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Thanks all for attending.
5 riders with me as lead and a big thanks to tiny for being sweep.
I warmed the boys up with 200 metres of creek next to the cars then headed of down the usual track.
Before scorpio i took a "shortcut" down a creek, turned to be a bit too much for richards bike and he had to leave us for the cars.
noods, tiny and 99percent made it up scorpio, i took the chicken track as usual, i didn't even bother making an excuse this week.
We did "washing machine" and "the wall" without any drama except my stupid effort to ride staright up it(yes there's a video).
We decided to try a new section called "triple creek", it's only about 500 metres and you have to cross the creek(canyon) three times.
I had been warned by H.T that this may cause some "issues" with riders and yes there were some minor "offs", me being one of them.
At the end of "triple creek" 99percents battery had died, we know why but i'm not going to say it, 99 will have to fess up !
Tiny thought it best to escort 99 back to the cars (thank you once again for being number 1 rescue rider), tiny can tell us how that went.
Only me and noods left and it's a quarter to three and we haven't even got to the creeks yet !
I decided to cut out the rest of the tight stuff  and head straight to the creeks for a bit of fun, once in there i tried to shake noods off my tail but that ain't easy!
Back to the cars an tiny is waiting, quick debrief then off home.
I am absolutey knackered !
 

 

video of noods doing the tunnel

 

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I had a good ride while it lasted....

i had a few lay overs, mostly from gumby moments...

Tiny did help me on one hill. OMG he`s strong.... picked my bike up nearly of the ground and re points it in the correct direction. (forward)  I then kept chugging up the hills.....thanks Tiny!

Then the husky first decided let some coolant out and get all grumpy and hot....  filled it back with a 5% mix of cranberry juice and water from my water bladder... it`s happy again.. sort of.

then decides that petrol was not to be kept and started dripping petrol from under the tank somewhere and drip on to the hot exhaust!!!

that's when i had to pull the pin, dangerous to ride and may of run out of fuel.

so i slowly cruised back to the cars via 4wd tracks, my GPS, Sun position, and some bee hives...

got back ok, bike running OK, but still dripping fuel..

Cheers to Steve and peoples for ride (and tiny for the lift on the hill)

will sus out the coolant/fuel leak and try again next Sat... (determined to complete a chewton ride one day)

 

 

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This loop is cursed. I have only managed to be on a ride where we did the holy grail of tracks and it was incident free once! 

I think next time we need to bring some religious paraphernalia, garlic necklaces, and chant tracks to make it to the end unscathed.

Doesn't 99 and Rich both own Huskies? :ph34r: 

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Ok day started,  really keen to ride first to meet spot, shortly followed by the rest of the crew...  Cv asked would I go sweep which I did. Off we went New section straight up, then followed by the normal tracks. Richard bike started playing up overheating then I walk down part of a hill to help him reprosition his bike, he got to top only for it to overheat again, I left him there went an found the rest of the group to let them know what had happened then went back to Richard who was draining his camel pack into his radiator, we got to the rest of the group and let it cool down. We finished the the track with his bike overheating once more, but when we stopped we noticed it was leaking fuel too so he pulled the pin headed for the cars.. no tow rope need this time lol

Now only 4 we moved along at a nice pace doing scorpion, washing machine, and wall tracks before a rest spot. Then Cv took us to the next track I’m calling ezburg track, about 100 meters short of the end of it 99 percents bike played up, got it to the end still not running right. Cv and noods continue the ride while me and 99 present limped towards the cars. Down the first track left into the next get to next intersection only for the bike to die again. Bike wouldn’t rev over idol so we talked about towing the rest of the way, only to decide on swapping my battery into his bike... his bike ran again so we off towards the cars again. Got to next intersection and checked phones to see which way, left we’re on the move again come to left hand bend on top of hill only to nearly hit a mob of goats crossing the track... 

once back at the cars we loaded up ungeared it was about 3 o’clock. 99 present gave me my battery back, we said our goodbyes an he left.. I waited for Cv and noods to return said my byes then headed for home... all in all good ride Tiny

 

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I've only been there once and need to go again, so keep your good work up Kamarooka kid (CV)........  but a very important note,  is the outstanding comradeship to the crew ( I suspect Tiny et'al) in getting everyone out safe and home.

