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I've been busy and falling behind on writing about my riding adventures, and will try and stay current with them after this. I'm going to try and update them now, but don't know how much I can recall, or at least recall accurately, but here goes.



EMX - Rd. 1 Cycle Ranch:
Practice and race day both started out cold and drizzling, but by mid-day, the weather was perfect on both days. Cycle Ranches new layout is as fun as ever, and very fast. It had some long sweeping uphill and downhill sections, and along with the 2 catchers mit. The dirt is red and tacky as ever too. I had some good starts with 2 firsts and 2 seconds. Ronnie Prado kept me honest until the finish. Jeff Arnold was all alone in first. I gave chase, but he was not hanging around to see if I could keep up.



Murphy's Mx Local Race:
I think this was a one time local race, but not real sure. Regardless, it was fun as usual. I rode all day Saturday pratctice, and had some fun play battles. Race day I had good starts, and was with the pack. But after a few corners, I found myself falling behind. Everyone was going into the corners, and immediately accelerating all the way around. I found myself needing to be pointing down the straight before I could really begin to accelerate. Choate, Rawlinson, Tiemann and others were on the gas. Don't know where I finished, but I was not with the lead group. But a day on the track is a good day.



EMX Rd. 2 Rio:
After my not so outstanding showing at Murphy's, I was ready to re-represent the Eastside. I arrived at Rio Friday evening, and was blessed to spend the evening and night with Van in his accommodating motor coach. Saturday I rode, but not too much. I took some time to explore the trails around Rio. Me, Van and Perry mounted my worn out pitbikes, and ventured out. I knew there was the main ditch by the entrance to Rio, but I found another ditch at the back of the property. Where the ditch at the back of the property meets the main ditch, it had a high lookout point that would be a great place to camp. Where the two ditches met, and the water flowed downhill, there were several cement pylons about 4ft tall to slow the water down. You could sit behind them and cool off, but not be washed away. Sounds good, but the water had a green tint that I didn't recognize. We also went down the trails along the big ditch, where we found BMX track.

Later on, oldest daughter and her husband came out with our grandson, Courtland. He's 2.5 years old, and is enamoured with bikes of any kind. He and I went down every trail we could find. He was giggling and holering and had a blast. Later on this summer, I'm going to introduce him to our hand-me-down PW50.

Race day was one of the best race days I've had in a while. Good starts, good passes and good battles. Me, Perry, Van, Robert, Darrell, Jon, were all over each other. Don't recall the finishes, but I recall a lot of close, clean, racing that continued in the pits.



Practices:
The lasts several Wednesday Rio night rides were really good. Dirt was good, and ther has been some fast 50 and mini riders. Freedom has been good too. I think it was a couple of weeks ago that 3 Palms rained out, and there was a larger than normal crowd there. It made for some good play battles, and fun to watch fast riders. Freedoms new Night Track is so much fun too. The design is faster and flows better. I really like the long left hand sweeper that goes into a dragon-back type section. I seen a few skilled riders pretty much clear the whole thing, but I'm content with a almost triple and bounce out the rest.
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Oh snap, darn near forgot about Swan. Although I'm not racing the entire series, it's always fun to test your high speed skills there. I wasn't able to get there for an all day Saturday practice, so I would have to make do with a few laps of pre race practice race day.

Race day setting on the gate was 38 degrees, with a wind chill of 31. That's brutal for me. When it's 105 with 100% humidity, I'm good to go. Anything below 75, and I begin to look for a campfire. But by mid-day it was warm and clear. I had a couple of good starts, but back them up with some not so good starts. It was difficult to tell where you were at, as were mixed in with some other very fast classes. So I treated every riders as the enemy lol. I ended up with a 2-2 for a 2nd overall, and a 2-4 for a 4th overall. The 4th overall was looking like it was going to be a 2nd, but I hit a huge breaking bump, panicked a grabbed every brake mechanism I could find to not go off the track, and stalled. Even with electric start, 2 riders that were on my fender made good on the blunder. I gave chase, but they held on for a better finish.

Van ended up not riding due to his 'clicking' shoulder, but he brought out his AF500. It's a thing of beauty and sound. His son Clayson rode it in the Open 2-Stroke Class. He was on a big gate, and in some fast company. He rolled out in 3rd and the battle was on. He rode well for the first time on that beast. He ended up 2nd overall, and rode the spokes out of it. He said later, there was no engine breaking, and it may of even sped up with he let off the throttle. He also rode the Amateur Open too on his Yami 250f. Another gate full of fast company. He ended up 1-1 for a 1st, but he had to ride hard and aggressive. He was slamming the steering stops to stay low and get back on the ground. His starts are way too calm for me. The starter guy is headed to the shack, and he's barely got it started, in gear, and looking at the gate right before the gate drops.




