On The Road With Bolt-On: Catching Up

So admittedly, I knew when I decided to resurrect this thing that I would eventually end up forgetting all about it or something. Honestly, between working every GNCC and ATV Motocross event, plus doing Tuesday Toolbox and Quick Fill each week, on top of working at Powersport Grafx the days that I’m at home, the last thing I’ve wanted to do with my free time recently is write another random website post. I think that’s understandable considering I’d rather go ride or watch more movies or something random like that.

Regardless, I feel like I’ve heavily neglected this poor website but it’s not like anyone actually reads this garbage anyway so I can pretty much just write whatever I want. For example, if I said I pooped a poop when I meant to fart a fart and instead a poopie poop came out of my butthole, only about 4 people would read that and it’s more than likely that you either have the humor of a 13 year old, or are in fact, 13 years old, so it doesn’t matter.

Anyway, I think the last time I left this off was right after the Big Buck GNCC back in April, so that was a long friggin time ago and there’s too much to catch up on so I’m just going to hit a few highlights that are worth talking about. First up would have to be the, um, shall I say, interesting Mammoth GNCC in Park City, Kentucky. I ripped a lap on the bike on Friday, well, more like 1/2 a lap because I blew out a tire on one of the 17 trillion rocks that are at that place. That was the last time I even wanted to touch a bike that weekend because the skies let lose a fury of rain through the rest of the weekend and we had our first mega mudder since the 2011 Indy 100 (where the bike race never happened!)

Saturday’s quad race was pretty interesting as I towed my fair share of riders out of the woods, but the rain continue through Saturday night and made things pretty haggard for Sunday. The decision was made to combine the AM and PM bike races into one single 2 hour race. This allowed us to make some adjustments to the course. During the race, I was on video duty so I didn’t really do any towing but as soon as I packed everything up and got back on the quad it started right away.

I had all the GNCCLive video equipment from my spot packed up and was hitting a service road (that the course had been rerouted onto) when Kailub Russell came by me (his 2nd time out after having bike issues once) and his bike blew up right in front of me. He literally came by me with a “woo!” and the bike let go right there. I mean, that sucker grendaded. So, I got my tow strap out from under the video equipment and towed him back in.

After that, I spent until dark helping tow riders out. I needed to pack up the checkpoints but didn’t get those out until after dark. Around 6pm (over 2.5 hours after the race had ended) I found the KTM guys pushing Charlie Mullins’ bike back to the pits. Tony Hall looked to be pretty winded so I just hooked up and towed him back in as well. This of course was after I had towed in 3 sets of 2 riders (2 riders hooked up being towed at the same time!) Oh and huge thanks to Walter Beroth for the water and crackers he gave me when I towed his son Alex in, that made the evening so much easier!

The following Monday was pretty tough clean up as I had to re-ride that course and pull arrows (anyone who says riding a quad in bike ruts is easy must be on crack). Not only that but 1 checkpoint tent had completely collapsed from the weight of the mud on it, and another had been hit or something and bent badly. That was TWO EZ Up tents I had to toss in a dumpster. The top to the one that was caked in mud had to weight over 200 pounds and the mud simply wouldn’t come off. Getting that into the dumpster was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

After that things settled down and returned to normal. The Limestone 100 went smoothly with no issues and the John Penton did for the most part. Except for a little trouble in the Youth bike race. It was anticipated that a small mudhole and hill would give the most difficulty. Well, I headed down after the race had started to lend a hand but never made it. After 1/2 mile before that, I came up on a bottleneck that had probably 1/2 the youth riders stuck.

I found a place I could make a hole and thought once that spot was cleared, they could make it through. After pulling, pushing and starting bikes for probably 5 minutes, I realized I was wrong. I radioed in for help which was apparently pretty funny… “I’ve got a HECK of a bottleneck at the 4.5, I’m going to need SEVERAL people here!”

It seemed like it was forever before anyone showed up but it couldn’t have been but just a couple of minutes. When help arrived I was so glad because I had expended so much energy, I thought I was going to puke. They ended up rerouting the course to miss that section, which worked out well because it was pretty bad down there.

I did some sweep riding at the Welborn Farms Mid-East race in Boonville, NC after one of the ATV Motocross races, and that was pretty interesting as well. It had rained some and made for a challenging course for the less experienced riders. The course itself was really fun and Robby Towery and I both had a blast on sweep, but we were both pretty spent after helping numerous riders who struggled with some of the ruts. Probably the most I’ve sweat in a long time.

