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Old 05-21-2012, 06:14 PM   #1696
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Touchdown!!!

I'm happy to share, that my ole man now has both wheels down on Alaskan soil!!
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:43 PM   #1697
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I see that he has! It took a little longer than I would have liked but I'm really glad to see that he's there!
GO OLIVER!!!!


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Old 05-22-2012, 07:35 PM   #1698
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Harleys to the left of me, BMWs to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with my Fairytopia lunch cooler I stole from my 8 year old. That takes skill, cunning and a long lost man card to do that!


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Saturday a small group of us went to Moonshine for a burger. Pretty much a pavement ride but fun none-the-less. begeberg was our esteemed road captain, and kept us busy turning around in the middle of the road.
Once we arrived at Moonshine, Brian revealed a little about himself.......

What's that thing that you keep your cold beverages in Brian?


C'mon, give us a better look!!



Ahhh ,, I see, That's a cute little pink cooler!
And I'll bet you're not sharing with anyone either.......
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:31 PM   #1699
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Memorial Day Weekend

Any good rides planned out there for the weekend? I know with a three day oportunity coming up someone has to have some plans to be on two wheels somewhere.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:45 PM   #1700
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I got nothing. Saturday I will watch AMA Motocross. Sunday I got a meeting with the Central Illinois Liberal Elitist League. Monday I got a graduation party.

I have to prep the 530 sometime for an AMA Dual Sport next weekend in MI. I gotta put on some sand tires and change the oil. I rode this MI event in 2010. It is a good event, pretty mild, open, easy trail. Worth the drive up IMO.
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:25 AM   #1701
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Sunday I got a meeting with the Central Illinois Liberal Elitist League.
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Where and what time??? Can I come???

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Old 05-26-2012, 05:41 AM   #1702
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Gary Gary Gary

.....that's Big Hore code for "I'm riding with some BMW guys Sunday, of course you can come, you have 4 of them!!
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:07 AM   #1703
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The CILEL is not accepting any new members at this time, but with the proper pedigree, one can be added to the waiting list.

I like CKs BMW comment as well. pretty good stuff.

On as serious note, make sure and remember your loved ones who have passed this weekend and the soldiers and military staff that have preceded us. I lost my dad when I was 12 to lung cancer. He was a NAVY man, worked in the engine rooms. I have often wondered if asbestos got him? He was a heavy smoker as well, but 45 is still pretty young even for lung cancer.

And we lost Levon Helm not to long ago. If you don't know, Levon was the drummer and one of the singers in The Band, think The Weight and The Night They Drove ol Dixie Down. Levon was an Arkansas hillbilly, just like me, who hooked up with four Canadians, just like Karl, and defined the term Americana through the Bands music. Levon was one of the greats. RIP Levon
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:28 PM   #1704
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Saturday a small group of us went to Moonshine for a burger. Pretty much a pavement ride but fun none-the-less. begeberg was our esteemed road captain, and kept us busy turning around in the middle of the road.
Once we arrived at Moonshine, Brian revealed a little about himself.......
...

If you all would have told me you were coming down to Moonshine, I could have met you there or arranged for a police escort and impoundment. Your choice.

Id go for the burger myself. All the meat at the jail is turkey based!!!!

I only live 20 miles away and just need a excuse to go!!!

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Old 05-28-2012, 08:19 PM   #1705
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Memorial Day weekend ride

This didn't happen in central Illinois but since I'm from here, I'm posting it here. Not far from us really. My youngest, Antonio, got a CRF230F last year and has been practicing with me. It was time for his first DS ride and I thought the mission should reflect the holiday. So from our cabin in the North East corner of MO, I plotted a track for mostly gravel out to the Soldier In The Field. I found the memorial last Memorial Day. Located in the middle of nowhere it is a very unique and interesting tribute from a mother for son who died while serving in the Army during WWI. http://blaines.us/pamyblaine/stories...inthefield.htm

We set out about 10 am and I had my extra fuel bottles filled on the sides of my Wolfman saddlebags. I new his bike was going to need it before we came back. He loved getting out into the open and unknown.



On our way there we stumbled across this old school house. It had been a long time since that bell rang. I was going to go inside and see if I could see William42's name written on the slate board for detention, but it was hot and we needed to keep moving.



The route was 85% gravel, 5% dirt, and 10% hardball. Great route with only one turn a round because the trail ended. When we got closer to the monument we had to do a 90 degree offset because the road turned into a planted field. We found the monument and paid our respects. What a great first adventure for Antonio is what I was thinking. Something interesting and memorable, and fitting for Memorial Day.





On the way there we did about 2 miles on a road that if you came through in the other direction, it had a road closed sign. But not the direction we came from. We would hit this road on our way back as well. This is Antonio's first creek crossing and he loved.



On our way back we came across this little house as well.



