2020/02/17 – Chris & Scott Collins and …

Back out in West Sooke. Chris, Scott, Brendan, myself, James and Dave B. Unfortunately, I was an idiot and entered through the track with the big hole in it and Dave followed me… well tried to, but he took Brendan’s old line. That’s the second time he’s swamped the 701 riding with me, and 2nd bike the hole has claimed.

We did the normal entrance, played on the big bank (both up and down from Lucky Lane) … there’s a case of having to hit a line accurately! Went down the power lines to the Jacob Creek connector. Spent a some time on the cordoroy road. Had to back up at one point as there was a couple of big trees down, so we backed out and ran up to the main/first/top entrance. James insisted on taking the first left, which was pretty and interesting (but wrong). Second left got us to rock garden I expected and through to Kirby with some sweat. Scott and Brendan went home at that point… we knew Scott was on a short schedule. James wanted to re-visit big-rock, so we dragged Chris through there. Turns out my bike wasn’t charging right (would run off the stator, but not recharge the battery), which made the downhill/exit from Big Rock interesting had to bump start twice but managed to keep it running through all of the slash.

We exited a bit early, but it’s always nice to get home in daylight.

(Header pic taken by Scott C, thanks!)

Why? – movies, no learning – just instant proficiency?

Denna pointed this out, at least a couple years back. I’m pretty sure it was a reference to one of the star-wars movies, but I could be wrong. It was a rant about how the movies don’t show the learning process. In the very first (70s) movie, Luke didn’t enjoy training. If I’m not mistaken it was part of the empire strikes back too. Modern movies? The kid makes up their mind to do something, and all the skills magically happen.

Learning is a process. You _stretch_ your skills/boundaries/abilities/strengths. It doesn’t just happen. It takes time, study, practice. It goes faster with the right training/teacher, but it ain’t instant, and anything worth learning isn’t painless either.

(what price did you pay? what did you give up? Somewhere along that 50+ year long line, I was told, you can have anything you want, as long as it is the only thing you want.)

2020/01/14 update

No entries for a bit :(

I missed the new years ride due to some bike trouble. I _thought_ it was another case of oil in the gas, but my current guess is dirt in the carb, most likely the pilot jet passages. I thought an oil change had fixed it, so I also missed the next ride with James (5th). But I did take the trials bike out to VMC on both the 5th and 12th.

Spent a little time trying to work on wheelies. Can’t really say I’m getting much better. Should get back on the mountain bike too.

I still haven’t ripped the carb out of the bike, as I’m waiting on a new float valve and seat, which should arrive shortly. I don’t believe that’s the problem, but pulling the carb out of the DRZ isn’t much fun, so I’d rather not do it twice (and it’s an old carb with a manual petcock, so maintaining the float valve is probably a good idea).

(Snow on the ground here!)

[edit: looks like it was me screwing up and getting the o-ring and washer backwards on the air-fuel (idle) mixture screw. The inability to adjust the mixture, combined with the small pilot meant the idle circuit was basically not working.]

2019/12/29 – West Shawnigan with Kory, James, Devin and co.

A great ride, mostly single track, long. Started out with Paul leading, and ended with Devin leading. Seven riders (Kyle and Tonow being the other two).

I can’t say my cardio is currently great, but I do ride enough that I felt like I lasted better than many of the other riders. I started as one of the weaker riders, and played it fairly cautious… so many/most of the other riders picked up their bike more often than I did… and as a consequence I wasn’t dragging my arse at the end of the day.

There are pix and video, will try to find a moment to add/edit them.