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|Hit the 911 button on Lica's spot and waited for search and rescue||7||2.28%|
|Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction||15||4.89%|
|What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!!||68||22.15%|
|With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby!||103||33.55%|
|Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists||29||9.45%|
|This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it?||102||33.22%|
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|08-31-2013, 11:22 PM||#166|
Joined: Jun 2013
Location: On the Flatirons
Again! You are so knocking it out of the ball park with your RR. Can also see Matt has not lost any of his 2up pilot skills
|09-01-2013, 01:04 AM||#167|
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Diamond Bar, CA.
I knew this update to the ride report would be happening, so when I woke up in the middle of the night due to my insomnia, I had something to look forward to.
Great work guys!
Matt - You're an amazing rider.
Kelly - You're an amazing rider and ride reporter.
Radek and the rest of you, you're all pretty cool too!
I'm honored to be your friend.
|09-01-2013, 08:41 AM||#168|
Better hang on!
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: Southwest Sandbox
We were up near Gunnison and Crested Butte about a week before you were up there, and we were constantly rained on, too. However, we avoided most of mud and decided to take the asphalt (Hwy 550 though, still quite pretty!) and abandoned plans to try some of those passes. A big fully-loaded GS does not quite handle as well as a smaller off-road-geared bike in slick situations.
But wow! I am impressed - and terrified! - that you all did that in the dark and wet conditions. I would have needed several beers to calm my nerves if I had been there!
Please keep writing, it is so much better than anything on TV!
2012 R1200GS Adventure, aka "Gus"
The Patient Pillion Passenger
|09-01-2013, 08:44 AM||#169|
Two wheeled traveler
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Lowry Crossing, TX
Up Schofield Pass at night in the rain ... Oso Epic .
Things typically don't look as gnarly in the vids as they were in real life, so I can only imagine how scary that really was for y'all, because the vid freaked me out .
+1 Team Oso Outstanding Job !
|09-01-2013, 08:57 AM||#170|
Joined: Feb 2013
Location: Evansville, Indiana
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Ferris Bueller
|09-01-2013, 10:02 AM||#171|
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: Vancouver BC
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|09-01-2013, 10:18 AM||#172|
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: Vancouver BC
Kelly you are doing such a good job with the report I'm on it like Bartek on a taco and so is my Mom and my friends. I guess when I try to explain them how it was I get too exited and I start screaming ;) Now they understand for the first time what happened. Thanks so much and I hope we'll put a ride together in British Columbia soon. I know some places :
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|09-01-2013, 11:43 AM||#173|
Joined: Jan 2004
Location: FLint Hills
This is an awesome read, thanks for sharing
French vacation house for rent! Great riding area!
450 KTM exc
950 Adventure S
|09-02-2013, 11:27 AM||#178|
Pro Cat Herder
Joined: Feb 2007
Location: Fremont, Ca
uggg that video made me cringe
Glad everyone made it out ok
Honda 450X (plated)
KTM Adventure S
Paul's SPOT TRACKER
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. St. Augustine
|09-02-2013, 12:37 PM||#179|
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: San Jose, Ca
Spectacular and Amazing!
You guys are all amazing!!
A real cliffhanger.
Radek, I was having the same overheating problems as you for many months and replaced water pump, thermostat, thermoswitch, rad cap, and burped a few times.
My problem was a frayed fan wire, fan would come on very weakly or not at all. Need to make sure fan wires do not move around. New fan fixed it.
On with the craziness!
|09-02-2013, 05:02 PM||#180|
You can do it!
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: SF bay area
I hope everyone had a fun weekend. I know I did.
Wow, thanks for all the nice comments!
I'm really glad you guys enjoyed Schofield.
I know you've been waiting for more RR,
so I’ll start with Pearl Pass and then we’ll talk about crash bars and stuff afterwards, okay?
Day 5: 8/5/13
goofing off around Gunnison 119 miles
Matt and I had planned out a brutal 2 week ride for these guys.
Long, hard, days of dirt - sometimes tough due to mileage covered, other times tough due to technical riding.
Of course, this schedule had been dependent on:
1 - good weather
2 - flawlessly running bikes
3 - unhurt riders
Since we had none of the above , it was time to re-evaluate.
Our Day 5 itinerary had called for Pearl Pass, some single track (with luggage), and a night of camping.
Probably not the best plan.
Bartek was in pain, Lica’s knee was hurting, and Scott was having back problems...
