Winter Ride in the Pines... Jersey Style

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Winter Ride in the Pines... Jersey Style

Post by ReCycled » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:43 pm

For the last handful of years it has become tradition for a handful of us to kick off another year of dirty adventures with a ride in the PIne Barrens on the first Saturday of the new year. This year that just had to coincide with a predicted 6"-8" of snow. Okay, so let's make it an adventure :clap: Four (perhaps fool) hearty souls showed up.

The forecast at my house in PA was only 1"-3" so everything was clear and dry when I loaded the trailer and hit the road. The sky did turn grey shortly into the drive and I saw the first flurries as I crossed into NJ. The roads remained clear until I reached about 10 miles from our destination. Two of us met for breakfast and by the time we ate and drove the last two miles to our kick off spot, there was already a couple of inches on the ground and it would continue to snow at a good pace all day..

I unloaded the bike and though a little although it was a little reluctant to start, it was soon warming up and ready to go;
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But being a true Ural adventure, things would not be so simple. One of the bike's motor seemed to be frozen solid. Rolling it into a shed we found that not only was the kickstarter locked but even when put in gear we couldn't get things to free up. It had been parked in the rain several days earlier and not run since. We were optimistic this was not a mechanical issue but just ice somewhere in the drivetrain. Twenty minutes or so with a kerosene torpedo heater on it and it was freed up and running. Just when we thought all four bikes were ready to roll.. one loses electric and shuts down. So back in the impromptu workshop of a shed we go... soon we discover a fuse that evidently didn't want to go for a ride. A spare was found and we were on our way.
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Though the high temps were in the twenties, it has been warmer recently so there were still puddles on the trails;
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NO, I mean puddles on the trail;
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The consistency of these puddles was more like a Coca Cola Slurpee than water but none of us really wanted to taste it so scouting ahead to check depth was the order of the day;
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We eventually reached our ultimate goal for the day, Forked River Mountain. At an elevation of only 187' perhaps you might think it is much of a mountain but with a rutted and snow covered approach, it offered enough of a challenge;
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But we crested the top and took a moment to savor our victory;
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Soon we turned back to retrace our tracks. We had discussed extending the ride a little with a little a little trail exploration on the way back but soon realized a direct route was the wiser choice. The ride back was slower as the snow was getting deeper. While three of the bikes wearing knobby snow tires, one was still sporting the stock street tires. He did pretty well as long as he was able to keep momentum, but needed some hill start assist on a few occasions;
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I didn't really hear this discussion but imagine it was about the finer points of traction in loose sand vs snow;
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It was difficult to get action shots as it requires removing a glove while bouncing down a slippery trail, but here's my best. Notice how well the camo paint works on the lead bike?;
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One of the bikes had another icing issue with a throttle cable refusing to return and causing the engine rev uncontrollably. We had to stop a couple of times for this and each time a few minutes of freeing things up would get us a couple miles before the condition returned.

So the ride back offered a few more challenges but that's just part of the adventure, right? It wasn't too long before we had made it back to pavement. Of course the only pavement we saw was because of a passing plow truck who gave us a thumbs up... Maybe he was pointing and laughing, visibility was pretty bad.

Pulling a trailer in heavy snow plus added issues with frozen bikes made this ride a bit more challenging than most. But was it fun and would I do it again? Absolutely! I'll be keeping an eye on the forecast for future storms...
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Re: Winter Ride in the Pines... Jersey Style

Post by cateyetech » Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:38 pm

GREAT ADVENTURE!!! :thumbsup:  
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Re: Winter Ride in the Pines... Jersey Style

Post by chumster » Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:02 pm

I saw one of of the plow truck drivers taking a video of us passing.
A few more pics:
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Re: Winter Ride in the Pines... Jersey Style

Post by stagewex » Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:01 pm

Good for you guys. Feet got cold just reading and looking at the pictures.
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Re: Winter Ride in the Pines... Jersey Style

Post by sagerat » Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:53 pm

Great job! Well done, comrades.
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Re: Winter Ride in the Pines... Jersey Style

Post by jaybird » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:52 pm

A few more photo's of the ride.

Some riders and rig's at the "summit" of Forked river mountain.
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The view looking Northeast from the "summit".
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Myself, upon arrival home, after a stop for coffee and to thaw the ice cubes out of my wiskers
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89k round trip for me.
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I've heard from a variety of sources that we were quite the Facebook celebrity's that day.

I'm glad you guys made it home safely, it looked like the drive home would be most treacherous.

It's always fun riding with you fellows, thanks for visiting my neck of the woods!

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Post by Tin Man » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:47 pm

Love the beard......... :cheers:
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Re: Winter Ride in the Pines... Jersey Style

Post by jaybird » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:38 am

Tin Man wrote:Love the beard......... :cheers:
All ya gotta do is quit shaving..., then again, I don't know you, so maybe you have!

I like to tell people that I've saved so much money on razor blades, I was able to buy this fine motorcycle!

It sure does collect a lot of stuff (Girls included)!

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Post by chumster » Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:11 pm

jaybird wrote:...

I've heard from a variety of sources that we were quite the Facebook celebrity's that day.

I'm glad you guys made it home safely, it looked like the drive home would be most treacherous.

It's always fun riding with you fellows, thanks for visiting my neck of the woods!

Happy trails,
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Jaybird - thank you for guiding us!

Dave - thank you for organizing the ride and the goodies!
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Post by Ironhorse Sa » Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:06 am

Epic pic of you! Great gear and beard!!
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Re: Winter Ride in the Pines... Jersey Style

Post by jaybird » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:25 am

Just for contrast, here is a photo of myself, and my neighbor and friend, Jersey Jon, with my Gear Up and his 101 Scout at the same place, on a different
day.
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Re: Winter Ride in the Pines... Jersey Style

Post by VWK75S » Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:31 am

:) Nice
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Re: Winter Ride in the Pines... Jersey Style

Post by Mystery Jig » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:28 pm

That looks awesome. Someday I will make the trip down from Maine to join you. Maybe I can get VWK75S to join me.
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