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  1. CID is correct. I just voted a second time. Lets get Rad & Doc to the top.
  2. If you are looking for something motorcycle related to do tomorrow, the 16th annual Terry Bennett Police Motorcycle competition is tomorrow, Saturday the 23rd, down at Silver Strand. It's free to spectate and the support is appreciated by the law enforcement officers that have come from all over to compete. http://www.sdcmoa.com/sdcmoa_002.htm
  3. I brought that up yesterday with the guy that runs the San Diego competition. There are always a lot of retired motor cops around watching the action. Time to have a retire class, especially starting next year...
  4. True. But if the device should break in a crash or if the rider is incapacitated and unable to send an SOS, than a search party could start searching based on the last know track, which is automatically sent as you go. So you see, the closer the tracks are together, the closer the search would start to where the rider was last know to be. It could mean the difference of many miles.
  5. Completely agree! In fact, I was pleasantly surprised when I was testing my Spot 3 for the Utah ride and found that they now offer 5 minute tracking interval. It used to be 10 minutes. I consider this a nice upgrade.
  6. 1st in the 4 man team, 2nd in the tandem event (tether two bikes together and ride through a course), and 3rd in the two man team event. I'm not sure about the final results in the singles comp, but I think I'm in the top 10 out of about 45 riders on BMW's.
  7. Opening ceremony will be at 0800 hours. Singles competition will start around 0830 and go for several hours (70 to 80 riders with two passes each). Then there is 2 man team comp, 4 man team comp, and a couple other side show events. I'll be there from 0800 to 1500 or later. I'll look for ya.
  8. Anyone that has planned a extended ride with a few guys knows the amount of work that goes into it. It's seldom easy. But it's usually worth it. Such was the case again this year for team 5150 (with the exception of Jeff, "justtwobeers", who couldn't make it) as we took on the Utah BDR. The planning started at the end of our Arizona BDR ride last June and continued right up to our departure day, Monday September 11th (Never forget, never surrender). The month or two leading up to the ride got a little complicated at times, per usual, because of schedules, but we managed to plan 8 days in September when we could all get away. And so it was set in stone. Until we found out about the passing of our friend, riding buddy, and fellow SDAR member, Arnie Fry. None of us wanted to chance missing his memorial service but after discussing it as a team, we knew deep down that Arnie would not want us to cancel a trip like this...so we decided to ride on and dedicate the ride Arnie. We were originally planning 8 days to cover the Utah BDR. One day to drive out to Mexican Hat, Utah, where we would park the truck, 5 days to complete the ride, and 2 days to get back to the truck and eventually home. We didn't know it then, but it wouldn't quite work out that way. It seldom does when planning a trip like this that starts in the desert and ends in 11,000' mountains and covers 8 days in September. Too much can happen. Too much can change. But that it one of the challenges that attracts me to these types of rides. It's a challenge to figure out the minimal amount of stuff you can pack on a small bike to keep you alive while encountering variable terrain and conditions. And believe me, we experienced that. From 95 degrees and sunny in the Lockhart basin to mid 30's and raining in the "Strawberry" mountains. At times we were hot and almost out of water and at other times we were freezing and wet to the core (at least I was...Frog Togs are on my short list). But we survived. We made it home and have memories for a life time. Day 1 and 2: Monday, September 11th, CID was already out in Lake Havasu and Mikey and I were in San Diego. Mikey picked me up at my house around 2pm and we headed for Havasu to meet up with CID. We pulled into town around 6:30 pm. We went out to dinner and made a last minute stop at Walmart for essential camping supplies...i.e. beer and Mountain House creme brule. We crashed out at CID's place and got up and on the road by 6am. Around 2pm on day two, we pulled into the small town of Mexican Hat, Utah. We asked around about a place to park the truck for a week and were directed to a nearby dirt parking lot used by local rafting enthusiast to park their trucks after launching their rafts. It wasn't exactly secure and it was unknown at the time if the truck would be okay there while we were gone. But we were too excited about getting on the trail to be too concerned about it at the time. So we unloaded the truck, geared up, and hit the trail. We started by riding north on 191 and exited at Valley of the Gods trail head. We rode through there (see pics below) with our ultimate destination of Muley Point in the distance (3rd pic), where we had planned on camping for the night. It only took 1 1/2 hours or so to get to Muley point and there was a couple hours of sunlight left we decided to carry on. We rode for another hour or so and decided to camp at a secrete spot CID had scouted out last time he was in the area. We pulled in there and set up camp for our first night on the trail. It was a very amazing spot, very private, and no other humans could be seen or heard....that's my kind of place. We set up camp, cranked out some Mountain House meals, cracked a beer, and made a toast to Arnie. It's definitely part of the trip I'll never forget. First day camp: To be continued.....
