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Old 05-03-2013, 08:01 PM   #346
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No snow or rain right now in St Clair.

Dropped to 30% chance of rain tomorrow

Radar showed rain moving away.
Sounds like a perfect forecast, see ya'll in the am!!
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:15 PM   #347
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Akers ferry is closed? Planned a Sunday crossing
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:21 PM   #348
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Someone post the days events!!! I had to work this weekend, and missed this ride. I know many pussed out, and I am most certain they missed out. The weather looked perfect to me. I am thinking maybe a sprinkle or two. No dust, and some great creek crossings.

I'm off Thursday, Friday, and Saturday next week and will most likely do the route then.

Hope day one was great.....

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Old 05-04-2013, 05:30 PM   #349
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Was a short ride for me and three others. One drowned 1150 GS, all ok, but a two hour soak in fouche Renault river isn't good for any bike. Will post a pick or two later. Called it day and at home now.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:04 AM   #350
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Ugh

Left from work Friday, driving straight to St. Clair, In the rain I had pulled off under the Six Flags highway 44 underpass to shake off the chills, a tour bus came by and blasted me with water from a puddle, drowning me and my bike, needless to say after 30 minutes of shivering and fiddling with the bike , she started up reluctantly. Jumped back on 44 West bound, I too was questioning my sanity, I thought to myself warm, dry thoughts, as the freezing water poured down my back and into my pants exiting and filling my boots. I made the proper call to puss out, took the Grey Summit exit North, knowing I was only two exits away from Diamonds Hotel I endured a northerly route 100 to Chesterfield via north 109. Mental battle as the term "wussy" would have to be discussed back at the homestead. Finally made it home safe after the obligatory hydroplaning for nearly the 2 hour trip to a hot shower, Sorry guys for "wussin out". Now kickin myself for not driving the two exits to Diamonds... Lookin forward to R/Rs' and as many pics that were takin!!
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:17 AM   #351
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Hey was it one of you SBR riders that was stopped on I 55 at IL. RT. 15, Friday about 4:30 with the bikes falling over on the trailer?
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:29 AM   #352
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"hydrolock 400"

The "Hydrolock 400" was a success and really a lot of fun as usual. We (Big Dog and I) named it after about the third knobbie-clad submarine we came across. We estimated 50 bikes were there and I know more locals showed up this morning at the hotel. Expect a lot of pictures at water crossings.

I know of a few guys that left for the ride and actually stopped and turned around- I sincerely do not blame them a bit because Friday was some risky business just to get on a motorcycle route that will be there later. I also think some of us may have given a little too much encouragement to new riders- Myself included. The route was fun and easily ridden by everyone I saw, but I think many of the riders underestimate themselves and their experience that makes is "easy".

I had a great time and look forward to the pictures!
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:14 PM   #353
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The "Hydrolock 400" was a success and really a lot of fun as usual.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:22 PM   #354
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We didnt drown

We didn't drown!! Only rained on us very very little.

My son Andrew and I was on the KTM /KLR team and his first Adventure ride on a big bike. Heck first time he was on a bike more than 30 miles from home.

We had and more importantly HE had a blast Saturday. His first creek was a look like, are you sure dad? We had a intercom set up and I went across and then made sure he understood and "talked him over". Big grin after that first one!! I was gonna shoot video of him but was more wrapped up in watching over him I would forget to tell him to wait a minute for the camera. I told him to stop on the forest service road with the old ton truck and all the mud holes and give me a chance, but a couple of guys came up behind him and he felt like he had to go. No big deal he just didn't understand that it was fine to hold them up for a minute. He will understand next time!! LOL!!

We got to St Clair and the boy was flat wore out (turns out he didn't realize how much work fun could be!!) and one hill away from the Best Western he called me and said he was loosing power, and I could hear the motor had a lean crackle to it. I didn't think to say " is it hot?" But just said slow down and limp it on in to the motel. Well It was hot, red scalding hot! No antifreeze left in it! So hot that the temp gauge is still pegged today!! Bet the sender is fried. Ill check the cooling fan too, as I have blown that fuse before, so maybe it was just a boil over, er boil dry!! Looking at the highest point on the bike where its damp, I'm guessing top of radiator or top hose or something. Air cooled KLR?? Nothing to do but call it quits and run back to Saint Clair on the KTM and get the truck and trailer and let him sleep in Sunday.

