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Discussion in 'Rallies' started by Bonebag, Mar 26, 2018.
You bringing your gee tar Roy?
I think Bonebag stuck me as the Band again, I guess I have no choice. This sucks.
(Because I try to prepare and yet people make mean comments even though I didn't ask for this. Like Boomer. Big meanie! )
Oh heck no. But we sure have a lot of fun out on the trails - especially when there are pictures involved. So many good times. Makes me smile to look back at the old pix.
I was out scouting today and I have some new paths to add to the mix. Some cool stuff. I think I'll put together a special photo ride route that includes those.
I'd back you up, but I just can't make it. If something changes in a few days I'll try to get there.
you're telling me.
Buy those OHM stickers on-line now. Non-residents can buy a resident sticker which means you get a second year for the same price. Don't get wrapped up in the sales tax stuff. Look for the common exemption where the tax was paid at the dealer. Don't sweat it if you can't answer every detail. Do the best you can and see if it takes. Keep a record of the transaction. The wardens aren't looking to burn you down over some minor detail (at this point in time) since things are still somewhat new to everyone.
at risk of being yelled at for side tracking this thread...
I don't have a modern GPS
I have a 1" ball (humblebrag) mount and micro USB already on the bike, and the four pronged holder compatible with phones or maybe some GPS units
can you point me to a decent GPS for this event? Doesn't have to be latest/expensive model
If practical I would Amazon this and then would just have to figure out how to download files (maybe the "kids these days" are bluetoothing beween units, I haven't kept up)
OR is this not worth screwing with this late in the game?
I'm happy to follow Cannonshot and the crew but realistically there will be so many bikes...plus the variety of bikes and skills we will need to split up into several groups.
You should not have too much trouble finding a small group to tag along with that already have a GPS.
Do you have an old GPS? Anything you can load tracks on will work. Heck, I still use my old Garmin 60c, which is well over 10 years old!
Campsites are full up at Camp Holiday..no worries as you can find someone to share a site. The sites are huge here. If you have any issues come find me (I'm at site 150).
Just walk away. That's what I do.
Love to sing some blues or strum a little or do some harmony or something.
I mentioned the Rally to my neighbor and he was signed up and had a campsite before I could back out. So the Kentucky Kontingent is coming up. Bourbon is loaded!
We are leaving Monday and making a leisurely trip up the Mitten and across the UP to arrive on Thursday.
OK folks, let's see some of that ADV magic that we all love the site for . . .
Baldy is flying to the rally and it can be pretty inconvenient to try to haul a bunch of riding gear as baggage. Further, at this stage, most of his gear is street oriented.
When I was out riding some rally routes yesterday, it became pretty clear to me that it would be better if we set him up with some loaner off-road stuff to use during the rally. It relieves him of trying to fly a bunch of gear as luggage and it will make sure that he is better protected for the riding here.
With that in mind, who can help with some loaner gear? Got a decent extra to lend? Not using your primary gear because you are not going to the rally or are on the "injured reserve list"?
Looking for the following:
XL dual sport or moto helmet. (I have goggles if required.)
Pressure suit style protective armor. I'd estimate Baldy is about 6'4" and 190 lbs. I have one for him to use but it is pretty big so it might be better if someone had a more appropriate size.
Moto (off-road) boots in a size 13-14.
Please post up if you can help out - even if you are not going to make it to the rally yourself. I can coordinate getting and returning the gear.
Let's see what the site that Baldy created for us can do on this!
I have body armor I can bring that would probably fit, I usually wear my riding pants and coat anyway.
If there are any site cancellations let me know.
I have a truck and a small 12 foot enclosed trailer looking for a spot.
I have a pair of boots lying around. I think they're 13. Won't be there until Friday though and leaving Sunday
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Here is some info on the Boulder Tamaracks DS Route.
The track takes you from Boulder Junction to Conover (gas) and back with the Tamaracks single track motorcycle trail on the return leg.
The OHM trail itself is in the Vilas County Forest.
