NEW LAND

NEW LAND

NEW LAND


Way back when we had our Dolores event in August, newcomer Casey, who bought John Holbrook’s
rather nice TY175 suggested we might be interested in using some of his land.  I envisaged this
being within his personal estate. A phone call yesterday and he wanted me to come and look at it
which we duly did last night.

We crossed the river at 4th street right in the middle of town and set off up a pretty steep rocky track
with hairpin bends on the climb and eventualy emerged on what we would call a “mesa”, which is all
his! Seems he has 230 acres of prime land just asking to be used.

Casey’s land, lots of potential and a lot of exploring to do

Stumbling about in the steep hillside vegatation of fir trees and mixed cactus we climbed down to the
upper cliffs and then had a view of his holdings which encompass both sides of 4th street, Lost
Canyon and some other areas of interest. Currently Casey is looking at putting in a MX course, a BMX
track, carving some mountain bike trails and also using the land for trials and trials practice. His
company has all the equipment to cut tracks and make forest roadways. I would stress that a fair
amount of the stuff I saw is National level but with selective routing I’m sure we could find suitable
areas for all ability levels. I did notice one rocky stream, dried up at the moment, but apparently flows
for much of the year. Well with just a couple of hours I could see a ton of potential and I’ll be walking
a lot more of it this weekend, once I get the grass back under control and some weeding done.

On the subject of land the NM Roswell BLM office is being somewhat reluctant to come forward with
any decision on two upcoming events. It seems that the office had a complete change of personnel
and the current incumbents have little idea of what trials riding is all about. Reading between the lines
it appears they think we wish to ride the trails rather than the land adjacent to them. Now as the NMTA has used this venue for the last 19 years I would have thought that the current office staff would have contacted their previous BLM people who had given out the permits if they were in any way unsure of
what was involved.

WE, (ITSA), are riding in on the back of the NMTA, who hope to run their event the first weekend of
October, but as yet do not have BLM blessing !  There was talk of having to have the area surveyed
again and with the limited time frame I can’t see any of this happening with the first event only a week
away. Sadly if NMTA don’t get permission then we won’t either and the Mountain West series will
close with just our 8 events completed. Of course we could use Casey’s land but I don’t suppose
people want yet another trip to Dolores ?….. or do they???

Time for some exploring and might even get the Superglitz out for a ride round the area once suitable
groups can be identified. I rather like the prospect of the stream bed so I’ll start there and see where
that goes.

Too much school bus driving and a load of wet days, so no prospecting just yet. A quick stop on the
way back from the woodyard and a few pictures from the bridge which both parts of Casey’s land join.
Still a lot of land to look at but we can ride under the bridge either as a section or part of the loop
without upsetting the law.

West side of the bridge with that rocky streambed

East side with a ton of potential

More of the East side with the track above

There just has to be a lot of potential in this river bed, more news as further walking and exploring
continues in the weeks ahead but I like what I’m seeing already. Also a rather nice uphill track from the
side of the bridge into Casey’s main land holdings…… this could easily be a “graded hill” as I know
how much you like those ?? !!!!!!

A graded hill ? not sure where it goes but it is steep enough

Not entirely sure what Casey has in mind for this bit but it could be the initial bit of his forest roadway
to be built to get to the upper areas. So much land, I will need a refresher as to where his “actual”
boundaries are before upsetting yet more neighbours.

The start of the “new road” maybe ?

Just enough to wet your lips for next year’s Escalante Days Trial…….. further reports to follow when
time permits.

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  • 9/30/2012 5:43 PM John Holbrook wrote:
    Like the looks of this area!! Will have to make a trip up in the spring and help you scout out some sections.

    Also the Roswell approval has come through!! Look forward to seeing everyone Oct 20 & 21.
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  • 10/2/2012 9:30 AM Bil Todd wrote:
    Great looking land but would we still be able to ride in the parade the first day and ride our bikes to the new place?.

