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Homey55

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  1. Homey55

    L.A.Times article of interest

    Those comments are crazy! We pay all kinds of fees to ride, maintain trails, pay for LEO salaries, etc. and the money gets stolen by the State to bail us (California) out! I also love that we are so selfish and don't share our land and live in it peacefully like they do...how many times have we seen "them" out on the trails? Also, if you have a special study going on in the middle of nowhere should it not be clearly marked or fenced off? No point arguing with these people though as they are not to be reasoned with.
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    Roger Hurd Returns to Baja with a New Team and a New Challenge!

    Wow...I've known Roger for about 8 years now through mountainbiking. He's a great guy and has helped me out a ton with my racing. This story is truly inspiring and a great thing to happen to a great person. Now...how did the team do?!
  3. Homey55

    My 2009 Burro Enduro Experience

    I really appreciate everyone's help out there. The "vibe" I was talking about is nothing bad at all and it really does not turn me off to joining a club. I just didn't understand the whole point of the club. But now I can see why having more members is important and how more members helps...not only that but you get some new friends and some more poeple to ride with (which I only have a few at this point). I'll be out there again!
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    My 2009 Burro Enduro Experience

    That's a good point.
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    My 2009 Burro Enduro Experience

    Links... Results: http://www.moto-tally.com/d37/Enduro/Results.asp?EY=2009&EID=8&OCID=C52&vT=Score+Cards ADVRider Link (With Pictures - but not mine): http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=526039
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    My 2009 Burro Enduro Experience

    Conclusion… As a first timer, I thought I did pretty good. Like I said before, this was my third ride this year. I was in no shape for this race and it showed quite a bit. I had 3 crashes and 10-20 “near misses”! My bike was not set up for sand and I’m still sore 4 days later! So overall I think my attempt was a success. I finished 5th in my class with 36 total points and 106 out of 200+ people. I met some great guys (Maurice and Jeff) and really appreciate all of the help from them (roll chart tips/tricks, timing, what to expect, starting my bike, and navigating sign ups). I also wanted to thank the Checkers and Four Aces for allowing me to ride this enduro for “free” even if it cost me around $90! They did put on a great event. All of the guys at the checks were friendly, helpful and encouraged me at every check. Also, a big thanks to Thunderchicken for allowing a regular ThumperTalk guy to try it out! Sorry about the pictures (or lack thereof). Next time I’ll strap a disposable camera to my bars!
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    My 2009 Burro Enduro Experience

    I'm not ready to join a club just yet. Maurice and Jeff are the only people I was able to talk to for more that 10 seconds. They are great guys though and were a HUGE help. No one has shown me the secret handshake yet but I'm pretty intriged as to why a new member is such a big deal. It reminds me of when I joined a fraternity in College. BTW, I'm not making fun of anyone or any club, it's just a strange "vibe" that I can sense and I'm not sure about it. It's all good though.
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    My 2009 Burro Enduro Experience

    Loop 2… After a 30 minute break I headed over to the start of loop 2. I felt pretty good and decided that I would do a couple checks and quit once I started to get tired. I was the only rider left on my minute so I lined up and rode off to the first check. The loop started really nice with some more sand – super! I rode up and down a couple little hills and thought this was not too bad. I zero’d the first check! Damn, must be doing something right…pat myself on the back and head to the rocks! The singletrack through the rocks was a lot of fun and my bike was set up perfect for that…finally. I got passed by a few guys through that section but I really didn’t care at that point. I just wanted to challenge myself and see what this enduro was all about. There were a lot of tight twisty sections with some fun up and down terrain that kept a smile on my face. Right after this section there was a nice wide sand wash and a huge sand hill right after a turn with no run up to the hill. I just downshifted and hammered the throttle up the hill and made it no problem. I was feeling really good at this point. I was wondering how hard the trail would get on the second loop and the next hill answered my question. I came around the corner to see a huge, rocky, steep hill that already had 3 people stuck on it. I learned from my last mistake of waiting for traffic to clear and just went for it. There was a sharp left turn right in the middle of the hill with a guy just sitting there. Then there was another guy in front of him a little further up the hill and a guy to the right of him. My split second decision was to split two guys and go straight up the hill instead of making a left (following the trail). That didn’t work out so good for me. I made it about 10-20 feet past the roadblock and dumped it. The hill was covered in rocks and sand plus it was torn up from 40 minutes of riders before me. I surprised myself at how far I actually made it up the hill and took a drink of water before I attempted the rest of the hill. It took about 5 minutes to restart my bike because I was so tired and I was on a steep hill having trouble touching the ground. I ended up pushing the bike up the hill for the rest of the way and was relieved to make it to the top…finally! So that was crash #2 and I had survived, unhurt, along with my trusty XR. What goes up must come down… This is where I decided that I had enough for the day. I hate downhill’s and this was the downhill of all downhill’s for me. I would never think to go down the section that was put in front of me – ever! It looked like it was about 75 yards straight down with 6”-8” rocks and loose dirt the whole way. There were people stuck in front of me and there were people breathing down my neck behind me. I took it slow and decided that the people behind me would be able to get by, and they did somehow. I was doing really good, not pretty – but managing, until ¾ of the way down where I got stuck. There was a rock ledge that I got myself stuck on. My front tire was wedged into another rock, my back tire was teetering on one of those 6” rocks, and I could only hover over the ground with my left toe! I did that for about 10 seconds until I got a cramp in my leg and let go of the bike. Unfortunately my handlebars got stuck on my knee braces and I had to lift my bike off of my knee and push it over. With that section “cleared” I picked up my bike and coasted to the bottom of the hill and bumped the XR back to life. I rode to the next reset and changed my odo and roll chart to 9.9. That was the last time I checked anything. I took a break at the reset and talked to a couple guys waiting for their time. I got some advice on downhill’s (“just gas it and use your back brake”…maybe next time), and took another swig of water and tried to catch my breath. After another 5 minute break, I was off to the next adventure. I rode a couple of miles and followed a few guys that almost got me lost. We saw the KTM 950 broken down and went straight instead of left but he was nice enough to point us back towards the course. I saw another hill that didn’t look too bad but I was spent and didn’t want to attempt another downhill – or uphill – like I just finished. At that point I called it quits! I had a couple miles to go to get to camp and I was happy to be done for the day!
  9. Homey55

