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Old 03-31-2013, 09:22 AM   #91
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That logo is funny as hell, fits me, I always seem to be on clean up when off road! Nice guy or sucker, not sure which I am!

It could be that you get to see all the mistakes, and uhhh... learn from them, YEAH RIGHT! It's entertaining!

I hope you're having fun, hell of a prize!
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:55 AM   #92
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That logo is funny as hell, fits me, I always seem to be on clean up when off road! Nice guy or sucker, not sure which I am!

It could be that you get to see all the mistakes, and uhhh... learn from them, YEAH RIGHT! It's entertaining!

I hope you're having fun, hell of a prize!
I like riding sweep because I can see the others ride...being up front, I spend all my time looking back to make sure the rest are still there.

I had a great time out there...learned a few things I hadn't known, rode some terrain I had never ridden before and certainly enjoyed meeting the others...not quite winning the lottery, but good enough for now
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:24 AM   #93
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Another quick trail ride took us back to the compound.




After a quick break Del offered up a after class trail ride to any who wanted to go. It ended up being a 15 minute loop out through areas we rode earlier in the day along with a few others. This ride gave you a chance to use just about everything we went over during the day. Some of the areas were a bit more challenging than the class exercises.

Tired, t-shirt soaked and feeling great I stripped off my gear, grabbed my shower kit and headed for the rain locker…they had a couple indoor showers, but the main showers were outside. When I came around the back of the building to the deck the showers were on, I was a bit surprised to find 5 shower heads and an open deck. The view of the back 40…that was “the” not “Their” was pretty impressive. The showers had plenty of hot water and a wide open view of the California country side. The combination of hot water and cool breeze was invigorating…and for the record, I didn’t see a single bar of soap.

After getting cleaned up, I headed to the Dakar Bar for happy hour. As I mentioned before, it was an open bar all weekend. They had a variety of beers, sodas and spirits. Plenty of conversations starting with “did you see whens…” or “I can’t believe I did that’s”. Everyone had their story from the day’s riding…all in all a great bunch that was interesting to be with.



Pretty soon after the cooks brought out appetizers, and a bit after that it was time for dinner. I’m not one of those “food porn” guys so no pictures of the fantastic food. But it was damn good and if you went away hungry it was your own fault. Stephanie made sure everyone was happy and got enough to eat.
After dinner, Jason explained to us the tradition of “highs and lows”. Everyone was asked to give their “high” of the day and their “low” of the day. As we went around the room, people found it easy to come up with their highs, but the lows seemed to take a bit more work.



For me, my high was the “ah-ha” moment of learning about either engine braking or foot braking on the down hills. My low was getting used to the rental bike.

After dinner, people either headed to their bunks or gathered by the fire. I headed to bed…I was whooped


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Old 03-31-2013, 12:56 PM   #94
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Thanks for posting all the pics and vids, some good footage on there!
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:07 PM   #95
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My low was getting used to the rental bike.
Sigh, first world problems. Having to ride a BMW
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:54 PM   #96
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Thanks for posting all the pics and vids, some good footage on there!
Guess you recognize the rider in most of them..
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:02 PM   #97
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I’m not one of those “food porn” guys so no pictures of the fantastic food. But it was damn good and if you went away hungry it was your own fault.
So let me get this right....the thing Rawhyde brags the most about is the Cordon Bleu chef who cooks this awesome food and you weren't nice enough to take pictures. Inquiring minds want to know!
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:40 PM   #98
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Slept much better Saturday night, not sure if it was the lack of wind or the fact that I was worn out when I headed to bed…either way I work up on East Coast time… about 5 am local..
No worries, the coffee was ready and I got a couple pictures in before breakfast.





After a hearty breakfast and sucking down some water to make sure I was hydrated, It was time to gear up and get ready for day 2. We gathered up and headed out on a warm up trail ride around 8:30 and ended up at the Sand Pit…



It was Del’s plan for us to hit it early so no one had any “I was tired” excuses when they dropped their bikes in the sand.

Del had recently reworked the sand pit, apparently it wasn’t challenging enough the way it was. Well, it certainly didn’t look easy. It was about 20 feet wide and 30 yards long. Walking in it, your feet just sunk in the deep soft sand.



Del started out with demonstrating the effects of using the front brake, the rear brake and clutching to stop…front brakes just buried the front wheel. Using the rear wheel was better, but made it hard to get started. Pulling in the clutch stopped you about as fast as the brakes but without the wheels digging in as much.
Lots of power wasn’t needed to keep the bike moving through the sand…you just needed a “blip” of throttle now and then and to keep “Moesha” in motion balancing the bike.

It seemed the harder and faster you entered the sand, the fast you were laying in it.







(photos by Kyle Johnson)


After we got comfortable with going straight, Del had us try to keep our balance going straight while “dabbing” a foot. He also had us go along a log on the return trip and dab that with our foot as we went by. I got frustrated quick. Going along the log, I could dab a foot and keep the bike going straight with ease. But every time I tried it in the sand, I would veer to that side…I just couldn’t go straight and dab a foot in the sand…
Then Del let us in on his secret. The next exercise was to slalom around cones he put out in the sand. To turn, dab a foot. To turn the other way, dab the other foot. Two or three taps of the toe and you were around the cone…5 or 6 and you did a 180 around the cone.
No handlebar steering, just dabbing the foot.

Here is a compilation of some of the sand riding clips I got including my own digger into the sand. I’m guessing handing your GoPro camera to someone to film you is kinda like saying “ya’ll hold my beer and watch this” because it was my only fall in the sand.




After playing in the sandbox, it was a short trail ride over to the meadow for feathering the clutch…

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Old 03-31-2013, 02:57 PM   #99
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Agreed....very nice roll!
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So let me get this right....the thing Rawhyde brags the most about is the Cordon Bleu chef who cooks this awesome food and you weren't nice enough to take pictures. Inquiring minds want to know!
Ok...If you must know...Here is the weekends menu as best I remembered it along with a couple pics I borrowed from JonnyCinco.

Food:

Friday Evening:
Appetizer:
Southwestern Style soup served with Quesadillas

Dinner:
Grilled Salmon over Risotto with roasted vegetables and green salad with feta cheese, Served with a really good local red wine. Desert was a raspberry/strawberry shortcake.



Saturday:
Breakfast:
Bacon (reg and turkey), southwestern scrambles eggs, oatmeal, fresh fruit

Lunch:
Grilled sausage, roasted spicy tomatoes, pasta, pasta salad

Appetizer:
Quesadillas with something I can’t remember

Dinner:
Pork Roast over rice with gravy, roasted vegetables, and green salad. Served with a nicely flavored local white wine. ( I had heard someone mention lamb, but it seemed like a pork roast to me).
Desert was an apple caramel cake.

Sunday:
Breakfast:
Pancakes, southwestern scrambles eggs, oatmeal, fresh fruit

Lunch:
Flatbread wrap with beef and vegetables and yogurt sauce, pasta salad



Appetizer:
Springroll with Spicy Mango Salsa…(I missed the spicy part until I tried it, apparently I missed the mango and only got the peppers…my mouth was on fire)

Dinner:
Beef Fillets with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables and green salad. Served with “RawHyde Red” cabernet wine…


Desert was mini chocolate soufflés

Sorry...too busy eating to take my own pictures
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Agreed....very nice roll!
Lots of practice....
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:20 AM   #103
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Awesome ridin' with ya buddy, even if it was in separate classes
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After playing in the sandbox, it was a short trail ride over to the meadow for feathering the clutch
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