MOAR IV Ride Report

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by HellSickle, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Starting a new thread for pictures & ride reports from the 2009 MOAR.
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  2. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    OW!!!!!!

    Riding a 380# bike through the equivalent of 2 enduros has me longing for a breakfast of vicodin & coffee.

    Lessons learned:

    A KLR six-fity can go just about anywhere

    You can nap on the ground in a pull-out on top of Trail Ridge road at midnight.

    Dropping your 380# bike off a steep side-hill SUCKS!

    You can only have too much gas when you are on fire.

    You can only have too much water when you are drowning.
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  3. PrairieRider

    PrairieRider Gearing down for Hell

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    Ok....moved these over here from the other MOARIV since somebody had to start a new thread....

    Morning came early at Hell's place...and how are you??

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    woke up with joe
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    I think GSL missed the coffee
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    Beautiful morning for a ride
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    The lighted lineup
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    Bu, bu, but dad didn't feed me breakfast yet...
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  4. Zak Smith

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    I'll repost these here from the other thread

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    It was already getting cold on top of the pass coming over TRR at 9pm. The stock KTM headlight is worthless. I managed to "draft" cars the whole way to get some extended visual range. A cop or ranger pulled over the car in front of me just after passing the pay station on the east side- maybe I dodged the bullet there? (Or maybe he was the car that blew through the RMNP station at Grand Lake?) Over TRR and down 34, my internal debate was, what hurt worse: my knees, ass, or throttle wrist?

    Wow, what an epic ride. Things couldn't really have gone better.
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  5. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Let's begin at the end, then end at the beginning....


    What a epic day. Everyone was well prepared. No bearing failures or flats the entire day. Groups stuck together, nobody had significant injuries. Only one KLR was taken out in the filming of this ride.

    Wow. The GPS can't indicate that 10 of the 12 traveling hours were on dirt, or that we rode a full enduro's A-loop worth of single track on oversized bikes.
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    On the return from a fine dinner in Grand Lake, Yellow Pig had no headlight, so he rode by the light of surrounding riders. That must have been interesting on the 10 miles of Trail Ridge that was dusty from ongoing road construction.

    A couple folks found it necessary for a quick nap at a pullout on top of Trail Ridge road. Esteban was snoring within a minute of putting his head down. PrairieRider looked so peaceful. I laid on my back & looked at the amazing skies and listened to the breeze moving across the snow fields and down into the dark canyons below us.

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  6. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    After we gassed & aired up in Grand Lake, it was approaching 8:30. It would have been dicey to make it to Estes Park before the brewery closed, so 5 of us opted for dinner in Grand Lake. I would highly recommend the Sagebrush. You can throw your peanut shells on the floor and they welcome dirty bikers.

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  7. GSL

    GSL Team Big Wheel

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    What's that green stuff you got on your bacon sammich? :scratch
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  8. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Toddler's group finished so quickly because they weren't taking the time to stop and smell the flowers.
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  9. Cowboy

    Cowboy Ceteris non Paribus

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    Look at this bunch of gnarly old MOAR riders near the end of the day. What an inspiration!


    Hey! Wait a darn minute.

    I happen to know that a couple of the riders in this photo spent the day on the LSOAR ("Little Sister Of All Rides) . . . with me!
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  10. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt! Supporter

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    Here are my limited pictures of the MOASTR (Mother of all single track rides)! :lol3

    Didn't get too many pics cause of the fast pace.

    Getting ready to roll:
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    Hitting the dirt at sunrise:
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    The pack:
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    Sweet, sweet single track:
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    More endless single track:
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    The perfect trail:
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    Not much else I can say.

    160 miles of single track bliss!
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  11. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Never mind, I found it. The GPS says the bearing is "Upside Down"

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    Accident reconstruction: When I rode over that rock and my front suspension compressed on the other side, it reduced my ground clearance enough that my frame caught on the big rock to the side of the trail. Nothing could be done at that point, except abandon the bike & hope I didn't roll too far down the trail. Thank doG that Esteban & Yellow Pig were still behind me. It took all three of us to bench press the HellSickle upright. Once it was back on it's wheels, it was a bit of a tug to roll it back onto the trail.