    Bill
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    1. 10/2/2012 10:11 AM Tony Down wrote:
      Yes Bill, its in the center of town. Less distance than to the Cemetery.

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BASHING THE PLATE

BASHING THE PLATE

BASHING THE PLATE

The “low point” is directly under the crank

My earlier thoughts on the newly revamped Cub have sadly come true with a series of….er.. very abrupt
stops and resultant 5’s. In every case these stops are on obstacles that the Cub has sailed over in the
past and never ever been a problem. The bike itself is riding as well or better than before, zero
handling problems and with the crankcase breather and expansion box fitted no stalling 5’s this year
in any sections.

The Cub front frame is not  quite horizontal on the underside tube which dips down nearly an inch at
the front. Wrap an alloy bashplate around this portion of the frame and the lowest point of contact is
now the front! With the SM poly carb unit it is narrower and slippy at this point whereas mine is more
like a full width snow plow.

Low point just aft of the bolt hole

Looking at other designs the leading edge and radius needs to be shallower such that underside
obstacles will flow undernneath while the bike’s inertia will carry it forward.

The shallower angles of the Armac design

A lot of discussion with Guru, Ray, on the subject and what we now have in mind is a shallower curve,
NO LOWER TUBE, an angle change where the plate fits on the rear downtube and a revised front
engine mount. Now of course I could saw the tube out myself, beat the crap out of the plate but as in
most things this might work but would most likely look awful as I don’t have the equipment to
professionally adjust the angles……. so once more portions of Cub will be sent to CA for some more
of Ray’s Magic.

Currently there were no plans to ride Roswell but Brenda mentioned I could take the car, so just
maybe 2 more trials this year ? Of course if I do ride then there will be a lot of lofting over anything that
could conceiveably be a problem

Ray also says that we can reposition that front engine mount higher on the frame which will lift the
motor and reduce the leading edge angles. He also mentioned coating the underside with some poly
stuff to give it a slippery finish…… all sounds good to me.

The most popular, and expensive front frame is from Armac in the UK, and in this total redesign of the
frame. There is no lower tube and a shallowish but near horizontal plate which can be seen in all these
pics taken at the recent Manx Trial.

A pride of Cubs at the Manx

One step plate

Standard shallow curve on the Armac

Same here

As can be seen from all these plates they are generally MUCH flatter without the curve, which although
looking pleasing and beautiful is proving to literally be a show stopper. With the old SM poly carb it was closer to the tubing, narrower at point of contact, and perhaps flexed a bit on impact. The following pic
shows how the front lump is lower as when the bike in on a workshop stand, with the bashplate
horizontal the front wheel is in the air and the rear almost in contact with the floor.

The original SM plate

Closer, tighter and narrower in the problem zone

With the bike on a stand easy to see how much lower the front is

As far as I can see (not being a fabricator) this is what needs to be done to correct the problems. Now
Ray can do this using a dummy engine and then when he has the design sorted I can cut off the lower
engine mount at this end if required.

What we have and some of MY ideas

First remove the offending lower tube. Ray says the lower plate mounts will need the angle adjusted
to come closer to the horizontal. Raise the front engine mount and fit a forward bashplate mounting
bracket. With all that done and a dummy engine in place the gorgeous alloy can be reworked with
shallower angles. We will see what the Guru comes up with.

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  • 9/19/2012 11:56 AM Bil Todd wrote:
    Tony why not put the plastic SM bash plate back on?.

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  • 9/25/2012 9:23 PM Dan Straka wrote:
    I like that last picture of the design drawing. I think that’ll bring things on par with Armac. That raised engine mount up front would probably even fix the issue where the head pipe is so close to the engine like on mine.
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  • 10/10/2012 10:17 PM trev wrote:
    Hey Tony, pleased to see the cub is working well apart from the bashplate. I’m sure the remedy you’re proposing will give heaps more clearance and ‘skidabillity’. As the engine/carb set up is as the old bike….was wondering what difference the ‘Bulge’ next to the barrel has made to the performance? I hear it’s supposed to enhance the tractability….is this so ? cheers Trev
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MOUNTAIN WEST CASPER ROUND 8

MOUNTAIN WEST CASPER ROUND 8


MOUNTAIN WEST CASPER ROUND 8

The Saturday night Pot Luck went as planned with tons of food although my chief requirement was of
the liquid form as I was a little dry ! With a fire ban in force the usual night skies were not lit up with 50′
flames this year and the party broke up into individual drinking sessions without the aid of a camp fire
to help the story telling.

