DirtWeek 2001, it heats-up now!

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The final push for nailing down the event starts now. We'll be adding events, event schedules, give-aways lists and more info over the next couple of weeks.

NOTE: If you plan to attend, register now! The drop-dead date for registration is August 27. That's August 27 in OUR hands, allow time for mailing.

For more info: http://dirtweek.com

And now for a little fun. Anyone who attended last year can be involved:

1) Post in this thread, a good story from last year's event. What you remember most, what made it great, why you're glad you went, about the trip to the 'fest, whatever...

2) The moderators and admins will vote on the "best" post, the winner get's free entry to DirtWeek 2001. If you have already registered and win the freebie, we'll send the fee back.

Waddayagot?

Added: If you weren't there, or don't plan to be there this year... no need to post.
 
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Not to laugh at the misfortune of others but Randal's crash was just so funny!! :p Good thing he laughs about it too.

http://home.columbus.rr.com/coolpix/Randal Crash.jpg


Don't worry, he got up to get second place in the team harescramble. The night time Poker run was just amazing too. Get your headlights working now! Fun stuff, I'm really looking forward to this one.
 
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It was cool.

Literally. We left 105 degree Kansas City weather and were greeted by a 72 degree Illinois climate. Myself and Agent Orange slept on an air mattress in the back of my truck. It got down to 41 degrees that night (I think). It wasn't a pretty sight: 500+ pounds of arse on a poor little air mattress, under an EZ-Up in a 6 foot truck bed. One of us would move and the other would flounder in his wake!
Plus, I sat in awe several times as Firemdic530 (DRZETim) absolutely FLEW that DRZ. I think he took 5th in the A-B MX race. Had Agent Orange run over my head in a creek bed in the woods. Rode down the gnarliest, most rutted downhill I think I have ever ridden to date, AND, I got to pass the infamous "Spodeless Bike" in my MX race! (I'm not going to mention any names!;))
Night time poker run: No headlight needed. Just take some duct tape and any near-death, dime-store flashlight, attach it to your front fender and you're good to go!
This year, I'm bringing name tags! Seriously. WAY too many faces and names to remember.
Far and away the absolute BEST time I have had since I started this obsession 16 months ago.:cool:
 
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BigLou, you KILL me!:)

Aside from getting there, my favorite part was the headlight class MX race. I was planning on taking it easy, but the gate dropped and I found myself hurtling toward turn one with my heart in my mouth. There were maybe 15-16 guys in my class, and I found myself in 7th or 8th by turn two. I managed to calm down and pace myself by pinning the throttle and fanning the clutch continuously. For a lap and a half, I postponed the inevitable by staying upright and somewhat in control. Finally, though, I dropped my XR4 in one of the turns by the finish line and got passed by two guys. The bike stayed lit (incredible!) and I got back by one of them pretty easily. The next two laps were spent in a heated, spastic battle with a guy on a KDX. (MikeB, I think?) I was running on pure adrenaline at this point. I remember getting past the KDX-mounted spode on the last lap and almost going over the bars whilst trying to execute a tail-whip over one of the jumps. I also remember KDX guy shouting some sort of epithet as I wheelied by. Of course, it could well have been an expletive. ;)

I think he was tired of smelling my clutch.

I may have placed as high as 9th, but at the finish, I was cackling like an mental defective. That was the most fun I had experienced in a loooong time. I can't wait for this year's event!
 

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This how we came to be at MWSF 2000.

