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Old 09-24-2013, 08:23 PM   #31
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Leaving the playa on Saturday morning

Wachs



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The Professor



KillUrTV en route to Coyote Lake



N2Moto flat tracking on the fun winding two track out of Coyote Lake



Here comes Wachs



Oh good, still wearing clothes



KillUrTv



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Beautiful day, Oregon Canyons bound...

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Old 09-24-2013, 09:05 PM   #32
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That is the forecast that we all saw before the trip (saved off the mega text message planning thread).
We seem to have all dismissed it as a slight chance of minor showers.

Remind me to list the mistakes later...

Back to the ride.

Climbing up into the Oregon Canyon Mountains





From the top we can see that it's raining back in the Alvord. Uh Oh






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Old 09-24-2013, 09:08 PM   #33
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Onward towards another playa and our mountain tour goal






My bike came with this stupid thermometer dipstick that suddenly decided to fail. Engine oil is puddling on it then flicking little drops on to myself and dripping on the header for that wonderful burnt petroleum odor.

Who cares what temp the XR is? Stupid invention.













We stop at a junction to try and JB Weld the thing sealed.




It didn’t work, now I have a slurry of hot oil and diluted JB Weld spooging around and stinking

KillUrTV on the 990




Beastly in the poof dust




Got to this really fun high-speed, rock free run.

Kurt.











N2Moto sequence















N2 swapped me his tranny plug off the 450 (not pressurized) and the leaking stopped - thanks N2!
Found our way up into the north end of the mountains









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Heavy weather to the west of us. Hmmmm, that’s where we’re headed. Oh it’ll just sprinkle a little, we’ll be fine.


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Old 09-25-2013, 09:10 AM   #34
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The ride after this lunch stop started to get a little hectic and I basically stopped taking photos.
  • The Professor had a get-off. I'll let him elaborate. We met a 90 year old rancher who had lived his whole life in the area and his son exploring on a side-by-side. The Professor scored a beer.
  • My bike stopped running just as the rain was starting to hit the mountains. It died suddenly when I hit a little bump so it had to have been some loose electrical connection. No blink codes to go by this time but wiggling all the wires including the infamous coil connectors. After that it ran perfectly the rest of the day (thank goodness)
  • By the time we hit Whitehorse ranch road, the rain was pelting us hard and we were getting wet and cold fast. ("It won't do more than sprinkle...")
  • Wach's bike needed a couple of fuel transfers to reach Fields on fumes.
What did I forget?

We arrived at Fields soaked and shivering just in time to get food orders in before the grill was shut down.
I sacrificed a space blanket/bag and made it into some very fashionable underwear. Wachs got in on the act. I will never NOT have one of those in my pack again. It worked like magic and I was comfy all the way back to camp.

As we were riding into Fields and getting warmed up, the thought coming to the fore for all of us was the state of the playa and our camp on the FAR side of it. N2Moto and I were especially concerned since we both had dogs couped up in the vans.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:01 AM   #35
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We arrived at Fields soaked and shivering just in time to get food orders in before the grill was shut down.
I sacrificed a space blanket/bag and made it into some very fashionable underwear. Wachs got in on the act. I will never NOT have one of those in my pack again. It worked like magic and I was comfy all the way back to camp.
Epic! I can't wait for the next set of pics!

I ALWAYS carry a space blanket in my pack. Never know. There is also a master link now taped in there, and my one in my tank bag and one in my Coyote. Won't make that mistake twice!
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:38 AM   #36
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Epic! I can't wait for the next set of pics!

I ALWAYS carry a space blanket in my pack. Never know. There is also a master link now taped in there, and my one in my tank bag and one in my Coyote. Won't make that mistake twice!
Yes I always carry a space blanket for emergency shade or bivy. I've deployed it for the former a few times. But it was just the thing to keep warm after getting soaked and cold.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:40 AM   #37
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Yea, it was the first get off of the entire trip for me. I digger into the ground as I was hammering my way up a rocky trail when the front wheel hits a rock and moves left, the momentum continues and the bike power-drives me into the ground at speed. I think I might have a concussion, then a deep breath tells me the ribs are affected. I have broken my ribs before and the feeling is unmistakeable.

Here are a couple of x-rays that I got on Monday:

In the center, you can see where rib 6 is broken and displaced


Rib 7 is fairly obvious on the left side.

The beer was great. If you are going to crash, its nice to have beverages delivered to you asap. I know there are some photos of me trying to get my shit together. Looking forward to seeing those, not!

