slo' mo

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as the time grows near and I reflect back...

I just wanted to say thank you to Okie for your vision of putting this thing together and to the DRN family for making it happen. When I came the Spodefest in '00 I barely knew how to ride a bike and knew nothing of working on one. (Yes, I know, I haven't improved in either category). Upon first sign of trouble (blown fork seal) I have to come out of my shell to ask if anyone had a spare that would work. Everyone I asked either looked or pointed me to somebody they though might have one. Turns out I had to go to the nearest Kawi dealer for the parts. When I get back the MX school is starting. As bad as I wanted to go I put No_Mo on my bike and started asking if anyone could show me how to replace a fork seal. MX221 and his buddy Matt had the Plano Honda van and both jump in on the rescue. Turns out I had to pilfer (read borrow) some T-handles so I go up to this guy next door who has a trailer and ask if I could borrow some T-handles. He tells me to look inside this trailer and grab the whole set. Turns out it was Ivan who was offering Gomer's tools to me :) . Anyway, Matt and Shane finish off the fork seal for me and did it so fast I didn't even have time to see how they did it but we are back in the ridin' business.
As the days go by too fast Okie's mom adopts No_Mo and we make a lot of buddies, including Texans Taraker (mooch) and Patman (the cool one). Thump and Twin were MIA. Even met some great Yankees like Jeff Allen! Too soon we had to load up and head south with the promise of seeing everyone next year.
When DW '01 rolls around Thump pulls a holeshot on everyone and he and the CA bunch are already setup. There's this one cat from Asterisk who I thought was going to be there as a sponsor and hawking a product. Turns out this guy is blasting around the GP track at speeds I couldn't believe. I was almost offended (read embarrassed) to hop on my spodely mount and fire it up. At least I did wait until Billy got off the track. :)

Made it a point this time to meet everyone in the slums and surrounding areas I could. It definitely cuts into your riding time but it's time well spent. These kind of friends last a lifetime . Missed the group that became the Heartland Spodes but I will make sure I get to meet all them and everyone else I can this year.

point I'm trying to make is don't spend all your time riding, you will be missing one if not the biggest part of DW.
The family gets bigger every year so it's always a challenge but don't be shy!


Things that stand out in my mind from the inaugural Spodefest:

1) trying to unload quietly in the rain at 2:45 AM
2) Taraker firing up a quad for a 5:40 potty break
3) trains - lots of 'em
4) Okie and the mods are actually human
5) lowsiding on the C-MX race and coming in last. Would have probably had the same result even if I hadn't crashed.
6) Wrench's flappin' fender
7) Pokie running 30 minute motos on the GP track

Things that stand out in my mind from DW '01

1) Gomer in a pink tutu on Patman's Montessa
2) getting to use JB Weld by the handful
3) meeing many new slumlords and swapping stories
4) Watching Buster trash Thump's YZ400
5) wondering if Okie was going to banish me forever
6) receiving the coveted spode award :aj:
7) standing proudly every morning during the Star Spangled Banner!
8) not coming in last in my heat for the MX.
9) wondering how Okie is going to top this in '02


Looks like he has done it. Sorry for the long ramble, but bottom line - I feel sorry for anyone NOT coming this year. For those who do, make it a point to introduce yourself to everyone you meet!
 

a454elk

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I think that if I WASN'T coming this year, your post would have changed my mind for sure. Very well said. :D
 

Tony Eeds

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slo' mo --- I'm with Elk .... Now I have something to send to a turkey that is going to regret it if he doesn't show up. I haven't begged him to come because even though I will be solo, I know that I won't be there more than the time it takes me to open my door before I will feel at home. Dirtriders are always a friendly bunch and more than willing to lend someone else's tools. Thanks for the not so gentle reminder as to why we are really getting together .... MEMORIES. :)
For some of us that will be dusting ELK, for others that will be dusting him off. :debil:
I haven't even met you guys as yet and it still seems like I know you. Look me up! I'll be the guy in the hat with my name on the front! ;)
 

a454elk

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Trust me, I'll will be lookin you up pal!:)
 

Tony Eeds

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WHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAATTTTTTTT ... to dust you or dust you off ????? :debil:
 

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A contingent of the Heartland Spodes met the North Texas Smack Pack in Dallas for the SX. Then we rode at Muenster and at Badlands. Everyone that I have met thru DRN has been loads of fun. The bench racing, the riding and the food is awsome. If you don't meet someone and befriend them at Dirtweek, your asleep! I personally extend a Welcome to the Heartland, come ride Cooperland with your DRN family.
 

