 degree temperatures for the Meteor Dual Sport run in the Pine Barons of Southern New Jersey.

    I've been fighting off a cold this week and a real bad sore throat for the past two days. I'd figured that I could walk it off by taking my KTM 950 Adventure out for a 370 mile ride including the 144 miles I'd rack up at the Meteor Dual Sport.

    Just outside of Philly, the bike started running weird. I pulled over to check things out, only to find nothing. I think the carbs might have been icing up, did I mention that it was cold??

    Parked precariously along the Schuykill Expressway.
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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Riders meeting. This miniaturized man was standing on Nightrider's front brake reservoir while we were lectured on how bikes and horses don't mix.
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    There were plenty of riders ready to get out and play in the sand.
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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Out on the trail.
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    Nightrider on his 1200GS.
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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Deep sand was par for the course today.

    This KLR rider had just gone down. He had already recovered by the time I pulled my camera.
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    Paddling through the sand.
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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Nightrider loves soft, deep, sand!
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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Apparently this is the peak of the tallest mountain (in Southern New Jersey). I'd estimate the altitude at least 63 feet above sea level. The riders were wondering in all directions, a common sympton of altitude sickness.
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    Some big dually bikers, less than impressed with the scenic vista.
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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I rode mostly alone all day. Too fast for my big bike brethern and too slow in the deep sand to hang with the dirt bike crowd.
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    Fast sandy roads.
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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Cool irrigation equipment.
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    This big ape tried to attack me. I had to feed some young children to Mighty Joe to escape.
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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Daddy! Can I have a pony?? Yes you can!
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    We ran into a lot of horseback riders today. Each and every one of them was very nice and thanked me and the other riders for being considerate.
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  10. gts

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    Nice pics - next time you ride sand, nail the gas + lean back. Works every time :thumb
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    Absolutely fantastic work Terry! Do you now how hard it is to get those suckers on film? Notice the other 2 gnomes with red jackets trying to get away with my helmet? Sneaky little suckers! They were trying to get my front wheel to wash out all day - and they succeeded twice!

    11 hrs with the bike today. 4 on the road, 2 standing around BS-ing, and 5
    solid hours in the beautiful and deep NJ sand. Great training for something,
    just not sure what yet. Have some Advil and Golden Monket beer and I'll have no problems sleeping tonight.

    This was a big bike friendly ride, definitely doable on a GS - with the right rider. I just couldn't do all 140 miles today. I'm not at that skill and stamina level, what fighting the gnomes and all. So I bailed on the middle 60 miles and rejoined the ride at Mighty Joes.

    Once again, some great shots and captions Terry. I'll try to get mine uploaded tonight.

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    Early morning off Rt 542 near Batso. Man it was cold!
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    2 very clean big duallys.
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    Sand, sand everywhere! Sand behind me.
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    Sand ahead of me!
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    Mr. Wizard! I don't want to be a dirt rider anymore. What do I do?................Stop and take another photo OP!
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    At last! Something besides sand!
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    2 riders having fun on a beautiful November day.
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    2 not so clean big duallys.
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    Crashman's ingeneous solution to the New Jersey sand dilemma.
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  13. crashman1400

    crashman1400 Bullfrog dual-sport

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    Nightstalker, great shots!! It was a fun day, too bad I got there a few minutes after you guys had already left on the trail. I hooked up with two gentlemen on DR 350s and we had a blast all day. Good bike combo, and they weren't speed racer, but they definitely kept the pace up. Great all around day!!
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  14. 12bikes&37yrs later

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    Fast sandy roads.
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    [/QUOTE]That's my new baby, a legal EXC.
    Nice job with the pics, Nightstalker!:thumb
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