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Offline Jaqhama

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The Singletrack from Hell
« on: September 01, 2007, 02:15:46 pm »
For some reason I am unable to load my ride report here in the Ride Report section of WD's?

But you can link to it at ADVrider here...it's well worth a read. 8)

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262054
« Last Edit: September 01, 2007, 02:16:17 pm by Jaqhama »
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Re: The Singletrack from Hell
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2007, 03:28:18 pm »
 :o

The only plus to being so deep in mud, nobody would have noticed if you crapped yourself.
I think i might have.

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Re: The Singletrack from Hell
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2007, 04:32:21 pm »
:o

The only plus to being so deep in mud, nobody would have noticed if you crapped yourself.
I think i might have.

The recommended technique for extracting yourself from quicksand/bog is to lie on your stomach (to spread the load more) and scoop the watery sand/mud towards yourself, like a slow motion frog crawl.
But...the water level was a foot above the mud, hence my head would have been under the water. And...my legs had sunk so deep I would have been unable to lie forwards anyway.
I knew if I started to panic I was going to be in awful trouble, so I took a couple of slow deep breaths and decided to continue trying to move the bike back into the shallower mud.
Once it landed there it dug like an anchor at low tide; and I used it to haul myself out.
Whew!
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Re: The Singletrack from Hell
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2007, 04:46:18 pm »
Rough stuff.

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Re: The Singletrack from Hell
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2007, 05:05:11 pm »
Rough stuff.

Is your book finished?

Doing the last three pages right now.
BUT...going to have re-write about another 20 pages, for some reason that segment won't upload to the publisher properly. Farkkkkkk.
Waiting on the cover design now also.

So apart from that all is good to go, then await the edit copy of novel for  proofreading before it is ready for actual printing.
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Re: The Singletrack from Hell
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2007, 06:10:02 pm »
Madness!  :o Things can go wrong so easily... and so damn quickly.   :o
 

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Re: The Singletrack from Hell
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2007, 10:36:01 pm »
Sounds like a close call !  Glad you made it out in one piece, even if you have bruises to remember it by!  Some good lessons can be taken from your experience though. Once again the value of FULL ATGATT. Also the recommendation of riding with a buddy. At least then there is someone who can go for help if you cant help yourself.  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: The Singletrack from Hell
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2007, 10:26:56 am »
Actually I only wear ATGATT when I'm riding off road.

My normal summer riding attire is over the ankle boots, jeans and a t-shirt when I'm road riding. Plus summer gloves and a helmet.

I don't recommend that for anyone else, it's entirely up to the individual.
I always recommend ATATT to anyone doing dirt roads or trails and tracks.

I also agree about taking a riding partner on off road excursions, but unlike myself few people I know who trail bike get days off during the week, so I go alone or I wouldn't be going at all.

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