We dropped in on our Canadian friends and had a beer or two before it was time for the late night dog
walk. We swopped plenty of stories and of course the topics soon covered Ahrma and ITSA.  Well
having seen some of the Ahrma results from this season it is very sad that such a large organisation
has alienated so many of its trials riding members, much along the lines of what we forecast last
November. Road America on Jun 9  had only 11 riders, one of those being Modern Support  and the
next scheduled event on Jun 30 was cancelled. July has always traditionally been Donner and for the
many years that I rode there entries were often around the 50 mark but this year were down to 29. The
West Virginia event produced only 3 riders all in different classes so not exactly a competition.
Chehalis which has always been the biggest turnout with entries often in excess of 80 could only field
44 this year and here at Casper a dismal 11 of which 3 Ahrma members are also ITSA and Mtn West. Certainly a far cry from the 50 strong events of the past with 3 rounds of trials over one long weekend.

Early Sunday morning

Today we have 10 sections and we should be finished around noon and get a fair chunk of the
homeward run done before nightfall. I’m also pleased to see my favorite section “The Waterfall” is in
the batting order and the rest are a 50/50 split between the hillside and the river.

A slow start

The true part of the waterfall is no different than previous years but today we have a couple of turns
after the main event which should ride well with a little care. Nick takes the Cub through on a good run
and from that point on I never saw him again all day.

My run loses a dab on the bank, very careless! Top turns ride well.

Out of the Waterfall the first time!

Across the lower meadow and back in the river and mud. Dry downhill start into a right turn to a choice
of multiple lines. Either turn wide to cross a log at 45 then drop in the water and follow the river which
had some submerged logs at awkward angles and could easily cause a dab. Second choice was to
use the 1 line with a 90 crossing of the log and river then take a wall of death turn around a tree and
cross the river again into the mud for a blast up the mud bowl and hill to the exit. This was my choice
and it rode well for the clean.

Now back up on the upper meadow and we drop in from there for No 3. Steepish dry downhill into the
river for a 90 left to cross two firmly locked trees in the water, pop over them into deeper water and then
hit the far bank head on and into a right left S around a marker before the exit. A bit of fast body english
on a slippery bit but through for the clean.

Down the meadow to pick up the river again and No 4 which I had seen yesterday. Again I had it
mentally planned but on arrival a much simpler line was seen. Enter the river and follow it to a simple
exit on the left bank, cross the river again for a muddy adverse and uphill turn to the exit gate. The exit
gate turn is one of those get the front wheel through (just) and then stop jobs ! It works well.

Follow the stream to 5 which is fairly easy. Cross the stream, turn in the mud and grass, back through
the water and set up for a gentle dry adverse right turn and path to the exit. Maybe the “gimmee” of the
day.

Out on the hillside path to 6 which really should not have caused any grief at all. Left turn between
some rocks, full 180 and meander to right left uphill S with last turn close to a rock and limited
distance to red ribbon. I must have been looking at something wrong and had a dab on the entry…..
mega dumb!

Only 50 yards to 7 which is considerably harder as it is another no track crossing affair. Stay out as far
as you dare to the red ribbon and then mount an awkward uphill slab. The dismount had to be fast
enough not to catch the bashplate but slow enough to be able to make a full lock right to the exit. Elect
to take a planned dab here.

