I can't ride Saturday or Sunday. Rob from Azalea City Motorcycle Club is planning to do some dual sport riding this weekend. Meeting near the rodman dam. He hasn't said which day or what time yet. I'll post up later in the week if anyone is interested.
Last Edit: May 23, 2017 19:38:07 GMT -5 by davebeezy
Post by queenofslow on Feb 11, 2018 16:54:27 GMT -5
Three consecutive days of very good riding in Ocala. The only part of my body that is not sore is my eyebrows. The trails are in good condition. Wicked fun on the twisties close to Lake Eaton and on the sweeping trail along Hopkins Prairie.
I am getting familiar with my new bike (custom hybrid Honda-KTM, 4 stroke 215 lbs street legal) which is AMAZING on sand (like- I can ride in third gear instead of dog paddling). Still trying to decide the name: "Wicked pony" or "Growler". More details to follow.
Very impressed also with the rear tire: Dunlop Geomax MX 11 (a game changer for riding on sand). The Rooster (KTM 505) is due for new shoes and that's what it will get.
MANY THANKS to our dear friend, mechanic and custom bike builder Doug Walsh for conceiving of and building a bike that is perfect for a 60 year old woman, 5'8" , sand-challenged. ) The bike is superlight, easy to maintain, very maneuverable and extremely sure footed on sand (something about the angle of rake and the point of contact- don't ask me about this technical stuff but it really works!).
Post by queenofslow on Feb 18, 2018 22:21:55 GMT -5
Two more days of riding this weekend in perfect weather. The trails are still fun, although drying up. Great riding with the usual gang: fearless leader Mundy, Doug, Darrell (improving every ride) and myself,Queen of Slow. I am still catapulting my body into the sand, but at a much faster speed now, which of course makes dents and bruises more worthwhile.
Average age... north of 60. Pretty darn good for a bunch of geezers. Of the four of us in this little group, only Doug is outfitted with traditional dirt riding pants and jersey, although in very tasteful, conservative colors. The rest of the motley crew is supercomfy in baggy cargo pants, long sleeve shirts with a few holes here and there, and well broke in old boots.... stuff which works well but not normally associated with dirt riders.... rather with homeless people.
At the usual lunch spot (Papa Joe's in Salt Springs, pretty good food) a young man looked at us and commented: got to tell you, I would have never guessed you guys rode dirt bikes!
We chose to take it as a compliment and leave it at that.
One more observation: today in the area south of Delancy we met two young KTM riders from the Tampa area. Lovely people BUT they did not know where they were; where they had parked their truck; where they were headed; had no map; no clue about motorcycle/OHV loops which require green stickers and fees (they were riding on one); and asked me how to download a trailmap on their phone (good luck with cell service in most parts of the forest). They had 2 stroke bikes with good fuel reserve (still) but no idea where they could get gas if needed, and had not brought any oil with them. (But were dressed as professional dirt riders, neon colors and factory tags and all, and that DOES count for something!).
Morale of the story: if you ride Ocala National Forest do your homework. It is a great place to ride, but it can be dangerous if you are not prepared, especially going into the hot season. Any questions, contact Mundy who is a good source of information and most of it is correct.
Post by queenofslow on Mar 26, 2018 3:58:38 GMT -5
Two and a half inches of rain did very little. The sand is still bone dry. Large controlled burns just south of Salt Springs still smoldering and hardly rideable right now. The forest service has clear cut a HUGE acreage by the rifle range (prime bear habitat) as well as north of 316. These tracts will look like the surface of Mars for a long time to come. A lot of the best jeep roads are still unpassable because of large logs felled by the hurricane (or by idiot hunters). Apparently, even with the (excessive) timber sales, there is no money in the budget for road maintenance. Darn.
Post by queenofslow on Jun 16, 2019 14:52:47 GMT -5
Salty' s is closed but it will soon be replaced by a good pizza place. We are anxiously waiting for another culinary delight in the greater Salt Springs area.
Right now the options are: Every day breakfast and lunch: Square Meal Tuesday through Friday dinner: Bass Champion Saturday breakfast/lunch: Bass Champion buffet Thursday through Sunday lunch and dinner: Papa Joe's barbecue Tacos stand by service station: not sure, but most days open for lunch and it is real good but a bit pricey.
As to riding in Ocala: Mundy, hang on ! We will be in SS tonight, chomping at the bit for some good riding in fluffy sand this week. After this trip to NC and GA where NOTHING was horizontal, I have never been so happy to see flat land in my life!.