  9. Welcome to the club.
  10. Mikey enjoying his moment: The three amigos:
  11. Yeah, I'm still kicking myself for not getting a picture of Mikey trapped under his bike 3/4 of the way down the waterfall. Now, I don't mean to call him out, but it really was a missed opportunity. The photo would have been priceless. But as it turns out, I'm just too damn nice and rushed to his aide instead. Your welcome, Mikey. So where are we??? Oh yeah, we are heading southbound now, pinned for Moab. The rain poured on us for a solid 4 to 5 hours as we motored south on highway 191. We stopped for breakfast at a cafe and you would have thought we were dressed in costumes as we walked in, because all the locals looked at us and you could just tell they thought we were crazy. Most of the men in the room dropped a hand toward their waist band in case they had to go heals. But of course they all turned out to be nice people as they struck up conversations with us about what the heck we were doing. Such a different experience than you would get here in California. As we pulled into the Moab area, you could see fresh snow on the La Sal mountains just east of town. It wasn't there they day before, I can tell you that. As it turns out, they got quite the storm, the kind legends are made of, the night before. My cousins and Aunt and Uncle, as I would find out later, were in Canyon Lands when the storm came through and said it was exciting, to say the least. The good thing about turning around, if there is one, is that because when you get to the start of the Lockhart basis area as you are going north, you have to make a decision to do the expert route, or head east and do the GS1200 route over the La Sal pass. Since we did Lockhart on the way up, and therefore missed the La Sal pass, we now found ourselves in a position to do La Sal pass going the opposite directions and thereby being able to conquer both sections when you would normally only do one or the other. So we gassed up in Moab (by the way, you might have noticed a lack of photos for the last 18 hours or so, that because it was raining...hard...in case you forgot). At this point, Mikey is going with the program and CID and I can't agree on what route to do over La Sal (there are two) pass. One goes higher over the pass and appeared to go above the snow line, the other kind of skirts the mountain about 1/2 way up (alternate route). Personally, I was pushing for the harder route and CID wanted to do the alternate route. He said something about snow, mud, cold, wet, and stuck, and blah, blah, blah, etc. I finally gave in because, well, I respect my elders... Another (listen up Bags) advantage, or I guess I should say positive, about being turned back is that we planned on finally spending the night on Muley point. As I said in the opening remarks, we planned on camping there day 1 but we were ahead of schedule when we got there on day 1 that we decided to keep pushing forward. So, as it would turn out, we slabbed for several hours after conquering La Sal pass so that we could camp on Muley point the final night. And so we did. And it was magical. It was something I'll never forget. It's one of the biggest reasons I love "adventuring".... CID capturing the final sunset:
  12. I have a detailed trail map of the entire Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead area. I'll take some pics and text them to you. Save the pics on your phone, then you can zoom in on any and all areas of the map.
  13. I just remembered a little tidbit from the previous day. I was riding sweep and as I came around a corner I smelled smoke. I assumed there was some type of fire (duh) nearby. As I continued down the trail I came upon a couple KTM's (Mike and CID's) parked on the side of the trail. Being a former detective, I deduced that something was amiss, and pulled over myself, only to find my heros, Mikey and CID, desperately trying to put out a smoldering fire in a tree. Unwilling to waste my precious water on the fire, I decided to take pictures of the 5150 smoke jumpers in action: It was pretty clear the tree had been struck by lightening. These guys did their good deed for the trip.