With the score on 3 which could have been 1 over to 8 to see what this has to offer. Grassy uphill into climbing right hand 180 rising about 3 feet. Then a wiggle along a rock ledge into a down and up left
hander adverse before a 90 right to the exit. Not fully in control for the first uphill turn so take yet
another dab.

Section 9 is just above our motorhome and has a variety of going. Initial entry tight against a huge
pumice rock, right into left 180 and up the pumice on line dependant gates. Loose dry dirt with rolling
rocks to climb up to go behind a large rock through a dirt groove which is cutting up and then a full
braking steep downhill with turns to Evelyn who is checking this one. A dab in the groove with a little wheelspin so this one could go either way and bed in or cut up badly.

Back to 10 to complete the first loop which is a new section. Enter over a log downhill to a left hander
uphill in loose dirt with a low overhanging branch, recover and back to the entry log and cross again,
turn once more and cross the log and then weave through various obstacles to the exit. Well I sure
had my dabbing boots on for that loop with 5 single prods !  One I planned and another was well used
but the other 3 were really not needed. Total of 5 for the first loop.

Off to the waterfall and No1 surprize of the day when the bashplate locks solid on an uphill rock for my
first EVER 5 on this section……. well that’s it I’m really going to redesign this thing as its causing me a
lot of wasted marks on sections I can normally clean.

Cleans all the way to 6 where I had previously lost that mega dumb dab and this time slip through the
first part without any problems but turn the bars too quickly at the top of the S when the tape comes
close and promptly lose another!!

No changes on 7 and stick with the planned dab. Same result on 8 but I’m confident I CAN do this
with a bit more application. A good clean on Ed and Evelyn’s but the recovery downhill is cutting up
badly and causing quite a few mishaps.

Back at 10 I get stuck on the log !!!! and it takes a 3 to get off…….. man this bashplate is getting to me!!!
Total of a miserable 11 on this loop which should have only been 2. The 2 loop total is now at 16 and
should only have been 4……. man I am not too happy especially as 8 have been a direct result of the bashplate.

Out for the last loop but don’t get far with another monsterous clanging 5 in the waterfall….. and I can’t
even slide the bike over this rock which has never been a problem in the past. Furious wouldn’t
accurately describe things.

Cleans on 2, 3, 4, and 5 again and this time 6 rides as it should have done for a simple clean. At 7 I
stick with the planned dab and over at 8 I at last conquer the first turn and get my first clean. Clean on
9 and 10 so realistically that should have been a 1 point loop and a grand total of 5 for the day as
opposed to the giant 22 I have punched!! Just taking off the bashplate scores of the 2 Fives and the
Three I would have finished on 9 with the dumb dabs included.  THIS BASHPLATE HAS GOT TO GO !!!

Final results were Nick on 10, Dan on 14 so I know exactly what I need to be doing over the winter.

TONY DOWN

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  • 9/18/2012 6:38 PM Debbie Poole wrote:
    A correction is in order regarding the Ahrma national trial entry number published on your site. The Chehalis national had 67 vintage entries (no support class), not 44. I have the score card as this event is part of the regional series for which I keep points.
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  • 9/18/2012 8:22 PM Tony Down wrote:
    My only information comes from your published Ahrma website results, and having recounted them I see ONLY 44 finishers or riders….. not even close to your number of 67 ???

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    1. 9/18/2012 8:59 PM Anonymous wrote:
      I’m sorry, I was wrong, the correct number was 65.

      It appears that the results were given only to 14th place, which is the last points-paying place (1 point).
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MOUNTAIN WEST CASPER ROUND 7

MOUNTAIN WEST CASPER ROUND 7

MOUNTAIN WEST CASPER ROUND 7

A liesurely morning waiting for our p.m. start after the upper classes have ridden some lines into the
11 sections. A ride around for a quick look and a trip to the two known areas for apples. Well Priscilla
and Raeph have just about stripped them bare so no apple crumble tonight !

Section 1 is up on the hillside above the parking area and for the 2 line is a run around the outer blue
tape comprising an initial uphill with a little jink to the left and then right up to a rocky path and some
awkward rock steps down to the loose dirt descending downhill. A clean here somewhat jerky and not precisely on line but the score is the same.

