Sunday, May 24, 2015

GIMPY OLD MEN–NO DUST ,NO LOGS ,NO RAIN ,LOW WATER–LIME CREEK 5/24/2015

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RIDERS – SPODE DADDY, IDASPODE
LOOP – 51 MILES ( ~15-20 MILES ROAD )
                 RIDGE TRACK  > HUNTER CREEK > CONNECTOR >  PRESIDENT > PORCUPINE/SHEEP DRIVE

18 MPH/AVG , 60 MPH MAX
FUEL CONSUMPTION ~1.35 GAL (5L)

3RD WEEK SINCE MY HAMSTRING INJURY , 3RD RIDE THIS YEAR FOR DAVID.

WE RODE INTO HUNTER CREEK FIRST, TO VERIFY LIME CREEK COULD BE CROSSED.
THE WATER WAS LOW , ALMOST AT SUMMER LEVELS. THERE HAS BEEN ENOUGH TRAFFIC TO KICK THE LOOSE
ROCKS OFF OF HUNTER CREEK.


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PRESIDENT’S
HAD TO STOP TO ADJUST MY BACKPACK SO I SNAPPED A COUPLE OF PHOTOS.
TRAIL WAS MOIST AND LUSH



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I TOLD DAVID IF THERE IS A HEAVEN , I WOULD HOPE IT’S JUST LIKE PRESIDENTS  (TODAY ).

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TOP OF PRESIDENT WHERE WE STOPPED FOR LUNCH.
ON THE WAY UP I COULDN’T REMEMBER IF I HAD  PUT MY LUNCH IN THE BACKPACK.
I HAD , IT WAS A NICE SURPRISE !


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ON THE ROAD RIGHT OFF PRESIDENT , DAVID SPOTTED AT DOE & FAWN.
WE ROLLED UP TO WHERE THEY HAD CROSSED AND FOUND THE FAWN HIDING IN THE BRUSH.
DAVID WAS OFF HIS BIKE SO I HANDED HIM MY CAMERA TO GET A CLOSE UP.






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VIEW FROM TOP OF PORCUPINE

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PORCUPINE JUST BEFORE IT DROPS THROUGH THE CLIFFS TO LIME CREEK.
SHEEP HAVE ALREADY BEEN DRIVEN THROUGH , SOME OF THE MUDDY SECTIONS WERE CHURNED A BIT.


WE  GOT BACK TO THE TRUCK BEFORE ANY THUNDERSTORMS FORMED.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MY WHITE PRIVILEGE - THORN CREEK 5/13/2015

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Trail Boss – Spode Daddy
Riders        - IdaSpode

Loop – 35 miles 
~ 15 mph avg  
    1 gal fuel consumption , 35mpg includes two spills

My first off-road ride in a couple of weeks since I injured my hamstring .
I think it may have been close to three months since David has been on his bike.

My first trail ride on the FreeRide  .
Still has stock skinny man springs , no Rekluse  and Maxxis trials tires.

The bike is super light ( ~200 lbs w/o fuel ) , easy to flick around but still feels stable.
The engine is like a diesel , all torque , no surge with throttle , heavy fly wheel feel. 
Small fuel capacity , 1.8 gallons but depending on the terrain should have 50-60 mile range.

The Maxxis  trials on the front totally sucks, might be a conspiracy to kill old white spodes .
Mud was a slick as greased pig shit , the front gave way a half dozen times . 
On the first hill climb  the front slid off the trail .
By the end of the ride I was paddling DOWN HILL ! 
Not too sure about the Maxxis on the rear either .

The ride had it’s comical moments :

On a hill climb on Minneha Ridge both of us wiped out. 
Then on Peg Leg Dave spun out in switch back. He high sided and had to roll through the brush to the trail below.
We got his bike through the brush back to the trail.

Right after the switchback is small tree across the trail . Being cautious I didn’t carry enough speed to roll the
rear wheel over . I decided to walk it over , but lost control and and was  dragged over the edge of the trail !

Took a few hundred yards to remember how to feather the clutch on hill climbs , the it took a while to get the
hang of using the clutch with the rear brake .

My hamstring was sore by the end of the ride.
On the way home I set up an appointment with Brooks , my physical therapist.   David said I was “walking like an old black woman”.
When I got home I ordered a Rekluse from Moto One.


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David bottom of Easter Creek

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Start of Peg Leg




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After my first trail ride on the 250R FreeRide .

Pending changes – Fat  Man Springs
                                       Rekulse Auto Clutch 
                                       AT 81 front tire

Friday, May 1, 2015

Nothing I Ride is Good for Me–Airline 4/30/2015

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Trail Boss – OffRoadRider15f

Riders – Map Guy , Spode Daddy

Loop ~ 30 miles  Fuel Consumption ~ 1 gal

Wednesday morning I had a my colon scoped, got home and took a nap.
When I woke up I saw I had a FB message from Dave asking if I wanted  to
join him and Bill clearing trails in Garden Valley Thursday .
Meet at the Horseshoe Bend Chevron .

Damn it’s own . I’ll have to leave ~ 7:30 AM to make it to the Garden Valley
Chevron by  9AM.

The clinic had a warning NOT TO MAKE ANY IMPORTANT DECISIONS after the
procedure since your recovering from the sedative  but nothing about Dirt Biking .

Eventually Dave and Bill located me near the Mormon Church in Garden Valley
and I followed them to the Airline trail head .

David parked at a pullout just past the trail head  but it wasn’t wide enough
for me to turn around the dually & trailer. Decided to drive up the road to
find a wider spot . The road got narrower, steeper with boulders that had rolled
into the road.


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About two miles up the road I found a spur I could back the trailer and turn around.
On the way back the trailer tire clipped the boulder – slashed the sidewall and bent the
rim !

