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View Results: What did the Osos do after Lica's hit in Hell's Gate?
Hit the 911 button on Lica's spot and waited for search and rescue 8 2.20%
Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction 17 4.67%
What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!! 80 21.98%
With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby! 122 33.52%
Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists 38 10.44%
This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it? 122 33.52%
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:12 AM   #406
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Originally Posted by LittleWan View Post

You guys know that I adore Matt, right?
I think heís the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Part of love is making sacrifices.
So, even though I had been looking forward to riding in Moab
(and had a list of places I wanted us to ride)...

I sent him out to ride solo.

Like a dog off his leash! Re; the 2-up thing, one of the things I love about your videos is how you and Matt work together and communicate together. You rock some pretty gnarly stuff together. Love it.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:21 AM   #407
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I just can't stop!

Reading your report. It's infectious. I get up every morning & check. I check 3 times a day then when I go to bed. I'm gonna cry like a baby when it's over.

Matt your laughing in the video on slick rock tells the whole story about you guys. It's all about the fun.

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Old 09-21-2013, 12:17 PM   #408
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Kelly, your RRs are incredible. I know they take a lot of time and work... thank you soo much. I am in awe of the riding you and Matt do 2up... all you OSOs are wonderfully nutso.....

I get a kick out of Matt's laughter captured in the videos. He sounds like a big kid having a ball....

Rock On....
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:09 PM   #409
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I just got caught up with this RR after a couple of marathon reading sessions. What a GREAT report!!! I love the photos, the humor, the videos - the whole works. I know it is a huge investment of time to do this type of report, so thank you, thank you, thank you!

I live here in Colorado and have done some of the trails you were on, but many of your rides I wouldn't even think of trying. Kudos to some amazing riding skills.

You all are great ambassadors for Colorado. You've made it look fun and exciting even in the rain and mud. Looking forward to the rest of the report.

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Old 09-21-2013, 06:14 PM   #410
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Day 10: 8/10/13
goofing off in Moab, continued.

Kelly's due for a break, so...
I guess itís my turn to talk story for a little while.

We Osos had a great time on Slickrock, for some it was enough, for others it just whet our appetite for more!

On the original tracks, I had planned on doing Top of the World trail, Poison Spider, Rose Garden and maybe Fins and Things, but now we were just winging it.

Radek and Lica knew about Amasa Back Trail. Lica had ridden it with his brother on bicycles, he said it was really difficult and he was curious if we could do it on 990s.

Thatís all it takes, a tiny senseless challenge and weíre off.

The trail starts off with a bang. You can't help but wonder, how are we going to get back up this stuff ?

This trail is an absolute blast!

Itís probably not very difficult on a 450 ďdirt bikeĒ, but itís just perfect for our bikes. Itís pretty technical all the way through and surprisingly rideable.

Kelly and I made a video of the way out to the lookout. We cut the many stops and starts to keep it moving. Hope you like it.

We were pretty stoked after that ride out. We had a chance to enjoy the view and take the Captain Morgan pics.

I think this oneís funny, but it doesnít count for Radekís
Captain Morgan pic.

That's more like it. Arrgh!

The lookout is the half way point, Amasa Back is an in and out trail. So, now we get to go up all those ledges and steps we had so much fun going down.

Weíre getting closer to the trail head and the last few hurdles.

Lica was out front and just charged into this step section. He damn near made it too.

Radek and I took a different approach. Moving really heavy rocks around to build a rampish structure.

Then charge directly into that.

A couple minor adjustments.

Then itís my turn.

As was typical on this trip, we had some premature celebrating.

We were just having such a good time, it was really hard to contain it.

You know that feeling you had, when you were a kid, jumping your bicycle on ramps made of plywood and bricks.
Itís like that.

I was running on fumes. Not the bike, I mean me. I was completely gassed.
I kept thinking about this line in a movie. I couldnít quite place where I heard it, but boy did it apply.

Here it is.

There was one last little bumpy bit, then it would be over.

I knew I only had one more chance to crash, so I took it.

Now we could celebrate!

Only we were too tired.
Osos viejos pero felices osos.

We did have a little damage to report.

Someone stole the tip of Licaís brake pedal.

I sheared my peg pin, but I had a spare with me.

Now, Back to your regularly scheduled broadcast.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:37 PM   #411
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I love the laughing in the video of slick rock! you can't fake the sound of joy riding a motorcycle. long time lurker/reader of your trip reports. They are awesome!!! Temps me to get a 990...
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:44 PM   #412
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[sarcasm on]I am not impressed[/sarcasm off]

Those are great photographs and that video is great.

I suppose next you are going to ride 5moh, .

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Old 09-22-2013, 04:07 AM   #413
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After watching that last video, I believe I can no longer think of myself as an "Adventure Rider"..Maybe more of an "Activity Rider"..
You guys are several leagues over my head. I think I would have described that trail with a different word,, "nightmare" comes to mind..

It was really beautiful, and amazing riding, I'm in awe.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:13 AM   #414
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I have ridden Amasa Back trail back in late 80's. It looks in worse shape now than then. It was a challenge on my XT600 but not as rough. We worried more about a 2 younger boys on 125's. One wrong bounce and off the side. I am anxious to try it again 25 years later, same bike....
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:37 AM   #415
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:43 AM   #416
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Matt , that video was great ! I just kept thinking in my head that all of you were on trials bikes , not quarter ton school buses ! You guys are "OSO LOCO " ! All of you have mad skilz . I think if I didn't have a heart attack in the first 10 minutes I would have run out of steam in 15 . Think team LOCO needs tee shirts that just say LOCO on front and maybe Dumb and Dumber on back . Just kidding . You guys set the bar too high for all mere mortals . Loving the report , as always , carry on !
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:49 AM   #417
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Matt, thank you for being insane.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:49 AM   #418
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I guess we can all agree that our limitations are not dictated by the machine we ride.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:57 AM   #419
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This is why it's so difficult to take a group ride with riders you are unfamiliar with. Everybody wants to know how difficult the terrain is but that's got a different answer for each and every rider.

Hats off to the LOCO's!

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Old 09-22-2013, 09:14 AM   #420
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Originally Posted by LittleWan View Post
Aw, thanks Alleycatdad!
no time for the RR this morning...

and special thanks for watching the Engineer Pass video -
I love that one but itís not getting many views.
Weíre cutting way back on videos, they are so much work and no one watches them.
For you people who put stuff on youtube - never, ever, look at the analytics (like, "average time watched")
Itís depressing.
Argh! I love the videos. But I understand how much work they are. Just saying.
Leave tracks, take photos, mind the gate.
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