Back down to the start area for No 2 coming in off the main track with either a right left jink into the river
from the bank or skirt the top of the bank creeping under the low branches before taking a shallower
entry to the water. Gentle line up to cross to the far bank and pop up on the bank turning right back into
the river for the final uphill and out phase.  My line works well for another clean.

Getting low under the branches

On the far side lining up to come back to the exit bank

At 3 we have a curving downhill on loose dirt into a sharp lefthander back up the bank to pass a
marker before descending into the river for a log crossing, right turn in the water and pick a line up on
what will soon be a muddy bank to the exit. I like the line that Trialsmaster Dan has chosen but see
Dan get in a threesome spot of bother with it. I take a dab on the log which I really didn’t need, must be nerves, so no clean card today!

On the exit of 3

4, I had seen on my morning travels and had already mentally planned a line but on arrival at the
section a much easier route suddenly became clear. A 180 left turn on the top of the bank then drop
down the bank into the river but the new line is steeper to enter the river on the 90 and cross to the
island for a right left between the trees. a recovery phase riding beside the river into a right muddy turn
and back across the water for the uphill exit which has always had plenty of grip. A nice clean on this
one so now a bit of loop riding to No 5.

Section 5, with Alan Duke, is one of those multi use sections and over the years has had many
adaptations and can be ridden in both directions. Today we come in off the muddy path and have a
choice of a righthander on the drier bank or stay in the steam and take the direct uphill in the rocks
and water. At the top over some small roots into a sharp left hander into a downhill through the trees
to the exit. I like the direct approach and it works well for me for another clean.

Out on the standard hillside loop to find 6 which has a reverse figure S start so must be careful not to
cross lines here. Normally a small stone or twig will do as a marker to keep from crossing your own tracks. Tight entry into an uphill rock pile and then a meander to the exit. Dumb dab number two here
on the rock pile….. need to be a little wider next time.

Section 7 has an unusual start with a half root on the opening ledge with 3 line staying on the path
and 1 & 2 over the mini root then gentle downhill across a cut in the rocks before uphill into a very tight
left hander or wider on top of a big flat rock. 2 lines from here on the downhill to the checker. The tight
line works fine this time.

Now at Fishponds which is very muddy again today. Neal Newby is sporting his one glove for the
broken thumb and punching cards with the other. An open 2 line of left and right on the 1 line marker.
1’s stay in the mud while 2’s have the option of a wider line then an adverse on what is half dry dirt to
the upper plateau and full lock turn. I elect to stay in the mud and arrive at the turn slightly off line and
take a giant dab on the big rock to bring the Cub back on line for the next hazard of a rock jumble on
the downhill to the apple tree. Well the Cub WILL go round there so next time maybe?

Through the woods to what looks like the most difficult and daunting section at No 9. After a right left
jink into some nasty big rocks with angles that could grab either wheel and push the bike off line into
an even worse rock cluster. Over this first hazard and then set up for the top turn which requires a
bouncing front wheel over  four boulders to keep the back wheel on the path and avoid some even
bigger rocks. Final problem over some logs and rocks between two trees and find a line to the
downhill exit. I surprize myself here and with a firmish grip on the bars it goes exactly to plan for a
great clean.

Back in the sunshine on the top meadow and down to 10 which drops us down in the brook again.
Downhill start and across the river and up on the bank to turn right around the card. Then back in the
water, up a two foot step into mud and then gentle uphill adverse on dryish dirt. I enjoyed that one for
a precise clean.

Further down the hill and back to Lego Land at the start. I understand the 2 line was modified pre start
after a nasty fall by one of the testers. We enter, stay tight on the blue and complete a right 180 onto
one of the mini bricks which has been ramped up with extra dirt. Off the mini brick keeping right to
avoid another possible crossing tracks scenario. Stay on the red now and enter through the Diamond
and then turn round a giant cable drum, over a log and exit. Perhaps with the previous hazard removed
this one must be the “gimmee” of the day.