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Last weeks Tuesday and Thursday nights practice at Freedoms night track was really, really fun. Me and Ronnie put in some hard motos in anticipation of the race Saturday night, but with threatening weather Kelly had to cancel the race.

Ronnie was sporting his new 18 KTM450SX-F. After only a couple of rides, he's already faster and smoother. He says its the best turning bike he's rode. One thing he's having to adjust to, is the front brakes. On his Zuk, he would clamp as hard as he could to try and stop, but with Brembo, you learn to be cautious or do a stoppy to face plant landing.

Thurman and White were killing it out there too. It was a beautiful sight to be laying down your best low line blocking lap you can muster, and they find a way around you, where you're least expect it too. There were some other rockets out there as well.

Then we moved on to 3 Palms the following Saturday. We got there late as we were unsure about the weather, but the GP was still good. We also put in some long motos there as well. Keeping the front end light and flat-tracking the sandy corners. Made some laps on the main track, and the new design is fun. It was rutted up pretty good, and it made you calm down and look for lines. coffee
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Rd. 3 EMX @ Murphy's

I took that Friday off so I wouldn't have to leave at daybreak Saturday for practice. But I made the mistake of going in to work for just a few minutes, and I due to my weakness for the consumer, it was nearly a full day before I put on earmuffs, blinders and made my esacape. We eneded up rolling in the gate at about 10:30 P.M. Friday night. Van rolled in about 30 minutes later, and we set up camp, and eventually untied our bed rolls and called it an evening.

Around 10:00 A.M. Saturday morning my buddy rolled in from the booming metropolis of Beaumont for his first visit to Murphy's. We suited up and hit the day track. We both popunded out some long hard motos with a little play racing mixed here and there. He absolutely loved the day track. Then as they were getting ready to shut down the day track to prep for Sundays race, we migrated over the the night track. The same thing took place there too. We rode and rode and rode. He also absolutley loved the night track too. For the most part, we rode side by side just having fun, with a couple of on no you didn't laps tossed in. At one point I was in the air on a table with Ronnie just slightly beside, and behind me. When suddenly I heard something blast over my head. For just a second, I thought he had over jumped the table, and was flying over my head. But I immediately realized it was a drone. The pilot had been following us for quite a few laps. Of course once we knew we were being videoed, it was so on. Talked to the pilot afterwards, and he is from the H-town area and does a lot of Mx videos. I don't recall his name, or the name of his company, but Ronnie has all his info, and is going to get the video edited and sent to him.

That evening as the sun begin to set, the temp and the humidity was low. I settled in my reclining lawn chair, closed my eyes, and took it all in. I could hear kids playing, people talking and the wildlife sounding off it's necessary days ends songs. It took me back to the East Texas piney woods, and the rolling red clay hills of Alabama. It was one of the most reflective, and relaxing moments I've had in a while. My wife and I settled in for the evening with Van, and carried on about the days activities, then called it a night.

Race day I woke up about 6:00 A.M. and grabbed Van by his socks, and dragged him out to my truck, and we headed into Bastrop for the Taco Cabana run. We got 4 dozen assorted tacos and headed back to the track. There were still a few left when we got back. That morning practice was fast and fun. The prep was excellent, and everyone was riding well. After the riders meeting, I got a race order. Well put me between a frame rail and an axle, and call me shocked, I was moto 1. It was the 45 Open. I had what I would call the hole-shot, but it depends on where the white chalk line was supposed to be. But it did not matter. With Duke Reese, Jeff McCune, Mike "Mad Mike" Young, were all around me. I held on for a bit, but they eventually had their way with me. But I made the earn it. In the second 45 Open moto I think I was 2nd on the start with Duke Reese all over me. I held on for quite a while, but he eventually stuffed me somewhere. I got close to Mad Mike, but could only read his license plate number. I ended up with a 4-4 for a 4th overall.

Next was moto 8, 55 Open. We were on the gate with the 40+. It was a mad start, especially not knowing who was the enemy. I don't know if I had the hole-shot or not, but I battled and passed quite a few riders. Second moto of the 55 Open, I was 3rd on the start with both classes, and had some good racing with both. I ended up with a 1-1 for a fisrt overall.