The cyan colored track leads from gas Boulder to gas Conover and is 27 miles long. There is some pavement on both ends of that track. The major portion runs on some gravel roads that are a blast to ride. They are curvy, sporty, and fun. They also have some surprises so be alert to running onto a small patch of sand or ruts as you crest a rise. Experienced riders will blow right throw that but I mention it so that less experienced riders don't overreact and impulsively start to shut down which could lead to trouble. That said, anyone can ride and enjoy this segment.
The magenta track is the return to Boulder. It also has some pavement on both ends. The middle section runs on a scenic rolling and twisty road. The stone on that route may be more round than the usual highway gravel so be careful not to hit the curves too hot. It is a nice ride and I've seen a couple of bears along the path there over the years. The track is about 31 miles long. For gas concerns, you will need to add about 8 miles of single track to that distance.
The red loop is the single track trail. There will be an additional mile long side loop to a lake overlook open soon (not depicted yet). Right now it is about 7 miles long. The treadway is still raw as it is new. As people ride it in, it will mature with berms and a better wheel track. This is the first loop of three and is a beginner friendly loop. Although beginners will find it manageable, advanced riders will also find more challenge simply by riding it more aggressively. If you have a good eye, you'll find a few features (like jumps) for advanced riders in there as well.
Any one on a small-medium dual sport should be able to enjoy this loop - even a newer rider. If you get on it and find that it isn't for you, there are several road crossings where you can bail out and work your way back to the return track. I recommend that you stay with the entire loop since the experiences change as you continue on.
The trail opens for use tomorrow. There will be a formal ribbon cutting on rally Saturday at 10 AM with media and some officials. We need to organize a ride to be there to show our appreciation to the local club crew that did the construction on this trail. When you ride it, you'll start to appreciate how much work that was. Think about trying to walk thick forests to even explore and lay out the path even before doing the actual construction. Keep in mind, they have two more intermediate/advanced loops to lay out and construct yet. As a side note, the crew worked very hard to have this segment open for us to use at the rally. We need to be there to express our gratitude. Also, if you ride the loop, they'd love to hear your impressions and ideas for the follow on loops.
We'll organize a ride to be present at the opening on rally Saturday at 10 AM. I'll figure out a time to depart for those on the dual sport route. Others can ride street bikes or drive over by following the 25 mile long yellow line. M south out of Boulder to County K. County K east to County S. County S north to Tamarack Road. Tamarack Road to the trailhead.
Let me put my advocate hat on for a bit. One of the things I do when I go around to counties trying to get some interest in developing a project like this is to pitch the economic benefits of drawing riders to an area. It would be great to have some news coverage that shows a large pack of riders at the ribbon cutting because we can use that going forward in other presentations. We can take a bunch of pictures of our own to use as well. So we would want to see a lot of motorcycles of all types there and a lot of men/women/children with jerseys or riding gear that makes it clear they are riders and they are interested in projects like this.
Being there for the opening is the least we can do and it goes a long way toward supporting our interests.
Also, although we now have a trail sticker program to generate funds for projects like this, as I have previously mentioned we can't offer grants until the required administrative code is in place to support the statute. We have been building this trail without access to these funds. Some of the event clubs and WOHMA members have been generously donating some funds via WOHMA to pay for a trail building course, tools and instruments, and trail and route signage. Some people involved with the construction have been donating machine time and the like. The local club has been trying to do fund raisers to cover some of the costs of building the trail. At this moment they are raffling off an enclosed trailer to try to raise some money to get them started on the next phase. We'll have raffle tickets at the rally - three for $10. Please be generous and buy some. The money you donate goes directly back into a trail for you to enjoy. Plus, you might win some cool stuff. Thanks!
GPX to download is below.
Please bring them unless you see otherwise. We are trying to have him equipped starting Thursday if we can.
I have an old pair of size 13 boots I can bring along. I also have some extra elbow pads.
I have an extra tekvest that might work.
My other old gear will be way too big.
Arriving Wednesday evening...
I also have a TW he can use....if he can handle that beast!