Big River Jan 8-10 Ride 1+/2/2+/Murdochs level


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Big thanks to the Dirtriderz crew, who had already setup the camp when l got there Friday late arvo,  in particular Murdoch, Cruiser, Splints, Andy350 and Bushy for organising the whole weekend!!

I was debating jumping on Cruiser's L2+ or Bushy's L2 and after chatting to Bushy Friday night and aside from the fact that l haven't seen Andy350, Al (Stinky) or Bushy himself since lockdown, they were going over the Black Dog L2 route and wanted opinion's on whether it was a true L2 or more L2+ plus a great way to ease into it after an MCL…how could l say no (sorry Cruiser!!).
The Black Dog L2 ride loop is a true L2 - the climbs, the descents and some technical trails that are slightly challenging but not a true 2+, will have riders going to this event fully satisfied.

What made the ride so fun was the fact that we had 3 riders who are true L2’ers and as Andy(badger66) quite often mentions to me, as you advance your riding you do forget what the levels use to mean so thanks to Luke, MarkC and Raffy for your great input into Bushy’s loop as the majority of the group were higher level riders that l have ridden with and of course, attacked hills or technical tracks with gusto and these 3 lads would comment that the terrain is doable by L2’s but made the refreshing comment ‘But not at that pace’ Or ‘You might need a break in there’ or ‘You might want to warn or have extra helpers for this section’….stuff that l only hear after a loop, offline or 3rd hand which shows the great respect and camaraderie that the DirtriderZ community have!!

Really, the only issue of the day was with my TPI!!! Since leaving camp, after a few breaks l kept smelling fuel but the TPI (as always) was running perfectly however, and 60+km in, l decided to investigate at the end of the track and to my horror, l’ve been leaking fuel from the quick connector.
Myself, Leigh (Cooter), Raffy and Lukey were trying to find ways on how to fashion a fuel line as the quick connector  o-ring had perished…do you cut the connector and zip tie it back…how far is camp and just MTB it downhill …who would carry o-rings in their pack…’I do’ yells out Al and with that opens up his mobile motorcycle repair centre and proceeds to open a bag of different sized o-rings which had the correct size, saved my ride – Big Thanks Al, for a second my fuel range was like a Beta 2020!!!

After the ride, well what can l say, the banter, laughter and how accommodating everyone were really made it an enjoyable weekend!!

Big shoutout to Raffy22 – you fella, keep riding with that attitude, get yourself connected with the Ballarat mafia and you will riding higher level ride’s in no time!!

Till the official Black Dog ride…cya then!

 

PS. Have you ever seen a bloke riding about with a machete....meet Murdoch🤣 - will definitely get up to one of your Big River rides as some of your techie tracks are 🤩...whether my fitness is good or not definitely big them a crack!!

 

 

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Well as always I had an awesome outlet to be free of the everyday grind whether it be riding socialising or heading off with [mention=6067]Murdoch[/mention] Friday arvo to gather firewood for the weekend which was a release in itself. While gathering wood at one of many spots,this time it was a valley where I threw the logs down to save carrying them. Unfortunately Murdochs ute was parked at the bottom and one log flew straight towards his ute with a bang,Me stressing like hell and Murdoch cacking himself saying dont stress it all ended with the log underneath and us pissing ourselves while enjoying the serenity. We agreed its not all about riding on these weekends and ventured on to another dead tree resting where Murdoch climbed it followed by me grabbing the chainsaw off him to attend to his cut. The tree was swaying and I felt like a little kid exploring again awesome.

This ride was organised by the [mention=6067]Murdoch[/mention] and the leads and I was kindly asked to attend,awesome decision as it was a great mental release to which many members agreed.

Kudos to everyone involved especially leads and sweeps. Murdoch your roast cut/souvlaki over the fire was much appreciated bro bloody tender.

Had an absolute ball hanging out in the river with the peeps as well as round the fire and on the ride.

We finished the L2 loop with 5 gung ho riders going the extra yard on an optional explore ride to round out our day at 80 odd ks. [mention=6355]Raffy22[/mention] @@MarkC[mention=4841]Stinky[/mention] me and lead @Bushybrowes. Big ups to Raffy and Mark you guys did really well in a L3 log ridden tight track to finish off the ride.

