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2014 LAB2V - Prep rides

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James Valentine came out the week before LAB2V and since he's from Kansas, I thought he might want to get a taste for what LAB2V is going to be like.  Honestly, I thought he might struggle given that I've never seen him ride before and to my knowledge he's never ridden in the desert.

 

Boy was I wrong!  This guy can RIDE!

 

He had a camera on his helmet and since we were riding side by side, this song "Dueling Banjos" came to mind...

 

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We did a more formal LAB2V prep ride on the Saturday before LAB2V with a larger group of people.   There were a few stragglers but for the most part everyone did pretty well.  I have a video of that I have yet to put together but will post when it's done.  I was waiting on some footage from James.

 

James took off after that to go up to Clovis to fit a new skid plate on, change tires, etc...

 

Brian Englund came down with his family from Tacoma to ride the LAB2V.  They stayed with me for a night.  His buddy Marshal came over and we had a great cigar and some scotch.

 

Thierry and John also spent a few days with me after that and I do have video of that, so I'll just post it.  It is almost the same tracks, so it should give you an idea of what that terrain was like...

 

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The ride James and I did a few days earlier started out with a fine cup of Starbucks

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And then a stop at McDonald's at 15/138 for some food and last top off of gas

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We made good time, averaging something like 34 mph moving average (nice pace).  Made it to Inscription Canyon, where there are a lot of prehistoric petroglyphs

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I guess Einstein traveled back in his time machine to do this one

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Anyone missing the front end of their plane?

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We found some great new trails that led to this hill overlooking Cuddeback dry lake bed and the surrounding valley

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yoo hoo!

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James did 116 or something on the dry lake bed

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We stopped at Chaparral on the way back and caught this great sunset

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For Saturday's ride with the larger group, we started out where else but Starbucks in Adelanto and right off the bat, we had a rider with a flat tire!

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So we spent about a half hour fixing that in the parking lot

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Unfortunately, we had a rider take a fall and bust his wrist.

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Then Craig had a close encounter with a spiny bush

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I escorted him back to the highway and the rest of the group went over to see the Husky monument

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On the way back, James got a flat himself but we had it fixed in 10 min.  Tubeless tires rock.

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So two flats, a broken wrist and a few scrapes would turn out to be an accurate foreshadowing of how the riders would fare in the actual LAB2V...

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Update from Steven Ocheltree:
 

Get this, our ride last month resulted with the following. Here is a conversation we had on Meetup earlier today; From Jeff Boek Hello Steve this is jeff boek, I rode with you with a broken wrist. I just want to give you an update. They did surgery. I've been doing pretty good of course I'm not writing yet but it's great they did fix the bone I guess it was a pretty bad break. I will try to get you some pictures of your interested but going to be good so thank you and I will hopefully ride with you guys soon bye From; Steve Ocheltree; I'm sorry to hear the wrist injury was that severe resulting in surgery. It's funny you sent this message because I was looking yesterday on how to send you a message just to see how you were coming along. That ride took away our "motorcycle riding option" for a long period of time. I ended up with a severe gastroc fascia tear (a muscle in the calf area). Then I ended up with a blood clot as a result of the injury. I am into my third week of taking blood thinners which I will have to take for possibly six months.

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