Blog: May 27. No time to scratch myself.

No challenges as extreme as this.

No challenges as extreme as this.

I started on the new mag this week and it’s been all go. Alongside settling in to a new job, it poured rain on Thursday and Friday and I had to empty the sheds to prepare for some low-level flooding. As expected, once I had all the bikes and machinery safely on high ground it stopped raining.

Still, I’d rather move everything and find I didn’t need to than not move anything and have to de-drown it all later.

With new job being a nine-to-fiver there’s not a lot of time to do things that need to be done – like finishing the 1190 review. It should be obvious to anyone who’s read what’s up there so far that the big KTM is an extraordinary bike. I’m amazed at how good it is.

Anyhoo, another project I have sitting here awaiting my attention is a series of “challenge” rides.

We had such a great time on the Cameron Corner Caper that I’m keen to get people like those together for more accessible rides. By “more accessible” I mean a single day instead of a week, and with a strong social strand.

What I’m thinking is to have a shortish single day starting from a McDonalds or cafe at 8.00am. That way those who want to arrive early can have a coffee or some breakfast and chat with people they may only see on rides like these. That same place will be the finish, hopefully about 3.00pm. Then everyone can have a coffee and bullshit on about how mega they were that day and how they handled everything so well, and those who want to will be able to get home and wash their bike before the day’s over. The ride, of course, will be a dualsporter, similar to our Cameron Corner shakedown ride. Lots of scenery and dirt roads and premium riding.

The clincher will be a single challenge on the ride somewhere. It may be a big boghole, a hill, a log, river crossing or just a section of slippery clay. The idea is everyone regroups at the challenge, and no-one leaves until every single bike is through. I’m hoping the newbies will learn some very valuable techniques and ideas from the experienced riders, and I’m pretty sure we’ll all have a ball helping each other out. I’m expecting challenges which won’t be likely to cause damage to bikes or riders, but will give something to think about. Some will just ride through like there’s no challenge at all (there’s always smartarses like that on every ride. Hmph), but some will find the challenge really difficult.

At the end of the day, I’m hoping we learn something, have a great, low-stress ride, enjoy the company of some good friends, and, of course, get coffee before and after.

That’s what I wanted to do. That’s what I will do. Send me an e-mail if you’d be interested in attending or hosting a ride like that and we’ll pick some dates and get them kicked off. One day, one dualsport challenge (not a Six Day challenge) and a few hours of dualsport riding. I reckon it’ll be fun.

I have half a plan for a first one. Let me know if you’re keen and I’ll e-mail everyone as I did with The Caper.



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  • Karen (and Dave) on May 26, 2013 at 6:54 am said:

    Sounds like a great idea (she says with heart in mouth thinking about The Challenge)!! Let us know when and where and we’ll be there….as soon as my bike is either repaired or replaced.

  • Dave & Karen Ramsay on May 26, 2013 at 7:59 am said:

    You know we’re in, even supply some bicces. I reckon if you mob from Coffs could slip up to Grafton Macca’s or similar, we could put together an interesting ride up thru Tullymorgan, across to Coaldale an back to grafton via Jackagery . Good balance of Blacktop an Dirt. I will have to do a bit of riding homework to suss out times & distances to see what’s achievable in 5 or 6 hrs. ( Bugger ) .
    Rode up & met some of the fella’s from Vic on the APC rally at Urbenville yesterday around lunchtime, mostly in good spirits but both physically & mentally stuffed from that crap weather you dished out to them. Hopefully they’ll have warmer day’s an dry tracks for the 2nd week.
    cheers Dave

  • marty blake on May 27, 2013 at 4:08 am said:

    sounds good tom, my rides usually have a challenge section anyway along with some bonus challenges too.

    • Dave & Karen Ramsay on May 27, 2013 at 6:42 am said:

      Bloody Hell Marty, not sure we’re up to your challenges, don’t they involve swinging off power lines ?

  • pottsy on May 27, 2013 at 7:24 am said:

    Well I am in, And David – I did a great run up that way on Sunday, found a few sneaky challenge sections, and a few secret squirrel trails to link it all up . but keen to go anywhere

  • Gibbo on May 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm said:

    I’m in , the 990 should be back after the roo attack within a week or so. Set a date and let’s get out there!!

  • Ian McKinley on May 27, 2013 at 10:09 pm said:

    Hi there, just found this site. I think the day rides are an excellent idea. Hope I can come along once a date is sorted. I am down at Nambucca and could help with a loop or two down this way.


  • Chris (shedmarket) on May 29, 2013 at 1:22 am said:

    If you need some help Karen I am very familiar with the area. A couple of options can be detailed, easy ADV (for me at least) and I could liase with Potsy for the harder options.


  • Dave & Karen Ramsay on May 29, 2013 at 8:42 am said:

    Sounds like plenty of support for these Day rides Tom.
    Karen’s bike has officially been written off. Plus she has a dislocated collar bone; So we’re now on the hunt for something more user friendly on dirt.Off to check out the Terra on Sat & maybe a 660 Tenere. Any other sensible suggestions welcome.
    Chris, thanks for the help offer, Karen mostly needs help with sand,creek crossings, steep hills & gullys, mud… everything else is fine! Lol.
    cheers Dave

  • Chris on May 30, 2013 at 12:35 am said:

    Hi Dave, I was more offering to help Karen with some road options, like this as I am too busy picking my own bike up.

    The single track guys can pick some roads around the same area and join up in a number of locations on the way, like Copmanhurst pub.

  • Dean Anthony on May 30, 2013 at 6:18 am said:

    Me and my wife Caroline are interested Caroline’s first ride out with a big group of riders should be fun .Karen you will have somebody to talk to other than us men .

  • marty blake on May 31, 2013 at 12:55 am said:

    Karen buy a vince strang DR and every thing will be less of a challenge. Power lines nah been there done that.

  • Glen Collon aka Smiley on June 3, 2013 at 10:03 am said:

    Yeh sounds great. Like the idea of the ‘challenge’, but none of yours Marty, been there as you know, and the beemer’s way heavier than the WR. Keen to get tips from the pro’s and discover what I can do with the big beast. Or, what the big beast may do with me!

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