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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 21, 2013.
Just got caught up again. You sure do know how to tell a story, Kelly!
Hope you get the gist of this, and its not about a Wan sailing adventure but I guess it could be.
Make mud and water your favorite!
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Thanks for the cool pic Kelly, you made my day!
for sure one of those riders like to get wet.
november 2007, met this rider with his buddy for the first time gassing up on tejon pass.
think they were going to baja1k, daym....i still remember his adv handle was "gravity check"....
let's all have a great labor day weekend. see you on tuesday.
looks like a scooter next to Big Wan
I'm all caught up! I made it to a RR before you finished for once. And you're all nuts. I love it! We Jeeped through Colorado the past two summers (wanted to bring along the 4 legged kids and that's hard to do on the KTM), but we talk about wanting to ride it. Just haven't yet. Someday!
Wow, Joel I'm impressed.
First, that you remember meeting a couple of inmates from 2007, and second, for finding a photo.
I sure hope I was nice.
Thanks for checking in and clearing things up!
I was just asking Matt when you figured out the overheating problem...
I thought I heard you talking about it on one of the videos.
Thank goodness Matt didn't jam a screwdriver into your thermostat (to keep it open).
I remember him talking about doing that.
Thanks for joining us again!
No worries, we were laughing about it THAT night.
Yeah, it wasn't a great idea. i do remember reading that people had died on Schofield.
But, if it makes us look any smarter - it had actually stopped raining by the time we went up the pass...
So, we went up in the dark, but not in the rain.
OMG - hilarious clip!
I don't remember seeing that before - was that from Austin Powers IV or something?
Anyway, we got a good laugh out of it - Thanks!
That's not until Day 10 or 11.
slowest. update. ever.
Yeah, I told matt I think I need to stop doing these reports before they kill us.
Oh, you would have hated this ride (for so many reasons!)...
Haha, in that case - my goal is to make you OPENLY glad you weren't there.
Oh, Bronco - you have no idea!
Actuallly, about halfway through the trip, Matt said we had to change it to "ADVENTURE F**KING TOURING"
so we'd have enough letters.
I just wish I could do this faster.
It takes forever.
Glad you liked the pic. I know it wasn't a "fire Truck" but was too lazy to fix that.
Oh god, those guys WISHED it was only a "3 hour tour" - but it was a hell of a lot longer than that!
Wow - that was a long time ago! How have you kept that secret all these years??
Hope you're having a fantastic holiday!!
haha, that was before he realized he needed an "S"
hope you get there on a bike some day. Good luck!
OK, thanks for all the fun comments, you guys!
Schofield coming up next...
Kelly, you are the best!!!... Thanks for sharing what some of us can't find time to do :) And you do it soooo well :)
Hope you have a great holiday weekend :)
Day 4: 8/4/13
Salina, UT to Gunnison, CO 416 miles, continued.
I can't believe we started our day at 5am in Salina...
When we left off, our little group was finally on the right track - heading for Schofield.
It was getting late, but we caught a break - the sun had come out.
Blurry, but look - blue sky and pretty flowers!
It was a freaking Super Highway compared to Dead End Trail.
Better traction, no Crisco-coated rocks.
Of course, sh*t still happens if you're distracted by the view...
I think it was right here that Radek told us he and Lica had figured out his overheating problem.
A fuse, of all things!
Nice to have that resolved - what a relief.
Oh, wow. It was gorgeous.
If only we had been here an hour or 2 earlier.
We barely had enough light for photos.
This one is nice and clear - it's Lica's.
Bet this would be stunning on a sunny afternoon...
it must be nice to have time to relax and take it all in...
Instead, we had to hurry through.
Looking back at Osito.
I really wish it hadn't been so dark.
It was getting too late to snap pics while moving...
Even when we stopped my photos were dark.
Lica's were a little better.
I got a lot of this business...
Lead King Basin.
Is that the way you go to see Crystal Mill?
(edit - Matt figured it out. We had just come from Lead King Basin.
so, to see the Mill, we would have had to take the other road to Marble. Along the river.
Most people are going down Schofield and they take that road out)
Getting close to the "good" stuff...
Lica, Radek and Osito went ahead...
Shortly after I snapped this, it was our turn.
I don't know how this photo turned out!
Radek taking a photo of us...
Nice one! Thanks, Radek.
Looking back the way we came...
Getting ready to head up to the hard parts...
I think that was the Devil's Punchbowl on our left?
Couldn't see much except the falls.
My photo of the falls didn't turm out very well.
I guess this is a good place for the video.
It might be a little long, but it includes the ride to the punchbowl
and the water crossing at the end.
HD if you can! It's a very low-light video, so it gets pretty grainy.
I don't know about Radek, Lica and Osito, but Matt and I have very little recollection about Schofield Pass...
Without photos and video, we couldn't remember much.
About the video -
Matt says he was "blowing bubbles" going up the pass.
And that he's happy he didn't talk too much on camera.
What made this so hard was having it at the end of a long day.
After the mud, after Dead End trail.
Being at 10,000 ft elevation didn't help us flatlanders any, either.
Matt was so exhausted, he was nervous about taking the outside line with me on the back.
But, if you ever try and go up Schofield - take the outside line!
Later on, while we were pushing/pulling the bike up,
I definitely freaked him out by being so close to the edge of the cliff,
but I was fixated on the bike and didn't think about anything else.
OK, here are some photos. I had to really bump the exposure to get these to work.
Radek helping Matt with the bike. I did my best, but it was soooo heavy.
Thank you, Radek!
Looking back at Radek's bike.
Matt and Osito.
Lica and Osito? Not sure.