Stinky you need to change your name to Ultra Tune mobile mechanic and as ive said post up what you carry as a gun sweep rider

As always great to catch up with so many people and have a piss take banter d&m and all round great enduro community.

There was a bit of promotion for the up coming BD Ride as you’ll see in the pics.

One more thing, while in the river.[mention=4841]Stinky[/mention] my good mate commented on the clean shaved chest and quote(you have dinner plate areole[mention=6355]Raffy22[/mention] ) and I cant devulge any further apart from one of the following pics ️ ya Daggers Boys

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Absolute ripper weekend on the bike with a great bunch of Dirtriderz!!!!! 

Everyone lucky enough to have a spot on the Black Dog L2 is in for a treat as it’s a great loop of mixed terrain sure to have smiles on everyone’s faces! 

@BushyBrows DBT and @Andy350 are putting in a lot of work getting this loop together pre riding and making sure everything is tip top and they along with all other ride leaders and sweeps should be congratulated for there work!!!!! 

Jay thanks heaps for the encouragement mate really appreciate it and as usual an absolute blast riding with you mate!

Also was awesome to meet a heap more members with some great chat and banter amongst everyone post ride!!! 

Lastly in regards to the greatman @stinky now I can’t say to much because as stinky pointed out when I hung some crap on him while we were patching up jays bike “he will be the one I need to pull me outta the shit on the trails” Can’t argue with that! But........... let’s just say as tasty as the chorizo in Andy’s nip slip pick was I think all us lads down the river know which one Al would prefer to snack on 😉 enough said!!!! 

Till next ride legends,

Dinner plates✊🏻✊🏻✊🏻✊🏻

 

 

 

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Huge thanks to Bushybrows for planning and leading and Andy for sweep duties. In particular thanks to those guys for the much needed help on the last part of the ride. I’m sure they were both nervous that they may have had to give me mouth to mouth resuscitation at one stage. 

Its a grouse, challenging L2 loop. A great mix of flow and tight. Now I need 4 people to pull out of it so I can actually get on it!!

 It was great to ride with such a top bunch of ride buddies. 

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Loved the relaxing weekend away at Big River. But I may be biased as I love big river so much.

The peeps that turned up for this were great to hang with. Spending some one on one time with some. Was great to get to have some in depth convos that helps break down barriers.

The riding, banter, food, and social aspects of the ride were up there with some of the best camping trips I have done over the years.

I led a 2+ on Saturday. Played with Murdoch on the side of a mountain on Sunday morning. Then with spllnts and co on Sunday arvo doing a high country style ride. 

Was good to meet all the new faces. Catching up with mates. And leaving today with a smile on the dial.

Till we ride again

Cruiser

 

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Big shout out to Murdoch for putting on ride ...Great company of people with a range of riding skills which  surprisingly suits the whole area we were in something for everyone there...Great ride on Saturday well led by bushy and sweeping all day by a good fellow in Andy 350. Sunday had a go at Murdoch's track first attempt not that good but the second go had me up and around the log and my eye fixed on getting to the top .but forgot my skills and flipped my bike i prefer to call it a pivot turn .... i will get that track next time .Then it was off with Splits on his 1.5 route this was a terrific ride with some really great tracks .... there will be some challenging tracks throughout this ride .But what really stood out was the skill level of the riders on this ride... i was lucky enough to sweep and saw two lady riders just riding perfect lines all day well done girls you smashed it ..ALL in all a great weekend with awesome people thanks to everyone who attended you make dirt bike riding fun. Until next time stay safe..

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per above....great company and great tracks, Andy's black dog ride will cater for all levels.....from the 1+ perspective and getting some feedback....the 1 loop I had planned for the saturday will be divided into 2....so we will do the second half on the sunday....note this isn't a beginners ride, there are hills we go up and down which will need a level 1 to that extra + competence and confidence....there will be help.....but just letting you guys know that if you are in the "beginner or bit better" category then you are in for big days.

that being said it was great to see the usual suspects I know and meet new faces.... "BOG in the banter/one liner department"..... Stinky...you were on fire friday night..... "Meals/Snacks Award"....who else but Murdoch... "the wrong turn to add another 20 odd kms of high country when the crew were already looking to get back to the creek for a cool down and a few beers"...yours truly.   Deb and Melissa take out the "we'll give it a go award"...for their efforts on both rides....the sounds of melissa yelling out woo-hoo...3 qtrs up heart attack hill as she smashed it were priceless.... deb you have improved heaps...maybe "not so timid" is a better username these days?

