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    Meatfoot's MRT meet in May

    I had a great time riding MRT with Meatfoot and friends yesterday. We had a group of 9, with 2 hardcore riders doing a full out and back. The rest of us were content riding from above Clear Lake down to the Ranger Station. The weather was almost perfect, and we had only positive trail encounters with the hikers we saw. There was no snow, but there were half dozen trees down, and a few wet spots still. In a few weeks, it should be in great shape.

    Here's a few of the pics I took before my memory card filled up. (I had old pictures on it that I forgot to delete) Too bad, because there was plenty of great scenery to capture.

    Smudge goes big


    Richard, Meatfoot, and HankHank in front of Clear Lake


    Clear Lake


    Sahalie Falls


    trailside maintenance


    JerryBoneJr races ahead


    Zak is close behind


    Smudge matches his suroundings


    Biker75 enjoying some actual downhill


    Meatfoot gets his mojo on


    a cool little game trail I explored (on foot of course)


    Hank hauls ass
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch

    Here's a few of the pics I took

    Zak takes a break


    Koosah falls




    General Coonskins cruises by


    Blue Pool


    lunch break


    Meatfoot rests while Smudge dances


    gratuitous greenery


    JerryBoneJr finds his line


    Coonskins looks serious


    Daniel enjoying the views


    A boy and his dog



    Thanks to Meatfoot for planning and inspiring this gathering. I enjoyed meeting some new people, and riding with some old friends. It was a great kickoff to a long summer of riding.

    Stay tuned for info on Oakridge Summer Ridefest in July, and click the link at the top of the page for MTBOregon, the best guided, catered, full service gathering on the best trails around.
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    Looks fun

    I was looking forward to riding with you guys but my dog is sick...at least I thought she was due to cancer. Anyway, great pics. MRT has some tough technical sections...great ride.

    Jaybo

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    Thanks for the pics Sasquatch. Big thanks to you and Coonskins for showing us around, taking the time to point out some of the interesting sights, and sharing some local knowledge. I had a great time and look forward to heading down there again sometime in the summer.

    Props to the SSers (Coonskins, MeatFoot and Zach) for hammering the ride sans extra gears (not that the "simplicity" of SS prevented any mechanicals: ahem...Meat ) HUGE props to Bianca the uberhound for running that huge distance in one gear; FAST.

    Thanks to everyone else for joining the ride. It's great to meet other fun-loving friendly people to ride with. I hope I see you all again soon.

    Now, if only I had cleaned that log...

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    Good shots, as usual

    Matt, nice pics; wish I coulda joined you guys but I was holed up all weekend in a cabin at Odell Lake, where we had some snow on the ground. Hiked anyway; the guys from work I went with don't bike so I didn't even bring mine.

    =M=O=S=Q=U=I=T=O=S= They wuz out... It's a gonna be a bad year.

    Looks like a lotta water going over the falls in your MRT pics. Thanks for posting. What a great trail. I'll be up there soon; hopefully you'll wanna go again.

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    Thanks Sas for the pics. I never turned my computer on yesterday to download photos and/or check posts.

    Smudge - Thanks for duct taping me together for the ride. I forgot my socks AND gloves. Apparently, Smudge likes to pack spares for people that forget their own gear. Glad I had my front wheel, shoes, helmet, hydration system.......

    Good riding with you all and meeting new people. Everyone, including Bianca (dogs are people too), hammered it up!

    As for mechanicals, I was just looking for things to tinker with......yeah, that's it.

    Cheers!
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    Good times had by all, including Bianca althought it took until about noon on Sunday for her to get out of bed

    Looking forward to the next time and I need to find my camera so I can get some more pictures. Thanks for suggesting the ride and getting people to show up Meat Foot, it was fun showing everyone the secret spot's to stop and enjoy the scenery.

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    added info.

