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Old 08-27-2010, 02:06 PM   #76
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Day 5 continued...

Okay, so we were out here:


The road was bumpy (actually, I think it was just getting smoother when we got to this next section). My teeth were rattling loose.
Matt was still having to scroll and decipher the GPS. He was pissed.
Fun, fun, fu...

POW! We hit something hard and we both got the wind knocked out of us. I thought our tire had exploded or something. We stopped and got off. What the...?

From what we can figure, we clipped a rock (it used to be in that empty space that's circled in pink) and it flipped up in just the right way.
We caught the point of the rock on the bash plate and the bike went up and over.
The rock was tall enough so we were up in the air for a moment and when we landed back down, that's when we felt the hit. I think.




It’s hard to tell from this angle, but the heavy duty bash plate ( Black Dog) has a pretty good dent now and one of the tabs snapped off.
At $315 for a replacement, I think matt will have to work his magic on this one.





This was another hard-to-see-gate. They need some ribbons on these things...



The last bit of our riding was good. Lots of gravel and nice dirt. Fast, but fun - Matt could smell the barn...(or, should I say, the pizza)







We pulled into Christmas Valley and got some gas. This guy was at the pump with all his toys.
Hey, matt used to have a sand rail just like that one on the end. It was a lot of fun, but it was no 990S.
At least the 990 hasn't caught on fire. Yet.



Today we went 170 miles on one tank and didn’t run out.
We've been getting about 170-185 miles on a tank.
That’s pretty good for the ol’ schoolbus - 2up, with all our shit, and some Angry Riding...



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Old 08-27-2010, 02:29 PM   #77
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After a couple of minutes, Matt said, “Oh shit, now I remember - this was a horrible road...”
Oh. Good thing we went back for it.

It was rutted double track, along the powerlines. Lots of sagebrush and sharp babyheads.
Yay. Now who’s the idiot? Sorry, Norm. You tried to re-route us and we just called you names...

The road was getting pretty bumpy and uncomfortable. My teeth were rattling loose. Ugh.

I know exactly what you are talking about this road: the sharp rocks was what I feared the most. From now you will be riding for a while on the same places I did ride the week before your ride. It is going to be great to follow along and see pictures of places I may have missed.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:34 PM   #78
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I think that $315 Bash plate paid for itself right there
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:38 PM   #79
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I know exactly what you are talking about this road: the sharp rocks was what I feared the most. From now you will be riding for a while on the same places I did ride the week before your ride. It is going to be great to follow along and see pictures of places I may have missed.
Cool! I love that.
Feel free to correct or add any road/location info. I'm sure I'll be screwing that up.

The above goes for larryboy and Wachs, too
and xymotic, etc...

With Matt using the GPS, I never know where we are unless I see a sign and snap a shot.
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Old 08-27-2010, 03:50 PM   #80
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Cool! I love that.
Feel free to correct or add any road/location info. I'm sure I'll be screwing that up.

The above goes for larryboy and Wachs, too
and xymotic, etc...

With Matt using the GPS, I never know where we are unless I see a sign and snap a shot.

Don't include me in that group! I'm not worthy. Plus I get lost a lot. and I have a crap GPS that only saves like yesterday's tracks. Plus I'm old, so I have an addled and fading memory. On the plus side though I may be the only one in that group who hasn't been hit by lighting. Wox may deny it, but if you look at the top of his head there is strong evidence indicating he may have been at one time. That, plus he rides like he harness the volts or something
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:54 PM   #81
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:02 PM   #82
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:03 PM   #83
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Still Day 5...


Okay, we're finally in Christmas Valley.
Time for dinner at the Feed Barn - yeeehaawww!








The BBQ chicken pizza was so good, I almost forgot to take a photo of it. We just started scarfing it down...Nom Nom Nom.




The only thing missing was the Sriracha. I wish they made a travel size.




Matt had stayed here in 2008, so he knew it was cheap. $36!




And, not skanky. At least, #2 wasn’t.

No A/C, but the room cooled off nicely with all the windows open.




Matt’s pant leg was all blown out - I think it got caught on his peg during that Crane Mountain crash.
I broke out the needle and thread and did some mending. Wifey wifey.


Matt was still fussing with Norm and Slime, trying to get their stupid asses to cooperate and work together. Luckily, the motel had internet.
Not a great connection, but good enough to go online and get some answers.
As I mentioned, we didn’t get Norm until just a few days before departing, so it’s been a struggle to learn his language and customs.


Having had an ancient piece of crap GPS last year...





We thought these new fangled mapping GPS units would just magically turn gpx files into perfect routes. Especially a unit that was just released 2 weeks ago.
Just take the file, drop it into the GPS and, voila - a perfect route to follow.

Nope.
It was a sad day (“wait, you’re telling me that there’s no easter bunny ?”) when Matt found out how much work it takes to map out a usable route.

Between the time that Norm arrived and we left, Matt spent every waking moment trying to map out our route.
I think he got as far as the beginning of the CDT.

And, now, starting this morning, none of those tracks were working anymore.

It was going to be a long night...

(hey, mr. emoticon - time to update that computer , eh?)




Next time - get ready! here comes "the voice of reason..."




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Old 08-27-2010, 06:37 PM   #84
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Man, that pizza looks tasty!! I really love that section from Hwy 31 into Christmas Valley.


No Easter Bunny?
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:54 PM   #85
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We thought these new fangled mapping GPS units would just magically turn gpx files into perfect routes. Especially a unit that was just released 2 weeks ago.
Just take the file, drop it into the GPS and, voila - a perfect route to follow.

Nope.
It was a sad day (“wait, you’re telling me that there’s no easter bunny ?”) when Matt found out how much work it takes to map out a usable route.

Say it Ain't So WAN'ses!!!
You tease me with this new perfect GPS, and then just like that you crush my dreams and make me cry

All I really want is a GPS that can follow a track, and then reverse it. Can the 60csx actually do it? I mean looking at the literature it seems like it should, but can it actually do it?

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Old 08-27-2010, 07:08 PM   #86
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Say it Ain't So WAN'ses!!!
You tease me with this new perfect GPS, and then just like that you crush my dreams and make me cry
There, there...(pat pat). Don't cry, xymotic...

I'm sending you a PM that will make it all better.

now, blow...
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:35 PM   #87
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I really love that section from Hwy 31 into Christmas Valley.
No Easter Bunny?
That's 'cause you love your XRR

I think Matt needs a break from me and the schoolbus so he can actually enjoy some 2 track...


Oh no - you, too? there, there...
here's your hankie...

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Old 08-27-2010, 07:43 PM   #88
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Laugh you all are just tooooo funny,

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Of course there's no Easter Bunny.

Santa Claus wouldn't allow any undermining of his supreme authority.

Too bad Norm is more like the Easter Bunny than like a real GPS.
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Old 08-28-2010, 12:21 AM   #90
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Of course there's no Easter Bunny.

Santa Claus wouldn't allow any undermining of his supreme authority.

Too bad Norm is more like the Easter Bunny than like a real GPS.
Santa is a brutal dictator. Just ask the elves. Make Santa your favorite!
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