Only problem at 11, don’t cross lines coming off this mini brick

Ralph Foster, still with Ahrma, tackles the 1 line of 11


Nicely controlled lofted turn into the Diamond

We are running a two loop card before turning them in so off on the second loop with the hillside
section. Another clean but still not the most skillful ride. At 2 I catch up with Ed and Dave Dewonia and
watch Ed through. Ed takes a wider line to the far bank but the handlebars jacknife on him at the bank
where there must be a big hole or undercut. Ed retires with a sore arm and wet trousers! Dave takes
the same line on the big BSA with the same dunking result ! I creep through on my chosen line but annoyingly catch my new shirt on the overhanging branch and tear a hole in it, but register a clean
regardless.

Not quite low enough and ripped the “new” shirt !!

Rick Armstrong comes up the 2 line exit

No problems with 3 this time and more good cleans on 4, 5.  6 goes well this time with the wider line.
Clean 7 across the big slab rock and straight on line and now back to the muddy No 8. Top turn much
better but a bit squirrely through the downhill rocks. No matter, a cleans a clean !

The first turn on the adverse of 3

Clean this time on 3 getting ready for the exit

Wolfie on the wider line in 3

The steeper exit works as well

At 9, marks are being lost everywhere with a lot of 5’s as many rocks are on the move. The first jumble
throws me off line and I’m lucky to escape with a 2. Clean both 10 and 11 for a two loop total of 5. As I
collect my last loop card I can see Nick Turner has finished on 14 having lost 12 on the first two loops
while Dan already has 17 from his first two loops. So I have a 9 point advantage going out on the last
loop, and I have cleaned ALL the sections so a clean loop is on the cards if I can keep the A game
going.

Cleans on 1 & 2 so third go at 3 which I cleaned nicely last time. First part perfect but a rolling rock in
the water pushes me wide and I slow to regain the line for the log, pop up and thats it! Stuck firm on
the log and 5 of my 9 point advantage is out the window. I’m beginning to think this new bash plate
hangs too low ??

Last time through 2, and no more rips on the shirt

A little off the ideal line in 3

Bashplate stops me dead in my tracks for a feet up 5 !!

With memories of Turkey Rock when I lost the 4 point advantage I’m trying hard to keep things
composed. Good cleans on 4 and 5 and then a near disaster on 6 when a badly timed dab becomes
a very annoying 3 all on the same side!!!

Fishponds for the last time and a much smoother ride round the top turn and through the downhill
rock hazard. Only 3 sections left.

Arriving at 9 I see Dave on the ground with the big BSA up by the log step between the trees. With his
trial done he tries a practice ride and gets into all sorts of trouble. It then occurs to me that I MUST
clean this one as anything else is not going to help the cause. I walked it, rewalked it and mentally
rode it several times. Well, this is it I need a clean for the win! it probably becomes the best ride of the
day and I felt totally in control and even had time to think ahead!

Just 10 and 11 to go so another rewalk of 10 to make sure there are no hidden extras I don’t know
about. It rides nicely so only the gimmee in lego land and I’m done. Final check on fuel, branches in
wheels, etc and a graceful ride through for the clean and the win.

Big Dave brings the Big BSA through 11 after some nasty crashes on
the loop

Last turn of 11 for the win

Overall I was very pleased with the Cub save for this bash plate thing which is beginning to concern
me as it tends to lock on things rather than slide over them…… I’m still thinking that bottom tube has
got TO GO !!

The ladies were getting “down & dirty too!” with three of them competing in various classes, Sarah
in Advanced, Hannah in Novice and our own June Newby in her third trial in Beginners.

