Joined: Thu Jul 08, 2004 9:12 pm
(or get possessed)
by one of these thingamabobies
Look out CO two, it has a twin ONAN gas engine
but today olde bin rydin had a couple o mishaps
seems he has been cutting some new trail lately (totally by hand)
he and Joan of Arc just polished off one yesterday
and bin set out to test it today
Yep ~ it was too narrow....
I knew it was, but i was just too tired to do it proper and all yesterday
so off i went ~ literally ...
So I tagged a really big planted Madrone with the bar
and when I went to put my foot down
there was no earth there
so i am handlebars downhill with my leg pinned under the bike
with gas dripping out of the carb
my glasses and goggles were all fogged up
I looked at my options.........................................................................
ever asstute, and haveing left my plastic explosives on the tool bench (durn, not yet again... you dolt)
I went to option "B" > "get the ferking bike off my leg" thing
That took awhile as my head was at a 45 degree angle or worse downhill in the cut up tree trash I had discarded there two weekends ago
then the next thing was to be able to see again so i clawed the goggles and glasses off and threw them UP on the trail
and shed the multitude of "stuff" we trail junkies seem to have velcroed everywhere on our bonnies
now that I could finally see, and had extricated my leg
the next step was to lever the handlebars from 45 degrees down hill angle to upright from the low side of the trail
by finding judiciose purchase with boot and trees the bike was re erected
only the handbars hit the same Madrone that started this whole thing in the first place, AGAIN
Will Histelbeard will recognise this trail section as the one below the one that gave him trouble that we skipped the rest of that day
we call it "triple double tree" but since I spent most of the afternoon there
getting my bike back up the hill
I noticed that a lot of the trees are "doubletrees"
no NOT because i was seeing double ~ they really are...
so through juejitsue like movements I got the bike up, drained the float bowl,
started it with only a half kick till my boot hit the ground
real funny Art
, turned around, i mean NO PLACE around there was flat enough to kick the thing
and as luck would have it the kicker was on the uphill side
I could here Art Mennick larfing at me as the sweat dripped off and I continued to slip ever down the hill on the wet off camber leaves
"Get a push button start bike" Lee said Art
I got the beast lit and turned around finally
then fogged up so bad I could not see my hands and blew up this hill past the trail turn, where it turned (I have never ridden this trail before, I just cut it)
and damn if I did not wheelie it over on its side again
handlebars downhill at least 45 degrees negativity
with me under it...
the good news was I had gotten both tires up to the edge of someplace flat first
yeh haw narf snoortle ~~~~~
So Tom in Bandon are you all busy with crab pots and whatnot?
I am going to meet this guy from hiway 26 west out of Portland at 1 PM tuesday on the south end of Coos Bay with the trail machine.