Thanks for making the trip, guys!
Posted October 10, 2000 - 07:30 AM
When we (Bryan, Kerry, Cary, (somebody named Mitch helped too – I think…)) were planning this adventure, we truly hoped we would be the worst riders there. We thank all of you for making this true and thoroughly showing us up! You guys were Awesome!
Everyone was so cool with the laid-back organization – thanks a ton for that. We’ll meet at 9:00, 9:30, 10:00 – noon is sounding good today… Sorry I wasn’t in better shape to run with you guys. Next year I’ll know better or you can pound me in the ground again!
OK, it was a little weird the first day. Solid rock to powder sand to rock to stream crossings, Rock, dirt roads – did I mention the rock? Remember we said it would be like riding on Mars?
For any of you that didn’t make it, you couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys. Welcome any of them to your favorite spots! - just hold on - Them boys can RIDE!
Posted October 10, 2000 - 03:00 PM
Posted October 11, 2000 - 05:29 AM
I'm still trying to think up ways for you to get those two little dents out of the top of your tank!
Posted October 11, 2000 - 10:38 AM
A day and a half later, I still haved that low belly ache. Have pumpkin post any pictures. I'd like to see just how stupid I looked!
Bounced the 'Road Trip to the Great White North' off my wife last night. She wasn't completely opposed. KerryT's wife won't make it though. Looks like I have to work in those trees and getting my machine into 1st
Posted October 11, 2000 - 12:42 PM
Glad you made it back OK. All we Colorado boys can talk about is our Canadian Hoser tour next summer eh?
I can't wait! We are already talking about renting an RV and a trailer and taking the rather large smelly crew up there eh!
You didn't get lost on the way home like you did on the Gold Bar Rim trail did you?
I truley enjoyed it,
Posted October 11, 2000 - 12:43 PM
Check out your air picture on the WR400 home page!
Posted October 11, 2000 - 02:03 PM
Posted October 11, 2000 - 03:34 PM
For those not making the ride, the photos don't fully capture the terrain. The hard sandstone surfaces offer incredible traction, but there were frequent sandwashes to keep you honest and on your toes. My favorite section was Poison Spider which I rode three times forward and once backwards. The multiple stairstep obstacles were intimidating at first, but the traction allowed them to be climbed if you could maintain momentum. Just when I thought I had them figured out, one sandy stairstep stopped me cold on two attempts on the backwards trip.
My two friends on the Hondas made a 165 mile journey while we were riding the Spider on the last day. (their stock tanks would not make 165 miles) They would have slept in the desert if campers had not gived them gas. They arrived cold and hungry at about 8:30 that night. The campers who gave them gas probably think you meet the dumbest people on a Honda.
Again, Thanks Guys!