One afternoon I was talking to my neighbor (Tony) about riding motorcycles. He currently owned a 1996 KDX 200 and had been riding frequently for the last 2 years. He mentioned he was going to a motorcycle event that was being sponsored by dirtrider.net, a web site he was a member of. At this point, I knew I had to find me a motorcycle so that I could go to the event as well. A few weeks went by and I came across an old 1986 KDX 200 located up north. I decided to go have a look at it. As I looked at the bike, which was being sold for $400, I knew I had to buy it. I bought the bike and that night Tony came to check it out. I listened as he began mentioning items we needed to do....I.E., some new plastic, front and rear bearings. At first I thought to myself, "Damn, I just bought it I don't want to begin by tearing it apart." I came to realize this was the smartest thing we could have done. We got the parts ordered and put the bike back together. We went riding a couple times and it seemed every time we went, something happened to my bike. I was getting upset at first, however, I soon took the attitude that, well lets break it now and that way I will have a solid bike for the Spodefest. The next thing that happened almost pushed me to the point of pouring gasoline all over my bike and lighting a match. I was at home by myself and thought I would go riding, before I could even get my bike around to the front yard, the motor locked up on me. Talk about depressed!! Before I left for a wedding that night I called Tony and left the terrible news on his answering machine. I'm sure when heard the message he could tell I was a little distraught. That night when I arrived home, I noticed he had already came over to my house. picked up my bike, tore it apart and had found the problem. Long story short, new top end. He helped me coordinate getting the parts I needed and getting the cylinder to a shop which could drop a sleeve in it for me. Even after all the planning, I was still thinking there is know way we are going to have this thing running again in time for me to make it to spodefest. Little did I know. 2 days later the bike was up and running better than it ever had. One week before Spodefest we were riding at the Mt. Vernon King City Dirt Riders track and whamo! There goes my throttle cable. Now we had about 2 days to come up with something before SF. I ordered a cable and we were able to get it installed, however, during the process we realized my carb needed a new spring, as well as a couple other parts. It seemed only as it would get better it then would get worse too. We called Jeff Freddette and he was able to bring all the parts we needed to Spodefest. He arrived the same morning as Tony and I. Once we met up with him, we had the bike back apart and together again in no time. Then ofcourse, while at SF Tony (Being the A rider he is) placed 3rd in the Woodsbike MX race. Me well, lets just say my bike did not suffer any major damage while at Spodefest, however, I wish I could say the same for my body.
Spodefest was definitely a new beginning for me. The camping, the racing, the general riding was the best high I have ever had. I was hooked. 2 Months after getting home from Spodefest I purchased a 2001 KX 125. Since that purchase, all I have though about is getting back to SF (Dirt Week) and talking to Slow Poke Dennis, our great camping neighbor, and letting him check out the new ride. Had it not been for SlowPoke, Bone(Tony) and I may have froze each morning, but thanks to SlowPoke and the fire he had made, we survived. Before SF last year I had never heard of DRN and now, there is not a day that goes by which I do not log on and read some posts.
 
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Just ONE story?

Hmm. Well since Smitty and I got the holeshot and were the first spodes on the scene last year we did get to see 380EXCMAN pull up in the dodge neon after 3 days of driving with his trusty 380 in the passenger seat! I think the next day was when I was lucky enough to see Wrench fly by Jeff on the GP track and Jeff executed a perfect 10 'ninja turtle' get off. (That ones hard to explain but he went over the bars, feet striaght up for a second, then landed in front of the bike kinda spinning on the ground (all the while still hanging onto the bars). Lets not forget Wrench blasting into turn two on the MX track during Wardys MX school and almost highsiding, saving it and then going ahead and highsiding it anyway :) Then again, Smitty and I decided to ride the nighttime poker run together (he had a 2 watt flashlight taped to his fender I think) - at the checkpoint after the first or second lap his light was no more - Gomer was there to clean the mud off hi goggles while some others laughed at his lack of light and then said something about his quitting.... Gomer hands the goggles back and says "Pin it Sally" so Smitty nails it into the darkness... He stopped right before the trees and waited for my headlight :) Oh I guess I could go on and on with stories but the hands down #1 reason it was the time of my life was 113 other DRN riders and their friends and family. Along with that trip, the Reno ride, Big Bear this past weekend, Living in OK, the Muenster spodefest etc. I figure I have met over 200 people from DRN and still havent met anyone that I wouldn't love to ride with every weekend. TOO COOL! Oh yeah, I would be totally embarrassed if I forgot to mention the "Goon Riding" display put on by MX221 (Shane) :) Now THAT was funny!
 
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Watching chadk stumble out of his tent wrapped in a blanket begging for coffee:p Meeting and watching everybody.It was great to put names with faces. Now when I see them post I still remember their faces.
 

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Man that is a tough one!

