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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 21, 2013.
That's Dinner !
Aw - thank you, reed valve!
I'm glad you're so into the report!
Good news! You've got a couple more days of Xmas left.
I think you were asking us Wans?
If you were asking Lica, maybe he will check in and let you know what he does.
Matt and I get our share of flats, but they are usually nails, screws or pieces of metal.
That caused our first flat on this ride.
Second flat was from something puncturing our tire.
Which then broke the steel belt and pushed it inside, where the metal damaged the tube.
This is after we pushed the metal so the ends were facing out:
We couldn't really do much to prevent either one of those flats.
Sometimes, it's just luck.
We did 7400+ miles of mostly dirt on our Summer of Stupid ride and didn't have a single flat.
Poor Lica had a bunch of flats on this ride.
Once they start...
I hear it tastes like chicken!
Day 14: 8/14/13
Great Basin Park to Reno, NV
Man, what a great night's sleep.
It was lovely.
Osito slept on a tarp with just his sleeping bag...
but no snakes came to cuddle with him.
Osito really spoiled us on this ride - he made the best coffee.
He was carrying ground coffee and a french press.
Mmmm..it was delicious. Thank you, Ceasar!
The morning air was clean and sweet. The sun was shining.
It doesn't get much better than this.
We enjoyed the view with our coffee...
That's the trail to the left...
Time to pack up and get on the road.
Lica and Osito went ahead...
Now, it was our turn.
At times it was hard to see the trail...
Uh oh. Folding up the mirrors... this shit's about to get real.
We went into a sandy wash...
Then into the sage brush.
Can you see Osito up there? oh, Hwello...
Then we chased Lica for a while...
Here - watch the video, it's better.
Matt was feeling frisky that morning.
I can't believe we didn't hit any trees!
There were some close ones.
I went to open the gate...
In 2010, I left a present (safety cone) here.
That little guy lives with larryboy now.
Oh, good place for a sticker.
I'm sure it didn't stick long, but I got a photo.
That was fun!
I know Lica's waiting for the next part,
but he'll have to wait a little longer....
Damn, that video was fun. Frisky indeed. Wanna go there.
This report is as awesome as the Awesome Ninja Bear!
Hey I've read every report you guys have done and I was excited when I first saw the note that you were thinking about a new report on your Colorado trip. It's been your best yet and there's a pretty high bar set there.
I've lived in Page AZ for 33 years now, but grew up around Ely, NV. With the pictures of camping around Baker and the last video I figured I finally had to say something. I've put a lot of miles on my bikes going between Page and Ely (wife's family still there) and I try to get the KLR up there at least once a year for riding around in the hills where we rode Honda 90s and Hodaka 100s back in the late 1960s. I love the types of road that you had in that last video (the 5 miles of sand video). But I have to admit that my speed is probably about a third of what you guys were doing. Still great fun for an old fart like me. I think back about riding in those days in a T-shirt, tennis shoes (maybe Converse high tops) and Levis (maybe cutoffs in the summer). That was a whole different world.
Your reports are the best, and I've lurked around a lot of reports over the last few years. I learn: bike stuff, great places to ride, and new terms (I've gotten familiar with the Urban Dictionary). And reading your reports is just plain a great kick in the a$$ good time. Ground hog tension to belly laughs. I've got to send the whoop, whoop video of Homer spinning on the floor to my bosses when I retire at the end of January! I've got a bunch of pictures of rides around the Ely area I should post up in Day Trippin'. There's just a lot of great country around there and not many people.
Thank you so much!
Shits about to get real. Lol
Hey Matt / Kelly,
What determines whether or not you publish your videos in HD? Noticed that last one wasn't.
Glad you liked the video - it's a great little section.
I don't know where you live ("Earth?" :huh)
but you should give the TAT a shot!
That ninja bear is pretty cool - he has a lightsaber, too!
wow, thank you for the kind words!
I'm so glad you were inspired to chime in - it's wonderful to hear from former lurkers!
And it's always nice when our riding has made the locals proud.
You have some great trails around there - I do hope you post up some day trippin' RRs!
We stayed in Page on our way out to Colorado for the TAT (the Hard Way),
it's a nice little town. Everyone was friendly, even after dealing with so many tourists.
Thanks again for signing in and I hope your bosses enjoy the woop woop video.
Congrats on the upcoming retirement!
heh. Glad you enjoyed that, Paul.
are the kids still saying it?
Yeah, it sucked not having HD for that one.
It has to do with the aspect ratio.
