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Old 10-09-2010, 11:58 AM   #1
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Tourtard on the Desert. ???

Not sure what I was thinking.... Supermoto + Mud =



But it was lotsa fun!



Our scout troop went out to Government Cave last night. I couldnt go with them cause we've got family in town for Thanksgiving this weekend. I got up about 6:00 and snuck out. It was a bit chilly and definately dark.



Made it about 20 miles and was finally getting off the gravel and into the dirt when Mr. Sunshine decided to get out of bed.





Stopped to take this next picture,


and about 30 seconds later found a rather small mud puddle. Turns out sm tires REALLY dont agree with muck.

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Old 10-09-2010, 12:33 PM   #2
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I was going pretty slow, so nothing really happened. Just spun me around 180 degrees and slid out from under me. Picked her up and continued on my way.





Sun came out and it warmed up, suddenly I was surrounded by mist.



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Old 10-09-2010, 12:54 PM   #3
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Neat lookin lake of fog with Big Southern Butte in the background:


Got a little confused as to where I was going but eventually found the camp.








The mouth of the cave:



It starts out a bit cramped but quickly opens up to a huge cavern and drops down a ways to "level" ground. It forks at the bottom with a decent size cavern on the right, where the scouts camped last night. It eventually peeters out and dead ends here:



If you go back up and take the left fork, it goes back in about a mile. Pretty cool cave!

Saw a couple of these guys:



Nuther little bat:



Theres one spot where it gets a little tight for about 4 feet.



Couple of short ladders to go up lava flows. There were some really cool rock formations in there, this is one of them.



Just playing with my camera...



Signing in at the guest log at the end.



and finally back out!

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Old 10-09-2010, 12:57 PM   #4
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Time to head home... thataway!



Gettin there, but still more thataway.



Finally home, ready for a bath and a nap.



Very cool cave, very fun ride too. It was kinda short, 53 miles from my doorstep to the cave, but it was a decent trip. Found a couple of other caves a few days ago that I will have to go back and explore when I have a bit more time.

Note to self: PUT DIRT TIRES BACK ON BIKE.
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cool adventure and pics, not for the claustrophobic by the looks of it, heh
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:28 PM   #6
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Nice! Looks likes a beautiful spot to witness a sunrise

I ride my SM in the dirt all the time but I usually run knobbies or dualsporty tires like the Pirelli MT60. My Diablos are way too slippery in mud but they stick well to wet rock for some reason...

Yeah, I really like the idea of caves, but I can't handle the tight spaces...too scary!




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Old 10-10-2010, 08:25 AM   #7
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Other than that one spot, the cave was huge- the ceiling was probably on average 20 feet high.

I've got a set of dirt rims/tires, just havent had a chance to put them back on. Getting a little late for riding anyways, I'll probably just leave the sm wheels on until the snow flies and I have to put the bike away. Hopefully that means another 2 months of riding!
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