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Thanks to Swampy and the entire team that makes this happen! I really do appreciate the fact there are good folks like you that organize these events so that fellow riders can just come and enjoy. It is definitely one of the highlights of my year. I love riding Devils Creek. Thanks to Mike, Rich, and Hecter (sp?) for letting me ride with you guys. The weekend went by too fast!


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Another great Devils Creek is in the books.
Over the last few years, I worked tech, road crossings and took pictures. This was the first year since about 2007 that I actually rode the event. Brian Pratt and I took the early shift out making sure all ribbons were still up and the trails were identified.

I was glad to get through some of those mud/water holes early as I knew they may get challenging after the first 100 bikes came through.
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I took the liberty of stealing as many photos as I could get off the DDS facebook page so that I could post them here for all to see.

You'll have to give yourself the credit once you see your pictures.
Bert

We'll start with the Swamp Turtle sighting during layout

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Here's what he hit.

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  see the video below

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A little bit of the ride that was easy

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And a little bit of the ride was...um, er..Lets just say there was some mud

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There was Fun

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Dave Despain even got to fulfill his lifelong ambition to ride the fastest production bike ever made.

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I believe everyone that attended this years Devils Creek event had a great time. Hope to see you back next year.


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Thanks to Mike, Rich, and Hecter (sp?) for letting me ride with you guys. The weekend went by too fast!

Thank you for riding with with us, it was a blast!

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Thanks for putting on such a great event--I had a really good time.  Anything that much fun can't possibly be legal.  I've been working for a few months to get rid of a couple extra pounds and now it's all back thanks to the great meals.  I'll be back.
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I was blessed at Devils Creek.   Saturday morning heading out on the dualsport ride I went through the S curves on Trilby Road too fast and locked up the rear brake, skidded and laid the bike down on the pavement. First time ever. The bike was okay except for the turn signal but my left elbow and hand were badly scraped up .  I rode the 5 miles back to camp and luckily caught up with Swampy who was almost leaving in his truck and he helped me clean and bandage the elbow wound.  He was a blessing.  I then laid around camp all morning until the bleeding stopped, cleaned and re-bandaged and figured I didn't want to miss the rest of the weekend.  So I refilled the roll chart holder with the Discovery route instead of Dualsport, duct taped the turn signal back on, and rode to Groveland to catch lunch before 2:00. I thought for sure Lake David Park was on the north side of SR50 and spent so much time searching for it that it was 3:00 before I found Miss Linda but she was still there and I got to eat.  She was a blessing.  Two DDSers were also still there and we headed back on the Discovery route into the woods.  Since I had done this ride before I knew how to read the route sheet the best.  At the CR471 crossing I missed a reset.  So we turned left 0.5 miles too soon and came upon a huge waterhole in the road.  There were other tire tracks leading into the water.  I thought for sure that Swampy would not have a deep water crossing on the Discovery route and I volunteered to go in first.  About 50 feet in it got deeper and I thought it was okay as long as it didn't get up to seat level.  It got to just below seat level and the engine stopped.  It took all I could do to back the bike out of the sticky mud and onto dry ground.  One of the other riders stayed to help.  He was a blessing. I remembered reading how to do the steps to drain and restart the bike but I was so exhausted and delirious that I was tightening the spark plug instead of loosening it and I thought I stripped the plug.  We gave up, hid the bike in the weeds and he gave me a ride back to CR471 where we saw another DDSer with his flooded bike on the side of the road waiting for his buds to bring his van and trailer.  I waited with him and enjoyed a ride back to Sertoma in his van drinking Ice cold water.  He was a blessing.  I then got to eat Miss Linda's dinner, drove back to the woods with my trailer, found and loaded my bike in the dark and drove home for the night.  Went to the Emergency Room to have the wounds checked out and the doctor said no riding on Sunday.  He wasn't a blessing ... or was he?   My weekend was cut short but I have many memories and some lessons learned.  Hope to be back next year.  Mike


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I would like to thank DDS for a great weekend and great ride (Adventure Ride). Special thanks to Swampy, Sweep Riders and all other Support people who help put this weekend together and to Miss Linda for the great food. Met a lot of great people and made new friends and looking forward to next year. I also enjoyed the Friday and Saturday movie, great selections. I know all the Uralist and myself had a great time, Thanks Again.[greatride]

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Wait 'till next year John, we got something special cooked up that our Uralista brothers will like!
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Side note:
If you saw the caption from this, this pic is from 2010.  I was commenting and mad that my favorite sign is now gone, since they paved that part of Myers Road... ; * }
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I would like also thank Swampy, all the sweep riders, set up crew, and all those that volunteered to help make this years Devils Creek event a huge success, I truly enjoyed myself. It was a nice change to come to an event where the fun factor meter was pegged past the fun mark. Good job everyone!

