THE QUEST FOR EIGHT

THE QUEST FOR EIGHT


THE QUEST FOR EIGHT

Even though I still have 6 weeks to go I feel I’m slipping behind my own personal time frame to find the
last 8 sections for Day 2 of the Escalante 2 Day Trial. 5 of the Day 1 sections are all cut out and just
need ribbons and cards and are ready to ride. The loop is already marked, and the other 7 sections are nominated and only need branch removal and are good to go.
Day 2 has “The Graded Climb”, “Spud Trench”, “Bottle House”, and the  “Honey I’m Home” section
covered in a earlier article. Bottle House has yet to be cut and finished but is a definite as I like the
shape and location.

A blunder down the fast drying Lost Canyon Creek reveals 4 and perhaps 1 more if I throw in a bonus.
The river bed sure is overgrown but nothing that secateurs and the logging saw can’t handle.It then
peters out into the mundane and doesn’t provide any worthwhile stuff for the quality of the ITSA rider.

Looking back from the Ends card of the second sub in Lost Canyon
Creek

The start of 3 in Lost Canyon Creek

Looks and feels like I’m standing on the back of some enormous petrified
pre-historic crocodile

Up on the hillside 4 more are found but as with any cliff section they are difficult to get to and it would
depress 3’s and 4’s before they even got to the start zone so they have been thrown out.

A great section, but in the too difficult basket I’m afraid 

2 did make the Trialsmaster’s cut and are included. As with all of this virgin land mass the early trials
rider settlers need to cut and hack their way through a ton of vegetation to get to the gold bearing
section mother lode. Here they are in their natural state but will have the master’s touch to make them
safe and rideable.

Down this one

2’s across the top of this, 1’s through the gap by the tin can, 3 & 4 out
wide and up the hill. Over the second rock for the 1 liners

This next one was the “find of the day” and has it all. A good start rock for 1 & 2 with 3 &4 getting a ride
round, then the main climb with some natural split cards for various ability levels on the way up to the
exits as 3 & 4 turn out earlier to their finish. Its called “Tin Can Alley”

Needs some gardening but 1 & 2 up the crack in the rock

3 & 4 where I’m standing

Let the climb begin

Up close and personal …… “Tin Can Alley”

Back down on level ground time to link “Bottle House” and “Podium” together to form a continuous
double sub for your pleasure. We go round the back of Bottle House, a 180 left turn in their garden
and Bar-B-Q area and come in over their attempt at an early Adobe Wall. From there we link into the
Podium which has its own show jumpers finish over naturally graded line hazards.

Start round the back of “Bottle House”

The Adobe wall

The second sub of “Podium”

3 & 4 come through the gap in the wall and cross to the line dependant
exits

By now its at the hottest part of the day, sweat is dripping in my eyes, and I’m down to my last bottle of
Gatorade. The mind sees nothing but a frostie and as I force my dehydrated body back to the car I’m
thinking of an old black and white wartime movie where our classic British actors struggle to get an
ambulance and themselves out of the  Egyptian desert and back to Alexandria where they can see a
foaming ICE COLD LAGER. It starred John Mills and Slyvia Simms and was called …………………
“ICE COLD IN ALEX”

Sometimes a Gatorade just won’t crack it !

It was GOOD, very good……. may I have another?

TONY DOWN

 

PROGRESS & PLANNING

PROGRESS & PLANNING

PROGRESS & PLANNING

Section 13, the NEW town bar     “The Riverside” ……work begins

With 7 weeks to go until the event things are shaping up nicely for the Escalante Two Day Trial here in Dolores, Aug 10/11. 15 of the desired 24 sections have been earmarked, of course they are still in the
“rough”,  and need the fine tuning of brush and branch removal but things are moving along. Would be
nice to have boundary tapes on the sections but that is a fruitless task as vandals and other wildlife
remove and undo all the good work along with our non stop June winds.

Across the road from the start at Cozy Comfort work on The Riverside continues a pace as it attempts
the transformation from shall we say a low grade restaurant selling poor pizzas into “THE” Town Bar to
replace the old Hollywood which was lost to arson last summer. Timing for completion is about three
weeks with a “test firing” mid July.

Progress, framing complete

Yesterday marked the end of week 4 of this year’s school summer break and progress on the ITSA
Escalante 2 Day Trial is coming on well but still requires a ton of work being all virgin land. The extra
land that Casey threw in the mix yesterday will offer up 2 more good spectator sections for the first day
within close walking distance from the 4th Street Bridge. Finally got to meet Sam, the owner of the
Vincent Restoration shop. He has a Honda Reflex, will he ride it ? Persusion and gentle nudging
required here !

