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Old 06-15-2009, 03:59 PM   #1
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My BARF Spring Rally Experience

I apologize for not posting this earlier, but I just got out of Detox and couldn't even think about BARF or the Spring Rally without becoming violently ill until now. So here goes:

I had no intention of attending the BARF Spring Rally. I ride alone and don’t know anyone on BARF. I have a motard that hurts my ass after 40 minutes. And I hate groups of people. Besides, I had a million other priorities this weekend. Between abalone diving, mushroom hunting, tarding it around the bay, and lying around the house in my underwear, the BARF rally was pretty low on the list. But I kept checking the thread.

“Order the beaded seat cushion.” said Kurt.

I replaced my chain and ordered the seat cushion (affectionately referred to as anal beads) for no apparent reason. I fashioned a tank bag out of a large fanny pack and bought a mesh net to carry stuff on the odd chance I wanted to tool around the bay and carry things. Nope, wasn’t going to the stupid rally. I’m better than that.



By Friday morning I was frantic, the anal beads hadn’t arrived and I knew that the prospect of riding 300 miles to Paso Robles for the BARF Rally was grim. I knew I was going to feel like 40 years of prison bitch by the time I rolled up to the Motel 6 Spa and Resort. I decided to wait for the Fedex guy and if I had to leave I’d use a piece of faux fur as a pseudocushion. By 11:20 I realized the damn Fedex guy was never coming so I strapped on the fur and hit the road.



I couldn’t stomach the prospect of freeway, so after getting to San Jose I wandered out Uvas Rd. and made my way up to Mt. Madonna Rd (my new favorite road).



I finally realized “the way of the supermoto”, catching air and sliding around turns. Eventually I rolled through Monterey and down Highway 1, and you know what? My ass felt ok.

I continued my journey down Highway 1 through Big Sur, blasting past Nepenthe and other stops where less rugged individuals stopped to cool their heels.



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Old 06-15-2009, 03:59 PM   #2
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I was late, had places to be and alcohol to drink. Up and over Nacimiento- Ferguson Rd I wandered, stopping only to take a few pictures and bask in my awesomeness.



I did take a slight detour to explore the ridge road at the top of Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd. The Weazle wasn’t going to let me pass that without a little exploration.



I dropped down into Ft. Hunter Ligget so the DRZ could play war for a little while. He appeared battle ready to me.



After allowing the DRZ to pose with his fellow warriors, I found the BARF contingency posing at Starbucks (as expected).


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Old 06-15-2009, 04:00 PM   #3
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Saturday we rode.

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And rode.




As demonstrated, the ride consisted mostly of meeting at stopsigns to talk smack and beat our collective chests. But at least some of us got some riding in.




We stopped when we were hungry.





We stopped when we were tired (for two minutes).




But mostly, we rode.




And rode.

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Old 06-15-2009, 04:00 PM   #4
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We took some pictures.






And a few more.






We had our pictures taken.






About thirty seconds after this, my camera was unceremoniously dropped on the ground by an overly eager Australian woman. I don’t have a shot of that, but here is a cute bunny instead:





And we rode some more (for a total of 450 miles that day). I’d describe the route we took but:
A. My memory is horrible.
B. I don’t have a clue where we were most of the day
C. I’d have to kill you.

But here is a hint:

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Old 06-15-2009, 04:01 PM   #5
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After a rough night of partying, we decided to head home a little late. Stops were frequent.





Accidents happened.






At one point I found myself trying to stay awake, then trying to justify sleeping while riding, then looking for a comfortable bush to crash into. But all I saw was this:






So we rode on. We eventually got to Monterey and realized we needed to just get home. So we jumped on the freeway and hauled ass. I proved that the DRZ is invisible to police as I blew past a CHP at 80. After two hours of slabbing up the highway I noticed the bike seemed to want to ride in a straight line. I stopped and looked at my tires, which in two days had gone from this:


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Old 06-15-2009, 04:01 PM   #6
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To sum up my BARF Spring Rally 09 experience, I’d have to make up a few new words. But suffice it to say I had a great time, met some awesome people, and rode my ass off. When I got home, my anal beads were waiting patiently for me. I scowled at them and went to bed.

Final tally: one shattered GPS unit, one broken camera, one destroyed tire, a painful ass, and a huge smile.

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Old 06-15-2009, 04:26 PM   #7
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Old 06-15-2009, 04:29 PM   #8
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Nice write up Mike

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Old 06-15-2009, 04:45 PM   #9
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Very cool mcarb! Thanks for sharing, it makes me wish I had gone too.
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Old 06-15-2009, 05:39 PM   #10
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Nice write up. Glad you had fun. I know I did!...

Here's a pic I took of you on Rossi's Driveway. I tried to get a closer one but as you can see my timing was a little off...

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Old 06-15-2009, 11:15 PM   #14
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Hey is that that squirrel I ran over on day 2? I totally nailed one with both tires on the way back from Solvang...
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No, the squirrel was my kill. Number two for the weekend.
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