    Quote Originally Posted by General Coonskins
    Thanks for suggesting the ride and getting people to show up Meat Foot, it was fun showing everyone the secret spot's to stop and enjoy the scenery.
    Anytime! Thanks for showing us around. Glad you were able to get your warm-up in.
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    What's this???? Zak without a fullface helmet?? Has the world's spin reversed?
    Good pics Matt. Looks like y'all had a good time. The crew I was with went out to do a portion of the CCP course, got all the way to Aid 3. There was snow on the trail about 50 yd from there. We took Rd 142 ot to Rd 1912 and then onto the Alpine Tr. Jedi section rocked, as usual! There are currently about 10-12 trees down on Tire Mtn. Winberry Divide is no flatter than the last time I was there, AArgh! Winberry Tie is a kicking descent though, since the trail work party cleared out the trees a few weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudflaps
    What's this???? Zak without a fullface helmet?? Has the world's spin reversed?.
    Too funny! I didnt pick up on that yesterday, and actually was looking at the pics last night thinking that Zak cut his hair because he looks different in the pictures, but of course it's cause this was the first time ive seen him without a full face helmet on.
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    Great pics!

    Great pics! Looking forward to riding this in a few weeks.

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    Nice !

    Looks like another great day on the McRT!
    I officially have the jones. Didn't make it down like I hoped earlier in the week; stuck closer to P-Town and rode Lewis River in WA.

    This is a great shot, 'Squatch. I've done the McRT many, many times and then a couple years ago I stopped for awhile along this stretch and checked out the cliff down to the river. That there edge is over-hung pretty good and it's a nasty drop to the rocky river below. I've come into that section pretty hot before, but now it sort of spooks me and I gingerly make my way 'round the corner.


    Thanks for the memories!

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    Looking sweet, I've had an MRT Jones for a while now...

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    Alright folks, i know there was at least one other camera out on the ride, Smudge, I saw you taking pictures. How about you post a few?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Alright folks, i know there was at least one other camera out on the ride, Smudge, I saw you taking pictures. How about you post a few?
    Mine are crap. I was having issues with the shutter not working at all in some instances. I'll see what I can do.

    Got one reasonable shot all day. Sasquatch setting up to snap a pic of General Coonskins while Bianca the wonderdog chases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Alright folks, i know there was at least one other camera out on the ride, Smudge, I saw you taking pictures. How about you post a few?
    I have not downloaded mine yet. Plus, I only snapped a couple cuz I was having too much fun watching my bloody elbows dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    I had a great time riding MRT with Meatfoot and friends yesterday. We had a group of 9, with 2 hardcore riders doing a full out and back. The rest of us were content riding from above Clear Lake down to the Ranger Station. The weather was almost perfect, and we had only positive trail encounters with the hikers we saw. There was no snow, but there were half dozen trees down, and a few wet spots still. In a few weeks, it should be in great shape.

    Here's a few of the pics I took before my memory card filled up. (I had old pictures on it that I forgot to delete) Too bad, because there was plenty of great scenery to capture.

    Smudge goes big
    Hey, did Smudge make it up and over this log? I broke my hand trying that move 2 years ago, haven't had the b@lls to try it again. I did however finish the entire length of the trail with a broken hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tberg
    Hey, did Smudge make it up and over this log? I broke my hand trying that move 2 years ago, haven't had the b@lls to try it again. I did however finish the entire length of the trail with a broken hand.
    I never made it and was hugely disappointed, but I have a long list of excuses as to why wanna hear em? OK

    If I had dropped the fork all the way down, my CG would have been a little lower and more forward when the front wheel was on the root. Maybe would have given me little better chance to clean it.

    I approached it with practically no speed as I'm used to doing on a trials bike, with the geo differences between bikes, and the monkey motion of the Enduro, I just couldn't get a handle on maintaining or delivering the momentum to carry my through the move.

    In hindsight, I wonder if it would be better to take the line on the left (as you're riding towards it) with a bit of speed and to use the slope of the root as a little kicker...bump it with the front and maintain momentum through.

    I'm crazy out of shape and after the first attempt, I couldn't get my HR to drop back below 180 on any of the other attempts. I'm also completely out of practice and haven't really ridden anything technical since moving to Oregon about a year ago.

    Is that enough? I think they're pretty darn good excuses If anyone wants to help me come up with more, I'll take 'em.

    In all seriousness, I hate walking away from something like that in defeat, I end up beating myself up mentally for a few days afterwards. I would have stayed there until I nailed it a few times. I appreciate that everyone stuck around for a few minutes while I flailed.

