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Loading the roll charts - fatties barely fit..........BTW, check out that deathwing front tire.....Only a real man could survive in the sand with that .....

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A riders meeting to remember......


What the FRACK??? Bond, James Bond.

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HELLO???? Swampy? I'd like the tree removal crew to come out please......


Hey honey...... yes....... yes........ no...... hmmmmmm. ...........ya..........Green?.........nice......... ...Oh listen, I hit a damn tree with my shoulder....... OK...... Love you too.

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A fuzzy Julio


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KLR 650 (name? ... sorry guy) a real trooper on the sand


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Chilling


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On way to lunch Sunday


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Just to test their skills this pit crew checks the tubes for air during lunch


The sprawl of motos



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Dave and Ralph check the Pink Map for accuracy


Justin and Jeff wait for the results


Thanks again for the fellowship of dust.....POST UP SOME VIDEOS!!!!!!!!

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Here at the super-secret swampworks, our team of misfits was tasked with putting together an educational video which would discourage the tearing up of the graded roads.

 

Here are the pathetic results.

 

Enjoy! (And let us know if you learned anything....)

 


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Hey Rocky,

 

That's a Devils Creek instant classic!  Should have given it a little more gas....

 

Here's a Christmas gift idea for Josh....Shane Watts DVD vol. 5 "Better Fish Tail Techniques". 

 

 


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like jwciv I needed both my hands to hang on as well....trying to hang with the WANKER NATION boys! Africa, Jonas, Kirk, and as everyone one referred to him as (That guy on the green bike) His name is Rob btw. Sorry if I missed someone it was hard to see with all the dust in front of me all day lol ......Thanks guys for stopping every now and then letting me catch up. Had a great time! (well except the shirt incident)

Swampy! Great event thanks to you and all the hard working volunteers!

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That video must have been edited.......
Cuz' I don't hear any laughin'!!!!!!!!

Here's a few of the pix I got from the unmanned Gopro on the bars...........

Heading out Saturday morning


I do believe it's gonna be dusty.......


Weather is awesome........better than January for sure!!!


Didn't take long to find a traffic jam......


We had a rather large group and we managed to keep most of it together all day! 
This is Rick's "Where the hell are they" look.


The two guys that can read a roll chart on the fly..


and since they can navigate AND ride, you know one of them leads!!!
That's why they stay relatively clean!


I will admit though, if I see a mud hole thats less than 10 feet across, I'm bustin' it!
Hence Jakbrands previous observation......
I've been known to tackle a log or two and when they're like this its usually no problem.


But just around this corner is one that wasn't obvious until I was right on top of it!
Right lane, 45 degrees, and not little!


I managed to get the front end up and over in time but the back end
bucked me straight up and I wrestled the bike to the ground.


Took out my helmet camera and my GPS..........
I think I got the GPS semi back together,
but the camera has to be sent out.
It's not the first time!




A least I didn't have to give the shirt off my back...........keep reading!

Need a hand??? Nah, we got it!!


I know this is still before lunch......


Vittles!!
This is the first time that I've eaten lunch at DC..............




Headed for some fuel in delightful downtown Groveland.


All accounted for and ready to get back at it!


A little scenic pavement to settle lunch..........or will it!


Lunch didn't help with the dust at all.


I start riding rear guard and shortly find Kyle taking a nap in the middle of the trail...........
fortunately for him, we saw to him and his bike
before thinking to take a picture! DOH!!!

But as we leave him to ride a little less vigorously with Keith and the girls,
we come upon Rob with his Kawasaki down in the mud.
But that's not what catches our eye.......
This time I get the point and shoot out pronto!
I'll call this one "Relieved and Shirtless"


And this one Jonas made me name "Rejuvenated!"


By the end of the day he'll have some memorable dirt lines......
We slowly make our way back towards camp and between crashes,
gas stops and just general Chuckleheadery we miss the
north side of SR50 section and head back to camp.

We've had a great day.
Clark and Kirk.


Jeff, Mike and I have no idea.
Jeff ate too much at lunch and came back early and took a nap.


Mr. Wildwood and Kyle.


Then its off to a shower and a great night at the Bull Shoot.

Thanks Swampy and DDS for putting on a wonderful event.
As always, I had a blast.

Steve


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I swear, Jonas just needs a little guy attached to the back of his neck brace and he's "Master Blaster" from Mad Max Thunderdome!
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DEVIL’S BEAR REPORT

From the Queen of Slow

I got to the Kingdom of the South on Friday evening. I was looking for my compadres from River City Dirt Riders. When I saw two sets of manly legs sticking from underneath a truck, I knew I had found them.

