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I couldn't believe it when you stopped just before the finish line!

See you at Cycle Ranch :)
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Rd. 5 EMX @ Cycle Ranch 6-24

If there was ever a dirt that beckons you to come and ride, it's the red heavy dirt of Cycle Ranch. When you pull in the gate and see the freshly plowed garden, you just want to sit and stare, and not destroy it; maybe a dirt angel, but not tire tracks.

My wife Teresa and I left Friday evening for Floresville. It's a long drive, but stopping at every Buc-ee's on the way there, and loading up on $30.00 of junk each stop, broke up the monotony. By the time we rolled up to our motel, we had to pull up to their dumpster, and unload the left over Beaver debris. We threw our bags over our shoulders and drug pillows, quilts and fans up to our room.

Saturday morning I quietly slipped on my best moto garb, and let my girl sleep. She loves to soak in a tub, pool, or hot tub, and read. I rolled up to the locked gate a little early, but only had to wait a few minutes for management to open up. I set up camp on the very top of the hill by the food vendor building. I figured there might be a breeze up there, and there was. Both days the wind blew fairly hard, and it helped make the temperatures somewhat tolerable.

I hopped on the track for some practice motos, and was expecting to see the same layout as last time, but that was not to be. I dropped down the hill after the start, and there were two new obstacles awaiting me at the bottom, and basically in the corner. As I approached them, I knew immediately I wasn't going to attempt it. The landing would be into the berm. Plus I really couldn't get a read on the jump face going downhill. Then as I made the 180 to go towards the first 'catchers mitt', there was a double right out of the corner. I knew it was doable, but I was in sight lap mode. As I rolled the double, there was another double at the top as you approach the 'catchers mitt'. It too looked doable. I rode on around to the section out by the road. The previous double/triple/quad thingy was gone, and its place was a pretty big double. The rest of the track was unchanged. By the end of the day, I had all the new obstacles figured out except the big double. Any new obstacles that I don't figure out during practice, I usually get them during a race when I'm a different state of mind. And when I finally do, it's a forehead slapper, but until I'm comfortable, I ain't gonna do it. It's risky enough even when you got them down.

Race day finally, and the alarm went off at 5:45 a.m. We loaded up the ole Sequoia with all our things from home, and headed to the track. Dropped off my wife at the scoring tower, only to find out the a.c. was not working, and there were no windows in there for any breeze. 12 hours in that hot box, made for a long miserable day. She was worn out.

Went out for Vet practice, but was not able to get a run at the big double by the road. There were too many riders rolling it, so I rolled it with them.

First moto was the 55 Open. I had a good launch out of the gate, and thought I had the hole-shot, but Bryan Jackson held it on a little bit longer, and squeezed me out. I fell in behind him and gave chase. I was able to pace him, but I knew the big double was coming up, and he was clearing it. As we came up to it, I landed the table before it, and clicked 4th and casually rolled on the throttle and landed it perfectly. It was actually a fun jump. Just lean a little to the right going up the face, lift your leg and let the back step out a bit and land pointing in the right direction. That really got me amped up, but the best I could do was pace him. I got really close once, but he was so smooth that if I bobbled or blinked, he would put a bike or two on me. I watched him and learned a few things too.

Next was the 50+ open, and once again I had a great jump out of the gate. I though I had the hole-shot, but Bryan eeked me out again, and while I'm trying to get in behind him, her comes Jeff Arnold on the outside of me. I fell in behind both of them and gave chase, but could not go any faster with the possibility of a magnificent yard sale. I did fall in a corner, but was ok. I think I caught back up to fourth.

Now were back to the 2nd moto of the 55+ Open. Once again I had a great start, but once again, Bryan got in the corner and dropped down the hill for the lead. I tried to take it up a notch or two, but by now the track is getting pretty rough. I watched Bryan again while following, I can tell by his body language, he was dangling a carrot in front of me. As he would enter a corner, he would give a casual glance to see where I was at. I wanted to win or at least show him a wheel, but I also wanted the EMS folks to be bored too. So second was ok.