Found a way in under the other road bridge to get into Lost Canyon Creek and the deep water pools
are drying up nicely. Overgrown, but I’ll be hacking my way through there next week. Further along an
easier trail has been found, not sure where it goes yet but might provide some worthwhile sections
and variety to add to the mix. Also found an unexpected guest in the riverbed, not a rattler, but a snake
so it will be trials boots from now on walking through there. Also earmarked an interesting section
around another ruin called “Bottle House”. We don’t get to go inside this one but nearly everybody gets
a place on the Podium as you will see later.

Home day today with lawn mowing and weeding as chores….. might get a spanner on the Cub ????
Tomorrow rough out the two new sections on Casey’s riverside property while Brenda is off at a
ladies lunch and if time permits lay out and clean Bottle House. Got a nasty under the eye swelling
thanks to a bit of broken twig that went in my eye. The little bit of offending wood came out overnight
but the body had already despatched water to the scene to sort out the problem.

The new bar got a lick of paint after the cladding went on and it looks like they have finished the roof.

Moving into week 5, time to concentrate on these sections with a hope of completing all the brush and
branch clearing such that they are ready for tape and cards by the begining of August. The plan of
getting the two new Day 1 spectator sections ready fell flat over the weekend with other tasks taking
priority. I would like to have ALL Day 1 sections ready at the end of this week.

Monday morning and a quick ride into Cortez for one hour of trivia but then time to start on the two new
spectator sections for Saturday. The first drops down to the river and took a good hour of sapling
removal and weed pulling to establish lines. Yes, it looks easy but the natural lie of the rocks will take
a few marks when you least expect it!  Mark my words. I anticipate many clean cards will be lost here
to rogue dabs.

Simple entry

3/4 to the left of the sapling, 1/2 towards the big rock

4 straight on, 1/2/3 hang right

4 through the natural gap, 1/2/3 around the “Cat’s Ear”, 1’s go 45 left and
over the jagged rock, 2/3 between the bigger rocks with 2’s over the last
big one………. hmmm?

3/4 up the hill to the left of my gloves, 2’s left of my new saw with the
green handle, 1’s to the right of the saw

 So that was Saturday 9 and I’m sure you will have some choice names for it after you have ridden it.
Short ride over to the back of the property line for the interesting, currently called and aptly named
“Up to my Arse in Grass”

I will be in there with the strimmer this morning to make a path.

The start of Saturday 10 with 1/2 up and over the big rock, 3 in the rubble,
4 has an easy meander

ALL ahead through the 3′ grass which will be gone today

4 goes off left 1/2/3 up the hill into left at crest

1/2/3 all back down minus the grass

1/2 back up here

1/2 round this tree and back down inside the last one

Into the ditch and up and out…. here endth Saturday 10

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PLATE SPINNING

PLATE SPINNING


PLATE SPINNING

I seem to have so many tasks and projects on the go, let alone the ones I WANT to get to, I feel like a
Plate Spinner dashing round twiddling the sticks to keep the show up and running.

The garden tasks were achieved and all looks good apart from the routine maintenance of mowing,
strimming and with summer watering keeping the weeds under control. Bin door struts replaced on
the Safari, the Saturday loop trail established,  Honey I’m Home a work in progress.

Current plates in the air and spinning;

Day 1 sections
Day 2 sections
Honey I’m Home wall cuts
Safari cooling problems, leaking tire, generator
Event insurances
Practice, practice, practice
BMW
Event flyers
Local paper article
Build a Tiger Cub !
New riders

The Honey I’m Home section is complete to my satisfaction, the BMW has been cleaned again, tires pumped up and should be tagged this afternoon. The Event flyers should be here today, not sure
where UPS is but he seems to be running late.

Day 1 sections are now all nominated, unless I find something better, and just need line cleaning
and branch removal and a bit of rock rolling under the bridge for section 11.

Day 2 sections still need to be finalised and sorted, but the loop will be plain sailing and much, much shorter. Hopefully the water will be going down in Lost Canyon Creek and I can get in there and start
cutting a path.

UPS made it about 2 hours late with a new driver so off into Cortez to tag the BMW which ran out last
October. No waiting, unlike the misery of Arizona, and round to the Honda dealership and put up 2 of
the flyers even finding yet another trials rider who has recently bought a 2001 Gas Gas. Back to
Dolores, Vincent shop still closed, so down to Chamber of Commerce and drop one off there as they
are running the Parade. Drop off another at the Liquor Store, who were inandated with questions last
year. One at the grocery where I’ve been seeing bikes in pickups on Sunday mornings and one more
over at the Brewpub.

