Riding Meteor MC’s 2010 Ride in the Pines Dual Sport Event

Riding Meteor MC’s 2010 Ride in the Pines Dual Sport Event

At o’dark-thirty on Saturday morning, Dave and I left Long Island with our bikes loaded in the back of his pickup. We were heading three hours south into the sandy wilds of New Jersey for Meteor MC’s 2010 Ride in the Pines dual sport event.

Ride in the Pines Dual Sport Meteor

Starting from the Wading Pines campground in Chatsworth, the route for Saturday was 70 miles of sandy lanes and trails that made their way through the Wharton State Forest. I knew the Pine Barrens were sandy, but never having been there before, I didn’t know just how sandy.

I make no allusion to having any idea what I am doing on a motorcycle once it leaves the safety of the pavement. So far it seems like it has been luck that safely carried me through to the other side of the trail as opposed to skill. I expected this ride to be much of the same.

Pete & Dave - My Babysitters
Pete & Dave - My Babysitters

One noticeable difference though was that I went in to the ride without the sinking feeling of defeat. This time I tried to take a different mental tact. Instead of psyching myself out I figured, hell – if those guys can do it so can I. Maybe I can’t do it with as much grace and speed, but if I take my time and don’t pressure myself too much, I should be fine. I really think that was the biggest favor I did myself.

Way to go Wawa! Fruit & Cheese for lunch <3 Pete in the Pine Barrens Non-sand section of the Meteor Ride
Thanks to Dave for supplying me with some photos!

Did I mention that the Pine Barrens are sandy? Near the tail end of the first half of the ride, we came upon a pocket of deep sugar sand that seemed to go on forever. This was the first section where I felt like I was not really in control of what I was doing. This was also the scene of my first drop. And second… and… third.

By the point that I’d dropped the bike for the third time in less than 300 feet, I felt hot and tired from picking it up. I sat there for a few minutes with my flooded bike, collecting my thoughts and taking sips from my camelback. I was frustrated but,  still I didn’t feel deflated. That in an of itself was progress.

We motored on to the Wawa at the halfway point and grabbed a bite to eat. I was feeling generally good about my riding. It was a gorgeous fall day, the company was good and I was loving life.

Always making new friends - Me & Bigfoot
Always making new friends - Me & Bigfoot

Pete and Dave gave me some tips on how to deal with the deep sand which I tried to put into practice on the second leg of the ride after lunch. I was up on the pegs, keeping my speed up and allowing the bike to move around much more easily underneath me. I started to settle into my own comfortable rhythm going through the sandy whoops. That feeling of being out of control subsided.

Mr Bill got an Oh No! Workout in the Pine BarrensIn hindsight, maybe I felt a little too proud of myself. One minute I was cruising along at a good clip (for me) and the next minute I was on the ground seeing stars. You know that feeling when something hurts so bad that you can’t make any sound at all? Yea. That’s what I felt.

I lay on my back rocking side to side thinking OMG did I just break my hip?!? F*CK that hurts! I lay there for a few seconds trying not to freak out. I lifted my legs, wriggled my toes and when everything seemed to be working as it should, I rolled over onto my hands and knees and stood up. Yea, that’s was going to leave a mark.

I looked over at my beached whale of a bike and saw that I managed to find and fall on what seemed to be the only tree root stretching across the sandy trails of Pine Barrens. There we were in miles and miles of soft sand trails and I fell on something hard. Figures.

With my hip smarting like nobodies business, I just didn’t have the strength to pick my bike up again. Before long 3 guys from Meteor came up behind me and righted my bike and waited with me until I could get moving again. I felt kind of bad that they were obliged to babysit me until I could get my shit together but they were really kind about it.

Fuzzygalore on Meteor Dual Sport Ride 2010

That fall took the wind out of my sails. I rode the remaining 15 miles or so at a snails pace, wiping out once more for good measure. I felt really gun shy when I saw the sand getting deeper. My thigh and hip were on fire and I just couldn’t stand up on the pegs anymore so I wobbled my way through the remaining sand pockets.

It was such a relief to find Dave napping on the side of the trail waiting for me. I think he grew a full beard in the time he was sitting there. I felt bad that he was there for so long but it sure was nice to have the company. We rode back to the campground together.

I feel like I learned a lot on the ride and that I did the best that I was capable of doing at the time. So I’m happy about that.  I can’t wait to get back out there and try again.

[EDIT  February 26, 2011]

My bruised thighJust thought I would share some of sexy photos with you all. This time line covers about a 12 hours span following the day I fell.

My thigh began to blow up and was very sore. The lump was HUGE. Looking down, the lump stuck far enough out to rest a cup of coffee on. Kind of like my own portable side table.

It is now 5 months later, my thigh still has a visible lump on it.

My bruised and swollen thigh

 

 

12 Replies to “Riding Meteor MC’s 2010 Ride in the Pines Dual Sport Event”

  1. Great write up girl I envy you being able to have adventures like this one that challenge you physically and mentally. Wearing braces on both feet I would never venture on to a dual sport much less into the sand. Good on you for getting out of your comfort zone!

  2. I envy you being able to tackle something like this challenge – it is not something I could do with the braces on my feet.

    Congrats on stepping out of your comfort zone and being willing to face new challenges!

    Well written article girl!

  3. I remember my first off road training about – uh wait – make that 13 or 14 years ago on a rented dirt bike in the South of France. I went down more times than I care to count, and did snail speed. I was sore and bruised for many days. So, you did really good, compared to me.
    However, I still remember that adventure very well… let’s call it ‘the good times’.

  4. Great write up. It is so easy to give tips on how to ride off road not so easy to understand what is the perception of it when it’s all new for you. See you at the Hammer Run!

  5. Very good Fuzz. Tearin up the dirt, pretty awesome. I hate Wawa though. It’s just horrible. Good job with the fruit and cheese. Must have been a cold camping trip. Still, was an awesome time I’m sure.

  6. This is such an amazing entry and I love to read more of it so that I will be able to look over and have it as an inspiration for further articles to write about when it comes to updates on motorcycle news and it’s pros and cons too. I do hope you will get to visit our official website and let us know what you think about it.
    and thanks ahead. 🙂

  7. Hey, I wouln’t worry too much about the fall, I used to ride a Yamaha XT250 25 years ago but now ride a Kawasaki Concours. Recently my friend asked me if I wanted to try using his bike and him and I did the Pine Barrens ride with you, I hadn’t been on soft sand in a long time and was struggling a little and also took a tumble, didn’t break anything on me or the bike, just my ego. It was a lot of fun though. I like your blog. Check out mine, I still have to write about the Meteor meeting.

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