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Old 06-25-2008, 05:02 PM   #76
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Shit guys, it took me half as long to read all this as it did for you to ride it! Looks like it was a great time.
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Old 06-25-2008, 05:06 PM   #77
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Holly shit - Day 6 sounds EPIC... I tried really hard to follow your path 'virtually' - I kept thinking, "long way on loaded dirt bikes..."

Didn't realize that the black rock desert thing was where Burning Man was held till I followed down your "Gerlach, NV" reference in Google Earth... You can see the whole damn city on the playa from outer space.. So bizarre/cool, that...

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Bumped into these 2 participants of a LobosMC Dual Sport club ride.


VERY funny that you passed through the riders on the Lobos Dual Sport event - we could have bumped into each other! I was chewing on a beer and some tequila (okay, and a burger...) there in Fort Rock at the bar with the green roof you can see in the background. Too funny that we'd be right there and not see each other!

Life is mysterious, is it not?

Again, GREAT ride report.. Hey, you figure "pegz" is gonna run a little more air in his tires next time? I count, what, THREE flats?

I'd try a few more pounds and live a little more on the skittish side, myself..
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Old 06-25-2008, 06:25 PM   #78
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I reading Wax...
and crying a bit.

- the T.

See? ya shoulda dropped everything and come along.
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Old 06-25-2008, 06:34 PM   #79
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Holly shit - Day 6 sounds EPIC...

Didn't realize that the black rock desert thing was where Burning Man was held

there in Fort Rock at the bar with the green roof you can see in the background.
Again, GREAT ride report.. Hey, you figure "pegz" is gonna run a little more air in his tires next time? I count, what, THREE flats?

I'd try a few more pounds and live a little more on the skittish side, myself..

Thanks - each day was fun, 6 was really long.

Yeah - Burning Man, the primary reason there are so many locked gates and BLM Wilderness Study closures now IMHO. Oh well.

I saw bikes parked outside that place but we were trying to git'er done and finish up.

We all ran 20 - 25 lbs the whole time. Pegz just had some bad luck and an old back tire to begin with. I started out with a set of Maxxis Desert IT that were about 50% gone. Figured I'd burn'em up on the way out and slip on a fresh set once we were in the goods out there. Worked out well except for the pavement on the way back, still . . . nothing like new tires out there and nothing will survive an entire trip like this. Well, unless a guy were to just putt around I guess - which is impossible!
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:03 PM   #80
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So yeah, hippie-fest at the hot springs. Here comes Tron walking amongst the Dead-Heads:



And Sir Gaylord of Wox ordering up a scrambled egg sandwich:



So I had some bike issues upon leaving the hot springs. All of a sudden my bikes starts sputtering and didn't wanna go much over 30mph. Wox and Pegz are gone up the road so I figured I'd ride up to them and sort it out. It dies completely as I make the turn to the boys.

Immediately I'm thinking it's electrical because the day before my headlight stopped working when the bike wasn't running and my hard-wired GPS was getting all wonky. I'm thinking for SURE we're gonna find some bare wires under my seat or something askew behind the headlight. (It's a Baja Designs kit, yes)

Anyway we find nothing, I call the wife and the kids are all excited to go to the hot springs. They've been there a few times now. The weather is turning to absolute crap, windy and starting to rain pretty good.



Pegz tows me back to hippie fest and I hang out in the wind and just wander around and watch tents and canopies get destroyed. I'm putzing about for about 2 hours and suddenly I have an epiphany. Hmmm.... walk over to the bike and check under the carb. Sunuvabitch. Full choke. Guess what, turned it off and the bike fires right away. AAAAAGGGGGHHHH

No turning back for the wife and kids now. It's hot spring time.

That's the THIRD time I've forgotten the choke now. I think I turned it on when Wox and I broke camp, forgot to turn it off and rode the short distance to the hot spring. Didn't load up, but as soon as I went to leave after starting it the second time it was immediate. I'm still a dumbass.

Well it all worked out in the end. Had a good soak with the wife and kids and a good meal in Paisley at the Pioneer Saloon.

Happy kids:





Not so happy tire:



All in all a great trip. Can't wait for the next biggun!

Another disclaimer for my dumbshitedness: Now I have no lights, turn signals, horn, etc... even with the bike running. So I in fact DO have an electrical problem that I just spent the better part of 2 hours with N2moto trying to fix. Bike still runs though.

Thanks for reading!


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Old 06-25-2008, 10:38 PM   #81
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Forgot to turn your CHOKE off.

Funny. I did that once.

Bummer on the electrical issues.

Man, I wish I would have joined you guys on this one.

What a KILLER ride!
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Old 06-26-2008, 12:25 AM   #82
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Wow, absolutely epic ride home. You guys got some amazing fotos rollin the Nevada section.

The Alpen camp near summit lake is where I got my 4th flat of the day last year, on the way to the Blackrock with Wox. I think that's where Wox had to give me his spare tube since I had already used mine up by then. In regards to air pressure, it is really tough riding out there and someetimes the s*^t just goes wrong. I was running 36lbs in my front tire and got 5 flats in 2 days. I tore a hole in the carcass of the D606 and had to patch that as well(Wox carries a car tire patch kit--big thick patches). The rocks tend to be quite sharp and they are everywhere.

Anyway, glad to see you guys had sweet ride home.

LoudAL--thanks for the stitch, my basic Iphoto program doesn't let me do that.
This was definately the jewel of the trip.


The Master loop on the 2nd day was epic as well, but this was the highest elevation we acheived in the Alvord area.

Time to start planning the fall trip.

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Old 06-26-2008, 06:47 AM   #83
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:09 AM   #84
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Awesome report, d00ds!!!
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:13 AM   #85
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So yeah, hippie-fest at the hot springs. Here comes Tron walking amongst the Dead-Heads:

And Sir Gaylord of Wox ordering up a scrambled egg sandwich:
awesome. thanks for the writeup!
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:19 AM   #86
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Here's some helmetcam footage I put to music. Bump up the volume!

Don't barf on your keyboard. It's a little jiggly.



Giant Loop 08 from Brad C on Vimeo.
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:05 AM   #87
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good one Brad- especially the engine off coasting down the pass.
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:13 AM   #88
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Everytime you guys go out it's another epic, this one is no exception. Just a fantastic report. Thanks again fellows. That last campsite was just freakin amazing.
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:33 AM   #89
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I read somewhere that you hoped that tire would last till fall, ha ha. Nice pics and report guys, Oregon is heaven on earth!
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:39 AM   #90
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nice ride, fantastic pics! you hit that area in the perfect time of year. now go make up for lost family time so that you can come out and play again soon!
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