VintageDirt

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Good one slo' mo! I'm looking forward to it even more now. And everbody, look up me when you see me. :)
 

Okiewan

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Good stuff Hal... :) You aren't bringing No' Mo again this year are you? But alas, the fair damsel will be back at the castle studying her nursing school books. I can leave the .40 at home!

It's amazing that this will be the third year already... doesn't seem like that much time has gone by does it? Not sure we'll even try to make DW better than the previous, all we have to do is show-up to have a good time with this bunch. Yes, we'll improve some things (how about the rockin' moto school this year! :aj: ), but it'll always be pretty much the same. It aint broke. Spreading the events out over more days will make Saturday a little less hectic though LOL.

Things I remember about the last one, in no particular order:

1) Thump calling me from his truck lost. He drove by the track 5 or 6 times. I stayed on the phone with him till he got parked. He was 3 days early :silly: . I said, "now don't setup right in front of that power box, that's where the land yacht goes. When my crew finally rolled-in, where was he parked? Yup.

2. Setting up that first night watching billy freak... "what is this falling from the sky?!" he yelled, running for cover. "That's RAIN billy, it won't hurt you" we explained to SoCal boy. Thump proceeds to ruin billy's tent as the two traded smack trying to get the little shelter put together.

3. The odd bike of Patman's and the fact that his dirtbike was broken, not allowing him to Put-Up after it was too late to Shut-Up. Team Illinois 5, Team Tejas 0.

3. The BIG surprise? Gomer shows up with full crew in tow!! The guy had been injured earlier in the year and was sure he wasn't going to be able to make it. For you DW noobs; a DW without Goober is no DW, period.

4. Rich in deep jetting/fuel conversation with Big Lou, all the while forgetting he had the flower covered shower cap on. :p

5. Jeff Fredette & Billy absolutely RIPING laps on the GP track.

6. Friday night in front of my RV with Thump, AJ, Offroadr, Mully, Billy and probably someone else. I've nebber lauhed so hart in my lif.

7. Rich, at the bonfire Sat. Night: "Here, this will get it going". Later, Thump dragging me (in my chair) away from said fire yelling "RUN DUDE"! I look around, everyone is running for cover. "Pop" goes a little can of cheese-whiz.

8. Mikeb's seated freestyle show as he came around each time during the nighttime poker run. The nac-nac was awesome. Mikeb is another one of those "Must attend DW" kinda guys.

9. Where is my daughter? Slo' mo with an odd look on his face "Uh... Humm... I haven't seen her".

10. We wired Billy with the helmet cam for the A/B moto. We did this in the scoring tower, right before the gate dropped. I was fooling around with the camera, which goes in a fanny pack for a couple of minutes to make sure it's all correct, Billy takes off the the starting line. (yes, he broke thumps bike and the helmet cam during that moto). Later that night, I plug in the video in the RV and what do I see? 1 Lap of the race before the camera is swinging all over the place, taking some wild video. the best part of the whole deal? While we were hooking him up in the scoring tower, seems the shot from the camera mounted on Billy’s head was very consistent and stable. Right on my wife's butt. There was more footage of Scooter's butt than there was race footage. lol.

11. Seeing the entire group stop in their tracks when the National Anthem played each morning. It was 2 weeks prior that we all took a hit we'll never forget. DW was covered in flags.

12. The first day and a half: "If it stops now, it'll be fine". Thump says I repeated that statement about the rain 2-300 times. It rained folks. I mean IT RAINED. HARD. For a LONG time. Funny thing is, we had a blast anyway. That's the one thing I fear more than anything. WE can all plan this until we're blue in the face, but have no control at all when it comes right down to it. If I recall, Thurs/Fri/Sat were good though.

13. Offroadr's deep-fried Turkey.

14. Cowboy's choice of relief location

15. Scooter going WAY faster than she ever had in the Ladies MX. I was so worried, I forgot to film it.

16. Billy spilling 2 hours worth of freshly squeezed lemon juice on my mom.

17. Farmer John changing flats for people. A LOT of people.

18. Just sitting back and watching all the spodes getting along as if they had been friends forever, helping each other out and just having a great time. Like slo' mo said, DW isn't just about riding.

I could go on forever with all of these little tid-bits. Pretty cool huh! DW makes memories. Come on October!!!
 

