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Old 05-19-2010, 04:18 PM   #106
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this thread is about to get hijacked......


where are you cyath when we need you?
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:58 PM   #107
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hold on tight jonnie so you don't fall.......
This was the beginning of the "How to do a stoppy on top of a rock ledge" drill.
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:01 PM   #108
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Sorry, no pictures from me, was payin' attention and learning a few things.....

I love that little toe tappin' dude!
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:09 PM   #109
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ok no more shitting....


and more of the good stuff....

here's nate; very good rider and lots of experience




jl on his xr650r baja bike; and has electric start...




charlie on the brand new bmw 450....




from another angle



luanne just cleared a tough section...



good job....



jl picking a different line




more coming......

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Old 05-19-2010, 08:20 PM   #110
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next drill is descending a hill



eric looking good here



awesome run, everyone did well
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:31 PM   #111
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jl took us to the river for the much needed break



bj, mark, carsten, and jl




jon, eric, bj, joel, and jl



eric and nate enjoying the shade and the sound of the river




bob testing his water-proof shoes... and mark



charlie



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Old 05-20-2010, 07:20 AM   #112
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Sorry, no pictures from me, was payin' attention and learning a few things.....

I love that little toe tappin' dude!


me like it too....


at least you should have brought the head cam....
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:07 AM   #113
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The Hill


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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.
Rob, I'm not sure if that was the same hill climb or not. I am sure that that hill was not very smooth to some of the riders who had never gone up anything even close to that before. The part you can see in the above picture was at most 1/3 of the climb. It turned right at the top, went up to a rocky section, turned left, went up to an off camber right hand curve through a tunnel then opened up into the final rutted out climb. It had just about everything. Everyone attempted it. Some had some issues. Some got the ride of their lives. But in the end, everyone was standing at the top with their bikes. I was actually proud of some of the guys who I thought would opt out but didn't.

Mark made it up with no problems.




Bob stopped to visit with Heather and Jon.


Then continued on.


Then to the final section.


Here comes Joel's XR.


Wow that thing is moving!


Mystery solved. Heather must have wanted to ride it.


Looks like Jon is getting tired of picking people up. I wonder what Jimmy must feel like about now.


Waiting for the next victim.


Victims?


Passenger drop off.


Bike is just about in the clear.


BJ will have to do the rest on his own. After what he just went through, it will seem like a walk in the park.


That was actually a really cool hill. A few years ago, I would have wanted nothing to do with it. Now I wish I could have gone up and down it about 20 times.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:53 PM   #114
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That was actually a really cool hill. A few years ago, I would have wanted nothing to do with it. Now I wish I could have gone up and down it about 20 times.

like eric said.


i would love to spend the whole morning on that hill alone to overcome my fear and then develop the skills.....
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:44 PM   #115
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Eek

regrouping on our way back to camp



classroom without walls



the big bikes are out again






we rode some very nice trails and got to high elevation; 99.95% of the snow was gone






group photo





i suspect there's a :ymca in our group




time to get moving again



the pecking order....



took the pavement on the way down



awesome view...the camera sucks...



the weekend is coming to an end..



eric decided to take the single track parallel to the road and so he can prove to himself that he's now a better rider.............bwahahaha..... biggiE went for the kill and ran onto the tree in the middle of the trail ........



sorry eric, your weekend didn't end with a good note..
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Old 05-21-2010, 04:18 AM   #116
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Meanwhile, back at the hill...

Mikko paddles his way up the last section.


Carsten gets a ride he won't soon forget. Now Carsten has probably never ridden bitch before under any circumstances. To take his maiden voyage on the back of his own 990 going up a gnarly hill climb in the dirt must have taken a serious leap of faith. So Jimmy would not only have to wrestle that beast of a bike up that hill, but would have to counter the forces that a nervous passenger was applying to the bike. The thing is, no wrestling was involved. In fact, Jimmy slowly and deliberately made his way up that hill, all the while calmly talking to the rider and pointing things out along the way. Don't let the pictures fool you. That was a steep, rocky hill with plenty of turns and ruts. It was pretty amazing to watch.


This is why I do my best to get up a hill on my bike. To a fat guy, walking up a hill is way worse than falling while riding up.


From that hill climb we went right into another. This one wasn't nearly as steep or difficult. It did however have it's own challenges in the way of ruts, off camber and some step ups. Picking a good line was very beneficial here. Here is BJ making his way up.


Doing a pretty good job.


He's almost there.


Looks like the hike up the last hill motivated Joel to ride up this one.


Followed by his personal riding assistant, Heather.


Luanna was a little tired after that last hill so she found a shady spot to take a nap.


This water crossing was only a few inches deep but it was the only one we found. Here's BJ.


Bob.


Luanna.


Mark.


Mikko.


Joel.


Joel's assistant.


Jimmy's life seems to be a balancing act.


His geotrache reward was a diaper in a bag.


Let's go do some riding.


After doing some sandy hill practice and a nice single track trail, we headed back to camp for lunch. After lunch, we spent the rest of the day riding some nice trails where we could practice and reinforce the things we learned.
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Old 05-21-2010, 04:35 AM   #117
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I was just getting into my groove and wanted to keep riding. I knew we would soon be done so I tried to get that last bit of something before camp. The reason that tree got in my way was because I had lost focus and defaulted back to my pre-class riding habits. My weekend did end with a great note. I would never let a little fall like that come between me and a great weekend.

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eric decided to take the single track parallel to the road and so he can prove to himself that he's now a better rider.............bwahahaha..... biggiE went for the kill and ran onto the tree in the middle of the trail ........



sorry eric, your weekend didn't end with a good note..
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:08 AM   #118
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This is why I do my best to get up a hill on my bike.
glad i was wearing those sidi discos, great for hiking.........

you got a lots of nice pics eric ....
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:12 AM   #119
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A great class I am told... hopefully I can find the time to take it now.
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Old 05-21-2010, 07:00 PM   #120
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A great class I am told... hopefully I can find the time to take it now.

email heather to add you to their mailing list.

jimmy was also talking about doing an advanced class.................
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