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  1. My one and only picture from the ride... The hill climb to check 6 - aka Pussycat Hill aka Oxygen Hill... And as always with hill pictures - it's steeper than it looks!!
  2. I hear ya!!! I came back down that thing with the motor off and bike in gear - I was too much of a wuss to ride back down with both feet on the pegs. At that point, I was just happy to have made it and "style points" took a back seat to surviving the rest of the ride with my bike and body intact...
  3. Great writeup!!! I ran into you guys at the lunch stop and I have to say - r1rider, you sure were proud of you "new" airbox cover!!! I think I heard you tell the story about the checkpoint guy 2 or 3 times before I headed out. I was on the 450-EXC (yeah, I know, I was the only one on a KTM ) with the rack on the back and was wearing an Ogio Flight Vest. I managed to roll back into the convention center at 6:30 to claim my plaque. Sorry you guys couldn't get your rear brake fixed - I couldn't imagine trying to do some of those downhills without it! I was abusing my back brake so much one time that it started to fade on me - I guess it's time to change out the fluid. Pussycat Hill was a pretty rough climb, but I don't think it was as rough as Onyx Summit/Lightning Ridge was last year (the organizers said they couldn't get permission to have them on this year's ride) which didn't have a "white slip" option. The checkpoint guys having an oxygen bottle at the top was a nice touch. I have to say, I don't remember much about the route after Pussycat Hill - I knew it was the hardest part and that the rest would be relatively easy compared to it so I was pretty much on autopilot. It was pretty lonely (I was riding solo) after check 6 though! I think that hill caused quite a few riders to bail to the pavement. Great job to everyone who completed, or even attempted the ride!!!
  4. I was up there a few weekends ago and Big Pine Flat was indeed open. We stopped there to fill camelbaks (no signs) and rode on. Later in the day I was feeling very queasy and had a bad headache - I attributed it to just being tired after a long day. That was until I opened my camelbak this past weekend to clean and refill it - it smelled horrible!!! Now I know where the queasiness came from. Thanks National Forest officials!!!
  5. That's pretty much the same angle as the pic in my writeup: It appears that the slab is down. And LTK is right, I think it's easier the way it is now. A little wheelie to get the front tire onto the slab, then another little wheelie go get up the far side of the crack. Well at least that's what I tried when I went across... This is how it ended up: That's from the opposite angle, you can see the slab's current location. My son and buddy did a little rock stacking so the wheelies weren't necessary (of course we scattered the rocks afterwards)... Before last month, the last time I was on that trail was back in the 90's in my old-school Jeep Grand Wagoneer (you know the one with the wood panel stickers on the sides).
  6. Haha.. very funny Bill... If you're talking about the Golden Crack pictures, you know I'm too much of a wuss to jump the thing... I took the easy way...
  7. I hear you on that!!! My son, a friend and I did a Moab trip a few weeks back and one of our rides took us down the Porcupine Rim Singletrack. I'd say it was one of the best trails we did (despite all the ugly looks and rude comments we got from the mountain bikers for being on "their" trail ). While it was an awesome trail coming down, theres NO way I could ride up it!!! At the bottom we were discussing it with some other dirt-bikers and some mountain bikers and the consensus was that they'd only ever seen ONE MOUNTAIN BIKER ride down it without having to carry his bike and haven't heard of any dirt-bikes going up (although I'm sure there are guys than can do it). I guess if you had a block and tackle to get up the one ravine (that we, and all the mountain bikers had to get off and bulldog down) the rest would be manageable by a skilled rider I bet.. My writeup is on the San Diego Adventure Riders Website with the Porcupine Rim Singletrack pictures on page 2. I can't wait to go back!!!! Great writeup and excellent pictures by the way LTK!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
  8. I hear you on that!!! My son, a friend and I did a Moab trip a few weeks back and one of our rides took us down the Porcupine Rim Singletrack. I'd say it was one of the best trails we did (despite all the ugly looks and rude comments we got from the mountain bikers for being on "their" trail ). While it was an awesome trail coming down, theres NO way I could ride up it!!! At the bottom we were discussing it with some other dirt-bikers and some mountain bikers and the consensus was that they'd only ever seen ONE MOUNTAIN BIKER ride down it without having to carry his bike and haven't heard of any dirt-bikes going up (although I'm sure there are guys than can do it). I guess if you had a block and tackle to get up the one ravine (that we, and all the mountain bikers had to get off and bulldog down) the rest would be manageable by a skilled rider I bet.. My writeup is on the San Diego Adventure Riders Website with the Porcupine Rim Singletrack pictures on page 2. I can't wait to go back!!!! Great writeup and excellent pictures by the way LTK!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
  9. You know, I've often wondered about how much "damage" riding a trail or dirt road actually causes. I think it'd be far less than the "damage" done by digging up the soil and paving it. They're using the "tires on dirt causes damage" argument against us - using that logic, paving a road causes far more damage and we should rip out all the paved roads the "huggers" use to get to their hiking trails in Yosemite, etc... Once again - hypocrites!!!
  10. Sounds alot like: Hypocrites...
  11. The cast room at my hospital gave me one of these: MedCare DryCast Original It worked great!!! You can order them right off their website linked above...
  12. Sounds like you put a bigger sprocket on the back without moving the slider (supposedly there are two ways to mount it to account for a bigger sprocket - I threw on a TM Designworks slider instead). If that's the case, you may want to extend your chain by 2 links and make sure your slider is low enough. I put a 52 toother on the back and my chain was rubbed totally flat on the outside by the slider. New chain and new slider - problem solved... I'm not sure why it broke though - unless the master link clip was on backwards and the extra friction from the improperly adjusted slider pulled it off. Did it break at the master link or elsewhere?
  13. I have the Clarke (3.something gallon) on my 07 EXC. Tank fits and works great. I did have a problem with a leaky petcock connection with the Clarke gasket that I solved by ditching the Clarke gasket and using the stock o-ring. I recommend it!!!
  14. I'd say you were good - but who knows what BS the cop will come up with in court if you fight it... Heck, on the other side of the coin, putting a foot down doesn't necessarily mean you came to a complete stop either. You can put your foot down and still be rolling - do you think the judge would let us off if we said "but your honor, I put my foot down so I must have been stopped"... I'm in northern San Diego County and nobody, I mean NOBODY, comes to a complete stop at signs around here. Just for fun, I've started coming to a complete stop (both on my bike and in the truck) - not for 3 seconds or anything crazy, just stop, then go right away. It really boggles peoples' minds!!! I've had people on the side of 4-way stops wave me on like "go! it's your turn! go so I can!", and people behind me have to slam on the breaks harder than normal cause they thought I was going to roll through like everyone else. It's kinda fun!!! (I don't know why I enjoy pissing people off so much...)
  15. What if your friend had shown the judge a video of himself doing a "track stand" while the bike wasn't moving? In this case, the cop based his "the guy didn't stop" argument on not putting a foot down. If this guy can prove to the judge that he can stop without putting a foot down, the cop's only argument doesn't hold water. I'm not saying your friend would have gotten out of the ticket (depending on the judge involved), but the cop essentially said "he didn't put a foot down, so he couldn't have stopped". It's all moot for me, cause I don't have that good of balance!!! Hey Zeke, it's California for crying out loud! Who comes to a complete stop anyways???