Happy 2015 Friends!! Hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and are enjoying the first day of 2015 :)
Colin and I spent the last day of 2014 riding our enduros off-road through the woods. I can’t think of a better way to ride out of the year!
We rented an U-haul van to transport the bikes up to Richloam for a day of fun.
It has rained the past couple of days so we knew we were going to have a muddy ride. Which if you aren’t getting dirty then you are doing something wrong!
it’s like two peas in a pod only it’s two bikes in a van
We loaded up our bikes, the riding gear, tools and spare tires/tubes then set off for the drive north.
Florida is flat but as you drive about an hour north of Tampa you start getting into some nice hills. They aren’t mountains but they are higher than flat. With the hills come forests. The best part about the forests is driving through them exploring.
As we made our way into Richloam, we took the scenic road to the grass lot to park.
Driving out to the trails
Even passed a couple of honeybee areas!
We reached our destination and it was time to get this show on the trails.
Pre-ride photo shoot
You always have to get the pre-ride clean clothes pic. 30 minutes from when we took this pic we were over knee-deep in water.
Oh the water! Heading down the trails coming up to the endless abyss of water. Most you can go through but there are some that you can’t.
Colin takes the lead going through the water and I follow his line. Usually I hang back a little just in case he finds a deep part that I can’t make it through then I can find another path to take.
Yesterday I was feeling ambitious. We road through small lake after small lake. Some deeper than the others. Some were longer than the others and some were wider than the others.
We were lucky in a few cases as there was a strip of road that was just wide enough for the tires next to the small lake to ride on. With that you would get hit with the trees and tree branches hanging.
Then we came to “The Swamp”, that is what I am calling it. We did ride through another section that looked like this so when we came up to this one, well why not go for it.
Colin took off and was making great way so I followed in. About 10 feet from the end I see him dip down a bit but I was pretty sure I could make it through.
I was wrong. Way wrong. I did make it through to the other side but I had to push my bike out of the water to last 10 feet.
End result. Water logged. Everywhere. Day was done. Some water is just too deep.
Some would have seen it as a dead-end. I saw it as a challenge. My bike saw it as death.
In our excitement to get out on the trails, we left the tow strap in the van. So while Colin took off back to the van for the tow strap, I hung out with the bike and enjoyed nature. The below pic is what was right after the above pic. I was 10 ft from more riding adventure!!!
It is hunting season up in Richloam so while I was enjoying my time in nature, I could hear the dogs howling away. I also got to hear the buzzing of mosquitoes. If you head out to Richloam, bring your bug spray!!!!
As soon as you stop, you will be swarmed! I took a small bath in bug spray. You will not be seducing anyone but you will not be eaten alive.
About 30 minutes later I could hear the KTM roaring through the woods. My Knight In Orange KTM Armor was on his way to get me!!!
From where the XT died and the van was a good 4 miles or so. We had about 1 miles of off-roading to do then 3 miles on the road to make our way back. If my bike was running it would have been no problem but I had to get towed.
The 3 miles down the road was super easy but the 1 mile off-road through the small lakes and mud, that was something. If you have had to tow a motorcycle with another motorcycle, you know what I am talking about.
We did make it back in a reasonable amount of time. By this time, there was one other car in the parking lot. We got to spend a few minutes talking to that guy. He was from TN and has spent the last 10 days hiking different places around Florida.
We warned him that it is hunting season so be aware as well as bring extra bug spray. I think he appreciated our advice.
After we took our riding gear off, we changed into some dry clothes. Just in time for the drizzle to start. Instead of rushing to get everything loaded up, we sat in the back of the van with the rear doors open so we could enjoy the light rain. It was also the perfect time to fire up the jet boil to make lunch. Freeze dried food never tasted so good!
Ladies, in case you are wondering about my hair style. I can tell you, hair like that you can’t get in a salon. That look involves sweat with a helmet shoved on your head.
The badass KTM 525 saves the adorable XT225.
As soon as we got home and unloaded the van, XT went into the ICU. Everything came off and got drained. Hopefully in a couple of days she will be up and running again.