"We Don't Rent Pigs"
This will be my first ride longer than 3 days. Packing and unpacking my luggage multiple times. Tearing my bike apart and examining every
piece of plastic, metal, bearing and wire. My bike has been on the stand a lot lately.
Last year my dad (Dogjaw) took an impromptu trip to Colorado to raise awareness for an injured rider, the KernKountyKid.
Here's Trevors famous ride report
Dogjaw's ride report from last year
For the past year family and friends have been hearing the tales of adventure from Dogjaw about his escapade to the Rockies. It almost feels like I've already been there
Salida, Gateway, Montrose, The Million Dollar Highway, Moab etc from all the times where he would just put down his fork at the table and just say "I miss Gateway"
or "Man, North Rim of the Black. You have to go"
And thats where the sickness began.
It really is a sickness. When all you want to do is just hop on the bikes and get out of Dodge but obligations keep you close to home.
You flick through Ride Reports and see fellow inmates post their amazing adventures and the only thing you can think is those lucky dogs. The only thing Dogjaw
wants to talk about is "Mesh or textile" "DR or CB" "Cottonwood or Monarch" and I find my mind drifting off as patients explain to me why they're in the clinic that day.
If you've ever taken an epic trip you know of which I speak.
Both Dogjaw and I have DR's so planning started with just us two going out there and hitting some passes and riding a lot of roads but then we started asking some close ADV
friends in our area if they wanted to join. A few had said they wanted to go but then had to back out because of work and so on. Besides Dogjaw and I there
would be two more to our party.
Fletch AKA CleanDirt KLR 650. I met Fletch at a local ride a year or so ago and have ridden a few times together since then.
He is a Potter by trade and does some really amazing work.
Bryan KLR650. This fella Dogjaw met last year in Moab and between now and then we've grown to be friends. I think the only person more gung ho on this trip is Bryan
Dogjaw DR650 The architect of this trip. The guy with the loudest mouth and ability to get homeless people to give a donation for Trevor.
After 21 years of being around this cat, no trip is complete with him.
ThumpStart DR650. That's me guilty as charged. Its always a party
Okay okay what does renting of swine have to do with this ride report? Excellent question. One of the movies I grew up watching was Lonesome Dove.
Augustus McCrae, retired Texas ranger talking about his trusty pigs that he won't rent but "any man who wants to rent a pig is hard to stop".
All of our group are on either DR650's or KLR 650's in some eyes which are just "pigs" not really a dirt bike but not really a street bike either
just a compromise.
No better way to plan a trip than with a map and a few boxes of pizza.
The plan CleanDirt is headed out a few days early so Dogjaw and I loaded up our bikes in Bryan's trailer where Fletch would go to Raton, NM and wait for us.
Dogjaw, Bryan and I will take our SUV with Bryans KLR in tow and drive straight through the night.
From there we head north to Salida and start working our way West to Ridgeway. The plan at this moment is to spend a day hitting passes and riding roads in
this area then head west to Moab to spend a few days on the White Rim Trail. Then start working our way back via New Mexico.
Were headed out tomorrow night to meet up with Fletch in Raton. Sleep? you can forget about it.
"We Don't Rent Pigs"
Thump start is leaving out a key dynamic of the trip; I first met him when he came screaming into this world 21 years ago, and I've watched him grow into an incredibly gifted person and rider since then, albeit one that has a real problem with garlic giving him the squirts. Taken twenty years ago atop Pinnacle Mountain: http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/25/uvumeqyb.jpg
Last year I read the kerncountykid's ride report, "Go west young man" and answered the siren's call to go on a solo trip to Colorado, documented "you're that guy!". It was the trip of a lifetime except that two key people were missing; Trevor himself, and my favorite off-road riding partner Zach. As Trevor is confined to a wheelchair for the time being as the result of being struck down by a drunk driver, we decided to do this trip partially in his honor. Also, huge props go to Finkie, my wife and Zach's mom; her support and hard work to help us prepare for this trip is off of the charts, I don't think I could be so selfless. She will be with us next year on her SV650, no doubt about it.
Meeting up with Bryan in Moab last year was act of Providence, although local law enforcement may think otherwise; our last ride together involved 3 park rangers, a state trooper, a deputy and a drug sniffing dog, resulting in warning tickets(?) for 71 in a 35 inside a state park.
With influences like this, what could possibly go wrong on a trip through the passes of Colorado into Canyonlands?
Time to put away the doubts and concerns and focus on the ride; 4 very different riders, 4 very similar bikes... I'm so giddy with anticipation that I think I just dribbled a bit. Tonight we ride.
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Watch out for Blue Duck out there!:D
"You ever bring that derned old tongue north of the Canadian River, I'll cut it off and feed it to my wolf pups" Blue Duck
The Ride for Trevor:
Elk City at 0200, driving straight through to Raton
The washateria at the Elk City RV park, a great place to pull the bike under cover in case of a storm; this place saved my bacon last year when I had to spend the night on that picnic bench, had to stop and pay homage.http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/26/esejumyq.jpg
Sure did hate that light, though the shower made up for it.
Now back to your regularly scheduled broadcast.
The Ride for Trevor:
Enjoy to the fullest.
Gus McCrae: I'm just tryin' to keep everything in balance, Woodrow. You do more work than you got to, so it's my obligation to do less.
Subscribed. :lurk :lurk
The anticipation is getting the best of me!
I can tell it's going to be a good report. At least it'll have a lot of good sayings.
Jake Spoon "I was just trying to get across the territory without gettin' scalped"
You guys rock. Have a great time and ride safe. Checking up on you will give me something to do, but not at work, that would be wrong. Njoy your ride !
Its been an awesome few days riding around here. Sorry for not posting I've been out of signal and we've been covering some miles here's a few pics
Gus McCrae: here's to the sunny slopes of long ago
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ok, i'm in and glad i got in early.
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