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Ride Report: Return from the Edge of Void Rally 9

I have returned from peering over the edge of the Void 9. A big ‘thank you’ goes out to everyone who followed along on the SPOT and sent words of encouragement. You guys are the best.

The wet weather definitely made for additional challenges. But was I triumphant in my quest? Well, you’ll just have to read the full ride report to find out.

Void Rally 9: Roll Me and Call Me the Tumblin’ Dice

Greetings from THE VOID

Off I go in to the Void.

It’s my third go ’round for the Void Rally and you’d think I would’ve learned a few things and gained some confidence by now. But? You’d be wrong. As usual, I’m not so sure my route is any good. I’m not so sure I’ve maximized my bonus options to play the YAHTZEE scorecard to it’s full potential. Ahhhh, what the hell. I’m going riding and seeing some cool (silly) stuff along the way. In the rain, of course.

You’ll be able to follow my SPOT when I get underway at about 8:50am on Friday 10-10-14.

Where possible, I’ll try to get some pics going along the way. On Instagram, too.

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Above all else, I’m wishing safe travels to my fellow rally riders.

See ya later!

The VOID Rally 9 – Yahtzee!

This week I received my rally flag for the 9th VOID Rally. Say hello to Rider 52.

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New for this year is a Yahtzee game component to the rally. As if I didn’t have enough of a hard time completing the rally as it was :)

The 24 hour rally kicks off on Friday October 10th. Scoring will open at 1:30pm on Saturday with 4:00 pm being the DNF cutoff. If all goes well and based on past performance, I will already have my paperwork turned in, have been scored and be in the process of enjoying a delicious nap by the time that deadline occurs.

Over the course of the next few days I will have a mental breakdown planning my route only to say “screw it, just have a fun ride” at the last minute. Good times. :)

I’ll have the SPOT tracker going for the rally this year. That way you’ll be able to see the when I’m in some fleabag motel listen to hooker-sex or having the bejeezus scared out of me on some dark and lonely road.

Just a few more days!

Big Kids Playing in the Puddles

At some point you just come to terms with your shortcomings. I will never be a confident dirt rider. There is something about the looseness of it that I cannot give myself over to. That and the fact that I don’t do it nearly enough to become good at it.

Riding dirt roads, gravel roads, dirt trails – I’m fine. As soon as I see water and mud? Forget about it. I freeze. When the answer is often to keep your momentum going to carry you through I end up shooting myself in the foot and slowing down to collect my thoughts before tackling whatever sopping mess is in front of me.

When we were riding in Berkshires this spring, things were…. damp. I tentatively putt-putted my way through some big, long puddles.

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My dude and fellow unicorn spotter Gary directing me to avoid a big rock under the water.

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He must’ve been looking out for me after witnessing me fling both me and my bike down an embankment about 10 minutes earlier. Judging by the look on his face when I came back to Earth and looked at him, it must’ve been quite the spectacular wipeout. Oopsie.

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I’ll just keep tagging along on these dual sport rides when I can. If nothing else, the scenery is always great! :)

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