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What is Dirtweek you ask?

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What is Dirtweek?

A big disappointment!
I spend 48 weeks planning for it, one week shopping for it, one week getting my bike ready and one-week packing for it. 51 weeks have passed since the last Dirtweek and I'm now out the door and on my way for this year's Dirtweek, it will be my first.

My plan was to give this guy in Dallas a call on my cell phone as I pull out of the drive, I've never met him but we are to meet on the highway and caravan up there. I've also made arrangements to pick up a girl from Plano in Denton, she is going to catch a ride with me and my daughter to Dirtweek. We make plans to leave her truck at another guy's house in Denton for the week. She's never met him but her instructions were to park her truck in the street and leave the keys. What are we thinking? Before I make it to Denton my RV has a blowout. I again call this guy from Dallas to let him know I won't be able to meet up with him, I don't want to hold him up and suggest that he go without me. I also call the girl from Plano and advice of my situation. I make my way to the nearest tire store but before I get the tire replaced there are two trucks full of motorcycles pulling in the lot to wait for me, it's the guy from Dallas. I pay for the tire and now the caravan is three vehicles strong. We head over to pickup the girl from Plano, patiently waiting for about an hour & a half at this guys house that's not home and she has never met. We make the bike transfer and load up all the gear & supplies. Toss the keys to her truck on the side of the house and head toward Oklahoma. Eight hours or so after leaving home the six of us, three vehicles, arrive and check in with the "Big Pubah," called Okie before setting up camp.

A couple more hours pass and I make my way around the camp area. Before I have a chance to even introduce myself they are already calling me by name. My guess is as I leave the 1st camp and they pass a note giving a heads up who's headed their direction. As night falls, I decide to turn in so I don't make a nuisance of myself among new friends. Everything is in order yet as my head hits the pillow my mind begins to wonder about tomorrow's events. What seems like a few minutes turns into a great night's sleep. I wake to find it's still dark outside, I am never in such a hurry back home to get up and go outside this early. As I make my way from the RV, I'm careful not to make too much noise as not to wake the others. Now is the perfect time to scope the place out. I head up the hill and am greeted by some guy name Frank. We spend a few minutes looking at the red dirt and making small talk before I figuring it's a safe time to unload bikes without fear of waking anyone up.

By the time I get my bike unloaded and the EZ-up situated in just the right spot everyone else must have been waiting for me to make the first move. The camping area began to come to life. People started slowly appearing and what were just a few campsites began to take shape of a small community. It was time for the first "riders meeting" and the official 2nd day of Dirtweek.

After the meeting, I gear up and make my way to the riding areas I kind of lost track of time for the rest of the week. The only thing I knew for sure was I got to ride when I wanted, where I wanted and with whom I wanted. I also remember eating like a king for a week. I got to meet a ton of people that I couldn't begin to remember who they all are but that didn't seem to make a big difference. There seemed to be this mentality among everyone there that suggested that "what's mine is yours" all you have to do is ask and don't be shy. I got to let my kid experience something that is unheard of these days, she got to run free without me having to worry whom she was with, where she was going, what she was doing, when she would be back and if she was all right. Everyone there watched out for everyone like one big family. I got to experience what it’s like to laugh and cry at the same time when someone showed what it's like to love someone the way it ought to be. I got to see the look on people's faces when they experienced for the first time that they could do something they never thought they could. I got to see people's faces when they experienced not being able to do what they have done a thousand times. I got to experience life to the fullest for the first time in a lifetime without a care in the world.

What is Dirtweek? The best that life has to offer! If they ever put the word "Dirtweek" in the dictionary the definition should say, "A successful attempt at the best humanity has to offer." "The harmony of all that is good." "The perfect balance of mind and spirit with a positive attitude." See http://www.dirtrider.net/teamdrn/showgallery.php?cat=519&thumb=1

The disappointment? The reality of coming down and having to wait 51 more weeks to do it again. Wouldn't it be nice if every week was Dirtweek? It's so much more than just riding a motorcycle!
 
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Brian

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That just about says it all.
Excuse me while I go nose my blow :(
 

a454elk

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Damn kids!:|
 

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~Jeff~

That was beautiful, man. :whiner: :whiner: :worship: :thumb:
 
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yeah jeff i know what you mean. that guy from dentons 10yr old son ran around all week with that tigger. some say they had a good time. as a matter of fact that is the first thing he asks when we do a heartland spode ride. "is tigger going?" it was his first crush and his first "race". i felt so bad for that xr 70 he pile drived it all week. i think the only time it wasnt running is when it got a flat and when it was too dark to see. he(we) cant wait till the next one.
 

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Man after reading that I wish I was bringing the family. Maybe next year. This one I'll savour for myself.
 
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lol yes thers always some1 that hased to break the ice and bring there bikes out at early in the morning enyways....pleas no one laugh cause im sure you all know what dirt week is but i dont, so can enyone give me a link to the site or tell me what it is cause i would love to be apart of something like that.
 
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Originally posted by jack909
pleas no one laugh cause im sure you all know what dirt week is but i dont, so can enyone give me a link to the site or tell me what it is cause i would love to be apart of something like that.
In lamens terms, dirtweek is a week of dirtbike activities put on by Dirtrider.net at Copperland Raceway in Oklahoma. There are many sponsors including Astrisk, Thor and a host of others. The way it works is you register and make the trip. Once there you will get the chance to ride - ride - ride. There are miles of woods riding (single trail type stuff) motocross on a couple of tracks, and just about any other type of dirtbike riding you could want. There are organized events (that are free to enter) and there is open riding pratically anywhere - anytime the coarse or track is not in use for an event. When you get tired of riding there are the times for just general visiting and stuff. Usually around 7pm everyone gathers unter the big top tent for thousands of $ in give-a-ways. Plenty of food freinds and good times. Everyone watches out for each other and usually there's a "what's mine is yours" type of atmosphere.
Events ie; races are geared to give people a chance to participate in something they usually wouldn't or that never have before without fear of just plain sucking. example would be MX. MX classes are designed so that if you've never been on a MX track you ride the C class, if you've raced before and understand the principle of racing then you belong in the B class. If you are racing C class at home then you probably belong in the B class or perhaps even the A class at DW. If you are a strong B or A class you will probably be in the PRO class with the real deal.
In short, it's not about winning races at DW, It's about seeing the faces of the ones that did it for the 1st time and made it though upright, even if they came in last.

DW is all good but it's much more than just riding a DB all week. Kind of reminds me of listning to someone sell you on Amway in a way, there's a lot of hype that you just can't understand until you experience your 1st DW.

Watch for pictures on this site, read some of the posts by those of us that attend and then go next year to give it a try 1st hand. Then you will understand. :thumb:
btw, this is the only site you'll visit regarding DW because DW is a DRN event only
 

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Dirt Week is like a family reunion except you actually get along with almost everybody and it's fun. Aunt Dolly isn't waiting around every corner to smear Mary Kay Red #5 on you as she pinches your cheeks (although Gomer might be). Uncle Hubertl isn't there in his plaid polyester liesure suit trying to pickup his nieces (but we do have Sarge & Milk). Your strange cousin that always wants to talk about the frog he disected in 8th grade that had 3 hearts isn't there (Ivan promises he will be there next year though). What you do get is to meet people you might not have ever met in person but you consider great friends or people that you only get to see once a year that you consider family. Oh and yeah there is that dirt biking thing thrown in for good measure too!