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Slo mo' (and Okie) so totally nailed it!

(VD I'll be sure to send Gomer your way.)
 

Fred T

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I'm totally cheesed and ready. I know it's all about the people, thats what DRN did for me by introducing me to 30-40 people here in MI to ride with. I now have some very good friends and my life has been improved forever. Now I get to meet all you guys! PLEASE stop by the Michigan Mafia campgrounds if I don't meet you. I'm the short guy that can barely see over the EXC's handlebars. Great stories guys....
 
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It's pretty cool reading everyone's stories. Sounds just like my stories from the last two years' DW's. Mine would be exactly the same as the rest are above me here. After lurking for about 6 months, I joined DRN in Aug 2000 solely to be eligible to go to "Spodefest". Been here ever since. (Hey, as long as they keep feeding me. I won't go away...)
 

CAL

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Well said Slo mo and Okie. No one can imagine the fun until they've actually been to DW. I can't wait for #3!!!! :aj:
 

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Ah the memories...Flashback mode on:


Lemming and I were excited to leave Birmingham by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. We had a relatively uneventful drive up the Casey. It did take us about an hour and a half longer than we had anticipated, but so what. We spent much of our time in the car speculating about what the event would be like and what each DRN person would be like based on their posts on DRN.

About 10:30 p.m. (8.5 hours after leaving Birmingham), we pulled up to the DRN campfire. There was already a group of about 25 people hangin’ out and telling stories around the fire. Lemming and I set off to set up our camp so we could return to the campfire for a few beers and join in telling stories (lies). Smitty came over to keep us company as we set up my tent. What a great guy! He was a lot of fun to hang out with all week. Our only regret was that he had to leave before the Hare Scramble on Saturday morning.

Lemming and I got my mongo tent put up in about an hour. People referred to our tent as the M*A*S*H tent through out the event because it was big and green. One person said that we needed to put a big Red Cross on the top of the tent.

Around 11:30, Lemming and I grab our chairs and our beer and head back over to the main camp fire located between Okie’s rig, and Offroader’s rig. When we get there, the place looks like a ghost town. No one is sitting there around the now dying campfire. Oh well. Lemming and I go back to our tent and sit under the awning. We drink a toast to the SpodeFest, and go to bed.

The next morning, as we emerge from M*A*S*H, we find over cast skies and cool weather. Lemming and I went through the process of becoming official SF participants. We first went up to the gate to check in with the track owners. Then, we went over the scoring <A href="http://www.dirtrider.net/cgi-bin/clickpro/click.cgi?id=24" target="_blank"><b>boot</b></a>h to have AJ scan our AMA cards. About 15 minutes later, AJ conducts the riders meeting and things start to get under way.

Another 15-20 minutes after that and the rain starts coming down. Okie’s starting to get a really disgusted look on his face. Like a proud parent, he’s concerned that the rain is going to ruin the event. We all do our best to assure him that the rain is no problem and that it won’t last. Jay (Offroader) keeps telling Okie that it’s just dust control.

While the rain’s coming down, Lemming and I hop into Casey for some Ice and gas. Shortly after we return, the rain starts to taper off. By 11:30, the rain was gone, and it was time to suit up and ride. First ride of the day was on the GP course. It was in awesome condition albeit a little slippery.

On my fourth lap around the track, I almost got pitched off on the high side in the wet grass. Whoa, I decide to take it easy for a while. No since breaking bike or body in the first 45 minutes. Spodes continue to trickle into the facility and then make their way out to the GP course. We had a great time cutting laps around the track and then hangin out in the infield of the track while other’s continued to ride.

Lemming and I wanted to check out the woods trails, so someone hooked us up with Monkey Butt since he was a local. ‘Butt’s real name is Neal Harmon and it says so on the back of his chest protector. However, when viewed from a distance, it looks like “Not Hannah” on the back of his chest protector and I thought that was kinda cool. Neal thought that it was a funny joke, and the not Hannah part was definitely a true assessment of his riding abilities (Neal’s still fast in the woods even though he doesn’t think he’s Bob Hannah). Thanks for the guided tour through the woods Neal!

