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Old 06-08-2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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Sunday Rides

Just got to love a Sunday ride. Nothing else can make the weeks troubles seem so far away.

Just thought I'd post up a little ride report on yesterdays ride, nothing epic, but a good day to be out in the world.

“Earl is my new hero as he overcame the biggest personal hurdles, way to go Earl!” Rellik
This is what Allan (Rellik) posted about me in the RF Canada thread “Calgarians that dualsport” after our Sunday ride. Now I need to qualify this. To some this statement may imply that I am ‘challenged’, this is not the case. Although I did take a 550lb dualsport bike where I ought not to, so this may qualify me as being special.
This ride started out with me posting if anyone was going for a DS ride on sat. or sun.. A few people chimed in, and a loose plan was formed. We would meet in Cochrane at 10am at the Starbucks Sun. June 7. Now I know what you all are thinking, but not one BMW showed up! We had our coffees, shot the shit, discussed our abilities, and formed a loose game plan. As some of the riders (me) had limited experience we decided to kind of take it easy. Wesley J was our intrepid guide for the day’s fun.
So the cast of characters for the ride:
CALRIDER-XL250
RELLIK-990Adv S
RIDER1-950SE
ROCKYRIDER-WEE-STROM
WESLEY J-XR650
WORKMYBOLLOCKSOFF-640Adv
I am very bad with names, there were three other guys with us, but their names are escaping me, sorry.

They were on another 640Adv, a 990Adv, and a DRZ400,
And of course me, BIG ADV, on my 990Adv.
I’m hoping that the other guys will chime in here and post up there verson of the ride as well as there pics, as I keep forgetting to get the camera out!

So off we go to the Ghost/Waiparous area, did I mention that it had been pissing rain for the last two days, and had snowed the night before? This ought to be fun on a stock Scorpion A/T rear tire.



Heres RIDER1 looking at his bike wondering WTF am I doing here. Later in the afternoon I’d be asking myself that same question.



A little farther up the first trail, enjoying the weather and the break



Did I mention that it was June 7? This would be the last of the sun for a bit.



I learned that the trick to riding in mud, uphill, with a street biased tire, is to carry some momentum. This would come to bit me in the ass later on.



I was really getting into it on one trail, catching a bit of air off the shale steps, when I found out that a 990 is really not a dirt bike, it does not have long travel, it does not have high ground clearance, and it does weigh a lot. I also found out that cast aluminum does not make for a strong bash plate.



I didn’t get any pics of the afternoon’s fun, as my bike was starting to get tired and decided to take a few naps in the middle of the trail. Hopefully some of the other guys will chime in and give their account and pics of the days ride. I had a fantastic time and learned a lot, like putting your bike down on a muddy steep downhill makes it hard to pick up by yourself, thanks Leo!! Also learned that trying to catch fish with your boots (when there on) does not work, and makes for a cold ride home.



Yes, that is snow, did I mention that its June 7th ?
I think a good time was had by all despite the weather and I hope it’s a start to a great summer of riding.

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Old 06-08-2009, 10:25 PM   #2
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Looks like a Great & Fun ride...


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Old 06-08-2009, 10:44 PM   #3
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Not a single BMW under the sign.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:09 PM   #4
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Thats me in my street gear in front of my new steed. This was my second ride on the bike, and I hadn't been on a dirt bike in 30 years. I was a little nervous riding with so many experienced DS'er in mud, snow, and mountains, but immediately felt totally comfortable. What a great group of guys to ride with.
It is a little intimidating climbing a trail that is increasingly covered in snow, and not knowing where it ends, or what it will be like coming back down.
Or even wondering, how the hell are you going to turn around on this trail.
But that is what it is all about, pushing yourself, having fun, being a little reckless. I had a great time and am looking forward to the next ride.
I need to get waterproof dirt boots, and larger foot pegs though.
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:51 AM   #5
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Looks good.. but I had to snicker a bit today when I heard it was snowing in Calgary while we had glorious sunshine here and we went on a ride too
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:10 AM   #6
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This was my second ride on the bike, and I hadn't been on a dirt bike in 30 years.
You havent been on a dirt bike since your early 40's? Wholy shit I know, here come the fat jokes.....

