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Old 08-22-2013, 03:24 PM   #25
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Joined: Aug 2009
Location: 3 hours from the bay area - closer to the dirt!
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The days leading up to the kickoff date were busy ones.
Our inbox was aflutter with ride-prep pics...

Bartek was new at training, but he took to it like an old pro...



10 points for style!





Meanwhile, his forks were out being serviced.







Osito was replacing his water pump.






Lica started building his new wheels a day or 2 before he had to leave!
They were pretty cool - anodized orange Excels. Sweeeet.







Radek was pretty much ready to go...



Until he realized his passport had expired!
Luckily, he was able to get it expedited -
and those efficient Canadians got it done in time. yay!







Matt and I knew it was going to be hot riding in Nevada and Utah, so we did a little heat acclimation training.
Over 560 miles in the Sierras with Capt. Saveaho, riding Day 5 of the Pacific Crest Quest.






It was at least 100°F, but we had a great time. Well, Matt and I did.
Capt. Saveaho lost his $300 tent and sleeping pad and broke a mirror.






Oh, wait - he looks happy here!




Hope he thought it was worth it. Nice seeing you again, Erik!







One of the main reasons for our PCQ ride was to try out our new luggage.
We got the new (larger) Wolfman Rocky Mountain sidebags.
They hold twice as much (by volume) as the smaller Expedition sidebags.
The Expedition bags were perfect in Baja, but this time we were going to have camping gear.
Matt wanted to see if larger side bags (but a smaller duffle in back) would make the weight more manageable.



Here we are in full on Beverly Hillbillies mode, riding up to Scott’s place with new tires.






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