    How did you break your hand? Did you fall to the right? I broke my wrist on something very similar last December. Same type of 4+ foot drop on the right...didn't make it up the rock, tipped right, never came unclipped and all my weight went onto my hands. It was totally sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge
    Is that enough? I think they're pretty darn good excuses If anyone wants to help me come up with more, I'll take 'em.
    You also had some guy borrow socks and gloves. That proly threw the mojo off. That guy also wimpers alot. The wimpering was heard and it threw the said mojo off (like a ruckus dring a golf tourny).

    Grabbing at straws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meat Foot
    You also had some guy borrow socks and gloves. That proly threw the mojo off. That guy also wimpers alot. The wimpering was heard and it threw the said mojo off (like a ruckus dring a golf tourny).

    Grabbing at straws.
    I'll take that, anything to mask the truth. Shoulda made it but didn't. Drat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge
    I never made it and was hugely disappointed, but I have a long list of excuses as to why wanna hear em? OK

    If I had dropped the fork all the way down, my CG would have been a little lower and more forward when the front wheel was on the root. Maybe would have given me little better chance to clean it.

    I approached it with practically no speed as I'm used to doing on a trials bike, with the geo differences between bikes, and the monkey motion of the Enduro, I just couldn't get a handle on maintaining or delivering the momentum to carry my through the move.

    In hindsight, I wonder if it would be better to take the line on the left (as you're riding towards it) with a bit of speed and to use the slope of the root as a little kicker...bump it with the front and maintain momentum through.

    I'm crazy out of shape and after the first attempt, I couldn't get my HR to drop back below 180 on any of the other attempts. I'm also completely out of practice and haven't really ridden anything technical since moving to Oregon about a year ago.

    Is that enough? I think they're pretty darn good excuses If anyone wants to help me come up with more, I'll take 'em.

    In all seriousness, I hate walking away from something like that in defeat, I end up beating myself up mentally for a few days afterwards. I would have stayed there until I nailed it a few times. I appreciate that everyone stuck around for a few minutes while I flailed.

    How did you break your hand? Did you fall to the right? I broke my wrist on something very similar last December. Same type of 4+ foot drop on the right...didn't make it up the rock, tipped right, never came unclipped and all my weight went onto my hands. It was totally sweet.

    WOW ! nice list of excuses.

    I was able to get the front tire and part of the rear up on to the log before I lost all momentum. Spun the back tire, fell backwards to the right and almost ended up in the water. Not sure what actually broke my hand, but it was somewhere on the way to the shoreline with all the rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tberg
    WOW ! nice list of excuses.

    I was able to get the front tire and part of the rear up on to the log before I lost all momentum. Spun the back tire, fell backwards to the right and almost ended up in the water. Not sure what actually broke my hand, but it was somewhere on the way to the shoreline with all the rocks.
    Thanks, I worked pretty hard making them.

    I've seen pics of your moab vacation so I guess it's safe to assume that you're fully mended. That's a good thing. I'd love to come down to your hood sometime and get the Phil's tour from you and Nat...so consider that I just invited myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge
    Thanks, I worked pretty hard making them.

    I've seen pics of your moab vacation so I guess it's safe to assume that you're fully mended. That's a good thing. I'd love to come down to your hood sometime and get the Phil's tour from you and Nat...so consider that I just invited myself
    I'd be more than happy to show you around the area (I'm sure Nat would be also). We'd propably take you somewhere other than Phils though, much better riding in the area.

    In case you didn't see it on the Passion board, I'm on the mend again, but should be back to 100% in no time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tberg
    I'd be more than happy to show you around the area (I'm sure Nat would be also). We'd propably take you somewhere other than Phils though, much better riding in the area.

    In case you didn't see it on the Passion board, I'm on the mend again, but should be back to 100% in no time.
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    G'aaah! I saw that. Hope your change stayed in the purse. Ouch! Happy healing.

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    Well we didn't make it due to a preride of some of the CCP course, but it looks like y'all had a good time. I'm a total wimp on that tech stuff. Must be the memory of six broken bones, all from coming off bikes. Let somebody else get the glory, or not.

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