Flyers up!

The Flyer mission continues today using the BMW as transport for a run into Durango, a few more
stops in Dolores, and the BMW shop in Mancos. Local Giant Gas Station, the Town Hall, the new bar
The Riverside, The Fun Center bikes and skidoos, then 50 miles into Durango and the main BIG Fun
Center, Harley Davidson (see I’m not biased), and the Honda dealership. Back to Mancos and the
BMW repair shop and the day is done. All flyers keenly accepted and everybody seems to know some
one who has a trials bike……. we will see.

Thursday 20 June, what to do today? Leaning towards the Day 2 sections. I have 10, 11 and 12 done
so now time to find 1-9. I need to walk up Lost Canyon Creek which is a bit overgrown and see how
these will play out. Also need to cut some offending brush on Casey’s inbound road which is pin
striping the car on every visit. Could also finish Saturday 10 which is on the hill on the return portion
of the loop and start some rock rolling under the bridge for Saturday 11.

Seems I’ve lost the pruning saw so another wasted hour looking for same to no avail. Back to the
hardware store and buy another one as the show must go on. Running out of time the decision is to
debranch pin stripe alley and cut out Saturday 10. Saturday 10 shapes up well and will be called
“The Cat Face”

From the start 1/2 to the right of the tree, 3/4 below

1/2 ride the crumbly adverse of “Litter Box Alley”

3’s join in between the rock and the tree and ride the adverse turning left before the flat embedded slabs

Yes, 1’s over the biggun

3/4 between the rock and the tree. Not sure whether this rock is a 1 or a 2
yet

Anyhoo, off that big one, then 1’s up “The Cat Face”, 2’s over the body

Back to the bridge and some rock rolling to make the start areas easier for Section 11. Looks good
enough to me !

The 4th Street Bridge for 11. The design down the parapet reminds me of
the Forth Rail Bridge….. must be all those SSDT’s 

Home for lunch and send off the insurance details so another plate comes down and on to the next.
Afternoon mission a lot of branch and sapling removal to make Saturday 12 a cracking section over
natural river rock with maybe a little mud thrown in. Too much clipping and a giant blister appears
from all the secateur work. Not happy ! Lets have a walk through 12 and see if you like it ?

The start of 12, either hug the bushes or off the flat diving board

Coming round the bend, either low or high ?

Further round the bend

3/4 straight on by the big rock, 1’s turn right for a step up on the long flat
one. Uphill finish to where the car is. Sorry, where do the 2’s go ? Now
come on, you seriously didn’t think we were not going to use the big
mother ? 

Oh, you mean THIS rock, 2’s only

Uphill exit for everybody

Looking back from the ENDS card of 12

So now its Friday, but the Trialsmaster’s duties never end especially when the whole thing is on your doorstep. 1st choice will be Day 2 sections and the loop. A lot easier than the Day 1 setup and there
is precious little danger of getting lost.

Main attack will be the river bottom, getting in and out and looking for 4-6 in there of the 9 I need and
a couple of spares up my sleeve. Bumped into Casey on my way and gave him some posters. He is
looking very seriously at a TY350, one owner with only 60 miles on it. In further discussion it seems
he owns another piece of land which includes the river bank for 800 yards from the 4th Street Bridge.

A quick visit and I can see a couple here. So the sequence begins again with more walking and
lines, branch hacking etc.

Plates still Spinning

Day1 Sections
Day2 Sections and loop
Safari
Local paper article
Build a Cub
Practice !!

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“HONEY I’M HOME”

“HONEY I’M HOME”


“HONEY I’M HOME”

For those that joined us all at Turkey Rock you will remember the lunacy of the Bike Rodeo and one of
the games called “Honey I’m Home”. Rules were; put on a dress, stuff a dog in a purse, leap through a
window, and ride like the wind!  Well here at Dolores we will be taking the popular theme one stage
further with a full section in a house.

With the Day 1 loop finally sorted I can now move onto flatter land (all things are relative) and sort out
12 exciting sections for Day 2. Earmarked for your pleasure are  “The Graded Climb”, “Spud Trench”,
about 4 in the river bed called “Lost Canyon Creek”, perhaps something on the old railway line called
“The Galloping Goose” (the loco is outside the Town Hall ), some logs, a load of rocks ( what else ?),
and “Honey I’m Home”.

