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Old 08-09-2012, 11:43 AM   #46
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Great ride report and pictures.
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:05 PM   #47
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Somethings you just shouldn't say...

Throughout the week the weather was great, we had no break downs and (almost) zero get off's. We commented freely on this and always prefaced the comments with "I don't want to jinx this but..." or "I really shouldn't be saying this but..."

DON'T DO THAT!

After leaving Greenbrier we had some slab before we got into Michaux SF. On that slab I saw a king snake who looked just like the other one seen earlier in the week:



This one was different. He sounded different. The first one was silent. This one made a thump thump sound followed by another thump thump as Garth passed.

Yep, we ran over a perfectly good snake...

BAD JU JU

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:18 PM   #48
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Shortly after entering Michaux SF it started raining. It was light enough to not warrant any rain gear but heavy enough to get us wet. Then the thunderstorm came. You could hear it over the bikes at full throttle. "In a thunderstorm, avoid being near tall trees..." how does one do that in Michaux?

By the time we stopped to don the gear we were pretty wet and there were mini streams running down the roads. The riding was great though. There was no dust for Garth to breath and traction got better on the darker surfaces. We were really ripping it up.

I had the GPS scaled way out looking for the end of the dirt. Once out of the woods, we planned to go a more direct route back to Duncannon forgoing the previously ridden PA country road section. Seeing on the GPS that we had only another mile or two to go; I really let it rip!

DON'T DO THAT
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:28 PM   #49
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It was only a dirt road...

There were small rocks protruding from the road. As we blasted along they increased in size and frequency. Screw it, I can walk home from here, go faster. The right side track had washouts with loose rocks to be avoided. Ok, left side. The bouncing on my crappy suspension was beating a brisk staccato into my arms. Just when I started to think that my front rim couldn't take this I saw a rock ahead.

NOT JUST ANY ROCK...THE ROCK

It looked like it was anchored in the ground. It looked bigger than the rest. It looked big enough to do my rim harm. I swerved right to avoid it and immediately swerved back to the left to regain my balance.

This maneuver can only be described as unsuccessful.

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:38 PM   #50
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Going 40, I hit the rock with my Reynolds Wrap bash plate, left engine side case and the bike's frame. The back tire was next. I was vaulted up, forward and somewhat sideways. My feet were off the pegs.

I had a feeling of déjà vu. The last time I was this out of control I spent a night in the hospital and ended up with a three piece bike. I was seventeen then. I'm fifty four now. OH SHIT!

I pogo'd on the front for a couple of bounces and then the back end touched down sideways. I held the bike loosely hoping to ride it as far into the crash as possible. Being on top, using it as a sled was ok by me. Being under it was not.

Next I dropped into the right track washout. I thought to myself "I survived that and now I'm gonna crash in a washout???"

I got it slowed down, regained control and stopped to catch my breath.

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:41 PM   #51
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Putting together a Ride Report takes a lot of effort...you did good! I have enjoyed reading it and browsing over your photos too. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:46 PM   #52
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Garth pulled up rather excited. "How did you recover from that, instinct?"

More like luck I'd say. Further proof that it's better to lucky than good. Occasionally there are times when something is going wrong for me and I say to myself "were it not for my great luck, things would be much worse!"

I didn't have a scratch on me. Life is good!

I half jokingly asked Garth if anything was leaking from my bike.

HE SAID YES

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:52 PM   #53
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The rain had stopped and the gear was hot so I took it off to inspect the bike. To stop the bleeding we layed my bike on the ground. Let's see...
Bash plate bashed...check


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Old 08-09-2012, 12:55 PM   #54
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Frame dented in...check


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Old 08-09-2012, 12:57 PM   #55
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Small hole in side case pissing out oil...check


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Old 08-09-2012, 01:00 PM   #56
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Here's a consolation reply

why am I reading this RR in a funny voice ??? Great RR
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:09 PM   #57
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Once again, gas soaked napkins were deployed. I cleaned it up to get a better look and then it started pouring again. Garth sheltered the work area with my rain coat as I pondered the use of various plants to plug the hole. He then says the magic words...Gorilla Tape.

I made a small plug out of tape and layered on the rest of the roll hoping that overkill would be rewarded.

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Old 08-09-2012, 01:13 PM   #58
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For the want of a proper allen wrench the bash plate had to be removed by peeling it with vise grips. I had ALMOST every tool needed.

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Old 08-09-2012, 01:18 PM   #59
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So now all I had to do was reload the bike, ride the half mile or so to the paved road and send Garth on his bike to get the trailer...without losing enough oil to fry my engine.

It was a pretty steep down hill ahead and I figured less run time and less heat meant more oil retention. I started rolling down the hill with the engine off. I could hear my tires grinding the road surface. I could hear my suspension flexing. I could hear my breath.

I COULD NOT HEAR GARTH'S BIKE

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Old 08-09-2012, 01:26 PM   #60
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I stopped and looked back up the hill. My view was obstructed by a curve but I could now hear his horn beeping.

OH SHIT! DID HE CRASH NOW?

I staggered up the hill to find him pushing the bike. I was releived to see him upright but am also aware that he's the guy who would be walking with a broken leg proclaiming "It's just a flesh wound."

"I've got a flat!"

Seriously? A flat tire? Now?

It was all down hill so I rolled on my bike and he pushed his. Note my bash plate affixed to Garth's tail bag. Thou shalt not litter in the forest!

More importantly...

THOU SHALT NOT RUN OVER SNAKES


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