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Old 03-04-2013, 02:18 PM   #21256
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Morton's Spring Fling is May 17-19, 2013. I plan to tent camp in the Meadow at the Natural Bridge KOA. Cost is $10/person per night to tent camp in the Meadow. Call Carrie at the Natural Bridge KOA ( 800-562-8514 or 540-291-2770) to make reservations and let her know you want to tent camp in the Meadow and you're with the BMW Group for the group rate. All are welcome!!
I'm definitely going to this, sounds like a ton of fun!
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:30 PM   #21257
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I was thinking of sending that to my nephew, but after watching it. No Fcking way. If his folks saw that, they'd never let him go.

All I can say is where was his buddy? Wow. Glad he was okay. It might only have been 10 mph, but it was also every it of a 10 foot drop, with a 400 lb bike and gear on it. Wow.

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His buddy saw him turn left, but didn't realize he was turning left off a cliff.

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My buddy Darrell (Kawtipper) isn't any slower than me, but doesn't like any dust so usually hangs back quite a bit when I'm leading. He said he saw me make a left turn in the distance. When he got to the step he actually stopped to choose his line (further right than mine) before continuing, totally oblivious that I was semi-conscious, not 20 feet away. He rode a bit further, then became concerned that (a) there was no left turn in the road and (b) I usually wait after challenging sections. So Darrell returned a few minutes later and found me sitting on the side of the road.
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:45 PM   #21258
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Scary stuff. I've always wanted to do the TAT alone, but things like this scare me.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:48 PM   #21259
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How I spent my afternoon

Over the past couple of weeks I've been exploring some of the power line runs in my neighborhood. There was one entrance from Brook Rd. but the trail there was badly overgrown and extremely muddy.

I decided to check the same run but using access from a side road that runs parallel to Chamberlayne/RT. 2. There's no gate and once you get back into it a few hundred feet or so you're surrounded by woods. I stopped once I got to Wilkenson RD going east, but there was more to ride. There were 4 or so water crossings, with a path on either side of the run. When one gets muddy you have to cut across to the opposite side as it becomes dry again by then.

Not a super long or interesting area but there's still more to explore. It was good to get some practice crossing streams either way, and nice to find something rideable close to home. I'll post a video link here tomorrow once it's uploaded for anyone who's interested in scoping the area out.

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Old 03-05-2013, 04:38 AM   #21260
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Over the past couple of weeks I've been exploring some of the power line runs in my neighborhood. There was one entrance from Brook Rd. but the trail there was badly overgrown and extremely muddy.

I decided to check the same run but using access from a side road that runs parallel to Chamberlayne/RT. 2. There's no gate and once you get back into it a few hundred feet or so you're surrounded by woods. I stopped once I got to Wilkenson RD going east, but there was more to ride. There were 4 or so water crossings, with a path on either side of the run. When one gets muddy you have to cut across to the opposite side as it becomes dry again by then.

Not a super long or interesting area but there's still more to explore. It was good to get some practice crossing streams either way, and nice to find something rideable close to home. I'll post a video link here tomorrow once it's uploaded for anyone who's interested in scoping the area out.

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If you look on the left side of your map on the other side of the freeway, you'll see Hilliard and Semenary Ave's. You can get to the power line run from the end of Semenary. No fence or gate. It's not great or huge but it could be part of a fun day of DSing.
Once I get my suspension back for my YZ, we'll have to ride!
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:44 AM   #21261
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Snowmageddon is coming

Teresa and I are packing the 4WD and heading to the mtns today. I do not want to miss this snowstorm. There is just something I love about being inside, with that wood stove going, while it blizzards outside. Think I may have to put the blade back on the tractor tonight before it gets really bad so we can plow our way out, if we have to.

See ya'll next week.

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Old 03-05-2013, 05:26 AM   #21262
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I'm definitely going to this, sounds like a ton of fun!
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Just go to Morton's site and sign up for the event then call to sign up for the camping separately at the KOA. The huge buffet dinner Saturday night at the Natural Bridge Hotel is outstanding and included in the registration. One of the Dakar Rally riders; Bill Conger, was the keynote speaker last year. I also enjoyed the Beer and Brats Gathering, they're doing it again this year.

http://www.mortonsbmw.com/springfling_2013.html

http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2012/us/r...ll-conger.html

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Old 03-05-2013, 05:58 AM   #21263
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Wow
That TAT video was shocking. Like Jeff says ... It's probably NOT a good idea to show it to anyone who cares about you. He is a very lucky guy.