On my next woods outing, MikeB (of the Just KDX website) and I were out exploring some of the orange arrow trail. We ran into a group of about 5 riders at the base of the big hill section. This group turned out to be Shane and Matt from Plano <a href="http://www.dirtrider.net/cgi-bin/clickpro/click.cgi?id=10" target="_blank"></b>Honda</b></a>, Gomer and a couple of other guys whose names I can’t remember. They decided to follow us since Mike and I appear to know where we’re going (we really don’t know, and I prove this by going the wrong way up the hill immediately after we set out.) So, we’re all riding along at a really good pace when we end up in the bottom of this ravine with a steep hill climb on the other side of the creek. Mike goes first up a slimy technical line and makes it OK. Gomer goes next. He’s doing OK until his back wheel starts to slide into a big rut. Gomer tries to save it and ends up doing a full loop out just like the guys trying to cross the Black Water River at the famous Black Water 100. Of course, all of us still waiting our chance at the hill scream and holler at Gomer for being a true Spode.

After doing a few more laps around the GP course, and one really muddy lap around the Moto Cross track, we all head back to the camp on our mud caked bikes and call it a day. Near the end of the day, we were all entertained as Wardy and AJ cut hot laps on their CR 500 AF s in the thick mud that still coated the MX Track.

Thursday night around the campfire was great! This is where I got to meet some really great people. And, the entertainment was excellent. As you can probably deduce from the previous posts, we watched a really cool helmet cam video of Jeff Fredette racing in an enduro. It was interesting to have Jeff there while we watched it so he could comment on things that were happening in the race. Many of the non-enduro educated people were asking questions about the format of enduro racing and the video turned out to be a great teaching device.

Around 11:30-12:00, people started to head back to their campsites and hit the sack. I fell into bed around midnight, and went to sleep shortly after 4 freight trains went by honking their horns.

Out of M*A*S*H again the next morning around 8:00 and it’s SUNNY outside. The LTM folks are already grooming the track and it looks like it’s going to be great. See, Okie was worried about nothing. During the night, more people had come in and set up camp. IT’S ALIVE!!! The event keeps growing before our very eyes.

Lemming and I gear up and set out to find more of the orange arrow trail in the woods. We run into MikeB again out there and after about 3 hours of exploring, we’ve gotten the whole trail loop figured out. While we were plonking around in the woods, Jeff Fredette, Offroader, and Woodsrider were putting the finishing touches on the Hare Scramble course for Saturday morning’s event.

Let me say that Jeff Fredette is one of the nicest guys to hang out with and can really move on his KDX! He was flying around the GP track on Thursday afternoon. At one point, Lemming and I pulled out onto the GP track to run 5 or 6 laps. Lemming knew that I was behind him on my KDX. What he didn’t know, was that I pulled off into the infield after about 2 laps. After seeing Shane from Plano doing is goon rider impression, I was too self-conscious to keep doing laps. You see, Shane was demonstrating all of the spode riding techniques. The difference between Shane and myself was, he was doing them on purpose and I incorporate the spode techniques into my riding and I can’t control it. So anyway, Lemming thinks I’m behind him, but I’m not, it’s Fredette. Jeff F. goes blowing by Lemming on the backside downhill. At first, Lemming thinks that I’m really getting on the gas, but then he sees “FREDETTE” on the back of the Jersey and realizes that it’s not me. Oh well. After seeing Jeff ride his KDX, I can’t say that my KDX is holding me back. It’s not the bike; so, it’s got to be the rider.

On Friday afternoon after lunch, Lemming and Ivan and I go out for a great off road loop. Ivan was staying right there with us and we had a great time. When we get back to the camp, MX school is about to start. I’m not much of an MX guy and the woods were just too perfect at the time so I decide to skip MX school.
I hooked up with Offroader, Woodsrider, KevinB4strk, Bwest (sp?) for a couple of fast loops through the woods. What a blast!! I got to ride with these guys a couple of times and we had a great time riding nose to tail through the woods. We need to hook up and go riding again. By now, great friendships have already formed and I feel like I’ve known these guys for a long time.

On my way back into camp, I do a lap around the MX track and then join up with AJ’s MX class to learn about cornering techniques. Thanks AJ, I immediately put that information to good use and practiced cornering at higher speeds during the Nighttime Poker run.

Lemming is an excellent chef and he whipped up a great feast of steak grilled over an open fire, along with baked potatoes, and garlic bread for dinner on Friday night. We were dying to have a beer with dinner, but we instead chose Gator Aid since we were about to ride in the Nighttime Poker Run.

The NightTime Poker run had a big turn out. I was one of many, who had never ridden before in the dark (on purpose), even though I’ve always had bikes that had working headlights. Shane (MX221) was a trip with his big flash light duct taped to his helmet. Smitty’s bike also featured a Mag Flashlight taped to the front fender. There were others with partial effective but certainly creative lighting set-ups.

