|CLine on the 125cc Kicker|
Thirty minutes later it was time to teach her how to lock up the rear while in motion, then learn to ride it out and get back up to speed. It would give her a good idea of threshold braking on loose surface, and what you needed to do when the bike starts to slide sideways out from underneath you. She attempted it nervously the first couple of times, then she started laughing out loud as the rear would lock, then slip sideways until she got off the clutch and brake and back onto the throttle. For a time that was all I heard in my helmet, a short pause, then the sound of her maniacal laughter over the Cardo Scala G4 communicator.
|CLine having fun on the Yamahahaha|
It was time to get her off of the farm and out onto some of the clay roads in the area for some easy puddle jumping and other antics, perhaps the following Saturday over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend?
Saturday's Trial Trail Ride:
|De Sable River PE|
Photo Credit: CLine
We took the bikes around the lower field to get them and us warmed up, then off we went bound for Mill Road where I was happy to roost away taking the lead down the road, and happily splashing through the puddles until I saw CLine doing the same thing behind me. Laughing like a little girl every time the water sprayed out from underneath her tires.
|Raring to go again...|
"When in danger or in doubt,
a twist of the throttle will get you out."
|CLine playing with all that power|
Not quite "Hold my beer and watch this!" but give her some time. ;)
Monday's Trail Ride and Hill Climb:
|Clay roads in the hood|
|Are you ready yet, Ron?|
|Don't they make a cute couple?|
Definitely fun to hear her laughing as she blasts through that, and to see her correct the rear end fish tail with a touch of throttle. Brilliant!
|Photo Credit: CLine|
|She poses for me. :D|
"Stop that! What are you doing! Don't touch that!"
|Ross Road PE|
Time to up her game... I stopped and grabbed a four inch diameter spruce and dropped it on the trail and asked her to come back, then showed her how to bump over it from a stand still, which she did, then promptly turned round and rode back over it on the way back. You gotta love that spirit.
|Don't worry, I cleaned it up.|
I'd asked her earlier if she wanted to learn how to do a wheelie, but the answer was an emphatic "No, thank you." at the time. Now she was ready for them, and after I told her that she could use them to lift the front over logs, puddles, washouts etc., I got to watch her carefully follow my instructions until it happened... Her front tire lofted all of two inches off the ground, accompanied by that maniacal laughter I knew so well. I had to slow down as she was determined to try them again and again until she had first gear clutch ups perfected!
I stopped recording the video a moment too soon, as her last wheelie was the best visible. Sorry, you had to be there.
You can hear her laughter over my helmet speakers!
|It was just a beautiful fall day, and I loved the company|
I'd forgotten that the access road through Brookvale took you up a hill. It sort of stands to reason as it is adjacent to a ski hill... Doh! No sooner did we hit the uphill slope, when I realized that this was a challenge to MY rusty skills! I distinctly recall following Willie up Devil's Elbow back in Ontario, but at the time he was on this bike making it look easy while I tried not to topple off my KLR. I failed, but was very happy to have gotten the bike upright and rolling again before he could get his leg swung off the bike to come help me pick up the big Fugly KLR. With that in mind, I thought for sure that CLine was going to hit three rocks in a row, lose control of the 230 and call me for help, and I was already rehearsing my apologies for bringing her up this crappy section of washed out, rock strewn rutted trail, but everytime I hit a good patch of trail and was able to look back, her head light was still back there in motion behind me until I lost sight of her as I crested the hill! This girl is definitely a keeper! Do you have any wonder why I'm in love with my riding partner? :D
|This is the easy bit of the slope.|
|I need to figure out how to blow my own horn while I'm doing these|
Photo credit: CLine
Look for us again this weekend, either gettin' dirty or out on the street... If I don't end up in bed sick as a dog.