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oldgrunt

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    Enduro riding, saving the sport of off-road riding and supporting our troops.

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  1. oldgrunt

    Carbon tax initiative

    Joe, I have a helmet sticker. 🤣 Out of the many people I have shared trails with over the years I think you would appreciate this one the most. If you will PM your address to me I will mail it to you. Dutch
  2. oldgrunt

    Tahuya winter men’s club: Wednesday riding

    Can't help much with the trail to clear choice. I have spent the past two seasons building Shelton Dirt Rider trails and have spent very little time in Tahuya.
  3. oldgrunt

    Tahuya winter men’s club: Wednesday riding

    So far, so good but luck has a way of running out. I have been the victim of many crimes in my lifetime and several of those have been break ins of vehicles left parked as well as theft of the entire vehicle, contents and all. At the last Tahuya Focus meeting between DNR staff and the various clubs that use the trails, DNR specifically warned us about the increased number of break ins and number of homeless people now attempting to live in the forest. Granted that was back in warmer weather but the mobile tweaker activity in the whole Tahuya area is always present. The only time I am comfortable leaving my van in a trailhead anymore is when there are a lot of users, such as in an organized event by one of the clubs.
  4. oldgrunt

    Tahuya winter men’s club: Wednesday riding

    I have some tools and experience for those tasks. I also know a safe place to stage at on nearby private property, but you need the owners permission and his dog has to like you.
  5. oldgrunt

    Tahuya winter men’s club: Wednesday riding

    I would be available for this.
  6. oldgrunt

    Picture Tread! Where did you all ride this weekend?

    I gave up on expensive gas power saws after looking at the overall cost of operation and repair that I experienced over the years. My last $500 saw needed a $170 repair within 3 months of purchasing it. I bought a Kobalt electric saw with battery and charger for less than the repair would cost. I was so well pleased with its performance, light weight and ease of use that I gave the expensive saw away. I now have two Kobalt saws, a Kobalt hedge trimer and a Kobalt weed cutter and am well please with all of them. Each one came with a battery and charger, so I have four batteries. I can work clearing trail for hours with one of these tools by packing an extra battery or two. The batteries have a short recharge time and are always ready to go again in the morning. (If I remember to put them on the chargers.)😁
  7. oldgrunt

    Where to ride around ft lewis

    Zkerby, I have sent my phone number to you. We can get started Sunday. Dutch
  8. oldgrunt

    Where to ride around ft lewis

    zkitby, I am retired army having served on Fort Lewis before it was combined with McChord AFB and became JBLM. I have completely private property with groomed trails available for you to ride on with your boys free of charge. There would be no one there but me and my dog who loves kids. My last MOS was 11M40H whereby I became well versed in methods of instruction and also have been riding dirt bikes for over 60 years. I can help you teach your boys ways to be safe and comfortable while having fun on their bikes. I did that for my own kids. I'm sure working with your kids would bring back good memories for me and you and I could become friends in the process. As your boys develop their riding skills I can show you the local trails in the Tahuya State Forest. Also there are over 20,000 acres of Shelton Dirt Rider leased land which is on is private timberland that may interest you. It is only open to members of Shelton Dirt Rider, LLC which is a very safety minded organization. There is an annual fee for membership but well worth the price. I spent considerable time helping John Eaton develop trails there. We have a multi acre section set up specially for parents to work with their kids teaching them how to ride. John is a Marine Corps veteran. I'm sure you would enjoy getting to know him. All of these riding areas are within an hours drive of JBLM. Dutch .
  9. oldgrunt

    Carbon tax initiative

    It has been pointed out that I-1631 will raise more than $2.3 billion in the first 5 years alone. Control of this vast sum of money will be given to an unaccountable, unelected board appointed by our unaccountable, liberal governor.
  10. oldgrunt

    Getting off at 80

    I got two of them in Oregon but there are dealers in Washington now. Check out the Ubcobikes.com/US website for locations. The last I heard there are dealers in Centralia, Seattle and Bellevue. They are nothing like a motorcycle though. They are dual purpose mopeds that were designed for farm work needs in New Zealand. I haul firewood out of the woods with mine. It has a 75 mile range on the streets and 50 off road.
  11. oldgrunt

    Getting off at 80

    I have started to groom those trails for a restart of the Troop Support Rides I was doing a couple of years ago. I m going to keep it simple and small this time so I don't get burned out pulling maintenance on 6 bikes and all the riding gear like I did last time. I will be using Ubco two wheel drive electric utility bikes and the Sur Ron.
  12. oldgrunt

    Getting off at 80

    Being 10 months shy of 80 I am noticing that my get offs are more painful then they were when I was only 70. The really bad part is that it has become harder and harder to pick the bikes up after I dump them. This in spite of the fact that I have been buying the lightest off road bikes available for over 20 years now. So I have been selling off and going electric. My KTM and Yamaha both went for 1/3rd of what I had in them. Kept my highly modified, street legal KX100 because it is well under 200 pounds, even with the two gallon tank but have decided to let it go as well and just keep my trials bike for rides that would be beyond the range of my electric bike. I have bought a Sur-Ron electric Light Bee. Not a lot of top end but it has incredible traction and at 110 pounds it is so flickable that I am getting through my really tight practice trails faster than I could on any bike I have owned in the past.
  13. oldgrunt

    2018 Western Trip Recap

    Welcome home Tiger.
  14. oldgrunt

    Weyerhaeuser sucks

    Exactly. And it all started when those counties had to cut sheriff deputies because tax revenue dropped off a cliff when the enviros started filing lawsuits against timber sales. I've tried to explain to the local timber guys that I'm on their side, most dirt bikers are not members of the Sierra club lol. I mark illegal dumps with my gps and report them, I've followed guys with pickups full of shit around until they went back to pavement. They should enlist us, not lock us out. Garbage was a key that enabled Shelton Dirt Rider, LLC to get Green Diamond Resources to allow SDR members to ride on their property. During the past year and a half that we have had ORV access to their property SDR members have removed well over 150 cubic yards of garbage from their forest land. That figure which I know is accurate because I witnessed the full dumpsters, does not include the tons of scrap iron and tires we also removed. We supplied the labor, Green Diamond supplied the dumpsters and paid the dump fees. Green Diamond is now quite happy with our presence on their property. The still lock their gates but we have keys and Id stickers that they honor.
  15. oldgrunt

    Weyerhaeuser sucks

    From 76 to 79 I promoted the 85 mile "Evil Spirit Enduro" on Wyerhouser land near Enumclaw. We never asked permission to do it, left the arrows up all year round and cut trail where ever we pleased. No one from Wyerhouser ever said a word to us and their drivers would wave to us as we rode our dirt bikes pass their trucks on the logging roads. All gates were open to their property and the jeepers would wallow in mud pits under the power lines. In the late 80"s a kid on a quad went skidding around a blind turn in the Grass Mountain Truck road straight into a logging truck coming down the road. He killed himself. His parents sued Wyerhouser. After that the gates were all locked and permit fees were enforced. And there is your answer. It only takes one ah to screw up a good thing.
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