2018 NATC Uniontown, Arkansas

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  1. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    I was the first to arrive with camping equipment on Tuesday.
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    Left the Casita there Wednesday to return home to the ranch to do ranchy things and take Claire home.

    What I saw of the area was terrain that is surprisingly similar to TTC. Forested with rocks sticking out of leaf- and moss-covered hillsides. I was told there is rocky creek, sand... in general a good bit of variety.

    The trials site is some or all in Oklahoma, in between Uniontown, AR, and Short, OK, about 20 minutes from Van Buren, AR, which is on I-40. Everything you need is right there on AR 59 north of I-40 in Van Buren. There's even an Aldi that has wonderful, sliced sourdough bread.

    The trials site is in Yeti country and feels quite remote. From Keenan Winters' mail box to the forested and open parking area is about a half mile of narrow road. This can be intimidating to the big rigs, but they do get through.

    It's going to be HOT for the weekend. I hope my cooling vest arrives today!
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  2. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    In the morning before most venture out:
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    Looks about the same around sundown as most run for cover from the heat.
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    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Keenan Winters' Trial Central is a great riding venue! Beautiful, big property. Open invite for riders. Be a great place to come and explore in the cool months.

    The event was/will be quite technical, with lots of interrupts of loose and fixed rock. Sure took points out of us all, and quite a few riders experienced some amount heat fatigue. It wasn't as hot as I thought it would be. I never got cramps, but many did.

    I came around to section 8 on loop two and it was closed.

    Saw little of the Pros as usual. Did get to see Pat absolutely muscle through some sections on loop 3, and that was beautiful.
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    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    I want to emphasize just how fun and satisfying the NATC nationals have been. So many fine and interesting folks and machines to hang out with.

    Nationals are LONG weekend affairs, as it is better to arrive Thursday and leave Monday. Ron Hensley and I were discussing how interesting these nationals have been compared to the typical local/regional event.
    Since the advent of the Clubman line and setting section difficulty not intended to grind the lower lines to dust, these events have become for the rest of us as well as the top guys and gals. While not intended for the rank beginner, as there is no sub Clubman line, spectating is educational.

    Kids are well covered because there is a separate event accessible to all skill levels, even strider. Kudos to Tom & Vicky Bachelor for making the kids events special!

    The historically newer Eastern and Western Series is a smart way to help reduce the massive size of our country.

    I just did not do nationals for decades. Now I'm glad I've finally started engaging in them!
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  5. lineaway

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    That sure sucks about Alex. Have a good ride today Bene. Watch out for that Bruce guy, he sneaks in a good ride here and there.:clap
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    That's too bad about Alex. Since Pat has upped his riding so much, I was looking forward to him taking 2nd this year.
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    arkansawyer Long timer

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    I enjoyed spectating. Only got to see a few sections. By the time I walked the trail to the next section everyone was usually done. I started cutting across to where I heard bikes running.
    Impressive just like the last time I saw a trials in Tishomingo.
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    The sportsman class had 11 entrants today. The 10 riders who lost to the guy on a twin shock should go home and sell there modern bike, buy a twin shock and go learn the basics. Dustin won on a REFLEX!!!! :clap:D:jack:photog:lol3:rofl:-):1drink:imaposer:lol2:y0!:muutt:eek2:dunno:hmmmmm:loco:confused:augie:ear:fpalm:scratch:jjen:hide:pope:eyes:snore:bore:type:drif:raabia:viking:rogue:getiton:arch:smooch:killen:gdog:dhorse:dllama::topes:bash:stfu:dizave:stupid:gun1:2guns:boid:mulie:war:fitz:ken
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    Oh yeah, awesome ride BRUCE!!!!!!!!
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  10. Old Geezer

    Old Geezer Been here awhile

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    :hide Line you sure know how to make a point.
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    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    I already had a Reflex. Pass. :nah

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    Well if it makes you happy C. Hertrich had the lowest score in all of sportsman on an old 315. :D
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    Move him up!! Oh, wait.
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    UstaKood Been here awhile

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    Chris , you had a great series and just getting on the podium is an accomplishment . Looks like Kunio brought the "Look " with him . :jkam

    Good to see some MOTA members (past/present ) steppin' it up ! :ricky
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  15. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    I blew it in the eastern nationals, plain and simple! The title was mine to lose and I did.

    Not discounting anyone else's efforts. Bruce, for example, was more settled and focused and hungry for it than me.

    By loop three I'd usually settle down for the lowest loop score. By then I was already out of first place and dithering between second and third. Good line selection and a brilliant ride up until fiving won't win championships. Had a few bad luck incidents too, like my bike cutting out weirdly in section 1 Sunday so I did not come at the rock step forcefully enough. It never did that before, and never did that after. Thankfully Dustin Land was standing there to keep me from sliding back off the step. "Why was the bike cutting out?", I said. "I heard that", Dustin replied. When I pulled the air filter upon returning home I found it completely covered. Maybe that was it. A brief choking off before dust slumped off? AR/OK had a weird fine dust that would just hang on the loop trail. It's the most covered with dust air filter ever for two events.

    I definitely had 'head psychology' problems the heat only made worse. I generally don't do as well with really tight sections full of flow interrupters, and TN and AR had a lot of that.

    At least I know what I need to work on!
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    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Chris and I were riding close up to one another many times. I enjoyed watching him on the Montesa. Very skilled.
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    I made it out for Sunday's event, and snapped a few worthy photos. So, let's begin with the real heroes of the event:

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    Great to see some old friends again, and get caught up on the latest scuttlebutt.

    More pics to come . . . .

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    More to come . . . . when I get time.

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    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Great pix!

    Figures. You caught me a little off balance and pulling the right foot off the peg to the right :-)
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    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    All fixed . . .

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    Gotta love that smile! Now, who's having the most fun?


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    THIS is simply enjoying the journey! It resets the perspective for all of us.

    HF :thumbup
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