The Mountaineer Run GNCC went really smooth as well and I don’t really have anything interesting to chat about from there other than watching Jesi Stracham completely shatter  the rear window on her truck while loading her quad. Oops. It was awesome.

The weekend between Mountaineer and Snowshoe was my first weekend off all year. A group of us went to Carowinds amusement park on the NC/SC state line. For those who have never been, it’s a pretty cool park with some great rides. “The Intimidator” coaster is probably the most fun roller coaster I’ve ever ridden.

Ah, yes, then we’re onto Snowshoe. To say the least, it was, um, eventful. Once again, I ripped a lap on a bike on Friday with a helmet cam which you can see around the 36 minute mark of the GNCCLive webcast (check it out: http://racertv.com/2013/06/30/snowshoe-bike-gncc-live) and I can honestly say that the course is no cake walk. It’s pretty rough and technical for sure. Saturday’s quad race was the eventful day. One of the other track crew guys missed the race, so I used his quad and wrecker to help fill the void (we have these wreckers that attach to the hitch ball on a quad, and go up to a winch so you can lift the front or rear end of a quad off the ground when they break something of the sort)

I towed a few in with a regular tow strap, and was out looking for more when I came across Women’s Amateur racer, Ciera Bobb, who had broken off a clutch lever. Unfortunately, she broke in a tough spot as there really wasn’t a good way out and to be honest, I was 100% sure how to get out other than following the course. I scouted an unused trail and found what I thought to be an easy way out. I came back and hooked up the strap to her quad and we were off on a pretty wild adventure.

I towed her as far as I scouted and picked another trail I thought was correct. Well, we ended up coming out backwards on another piece of the racecourse but were headed in the right direction. Luckily, the trail had enough room on the sides that I could get out of the way when I saw someone coming. When things got too sketchy, I bailed onto a trail I thought was taking us out. Well, it did take us out. But not without some craziness first.

We found a baby duck in the grass which I was afraid I had run over but it was actually fine and Ciera moved it out of the way. A little further down the trail we run into an issue. There’s a tree laid across the trail. It’s a pretty steep hill down or above on both sides of the tree. We had been way off course for a while so I figured I’d better scout what’s ahead before we went further. I ended up seeing a road and came back. Ciera and I decided that it would be best to just pick her quad up and over this tree, so after struggling with that for a minute, we got it over and were back headed for the road.

When we hit the road, I realized how off-course I had really taken us as we were actually not even on Snowshoe Mountain Rd, we were actually on Highway 66, about 2 miles from the back entrance to the mountain. So, I towed her those two miles to the entrance, then about another 2 miles up the mountain to where we had a trailer set up loading people onto it.

During all of this I get asked to go get a quad out of the woods because the rider had been taken to the medics. So, I head off into the woods and find it. When I find it, there’s a small tree through the front A-arms and bumper. So I spent a couple of minutes trying to get that tree out from the front of the quad. I finally get it unstuck and hook the quad up to the wrecker. Now, this was in a really rooted out rough, rocky section that sloped downhill. So, I had to go uphill to get out. Luckily the road was close. Luckily? No. When you put a quad on those wreckers, you need weight on the front end. Since she was with the medics, and I was alone I had ZERO weight on the front end which caused my quad to wheelie , which means I couldn’t steer.

Eventually, I gave up on that, unhooked it and decided to just ride it out of the woods. Now, I’ve been on a race quad like 3 times in my whole life and this was a fairly rough section of track so it was pretty interesting to say the least. Oh, you can still stall with a Rekluse because that thing did like 4 times. Anyway, I get it up to the road, park it and walk back in. I get my quad, ride it out of the woods, and hook the wrecker back up to her’s to tow it in. What an adventure.

Then I went to Unadilla for ATVMX, then had a weekend off where I bought a truck. I got a Nissan Titan, yay.

So that pretty much catches us up on any adventures that are worth talking about, or that I’m willing to discuss. Chances are, 99% of you haven’t read all the way through this, and kudos if you have because you must be pretty damn bored. Anyway, that’s all for this edition. Tune in next time I decide I want to write this when I update you about how lame I am. Thanks for reading…. Fart.

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One Comment on “On The Road With Bolt-On: Catching Up”

  1. Robin Johnson in NY 08/27/2013 at 3:04 am #

    He he….. you silly goose! we read everything! See you at the Dilla!

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