View Full Version : looong weekend of riding and racing

10-22-2007, 03:23 PM
I normally don't like doing dual sport rides in big groups, but Backspinn and Greengoose talked me into doing the Oklahoma dual sport ride in October this year by telling me that you could split off into smaller groups of like minded and paced riders. I decided what the heck and wrote the days down for vacation at work. A little later I decided to race the enduro in Oklahoma City that Sunday so I would ride Thursday and Friday. Saturday was reserved for taking down camp and driving. I probably could have ridden but i wanted to get to the city in time to get everything taken care of since this was my first race.

Thursday I missed out on the big he-man ride by about 30 minutes, but that's ok DJ and I hooked up a little later and we did some exploring out around the state park. Pretty soon after we got back the he-men showed up and talked about their ride. I was sorry I missed it, the stories were plenty good.



Around the campfire Thursday night I mentioned the caves on the north side of town in conversation. Eyes got big and ears perked up and more info was requested.



I told them about the single track that Mike and I cut in August, and how it was tough stuff with car size boulders on it and that we didn't use nearly enough ribbon to mark it. It was decided then that we would go to the caves and then play it by ear on the single track. I was on a 400EXC and the others were all on XR650L's and a KTM 640. Big bikes for technical single track.





After looking around the caves for a little while and seeing a Sasquatch I expressed my concern and tried to convey how hard I thought the single track was. Everybody was up for it so on we went.



At first the trail was fairly recognizable , but it go worse and leaning branches obscured some of the ribbon. After a few drops we all made it through and everybody loved it.


After a little exploring in the area we headed back to town for lunch, then back to camp. At camp two decided they had enough and were going to stay. Phill and i went on and did another 60 miles or so of goat trail and fast logging roads giving us just shy of 100 miles on the day. More

More and more people were showing up at this point and the campsite was full. The fire of lies was going full blast and new secrets were learned.



The best one, and the one I will remember the longest was that if your bike is acting up and you you think it may be time for a rebuild just pour a little liquid steel in the oil. That's one that will surely come in handy one day and ranks up there with your blinker fluid is low.


Saturday morning I watched every body leave and kept thinking to myself that I could get a couple of hours in before I needed to leave for OKC.







I decided I didn't want to push my luck on breaking something on my bike. After everybody left I took down camp and headed off.

I rolled in to Cross Timbers about 4:00 Saturday, registered, bought my T-shirt, and walked around a little looking at bikes and tried to find someone that was on row 50 with me. I never did, but at registration the lady told me she knew that all of the guys I was lined up with had computers. Sunday morning comes around and I get up about 7:30, cook some oatmeal and eat a pop tart then go to the riders meeting. I find the guys on my row and find out they definitely are not slow. Dwain Marple and Bob Hinson (I think those are the right names) were both sporting stickers on their helmets proclaiming them as placing in last years championship. So just stick with them and all would be good.

Easier said than done. I ran into a couple of guys from Lubbock on Saturday and they made the comment that there was a few trees out there. There was some tight sections for sure....I'm not good in the tight trees. As a matter of fact all of the riding I've done in Oklahoma has been at Cross bar and Clayton. Both of those places are infested with rocks, so I figured I needed to ride in the rocks as much as possible. I did and I really got better in the rocks. Problem is there was only maybe four or five rocks at Draper. I made sure to hit them all just because.

I was still able to zero the first check so I was feeling good. One of the guys on my row got stuck up to his handlebars in a rut and as I passed I asked if he needed help, he said yes, and I stopped. It probably would have taken several minutes by himself, but it was quick work with the both of us pulling and tugging. I dropped three in that section, but I'm sure I would have dropped at least two without stopping. Later as I hung out at the last check trying to figure out how all this worked I learned that your supposed to ask if your hurt not if you need help.

After that I was sure I had just gone through the tight section...I was wrong, it got tighter and I kept riding like crap. At one point in this section I overshot a turn, tagged my head on a tree hard enough to daze me for a moment. I wasn't real sure what to do so I just gassed it and kept going. The tweety birds went away after a few minutes, but I still slowed down a little. I dropped four in that section. I was still able to rest a little in the resets, and regroup with my row and learn a little about the sport. I zeroed the next three sections and ended up dropping seven for the day. Not a bad result since I never ride in the trees.

I packed for four days of riding and the only thing I forgot was my watch. Kind of important for an enduro, or so I thought. I bought one at Wally World on the way through McAlester from Clayton, but I wasn't able to look at it and read it during the race. I was able to use it at the resets to figure out when to leave, but trying to look at the roll chart and the tiny watch screen was nearly impossible while riding. I see an ICO in my future, that's for sure.

All in all it was a great weekend and I've already got October 18th marked on the 2008 calendar for next years Oklahoma DS ride. Plus I've printed off next years enduro schedule.

Iceman Jack
10-22-2007, 04:00 PM
Good report Chris,looks like you had yourself a good time. I noticed in some of the pictures, that you guys were wrapped up in blankets. Was it cold up that way?

10-22-2007, 04:08 PM
Hey, where was the bathroom? :lol2:

10-22-2007, 04:43 PM
Sounds like you done good Chris,wish I was there.

You coming to Barnwell,since you wouldn't come to centerville:lol2:

10-22-2007, 07:08 PM
Awesome report Chris.

I learned 3 things in Clayton this year.

1. XR's don't float.
2. Indian Nations Trail Rocks. As Chris says... "you saw rocks?"
3. The speed Limit down town Clayton is 25 MPH. If your in doubt just ask the nice officer I met.

I had a blast. I was amazed, humbled and honored to ride the trails around Clayton with some of the best people and most skilled riders I have ever met.

Sadly to say I didn't take a picture at all this trip sorry.

10-23-2007, 01:46 AM
At one point in this section I overshot a turn, tagged my head on a tree hard enough to daze me for a moment. I wasn't real sure what to do so I just gassed it and kept going.


As they say, "When in doubt... GAS IT!" :lol2:

Glad you weren't seriously hurt!

10-23-2007, 10:35 AM
Sounds like a great weekend! I don't know much about enduro scoring, but 7 points isn't too bad, is it?

10-23-2007, 11:28 AM
Sounds like a great weekend! I don't know much about enduro scoring, but 7 points isn't too bad, is it?

7 points are not bad for your first enduro. How did you do? Last I talked you were in 4th for the regional series and this weekend could get you into the top three. Did you make it?

10-23-2007, 11:59 AM
Great report. Seems like you were able to absorb more of the trial than I did.

10-23-2007, 01:18 PM
7 points are not bad for your first enduro. How did you do? Last I talked you were in 4th for the regional series and this weekend could get you into the top three. Did you make it?

1st and 2nd in the Series . . . 2nd overall for the weekend at this event. I stand a real good chance to finish the Series on the podium and could even take 1st if I do really good in the last two events.

10-23-2007, 02:01 PM
Sweet. maybe your main competetion will get grounded and won't show up at the next two events. ;-)