This charming single family home is in need of extensive alterations to convert into a 4 line ITSA
section. Today’s research will be to determine, which, if any, are load bearing walls and if you don’t
see the blog ever again you can deduce what happened. The task, as the corridor is too narrow for
trials handlebars, is to remove the walls such that 1 liners can enter the main bedroom and complete
turning the mattress. 2 liners have a similar problem getting into the guest bedroom.

The Guest Bedroom

From the guest bedroom an “exit” in trials rider shape needs to be cut such that 1 & 2 liners can get
back in the open plan living area. Special rules in this section will be track crossing is permitted,
along with shoulder, elbow, arm, head touching. Like the NEW NATC rules if the wall has to be rebuilt
itsa 5 !

A trials Rider is sketched on the wall and studs are located

With the drywall out the next problem is the board and wood veneer panels which will require a big
jemmy prybar thing and then most likely the chainsaw to cut out the studs. On the other side of the
corridor its boarded walls on both sides of the bedroom. The doorways will also need a little help with
some widening to get the back wheel through. More work next week.

While out and about I got permission to use the area by the 4th Road Bridge so two good sections
here for Day 1. This is also where the Town Duck Race finishes so I’m sure we will get a bunch of
spectators to add to the fun. It will also be our “tent & table” for the scorers and give them a chance to
see some of the action and the Duck Race.

The other 4th Road Bridge we used to ride over on the SSDT

Sat Sections 11/12 will be under our 4th Bridge and from the photos might look a bit daunting but on
closer inspection has 3 very rideable lines. 4 liners have the option not to ride this one. There will be
two start gates with 3 and 4 (if they want) riding the lower line by the river. The secction is in the RAW
and has not had the benefit of some TD rock rolling as yet.

The 3/4 start gate of Section 11

1 & 2 will start somewhere up here

3 good lines across this lot……. I like it !

 As we exit 11 and the underside of the bridge there are some fantastic natural rocks from way back
when and these will form the basis of Section 12 finishing in the trees.

Just a giant rock to some, but not aTrialsmaster !

I can picture the lines

What a nice exit

 Saturday afternoon and time for a couple of hours of demolition in “Honey I’m Home” to see if it is
going to work as a section. First take off the tongue and groove panels and then remove 1/4″ plywood
panels.

Corridor tongue & groove panels removed

Next the plywood

Now cut through the uprights to make a barn like open plan sleeping area and open up the doorways
to make them trials bike friendly.

 

Guest bedroom ready for saw cuts and doorway widening

Second post and cross braces coming out for a wider entry

Master bedroom door widened, just a cross cut on the plywood to leave
an attractive lowered wall

A very pleasing 2 hours so just the cross cut to do and then cut out through where the Trials Rider is
marked into the living area and the job should be done.

Monday morning and another demolition derby at “Honey I’m Home”. Cross cuts on master bedroom
wall complete with good visual into both bedrooms. A few problems working out how the panels had
been rigged in the living room but a 44″ hole finally beaten through.

1 liners turn right into Master Bedroom for “turning the mattress”

Carpet fitters and 2 liners can use their best Spanish entering the Guest bedroom shouting “Underlay, underlay!”

Now cut through into the living area

Tunnel Harry is discovered

Now I need a few precision cuts on the plywood and a nice neat edge cut of the drywall. With that done
a little artistic emboldenment with the old rattle can should finish off the job.

The trials rider in full “Body English” bursts through

Now in the living room, Section 12 Sunday, “Honey I’m Home” complete!

TONY DOWN

Work will continue on the other sections and further updates will appear
on the blog as I struggle round the boondocks and maze. Once again I
would remind you that this is rounds 9/10 of the ITSA Mtn West series
and also Rounds 3 & 4 of the ITSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

There will be lots of other activities in the town to celebrate Escalante
Days so plenty for significant others to watch and do. Kicks off with the
Town Parade (which allows us to ride unregistered bikes on the roads),
the Bicycle Race, chainsaw competition, arm wrestling, vendor’s stalls,
good interesting ladies shops and the Duck Race which finishes under
the 4th Road Bridge where our sections 11 & 12 will be.

So, if you are coming, make your reservations EARLY as the Town will
be VERY, VERY, BUSY.

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TRAIL BLAZING

TRAIL BLAZING


TRAIL BLAZING

“Yes Tonto, I can see the power lines but how the %^&* do I get down
there ?”

