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    Riders-in-the-Sky, Or Another Full Moon in the Sierras

    Used Friday's full moon as an excuse to get out and ride more of the high country. Was able to share some favorite areas with Boarder255 on both sides of the Sierra crest although the big views were hampered by ever increasing smoke from wildfires. Great opportunity to escape the sweltering heat , although Dale ( Boarder255) had to ride some 150 miles to get there on his WR250 through California's baked Central Valley.
    Here is a quick video of some of the daytime fun collected over 4 days. Lots of moderate to somewhat challenging trails and single tracks which turned out to be unique adventures after dark.
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    WOW, I'd love to ride in the high country.
    Have you ever been challenged by any of the critter's wandering up there whether a steer or a mountain goat? It is there territory I guess?
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    Nice. I miss riding. Been too busy with other life things. Thanks for teasing me errr I mean sharing a trail ride video.
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    Real pretty country for sure. ...
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    I don't get bored riding with Boarder 255, nor chatting during breaks for he is as smart a man as he is skilled in riding.
    They say to have friends one must be able to ignore a flaw or two. Dale's flaw is he sold his TW years ago. However he is forgiven.
    Friday we mostly rode a few nearby single tracks until the moonrise.
    Saturday was the long day. We visited 11 alpine lakes, crossed mountain passes both paved and bouldery, covered about seventy miles of varied surfaces all the while trying to keep air moving so as to stay cool.
    Back at camp it was nap time for a couple hours. Then with freshly installed fluids in man and machine a short sunset ride seemed a reasonable idea. Then I pointed out a nice ridge where we could get a good moonrise...only another 18 miles away. A spirited ride, then a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail brought us to the ridge only to reveal heavy smoke on the horizon and a growing overcast blocking any hope of moonlight. So after it got dark and we had solved all the world's problems it was time to stumble our way back to the bikes parked back at around the 9,000 ft level . Descending the rocky jeep road was not nearly as bad as I had imagined, a real confidence builder. We reveled in the cool night air and explored more until the moon finally broke free of the obscuring clouds and smoke. Crossing over to the Pacific side the night became even better. We paused at our camp entrance, agreed we could always eat dinner some other day but why not single-track under the moonlight while we could?
    Night singletrackery is absolutely a blast, a bucket list moto experience right up there with riding naked.
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    A little Night video from Saturday. First few seconds show what can't be seen at night.

    TW200 Night Trackin' To Terrorist Suicide Hangliders
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    Those pesky suicide terrorist hangliders are getting to be a real problem.
    But that looks like soo much fun.
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    More terrorist suicide hanggliders from New Zealand. This is a cool video to watch on a hot day.


    I think the Kiwi mini-jetboat looks like more fun. Sort of a supercharged aquatic reinterpretation of the TW's purpose only on steroids....which is exploring those places that one doesn't get to readily see with conventional vehicles and watercraft.

    What does that tach say?
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