He had a cold and it was getting worse, and he said "really they way I feel I'm not disappointed to not see the bridges"!! Hey, we only live 200 miles away so no biggie, come back some other time. Maybe a fall color run.

Had a blast, always good to see you folks. Will post up a few shots after I get them downloaded.

This has been a Dad and Lad dream come true for both of us and a long time coming!!!

Jailor8

And as for the KLR if its cooked its just a excuse to put that 685 kit in that's on the shelf in the garage.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:39 PM   #355
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Hey was it one of you SBR riders that was stopped on I 55 at IL. RT. 15, Friday about 4:30 with the bikes falling over on the trailer?

That was my bike on the trailer, it was not my strap. That POS strap made it down the hill from Belleville and failed on the entrance ramp to 225. The replacement strap cost me 34.99 at the flying J. It was worth it, had a great time at the SBR, had to bypass a few crossings but made it through a few I shouldn't have.

PS. hope the two riders I saw wipe out made it back without too much damage. Post up the video if the gopro survived... John B
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:47 PM   #356
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We didn't drown!! Only rained on us very very little.

My son Andrew and I was on the KTM /KLR team and his first Adventure ride on a big bike. Heck first time he was on a bike more than 30 miles from home.

We had and more importantly HE had a blast Saturday. His first creek was a look like, are you sure dad? We had a intercom set up and I went across and then made sure he understood and "talked him over". Big grin after that first one!! I was gonna shoot video of him but was more wrapped up in watching over him I would forget to tell him to wait a minute for the camera. I told him to stop on the forest service road with the old ton truck and all the mud holes and give me a chance, but a couple of guys came up behind him and he felt like he had to go. No big deal he just didn't understand that it was fine to hold them up for a minute. He will understand next time!! LOL!!

We got to St Clair and the boy was flat wore out (turns out he didn't realize how much work fun could be!!) and one hill away from the Best Western he called me and said he was loosing power, and I could hear the motor had a lean crackle to it. I didn't think to say " is it hot?" But just said slow down and limp it on in to the motel. Well It was hot, red scalding hot! No antifreeze left in it! So hot that the temp gauge is still pegged today!! Bet the sender is fried. Ill check the cooling fan too, as I have blown that fuse before, so maybe it was just a boil over, er boil dry!! Looking at the highest point on the bike where its damp, I'm guessing top of radiator or top hose or something. Air cooled KLR?? Nothing to do but call it quits and run back to Saint Clair on the KTM and get the truck and trailer and let him sleep in Sunday.

He had a cold and it was getting worse, and he said "really they way I feel I'm not disappointed to not see the bridges"!! Hey, we only live 200 miles away so no biggie, come back some other time. Maybe a fall color run.

Had a blast, always good to see you folks. Will post up a few shots after I get them downloaded.

This has been a Dad and Lad dream come true for both of us and a long time coming!!!

Jailor8

And as for the KLR if its cooked its just a excuse to put that 685 kit in that's on the shelf in the garage.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:33 PM   #357
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If you were

If you were wondering if my son had a good time on his first Adv ride. This should be the proof..



and



And at Devils Well



And a happy dad....



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Old 05-05-2013, 05:54 PM   #358
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Rode out with the Gateway rockers and the G.O.A.T. (Gateway Offroad Adventure Team). Had some fun in the water. The pictures don't do it justice because this water was MOVIN!









So overall, it was some great riding, with next no dust to speak of.







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Old 05-05-2013, 07:04 PM   #359
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Thank you to everyone. I had a great weekend.What a super bunch of guys and gals.

Thank you Scott for the dinner ! Best pulled pork I ever had.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:26 PM   #360
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Great weekend!

What a great weekend!
Thanks for rustynut2 and Bill to let me tag along.
Also many thanks for Scott for the hospitality.First Class!!!!
Hope everybody made it home safe.
I rode back to Indy with no trouble,but rained most all the way.
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