    My 2009 Burro Enduro Experience

    Race Start… So I lined up about 5 minutes before the start. There was a Father and Son on the line with me. They looked like they knew what they were doing so I just followed them for a while. The first thing I noticed was the sand. There probably isn’t a worse bike for the sand than an XR400 (except maybe any other XR or the guy on the 950 Adventure). My bike felt like a snow plow and seemed to handle like one too! So I followed the Father and Son duo for a while until the son wrecked in a dried up creek bed and got a flat rear tire. I was a little worried at first but the trail was laid out so we had time to stop and check our time/chart/odo and regroup. I think I was a couple minutes late to the first couple of checks which I was perfectly happy with. I was in no hurry and I just wanted to survive my first enduro. As the first loop progressed, I started to get a little (maybe a lot) tired of the sand. This was the third time I had ridden my bike this year. The last time was 1 day a couple months ago at Bell Mountain. So my body was re-adjusting to riding and starting to loosen up. I got to what I thought was a decent hill climb and stopped at the bottom. There was a guy stuck half way up and I thought I would give him a chance to get going. Looking back, I should have just ridden by. About 3 guys rode past me and right by the guy on the hill. So I followed those guys and went right by and realized that I can’t wait for others anymore. The loop went on (with more sand) and I continued to fall behind. I got to a mileage check and reset my odo to correspond with the sign. I looked at my roll chart and saw something like 38 mph then looked up at some tight trails and thought this must be the “test” section and I need to go as fast as I can to the next check. So I took off and rode at a comfortable pace and just tried to relax and not worry about pushing too hard since I would rather finish and have fun than go home hurt. I think I got to the next check between 48-58 (10-20 minutes late). So I thought I blew it but it turns out a lot of people lost time there. So I rode off for the final section of the first loop. The last section was more sand and a few challenging hills thrown in. I was finally comfortable cruising through the sand but it was still a fight through the turns on my XR. Towards the end of the first loop the sand turned to a little silt. I was getting tired at this point and I was really getting tired of sand. The silt made me a little gun shy and I was not comfortable in it. It was here that I had my first crash of the day! I’m not sure what happened (brain fart) but I just kind of let go of the bike and did a swan dive into the silt. Luckily it was nice and soft but it really zapped my energy picking up my bike and re-starting it. Quite a few guys passed me and it took a few minutes to get my breath back (while riding). I knew I had to make some time and I could see camp so I started pushing to the finish so I could get a decent time. I think I re-passed 3 guys on the way to the final hill. I remember thinking that the last hill looked pretty challenging and not something I would normally ride up but I went right up the thing with no problem! I got to the top and had a clear trail with a challenging downhill section that went surprisingly smooth for me! I finished on minute 42. Sweet, only 4 minutes late! I was exhausted after that loop and contemplated packing up and going home. I was proud of myself and would have been fine with finishing 1 loop. So I rode back to camp and met up with Maurice and Jeff for a few minutes. They both encouraged me to at least ride through the start of the second loop to get those points. So I relaxed, refueled, and rode over the start of loop 2.
  10. Homey55

