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Hit the 911 button on Lica's spot and waited for search and rescue 8 2.48%
Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction 17 5.28%
What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!! 70 21.74%
With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby! 112 34.78%
Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists 31 9.63%
This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it? 107 33.23%
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:24 PM   #136
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:13 PM   #137
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your ride reports keep getting better and better and the riding harder and harder......

I hate mud... as you know... lol
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Oh the humanity!
I can't take the tension.

(and secretly I'm glad I wasn't there...)
Standing by for more...

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Old 08-30-2013, 02:18 PM   #139
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We had just wasted an hour of daylight (and massive amounts of energy)
on the wrong freaking trail.
Later, Radek said it was called “Dead End Trail” (I think he saw that on his GPS?)
There was a sign actually at the fork. It was hidden by some of the bushes.

I also wanted to chime in that this is where my overheating problem got fixed.
So I was having all these overheating issues the previous days. Even disassembled the whole bike to check thermostat, impeler, change coolant.

I took the lead later on the dead end trail and started to tractor up the hill. I was moving steady standing up until i realized that once again my overheat lamp was blinking and I had full bars. I kept going a few more seconds and stopped. I guess all that work we did in St George did not fix it.
There was a difference this time. When i stopped my fans were off. Hmm. For a moment I thought maybe the sensor is malfunctioning and I'm not overheating at all and I should just keep riding despite a red temp light blinking in my face. Gulp. We decided to investigate more....

First thing we tried was pull the rad sensor plug and short out the 2 pins. Lica said that this should turn the fans on bypassing everything else....it just shorts to ground. Fans did not come on.
Last thing to check is the fuse. Sure enough it was blown. I replaced the fuse and the fans turned on with vigor. One thing I noticed right away is that the fans seem to be stronger.

At this point we decided to turn around and headed back down. I could tell right away something was different on my bike. Before my fans would just stay on the whole time, now the bike would hit higher temperature, the fans kick in, and a minute later they go off because the engine was sufficiently cooled down.

So....

It looks like my whole overheating was a higher resistance on the fuse which cause a lower voltage on the fans, which caused them to spin slower.
Could a fuse have been partially blown before causing slight resistance and in so causing a voltage drop? Perhaps the fuse connection was bad?

On pervious days I never suspected the fuse because I could hear the fans coming on so it did not cross my mind that this could have been my issue.

And in fact this was the issue as for the remainder of the trip I no longer had any overheating issues. So take note and if you have some strange temp issue perhaps its this also.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:00 PM   #140
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I'm all caught up now you can continue the report. Looks like there is a trend of a least one element of nature giving you guys a hard time on your rides, snow, sand and now lots and lots of mud. At least you make the most of it and have fun. So how many times did you make it through A.D.V.E.N.T.U.R.E.?
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:40 PM   #141
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Just got caught up again. You sure do know how to tell a story, Kelly!
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:10 PM   #142
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Hope you get the gist of this, and its not about a Wan sailing adventure but I guess it could be.
Make mud and water your favorite!



Thanks for the cool pic Kelly, you made my day!

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:20 PM   #143
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for sure one of those riders like to get wet.

november 2007, met this rider with his buddy for the first time gassing up on tejon pass.



think they were going to baja1k, daym....i still remember his adv handle was "gravity check"....


let's all have a great labor day weekend. see you on tuesday.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:24 PM   #144
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looks like a scooter next to Big Wan
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:25 PM   #145
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I'm all caught up! I made it to a RR before you finished for once. And you're all nuts. I love it! We Jeeped through Colorado the past two summers (wanted to bring along the 4 legged kids and that's hard to do on the KTM), but we talk about wanting to ride it. Just haven't yet. Someday!
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:35 PM   #146
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for sure one of those riders like to get wet.

november 2007, met this rider with his buddy for the first time gassing up on tejon pass.



think they were going to baja1k, daym....i still remember his adv handle was "gravity check".....
Wow, Joel I'm impressed.
First, that you remember meeting a couple of inmates from 2007, and second, for finding a photo.

I sure hope I was nice.

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Old 08-31-2013, 12:46 AM   #147
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There was a sign actually at the fork. It was hidden by some of the bushes.

