03-30-2013, 12:43 AM
You can do it!
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: SF bay area
Hi Bronco, Hi jadedillusion!
Thanks you guys, great to have you reading along.
I know! Two reports in a row - it was a fluke. We just had too much fun with those guys!
Oh man, if I try to do even one more this year, my head might explode.
You've got to keep these reports going.
Read this report... s...l...o...w...l...y....
Today’s first map.
The guys went off to do their thing and I went with Scott to check on the trailer.
We had lucked out - this was the only tire place within 100 miles...
AND this was the very first weekend they had been open on a Sunday!
Without them, we would have been SOL.
I should have gotten a better photo of him, but that’s Todd.
He was a super nice guy and helped Scott load the Ridgeline.
If all goes well, Todd will be racing his Dodge Neon this May.
So, while we were getting to know Todd,
the guys were tearing it up in the desert...
It’s so nice when Matt and Radek ride together - there’s twice the GoPro footage to pull from.
How about a little video?
I think this is the first time you guys will have seen BigWan riding solo!
Usually we’re 2up and Radek wasn’t filming at the KTM rally in Bend...
(Sorry, no HD - the letterbox format cuts off their heads...)
Those two ride so well together!
This was quite the sandy wash. Bet Matt was glad to be by himself...
While Scott and I were scanning the hills for dust,
the phone rang (we had Smartek’s smartphone).
It was Rick. He needed some roadside assistance...
Matt had smelled oil when he was riding behind Rick,
when they checked the XR, no oil showed on the dipstick.
Uh oh. Into the truck, mister.
Rick and I rode with Scott until the next pit.
As we approached the meet up point, we saw Matt roaring down the road - holy shit, he was flying.
After I changed into my gear, I went with Matt and Rick got to ride shotgun.
(Rick - Scott has good taste in snacks, doesn’t he? )
It was still feeling good.
So, after that pit stop, the riding was incredible.
It was sandy and fast with really nice turns.
Banked berms and great flow...
Matt and I had the best time on that section...it was magic carpet riding. Sigh.
Of course, no photos (too fast), no video (forgot).
Oh well. I think it was between pit 9 and pit 10.
Might be worth a visit if you're in the area.
I took this photo when we stopped. I think the guys enjoyed it as well.
The next section had some snow - that was neat.
It was a little chilly, but nice. Love that clean air.
We could hear Ceasar and Radek, but it was hard to see them.
There they are - the orange really catches the eye out here...
Then we dropped in elevation.
We were getting close to Mina, NV.
Ceasar had a smartphone, so he called Scott.
They decided to meet further down the course (past Luning).
Radek’s rim was still looking good!
Another shot of the Mitas
LittleWan screwed with this post 03-30-2013 at 01:27 AM
Reason: looking at the pics, we remembered where I got back on the bike...