Jeff .... 12"-18" of snow sounds like a lot of fun. Be careful over there but take a lot of photos.

Greg ... Count me in this year. If the wife wants to go again this year I may have to hotel the event.

Bastard .... The DRZ400 is ready to go. New rubber and a new battery. The electrical system checked out fine. All the connectors were clean and in perfect shape. It was simply a bad battery. Let's ride!

All my flights to Chicago were cancelled today! Here comes the weather!
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:00 AM   #21264
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Teresa and I are packing the 4WD and heading to the mtns today. I do not want to miss this snowstorm. There is just something I love about being inside, with that wood stove going, while it blizzards outside.
Jeff mi amigo, tu estas loco!? If I were retired, I'd be headed to Miami for a week! Not towards 18" of snow! I only want to see snow if I am on a ski lift! It's pretty but a PITA!
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:38 AM   #21265
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Jeff mi amigo, tu estas loco!? If I were retired, I'd be headed to Miami for a week! Not towards 18" of snow! I only want to see snow if I am on a ski lift! It's pretty but a PITA!
Yes Eddy, I am crazy. But my wife loves my kind of crazy so I am a lucky man. All my life, I've been happiest in big snows. Don't you remember that excitement as a kid, when you knew a snow was coming and school might be canceled? Then it started snowing and you were praying for it to not stop? Then they announce on the radio that school is canceled and you go crazy with euphoria? That's how I feel at the cabin when a big snow hits. Trouble is, we only get 2-3 of them a year now, so I want to be there. I used to love snow so much I'd go backpacking in NH over Christmas vacations from college. I love the absolute quiet that comes with a snowfall in the forest. The rest of the world just goes away.

Besides, it will be in the 50's this weekend and it will all be gone within a week.

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Old 03-05-2013, 06:42 AM   #21266
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Teresa and I are packing the 4WD and heading to the mtns today. I do not want to miss this snowstorm. There is just something I love about being inside, with that wood stove going, while it blizzards outside. Think I may have to put the blade back on the tractor tonight before it gets really bad so we can plow our way out, if we have to.

See ya'll next week.

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With the exception of putting a plow on a tractor, that sounds heavenly! When your surroundings are covered with snow there's an increased "silence" to the already serene atmosphere. Birds sound different and wildlife is easier to spot because of the contrast with the snow. It's like a new take on a familiar place.
As long as you have food and heated shelter of course.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:45 AM   #21267
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I love the absolute quiet that comes with a snowfall in the forest. The rest of the world just goes away.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:07 AM   #21268
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Snow and little critters

I know I posted this a couple years back, but will do it again.

After a nice snowfall you also get to see just how many little critters are out there, by their telltale tracks. This little guy apparently came out looking for some food after the snowfall and was hopping around one of our back fields.



But apparently someone else was hungry after the snow, too. The tracks ended with this.



You just don't get to see things like that too many times in your life.

That's why we warn visitors with little pets, to always keep them on a leash. We have a couple redtailed hawks nesting on the Farm, and this fall we actually saw a golden eagle flying over the place (and those are BIG birds). There are also Bald Eagles in the two valleys on either side of us.

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Old 03-05-2013, 08:11 AM   #21269
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Yes Eddy, I am crazy. But my wife loves my kind of crazy so I am a lucky man. All my life, I've been happiest in big snows. Don't you remember that excitement as a kid, when you knew a snow was coming and school might be canceled? Then it started snowing and you were praying for it to not stop? Then they announce on the radio that school is canceled and you go crazy with euphoria? That's how I feel at the cabin when a big snow hits. Trouble is, we only get 2-3 of them a year now, so I want to be there.

jeff
Me too!! My kids just laugh because I think I get more excited about the possibility of a snow day(s) than they do. Have fun up there!
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:20 AM   #21270
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Jeff mi amigo, tu estas loco!? If I were retired, I'd be headed to Miami for a week! Not towards 18" of snow!...
really.. what happened to Mr. Will BlowSnowForCookies?

That picture of the snow impression where the hawk took the rabbit is pretty dang cool!
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