I also wanted to chime in that this is where my overheating problem got fixed.
So I was having all these overheating issues the previous days. Even disassembled the whole bike to check thermostat, impeler, change coolant.

I took the lead later on the dead end trail and started to tractor up the hill. I was moving steady standing up until i realized that once again my overheat lamp was blinking and I had full bars. I kept going a few more seconds and stopped. I guess all that work we did in St George did not fix it.
There was a difference this time. When i stopped my fans were off. Hmm. For a moment I thought maybe the sensor is malfunctioning and I'm not overheating at all and I should just keep riding despite a red temp light blinking in my face. Gulp. We decided to investigate more....

First thing we tried was pull the rad sensor plug and short out the 2 pins. Lica said that this should turn the fans on bypassing everything else....it just shorts to ground. Fans did not come on.
Last thing to check is the fuse. Sure enough it was blown. I replaced the fuse and the fans turned on with vigor. One thing I noticed right away is that the fans seem to be stronger.

At this point we decided to turn around and headed back down. I could tell right away something was different on my bike. Before my fans would just stay on the whole time, now the bike would hit higher temperature, the fans kick in, and a minute later they go off because the engine was sufficiently cooled down.

So....

It looks like my whole overheating was a higher resistance on the fuse which cause a lower voltage on the fans, which caused them to spin slower.
Could a fuse have been partially blown before causing slight resistance and in so causing a voltage drop? Perhaps the fuse connection was bad?

On pervious days I never suspected the fuse because I could hear the fans coming on so it did not cross my mind that this could have been my issue.

And in fact this was the issue as for the remainder of the trip I no longer had any overheating issues. So take note and if you have some strange temp issue perhaps its this also.
Hola Radek,
Thanks for checking in and clearing things up!

I was just asking Matt when you figured out the overheating problem...
I thought I heard you talking about it on one of the videos.

Thank goodness Matt didn't jam a screwdriver into your thermostat (to keep it open).
I remember him talking about doing that.




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Hi guys!

Following along keenly.



Cheers!

JM.
G'day JM!
Thanks for joining us again!



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When I'm in these situations I tell myself "We'll laugh about this six months from now" Are you laughing?

John
No worries, we were laughing about it THAT night.




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More please....
I'm trying!!




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Wow, you folks are nuts! I lived in Gunnison for years, rode Schoefield a bunch of times, but NEVER uphill in the rain! I don't suppose you heard about the wreck there in '70 (I think it was '70) that killed 9 people out of 12 when their GMC Jimmy went into the Punchbowl during a rain storm? They were also going uphill in the rain, lost it about 3/4 up the hill.

Anyway, great read! (I was having a hard time trying to figure out where all the ruts and slick rocks were on the way to Schoefield then you figured it out for me: wrong road!)
Hey McRuss,
Yeah, it wasn't a great idea. i do remember reading that people had died on Schofield.
But, if it makes us look any smarter - it had actually stopped raining by the time we went up the pass...

So, we went up in the dark, but not in the rain.





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Fook-Mi So my best analogy for you two........... Replace Doctor Evil with..... "Wans" OMG what are you guys thinking.
You guys are ADV Rock Stars with some mud thrown in. Cliffhanger after Cliffhanger


I should have seen it coming with you two.
Hi Sam,
OMG - hilarious clip!
I don't remember seeing that before - was that from Austin Powers IV or something?
Anyway, we got a good laugh out of it - Thanks!





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If you're looking for a Cliffhanger I think they did Cliffhanger/Amasa Back in Moab......should be interesting to see how they negotiated the first 1/2 mile in and out
Heh.
That's not until Day 10 or 11.




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Almost!
slowest. update. ever.




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your ride reports keep getting better and better and the riding harder and harder......

I hate mud... as you know... lol
Hey Paul!
Yeah, I told matt I think I need to stop doing these reports before they kill us.
Oh, you would have hated this ride (for so many reasons!)...





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Oh the humanity!
I can't take the tension.

(and secretly I'm glad I wasn't there...)
Standing by for more...

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I'm all caught up now you can continue the report. Looks like there is a trend of a least one element of nature giving you guys a hard time on your rides, snow, sand and now lots and lots of mud. At least you make the most of it and have fun. So how many times did you make it through A.D.V.E.N.T.U.R.E.?
Oh, Bronco - you have no idea!
Actuallly, about halfway through the trip, Matt said we had to change it to "ADVENTURE F**KING TOURING"
so we'd have enough letters.