Next was moto 13, 50 Open. We were on the gate with the 35 Open, and the 60+ Masters. I was 3rd on the start right behind Van Choate. Jeff McCune and D.L. Wood were up front of us, but I had my work cut out for me with Van in front, and Robert Tieman all over me. I followed Van for a lap or so, and knew where I was going to make my move. I followed wide, and just behind him down the long striaght after the finish line. As Van went in the corner, I went wide and high, and sqaured him up. We come out of the corner side by side, and it was a drag race to the dual lane option corner. I beat him out by barley a bike length. Then I got comfortable in 3rd, Robert Tieman sneaks in on me for the pass. As soon as he passed me, it sort of woke me up, and I knew I had to do it right then, or it wasn't going to happen. All I could do was hold it one just a bit longer to try and get 3rd position back. I managed to get back beside him in a corner. It was elbow close, but I got 3rd back, but he didn't go away. He stayed right on me till the checker. I ended up 3-3 for a 3rd overall.

After the days event, me, my wife, Mike Clement, Clayson Choate, Van Choate, and Keith Lynch, went to our secret eatery on Tahitian drive in Bastrop, Bassano Italian Restaurant. As we filled up on bread and oil, we kept the racing alive. We all got the hole-shot and win.
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Rio Wednesday Night 5-2
Track prep was perfect, everyone was fast and wanted to play. Had some good rides with Ronnie Hollier, Van Choate, Clayson Choate, and a plethora of mini riders. Rode some long motos with some racing mixed in.

Freedom Friday Night 5-4
Track prep was also excellent with a good crowd of seasoned riders willing to push a bit. Track is fast and can be a challenge not to over-jump. There are plenty of lines to make different options of the obstacles.

Freedom Sunday Day Track 5-6
Track was deep and could stand all the throttle and bike lean you date give it. Me, John Berryman, Brad Cooksey, and Greg Nicholson, had the best time promoting our own race. We rode hard for many laps. Hiro, Norman and Alex were there as well. Track stayed good all day. There was even a Kevin and Bradley Russell sighting too.

Freedom Tuesday Night 5-8
Prep was spot on and there was a good crowd. There was a group of 85's really flowing well. Me, Ronnie, Van, Caden Hunt and others pounded out the motos.

So far this year we have some cool temps and low humidity. But the brutal, unforgiving summer is coming.
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Freedom night practice 5-15 was so much fun. Dirt was good, and there was a good crowd and some very fast riders.

Me and Ronnie finally made it over the double triple in the middle. It was one of those "it was easy, why did I wait so long to do it jumps."

For me, until I feel comfortable, I ain't going to try it. I reckon it's all perception. I've cleared much larger obstacles, but this one got in my head.

We also tried some different lines too. The long left hand sweeper after the finish, I usually flat-track the inside, and just roll over the first hump, then roll/jump the second hump. Last night I would drift to the outside berm, carrying some good speed, launch the first roller, then face hard into the second roller, and with the blip of the throttle, could triple into the rollers.

Thanks Kelly and Roger for a fun night. applause
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3 Palms Monday Practice May 28th

I know this was a week ago, and only a practice day, but it was too good not to post. With all the rain they had leading up to that day, I figured it would be wash, but we were desperate to ride. Got there that morning, and hit the Royal Purple (main) track first. Although there were a few soft spots, it was mostly good. Had not ridden it for some time, and the layout was good. With the heavy wet sand, you could flat-track it just about everywhere. The whoops section was neat to go into from the inside. I didn't have enough speed to skim them from the inside, but you could mostly wheelie all the way through them while shifting into 3rd.

The GP was exceptional too. It was good first thing, and only became better as the day went on. It too is great when wet and heavy. Me and Ronnie pounded out some moto's all day. Nigel was cracking the whip on his 150 stallion. We rode until our air filters looked like mud pies.

The Woods or Area 51 track (not sure of it's official listing) was even better. I rode it un-prepped after all the rain. It may have been better that way. It was all natural sand that had came to the top, and it was super heavy and thick. I took me a few laps to figure out the configuration. The rain had some of the straights and corners looking like one big straight. Once figured out, it was amazing.

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2018 AMA Texas FCA Motocross Main Event Series Round 1 - May 26 Rio Bravo MX Park Night Track


Although I'm not actively racing all the rounds of this particular series, Larry Hughes and company always put on a great event; and I can't pass up a race on Rio's night track. Plus there was a round of the EMX series that I'm currently racing in, the next morning on the day track.