This is Radek's photo of Lica. Look at that sliver of trail on the edge of the cliff! :eek1
I think this is Radek riding Osito's bike up (Ceasar is tough, but this section called for an extra-long inseam).
Later on we figured out why our lights (55 watt HID) were so dim - the lens was coated with mud. :huh
Lica = Oso Stoked! Man, it's easy to forget he was hurt...
Lica was the guinea pig for the water crossing - he did great!
Matt and Lica, ready for Osito to cross...
Had one last section of rocks to get through...
Then it was pavement to Crested Butte.
We stopped at this gas station - I think Osito was almost out of gas?
Haha, I have no idea why Radek is holding up 8 fingers...
Maybe he was saying that we were 8 letters into "AdventuRe?"
OMG - I LOVE this photo!
Can you hear Lica yelling?
Meanwhile, Matt is all - "Buy! sell! buy! sell!"
(no, he's talking to Scott)
The guys were starving - Oso Hungry!
But, everything seemed to be closed.
Luckily, Scott saved the day by ordering pizza.
Haha, here's what happens when you make mud your favorite!
Our lights were so filthy. No wonder Matt couldn't see anything.
Getting into Gunnison.
When we left Reno, I gave everyone a list of all the motels were were staying at -
Names, addresses, phone numbers, reservation info.
So they knew where to meet.
They thought it was silly at the time, but it worked out great today.
Scott and Bartek were able to check in and secure all 3 rooms.
Home sweet home.
For some reason, Matt put in Super 8 (we were staying at the Rodeway Inn).
Anyway, 16 hours later - Day 4 is in the books!
Not only did they have pizza, but beer, too.
Yay, Goggles Pizano! Thanks, buddy :)
"Great Moments Deserve Great Pizza"
Bartek. He was about the only Oso who was fully clothed at this point.
Poor guy, he couldn't drink beer because of his meds.
I'm sure he was hurting, but he said he was "good." El Bartek is always good.
Smartek - thanks for hanging in there!
It was a rough day for team Oso Loco.
Day 4 casualty list:
1 partially separated shoulder - Bartek
1 lost blinker, smashed windscreen + bent handlebars - Bartek
1 sprained knee - Lica
1 $250 ticket (illegal pass) - Scott
But, on the plus side - Radek figured out his overheating problem
and it was only going to cost him a 10¢ fuse to fix it. Yay!
What's that saying?
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough.
That's our motto, here at Wan Industries.
Or, maybe, "Stupid is as stupid does?"
I don't know. One of the two.
The Osos did a great job of adopting the slogan(s) - for better or for worse.
OK, hope everyone has a great weekend!
Matt and I spent ALL frickin' day working on the video for Pearl Pass and it's still not ready.
He went to bed over an hour ago. I gotta go, even if there are typos in this post.
Oh, CB160! You snuck in there...
Aw, thanks, and thank you for reading!
Hope you have a great weekend, too!
That was just amazing.. We did Schofield on a sunny, dry, DAY, and I don't think I was going as fast as you TWO were. I think I stayed a little further from the edge too..
What a video, I was holding my breath, Matt does like that outside line:eek1:eek1
Hope you get to ride Pearl in the daylight. . When we did Pearl (a few years later), I was in a Toyota Tacoma! There's a lot of rock, and some deep snow. Should be some great pics! Hope the rain held off for you.
You all can really ride! Whew, very impressive..
Hard work getting that posted at 4:00AM.. Thanks!,
im watchin the video this morning goin up schofield.....i had to stop myself from hyperventilating....looked hair ball to me.....great job kelly on report....gooooo team OSO!!!
Nice use of a fisheye lense......
Thanks Kelly , almost had to take my anxiety meds watching that video ! So being an old broke down rider with a weestrom with anakee 2s on it , I shouldn't have any problem going over that pass 2 up while drunk ? The whole crew are way too skilled and crazy ! As always , I have been following along on another "Wan" report and enjoying every post . Not only do you guys take the most awesome rides , but do a ton of work to share it with everyone . Thanks again ! Maybe you guys should tour the country doing bike events and signing autographs ? You guys are the most awesome people I have never met .
Awesome riding to get through there!
You Wan's are badass!!! Love the report.
Those cliffs were frightening, eh??
Haha, yeah - we did Pearl in daylight - but in the rain, of course.
Aw, it was only 2am, pacific time.:d
Glad you "enjoyed" that - Yep, it's a pretty tense video.
thanks for supporting team OSO! wooo!
Heh, it was the GoPro.
I can only take credit for saving the screen shot!
Sorry about the near panic attack
That "never met" line cracked us up!
One of the best things about doing a RR is that our readers/participants are so great!
You all are hilarious!
Definitely not the best place to take a 990, right?
You have such good video of Schofield in daylight - I saw all kinds of scary stuff I missed in the dark! :eek1
You guys! Go read TLtrial's ride report in Day Trippin' - he did a killer job.
BIG BIKE FUN - 3 KTMs Roll Central Colorado
Thanks for joining us . I'm glad you said "badass" and not "dumbass!"
Hope you're enjoying lots of great riding in Vancouver while you're there for the summer!
OK everyone -
Go out and enjoy some sunshine today, or at least some fresh air!
So, it's better to go up in the dark because then you can't see the really bad stuff. Got it.
That is one spooky video, Kelly. You all are very talented riders.
awesome riding. awesome writing. awesome photographs.
always inspired by a WAN report. make WAN reports your favorite!
That video is absolutely crazy. 2up at night through that, Matt is
Wow! That was some pretty hardcore riding! :eek1
Way past my skill level, even during the day, in the dry, on my 650 Dakar!