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.
Where there is to much, something is missing.
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.
Good racing and riding $$$$. Good racing, riding and freinds, priceless.
Where there is to much, something is missing.