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Old 04-29-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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Southern Maryland Adventure Rider Crashes and Splashes

Inaugural Sugar Grove NSA Adventures

So while some were frolicking in the forest, others spent a delightful weekend inaugural adventure at Sugar Grove NSA. Meet the characters;

EOD3MC, Blaster and Dorito:


Gail:


RFlagg:


Gastone:


Most folks have seen Sugar Grove NSA from Reddish Knob, but didn’t know they had cabins for rent. While Sugar Grove is a Governement facility, we didn't see any indication of Langier Land, or Monkey Head Shrinking experiments. The “cabins” are nicely adorned living room, two bedrooms, full kitchen, laundry and full bath. Hardly a cabin really.

The cabin grounds:


The cabin inside: (Note to self: Take pictures before you muck it all up with kit stewn everywhere)






(Why is this man in all my photos?)


So, EOD3MC, Blaster and I departed leisurely on Friday AM. The plotted track takes the scenic route into Sugar Grove via Dunkle Hollow. Dunkle Hollow ate me (again) on the switchback, but no worse for the wear really.



EOD3MC was was feeling cheeky on his new steed and thought it would be great to try to ride the berm through this mud hole. The irony is that the middle track rode really well, hardpack and no rut.



Crash #2

KAToom Maintence Interlude


KAToom Luggage Hauler


KAToom Cammo Option


Recommend avoiding the Cockleburr bush next time..


Flesh Wound:


The splashes begin...
So, feeling lady-like (stop laughing), I thought I'd let EODMC back to lead position. Just as he takes the lead he goes splashing through a mudpuddle. Water apparently has quite some hang-time and with the helmet open douched me pretty hard. I couldn't see and he couldn't stop laughing...

The weather was nice enough, so we swung through Reddish Knob. The clearest I've ever seen it!



Sugar Grove from the "heavens"


Stand by for part #2
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Part #2

So, we met Rflagg and Gail by happen-stance in Sugar Grove Friday PM. Gail needed to stock up on his provisions. Nice little store--Post-Master, Dead Animal Currator and Guns and Ammo Dealer all-in-one. Nirvana?







So, I'd hadn't spent much time with Gail previous to this, and boy is he a 500-ft tall character. We had a lively discussion at dinner about stickers and only really having a sticker on a bike if 1) you'd been there 2)you were actaully affliated with that organization.

He kind of poo-pooed even the TTRU monkier. Gail, next time take the flipping sticker (it will cheaper for all of us!).
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So, despite having brand new bikes (both matching triple black), and street tires RFlagg and Gail decide to join us for the dirt ride. Everything starts well enough, but within the first hour we are being pelted with sleet. After gassing the bikes in Monteray, we head back to woods.

As I start to slow down and put my blinker, and Dorito goes down. So there I am lead bike, sliding on my back down the center of the tarmac. For those that haven't been fortuitous enough to have the experience, it's actually quite relaxing to just slide down the road. It's quite flat for one, and an interesting combination of G-forces!

The skid mark (and Gail in the ditch..)


The gouge in the pavement:


Surprisingly little damage:


Bent the foot peg bracket:


Now, while Blaster is watching his wife slide down the road like ricochet rabbit, Gail calls "ditch". He decides that he's going to sympathetically crash his new 4,000 mile on the odometer bike. He actually did a nice job of putting the bike in a soft spot. He was mentally hoping that EOD3MC wouldn't be wanting the same ditch. Really, now we are fighting for ditch rights


Blaster sees his foot pinned and goes to his aid:




Honestly, I really couldn't tell you what went wrong or what I would have done differently in the future. I just think it was old crappy pavement, which was slicker than snot with perhaps a bit of sneet covering it, and a touch less rear brake. Both bikes starting sliding about the same spot.

I guess Gail could now join the ranks of TTRU and wear his sticker proudly!


You ain't getting to I-81 from here...EVAR!


This place is goolish at best..

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Old 04-29-2012, 02:20 PM   #4
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All rides were big bike friendly and were done by RFlagg42 and Gail using street tires...good job guys!
Day 1 Friday, 195 miles

Day 2 Saturday, 161 miles

Day 3 Sunday, 243 miles
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:31 PM   #5
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It seems as though that I might be lacking the skills of writing RRs. You guys for hire? Oh never mind, I'll just leave all the video and pictures on the computer until I retire.
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It seems as though that I might be lacking the skills of writing RRs. You guys for hire? Oh never mind, I'll just leave all the video and pictures on the computer until I retire.
The "trick" to writing is always start with what you know--even if it means that is the end or middle of any story. You can always cut/copy/move them later. Also, don't fret over "perfect", it's more about caputuring the moment.

But, we'll certainly do this again as it was a fabulous time. Maybe in the fall. The cabins were very economical ($70/night), breakfast $3 all you can eat, and dinner was averaging $15/plate.

Thanks for comaderie!
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:20 PM   #7
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I had a great time riding with everyone, and hanging out afterwards... mostly listening to Gail. Mother of christ, he's funny. I managed to keep it upright on Saturday though I had a few close calls. Thanks guys for putting this together. I only had to show up and ride. That's a win in my book.
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:26 PM   #8
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I had a great time riding with everyone, and hanging out afterwards... mostly listening to Gail. Mother of christ, he's funny. I managed to keep it upright on Saturday though I had a few close calls. Thanks guys for putting this together. I only had to show up and ride. That's a win in my book.
But did they help you put it on the center stand?
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A few black GSA's getting splashed!



Dorito splashing..


A stop homeward bound..


Clouds lifting..


Artsy...
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No wonder BMW promotes this adventure touring crap. Easiest way to sell parts to happy customers.
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We got busy riding on Saturday and didn't get around to eating lunch until late in the afternoon....don't mess with Dave's food! Nice plate!!!
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:06 PM   #12
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And here is what happens after missing lunch and drinking a 5 hour energy drink.
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We also stopped on the way out at this little BBQ place on RTE 33 between Elkton and Harrisonburg....good food and good atmosphere.
http://www.hankssmokehouse.com/

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Good stuff guys, sucks I missed out.
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