 

That rear end looks familiar. Yeah, that’s Doktor Klint!

This generous and technically gifted man can often be found wrenching on a friend’s equipment.Neither the equipment or the friendship are ever the same afterwards

Mission accomplished and we celebrated by eating large amounts of dead animals in a nearby town. Discretion, amnesia and the desire not to testify against friends keep me from describing the truck ride with the compadres to and from the restaurant. I shall just say that long ago I lost my chance to die young while doing reckless things…  but driving with Doktor Klint gave me a new chance to die in middle age while others do reckless things. Anyway, all well.

Saturday morning we were ready and eager to do reckless things on two wheels.

Please notice how my slowness skills have been rubbing off my riding companions. The Dr. is practicing “riding in place”. I am very proud of him.

 

We proceed to the bike colonoscopy station.

 

 

It’s all right, Rick. Don’t look so anxious. It will not hurt. I promise.

 

There were six of us and we split into two groups. The guardian angel normally assigned to me (“Guns”) this time had his wings full watching over Clint and Smitty. As the keeper of the only roll chart in that group, Guns was busy navigating AND leading fast and frisky riders. A big job even for an archangel.

 

 

I heard that they went 130 miles REAL FAST, but where exactly I do not know. Apparently they do not know either, because somebody from that group reported that  “all the ribbons had already been pulled from the route” (??????).

Unfortunately the devil took his due … and after a few opportunities for sampling the fine richloam soil of Withlacoochee State Forest… a dear friend, very experienced rider, a veteran of countless hare scrambles and enduros had  to take a side tour to a  medical facility in Jacksonville. But don’t worry, his bike is fine.

The slow team distinguished itself, I must say.

This is us before the ride. Queen of Slow and GuardianAngels for the Day: Rick and Nathan.

I love the color coordination.

We held regular technical consultations. Three fine minds (well, two at least), three roll charts, one GPS, three continuously checked odometers… I love travelling with engineer types! It makes getting lost together a real pleasure.

 

Our route had ribbons throughout. And of the correct color too!

 It must have been the wrong route, obviously.

Onward!

 

I will not say anything about the sand. I said it all while riding, and sadly, I ran out of expletives in all the three languages I speak.

Speaking of mud, instead….

“Nathan, I wonder what this is.”

 

“I think it is called “muck", dad”.

“And how do you know?”

“I just did some technical testing of my own”.

I deftly avoided all the muck, but I now know where I can hide a Wohlswagen bus in the forest. (I know, you can tell my age by this reference).

Some of the water holes- now dry- are of STUPENDOUS proportions.

How deep is the hole, Swampy? – Way too frikking deep!!!

We cut the ride short about ¾ of the way because the sweep crew and I had already swapped all the bs stories we knew and it was time to let them finish their job. We made it home with some pavement, but what a LOVELY RIDE!! The smell of the orange groves was worth the trip by itself. That cut through the hill at Trilby is a very very special place. Makes me happy just remembering it.

Anyway, all was well with Team Slow. It took us so long to complete the trip that we grew beard and mustache in the process.

 

In the evening, the last man standing and the last woman standing joined the festivities.

 

Nice Margaritaville music. People were finning to the left

 

and finning to the right

 

Come on Larry! Don’t wimp out on me! Get a DIRT bike!

Like this one for example

 

Say cheese!  A photoop with the King of Swamp !

 

 And the morning after……

I was informed of two things:

a)     I was the only member of our 6-rider contingent who had not had a close encounter with the fine soil of Withlacootchee StateForest. The  statistical law of probabilities looked pretty ominous at that point; and

b)     I was the only remaining member of Team Slow and therefore would ride all 130 miles of sand all by myself. That was a daunting prospect.There is no fun in getting lost and cursing loud if there is nobody to do itwith.

Therefore I made a majestic decision.

Hopped on the van, headed north on 75 and got off at Osceola National Forest. Just in time to grab the Husky and go scouting the routes for the Black Bear with Mundy and Alex.

 

Fifty miles of fast fun and frolic. (Help! That’s a tongue twister!)

 And NO SAND!!!

And that is why the title of this report is

                    “DEVIL’S BEAR”

(Sort of a “surf and turf” combo)

See ya all soon at our Black Bear ride in mid May. It is going to be the best ever.

Majestically yours,

Queen of Slow

 


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