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Old 05-18-2010, 08:49 AM   #76
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mark....it was a warm day and i like resting in the shade..........
Joel,
You're good at picking best spots for a quick rest...
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:51 AM   #77
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We had a great time. Not to many pics but here's a few.

Base camp


On the Trail


Joel taking a rest (sorry Joel)


Taking a break by the river


Eric posing with his tire pump


My wife riding along (with straight bars before she looped it on the hill climb )


It was great to meet everyone. Class was definitely a lot of fun.

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Mark,

Thanks for the pictures.
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:03 AM   #78
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Back after a great weekend in Keyesville. What a beautiful place. The Jimmy Lewis class was great, as anticipated. Learned some things that are already having a positive effect on my riding. Sometimes it's just one little thing that you never think of that can keep you from doing something better. I can't wait to practice the things I learned more in real world situations. It makes riding even more fun. Jimmy had a great crew that was always there to help when needed. Every one of them were great riders with a wealth of knowledge and willing to explain or demonstrate anything to anyone at any time. And, if you didn't already know, Jimmy is an amazing rider.

Thanks Jimmy, Heather, Charlie and Nate.

All of the students were very cool as well, and up for anything. I think some of them reached an excitement level that they weren't really expecting. That should really help desensitize them to some of the harder stuff in the future.

Thanks BJ, Bob, Carsten, Luanna, Mark, Mikko, Joel and Jon.

If anyone wanted to take this class but didn't, you should be bummed because it may be a little while before they offer another class.



ps: Mikko, heather knows where your helmet is.
Hey Eric, I think i know that little climb. Is it just to the west side of the Kern River below the L. Isabella dam and leads to a Manzanita tunnel up at the top? If that's the same one, I've never seen it so smooth before.
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:06 AM   #79
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bob, one of these days let's get together and do some of the exercises and drills.





good thinking duy; you did the track days and you know how beneficial they are in the real world. same here on dirt school, i expect to recover the tuition fee in terms of less broken levers, mirrors, signals, plastics, cracked helmet, torn pants and jerseys; and doctor visits, etc....


more pics coming...
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Do you remember what were the first two exercises we drilled?

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Old 05-18-2010, 09:56 AM   #80
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Hey Eric, I think i know that little climb. Is it just to the west side of the Kern River below the L. Isabella dam and leads to a Manzanita tunnel up at the top? If that's the same one, I've never seen it so smooth before.

it didn't look smooth from the nOObies' point of view.....

rob, we didn't get as far as the tunnel. but if it's the same hill climb, just behind that big rock near the top, there are more ruts at least a foot deep around the corner and all the way to the top.

the good news, we all made it to the top with a little help...


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Joel,
Do you remember what were the first two exercises we drilled?

BJ


already?.........

standing on the pegs and finger controls....i think...

then we did the front brake engaged with throttle on without causing the front end to dive.....

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Old 05-18-2010, 10:52 AM   #81
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it didn't look smooth from the nOObies' point of view.....

rob, we didn't get as far as the tunnel. but if it's the same hill climb, just behind that big rock near the top, there are more ruts at least a foot deep around the corner and all the way to the top.

the good news, we all made it to the top with a little help...
Sounds like the same one. That's the beginning of a really great 56 mile loop that takes you all the way to the top of the mountains overlooking the lake. I can't recall the name, but there's a great burger joint up there that serves some ice cold brews .

I've done that loop a few times with some friends who own a house there in L.I.

Looks like you all had a good time
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:48 PM   #82
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saturday night

sat dinner we hit this restaurant in kernville




nice job eric...




oh yeah, don't miss the mural with the praying waterfall.....



the interior was nice and clean



couple of euro riders (carsten - germany and mikko - finland); bj was third rider from poland - sorry no pic.




good job again eric.......



charlie ordered the burrito........



mine was the chili verde.....really good!



thanks jl and heather for hosting the dinner....we all surely liked it..


next set of pics is the sunday drills.....
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My bowels are grumbling just looking @ those plates!
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:10 PM   #84
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Hey Eric, I think i know that little climb. Is it just to the west side of the Kern River below the L. Isabella dam and leads to a Manzanita tunnel up at the top? If that's the same one, I've never seen it so smooth before.
This picture lies!
You can't see the steepness and all the rocks and sand - it actually looks like a Jeep trail, but don't be fooled - that was a tough one.

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My bowels are grumbling just looking @ those plates!

the dinner was great...i just wished my room mates didn't eat beans. throughout the night, i thought the volcanoes of iceland start spewing again.........



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This picture lies!
You can't see the steepness and all the rocks and sand - it actually looks like a Jeep trail, but don't be fooled - that was a tough one.

BJ

did you say tough?........ not at all......
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:43 PM   #86
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the dinner was great...i just wished I didn't snore so loud. throughout the night, My roomates thought the volcanoes of iceland were spewing again.........





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Old 05-18-2010, 08:54 PM   #87
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This picture lies!
You can't see the steepness and all the rocks and sand - it actually looks like a Jeep trail, but don't be fooled - that was a tough one.

BJ
I've done this trail many times and one thing I can assure you of, the "steepness" never changes

I'm sure it was plenty covered with rocks, but typically the rocks and ruts start at the bottom and don't let up for about 1/2 mile.

Glad you had fun, it's a great trail especially once you're into the Manzanita trees.
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:37 PM   #88
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Mikko,
I have the helmet in my truck. Contact Heather and we will get that back to you.

I had a great time with the whole group, it was really good to see such a big change in confidence and also the group learning to stop instead of gas it!

Practice those drills, they really never get old since you can never get good enough at them.

Where are the double-up photos, or are you saving those for ammo?

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Old 05-18-2010, 10:21 PM   #89
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Here's the only double up photo I have of Jimmy showing us how to pick our way thru the rocks.





I seem to recall there were a few others. Those names shall remain anonymous to protect the guilty.
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Jimmy, thanks for collecting the helmet. It would have made a bit too expensive birdhouse. Even in California



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Here's the only double up photo I have of Jimmy showing us how to pick our way thru the rocks.





I seem to recall there were a few others. Those names shall remain anonymous to protect the guilty.
Just before Jimmy coming through the really bad section of that hill bring with him the last couple bikes I was talking there with (I think it was) Eric expecting another amazing demonstration of riding skill.

"He'll probably put that KTM 950 on the luggage rack of the little Yamaha, then sit the Katoom rider on top of that bike, tell him to relax and then ride the whole mess up the hill, two up, stopping at each tough spot just to show the best way to get moving again"

Huge thanks to Jimmy and the whole crew!

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