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Old 11-04-2013, 03:56 PM   #31
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Ive been told and agree, best way to group ride is dont worry about the others. Make fully understood arangements for unintended seperation and go with it. "Ride your own ride".
So Your saying when I had you 1/2 way up the Harquahala mountain and your chain broke, it would have been OK to leave you? Or if Chase had broken his handlebars instead of just bending them it is OK to just ride on?I don't think so...
You go with me on a ride I feel responsible for you. I once traveled an hour one way to get gas for a stranded boat on Lake Powell. I felt sorry for the two little kids on the boat, not soo much for the dumb-ass adults and told them so.
If you sign-on with me I'm going to do my best to get you to a safe spot or all the way back home. Just the way I was raised.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:29 PM   #32
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Ive been told and agree, best way to group ride is dont worry about the others. Make fully understood arangements for unintended seperation and go with it. "Ride your own ride".
really?!

at least I now know who not to ride with.
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:37 PM   #33
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jtwest,

I never took "ride your own ride" to mean you are one your own. I always try and be prepared for breakdowns but there is no way you can prepare for every possibility. The only thing you can count on is the people you ride with and while I don't claim to be the most experienced rider (far from it) I have never once thought that the people that have ridden with me would even consider leaving me stranded somewhere.

If we ever get to do a ride together all I can say is no matter what I will have your back even if the feeling isn't mutual.

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Old 11-04-2013, 05:39 PM   #34
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I live in Gilbert so I'm out.
I made some bad decisions in life, such as leaving Gilbert in 1998 to return to eastern USA
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:34 PM   #35
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i kinda think that didnt come out like JT wanted it to,,, did it?

ride your own ride, absolutely. to me that means your own pace, your own comfort level, be prepared as best you can, and learn from others around you.

i'll be there to help and no one gets left behind.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:45 PM   #36
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Sorry, don't agree

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Ive been told and agree, best way to group ride is dont worry about the others.
Then why bother going on a group ride? Best way to ride alone is to go by yourself.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:14 PM   #37
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Whoa! ...
thanks 2 spot yes ....
apparently I didnt specifify very well. I intended to emphasize the concept of "planning for unintended separation".
Many people prefer riding solo because of the feeling of keeping up or slowing someone down or being too fast or crowding (Especially with larger numbers of people).
Ill stop and help someone Im NOT riding with but I dont want someone to wait on me when I flood the engine and need to pound a full bottle of water to compensate for trying to kickstart the engine, Ill catch up. making sure you know how, who, where and when to check in, initially, THEN ride your own ride makes it fun.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:36 PM   #38
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Planning for unintended separation is what AZRedline, Reidy, 4Play and myself do best. We could teach that class at Don's.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:37 AM   #39
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:12 AM   #40
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Last night Jtwest tried to break my UTV...just ask him ;) but he helped me put the wheel back on. When I rode with him my battery leads came undone and I dumped because I had street tires in sand he always came back.

Mefadv this is the only pic I got of you on that ride
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:37 AM   #41
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Last night Jtwest tried to break my UTV...just ask him ;) but he helped me put the wheel back on. When I rode with him my battery leads came undone and I dumped because I had street tires in sand he always came back.

Mefadv this is the only pic I got of you on that ride
Thanks wordsworth. Of course I tried to bail on you when the wheel came off.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:21 AM   #42
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I asked 6 people to go and only Wordsworth could make it. However it scares the crap out of me when I look back and no-one-is-there. As I usually know how far it is to medical or mechanical assistance.
I like to share my knowledge of the area but most of the time no extra responsibility of taking others along makes for a more peaceful adventure.
On Sunday I rode about 6 miles of single-trac alone and the 10 miles of double trac getting there was not much better. Usually do not do single trac any more (tooo long in the tooth), but pissed me off falling in that easy sand corner!

Pmail me with some info and I'll put you on the next ride list.

Great pics Mefadv! Always enjoy your RR's. Keep 'em coming.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:48 AM   #43
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JT... I was hoping you did not mean what you appeared to be saying.
Anyway, we now know that people from all over the "Valley of The Sun" are following this thread.
Playing out Wickenburg Way is fun... if you can avoid those fr--kn locked gates! However as Wordsworth said... the locked gate made more of an adventure! ...and I agree
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:11 AM   #44
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Planning for unintended separation is what AZRedline, Reidy, 4Play and myself do best. We could teach that class at Don's.
I don't know about the planning part, but the separation part we got down!

Ok JT, explanation accepted. We won't give you the "deserted desert nights" demo after all.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:38 AM   #45
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I don't know about the planning part, but the separation part we got down!

Ok JT, explanation accepted. We won't give you the "deserted desert nights" demo after all.
Wouldnt bother me (too much) if you did. Ive spent so much time alone in the desert, I love it. Ive been lost and stranded several times. Never dangerously though.
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