Sunday, November 24, 2013

Playin' in the Mud

The past few weekends Polarbear and I have been going out and playing in the mud. The first time I rode my bike out to his place and we loaded the XT250 onto his trailer with his CR250 and took off to scout Huckleberry Flats OHV area.

We took it fairly easy as it was my first time on a dirt bike in nearly 30 years. However, it wasn't long before I found myself laughing maniacally in my helmet, racing around the warm up track, catching air and nearly missing turns with Andy right behind me. It was a good thing it was getting late as common sense and self preservation were not prevailing. We had a such a great time that Andy wanted to take his Polar cub out the next weekend to teach him how to use the clutch and gears, who was I to turn down an opportunity to play in the mud?

This time Andy picked me up and loaded the bike next to theirs and we were off to Huckleberry again. We took it much slower this time having the cub with us but that just meant finding more puddles and even more rounds riding through them.

I managed to snap some photos of Andy while he was making laps around the warm up track.

My favorite, reminds me of "On Any Sunday"

We loaded the bikes onto the trailer and took a detour up to a fire lookout tower, although the gate was closed a couple miles short of the tower we did find a beautiful sunset above the foggy valley below.

Needless to say with the sun shining, puddles to splash around and Rogey's song playing in my head.....

 I was hooked.


Of course after playing in the mud one must wash the bike. I learned real quick that this is not like washing a street bike, it's going to need much, much more than just a bucket and sponge. 


dirty, dirty

So on Friday I brought out the big gun, pressure washed it and I was race ready to tear it up again. 

All clean!

Andy rolled up Saturday morning, we loaded the trailer and stopped in at Saturday coffee before heading up to Upper Nestucca OHV for the day.

Of course it didn't take long before we found a puddle to play in.

Such an innocent looking puddle...

I was trying to avoid young cub coming the other way and detoured through the puddle. It was much deeper than I had anticipated, I stalled the bike and quickly filled my right boot with water. Oops! Fortunately I was able to stab the starter button, fire the bike back up and walk it out. I pulled up beside Andy, got off the bike, removed my boot and wrung out my sock. By the way, waterproof boots do work both ways.

For some unknown reason, this wasn't good enough for Andy and he had to see for himself, but it did make for a great photo opportunity.

I told you it was deep.

Andy's bike doesn't have a magic starter button and he wasn't able to kickstart it, so we had to drag it out. 

Keep kicking...

Polar cub rode around while I snapped photos and talked to the Yamhill County Sheriff who stopped by to make sure we were alright.

Me and Polar cub, who says I don't like kids?

Happy Polarbear

He eventually got it started and we made our way back to the trailhead and the truck.

We hope to get a few more rides in before the rains come and makes things too sloppy, but it seems that fear and common sense hasn't stopped us yet.  


 I'm playing in the mud, just playing in the mud.... 
having so much fun

♫  I'm playing in the mud, just playing in the mud.... 
don't tell my mum


  1. Dang, that was a sucky way to spend ya weekends, could you not have come up with anything fun?

    1. Nope, nothing fun, we tried and tried but all we found to do was this. Darn, I guess we'll just have to keep trying.

  2. I spent an hour or so coloring the lines on the map the Sheriff gave us.. The trails are a stretched out mishmash of stuff not linked together very well.. My calf is all kinds of cramped up from kicking it that long.. Alas, I guess that is the penalty for trying to show off.. Jonxx knew exactly which hole it is and said you have to carry the front wheel through there..
    I think that another trip to Huckleberry is in order. Of course, I have had " stupider" ideas...

    1. Limited edition colored map and I bet your leg is sore. Next time remember to 'carry the front wheel'.

      I have to agree, Huckleberry is still my favorite.

  3. Yeah, terrible way to spend the weekend. Terrible!
    All that mud and dirt...prolly freezing cold too.
    And sunshine! Yeah. Sucks.

    1. Freezing cold is right, Polar cub crashed through the ice into his very own puddle.

  4. Troubadour:

    Other than that little misleading puddle, looks like you had a lot of fun.

    Something I learned a long time ago when I had an Italian Car is to do things the Italian way. Make a hole in your waterproof boots to "let the water out"

    Riding the Wet Coast

    1. The misleading puddle was the fun, otherwise it would have just been another day of riding.

      I like your idea to let the water out.... in theory.

  5. You guys look completely miserable. I'm surprised that you didn't keep trying out the same mud puddle until you could get through it. After all, you wouldn't get any wetter ;-)

    Is that Roger's music?

    1. We would have kept trying but it was getting late and the sun was dropping faster than Andy was kicking.

      That is our very own Rogey.

  6. Oh, man, that looked fun! Definitely an "On any Sunday" moment.

    That smoke coming from the CR brought back some 2-stroke memories...

    1. You want memories? Follow that CR around all day. I swear you can bring that smell home in your clothes, squeeze it out, bottle it and sell it.

  7. Priceless! Lovin' that "before and after" cleaning job! Appealed to the OCDer in me! LOL

    1. Thanks Deb, and Brandy calls it "CDO" as it should be alphabetical.


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