Ride Report- Richland Furnace ,Ohio

Bill Hibbs

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SlowPoke Dennis picked me up at 7:00AM loaded up the V-10 Ram (cool truck) and we were off. Rich joined the convoy along the way. Two hours later we were sitting in SMB's driveway.

El Presidente had already had a crash in before we started riding his "little loop" in the back yard. I'll get back to that later. Basically The Richland furnace trails are pretty open, rocky, hilly and overall FAST! Slowpoke had a little problem with "Bob Hill" but somehow managed to climb every other hill that was 3 times as long and much more technical. The power line hills were great. It's awesome starting up a hill not knowing what the trail turns into. The trail conditions were perfect, nice sticky dirt and a great day to go along with it.

After riding a few hours we decided to go back to the house and grab a bite to eat. El Presidente was having some problems with his DR. It wasn't running great, although you wouldn't know it by the way he was riding. He assured us that the air cleaner was clean and it was fresh gas. Long story short, we found a small family of birds living in his air box.

We headed to their local home made Moto X track and started our "Bike Shoot-Out", each taking turns on each other's bikes. Basically El Presidente want's Rich's bike (WR400F), I want SlowPoke's bike(Husky wr250), and Rich and SMB (worked over KDX) are perfectly happy.

By this time we're pretty tired and we head back to the house. Rich and I decide to explore the "little loop" behind the house. These Guys were holding out on us!!! It turns out to be an arrowed Harescramble loop, complete with tight twisties through Pine's, technical climbs and decents, and a super fast section through the tree's to connect it all together. Rich and I did lap after lap giggleing the entire time. After realizing we had to stop sometime we headed back to the house. Just as I popped out of the woods a deer jumped out in front of me. I chased him over 300 yards across the field until he jumped back into the woods. Those things are FAST.

Overall it was a great time, SlowPoke bit it on the very bottom of a long, technical decent with the help of a hidden wet log, but he's a pretty tough guy. Actually it was me complaining on the way home how tired and hungry I was ;) . Hopefully El Presidente's DR will have survived the ordeal. If not, I'm sure we'll be seeing him on a new WR400.

Great Ride guys, Hope to do it again soon.
 

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Bill,
glad you guys had fun, it's great to get out and ride with more experienced riders. I still can't believe you and Rich turned Bob Hill into a playground, it became painfully obvious to the prez and I that you're much better riders than we are. I agree with the slowpoke hill designation, dennis did very well on that one. Jason's DR appears to have jumped timing, we thoroughly cleaned that carb and it's still not running well at all. On the other hand he's now got a reason to get a WR. I can't believe the power those things put out, almost makes me want to buy a thumper :eek:

You failed to mention the part about yourself laying down in the creek back there :p or about taking the wrong tunnel out :p or about me getting lost back in that creek section, I'd never ridden that backwards, I got all turned around..

But anytime you guys want to come down and have some fun just let us know, really was a great ride on saturday.

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'84 Can-Am ASE 250 (brutally fast rat bike)
'93 Kawasaki KDX200 (bored 40 over, FMF pipe, A-Loop suspension)

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Bill Hibbs

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LOL... Yea, that's true. The two times I dropped my bike happened to be in the same mud hole! :) It's definitely easy to get lost back there.
 

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Bill I enjoyed riding with you and Rich.The only time you dumped your bike and I was ahead of you(one of the few times). I guess I need to speed up a little and maybe get Rich to slow down a little so I can follow him. Rich is a very smooth rider always picking the easy and clean lines.
Jeff. This was the first time I rode with them.Still working on the pictures. Guess I better read the instructions.

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bill
thanks for the compliment on how i ride, i don't get them very often. the DR will live to see another day, in about 600.00 i will have it the way i want. so i am sidelined for a bit. rich u own my bike. how bout u sell it to me :p. i was very pleased on both u and bills riding ability, i need to ride w/ yall more often to get faster in the woods. i do hope we do get to ride again together soon. thank you all again for joining me and smb's little ride, and hope u make it to the trail ride in 3 weeks. thank you all again

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actually jason the trail ride was planned for the 24-25, this is the last week of classes here in athens then I have finals, so I'll be ready to get out and take it easy in two weeks, looking forward to seeing even more DRN'ers down this time. Perhaps I should put up a new post about it to try and draw some more attention.

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sounds like you guys are having more fun than legally allowed on 2 wheels!!! i sure would like to get hooked up with you guys and get in on the action!!! i thought everyplace was closed till april??? i just got my bike and cant wait to get back into the dirt bike scene!!! anyone planning on riding this weekend (march 10,11)??? i will keep checking back to see when you plan for the next ride!
 
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FYI
Richland is closed December 1 - April 1.

I have not heard of enforcement of this however I thought I would let you know.
 

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Aren't you just a party pooper :(
Sounded like a good ride anyway ;)

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green man
where we ride in richland is PRIVATE land. we do not ride on the state apv area. just thought i would let u know

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the APV area is fly trail, people ride that on bicycles, the area which we ride is pretty nice, you could ride it on a bike but you'd be tired :) where is mechanicsburg anyway?

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Well for the poor soles like me that have to ride on the public land Richland is ok for a short day of riding that does not take forever to get to. It is difficult to stay on the approved trails even when you are trying. We always seem to get off of the marked trails. You are right though it is not very challenging but it is fun for a change. If there are other riding opportunities in the area let me know.

As for Mechanicsburg it is a thriving metropolis half way between Dayton and Columbus. I am located at the intersection of SR 29 and SR 4. Dont blink you will miss it. Of coarse that would not be much of a loss.

Dont get the fly trail joke. I am just a slow Mechanicsburgian.

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fly trail is just a term we use to descrbie WOT trail, I'm talking prop your feet up on the bars and kick back fast and smooth trail. Hey if you're interested in seeing what else richland has to offer a friend and I are going to ride it this saturday, if you're interested let me know jd_racing@email.com

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Jeff,
Still waiting on my motor. Few weeks late hoping it shows tommorow :) If it does Me and my buddie are planning to ride sat and sun. Sounds like you know richland alot better than me so maybe we can hook up and you can show me some of the fun parts :p not sure if its your phone number i have or rich's. I'll post here tomorrow and let ya know if my motor shows.
Hopefully ill be ready to ride.

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sounds cool stu, I'm sure we'll be riding most of the weekend out in richland, if you don't want to park your truck/van/suv at the buggy camp to be vandalized my buddy and I just ride straight in from my house, it's about 3 miles of road but it sure beats having the tires stolen off your truck :)

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'93 Kawasaki KDX200 (big bore kit, A-Loop suspension, FMF pipe)