June Newby in her 3rd trial looking much more confident

What will tomorrow bring ? …… but now its pot luck time

TONY DOWN

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AN ALCOHOLIC TRIFECTA

AN ALCOHOLIC TRIFECTA

AN ALCOHOLIC TRIFECTA

Loading all completed on Wednesday night and everything looks good for a crack of dawn start……..
and then the “Thinks Bubble!”…….. yes, fully fuelled, full of LP gas…….. but yours truly has forgotten to
dump tanks and take on water.

Off we go again

With dogs and cat all aboard we leave around 0830 and 5 hours later we are in Palisade and ready
for today’s adventure. Some of you may remember my comments on keeping the other members of
the crew happy so today we are looking at a wine tasting in Palisade. One of our dogs is on heart
medication and the pill he needs was out of stock at all our local vets in the Dolores/Cortez area but
our vet located some in Palisade…… which just happened to be literally within 100 yards of the
Palisade Drinking Trifecta !

“Don’t forget my pills”

Well lookee here, a distillery, a brewery and a wine tasting all around the same parking lot.

First stop

Brewery on the left, winery dead ahead

Pills done, now for some SERIOUS tasting! We start at the distillery and work our way through
Vodkas various,some gins and then tequilla. This is then getting a little heavy on straight shots so
time for a proper Bloody Mary or two and enjoy their outside smoking patio.

Our heavy pouring hostess

It’s working !

Good bloody marys too

Everybody is very friendly and as we are parked along side the rail tracks we ask how many trains
come through per day ? The answer is 2 so that seems good news……. more of this later!!

Not sure what this building was on the other side of the tracks but the
Vet was just down the road from it  and we got the pills

Here comes the Amtrak, so one more to come…………

Plenty of time left so now a little beer over at the brewery……. not bad, locals still friendly and a
selection of smoked meats which Brenda loves and a very nice blue cheese and bacon cheesecake
which gets better the longer it has to breathe.

Time for the winery, and another freebee tasting. Most of their wines are around the seven year point
and the colour looks a little “muddy” although they generally taste fine. 6 of these slip into the
shopping cart.

Fast approaching 6 p.m. so time to hump all the goodies back on the bus and take in some more of
the Weeds series on the Roku system. About 3 episodes later its bedtime after the final dog walk and
now we get to find out how many real trains there are!! Granted there are only two Amtrak trains a day
and we had seen one of those while sipping Bloody Marys……… but there are heavy haul frieght trains
about every hour, on the hour, and man they love those whistles and Brenda tells me they all smell
different.

Big, long, noisey and smelly too

……and they just keep coming all night long

Off at a reasonable hour with only 350 miles to go and the only incidents to mention were a complete
lack of antelope (only saw 8) and two unpleasant arseholes and buffoons en route. The first was a
lady driver ( word used to denote sex, not refinement!) who we met at a set of traffic lights. The lights
are Green for ME and I’m signalling left to turn northbound when SHE who is stationary on my right,
heading north suddenly sets off on RED and turns immediately in front of me !!!…… anchors deployed,
china on the move…….. my giant train like air horn tells her like it really is and all I get in response is a
lot of shouting and screaming and a finger as though I’m in the wrong ???

The lights now change and the vehicles who were behind this cretinous woman now turn left
shrugging their shoulders and giving the smile to signify they had seen it all.

Finally on the near deserted road on the other side of Casper on the way into the start area we meet
youth on crotch rocket, usual get up, shorts, flip flops, no gloves and standard full face helmet
attached to rear seat who for no apparent reason also suddenly gives me the finger !!!!! maybe he
doesn’t like RV’s or trials bikes or maybe it was Raeph who had read my last article ?

The deserted road into the ranch where we meet Raeph ??

Made it !

Docked once more in our standard berth on what is now a delightful grassy meadow….. this is new.
Was this the work of the Mostellers or pehaps Raeph and Priscilla ?…… high winds and a spot of rain
as a storm rolls through and as o’beer thirty is declared a rainbow appears and the dastadly Raeph
lets the wild horses loose !

The storm blows through and out comes the rainbow

Oh no, Raeph has let the bloody wild horses out again

TONY DOWN

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