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Old 12-09-2007, 05:50 PM   #1
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KENTUCKY:Dual Sport Regatta(video and imgs)

my comments are in yellow. i'm the one on the honda.
written by zach:

Here's a quick summary of today's Dual Sport Regatta:

It was really wet.

The craziest thing happened today. We were riding along Tate's Creek
Road, and all of a sudden, the lens on my helmet was completely
fogged. I thought I might have exhaled on it or something, so I
opened my helmet, and my glasses instantly fogged. Then I noticed my
mirror was fogged up. Apparently, we hit the edge of a front, and
there was an instant change in temperature of at least 15 degrees.
I've never had that happen, and it was pretty nuts. I stopped, and
of course, Dave was like, "Yeah, that happens all the time." !!!



Anyway, it was a good run today. We were surprisingly on schedule,
and there were no casualties (except my back and postaldave's knee).
I think I had picked my bike up ten times before we hit the KY river
(well, nine plus the one postaldave didn't see because he had fallen
down a bit behind me ;)

I busted my knee riding part 2 of zach's ride. trust me, it's not for the faint of heart.


The water crossings were all deeper than yesterday, which kind of
sucked. We made it through them all, but there were a couple pucker
moments. My strategy of wading around and carrying 1/2 of the stream
out in my boots never seemed to work. Eventually, my boots were so
full of water, and my back was hurting so bad, I asked Dave to go
wade around to find a good crossing.

basically we spent the whole day riding awesome one lane pavement roads and the turning off onto gravel dirt roads that crossed the same river/creek over and over again.



Then, a short time later, since he was already wet, he decided to
walk (swim) out to help me get across one really slippery, deep, fast
section. One second he was right in front of me, the next he was
under water on all fours (and the next, he was under water flipped
180 degrees top to bottom). I said it was like a cat. When his
stomach hit the water, he jumped straight up in the air and came down
ass first. Anyway, I was pretty happy it was a person, not a bike,
that took a swim today. I pretty much left the house soaked, so I
didn't have much sympathy, but I was appreciative that he took one
for the team, trying to help me out :) My boots are waterproof in a
special way. They only let water IN. Then I'm stuck with a gallon
in each boot for the rest of the day.

while not the deepest crossing for the day, it was by far the toughest to get across. the floor of the creek was pure slime and there was a STRONG current. i traveled across the creek at a 45% angle to combat the current and make it across in a straight line.

We never rode through the giant overhang section, because as we were
passing the turnoff, it really started raining. Luckily, it was
pretty warm today, because we were SOAKED by the time we got back to
Lexington. Even more soaked than usual. I impressed Dave by gunning
it at like 50mph in the pouring rain and ending up sideways on the
road. Then I told him it was an accident, and he was less
impressed ;)

we you do something stupid and don't crash, don't tell anyone.
they might think you did it on purpose.

So yeah, good ride. Awesome work today Dave. At many points I said
it was like the "dumb leading the dumb." I'm too stupid to turn
around when things get messy, and Dave was always supportive of my
moron decisions (because he didn't know how bad it could get).

you want stupid? check these videos out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMLFZvrQqxQ





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9f9YfjrpmE





I'll call it a victory for the day! Now I'm going to go crawl back
into the fetal position, because my back is killing me.

Zach

PS: I was very sad to find out the Newby Grocery no longer has
Sunday hours, because I was STARVING. Then I was forced to eat my
emergency three year old (and open for three years) nutri-grain bars
that have been lurking in my camelbak.

a picture tells and thousand words and we didn't take enough.
this post doesn't do justice to the great ride we had. miles of twisted
pavement and even more high speed dirt trails never got recorded.

i can't wait to go again, thanks for the great ride zach.


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Old 12-09-2007, 06:14 PM   #2
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It was a good day Dave :)

The rest of my few pictures from today are here:
http://matson.home.insightbb.com/Dec9

Here are some pictures from previous runs with various members of the kyadvriders:
http://bmxatson.home.insightbb.com/ride/
http://bmxatson.home.insightbb.com/dec23/
http://bmxatson.home.insightbb.com/jan6/
http://matson.home.insightbb.com/march11/

I don't know what happened to my pictures from the last run in the spring we did. There were ten of us, and someone got a pretty good action shot of me running out into a stream to try to help catch a bike before it sucked water. That was a long day, but everything went OK after our scavenger hunt for oil (the bike sucked in the entire stream).

Lets just say I'm getting much better at un-drowing bikes :)

Zach

edit: (re: the picture below) There were only two rotting dead deer in that ravine, so stop crying.

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Old 12-09-2007, 06:18 PM   #3
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why take the road when there is a perfectly good ravine to ride in.




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Old 12-09-2007, 06:20 PM   #4
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call to wife

um.... i forget to tell you, i'm going riding today. call me when you wake up.


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Old 12-09-2007, 06:22 PM   #5
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those water crossings look good... and deep Nice ride

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Old 12-09-2007, 06:25 PM   #6
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almost lost zach

this crossing was pretty dang funny.

the ripples to the right of the crossing was not as deep as the rest of the road but fell off sharply into a deep pool of water. zach's bike tire slipped out a little and almost went for a swim. later on this trail is were i did a face plant walking across the stream. hard not to get wet sometimes.


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Old 12-09-2007, 06:28 PM   #7
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what we really did most of the day.

you might gather from the pictures that all we did was play in the water but in fact most of the day was spent on roads like this.
the crazy thing was that these were legal country roads.


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Old 12-09-2007, 07:00 PM   #8
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why take the road when there is a perfectly good ravine to ride in.




Would it be safe to assume that this is the ravine that runs along side Tates Creek right before you get to the ferry?
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:00 PM   #9
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Looks like you guys did pretty well with the water crossings. After my first time doing one of Zach's rides, I learned how to take my carb apart to get river water silt out of the jets. Hopefully I can make it over to Lexington and ride with you guys in the future.
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:07 PM   #10
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yep! i've screamed many a time past this on my sportbike hoping never to end up down there. who would have thought i would go down under my own volition.


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Would it be safe to assume that this is the ravine that runs along side Tates Creek right before you get to the ferry?
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:10 AM   #11
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this crossing was pretty dang funny.

the ripples to the right of the crossing was not as deep as the rest of the road but fell off sharply into a deep pool of water. zach's bike tire slipped out a little and almost went for a swim. later on this trail is were i did a face plant walking across the stream. hard not to get wet sometimes.


I remember this section. Isn't that the spot where the guy sank his Kawi last year and we had to drain the oil?
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:13 AM   #12
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I remember this section. Isn't that the spot where the guy sank his Kawi last year and we had to drain the oil?
That is correct. It was quite a bit deeper this weekend, however ;) The current was pretty nuts too. I'm sure someone has the picture of me running out into the water to try to turn back time.
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:17 AM   #13
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Aww, just admit it, Dave. It was a blast!
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Old 12-10-2007, 06:37 PM   #14
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Looks like a great ride, I am going to have to try to meet up with you guys sometime
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:22 PM   #15
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admit it? hell, i'm trying to figure out if i could go ride for a third sunday in a row without my wife knifing the tires on my other bikes.

besides that, i need zach to teach me those paved roads. there is some really great riding down there.


nevermind: just remembered i blew out my front bearings on the S-tree ride and repacked them for this ride. the front wheel is a "little" on the loose side.

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