So stop by and say hi to Shawn and Phuc! I won’t be there.
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It was pretty chilly afterall. We were sitting under the oaks and searching for little spots of sunshine to warm ourselves in. There were a lot of great prizes and lots of people braaapping around. Shawn and I got to ride a little bit, taking turns, right before the raffle at 3 pm. We gave away a Shorai LFX14L2 battery and charger set.
The Lucky Winner
Then we went riding after the raffle! Yay! So, in my opinion, thatCRF motor is fast enough. I just still wish the wheels were bigger. I hit some monster rocks and ruts and the front end hated it. So perhaps better suspension????? It was pretty dry and dusty but the rains are coming soon! The leg held up, so that is good news.
Here are some photos of the event.
[Officially never wearing white pants with a ton of padding under it again. ]
It was a lot of fun, show up next time!
It’s an Anti Monkey Butt Kinda Day!
After the June Gloom cleared on Sunday, we decided to head out to Elsinore for some dirtbiking. Last time I was being a wuss and although I was not exactly McGrath this time either, I was a *little* more aggressive. I owe that to just coming off the racetrack recently. I am just getting used to the hp of my KX and I definitely have to be mindful of gripping the tank and frame with my legs and knees when hitting the throttle or it causes me to snap back, thus more [accidental] throttle. Not good!
Mike Kirkpatrick (James Gang Racing’s crew chief) had invited Shawn and I to go to the dunes at the Daytona 8 Hour last year. Mike came into town recently so we made plans to go ride with he and his family, friends. Now usually the only time I ride a quad is when I am dragging the harrow in the paddock to clean up after the horses. Granted, that’s not fun or glamorous so I wasn’t exactly sure how I would like riding in the desert on 4 wheels since I am well accustomed to 2. I do have a rear sand paddle for my TTR but it’s really hard on the motor. So after many set backs we were actually able to head out to Imperial after all.
It took us about 4 hours to get there, but I must tell you a quick story first about a restaurant we stopped at called La Posta Diner off of Kitchen Creek Rd. Actually, I had to go to the restroom because I started the day off with a mimosa (Shawn’s doing). Now, I am not one to just stop and use someone’s facilities without buying something, I feel it is rude. So we decided to stop for breakfast. So we walk in and there is a distinct patriotic-Veteran-sniper-Do-Not-Tread-On-Me-John-Wayne-lovin-American-pie-baking-down-home feel to it. Now, let me add that this did not make me uncomfortable nor did I lose respect. I was mesmerized because you just don’t see this type of freely displayed sense of pride and country anymore, much less in California! The stories told by the waitress were amazing. From the owner having a mountain lion as a pet to a 101st birthday party of the oldest surviving Pearl Harbor Vet who received the medal of honor to be celebrated this upcoming July 24th. It was quite an experience. Plus the food was great too!
A few hours later finally make it to the dunes at Grays Well exit, at “Buttercup” in Imperial. It is windy, overcast and I am cold. Bundled in my huge Element parka, I eventually make why way out to the toy hauler to say hi to everyone. Mike laughed because I though tit was cold. It said 65F but I reeeeally doubt that. The breeze was chilly. It felt as though it was about the low 50s, which to ME is cold. Then again, everyone had just come in from Wisconsin and that was bitterly cold. I should thank my lucky stars.
So we gear up and are assigned quads. Mike told me to get on mine and check it out, As Shawn explains it I got on and within 30 seconds start doing donuts. Well, can you blame me? After my highside over a year ago, I wanted to see just how stable these quads were. Okay, okay…my quad is a Can-Am 400 heavy quad, clearly not designed to go racing around in the desert. We then head out and follow Mike around the dunes and he shows us the Great Wall of America (359 miles so far of huge steel “picket” fence which protects our borders from illegal crossings). The death of a border patrol agent by a drug trafficking party did not go in vain when his passing triggered the construction of this great wall. We take tourist pics and lo and behold there are regular patrols, cameras, seismic sensors, etc. Cool, my tax dollars at work. After pics we went on a little tour all over to see the perimeter trails around the bigger dunes. And when I say Dunes, these things were HUGE. I have been to the Gobi desert and some of it was pretty comparable! Well, without the camels.
