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jx94148
April 15th, 2006, 12:57 AM
An introduction by me.

A re-introduction. I've been around for a while but quit posting when I fell in love with Rosie, the Roundlight Rosepetal.

My name is Matt and I have a tired old Honda 250. I call her the Rosepetal; The Roundlight Rosepetal. She's got some rust but dammit, she tries to do her best to please me. She's a good bike.

CO4x4.org meet Rosie, Rosie meet CO4x4.org.
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Hi, I'm Matt, Rosepetal rider.
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More to come.

jx94148
April 15th, 2006, 01:03 AM
Spring is in the air. The sun is shining, the birds are singing. Lets get the heck out of town and try to shake some rust off of both bike and rider.

After stocking up with some provisions, we hang a right at the beginning of Rampart Range Road. I followed a giant Freightliner truck thet belongs to Colorado Springs Utilities for a while untill I felt safe to wind the old girl up and make a pass. She wants to sing a sweet song today. A few ounces of genaric carb/injector cleaner and 91 octane seems to have put a spring in her step this morn.

Then we stop and pose for pictures.
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Sorry for the blur. This was a Kroger brand disposable camera. It dosen't do today's weather or my ride justice. I think it was made in Mexico.

jx94148
April 15th, 2006, 01:10 AM
Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's kitchen we go. In Woodland Park I park by some chrome and some woodland, and a dinosaur museum!

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The rules on some other website clearly state that all gradable ride reports must have pictures of a bridge, a barn and food.

I think they cook bacon with a cloths iron at "Grandma's Kitchen." I've never had flatter bacon. The pancakes were good though, and big! I got the only think on the menu that didn't describe eggs. Egg this and egg that... I hate eggs! Water is cheaper than juice, so I got water.
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jx94148
April 15th, 2006, 01:20 AM
Then I went blasting (if a 24 year old dirt bike can "blast") North up the tarmac to Deckers to get my bridge shot. Bridge, barn, are required. Its in the rules. The rules are written in sign language. :flipoff2:
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Then came the riding part of my ride, down the river from Deckers; carving corners on the tarmac as best the knobby tires would let me. Some dudes were fishing. No pictures from the riding part of my ride except this big ass barn.
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jx94148
April 15th, 2006, 01:28 AM
Weeeeeeeeeeeee!!
Look at Meeeeeeee!!
75mph indicated on a 2fiddeeeeeeeeee!!

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Sorry for the poor picture quality. Blame the Mexicans that made my camera, not the Lilly-White photographer on the goofy old Honda. Take that back. I'm not sorry. :flipoff2:

WEEEEEEEEEEEE this is about a fun day, and an introduction.

Then I lusted for more dust so I picked some little road at random and found this.

Sorry for the big file size, i'll link it. Blame Kroger and their weird photo lab. Its deer bones. http://roundlightknight.smugmug.com/...64351703-M.jpg

jx94148
April 15th, 2006, 01:42 AM
So. There I was, goofing around on some little old dirt roads/ Jeep trails.

Then I crashed.
http://roundlightknight.smugmug.com/photos/64351757-M.jpg

More of a bad parking job than a crash. I blinked and the Rosepetal decided... mid-hill... that it was time to lay down and take a break. My ultra fancy Rollerblade knee pads did their job. God bless her, she was tired. Shook some rust off, i'm sure.

Back to the tarmac and on to Sedalia where I bought gas and found a shady spot to have lunch near another barn.
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Then I blasted down the back way to Monument and toodled on home down the I.

Thanks for a great day Rosie, I love you!

How did you spend Thursday?

:beer: :flipoff2: :beer:

Sean Dogg
April 15th, 2006, 02:00 PM
Well, since you asked... :flipoff2:

My Thursday started off with a pre-emptive chugging (just one beer though)

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Then we had to get some gas and antifreeze since the Jalapeno was living up to her name again...

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And then we headed for the hills to do a little 'sploring. We ended up finding a lot of this:

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Until it got too deep that even my aired-down, 13.5" wide swampers couldn't make it:

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...thus requiring a little strap-action and shovelling:

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to get us out for the return trip home!

Granted, some of those pictures might have been taken Friday morning at about 1AM, but we started the trip Thursday, so I think it still counts.