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Jericho with kids, Sessions and Thompsons

I got my new bike! When I told my buddy Neil about it, he happened to be planning a trip with the kids to the dunes for the end of spring break and invited us along. The weather was cold as we left Cache Valley and there was fresh snow on the ground.

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We made it to our camp spot, but as we were unloading the bike, Neil noticed something weird with the hitch… long-story-short, make sure you trust your welder, the crossmember and hitch that he paid a guy to weld to the frame of the trailer had completely broke off one side and was being held by just and inch or so of weld on the other side, there was no penetration to the frame. So, he took back off to Eureka and after asking a few locals, found an old retired welder there that was able to totally weld it up right. I wish I would have taken a picture of it.

It was the first time to the dunes for most of the people in the group, but everybody did great. I had fun breaking in my brand new bike with a couple of days of pinning the throttle through the sand.

Crew: Neil, Porter and Stone Session; Wes, Colton and Clint Thompson; Logan, Landon and me.

See the full photo gallery here.

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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in fun

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Badlands, Wy with the kids

We were itching to ride and it was cold in Cache Valley, so we decided to venture out with our friends the Sessions and try a place that Neil’s been before.

After driving for a almost 3 hours, it had warmed up to a balmy 22° and there was still a skiff of fresh snow on the ground. I was nervous that it was going to be way too greasy, but the sun was out and we’d driven a long time, so we were going to try… It took us a little while to get one of the bikes running, but once we did, the moisture had absorbed a little and by the middle of the day, we were having a blast.

It was a fun place to play around, there is a variety of stuff to ride, you can pick your comfort level.

Crew: Neil, Porter, Stone, Logan, Landon and me.


Posted by on April 24, 2013 in fun, Trails


Goodbye Yamaha – Hello KTM

Just gotta dedicate this post to the last couple years of good riding on what I thought was an awesome bike, my 2008 YZ450F.

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Things I loved:

  • Looks: the white, black and red looked really good I thought… although the 2009 with the black wheels looked even better.
  • Factory Connection suspension: before I even rode this bike, I sent the suspension off to Factory Connection and had them re-do the springs/valving for off-road/trail riding. It ended up matching my style of riding perfectly and felt like a cadillac through all the little technical chop. It was a little soft on the whoops and any type of significant jump, but I don’t do that very much anyway.
  • Coming off my CRF450X, this bike felt a lot smaller and lighter with a lower center of gravity, seemed like it was a lot easier to recover if I lost my balance or got crossed up in ruts and roots.
  • Power was plenty for me and easy to manage.
  • Reliable, I never had any type of serious problem with this bike, just regular maintenance and TLC.

Things I didn’t like:

  • Kicking it, I was spoiled that my first real bike had e-start. Fortunately, I learned how to hold my mouth just right in about any situation and could usually start it in just a couple of kicks. Cold= choke, 3 squirts, don’t touch the throttle, kick. Hot= half squirt, barely pull on hot start, kick. After wreck= hop on right foot while spinning counter-clockwise, hot start full open, kick 4 or 5 times… etc.
  • No kickstand, took me a little while to remember to turn off my gas every time I laid he bike down. Made it a lot harder to ride with the kids and jump off to help them when they tip it over.

I hope the gentleman who bought it off KSL will enjoy it as much as I did!

New (to me) bike: 2009 KTM 450 XCF. Thanks to my buddy Zac for giving me a deal I couldn’t pass up. He took really good care of this bike and it has quite a bit less hours than my Yamaha was getting on it. So far, I’ve ridden it in Moab, Cherry Creek, California, and a couple of trails up by Dayton, ID. I love it! It’s already a lot more scratched and probably feels a lot more abused than when Zac had it, but I think this is the start of my favorite bike relationship. Hopefully, I’ll be able to stay injury free and find time to get it out regularly.



Posted by on May 30, 2011 in fun

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Close to home

It was such a long cold spring which made it hard to satisfy the itch to get out and ride trails… occasionally I’d take off for an hour or so from the house or get the kids and go ride close to home and to hopefully get a little bit of a workout. I happy to live where I do, although Providence or Millville might be nicer for this type of convenience…

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Posted by on May 27, 2010 in fun

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CJ Hymas in DirtRider for winning at Big Sky

In case any of you missed it in one of the recent DirtRider mags, CJ got a little write-up for winning Big Sky XC. Nice job CJ! Click on the picture to get the fullsize.


Posted by on March 24, 2010 in fun

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