I was able to ride with my buddies both days without any "Oh Crap" moments, and with this bunch that's saying a lot. Loved the dualsport layout and especially the lunch breaks, the only thing I missed was not getting any watermelon, but then maybe it was all gone before we got there. Got my boots wet a little and didn't get stuck but fell twice, one tip over and the other the front tucked on me in some rooted corners. All good except I tweaked the front end a little, but the nearest tree was used to bang the front tire to straighten the forks until I got back to camp. Looking forward to next year.

Thanks to everyone that came and supported the event,

Randy Faul


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What can I say about Devil's Creek 2014?

18th year, AMA Husqvarna/Yamaha National Event,  150 riders from all over including Arizona, Canada, Wisconson, Pennsylvania, New York and all across the rest of the South East and Mid-Atlantic States! Great food, entertainment, industry support and celebrities.

It's more than a ride, Devil's Creek is an EVENT!

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Let's begin where we need to.... with props to all who rode and especially those who stepped up to make this happen!

Special thank you to the event staff: Bert Barnes, Dave Hall, Dan Fisher, Bob Ryan, Steve Dunn, Mike Riddle, Jack Lambert, Brian Pratt, Brian Krause, Tim and Laurie Knopick, Samantha Andrews, Bill Whalen, Robert Parks, Andy Young and of course, Mrs Swampy!

And a thank you to the sponsors:

Yamaha Motor Corp and Husqvarna for the bike giveaways,
Rocky Mountain ATV for prizes and gift cards (use the link on top of the page to get to Rocky Mountain, they want to track how many people come to them from DDS!)
Touratech
Moose Racing
TrailTech
KTM USA
Billet Innovations and Dave Hall
Motorcycle Enthusiasts KTM/Triumph

What's it take to pull something like this off? For starters to pull this event off took a total of 513 man hours, that's administrative time, trail time, and event time! Thank you all for coming together and making it happen. 18 years and this thing just keeps growing!

Now how about the ride!

2 days, 6 routes: Adventure, Discovery, and Dual Sport. A little awesomeness for everyone, just look at the pictures!

I do want to reference an area on Sunday where a number of people made a wrong turn and got turned around. It appears that the Forest Service ribboned off an escape route for the controlled burns in the same colored ribbons as we used for Sunday.

So without any further ado, let's see some more pictures!



Life of The Layout Crew!

Let's start with the pre-ride, it's what many people don't get to see....

4 weeks prior to the event, we began in the woods... just me and Bert... until the clouds opened up, the thunder rolled and the lightning struck, and we tucked tail and headed back to the trucks... 4 inches of rain dropped that day... and being that a swamp is a swamp...and any day is a good day to ride...

We continued the next day... only to find our paths blocked at each and every turn. The high and dry we submitted to Forestry for approval were high and wet... we had to start from scratch and completely reroute the event!

7 days and no rain for a week and  we still ran into issues....

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We found a high and shallow way just off into those trees...
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Jack Lambert gettin it done....
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... and it continued like this as we cut mile after mile out of the route over the next few weekends...

Sure we could get 5 or 6 bikes through some places...

But some places.... maybe not....

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Imagine trying to get 150 riders through this.... NO WAY!
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In preride we have to find all the lines through a water hole.... sometimes it works... sometimes....

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Something new always pops up that we just have to keep in there..... like Wanker Island....
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Sometimes things reveal themselves after the water goes down...
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Sometimes the High-Water Mark must be documented...
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... and sometimes, just sometimes, you travel a path wrought with peril....
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Only to find treasure at the other end!
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And such is the life of a Pre-Rider... slogging through the swamp, to find a route that is passable not for 5 or 6, but for 150 riders...

More pictures to come....

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Just wanted to take a minute to thank Swampy and the entire team for an unforgettable weekend. This was my second organized Dual Sport event and it exceeded my expectations by a lot!

Richloam is my home swamp so I kind of knew what to expect in terms of riding but the camaraderie, food, camping accommodations, event organization and fun factor made this an epic event.

I have included a couple of pics. One with my two buddies that I camped with and the other of me in a position that I got kind of used to over the weekend.

As a matter of fact, I attained this position three times over the two days, with one resulting in a broken collar bone. I'll be out of commission for a few weeks but can't wait to get back on the horse. When can we sign up for next year?


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@ Yamahakid, message delivered.  He should be calling you soon.  He is celebrating a graduation tonight.  By the way, I have one of your seats and love it!    Best upgrade I could have done to my bike.
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As a matter of fact, I attained this position three times over the two days, with one resulting in a broken collar bone.


OUCH..Sorry to hear that Mike

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