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Neowise Comet ride

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I wanted to head up to Black Mtn and see if it was possible to see the Neowise comet.  Called Derek and he was up for a last minute ride. We were having a good time riding up.  We were moving at a good clip. I jumped a large water bar and bottomed out on a boulder when I landed. I was thinking man I really smacked that. As I was heading into the next sharp turn I went to stop and no back brake. Had to do the flinstone stop with feet and grabbing way to much front brake to keep from slamming into the mountain. Turns out when I bottomed out it somehow took the skid plate and slid it back. The wings of the skid plate would not let me get to the brake lever.

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I rode up to the top of the mountain with no back brake.  Had to remember on the tight turns to slow down. I fixed it when we got to top.

We had a beautiful sunset.

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Derek needed to go so I stayed to see if the comet was visible.  Sure enough the comet appeared. It appears as a white smudge in the sky to the North- NW. It appears under the big dipper. You could really see it using the binoculars I took up. As I was getting ready to leave I get a phone call from Derek. I was thinking he broke down on the way home.  "Mike my bike is off the trail in a ravine".  I headed down the trail and found him and his bike.

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Pulled the bike back up on the trail and headed home.

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3 minutes ago, dirt dame said:

Wow, you have had a lot of adventures lately!

Everyday is and adventure.  You just never know when your plans can change. Derek was very happy he had someone to come help.There was a couple in a truck that drove by him and his bike and did not offer any assistance.  He probably would not of been able to get the bike out himself.  

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14 minutes ago, ADV Bum said:

Everyday is and adventure.  You just never know when your plans can change. Derek was very happy he had someone to come help.There was a couple in a truck that drove by him and his bike and did not offer any assistance.  He probably would not of been able to get the bike out himself.  

Just another good reason that we don't ride alone if we can avoid it.  I have terrible night vision, so I can imagine something like going off trail happening to me after dark.

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