I had to stop and change the wheel.  As I was putting the spare on , Dave and
Bill had launched a search on their bikes  to find me. I told Bill to “ just shoot me now “.


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Bill and Dave above Garden Valley.

 

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My first ride on Airline , sweet single track !

Dave’s videos :






About 10 miles up the trail there is rock face to climb, as always it looks steeper that it really is.

Dave and Bill motored up dabbing a couple of times. I start off on the seat, near the top is lip where I start to stand
to to roll over .  As I stood I felt my left “hamstring” pull, making me lose it , chopping the throttle  and trying
to dab with the bad leg. I dropped  the bike and slid down the rock face.

Bill picks up my bike and then helps me get around the rock face  even riding it up in one spot.

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Balance rock above rock face.  I had to have Dave get my bike up a a slotted step up , my left leg being
pretty much useless .  Around the corner at a flat spot we stopped to take a rest. I laid on my back and had
Bill push my leg back to try to stretch out my charlie –horse .

Post injury my skill level went back ~ 5 years and I was riding at a least a gear lower.
My left leg was next to useless the rest of the ride , worried how bad I hurt it , if I was going to hurt it
more , how long I wouldn't be able to dirt bike.
Sitting down I got cramps and stiff. Standing up it sore going over any type terrain.




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I lost count of how many trees Dave and Bill cleaned up.



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At 7400 feet we hit snow banks , we were probably within ~ 3 miles  of  Scott Mountain Lookout.

Had our lunch break . Bill and Dave shared stories about epic rides in the Sawtooths.

 

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On the way back we followed an ATV trail and road back to Airline.

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The Lookout on the ridge above us , another week or two the snow should be clear .

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Another view of  Garden Valley .

Back at the trucks we discussed when the trails would be clear of snow and seasonal closures.

I shared my story about antler hunters , Dave said “that was your party ?”.
He met the fellow a few weeks ago. Could see him approaching on the road and stopped .
The hunter was startled and laid his bike down on the road. I said good !

They must have discussed closures.
The hunter told a tale of how the road was muddy , sloppy and the sheriff was waiting for us at the trucks. 

I told Dave the real story – the road was dry , dusty and hunters had called the sheriff .
The sheriff said he had a complaint we were riding the road. I discussed with the sheriff deputy
the the road was dry & dusty and the purpose of the closure was to keep 4X4’s from using the
road for mudding and tearing up the road. The deputy acknowledged the situation but said  officially it was still closed
to motorized vehicles.

If I had kept my mouth shut the deputy would have left , but he gave us a warning.
He also told us the hunters were really pissed that we were on motorcycles and they were on bicycles .

The Hunter lives in Featherville drives a gold/yellow Ford and rides a Kawasaki.



I now have top men working on finding his name.

Injury update -

I iced my leg when I got home. Friday morning it felt better .
I expect in a week I’ll be back on the single tracks.
I’ll do some road riding on the 950 in the meantime .

DAY3


Don’t know if this from a muscle pull / tear or bruising when I slide down the rock face. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Key to Sustainable Dirt Biking–Idaho City 4/26 /2015




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Trail Boss – Spode Daddy
Riders - Eric
Loop ~ 45 miles / 16 mph avg 
fuel consumption ~1.25 g |~ 35+ mpg


Met Eric at the Granite Creek parking lot east of Idaho City.
We were the first trucks, one other arrived as were getting our gear on.
It was Eric’s 1st trail ride since December .
We rode up HooDoo .
My 1st ride up HooDoo since the ridge trail was closed, but I was able to follow the bike tracks
to find the other trail.

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Top of HooDoo & Eric coming down the trail.

We then rode Rabbit Hoo down to the North Fork Road.
Eric said he took a couple of tumbles on the way down . Broke off one of the flag guards and had dirt samples in his helmet.


Took the no name ( Meadow Creek North ? ) trail that follows the ridge over to Short Creek.

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Great views along the ridge.
As we came off the Short Creek Trail Head , Eric said he spotted a huge elk antler .
I blew right past and missed it.


Took the Meadow Creek Trails.
On the way in there were a couple of fresh windfalls we had  to move out of the way.

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We stopped for lunch at one of the Meadow Creek Trail Heads.



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Got back to the trucks ~ 2 PM. The parking lots were packed !

GOD BLESS FOSSIL FUEL.




Monday, April 20, 2015

Not the Campaign Trail–Thorn Creek 4/19/2015

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Trail Boss – Spode Daddy

Riders – Chad , Bob

Loop ~ 55 miles

Forth ride in a row out of Thorn Creek,  each one a a different variation.
Hadn’t ridden the system in years , probably one of the reasons it has been so fun.

This ride I wanted to ride Peg Leg to Pine Creek then Dry Creek & Picasso to Steam Boat.

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Bob & Chad lower Easter Creek

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Chad – Easter Creek

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Bob

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Fix’n to drop down the back side of Easter.


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I wanted to ride Peg Leg ( fun trail !) then 660 along the ridge to the top of Pine Creek.
Some where we missed a the junction / took a wrong turn.

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Me and Bob on Peg Leg.

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Followed a trail that was beaten in  but there was a spot that hadn’t been cleared in while.
We had to back track then hook up with the middle of Pine Creek.

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Lunch at the Pine Creek * Dry Creek junction.
After lunch I wanted to ride Dry Creek- Picasso down to the Steam Boat area, but the logging had obliterated
the trails , could find lots of remnants but they quickly disappeared.  Probably wasted an hour.

Took the road over to the Steam Boat ATV trail, it had been logged but was still OK for dirt bikes.
At one intersection with a road logs were stacked in front of the trail, but they left a sliver to get our bikes
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