Ended up getting back to St. Patrick at 4:30 pm. Hot day but very fun. Antonio thought it was awesome. We put 121 miles on the bikes and just rode his speed. I can see him learning something new and his skills increasing every time we go out. We had lunch on the trail and plenty of joking around. He said I was feeding him all day and he was eating my dust. Usually I'm the one who eats everyone's dust. Now I know what Rusty is talking about when he talks about nothing but clean air.

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Old 05-29-2012, 05:06 AM   #1706
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Nice ride report Tom!
We did a little ride on Sunday, while Bigbore was at his Central IL Liberal Elitist League meeting.
I so much wanted to crash that meeting

But the ride was good..

Ride report coming ......... Narrated by the infamous KWC
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:23 AM   #1707
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I like the crack about the CILEL Thats funny, I don't care who you are! I was on pavement this Saturday also. I had my brother in law with me. He is a Harley guy so I can only get away with the gravel ruff road stuff for very short "unintentinal" stints. We ended up going through Arcola,Oakland, down to Westville on 130 then across on a really nice road on the Lincoln trail sytem across to the lake at Charelston then down to Greenup before heading up to Mattoon and ending back at Lovington. We had a good day of it, even if the sun burns did get us a little bit. Spent the rest of the weekend just riding to some cookouts and things like that. I did go and ride beside some rail road work beside highway 36 where it looks like they are putting in some new bridges. Hope everyone had a safe weekend.
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:16 PM   #1708
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VFRpilot, William42 and KWC beat the heat......

......by going for a 260 mile ride on Sunday. I figured it was better than standing in my garage sweating and cursing at a 76 Elsinore I'm working on (or that's working on me...). We started out well. Bill and I were a half hour early for break-lunch-fast in Mount Zion and Gary was a half hour late. About an hour into the ride the ass-end of the DRZ tried to pass me on exit of a corner. Flat tire and not an ounce of shade in sight. As I was batting cleanup and the boys didn't see me flounder....they disappeared into the ether only to return an hour later after stopping for drinks, shooting some skeet at a local sportsman's club, going to a garden party for those little sandwiches with the crusts cut off, and doing their taxes for next year. Actually it was only about 5 minutes when Gary pulled up and looked at my tools disgorged from the bike.

Gary: "What did you go and get a flat for ?"

Bill: "Nice job harelip, get a flat where there is no shade"

In this pic I hide behind my bike so Gary won't throw stuff at me.



When we were teenagers and someone made a crack about the size my buddy Steve's ass, He'd say "You know boys, I may have a big ass but it takes a large hammer to drive a big spike". Well, here is the large spike my ass drove thru my rear tire. Yes, that's a 3" masonry nail, complete with an exit wound in the sidewall.



A breeze was blowing which saved our butts and we had the tire fixed in a half hour. Even got to try out my new handy-dandy collapsible trail stand. Nevertheless, swearing at the Elsinore in the garage looking better and better..



Off and riding again....here is one of many dead ends today.



Story of my life....



At some point Gary said "now we get on the Interstate for a while".....to which groans were heard all around. Little did we know how wrong we were. Gary turned us onto what had to be a 5 mile stretch of the (under construction and deserted) interstate south of Decatur. Flat as a billiard table we could really hammer it down that stretch. Bill and I had the ol' DRZs pegged for at least a mile. Despite it not being posted or fenced off, we thought it wise to beat hell out of there (no pics were taken so the prosecutors should have nuthin....)

Here we are on that ten mile stretch of RR grade trail near Illiopolis discovered by a KLR rider on Central ADV. Great trail and pretty smooth. This pic by Bill demonstrates my actual following distance of him on Sunday...heck, I was just trying to get a look at that sexy new tail bag of his...





Here is the first water crossing on the RR grade. Looks pretty tame but it was actually a little tricky. We all got bounced around on angular slime covered rocks.



Here are four or five pics in a row showing a chain of events. See if you can see the moment it went wrong. If you guessed that when we woke up and decided to follow Gary, you are correct.

"Ok crick....you ain't so tough...Daddy's here to teach you a lesson..."







Hey! At least we will know if that new MotoFizz bag is waterproof ! (now that's a glass half full attitude)



"You gonna put that damn camera down and help us a-hole?"



Doesn't look it in the photo but the climbout from the second water crossing is steep and has a tight kink at the bottom that allows you no time to set up for a run. Here Bill powers up the hill then throws rocks at me.





Great ride....a fun time was had by all...



And I have a souvenir...



KWC

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Old 05-29-2012, 03:02 PM   #1709
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Even more photographic evidence that I am a dumb ass for following Gary any-fucking-where.
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:24 PM   #1710
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You know, for a guy who claims not to like mud, William42 sure seems to like to lay down in it a lot.....

Hills are all about momentum, commitment, and attitude. Attack at the approach and own that bitch....

You should of called me and had me play trail boss. I am an excellent leader...

in the garage mounting sand tires right now for MICHIGAN sand this weekend....
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