Trying to find a way through Casey’s upper cliff area is a bit “Lewis & Clarke” at the moment with the
only other footprints left by deer bedding down for the day. Today I’ll be trying a 45 degree attack from
the top of the Mesa in an effort to find a shallower gradient through the Maze.  Once in, its guess and
by God, but might be a bit easier now I know where the power lines go.

Google maps aren’t much help as you can see the lines of least vegetation resistance but can only
guess at the surrounding gradient, no, its another Vasco job here! Having tied a fair bit of red tape everywhere on my last visit once I have the connection made I’ll have to take the rest down or it will be
totally confusing (for me!).

Sections, when I finally get to put them in sequence, are a mixture of sandstone slabs and rocks,
rolling smooth river rock (this lot must have been under water millions of years ago) loose dirt, pine
needles, dead trees and cacti. Let the fun begin!

 Confucius he say  “Where the f^%$ am I ?” What led to this outburst will be revealed shortly. Arrived
on site at 1115 and set off from the far corner, marking as I went, on about a 45 degree cut across the
cliff face and eventually came on the first section without too much hassle.

The first of the virgin cliffside sections. Enter behind me on the left, cross
the log, then line dependant turn around the tree coming back towards
me on right side of pic 

3 & 4 to the far right, 2 up center stage, and 1 to the left and exit with a left
turn

Another sideways jaunt in the thick brush and referencing the power lines find some more sections
I’d mentally earmarked the other day. The original plan was to retrace my initial route to complete the
loop but as time was running short I decided to get a better route back to the first section. That worked
out well but trying to find my way back out from there in the maze was fruitless. I never saw any of the
markers I’d previously made and came out in a different area about 30 yards from the car but I think
this new track will be easier to follow.

Not 100% sure about that. The “WAY” is still proving difficult !!

Tomorrow another session starting from the back and going in the way we will be coming out and
this should lead me to the sections I couldn’t find today!! Without doubt the hardest trial I have ever laid
out from the terms of a route and even with tire tracks established it will need marker tape about every
10-15′ or we will lose half the entry.

 Once I’m in and can get out without getting lost it will be a section finding day!! Today I aim to find a
total of 10 sections which will give me an option of discarding 4 on the day. Yes, they can look good in
the mind’s eye but sometimes ambition overcomes common sense. With the multiple “in and out”
paths first thing is to PIN down the final solution so that even I can’t get lost on a trail I have marked !
Could not believe it yesterday and now its bugging me and I won’t be happy until its resolved.

Done it ! Got in and out without getting lost, now thats a first. The only thing I lost today was my cell
phone so some thoughtful application of where I had my pack open and there is a chance I might
find it. Section count, 1 on the way in, 4 along the ridge line, but they go in both directions, so a mini
loop required, then on to a multi log crosser, and a double which is up beside the power lines on the
way out.

This will be the log crossing for Day 1 and will be called “Woodpecker Would”, no thats not a spelling
mistake more a play on words. Prizes for seeing where Woodie lives.

Phase 1,  downhill over log, left turn in the bush, rock, tree area

Phase 2 the double oxer

Phase 3 through pick a stick

 1/3 in from the top right you can see the ever upward section Power Lines which may be a continuous
double section with some line dependant jinks to the right for everybody other than 4 liners.

In the start zone for “Power Lines”

Near the top where the “jinks” will be



………very true,  and cutting a ton of brush!!

Finally, my thanks to my helpers, Columbus, Vasco de Gamma, Magellan, Lewis & Clarke and of course Casey for providing the land.

Less than 2 months away so if you are planning on making this epic and unusual event time to MAKE RESERVATIONS as Dolores will be VERY
BUSY over the period. Once again, Cozy Comfort (the start) for camp
sites and RV parking with full hook ups, or dry camping for those that
like it. Hot showers included. 970 882 2483 or the “blog” or via email to
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FESTERING

FESTERING


FESTERING

Into the second week of non stop weeding and gardening and things are looking  good considering
the magnitude of the task. The front conifer bed got a second weeding and a bit of color was splashed
about with some new annuals. Now I’m in phase two with the RV bays to weed, the backline of the
property to clean up and strim and then I’m about done for a couple of months. Of course it always
takes longer than you imagine so I’m trying to be realistic on time frame.

Weeds gone again and the lawned cut and edged

With the weeds gone the ice plants can shine

Dianthus add a splash of color

Wild strawberries too

The next two MAJOR tasks are finding a trail and sections for the Escalante 2 Day Trial in August and
then when I’m confident that the event is doable I can turn my attention to rebuilding the Cub. Right now
its yet more bloody weeding!