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but I had to snicker a bit today when I heard it was snowing in Calgary while we had glorious sunshine here and we went on a ride too
You keep snickering and we'll talk when I'm still riding in January

Great ride guys. Next time we have a group that big we should try to split it up. It took us 5.5 hours to ride what I'd normally do in 2.5. Not because of slow riders but because there was alot of chatting as most people were meeting for the 1st time.

The Grey paint shaker (640 ADV) was Gary (G Goat)
The Grey 990ADV with the slicks was Dustin (Dust2Dust)

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Old 06-09-2009, 07:23 AM   #7
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You havent been on a dirt bike since your early 40's? Wholy shit I know, here come the fat jokes.....




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Thats Wes in the red pants. Notice the pained look on his face from holding in his girlish figure.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:52 PM   #8
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OK, here are my pics of the Sunday ride.
A pile of plastic and metal blocking the parking lot:


Another perspective:


The first stop after Wes led us through the Morley reserve:


A very aggressive 'strom…what's next, tank tracks??:


Near the lookout tower. Rellik's 990 striking a pose:


Another stop after riding up and down a muddy bit. Stopped right next to a gas well, breathed real deep and lit up cigarettes. No-one ever said we were gifted with anything except a desire to push the limits:


One of the casualties of the day, attached back onto the mothership with straps:


There's my beautiful little XR. (oh, and that's Rellik telling stories in the background, and the gas well behind him):


Obligatory water crossing porn:




Rellik giving his 990 a break:


This one didn't go quite so well:






Leaving our mark at the entrance of the Boston Pizza:
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:21 PM   #9
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Sunday rides part 2

Here's the thing about Sundays and riding with me. I work all week, sometimes on Sat., dont have much time on weeknights to ride. So when Sun. comes around, I want to ride. I enjoy getting away from it all, only thinking of the road or trail ahead. My wife asked me awhile ago if we could start going to church, I looked at her and said "I'd rather be on my bike thinking about God then being in church thinking about my bike". To me its a state of mind, not a state of place. Enough said. I have my Sundays.

Went out again this past Sun. for a great ride, smaller crew this time, only three of us made it out. Brett on his V-Strom, Dave on his KLX-450 and me on my 990

The KLX looks like a mini next to the mighty 990

Now the thing about the three of us, no one knew the area that we were going to ride in! I do have a map of the area but it was safe at home. Guess we would just wing it and hope we didnt go down anything that we couldnt get out of.
This looks interesting, lets give it a try and see were it goes

It went to a bog at the bottom, ya think

So now we have three bikes at the bottom of a slick grassy, muddy, rutted hill. This should be fun.

Brett showing us how its done

Makes it up with out dumping it, good show on the strom

Now its my turn, did I mention that I have not got a new rear tire yet?

It was a little slick down there, plus having a knobby would make things too easy

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Old 06-15-2009, 09:47 PM   #10
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Just to rub it in, Dave let Brett take the Kawi back down and up the same hill, fun now that I think of it, Dave didnt try it on the Strom.

A little farther on, Brett saying hi to you all

Pics never do it justice, so trust me this was steep!

Water crossing porn, we were thinking of you Rellik


And that all I got, no pics of the Kawi in action, Dave kept going off on goat paths, I think the KLX was scared of the big bikes(or maybe embarrassed). Once again, it was a great ride, lots of fun, and I did think of God a few times. Till next Sunday

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Old 06-15-2009, 11:49 PM   #11
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Not riding and seeing these pics is killing me. Keep it up though I'm living vicariously through you...
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:51 AM   #12
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Brett got his water crossing! Keep showing stuff like that and someone can't help but BUY THAT BAD-ASS V-STORMER: clap
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"I'd rather be on my bike thinking about God then being in church thinking about my bike".
There's a piece of wisdom. Thanks Earl.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:20 PM   #14
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There's a piece of wisdom. Thanks Earl.
Spirituality has nothing to do with conforming to institutional dogma brother.

Sundays were made to ride. Amen

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A$$

Is it me, or does that V-strom make my a$$ look small?

Thanks for a great Sunday ride fellas and sorry if my new jacket has left anyone visually impaired. It's the textile version of, "hey, watch this".

Who's going to "church" on Sunday, i'm feeling the need for some old time religion.
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