    My 2009 Burro Enduro Experience

    Day 2… Day 2 started off frozen with a nice headache! I was wishing it would warm up a little quicker but once I started moving around and getting my gear on I was fine. I was really dreading trying to start my bike (XR440) in the cold since it took about 45 minutes the last time I tried to start it in the freezing weather. This time was no different. Maurice had some starter fluid that I tried after 5 minutes of kicking. He sprayed it in and I remember thinking no way, but I’ll try it and see what happens…nothing. Tried that one more time…nothing. Kicked for a few more minutes and worked up a sweat. My next thought was what I had been thinking I would have to do all morning, which was a little tug. Maurice was nice enough to help out, again, and get me going. Our first attempt was almost a disaster as I just about got my bars ripped out of my grip and barely let got of the rope before disaster. I hate being towed and I have always thought it was a disaster waiting to happen and I could tell the folks in camp thought the same thing as I looked over and noticed several guys “waiting for it”. The second tug was a little slower and the result was a success! I grabbed my wallet and was off to sign ups. AMA sign up (check), District 37 sign up (check), Event sign up (check), donation (check), roll chart purchase (check, then un-check because I forgot it right there), number purchase (check), sound check (check + another check for remembering my roll chart). I returned to camp to finish prepping my bike (loading my roll chart, checking my stop watch function, checking tire pressure, etc. Geared up and headed to the start to see how that worked out. I got there right around minute 4 and I was minute 38. It was a long wait but it was nice to just relax before my race.
  11. Homey55

    My 2009 Burro Enduro Experience

    Day 1... First of all I have to say that this takes the cake for the craziest thing I have done. The previous record holder was my "Bike to Work Day" where I thought it would be fun to ride my full suspension mountain bike to work (30 miles one way). That's another story and not as exciting as my Burro Enduro experience. I'm sorry I have no pictures, but if you were there then you should be able to follow along...plus I think I might link to the thread over on ADV Rider since that guy made it the same distance as me. My experience started at 8:30 Saturday night. I have 2 boys (2 & 3) and I could not justify leaving my wife at home with the two of them for 2 whole days, so I left for the desert after my father-in-law's birthday party. I grabbed a few things from the store and I was off to Lucerne. I pulled into camp right around 11:00 that night. Mauricedorris was nice enough to stay up and wait for me and welcome me into his camp. He invited me into his motorhome, where I also met Jeff, and we chatted for a few minutes about the "fun" I would have on Sunday. They gave me a few pointers on keeping time and some of the tricks they would try to throw at us. The few pointers they gave me turned out to be really helpful on a couple of occasions. After talking to Jeff and Maurice for a few minutes I decided it was time to get ready for bed. My bed was the back of my truck…big mistake. I unloaded everything, set up 2 moving blankets for padding, and had 2 sleeping bags for warmth. I sat in the back of the truck for a few minutes to enjoy a beer and some stars before bed along with a few bombs and some loud music from the camp across the drylake! It really was not too cold when I finally went to bed around 12:00. I thought that it wouldn’t be too bad. As the night went on, the temperature dropped down below freezing. In the 6 hours that I “slept” I tossed and turned, had to pee 3 times and froze my butt off more every time I got up!
  12. Homey55

    Thumpertalk Members: Ride the Burro Enduro for Free!

    LOL! My kids are 2 & 3. They will be out there in a few years but they are nowhere neer ready to ride. I might take you up on a day trip though. I'll let you know.
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    Thumpertalk Members: Ride the Burro Enduro for Free!

    I think I did see you with a guy that was down. I looked over and there didn't seem to be a panic plus the guy in front of me kept going so I didn't stop. Were you riding an older XR with XR400/250 forks on it? If I knew you were at the enduro I would have stopped to say hi. I might try another enduro in the future so I might take you up on the offer
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    Thumpertalk Members: Ride the Burro Enduro for Free!

    My bike is still in great condition, just dusty. I, on the other hand, am a little banged up but starting to feel better. I'll give you guys a call when I'm ready to try again. With 2 little boys my desert trips are few and far between though!
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    Thumpertalk Members: Ride the Burro Enduro for Free!

    Good to shake your hand! I completed loop 1 and I think I did pretty good. I had 1 big crash in a deep silt bed several miles from the finish. Jeff told me to line up for the second loop and just roll the start and ride back to camp if I didn't want to ride it. Well I made it to the reset (I think it was the 9.9 reset) after some crazy hillclimb (with 3 guys stuck in the middle) and the craziest downhill I have ever done. I crashed on the uphill and the downhill portion of that section. I reset my odo and took off to ride some more and came to another hill and thought I could not handle another section like the one I just completed so I turned back to camp. I'm kicking myself for not going to the next check but I'm glad I quit when I did. I'll work on a full write up this week (W/O pictures...sorry no camera).
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