So after the little tour we split up, more advanced in one group, not-so-advanced in the other group. I was bummed, I was sent to the equivalent of kids’ card table at Thanksgiving dinner. But that’s okay, I don’t need to be jumping right into something I have no idea how to do, right? [Some of you who know me are laughing right now, I just know it.] But it was a good thing because when we were following the rest of the whole group we came up to a what I thought was severely steep at the time hill and I thought hell no I am not going that. So I shook my head. Then the 10 yr old with us went down it and then Mike’s g/f who had been quadding for just 3 days passed me too. Okay, f*ck it, I’m going no matter if I wad it or not now! hehe. It went well, a little bit of rear brake made me comfortable. Victory. It is worth mentioning that Buttercup (on the Mexico side of the I-8) is safer because you can’t really get lost, the Great Wall runs sorta parallel to the 8 so you can always find your way back. Plus go touch The Wall and you WILL be found. Maybe mot by your quadding party, but I assure you, you will be found. On the other side, you can get lost, run out of gas, break down, be screwed totally and die of exposure. So take care. Hence the importance of a chase team!! Mike’s sis had a Kawa Teryx, which is an awesome version of the Mule. This thing can go almost anywhere. So off I go following the Teryx (way too much fun to ride in when your destiny is in someone else’s hands BTW!) and the others. Shawn went off with the hardcore riders and hopefully learn my way into the more advanced group. I will get to that story later.
We finally make our way to Comp Hill and I am looking at this hill like “They expect us to do this? I mean do I even have the power??” So after watching the others go up I decide to try it. Shawn rides next to me and I am told to keep it pinned in 2nd. Now you can probably hit it in 3rd and then drop down to 2nd but the moguls at the base keep you from hitting it much faster than mid-range in 2nd. Then you have to pin it once it gets less bumpy. Done deal. Yay! I try it a few more times, as does Dana and we are solid 🙂 Even the Teryx was able to finally go up after they unloaded some weight (i.e. passengers). After conquering Comp Hill, we again split up and went back to camp, with the guys taking the hard route through the dunes. I essentially rode with the support party and wanted to go up with the guys. So I finally get allowed and I screw it up lol. Within 1 minute I was trying to ride a ridge and then I started sliding sideways down the ridge. Well I turn to go up it and then I just start burying my rear wheels in. I am stuck. Nicht gut! Shawn pulls me out and I sheepishly say the obvious. “I’ll go meet the others.” This was the 2nd time I did it, so no 3rd chances lol
So Mike is kind enough to later have us all follow him as he picks a route that he feels we all can do, including the Teryx. That was lot of fun. We made it to what we call the Daytona Banks. A huge bowl that you can pin it in top gear and be pretty much almost sideways. Then it falls away into the basin at top speed where you hope you don’t eat it. Well, you don’t thankfully. What fun!!!!! OH MY GOD. I wish I would have had video of that but someone who had the video camera didn’t think to get footage. I have to go back, it was glorious 🙂
Anyway, so I got into the Teryx and decided to take pics of everyone, while trying to hold on to dear life mind you. I actually had a great time in the Teryx because it was scary as hell having someone else in control of whether or not you roll haha! Those things are amazing, who knew they could jump and climb so well. We bottomed out on a few dunecrests a couple times but nothing bad. The sand was really soft and billowy. The dunes were free of rocks except in some basins. It was GREAT!
At the end of the day we were spent. We had been riding from 11 am until 4 pm pretty much solid, with only one break to eat some Fritos and Poweraid. Then off to ride again… We finished off the evening with a visit to Lute’s Casino for their famous potato tacos (essentially potato taquitos) and a couple drinks. What a day! I can’t wait to go back. Everyone was so awesome :)))
Quick Video of our day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFsfhjAL11w
More info on the Dunes: http://www.duneguide.com/sand_dune_guide_isdra_buttercup.htm