    A quarter of a mile later, there was a much worse spot to go off. There would have been no dragging the bike back up this one.

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  12. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    I'm getting ahead (behind?) myself.

    After Jack Park was the entire Snyder Creek trail loop. Our only real stop was atop the rocky lookout. If any particular spot was the "Crux" of the ride, it was the long, loose, rocky climb to the top of this hill.

    Left to Right: Pariahtize, HellSickle, Yellow Pig, Esteban.

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    At this point folks started asking how much more single track. We were only about a third of the way thru.

    Prior to Snyder Creek was Jack Park. That's the trail I gracelessly fell from. Up on top of Jack Park, the floating meadow was very, very, wet. Someday I imagine this trail will have to get rerouted to higher ground. This is one of the few places you need to have a braided trail. If everyone used the same line, the trail would cut right through the floating layer to the 3-4' of liquid underneath.

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  13. TheDudeAbides

    TheDudeAbides Sarcasm free11/11/10

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    The Rainbow Undies live to ride again !
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  14. toddler

    toddler Unpronouncible

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    What ride were you on? I don't remember any of those precious perenials:D

    Mother Of All Flower Enjoying Rides(Moafer):huh

    If we had known you were frollicking and who knows what else amongst the flora we wouldn't have waited so long for you at the intersections:rofl
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  15. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    By the middle of Snyder Creek, 3 of 4 riders were out of water. Willow Creek provided some much needed quenching. It was also about this time that YP realized he wasn't going to have enough fuel to make it to Grand Lake.
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    Parkview Mtn.
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    Esteban:
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    Pariahtize was sorely disappointed when his brake pivot mount snapped.
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    He graciously donated a gallon of gas so that YP could continue on to the trails on the other side of the highway.
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    Straddling the Atlantic & Pacific.
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    There's the F'n A-hole bastich!!!!
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    My favoritist trail signs.
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  16. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Being watched by dead animals while you eat always heightens the culinary experience.

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    We arrived at Drifters Cookhouse a half hour before they were open. This was after going to the KOA for gas. Having started the ride with a full six gallon tank, I didn't get any. Some other folks who should have, didn't. :wink:

    I passed the time trying to get some hummingbird photos.
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    Our original plan had been to ride the Green Ridge trail. Since the gates were not yet open, here's some pics from last year's ride.
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  17. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    While in middle of the Snyder Creek loop we came across a group of dirt bikers and stopped to talk with them for a bit. They were somewhat surprised that we had gotten from Ft. Collins to there by riding only about 20 miles of pavement.

    Here's where we stopped to air down before leaving the pavement at sunrise.
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    Riding up Bypass hill.
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    Hmmm.... That looks like an air dab in progress....
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    Yup. :rofl
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    At the top of Kelly Flats/Manhatten road.
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  18. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Finally, the beginning.

    I was awake before the alarm went off at 3:50AM.

    I couldn't get all of the bikes into one frame. I think we had 10 bikes out there.
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    Ted's place at O-dark-thirty:
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    The mysterious Pariahtize. Great to meet you and ride with you. Sorry to have to tell you about the particular color of your Bike. :D
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  19. Colorado CJ

    Colorado CJ Long timer

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    That's it, I'm going to have to seriously start looking for a thumper! Great pictures and ride report.

    I hope I'll be able to make next years. I didn't know there was that kind of single track locally :eek1
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  20. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    Some pics from Grand Lake:

    The bikes were all dirty, so it must have been fun.
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    Tha Rick and Toddler mugging for the camera. Any dust on those tracks? :lol3
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    The last group, Yellow Pig, Esteban, and Hellsickle arrive.
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    Expressions on the riders' faces went from exhausted, to excited with adrenalin (and back). Toddler and GSL.
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    Riding through RMNP in the dark was eerie, everything looked like a blind corner. I'm glad you all made it through OK.
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