After the parade lap, we took off in-groups of five for the first of five laps around the 2.4 mile poker run track. The course had a little bit of everything and was certainly interesting in the dark. The course started out on the GP track and then took a left into onto an old Hare Scramble course that wound around the edges of a large cornfield. From there, you went down a rocky power line type trail and took a right onto a jeep trail that ran along side of the creek. There were a number of mud holes to go around or through down in this section. After crossing the creek twice, the course came out of the woods on the backside of the GP track and after going around the rest of the GP track your lap was complete.

Who knew that you could ride that fast in the woods with the light projected from a stock KDX headlight? As the event went on, many of us gained confidence and began to pick up the pace. I passed a number of riders who were plonking along and having a great time. In fact, at one point, I was riding all by myself, so I decided to pull over and wait on the next group of riders. What I realized, was that if I pulled over and shut off my bike, no one would be able to see me sitting in the woods. Cool!

The next group to come around turned out to be Smitty and TTRGuy. I followed them for about half a lap and passed them on the last part of the GP track. I didn’t realize that Smitty was following TTRGuy in an attempt to mooch off of his TTR’s headlight. Apparently Smitty’s taped on flashlight was running out of battery power.

On the fourth lap, I was cooking down a trail next to the cornfield. I had been down this trail a number of times in the daylight and so far, I’d remembered that there was a big rut down the middle. However, on lap number four, in the dust, I forgot about the rut. Randall was riding right behind me when the KDX started to get out of shape. I can only imagine what Randall saw as I attempted to run along side my KDX in fourth gear. I put my left foot down first and it was immediately yanked out behind me, then the right leg came down with the same results. Now, I’m doing a fourth gear super man with my chest lying on the seat! Somehow, I managed to ride it out and didn’t crash. That was close call number two of the ‘fest. Randall and I had a few good laughs after the ride talking about my near crash.

Discussion around the campfire on Friday night was very enthusiastic coming on the heals of such a great nighttime event. Thanks to Tuner, Gomer, Offroader and all those who helped put on the nighttime poker run. It was one of the best events at the Spodefest.

Oh yeah, DRZETIM did 7 laps instead of 5 during the event. He was flying on the DR. That guy can ride very fast, and the DR has a very bright head light due to the battery on board for the electric start.

Everyone, be sure to bring some kind of lighting system with you for your bike to the next Spode fest. Everyone will want to participate in this event. I heard many MX riders talking about light coils for their bike. It was just too much fun.

Saturday morning, the last day of the big event. I was sure that it was going to be a good one. The weather once again was awesome. Even more riders continued to file into the LTM facility. I’m not much of a morning person, and fortunately for me, we had a couple of hours before we needed to line up for the team Hare Scramble.

Lemming and I had decided to team up and called ourselves the Birmingham Bubbas. Around 10:00 48 riders (24 teams) headed out on the parade lap to look at the course. I had spent the better part of the previous two days in the woods, so I had seen most of the Hare Scramble course before. The course was 2.4 miles long (I think) and that made for many rider switches. The format was perfect.

The Bham Bubbas race strategy was for me to ride the first lap since I’m a little faster than Lemming and because my 2-Stroke KDX was more likely to start on the first kick than his KLX 300 was.

Jay dropped the helmet signaling the start of the race, and KDX came to life on the first kick. I roared off into the first left-hand turn on the GP track in about 10th place. That was OK with me since I figured that I would pass guys in the woods. Also, it was a long race, and you can’t win it on the first lap.

We cross the creek (the one that MikeB got stuck in on the parade lap) and head for the first woods section. I passed a couple of guys in the woods and then went through the OB check. I later heard that the OB check was in the wrong location, and that makes sense to me since I didn’t see how the location would keep you from cutting the course. Turns out that the OB was probably not needed. Who was going to cheat at a fun SpodeFest Hare Scramble? Larry accidentally missed part of the course and Dqed himself from the event.

Anyway, we went across a short field and then up and down a small valley and into the fresh woods section. I was just getting going in the tight woods (where I feel the most comfortable) and was thinking about hollering to the guys in front of me to get out of the way when all of a sudden, my bike came to a complete stop and rotated on the front wheel 180 degrees. I don’t know what caused this, but I was immediatey pile driven into the ground headfirst and the bike came over on top of me. Matt from Plano was riding behind me and he said that it looked pretty ugly. He thought that my back wheel hit a stump.