4.5 bays completed before pain and boredom finally closed out the day, well I can see the difference
and now its will power and determination. Another 2 days of this and I can stand back and just do tidy
up tasks as the mood takes me in 30 min chunks without beating the crap out of my hands.

South side bays all finished

Today’s excitment (I can hardly wait) finish bay 5 and move over to 11 and 10……. maybe clean up the
back and complete the strimming. Though I say so myself things are looking 10 times better than 2
weeks ago and there is a feel good factor in the air as the temps are on the rise and summer growth
can be seen, even a couple of buds on one of the neglected and saved rose bushes. Will be nice to
stand back, even think about some salad catch crops which I never got to plant last year.

The “saved” rose has two buds

Better take some pics to suppliment the text and show the fruits of my labors.

At the end of the second week of non stop gardening and all the bays are finally weeded and the place
looks really good. The last tasks of branch lopping and strimming the back  boundary should be fairly
easy after all the grovelling in gravel. Today its hot, 90F, and its been officially declared a rest day! Back
to the grind tomorrow and get it finished.

Shorty’s Meadow

The overgrown and scruffy “Back 40”

Monday 10 June and its finish day today so that I can get on with the Trials stuff with a clean Honey Do
list. Some minor weeding and then into branches and strimming, hope to knock this one on the head
today and get on the other projects which are stacking up.

It was close but didn’t quite make completion by nightfall. Good effort slowed down by 8 bags of last
year’s leaves which had collected along the fence line. A load more mega weeds and then removal
of the wonderful Cottonwood tree which keeps putting up extras from the parent root stock. Several
other young saplings also got the heave ho but by close of play I was into the branch lopping phase
and tree shaping. About another hour of that and then out with the strimmer to convert a jungle into
what will become a grassed area.

Back from section finding up on Casey’s land and now time to get this project finished. Initial branch
removal took 3 times longer than expected with a lot of dead branches concealed in the growing
ones. The old pruner saw on a pole routine.

Branch removal complete

Perserverance and the strimmer is in action as like an early settler I reclaim the land which will get
the water treatment and some grass seed in the fullness of time. Finally the sore and aching old
gardener gets the job done as the clock shows 2015.

A strimmed and cleaned “Shorty’s Meadow”

The reclaimed “Back 40”

New for 2013 a walk called “Lover’s Lane”

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ENFEST

ENFEST


ENFEST

Last ride in competition, Sandia 2008

What you are asking is an Enfest ? Good question, it is that absurd desire to ride an obselete
premier very heavy heavyweight 1960’s piece of vintage trials iron ( British of course) and piss off all
and sundry !

Friend and fabricator Ray Iddon has risen to the 2013 challenge with the recent acquisition of my ex
Don Morley Trials Bullet. Ray used to trundle round the Ahrma scene on a very nice 410 AJS  and then
the series of  “One Trick Cubs”, the original of which is currently being ridden by Dan Straka and a
whole host of similar parts being out and about on my No 1 steed…….. and more to come when I get
round to rebuilding it in the very near future.

Ray on “The One Trick Cub” Chehalis 2008

Dan Straka with OTC

Ray collected the Royal Oilfield a few weeks ago when he dropped of the latest round of bits and
after the “Right said Fred” sequence of taking things off it was in the back of the Volvo (amazingly!!)
and on its way to CA.

Home in CA, “now where did I put the chain ?”

I wasn;t sure what Ray’s intentions were for the old girl, whether a “sell on”, or some  heavyweight
trials riding on the Ahrma circuit. A small change or two here and there and he is off to a local PITS
event called “The Cow Pile”

Interesting hazards

Hope you like logs

Seems he does

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SECTION FEST

SECTION FEST


SECTION FEST

Fests everywhere but now time to find 24 for our personal enjoyment within the Casey Cliffs area  to
which we have all been cordially invited. The sections I, like any other Trialsmaster, can make as hard
or as easy as the clientelle desire and as Chuck recently prooved to us we seem to have forgotten
what we are actually capable of doing having ridden a load of zero cards under the old Ahrma banner.
The TR sections were a bit more challenging than we were used to but safe nonetheless…… and there
is a big difference!!