I have a rule, now broken like ribs 6 and 7, "Don't borrow someone's bike or hold someone's baby, because you will either fall in love with it, or drop it" I dropped it! Hard.

After an appropriate amount of time, I decide I can ride out, there really is no option. But I'm still a little shaken up, so N2 takes my bike up the rest of the rocky uphill. I walk, slowly. Kicking it over is difficult, but fortunately adrenaline is working for me. At this point we still have over a hundred miles to camp. It is a very long and painful ride especially the washboard on White Horse Ranch Rd.
No more photos for me as it was all whiskey and ibuprofen after that.
We all survived that hella ride. More chaos awaits.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:56 AM   #38
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Epic.

More please.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:48 PM   #39
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Come on. I have lots of work to avoid. On with the story.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:14 PM   #40
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Disaster Peak out there. My bike will need to mooch some fuel to get to Fields. No problem, there’s plenty extra on the others’ machines.




I come around this rocky corner and Professor is down!



He rung his bell pretty good and takes his time getting it together.



But he’s not bleeding or anything, seems like he’ll shake it off. We’re about 1/2 way through the ride and as far away from a rescue as possible at this point.




Professor hops back on the bike and we continue south. The temperature is dropping and we can smell rain blowing our direction.




Down off the summit and headed into the weather we come to this little obstacle and there’s no KurtW?



N2Moto scouts the line.



more . . .
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:54 PM   #41
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Professor seems OK and is riding fine



Killurtv handles that beast





Still no KurtW so N2 goes back to see if he’s OK





Kurt shook something electrical loose but they got it sorted pretty quick and back on the trail




Let’s get going!





No pictures of the 35 mile deluge we rode through to get to Fields about 4PM. I was completely soaked and going through the list of stupid things I did not bring with on this anticipated sunny desert tour. Face mask, Latex gauntlet gloves (XXL that slide right over moto gloves), hand guards, extra layers, lip balm, SPACE BLANKET! Kurt had one and we split it for the 35 miles back to camp. Stuffed that thing into my gear and we headed north into the weather and just hoping the playa is crossable back to our camp.







Hey don’t laugh too hard - those things actually work!




So many shots we didn’t stop to take. Followed N2 onto the super slick and gooey surface. He had no problems but my bald-assed rear tire was quite thrilling on this surface. Professor out there soldiering on.







I didn’t see Killurtv behind me so I stopped and got off my bike - another mistake





It doesn’t look that bad but you could barely walk on that stuff





Killurtv had the out riggers down and rode for miles on that 990 but never went down. Got back to camp, there’s my ancient North Face VE25 tent that no longer sheds water.



N2Moto’s 2 wheel drive van and trailer




Sad camp



It kinda let up for a bit and we made the decision to high-tail off the playa



Packed up all our muddy crap and headed west for the shoreline



Killurtv went ahead in his 4WD Tundra and told us to go 45 mph or we’d get stuck




That worked great till we spun the Sprinter van - scariest thing I’ve been through in 2013 but KurtW got us off the mud and we paid to camp across from the hot springs. Took a soak and hit the hay. My brother and his contingent decided to stick it out at camp and hope for better conditions the next day. I couldn’t risk it due to work.

There were some others soaking when finally got there.


4 people from camp decided to get their rig completely stuck in the perma-puddle down from the springs. The next morning it was better but they were completely stuck out there. They had been warned



Paul form the ALvord ranch stopped by to coordinate the tow.



We headed for Crane to have breakfast and possibly soak.



Crystal Crane Hot Springs



Brothers, OR



Rainbow near KurtW’s house



There’s more but that’s all I have - thanks for the ride Kurt!
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:02 PM   #42
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The Prof: not looking too chipper in those pics!

Wox has girlie handguards.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:18 PM   #43
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That wet lake bed gave me the chills!

Great report with great pic's.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:56 PM   #44
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HOLY freakin epic. Coming back to a lake on the playa is the stuff of nightmares, can't believe you guys made it out of there. I'll bet that ride out with two broken ribs was just peachy. Kurt I can't imagine the sigh of relief when your bike came back to life. Funny how quickly things can get sketchy out there.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:03 PM   #45
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HOLY freakin epic. Coming back to a lake on the playa is the stuff of nightmares, can't believe you guys made it out of there. I'll bet that ride out with two broken ribs was just peachy. Kurt I can't imagine the sigh of relief when your bike came back to life. Funny how quickly things can get sketchy out there.

Yes, especially if you're from 'out of town' (Killurtv shot). We were long gone at this point.

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