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Old 11-19-2008, 08:54 PM   #16
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That zone you are talking about is for me rare and quite wonderful. Maybe some live there but I sure don't. I really treasure those times.
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Old 11-19-2008, 08:56 PM   #17
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Great ride report from a fellow DR350 rider :).

A couple of questions for you, 1) Where did you get that monster gas tank? & 2) What tires are you running?

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Old 11-19-2008, 09:23 PM   #18
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Great story!
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:23 PM   #19
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I remember the turn-around point on East Camino Cielo a bit differently through my experience at that point.

I was pretty done. I had probably dropped my bike 7-8 times and was exhausted. I also have health issues that tire me out they were largely affecting me. I was actually very done.

Every time I went up or down a hill that seemed looser, steeper, more rutted and generally further above my ability as a newer off-road rider I thought to myself, "well, this road has to go somewhere, because I can't ride back up/down that again". Not in a joking to myself way either. In that deadly serious I-am-getting-in-way-over-my-head way.

The very last goat trail hill was ridiculous. My bike got stuck standing up in the rut by the footpegs catching on the dirt. So when we decided we had to turn around and do it all immediately in reverse, I don't remember pumping my arm in any sort or bravado. I remember looking inside of myself and flipping the switch.

The switch I sometimes use at work when my job requires me to do something I really don't want to do, like fire a friend, or negotiate my employment contract. Most of my internal switches involve emotion. This one involves resolve.

So I got on the bike and rode. I rode the crap out of it. I gave the AVDrider salute to every hill i had crashed on previously. It is hard to overstate the absolute bizarro world reflection that the rides to the dead end and out from the dead end were. The triumph was magnified by the depth from which we had ascended from.

This is why we ride, folks. The simpleton seeks adrenaline, and I think some think this is why I ride.

I don't ride for a thrill. I ride to surpass my limitations.
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:42 AM   #20
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Great work '75', beats riding the K&P eh?
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:38 AM   #21
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Thanks for the Great report.
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:40 AM   #22
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Fabulous!

Great RR, thanks! Congratulations on recovering for that ride home.

I spent a week north of Kingston last summer, christening our newly built cedar strip canoe on Mazinaw Lake. There is some really pretty riding up in that area. Enjoy it for the two weeks of summer. (I grew up in Winnipeg; I know whereof I speak! )

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Old 11-20-2008, 12:45 PM   #23
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Great ride report!

I too am a fellow DR350 rider!

You were out and about in my backyard

It is a shame that West Camino Cielo was gated up after the Gap fire, and now from the recent Tea fire Gibraltar is closed up....a sad affair

If I would've known you were out and about in this area I may have joined up with you
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:07 PM   #24
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Holy cow that was a great read.......
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:57 PM   #25
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Great RR. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:13 PM   #26
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Ok, I spent an hour typing up the last section last night, only to inadvertently click the red "X". Arrgh!
Really nice ride! I'm so jealous! Glad you took the time for the second post.

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Old 11-20-2008, 08:10 PM   #27
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I remember the turn-around point on East Camino Cielo a bit differently through my experience at that point.
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I don't ride for a thrill. I ride to surpass my limitations.
Hey buddy,

Thanks for weighing in. I didn't want to speak for your experience, and you've done so very well indeed. I don't remember much _actual_ bravado either, just intimations of it. Partly to try and psych myself up, partly to try and give you a boost, though it was evident after the first few hills, you didn't need any boost from me. I just about lost my lunch (oh wait, we didn't eat that day!) trying to keep up with you on the way back

The ADVRider salute to each of the hills was classic.

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Old 11-20-2008, 08:12 PM   #28
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Great ride report from a fellow DR350 rider :).

A couple of questions for you, 1) Where did you get that monster gas tank? & 2) What tires are you running?

Thanks,

SP
Acerbis 4 gal tank. Great addition to the bike. I get about 150 miles before reserve kicks in, which is about 3.5L. My fuel mileage averaged in the mid-40's, but keep in mind I was WFO most of the trip, and my main jet is a bit rich.

Wes had D606's front and rear on his DRZ. I am running a TKC80 front and Kenda 270 rear, and I'm happy with the combo. After 2500 miles of hard dual-sporting, both tires still look great, while the D606's are seriously worn.

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Old 11-21-2008, 06:59 AM   #29
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closed roads

Is it only me that is a bit upset about these guys ignoring closed road signs? Or did I miss something here where they have an exemption from laws? This hurts our image. Just another thing wrong with our society. Flame me I am old and rich and dont give a damn.
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:28 AM   #30
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some great pics here
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