The Rodeway Inn was nice, so we decided to stay another night.
Breakfast was included, and it wasn’t bad.
Not the most flattering photo, but it was perfectly adequate grub.
Osito had been our roomie for the night.
Everyone said he snores like crazy, but he was fine.
Quiet as a little mouse.
Everyone was still pretty tired from yesterday.
We laughed about the craziness.
Ugh, digging his bike out with his hands!!
Scott said that on the rainy ride to Gunnison,
he kept trying to wipe his faceshield, but all he did was smear mud all over it.
El Bartek had his own faceshield issues...
Yuck! How do people ride without helmets??
I took some tire pics...
Our Scorpion Rally front.
And rear. 1400 miles at this point.
Radek really loves this tire. No, you’re not hearing me.
He LOVES it...
Bartek, on the other hand, was not loving his TKC80.
Not one bit.
Considering that he had been carrying a nice new 908 in yesterday’s mud...
Time to change that.
After his 5 flats on the Baja Wan-Thousand, Bartek is pretty fast now.
He gave us a demo of his new tools...
Motion Pro bead breaker and lever set. He raves about them.
They worked great!
And, they are easier to carry than a bunch of Osos.
Aw, did you see Bartek’s brand-new rim? This was his very first ride on it!
First taco of the taco tour...
I heard he had a matching one on the front rim, too... Aw, Bartek!
Osito had an interesting tip for lubing up the new tire...
Banana peel! Great idea for the trail. (assuming you like bananas, of course!)
All the mud on the radiators wasn’t going to help the bikes run better...
So, the guys went to a car wash and I got to catch up in my journal.
When Matt came back with a clean bike, I found a good spot for our Fineline sticker!
it covers up some scratches.
Some of the group had done a little shopping, too...
Scott stopped at one of the bike shops to look for new brake pads.
he ended up with new pants instead.
He came back with some tidbits of info, too.
Apparently the guy at the bike shop heard that we wanted to do Pearl Pass.
He said, forget it - you can't to Pearl on those big bikes.
You'll just wreck your bikes.
Matt and I still wanted to do it - Pearl was on the list and we were going to see it, dammit.
We didn’t have many takers, though.
Osito was worn out from Schofield and we didn’t blame him at all.
Bartek and Lica were injured, and Scott didn’t want to aggravate his back.
(the guys claimed that they were just going to take it easy today. They lied, but we will get to that later...)
So, that left us, and the Canimal.
Radek is always up for anything - plus, he had definitely had the easiest time out of everyone on Schofield.
amazing Oso Grande!!
But when he realized that it was just going to be him and us Wans...
Radek packed his block and tackle.
I wasn’t anxious to put on my wet boots, but this had been a slow morning.
They had spent some time in front of the heater...
Crap. They were still moist inside...
Pearl Pass, here we come!
As we were driving through Gunnison, we spied the Klim van.
I said to matt, “Hey, is that Mark?”
With his wife, Rose.
We had all met (Radek, too) last year at the Klim rally!
What a small world!
After a brief chat, we were on our way to the trail...
It had been clear and sunny all morning.
Maybe our luck with the weather had changed!
Heading towards the pass.
Hmm. Then again...
Looks like we had timed it perfectly - we'd be riding in the rain.
When Matt and I were planning, we kept reminding each other that we had to get up to the passes early,
so we wouldn’t get caught in the afternoon thunderstorms...
Stupid is as stupid does.
Flowers for Ladybug!
We actually saw lots of pretty wildflowers in Colorado, but didn’t get many pics.
Maybe because it was always raining.
Blurry. You're used to that by now, right?
It didn’t stop us from having a fantastic ride, though!
We were loving it!
Going up Pearl Pass was awesome!
What a kickass ride! So much fun.
Radek shot some nice video - he’s so cool about filming us.
Matt and I want to thank Radek for being so patient.
We ride at a decent pace, but we’re slower than he is.
Radek always sacrifices his own ride to get footage of us. Gracias, Oso Negro!
HD if you want - lots of rocks!
It’s hard for Matt to return the favor (filming), 2up.
The schoolbus is just too slow and cumbersome.
But he tried to make it up to Radek in Moab (on their solo adventures. )
(You'll have to wait for Day 10 for that footage )
So, we had made it UP Pearl Pass.
But, we had gone the easy way.
Apparently, going down the backside was going to be much tougher...
you know who!
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