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I was really keen to test out the new TSP setup on my bike and what better place to do it than a place I had recently ridden to do a comparison, Chewton and its many rock! We met up, greeted, geared up and headed out to hit up the infamous Chewton loop that never gets finished. 

Straight into large shaley rocky creek beds sets the tone for the day. I love the trails that are on offer and what the trail fairies are aiming to do out that way. Loose fresh trails means we need to get some bikes there ASAP but this ride is not for the faint hearted. The open bush means that there are sometimes more than one line that can be taken and the amount of downed dead trees makes these option lines that much more fun and sometimes quicker. Level 4 sections are hidden amongst the trails and add water and who knows what will happen. All part of the reason the full loop isn't getting finished, and I love it! Chewton has overtaken my love of Cobaw for a goto rocky destination, it is that good.

I was having quite a few offs here and there but loving every minute of it. Just silly things like not being able to dab a foot, missing the edge of the trail or just adjusting to 2 stroke life. Finding the "firetrails" was as difficult as ever but with our outdoor loving, nature walking, fearless leader guiding us we were never to far off the trails. Its about here that I remembered that I had a new piston in my bike and I am supposed to be runnng it in, run it in like you ride it right??? Richard had a few problems and pushed on for a bit until the fuel was spotted leaking onto the exhaust and the right decision was made to head for the cars. The trails got a bit gnarlier and for the first time in my riding career I heard Tiny saying that he had had enough! Luckily for him 99 percent decided to do some welding under his seat of his Yamaha WR TE (Toolbox Edition) so Tiny escorted the yammy back to the cars with Central Vic and I pushing on. I was needing to be punished so I was glad when Central Vic said he wanted to keep riding and we headed for his loose rocky creek beds. The pace was up and the game of bike tiggy was on. I was chasing hard (sometimes too hard and missing corners and going bush) and we were both having a blast. That section is very fun and makes you want to commit to jump one of the many little uphills but with 90 degree bends on the otherside the chances are very few. 

Loved some of the sights we saw with the old underpass being really cool so thanks for leading an awesome ride Central Vic. I really love what the guys out there have been doing so pass on my thanks. Big thanks to Tiny for sweeping and sorry for holding you up and also stuffing up the line up behind me on that hill! Great to meet you 99 percent, hopefully a quick fix and you are good to go again and we ride together soon. Richard, time to get to a dealer, you have earnt a brand spanka! Cheers all for another cracking day with less than 60 km's on the clock and some pretty tired and sore body parts. 

 

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4 hours ago, fab said:

This loop is cursed. I have only managed to be on a ride where we did the holy grail of tracks and it was incident free once! 

I think next time we need to bring some religious paraphernalia, garlic necklaces, and chant tracks to make it to the end unscathed.

Doesn't 99 and Rich both own Huskies? :ph34r: 

Iv got the yamaha fab. Same as you wr250f. Issue with the battery was not the bikes fault as cv mentioned. It was me thinking it was a good idea to keep a spare lever under the seat where the battery lives. The lever shorted out from positive on starter relay to negative. I'm just glad its an easy fix. Needless to say I'll be finding another spot for those spare levers from now on. 

Thanks to tiny for sweeping, letting me borrow your battery and making sure I got back to cars ok. 

Triple creek and the other newer sections were awesome. They are a excellent addition to an otherwise great loop. Keep up the good work your doing out there. Thanks or leading us around central vic  

hope to get out there again with you guys again soon  

 

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14 hours ago, fab said:

This loop is cursed. I have only managed to be on a ride where we did the holy grail of tracks and it was incident free once! 