We can only work in HD (imovie) and publish in HD (youtube) if the video is in the 16:9 (letterbox) format.
If we want the 4:3 (standard) format, HD is no longer an option.
For the last video, using 16:9 cut off Lica and Osito's heads.
We had to use 4:3 to preserve the maximum amount of vertical information.
It was the same for Black Bear, Engineer Pass, Amasa Back...
any time we are trying to show the rider in front, we try and use 4:3 to keep their heads on!
I guess in the future, Matt needs to aim the GoPro higher.
Hopefully that will allow us to have HD and still get the full shot.
Also, I don't know how it loaded for you, but for us that last video loaded poorly.
Our internet connection is so crappy, youtube automatically loads in 360.
I have to force it to do 480.
It seems like they changed that recently, not sure if you're experiencing the same issues.
Just makes me miss HD even more.
Anyway, hope that clears things up!
Thanks for the explanation.
Sounds like we have the same crappy internet connection. We're stuck with AT&T DSL for now, as we really don't want to go with Comcast just for internet, and YouTube usually selects 360 for me too. I always bump up to 720 and pause it until there's enough in the buffer for smooth playback.
Your vids always end abruptly for some reason?
Yeah, I'm working on fixing that. But I've apparently got 120 subscribers that could be hoping for more. :huh Weird.
Geez, if that was sand, it didn't look that bad..........for you guys.... I would have been embedded in a bush or part of a tree in very short order.
Y'all were cookin' through there, going by the sound of the engine..:eek1
AT&T sucks, but it's our only option (Comcast doesn't even do our neighborhood).
Aw, don't pick on Joe!
Well, you have added incentive to go back to Eagle Canyon and kick some ass.
You can do it!
Yeah, it wasn't much compared to the deep sand in Hell's Revenge or Cat Canyon.
But, lots of fun.
Matt was in zoomy mode, that's for sure!
Day 14: 8/14/13
Great Basin Park to Reno, NV
473 miles, continued
With cheese-eating grins still on our faces
the group continued on the trail...
My smile faded a bit here...silt. Lots of it.
With hard ruts underneath.
That photo doesn't show it very well.
Heres a pic I took, over my shoulder. Looking back at our dust...
Whew. made it through without crashing.
The guys were enjoying themselves.
This is a good trail!
Still had a long way to go, though.
It was a beautiful day...
We were supposed to turn left here...
But Lica and Osito had blown by the turn.
Crap! They were having too much fun and weren't watching the GPS.
Matt and I waited, we assumed they would figure it out and come back...
Uh oh. Here comes Osito, by himself...
He said Lica had crashed. A big one. Shit!!
We were happy to see him up.
He had gotten another front flat...
Going fast. In a turn...
Luckily, he was okay, his armor had done its job.
His poor bike, though. Ouch.
Remember those gorgeous orange rims?
The front one got an owie.
The starboard side tank got some more character...
As did the new handguard.
Lica's getting faster and faster at fixing a flat!
I think the new tube was from us this time...
Not sure what caused this hole - Lica?
Add that sucker to the pile...
Meanwhile, the CSI team was hard at work...
Matt found a sliver of anodized orange aluminum...
It looked like Lica's wheel got chunked out on this exposed bit of rock...
Flat count -
1 deflation - Scott
2 rear flats - M & K
4 front flats - Lica
And, were moving...with Lica in the lead.
Ride that horse - Osooooooo!!
Kelly, I've been wondering why yinz called this the Taco Tour...I dont recall seeing many tacos consumed on this trip...certainly not like the Baja WanK
so what gives?
Lica's rim was sure taco'd...
OSO getting ready for the white stuff
been in the summer for over a year now
Don't make me take your award away!
From post #1...
The taco count:
Yes, Lica's rim was taco'd.
Bartek's front and rear rims were taco'd
and, Matt says Osito's rims were taco'd as well. Not sure if I have any pics for those.
But mostly,"taco tour" was just something stupid that made Matt and I laugh.
It was something ridiculous to go with the "potato" on a 990.
Sorry! There was no way to top the taco count from Baja (117), we didn't even try.
In other news, TACO CAT spelled backwards is TACO CAT.
I'm working with a friend of mine http://britanniacomposites.com/ on this windshield/lights project....should be finished around Christmas.
If anybody has any idea or input on this please let me know.
So far it has been wind tested and it feels AWESOME and on the low position the windshield is about 2" lower than stock(perfect for OSO style offroading). We'll put 55W HID for high and low beam and the low beam is a projector.