With all the rain the week of the race, I figured it was going to be a slip and slide event, but Vernon and his crew got the track in excellent condition. The moto format for this paticular event, is 3 laps in the first moto for gate pick in the second moto. Then the second moto is 6 laps, and also you finish position. With the first moto being 3 laps, it's pretty hectic; especially on a busy tight track.

I only signed up for two classes. The 35+ and the Masters 50+. In the first moto of the 35+, I think I won, but as mentioned, it is only for gate pick and no points. In the 2nd moto I was leading, but stalled it in a corner, and with my buddy Ronnie Hollier right on me, he went on and took the W. He said he doesn't except the win because I stalled it in a corner. But I told him there are no asterics in racing.

In the first moto of the Masters 50+, I know I had a blast, but can't remember my finish. In the 2nd moto I had a not so good start, so I had my work cut out for me. I managed to catch Chuck and Clement battleing. On the last lap in the last corner, I was right behind Chuck heading into the rut, when Chuck suddenly climbed out of the rut, and that was all I needed. I dove in for the pass, but didn't lay it over enough. It stood me up, and over out of the rut, and right into Chuck. My left bars caught Chuck in the bend of his right arm. As I was crashing to the ground, I just knew I had put Chuck on the ground as well. As I barrel rolled and popped up, I was going to make sure he was ok, and help him up. But to my suprise, he did not go down, and he went on to finish 2nd. I got up and finished 6th. I went and talked to Chuck afterwards, and he had a pretty good hematoma on his arm. He knew there was no intent on my part, I just ran out of talent and gooned it.

Right after my race of the second moto's, the rains came. The rain was a welcome releif from the heat, but the lightning that came along with it, was sketchy, and plenty of it. It all lasted about 15 minutes. Then the calm, quite and clear skies. My race that was shceduled for the moring was cancelled.

Thank you Danny, Larry and everyone involved in putting this toether. I know it's organized chaos at best.
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Rd. 4 EMX @ Rio 6-17

It is said that mud is the great equalizer. Maybe so, but is definitely the mess maker and a reality check on your Mx skills.

With the threat of rain all week before the race and through the race weekend, it was a race promoter and weatherman's professional best guess. Headed to Rio Saturday for practice, and the track was perfect. Put in a few rides with Charley Bravo and Wesley Thraillkille. They both pushed me to my comfortable edge, but it was as fun as any race. Decided to head back to Beaumont after practice instead of staying at a motel. That way if the race rained out in the middle of the night, I was already home. The trade off was, my wife and I would have to arise at 4:00 a.m. to get her there in time to help Mike with sign ups.

We rolled in at 6:30 and I dumped her at the sign ups, and proceeded to meander and piddle until practice time. Went out with first practice, and the track was perfect. It was thick and loamy, but got a little frisky with the front brakes on a down hill left sweeper, and hit the deck hard. As we approached first gate drop, the rain begin to move in. I was first moto in the 50 Open, and since it was beginning to rain, I decided to forgo any goggles. When the gate dropped, I was in position to have the hole-shot, but would of had to push hard on the outside to get it, so I fell in behind Murray Kaiman. I got behind Murray at the bottom of the hill hoping to stay with, or maybe even make a pass, but immediately knew that wasn't going to work. The mud was caking my face beyond recognition. I tried staying out of his line, and using my visor for some protection, but my right eye was all but blinded. While I'm dodging Murrays mud pie fest from his back tire, Nigel is all over my back fender. Track was slop, so my hp advantage didn't mean much. The only advantage I had was my Mx 11 paddle tire. He stayed right on me the entire time, but he paid dearly. As we were crossing the finish line, Nigel sneaked inside and took 2nd away from me. I did stall just inches form the finish, and was going to use that as the excuse, but had already put the smooth move on me.

Next moto was the 55 Open, and this time I decided to wear goggles, but no tear offs. If figured I could just wipe it with my glove as necessary. We were on the gate with other classes, and all going on one gate drop too, so I knew it was going to be organized chaos at best. I think I got the hole-shot in my class, but was about 4th on the start overall. As I went down the start straight and rounded the corner to drop down the hill, the glove wiping idea wasn't going to work, so I pulled them down around my neck and used my visor as best I could, and squinted my way to the checker.

The rain kept coming, so the race laps were shorteneed and 1st motos only. Although I can ride mud, I'm cetainly spoiled with thick, fluffy, tracks in Texas. It made a mess of the truck, trailer, and bike, but it was a fun change of pace.

The highlight of the day for me was wining the EVS helemt drawing at the riders meeting. My other 2 helmets are functional, but are showing their age.

See everyone at Cycle Ranch this weekend.
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Man... I just read all these...

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