  14. We're getting there... Nice pics, CID. Especially the LB money shot! I'm trying to think of things my riding bros left out....hum... Mike and CID covered most of Day three. It started out good. I enjoyed the ride across the open plains north of Moab with a good mix of riding; from sand washes, high speed gravel roads, and a few spots of tight "single" track sections with some washouts. During a 5th gear section, I saw something coming out me from my peripheral vision. It startled me as I looked over and saw some type of wildebeest with long sharp horns charging me. I hit the binders and started sliding sideways as it jumped across the path just in front of me and kept running. I pinned it and got the heck out of there...I don't dig wildebeests... It was a wet day. A day of side trips for dinosaurs and petroglyphs. And a day to make decisions. We ended up on top of a peak pondering our fate. Off in the distance, major lighting strikes, thunder, and heavy rain was telling us to get the hell out of there. Thunder storm in the distance: We are not stupid, so we got the hell off the peak and headed back down into a valley, where we began looking for a camping spot. Unfortunately, the next 20 miles went through private property, where no camping was allowed. By now it was raining hard, we were soaked, cold, and a little tired (10 hours in the saddle). We pushed forward until we found the campground Mike noted above. We set up camp, got a fire going, and laughed and danced (well, CID danced, sorry no pics...it was raining, remember) while we drank whiskey and ate creme brulee. To be continued....
  15. Most SD riders look forward to desert season, which basically starts mid October. There should be lots of rides coming up. Desert can be anything from wide open flat area to technical rocky sections etc. Welcome to the club.
  16. Looks fun. There are so many places I want to explore, now I have to add this.
  17. Day two was probably my favorite day. We started out early, which is typical for us. We are definitely on the same page when it comes to getting up, packing up, and getting on the trail by 0700 hours. We're there to ride and we like to do long days on the bike. Last year we did the Arizona route in 3.5 days and planned on doing Utah in 5 or less. We had 250 miles planned for the day. Our destination...Moab. We took off and rode back down the mountain and then headed north. After heading north on some desert scrub area along a river, we started up the next mountain range. I love the mountains and the views: The conditions were epic. There obviously been rain on and off for a couple days so the ground was just right. Not too wet and not too dry. Small puddles here and there, very little dust, and overall good traction. On the way down the 1st mountain pass of the day, I was following Mikey at a pretty good pace. I had a front row seat as he came into a right hander too fast and slid off the road. The dirt was soft and the landing wasn't too hard. But it was official, Mikey earned the honor of being the 1st rider down and would soon be sporting the "rabbit" that CID carries with him and mounts on the bike of the 1st rider down.And as is customary with this group of "professionals" we are obligated to take a photo and post it on the internet. Mikey was not hurt so we carried on. We still had to get down this mountain, crest another one, and then conquer the Lockhart basin (toughest section of the UBDR), which was still ahead of us. We started encountering rain not long after this. We finally pulled over and CID and Mikey donned their rain gear. CID looked at me and asked if I was going put mine on and I said no. I was pretty sure we were almost out of the rain and I was right. It stopped raining almost immediately after we started going again. We finally found ourselves on some slab and heading north towards the start of the Lockhart basis section. It started heating up and got up to about 95 degrees. We made a quick stop at "newspaper rock" to view some petroglyphs, which CID obviously has an affinity for. From there we headed downhill to the lower elevations of the ride (i.e. hottest section). Mikey and I had not done this section before and had no idea what to expect. CID had, which I can tell you is definitely an advantage. This section is slower than everything else on the BDR and there are a couple technical sections. I didn't have any issues with the route itself, I did find myself running low on water about 1/2 through (water bladder now on the list). Since I had no idea what lay ahead of me, I started rationing water. I ended up making it through this section though with a few sips left (I had almost a gallon of water at the start of day). We ended up finishing this section and pulling into Moab at 630 pm just as a thunder storm pushed through. Views of the Colorado river from the Lockhart basis trail: Thanks to FB, I learned that a cousin of mine that I hadn't seen in 35 years, was also camping in Moab at Slick Rock campground. CID and Mikey agreed to stop by the campground with me so I could see him. It was very cool to see my cousin Mike and get caught up on the last 35 years. To be continued....
  18. Backcountry discovery route. Check this out: http://ridebdr.com/
  19. I'm taking off today for the Utah BDR with a couple other guys (I'll let them come out of the closet if they so choose). We all know Arnie and are very saddened by his sudden loss. We discussed last night whether or not we should cancel our trip that has been planned for so many months. None of us want to miss his service, whenever that may be. But we also know he would NOT want us to cancel such an amazing opportunity to ride some of the most beautiful land in our amazing country. So we carry on in his honor. We hereby dedicate this trip in the name of Arnie Fry. We will no doubt find a special place along the lines to pay our respects.
  20. Absolutely will!!
  21. Oh man, so sorry to hear this, Chris. Horrible.
  22. Thanks for digging this up, DD. It put a smile on my face because it optimizes his personality. ****, I'm going miss him.