How good were beers in the creek ... except for the March flies.... we did hang crap on Cruiser for bringing his Pop's blanket but it did the trick....

i reckon i have one more weekend mid-feb in me before the BD ride....I will post up in due course if anyone wants a looksee at what the BD weekend 1+ will involve.

thanks again all....catch up soon....

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As has already been stated, thanks to Murdoch for putting the weekend on and for all who were involved in one way or another, be it leading a ride, sweeping a ride or attending a ride (and to Mel for watching over the camp site whilst we were all riding!)

The weekend was perfect timing for me to test out my "new" van and I'm so glad I did! I had to work Friday so didnt get away from Nuna until approx 6pm and after a couple quick stops I phoned ahead and picked up some fish and chips on the way through Yarra Junction before meeting up with Cruiser in Millgrove. After we'd eaten we then set off in convoy to make our way to Frenchmans Creek, getting there at approx 9pm. Friday night was spent around the fire listening to plenty of banter before retiring at approx midnight..

On Saturday I went with Cruiser on his "2+" ride along with Rob, Sean and Simon. Was an awesome ride of approx 60k taking in some of Big Rivers finest tight tracks - the only hold up was whilst I had to reposition and secure my throttle cable which had somehow gotten into a position causing it to stick at times (glad i discovered it without incident!). We ended up back at the campsite at approx 1pm. once again, a fantastic ride that I think was enjoyed by all!

The rest of Saturday afternoon was spent sitting in deckchairs in the shallows of the river in a perfectly shaded spot away from the heat of the day. The banter was of the highest standard and planty of laughs were had whilst plenty of drinks were consumed! Another good night around the campfire before i called it quits at approx 11...

On Sunday I awoke and was pleased that there was only minimal lingering effects from saturdays beverages so geared up nice and early before i managed to talk myself out of it!

I went with Cruiser to have a play on one of Murdoch's special hill climbs - I impressed myself with how far i managed to get up it and then (possibly foolishly!) headed off with Cruiser following the man himself, Mr Murdoch!

All i can say is it was very eye opening. I did have to do the walk of shame at one point after we had gotten off the "track" and had Murdoch get my bike back to where we needed to be. We then pushed off for what seemed like an eternity before ending up back on the hill climb that we had started the day on - funny thing is, I knew we were heading for it and was not at all excited about having to go down it again, but never have I been so relieved to get to a track I was dreading!! From here it was a short ride back to the campsite, where i got out of my gear as quickly as possible and then ventured down to the creek to try and bring my body temp down and feel normal again!! as much as it killed me, and showed me how unfit i was, especially for that style of riding, it was very satisfying look back on what we had done (even if i wasnt pretty doing it!!)

I then loaded up, said my goodbyes and hit the road for the trip home. That in itself was probably more stressful then the ride that morning as shortly after I left the campsite I had a low oil pressure warning come up on my dash but with no phone service or oil etc I had no choice than to keep going. So it was a very slow and nerve racking trip to Warby with heaps of stops along the way before I was able to top up the oil (was low but not drastic - thankfully there was never any noises to be concerned about). Topping the oil up made no difference so my slow nervous drive home continued, but i was a little more comfortable in the knowledge that the oil level was correct and that there were not rattles or knocks (telling myself that it was probably a faulty sensor!!) eventaully making it home in about 5 hours (should have been 2!).. the car is now at the mechanics and he is pretty sure my sensor theory will prove correct - fingers crossed....

So, trip home aside, I had an awesome weekend - just what the dr ordered so to speak - and was very happy with the van (will be happier when i seal it up so it doesnt fill with dust on the next trip!)

 

Bring on the BD ride in March!!

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Another great ride and camping weekend with an awesome bunch of riderZ. Driving up there Sat morning I was following a car with a WR in trailer thinking "I wonder if this guy is part of our group". This was way over at Hurstbridge, they could've been going anywhere for a ride. Turned out it was MarkC, what a coincidence. Then going through the Black Spur, came across a ute with a bike on board. I must've looked like I was on a mission cause he pulled over and let me through. Another coincidence, this time it was Raffy.