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Just got caught up again. You sure do know how to tell a story, Kelly!
Thanks, Mikey!
I just wish I could do this faster.
It takes forever.





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Hope you get the gist of this, and its not about a Wan sailing adventure but I guess it could be.
Make mud and water your favorite!

Thanks for the cool pic Kelly, you made my day!
Hiya, Bob!
Glad you liked the pic. I know it wasn't a "fire Truck" but was too lazy to fix that.

Oh god, those guys WISHED it was only a "3 hour tour" - but it was a hell of a lot longer than that!






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for sure one of those riders like to get wet.

november 2007, met this rider with his buddy for the first time gassing up on tejon pass.



think they were going to baja1k, daym....i still remember his adv handle was "gravity check"....


let's all have a great labor day weekend. see you on tuesday.
Whoa! Joel!!

Wow - that was a long time ago! How have you kept that secret all these years??


Hope you're having a fantastic holiday!!





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looks like a scooter next to Big Wan
haha, that was before he realized he needed an "S"




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I'm all caught up! I made it to a RR before you finished for once. And you're all nuts. I love it! We Jeeped through Colorado the past two summers (wanted to bring along the 4 legged kids and that's hard to do on the KTM), but we talk about wanting to ride it. Just haven't yet. Someday!
hi Jadedillusion,
hope you get there on a bike some day. Good luck!





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I sure hope I was nice.

Matt
Me, too!




OK, thanks for all the fun comments, you guys!

Schofield coming up next...




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Old 08-31-2013, 01:37 AM   #148
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Kelly, you are the best!!!... Thanks for sharing what some of us can't find time to do :) And you do it soooo well :)
Hope you have a great holiday weekend :)
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:12 AM   #149
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Day 4: 8/4/13
Salina, UT to Gunnison, CO 416 miles, continued.







I can’t believe we started our day at 5am in Salina...

OK.
When we left off, our little group was finally on the right track - heading for Schofield.







It was getting late, but we caught a break - the sun had come out.
Blurry, but look - blue sky and pretty flowers!








It was a freaking Super Highway compared to Dead End Trail.







Better traction, no Crisco-coated rocks.








Of course, sh*t still happens if you’re distracted by the view...








I think it was right here that Radek told us he and Lica had figured out his overheating problem.
A fuse, of all things!
Nice to have that resolved - what a relief.







Oh, wow. It was gorgeous.
If only we had been here an hour or 2 earlier.








We barely had enough light for photos.







This one is nice and clear - it’s Lica’s.








Radek







Osito








Lica







BigWan








Bet this would be stunning on a sunny afternoon...
it must be nice to have time to relax and take it all in...








Instead, we had to hurry through.















Looking back at Osito.








Bridge.















I really wish it hadn’t been so dark.
It was getting too late to snap pics while moving...








Even when we stopped my photos were dark.







Lica’s were a little better.








I got a lot of this business...







Lead King Basin.
Is that the way you go to see Crystal Mill?
(edit - Matt figured it out. We had just come from Lead King Basin.
so, to see the Mill, we would have had to take the other road to Marble. Along the river.
Most people are going down Schofield and they take that road out)








Getting close to the "good" stuff...








Lica, Radek and Osito went ahead...








Shortly after I snapped this, it was our turn.








I don’t know how this photo turned out!








Radek taking a photo of us...








Nice one! Thanks, Radek.








Looking back the way we came...






Getting ready to head up to the hard parts...
I think that was the Devil’s Punchbowl on our left?
Couldn’t see much except the falls.








My photo of the falls didn't turm out very well.











Well.
I guess this is a good place for the video.
It might be a little long, but it includes the ride to the punchbowl
and the water crossing at the end.

HD if you can! It’s a very low-light video, so it gets pretty grainy.





I don’t know about Radek, Lica and Osito, but Matt and I have very little recollection about Schofield Pass...
Without photos and video, we couldn't remember much.



About the video -
Matt says he was “blowing bubbles” going up the pass.
And that he’s happy he didn’t talk too much on camera.
What made this so hard was having it at the end of a long day.
After the mud, after Dead End trail.