Lets face it WE LOVE COMPETITION, but there is a limit. The All or Bust section in vintage trials does
not constitute bravery or stupidity, merely a good way to lose regular riders and damage treasured
priceless machinery. In my humble opinion, as your President, I feel Chuck got it spot on for his event although during the lead up to the event I had my reservations. The acid test must always be, FUN, challenging, but above all SAFE. Now I’m certainly not saying that every event needs to be that severe
but it goes a long way for everybody’s confidence as to what vintage iron can actually do ??? …….. and
to that end as a 1960’sand 70’s rider when I was at my personal “peak” (some say) some of the recent sections that were put in front of us, viewed with aprehension, and then cleaned, would NEVER have
been considered back then….. NOT even at UK NATIONAL level or for the SSDT.

So, assuming I can find a way round and through Casey’s land I’ll be looking for that fine balance of
safety, fun and challenge. There will of course be a “gimmee” or two to inspire a bit of confidence.

Thursday 6th June, my hands are being given a rest day from weeding and today will be the D Day
for finding the main route. If this can be done then reinforcements can be called in for some section
hacking once the beachead is established. Brenda says she may be joining me this morning ???
The one and only route up to the top is driveable by car but rather than have a 2 way system I would
like a continuous loop but that may not be feasable, bit like circumnavigating the globe when the Flat
Earth Society said it couldn’t be done!

Currently the ONLY way in to Casey’s land

Also need to speak to Ryan, the Town Manager, and see if I can use the rocks by the 4th Bridge as
a point of spectator interest. This is where the Duck Race finishes (another Escalante Days favorite)

The “Duck Race Finish” but I would like to use the rocks top left ?

Survey 1
  Two hours of walking up and down a mountain in 80F   …… I think it can be done! After beating my way through the brush, trees, rocks and all manner of other things, passing would be/could be sections I
noticed the electric company poles were nearly new ??   The mind wanders, how the hell do you set
wooden power line poles down a cliff face ? Well I guess you must first build some sort of path and I
then found their orange tape and by following that down the mountain I have the makings of a loop.
Won’t be that easy but a loop. I managed to climb down to about 300′ above the start area so that
portion will be the next phase and then linking it together and finally riding it when brush clearing has
been done.

Survey 2
 Post lunch another look from the bottom up by walking up my first would be “Graded Climb”. That can
be done but there after its problematic getting up to the next level of sections. Almost like we will need sherpas (not the Bultaco kind) to carry machines up the mountain. Well there has to be a way, just
can’t find it yet. Setting this event may be more difficult than I thought ! Its strangely not the sections I’m concerned about its more can anyone ride to them ??? More of that British determination and bloody mindedness will have to come to the fore. Better speak to Casey and find out more about this Dozer’s capabilities.

The “Graded Hill” from the bottom

Upper reaches of the Graded Hill viewed from about the “2” card

Too busy to take any piccies of the “Upper Sections” yesterday morning but here are some of the
afternoon tempters to whet the appetite. Following Turkey Rock everybody enjoyed dressing up in
women’s clothing, grabbing dogs and purses and leaping through windows so down at the start we
have an unusual section called “Honey I’m Home”

Start up the steps, through front door, shouting “HONEY I’M HOME”
dresses optional but not required

4 liners turn left in the living area, 3 liners around the dining table. 1 & 2
turn right down the corridor



1 liners turn right into the master bedroom and complete 180 turn
(you may cross your tracks) Puts another meaning on turning the
mattress

1 & 2 enter the spare bedroom and exit via a hole (to be made) in the yuk colored wall

Everybody leaves through the back door

Having slept on the rather daunting prospect of linking bottom to top up this cliff face, although I’m
sure it could be done, I have decided to err on the common sense side and do the first day on the
upper reaches and then day 2 down by “Honey I’m Home” that way keeping the Novices & Beginners
alive and well and within the Club.

As well as the Graded Climb, Honey I’m Home, we will have quite a few river sections, some simple
logs, Spud Trench, and the Grassy Knoll…….. who knows what else can be found amid Casey’s Real
Estate offerings ?

Water pools still in Lost Canyon Creek

At least 4 sections in the river bed

A bricked in travel trailer or gun emplacement ?

The Bottle House

The Grassy Knoll

Spud Trench, 4’s left by the first rock, 3’s up the bank after second rock,
1 & 2 straight on…….

