Pine Barrens rides

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by NJ-Bill, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. Nir-ISR

    Nir-ISR Adventurer

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    Wow, how far you had to walk? caught also in the rain?
    Glad to hear you're OK.
  2. StannisBaratheon

    StannisBaratheon Been here awhile

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    Near 3 miles before a nice gentleman gave me a ride back to the ranger station.
  3. Nir-ISR

    Nir-ISR Adventurer

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    I'm not sure what is more troubling, hiking 3 miles with riding boots or thinking all this time if the bike will still be there if/when you manage to get back to it?
  4. StannisBaratheon

    StannisBaratheon Been here awhile

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    I was wearing alpinestars Belize which are actually pretty comfortable to walk in but they aren’t as protective as a full mx boot. I pushed the bike for a quarter mile but it was just a bit too sandy and I was starting to sweat heavily, which is bad in the cold weather. I left my bike, helmet, pants, jacket, and gloves so I could walk faster. Thankfully nothing got stolen but I was concerned about that.

    The worst part is my useless iPhone. My phone was at 48% and as I’m making a call for a ride it dies. It’s a 6S and a total piece of junk. Every time I get into the pines it shuts off with 30-50% battery left. I suppose it might be the cold but it really is infuriating. I also didn’t have to foresight to bring an external battery or charging cord.

    I want to do the TAT some day and this little adventure showed me why it’s important to carry tools and supplies, especially when riding alone. Im going to Home Depot tomorrow to make a bigger tool tube and to put together a good tool kit.
  5. gerrynj

    gerrynj Been here awhile

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    Been there - done that.... and not just once. I've pushed my bike into the undergrowth and covered
    it up with ferns to hide it until I got back AND I put some kind of marker nearby so I can find it again.
    Adding your GPS location will also help.

    BTW - if you are an AMA member - they do have an excellent roadside (dirtside??) assistance. I've used
    them a couple of times and have been very happy.
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  6. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    Wow, what an adventure!
    Sometimes, it's better to be lucky then good or prepared.
    As you know, I rode down on my Big Bike on Friday. Wandered around with some big bikes, said hello to you and some of the other little bike guys, then wandered a little on the West side of 206, by myself, to place a couple of tags.
    Then, riding up 206, the traction control came on for no reason, so I stopped. Nothing seemed wrong. Started up again, and quickly realized that I had a flat on the back. Dunlop 908RR with the tough sidewalls. Nail right in the middle. But guess what? I was right in front of the Dunkin Donuts in Tabernacle on 206, instead of deep in the woods by myself.
    Called the wife, and she got the 18 year old to help her get the Kendon trailer out of the garage, hook it up to the Fit, and come down and get me. Had a leisurely lunch at the DD, posted a couple of tags (best WIFI in the Barrens), read my Kindle book on my I-phone, and got picked up an hour and 1/2 later.

    Talk about luck. Also, she forgot the ramp, but I was able to use the curb next to the DD as the ramp.

    Swung by Cross Country Motorcycles on the way home and dropped the bike off for a new tube.

    p.s., I do carry an extra tube and the tools needed to change it, but that is hard to do with the 908RR on the rear, since it is a bear to take off and put back on.

    So, this was my early Christmas present. If you have to get a flat in the Pine Barrens, do it right in front of DD! :-)
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  7. Donny312

    Donny312 Been here awhile

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    The more tools you carry the less of a chance you’ll need them. Simple physics.

    Either way, good to have them. It’s also better to find issues with your bike now than on the TAT.
  8. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    I wound up stranded a couple weeks ago when I shut the SE off for a nature break, and then was rewarded with the familiar clicking of the starter solenoid. Lucky I had cell, so I called up some friends, but was rescued by a passing truck with jumper cables.
  9. gerrynj

    gerrynj Been here awhile

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    The more tools you carry the less of a chance you’ll need them. Simple physics.

    Or ride with a friend who always carries tools with him.....

    On a side note: I'm a firm believer in Slime and a compressor; Last year I had a nail through the side wall
    of my rear knobby while on the PB300. I put some Slime in the innner tube pumped it up to 60psi. Rode like
    that for 5 miles and then aired down to 20psi. The rear tire held air for the whole day.
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  10. decafe

    decafe Been here awhile

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    Most places in the Pines you can ride slow on a flat without doing g
    Damage to a rim
  11. NJDualsporter

    NJDualsporter Been here awhile

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  12. BrooklynOffRoader

    BrooklynOffRoader Concrete or the Dirt.

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    Did anyone catch the Anthony Bourdain : Parts Unknown, New Jersey episode on CNN? He did a segment on the Pine Barrens. Interviewed a few local Piney’s and ate lunch at Lucille’s. Pretty interesting!
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  13. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    Any YouTube links to the show?
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    BrooklynOffRoader Concrete or the Dirt.

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    I don’t think so. The episode aired a couple of days ago. It’s not even available on demand to watch again yet.
  15. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    Did a little research on my Comcast demand. Found Season 5, Episode 5 (6?)
    Neat stuff!




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  16. jack splash

    jack splash Two Sheds

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    One day after a PBAC class, and we just had lunch at Lucilles, I got home and put on the TV, That Anthony Bourdain episode was on.
    Big Coincidence! : )

    Jack
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  17. mosey.levy

    mosey.levy Long timer

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    ok so when PB be rideable again? friday the 12th is gonna be warm (and maybe a little drizzly).
    think it will be somewhat rideable by then?
  18. NJ-Bill

    NJ-Bill Life is good

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    Yes!
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  19. jack splash

    jack splash Two Sheds

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    Hey: IMHO after the forest thaws. mid March.
    The roads and puddles are frozen, not worth riding, except with studs.
    There will be a few riders out there, but not me. : )

    Some years we rode all winter, not this one.

    Jack
  20. jack splash

    jack splash Two Sheds

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    Heres a PB pic from a few years ago. It shows a typical PB road.

    ice ride1 001.jpg