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.