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Old 06-08-2009, 11:13 PM   #1
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Sunday Rides

Just got to love a Sunday ride. Nothing else can make the weeks troubles seem so far away.

Just thought I'd post up a little ride report on yesterdays ride, nothing epic, but a good day to be out in the world.

“Earl is my new hero as he overcame the biggest personal hurdles, way to go Earl!” Rellik
This is what Allan (Rellik) posted about me in the RF Canada thread “Calgarians that dualsport” after our Sunday ride. Now I need to qualify this. To some this statement may imply that I am ‘challenged’, this is not the case. Although I did take a 550lb dualsport bike where I ought not to, so this may qualify me as being special.
This ride started out with me posting if anyone was going for a DS ride on sat. or sun.. A few people chimed in, and a loose plan was formed. We would meet in Cochrane at 10am at the Starbucks Sun. June 7. Now I know what you all are thinking, but not one BMW showed up! We had our coffees, shot the shit, discussed our abilities, and formed a loose game plan. As some of the riders (me) had limited experience we decided to kind of take it easy. Wesley J was our intrepid guide for the day’s fun.
So the cast of characters for the ride:
CALRIDER-XL250
RELLIK-990Adv S
RIDER1-950SE
ROCKYRIDER-WEE-STROM
WESLEY J-XR650
WORKMYBOLLOCKSOFF-640Adv
I am very bad with names, there were three other guys with us, but their names are escaping me, sorry.

They were on another 640Adv, a 990Adv, and a DRZ400,
And of course me, BIG ADV, on my 990Adv.
I’m hoping that the other guys will chime in here and post up there verson of the ride as well as there pics, as I keep forgetting to get the camera out!

So off we go to the Ghost/Waiparous area, did I mention that it had been pissing rain for the last two days, and had snowed the night before? This ought to be fun on a stock Scorpion A/T rear tire.



Heres RIDER1 looking at his bike wondering WTF am I doing here. Later in the afternoon I’d be asking myself that same question.



A little farther up the first trail, enjoying the weather and the break



Did I mention that it was June 7? This would be the last of the sun for a bit.



I learned that the trick to riding in mud, uphill, with a street biased tire, is to carry some momentum. This would come to bit me in the ass later on.



I was really getting into it on one trail, catching a bit of air off the shale steps, when I found out that a 990 is really not a dirt bike, it does not have long travel, it does not have high ground clearance, and it does weigh a lot. I also found out that cast aluminum does not make for a strong bash plate.



I didn’t get any pics of the afternoon’s fun, as my bike was starting to get tired and decided to take a few naps in the middle of the trail. Hopefully some of the other guys will chime in and give their account and pics of the days ride. I had a fantastic time and learned a lot, like putting your bike down on a muddy steep downhill makes it hard to pick up by yourself, thanks Leo!! Also learned that trying to catch fish with your boots (when there on) does not work, and makes for a cold ride home.



Yes, that is snow, did I mention that its June 7th ?
I think a good time was had by all despite the weather and I hope it’s a start to a great summer of riding.

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Old 06-08-2009, 11:25 PM   #2
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Looks like a Great & Fun ride...


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Old 06-08-2009, 11:44 PM   #3
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:09 AM   #4
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Thats me in my street gear in front of my new steed. This was my second ride on the bike, and I hadn't been on a dirt bike in 30 years. I was a little nervous riding with so many experienced DS'er in mud, snow, and mountains, but immediately felt totally comfortable. What a great group of guys to ride with.
It is a little intimidating climbing a trail that is increasingly covered in snow, and not knowing where it ends, or what it will be like coming back down.
Or even wondering, how the hell are you going to turn around on this trail.
But that is what it is all about, pushing yourself, having fun, being a little reckless. I had a great time and am looking forward to the next ride.
I need to get waterproof dirt boots, and larger foot pegs though.
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:51 AM   #5
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Looks good.. but I had to snicker a bit today when I heard it was snowing in Calgary while we had glorious sunshine here and we went on a ride too
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:10 AM   #6
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This was my second ride on the bike, and I hadn't been on a dirt bike in 30 years.
You havent been on a dirt bike since your early 40's? Wholy shit I know, here come the fat jokes.....

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but I had to snicker a bit today when I heard it was snowing in Calgary while we had glorious sunshine here and we went on a ride too
You keep snickering and we'll talk when I'm still riding in January

Great ride guys. Next time we have a group that big we should try to split it up. It took us 5.5 hours to ride what I'd normally do in 2.5. Not because of slow riders but because there was alot of chatting as most people were meeting for the 1st time.

The Grey paint shaker (640 ADV) was Gary (G Goat)
The Grey 990ADV with the slicks was Dustin (Dust2Dust)

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Old 06-09-2009, 08:23 AM   #7
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You havent been on a dirt bike since your early 40's? Wholy shit I know, here come the fat jokes.....




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Thats Wes in the red pants. Notice the pained look on his face from holding in his girlish figure.
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