The second moto of the 50+ Open was coming up, and I needed to do something different to get the edge over Bryan and Jeff. I made some suspension adjustments to try and help with headshake and jittery front forks. I also had a couple of close calls earlier with my boots slipping of the pegs. So I set down with a round file, and sharpened both pegs very pointy, along the foot brake too. Something else I did that has been at my disposal, but never felt the need for, was try power mode 2. Even if these tweaks didn't help mechanically, I figured the mental advantage was more important. So I rolled up to the gate full of expectations. When the gate dropped, I had yet another good jump, and rolled on the 350. Power mode 2 certainly pulled harder, but it was mostly up in the higher rpm range. I darn near had the hole-shot, but Bryan eased his front tire on the inside, and I dropped in behind him. But this time Jeff Arnold is behind me. I know that Jeff is faster than me, but the track is getting really tore up by now, so maybe he want be ale to make a pass. I focus on Bryan and trying not to crash.

As we dropped down the hill from the start and made the 180, we were both looking at the 2 uphill doubles. When the two doubles were fresh, they were still tough to get over cleanly without you back tire clipping them, and especially the second one. When you clipped it, it would darn near put you in the fence, and into the deep loose sand. As we both got ready to launch them, I was upraised than Bryan rolled the first one, and rolled the second one. It caught me off guard. At first I wasn't sure what was going on, so I rolled them too right behind him to be safe. If I had of been on my game, I could have made a pass there. But then I realized he was rolling them because there wasn't enough lip to get over them safely anymore. By this time, I hear Jeff coming up behind me. As we climbed the long squared edged, pot-hole infested, rutted uphill, I was testing my throttle cables strength. I was able to keep him at bay, but as cleared the pipe jump, I crossed rutted, and he flat-tracked the outside. I stayed close as I dared, but I could only watch the battle between him and Bryan. I garnered third, and was glad to do so, shinny side up.

Heading back to the pits after that race, it seemed my chain was a little nosier than normal. I tossed the bike on the stand and took a look. Everyone of my sprocket bolts were loose. That had so much potential to go wrong in so many scenarios. Especially on those 3 big tables. All in all, it was a great weekend. Me, Ronnie Prado, and Jeff Arnold talked about any and everything. They are great guys to ride and camp with. The only thing missing was Van Choate and Nigel McKee.

My wife and I loaded up, made a stop at Trail Riders Steakhouse in historic downtown Floresville Tx, then hit a few Buc-ee's on the way home, and rolled in about midnight. Sure hope everyone had as much fun as I did. Thanks to Todd the owner of C.R. and his crew, as well as no show Clement, and my wife for tolerating him as well. coffee
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I was right behind you on the first turn goggles fogged up on the line and pulled a tear off after 1st turn - still fogged lol

I stayed 2 bike lengths back from your paddle tire after I pulled the goggles off 2nd turn - FUN Stuff man it felt good just to be on the starting line again with all you animals.

See yall soon

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That darn paddle tire doesn't throw roost, it throws fence posts.

Clement had that same tire on his 450 a few times, and it would peel you foot off of the pegs.
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3 Palms Practice Saturday 7-7, was amazing. We only rode the GP track, and rode it a lot. Me and Ronnie put in some motos. Had 3 fun play battles with other riders too.

The rain was threatening all around, but never hit us. The sand was prime. Keep the front end light, and go fast. Excellent work Trackman and crew.
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Freedom Night Practice 7-12

Freedom's night track has always been good and fun, but it was exceptional tonight. He fluffed it deep, and with the high humidity, and overcast skies, it stayed that way. Me, Ronnie Holier and John Berryman, put it some laps.

There were nice inside lines, fluffy flat-tracking middle, or tacky berms. Had fun play racing with a few other riders too. Kelly, Roger and his crew did a great job. applause
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