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Old 05-05-2009, 07:08 PM   #1
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A Rockin' Good Time!

I made a last-minute decision to take advantage of the wet weather and ended up going riding on Sunday. We hit one of our favorite spots on the western slope of the Sierra and it was primo! It was 47 degrees and raining lightly when we took off on our ride. It rained off and on and we had some heavy fog, but the place is really rocky up top so the rain was a non-issue. The dirt down low got pretty sticky, especially since we were both running rear trials tires. They were hooking up like velcro in the rocks, though. I took a few photos of the trails, even though the trail is hard to discern sometimes...

Wildflowers were everywhere...






It was foggy and rocky up top...






There is some really good stuff up here; So good you can't stop and take photos while riding through it






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Some of the rocks were a bit rolly coming down the hill...




But were rock-solid going up




Yes, there are some dirt trails to be had here, and most of them are pretty rooty and/or rocky...



But some are nice and smooth...
(Hey, look! An actual photo of me!)




Nothing like a hot meal when cold and wet and tired...




We rode up this trail, thinking it was the way back to camp. Once we got to the top and it started to get gnarly, we realized it was not the way we'd come. We turned around and headed back down...




It doesn't look very steep from this angle (they never do...) but from here I could see over the tops of the trees that were at the bottom...






We made it back to camp with a very satisfying 43.77 miles logged on the day. And they were good miles, too. We probably did about 1/2 mile of fire road at most to get to where we were staged, but every other mile was exactly as pictured. Neither of us had been there in a few years, not since an enduro in `04 or `05, and we'd both forgotten how much fun this place can be. I hope we can go back before it gets blazing hot there.



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Old 05-05-2009, 08:46 PM   #3
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eeek!....I hate wet tree roots!
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[QUOTE=omegajeff;4937258]absolutely bitchen! and I have a new desktop picture to boot!!
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Right on

I wish my camera hadn't gotten wet. Some of the photos weren't very clear.



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eeek!....I hate wet tree roots!
Wet tree roots are a non-issue with a rear trials tire, even when they're wet.

The trials tire sticks like glue in the rocks, too. I've been using them for about 6 years now (way before they became popular) and it's to the point where I feel like I'm at a distinct disadvantage when riding a knobby.




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I was about to say - wet rocks and tree roots? Day-um! Nice ride.
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Looks like you had a great time - I'm jealous and want to be part of the super secret riding club (you can IM me the location )

When I first looked at the pics I saw blue bikes and assumed you were riding your old WR. But then I saw pipe.... Those are GG's, right? Is that your Pampera?

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Wet tree roots are a non-issue with a rear trials tire, even when they're wet.

The trials tire sticks like glue in the rocks, too. I've been using them for about 6 years now (way before they became popular) and it's to the point where I feel like I'm at a distinct disadvantage when riding a knobby.




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Trials tire eh? I never heard about that...but I'm a mx guy mainly. I guess they would be pretty sticky. You get good mileage out off them? Do they work ok at higher speeds?.......(hmm... my new secret weapom for getting the holeshot!)
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Looks like you had a great time - I'm jealous and want to be part of the super secret riding club (you can IM me the location )

When I first looked at the pics I saw blue bikes and assumed you were riding your old WR. But then I saw pipe.... Those are GG's, right? Is that your Pampera?

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Super-Secret Riding Club? That's funny, Brian I like it. I think I'll use it in the future, ok? It was a last minute decision. We should have stayed home and finished putting the cam chain in my Husky but we watched the weather report and said "screw it, let's go ride!" We got up there about
11:30pm Saturday night and rode for Sunday only.

And yeah, we were on the GG's. Perfect choice for that place, as a lot of the stuff we rode was kinda trials-ish. It makes it fun to go slow. I'd have been hating life on my 450.

And speaking of the SSRC, I would tell you that we'll be riding at MC on Saturday (remember where we were last time?) but then it wouldn't be so
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Trials tire eh? I never heard about that...but I'm a mx guy mainly. I guess they would be pretty sticky. You get good mileage out off them? Do they work ok at higher speeds?.......(hmm... my new secret weapom for getting the holeshot!)
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