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Old 10-06-2010, 08:30 PM   #16
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Hey Brent,

You're getting a bit old for this stuff aren't you?

Lookin' good guy!
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:20 PM   #17
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Hey there Mike. To be precise, I am 30 years older than I was when we worked together at USCG Sta Port Isabel. Ya don't quit ridin' when you get old... You get old when you quit ridin'.

Now to finish this report

During the break at the Cottonwood tree, Dunerat discovered the battery on his KTM was dead. Not wanting to kickstart it with his recently screwed together broken leg, he opted to head back. I pointed in the general direction of the nearest road and the group was now five.
MXracer Dave, Beta Dave,Nowwhat, Buck Moberly, and me.

At the Cottonwood I told the guys there were some indian paintings about 100 feet from where we were sitting. Nobody walked over to look, not even me. I'd seen them before.


I think the boyz were trying to conserve their energy for the trails to come. Like Sidewinder Canyon

My picture taking was over(battery). So the rest of the photos in this report will be file photos. Sorry.

We rode ten or so miles of sandwash and mining trails to a particularly sweet section of singletrack. Fun on the 950, over really quick on the Beta. This dropped us onto a whooped out dirt road that gives the Mighty 950 fits. MX Dave was in his element here! I think he's got whoops dialed. I was kind of diggin' it myself on board the little 450.
Next up was The Switchbacks. A big deal in a jeep but not on a bike. Unless you try the shortcut.


Beta Dave had conquered it before. Having failed previous attempts Nowwhat didn't believe it.
This time as Buck Moberly and I sheepishly motored up the switchback route, Beta Dave repeated his flawless attack, MX Dave motored up the rocky mess without incident, and Nowwhat... well let's just say it's still on his to do list.

At the bottom of the backside of The Switchbacks begins Sidewinder Canyon. It starts out sandy with some rocks

and becomes just rocks.

Pretty challenging on The Mighty 950

On the Beta it was like cheating.

Sorry for the file photos. I hope Buck Moberly has some shots from in here. I kinda doubt it though. He was busy.

I think everybody really enjoyed Sidewinder. I know I did. From there we took the usual black diamond jeep trails down the mountain to Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace for a cold drink and planning session for the next ride. I just hope it'll be soon!

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Old 10-06-2010, 11:31 PM   #18
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fantastic stuff, great videos!!!
Adventure begins when your plan falls apart.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:43 AM   #19
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effing loved it! YES!
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:30 AM   #20
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Excellent desert action - cool Beta too!
What's next? More action!
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:42 AM   #21
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WOW, that's all I can say just WOW!
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