MANY good memories come to mind:

1. Picture a 200 + lb grown man sliding backwards down a hill while his bike gets major air up the hill without him. (Not to mentionany names --- GOMER)
2. Sitting around the campfire discussing enduro strategy with Jeff "theman" Fredette. How often do you get to talk to a living legend.
3. The nighttime poker run was INSANE. Imagine a KX rider sitting on the trail with no light and as soon as any bike with lights go by the KX would duck in and ride blind for a ways. (Not to mentionn names --- SMITTY)
4. And the headlight class MX race (if that is what you want to call it!) BTW If that was a Spastic SPODE on a KDX that would be me Julius.
5. Drinking Hot Damn with AJ by the fire. AJ is just way too cool.
6. Riding with 100 + new found friends. PRICELESS
 

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Some guy didn't stay to the right when crossing the creek and buried his KDX, then took a little swim. Do you know who that was...Mike? ;) :eek:
 

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Damn you guys make me jealous!!! These stories and everything seem like something you guys will never forget!!! you are lucky, maybe you guys can hold a dirtweek in the great white north eh? I'll be your tour guide!:D

500+pounds of arse????hmmmm maybe there are somethings you shouldn't remeber! j/k
 

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The long grassy straight, right before the sand hairpin,.... must have slipped my mind during the parade lap, cause on the first lap I hit that puppy pinned in 5th, the bike stayed in the sand, while I continued,... in a head over heals fasion, clear to the creek. Once I got up and figured out where my bike was,... I could hear BWalkers buddy LHAO on the side lines, Must of looked humurous from his point of view! Wish I had a picture of that! The whole week was a blast, where else can you camp and ride for 4 days straight! :)
 
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Riding non stop for 4 days straight, Hill climbs for the camera with no film ( I'll meet you there TTRGuy:D ) The Flappin fender, getting to meet everyone and jonesen for the next "Spodefest" to come around again.
Definitely priceless!!
 

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There were so many great things, and I've forgetten way more than I can List:
1. Gomer's practical jokes...one having my silencer plugged and after a few attempts at starting the 500 the plug blew "KA-POW" about 60 feet and almost nailed Jeff Fredette at his campsite.. he is yelling "INCOMING!!" lol
2.MX221 Shanes - Goon riding..LOL "classic"
3. Getting clothes lined off the TTR125 during the HS by the same grapevine I had laughed at "woodsrider " about for telling me he tackled.
4.Seeing Mikeb still in he creek after his " swimming with the KDX's" episode.
5.The "TTR125 verses CR250 duel" with Gomer on the GP track.
6.Pushing the TTR after the chain came off during the HS for over a half mile to the finish line..what was i thinking ? Its a lil bike but there are HILLS there. duh! lol
7. Actually being in 5th gear pinned on the GP track on the AF and BARELY passing "Pokie".. ( he was scaring me lol)
8. A groomed MX track for breakfast each morning.
9.A great fire for bench racing and cool videos each nite..( could have done without "naked Z 50 dude" lol)
10. Telling Taraker "matt" to "Hey just pin it,it will be fine" in a whoop section he was asking about riding technique on during the substitute teacher mx school :) and being a very poor teacher but actually seeing improvement in some guys cornering technique with them having just a few attempts at it with a few little pointers.
11.A great GP track race with "Offroadr" on his moded XR100 and the TTR, then we switched bikes and went at it again lol my ankles hurt for a week.
12. Sundays races with Jer and Gomer
13.( appropriate number) Watching "Wrench" crash in Wardys MX school..and countless other flapping fender head augers to earn him the "TrueSpode " award for "2000"
14. Walking down the finish line of the "woods class" mx race to do scoring (few had numbers --- i was scoring by ..red helmet KDX, blue jersey KDX etc lol)...the looks on those guys faces was priceless.
15. How many huge grins did YOU see in that week?
 
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DW '01 Note:

Last year by this time, a LOT more people were signed-up! Come ya'll, I'm getting worried! Time is getting short! I've got to do the final deal with the land owner soon! I need a good idea as soon as possible of how many are coming so I know what we can afford to lease... meaning; the park costs on a per-day basis. Obviously if only 50 show, I can't afford to rent the place and we;ll have to share it with non DRN'ers!! No!!!!!

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