1’s left up the crack, 2’s right up the rock or dirt

From the Realator handbook: “This unusual early rock house is available
with vacant possession. Ripe for modernisation, running water in all
rooms, faucets in some rooms”

 More news on other sections and the event in the near future. For those attending time to start thinking reservations and booking as Dolores WILL
be VERY busy 10/11 August. Cozy Comfort 970 882 2483, the Blog, or
downdiversified@aol.com

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RIVERFEST

RIVERFEST


RIVERFEST

Fest time, this time “River Fest” for all you aquatic people and all the fun therein. Floating Gin Palaces
for me, forget this kayak nonsense or hammering through rapids in a large rubber bag…. no, no, no!
But I did see some good sections along the river bank ?

4th Street bridge which we ride over to the Trial start 1/4 mile up the road 

The morning kicks off with all manner of river craft setting off from the park opposite us with crew
members suitably decked out in fancy dress. Didn’t see too much of that this year, mainly wet suits to
brave the ice cold waters.

Not 100% sure what this has to do with rivers ?

The rest of the day seems to be given over to drinking and listening to bands playing. There are, I’m
sure, many other nautical things taking place along with vendors selling their wares.

Mix: alcohol, hot sun, bands and women

More of the same, anyone seen a boat ?

….. and if this is not enough, and usually it isn’t, then the Brewpub opens at 4 pm and yet  more bands
are playing way into the night.

…..and the band plays on and the beer keeps coming……

 Finally you just “float” home. Another excuse for mindless drinking in hodunkem Dolores.

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BEATING THE BOUNDS

BEATING THE BOUNDS

BEATING THE BOUNDS


Another “Olde Worlde” ritual usually accompanied by the parish priest
and a gang of parishoners with sticks to define the boundaries and bring
good fortune to all

A bit of telephone tag with Casey but we are in contact and he is picking me up at 0800 Thursday
morning for another look see to define his boundaries so I’ll be able to plot our two days of August fun
for the National ITSA event.

During my Cub crankcase debacle another host of “woodwork” trials riders appeared as I toured the
Cortez area looking for help. Seems there are around 20+ out there with no local competitions so my
task will be to encourage them to come ride with me and help with the set up. Even had a local guy
pop in to dump RV tanks who has a Gas Gas and lives 30 miles up the road at Rico. Another visitor,
Jim, who came to watch last year’s Escalante days has brought his TL125 back with him this year and
I hope will give it a try on the 4 line. Jim also delivered more good news on the Vintage front as the
man who does all the Vincent restorations has moved into the shop where I had my powder coating
done last year. Seems he has a Reflex which needs to see the light of day…..must pay him a visit very
soon. Then I’ve had promises from Utah and AZ who say they WILL be here ……… and if they all turn up
we could hit the 50 mark!!!       wouldn’t that be something ???

This year I’m going to have to get a load of flyers up at the local dealerships and then shame the rest
into getting their arse in gear and actually turning up including our local DA who I voted for.

0800 Thursday morning and I’m off with Casey and the exploration begins. Some areas picked out up
on the Mesa and many areas down close to what will be the start area as we will need plenty in that
zone for the spectators. I actually like one that will be called “Honey I’m Home” might need lights and
smaller handlebars!! Plenty of river sections and a couple of prospective “Graded Climbs”.

Being all virgin land, although Casey did say the high schoolers have been up a track or two in their
cars so may not all be virgin in any sense after all! …….      Meanwhile, avid readers will remember our
lovers from Casper ? Yes, none other than Raeph and Priscilla. Well after the Great Mosteller Ranch
Fire of 2012 all their shady lover’s conoodling areas were destroyed and they were forced to move to
find more discreet meeting places.

“Raeph, please tell me there are NO trials riders up here?”

I will need to mark out a useable trail so that we can ALL get round without having a complete melt
down from the Novices and 4 liners…. but on first look I like what I see. A lot of work to be done but it
will be fun.

The river “Lost Canyon Creek” still has plenty of water in it but will soon dry up and should provide 6
sections down at the start, “Honey I’m Home” and “Spud Trench” are good for 2 more along with 2
“Graded Hills”so there are 8 out of the required 24. The biggest problem will be finding a rideable trail
up and down the cliffs so thats where the dawn attack will go in. If I can’t find one we might be getting
Casey’s small path dozer in action to cut one at the right gradient.

What we need

The tool for the job

Of course trials riding is a thirsty job and many tales of daring do, complete with engine noises, are
worth reliving to an adoring audience over several pints. To that end I have instructed the Town to
grant “The Riverside” a full liquor licence and build an extension in time for our Escalante Days Trial.
Construction is underway and full reports on progress as we get closer to the event. The Riverside is
about 300 yards from Trial’s HQ at the Cozy Comfort.

Work on The Riverside extension for trials riders begins

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