Being at 10,000 ft elevation didn't help us flatlanders any, either.




Matt was so exhausted, he was nervous about taking the outside line with me on the back.
But, if you ever try and go up Schofield - take the outside line!

Later on, while we were pushing/pulling the bike up,
I definitely freaked him out by being so close to the edge of the cliff,
but I was fixated on the bike and didn’t think about anything else.


Oso Stupid.






OK, here are some photos. I had to really bump the exposure to get these to work.
Radek helping Matt with the bike. I did my best, but it was soooo heavy.
Thank you, Radek!







Looking back at Radek’s bike.








Matt and Osito.






Lica and Osito? Not sure.







This is Radek's photo of Lica. Look at that sliver of trail on the edge of the cliff!






Go, Lica!














I think this is Radek riding Osito's bike up (Ceasar is tough, but this section called for an extra-long inseam).






















Later on we figured out why our lights (55 watt HID) were so dim - the lens was coated with mud.







Go, Osito!








Lica = Oso Stoked! Man, it's easy to forget he was hurt...































Lica was the guinea pig for the water crossing - he did great!








Matt and Lica, ready for Osito to cross...















Had one last section of rocks to get through...







Then it was pavement to Crested Butte.







We stopped at this gas station - I think Osito was almost out of gas?



Haha, I have no idea why Radek is holding up 8 fingers...
Maybe he was saying that we were 8 letters into “adventuRe?”







OMG - I LOVE this photo!
Can you hear Lica yelling?
“Yaaaaaaaaah!!! Osooooooooo!!!”




Meanwhile, Matt is all - “Buy! sell! buy! sell!”
(no, he’s talking to Scott)



The guys were starving - Oso Hungry!
But, everything seemed to be closed.
Luckily, Scott saved the day by ordering pizza.







Haha, here’s what happens when you make mud your favorite!








Our lights were so filthy. No wonder Matt couldn’t see anything.







Getting into Gunnison.








When we left Reno, I gave everyone a list of all the motels were were staying at -
Names, addresses, phone numbers, reservation info.
So they knew where to meet.
They thought it was silly at the time, but it worked out great today.
Scott and Bartek were able to check in and secure all 3 rooms.
Thanks, guys!






Home sweet home.












For some reason, Matt put in Super 8 (we were staying at the Rodeway Inn).
Anyway, 16 hours later - Day 4 is in the books!







Not only did they have pizza, but beer, too.
Yay, Goggles Pizano! Thanks, buddy :)



“Great Moments Deserve Great Pizza”





Bartek. He was about the only Oso who was fully clothed at this point.





Poor guy, he couldn’t drink beer because of his meds.
I’m sure he was hurting, but he said he was “good.” El Bartek is always good.

Smartek - thanks for hanging in there!






It was a rough day for team Oso Loco.


Day 4 casualty list:


1 partially separated shoulder - Bartek
1 lost blinker, smashed windscreen + bent handlebars - Bartek

1 sprained knee - Lica

1 $250 ticket (illegal pass) - Scott
But, on the plus side - Radek figured out his overheating problem
and it was only going to cost him a 10¢ fuse to fix it. Yay!





What's that saying?
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough.

That's our motto, here at Wan Industries.

Or, maybe, "Stupid is as stupid does?"

I don't know. One of the two.


The Osos did a great job of adopting the slogan(s) - for better or for worse.







OK, hope everyone has a great weekend!
Matt and I spent ALL frickin' day working on the video for Pearl Pass and it's still not ready.
I'm fried.



He went to bed over an hour ago. I gotta go, even if there are typos in this post.
Good night!








Oh, CB160! You snuck in there...
Aw, thanks, and thank you for reading!
Hope you have a great weekend, too!

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Old 08-31-2013, 05:15 AM   #150
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That was just amazing.. We did Schofield on a sunny, dry, DAY, and I don't think I was going as fast as you TWO were. I think I stayed a little further from the edge too..
What a video, I was holding my breath, Matt does like that outside line
Hope you get to ride Pearl in the daylight. . When we did Pearl (a few years later), I was in a Toyota Tacoma! There's a lot of rock, and some deep snow. Should be some great pics! Hope the rain held off for you.
You all can really ride! Whew, very impressive..
Hard work getting that posted at 4:00AM.. Thanks!,
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