I’m not sure that something didn’t end up in the spokes of the front wheel or something caught and activated the front brake. I had no warning whatsoever that I was going to crash. And, I had no opportunity to break my fall with my hands.

After being somewhat dazed, I realized that the bike was still lying on my leg. After everyone went by, I picked up the bike to assess the damage. The headlight and front numberplate were cracked, but other than that, everything looked fine.

I rode the rest of the lap and came into the rider exchange area. I’m sure that Tim (Lemming) was wondering why I was in last or next to last place. I was still feeling a bit groggy and wasn’t sure if I could go on. After a few minutes, I started to feel better and decided to give the next lap a try.

Lemming came in after passing a bunch of rider and out I went. I got hung up on a tricky up hill and I just couldn’t seem to get back in the groove. Apparently, the crash was still effecting me. I completed my second lap without incident.

While waiting for Lemming to complete his second lap, I felt a popping sensation in my right ribs. I hurt like hell! But, I decided to go out for another lap. Lemming came in and I was off again. AJ and I took off at about the same time. I passed him going down a fast two track the creek. He can ride that TTR 125 fast, but it’s no match for a big bike on a fast two track. I pop down into the woods and bend my body as I duck around a tree. OOOUUUCCCHHHHH! My ribs popped again, and it hurt so badly that I had to pull over to recover. Fortunately, I didn’t fall. AJ and the TTR go chugging by as I sit on the side of the trail in pain.

I finish my third lap and decide that my race is over. Lemming will have to iron man it for the rest of the “team” Hare Scramble. Okie, Scooter, Jay, and Woodsrider are really concerned that I’m hurt. I still don’t think that it’s too bad, but just to be sure, I decide to walk over to the Ambulance and get checked out.

The paramedics are super nice, and I joke with them about how they aren’t going to cut off any of my riding gear. I take off my chest protector so they can lift up my riding jersey. They poke and prod for a while, then they listen to my lungs to make sure there’s no fluid and tell me that everything seems fine. I’m instructed to go to the hospital if I start to have a hard time breathing or if I feel dizzy or light headed.

I go back down and watch the end of the race. Thanks to MotoxSparx for helping me with my bike. I’m telling you, there’s not a nicer group of people than those who showed up for this event. Mucho thanks to Jay, Woodsrider, Okie, Scooter and all those guys who helped out with the team Hare Scramble. There were people out in the woods spotting and that crew at the OB check. It was another great event.

After my injury, it was time to park the KDX and go into spectator mode for the rest of the day. I really wanted to ride the Enduro class in the afternoon MX. The races were great fun to watch though. Georgia Boy (Broken Ribs) and I hobbled around the pits for the rest of the day. We capped off the event with the rest of the giveaways and another great night of campfire visiting.

It was great to meet everyone. Thanks to OKIE and Scooter and their family for being such great hosts. Thanks to LTM for a great facility. Many thanks to all the others who helped make this a great event.

I met so many nice people that there’s too many to name. It seems like almost everyone won something in the giveaways. I ended up with some cool shirts...



WOW!!! You guys don't want to miss this event.
 

Mikeb

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Dang Mo .. you gots me all misty eyed. :whiner: Like Okie said if you have never been to DW then you are really missing out on THE ride of the year and some fo the nicest people you have ever wanted to meet. I GUARANTEE you will come away feeling like you have known these folks all your life. I know the one big family thing sounds kind a hokey but it is true I look forward to seeing those familiar faces every year. I bet Shiftless and Pokie feel like they have about 2 to 3 hundred kids now. ;) If you are even "remotely thinkin" about it, you gotta go.

OHHHHKlahoma where the bikes go riding on the plains. LOL
 

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Ah. The memories... Good time had by all... Between the inaugural 00 Spodefest/DirtWeek and the last 2 Valentine Reno rides I have met some of the greatest people, have had the most fun and have enough wonderful memories to get me through the rest of my life. This year is gonna be the best yet.....!
 

slo' mo

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yeah, I hate to keep building this up but if Okie keeps up this pace we will be holding DW at a Nationals track and the pros will be begging to come :confused:
What's next? Okie having a quad freestyle contest? :scream:
 

Pokie

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quads only if we have Wardy build a mud bath deep enough to swallow the whole lot of four-legged monsters or is it crickets?.... sheeeeeez
 

BSWIFT

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:cool: :cool: :)
 
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