Got out to Frenchman's early, said g'day to quite a few familiar faces, geared up and hit the tracks. It was good to have a couple of genuine L2 riderZ along to get a gauge on where I have planned the route. Am happy to say that everything we have put together for the BD ride is very do-able for an L2, it will be a full day ride though with plenty of help in the trickier places and plenty of places to rest and have a breather. Should be an excellent loop with a bit of everything the high country has to offer.

Thanks to @Andy350 and @Murdoch, as always you guys put on a stella weekend. Thanks to all the rest of the guys that made the post ride banter and shenanigans an absolute ball. @Raffy22 and @stinky - you blokes are genuinely off tap.:lol::lol:

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I only had leave for one day, so it was an early start Saturday, but well worth the drive up, Cruisers Level 2+ was plenty entertaining, lots of tight overgrown tracks and a great group that kept moving with minimal hold-ups. I managed to stay upright most of the time, biggest mistake was sitting down at a break on a log full of bullants, one got a good nip..the ride leader declined to suck the poison out, very poor leadership...! I had it at 62km over about 5 hours so that probably tells part of the story, we were all a bit toasted by the time we got back to Frenchmans, the heat was picking up. Was great to get back to an area I've always loved riding in, so a big thank you to Murdoch, Cruiser and everyone that made it happen, much appreciated. Cheers, Simon J.

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1 hour ago, simonj said:

I only had leave for one day, so it was an early start Saturday, but well worth the drive up, Cruisers Level 2+ was plenty entertaining, lots of tight overgrown tracks and a great group that kept moving with minimal hold-ups. I managed to stay upright most of the time, biggest mistake was sitting down at a break on a log full of bullants, one got a good nip..the ride leader declined to suck the poison out, very poor leadership...! I had it at 62km over about 5 hours so that probably tells part of the story, we were all a bit toasted by the time we got back to Frenchmans, the heat was picking up. Was great to get back to an area I've always loved riding in, so a big thank you to Murdoch, Cruiser and everyone that made it happen, much appreciated. Cheers, Simon J.

Dont undersell it mate - that was a bloody inch ant!

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Spot on mate, get this...(from Wikipedia) ..."The inchman is the most venomous of the bulldog ants...Their venom is some of the most powerful in the insect world. The reputation for being the most venomous ant is possibly due to the tendency of the toxin to induce anaphylaxis. It is this which kills the victim."   Cheers!

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Thanking You Mr Mark and Mr Cruiser! It was great to catch up with some of my Dirtriderz family. I didn`t realized how much i missed eveyone until i was there. Hadn`t ridden for a long time so i was a bit nervous to begin with but as i suspected started off strong but petered out towards the end and pulled the pin early. The weekends ride has iginigted my passion for dirt bike riding so a Big Thank You to Everyone envolved

 

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Thanks to everyone that came along and made this weekend a blast. As antisocial as I tend to be much of the time, it was just awesome to park in the shady creek after a ride, crack a cold one and laugh at the banter. Never before have I met a bloke who is quicker on the lip - [mention]stinky [/mention]

Enjoy the simple things.

I’ll see you guys up there again soon.

Heres a teaser video I mashed together for the BD 3+ ride.

Get on it.

[mention]2t4me [/mention]Turn up the volume and watch to the end


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Thanks to cruiser for leading the lvl2+ ride had a blast after not being on the dirt bike since the second lockdown so my riding skill were a bit scratchy at times but managed to finish the ride  which was good, camping with a great bunch of blokes stinky had me in stitches at times, thanks to rob for sweeping all day until you pulled the pin on it.

And thanks to Murdoch for organizing the weekend hope to do more weekend like this in the future.

Cheers until next time 👍🍺

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Thanks to cruiser for leading the lvl2+ ride had a blast after not being on the dirt bike since the second lockdown so my riding skill were a bit scratchy at times but managed to finish the ride  which was good, camping with a great bunch of blokes stinky had me in stitches at times, thanks to rob for sweeping all day until you pulled the pin on it.
And thanks to Murdoch for organizing the weekend hope to do more weekend like this in the future.
Cheers until next time

All good mate, thanks for coming along and for cooking brekky on Monday
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