I think next time we need to bring some religious paraphernalia, garlic necklaces, and chant tracks to make it to the end unscathed.

Doesn't 99 and Rich both own Huskies? :ph34r: 

you're right, its cursed, think i've only finished once too! Richard's had two bike failures in a row out there and i believe the last two rides for 99percent have ended in failure. I think it was huskey who cracked a case in the creek.

Last year between biggie and myself we had the ambo's out there twice, one of my riders had a smashed up shoulder and i'm not sure about biggies rider(leg ?). i think it is nasty who has a finger that don't work proper no more and i broke my wrist, FFS, what's going on out there?

On the bright side we completed 3 out of the five new sections, thanks guys, i know it's hard going when you don't know where you're going !

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I did get some comments about the steep dropoff into this creek
 

99percent dropping into the creek.PNG

a creek crossing

 

 

stupid me trying to ride straight up the wall

 

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great write up and vids fellas!

after doing half this loop once im not surprsed there was carnage LOL

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1 minute ago, dazzrmx said:

First picture, I hope all ended well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

we all made it down without incident but everyone including me were a bit nervous about it.

 

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8 hours ago, centralVic said:

you're right, its cursed, think i've only finished once too! Richard's had two bike failures in a row out there and i believe the last two rides for 99percent have ended in failure. I think it was huskey who cracked a case in the creek.

Last year between biggie and myself we had the ambo's out there twice, one of my riders had a smashed up shoulder and i'm not sure about biggies rider(leg ?). i think it is nasty who has a finger that don't work proper no more and i broke my wrist, FFS, what's going on out there?

On the bright side we completed 3 out of the five new sections, thanks guys, i know it's hard going when you don't know where you're going !

Not sure we have ridden together, probably never will - regards anyway.  

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Richard contemplating finding a new home for his husky. DSC_3542.jpeg

we all made it down without incident but everyone including me were a bit nervous about it.
 
We were really hoping the front would come back up, not confident though
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9 hours ago, centralVic said:

you're right, its cursed, think i've only finished once too! Richard's had two bike failures in a row out there and i believe the last two rides for 99percent have ended in failure. I think it was huskey who cracked a case in the creek.

Last year between biggie and myself we had the ambo's out there twice, one of my riders had a smashed up shoulder and i'm not sure about biggies rider(leg ?). i think it is nasty who has a finger that don't work proper no more and i broke my wrist, FFS, what's going on out there?

On the bright side we completed 3 out of the five new sections, thanks guys, i know it's hard going when you don't know where you're going !

Steve  don't forget on another one of your rides we almost lost  Fab in a creek.....

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Steve  don't forget on another one of your rides we almost lost  Fab in a creek.....

I laugh every time I ride thru it

 

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37 minutes ago, centralVic said:

I laugh every time I ride thru it

 

I still get nervous whenever we get to it. 

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17 minutes ago, fab said:

I still get nervous whenever we get to it. 

Fab, i hope you appreciate the great deal of restraint i've shown by not posting up the link to the video:rolleyes:

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1 hour ago, centralVic said:

Fab, i hope you appreciate the great deal of restraint i've shown by not posting up the link to the video:rolleyes:

I hope the fellow forum members also so such reserve. 

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5 minutes ago, fab said:

I hope the fellow forum members also so such reserve. 

aw what the hell, i've had a few beers, care factor zero so here it is.

For those who have been on the loop this crrek is about halfway thru washing machine. Watch as Fab makes a complete dogs breakfast of it.

 

 

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48 minutes ago, fab said:

Sigh..... 

 

:( 

You've seen me go over the bars in front of Jarvis on not a very big log!

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Thanks fab!

My wife thought it was hilarious, so did I.

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Ahh I remember that ride! At least you gave us all a nice rest and some entertainment Fab!

Thats me with the bike having a rest right at the start so at least you wernt the only one to struggle!

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