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Ocala: " Roads Not Maintained" Run

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jowens..."Those were Bunny trails compared to what the guys out west run."

Just a note on this comment....I have wheeled up and down the east coast for 25 years
and now up in the Northwest for 8 years....Here is my feeling towards that type of comment. (Mind you I am not sayng this in a bad way or with mean intention) In fact, I am making this statement in respect of all wheelers everywhere...

The riders in the Northwest face way different obstacles then we do in the south and; we face different stuff then the guys in the mid-atlantic...or further north..or those in middle America....etc.etc.etc...

I am positive that if a westerner came here, they would definitely have to learn the ropes of driving in southern swamp mud...period. And when I went to the Northwest, I entered into their environment like an idiot and almost killed myself on several occasions...simple things like the amount of pedal you give in the swamp mud as opposed to the skinny pedal you ride on an 8000 foot mountain side. The PNW4x4 boys in the Northwest (Oregon/Washington) let me ride with them and seriously taught me a lot about negotiating nasty mountains trails. Colorado rock damn near killed an old chevy I had years ago...

We all know our backyards well...and every different type of riding deserves dedication to learning the system and preparation. Remember...yes you can fall off of a 10,000 mountain and kill yourself real fast...but if you get stuck for too long here in the south in mud bogs the mosquitoes will eat you alive...lol...then there's gators, leaches and black moccasin snakes that are aggressive as hell. Standing in swamp water is good for the skin complexion but you become bait...

But that being said...there is no trail riding in forest like the ones out west. Those forests are huge and go on forever. Styles of driving are a learned event only improved by doing it over and over and over again.

...and Jim, nobody blamed you for not messing up that pretty motor and the money involved in building it...we all would have backed out of that day.

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lol. well I was glad I got to go. It was a blast. That first trail was fun the whole way. Where I was raised that would have been unpassable. Louisiana mud is much different than here. Back home its like clay and it sticks to everything. This is really the first time i have ran offroad in Florida, and its completely different than in Louisiana. Its actually alot easier here in that sand because it just flys right out of the tires leaving you clean tread to keep moving.

I would have kept going, but I knew yall were going to get into some deep water over by the lake, and I didnt wanna deal with that kind of clean up.

I didnt come out completely un-scathed, my throttle cable bound up on me last night, now I have to figure out whats going on with that this morning. I dunno if mud got in there somehow or if it just decided it was time to break.

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ok thanks to Pfun41, I got my throttle issues solved. apparently some of that mud made it down into the throttle body bell crank and gummed up the works. After spraying it with wd-40 and working it, then taking it apart and cleaning it and lubing it up with lithium grease it now works better than ever. I probably needed to do that anyway.

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I dont know if I have the guts to take on those trails out west. Those guys are fearless. Some of the things I have seen posted on trip reports here from out west, just makes me weak in the knees. You guys out west rock!

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hey digger,

This is gonna be one of those things we talk about on every trip.

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Ok this is to see how my exchange works here...

Video 1...I edited the videos with a theme in mind and music. I will post the youTube location with each and I ask that you watch them in order to get the full effect of the trip and be ready for some laughter...

http://youtu.be/Ts-vDrR7TAM

gotta see if this works first...

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Ok cool its good....

now here are the videos in the order ... the above is number one.....

http://youtu.be/RgOn2QRwisU #2

http://youtu.be/d6F1_9SL7n8 #3

http://youtu.be/IWxnuiF8oqM #4

http://youtu.be/cAxoMAxJy6c #5


I am working on the pics, but I think the guys covered it pretty well from that standpoint...but I did think of BikerPepe when we were out there and decided to make him a special gift....soon to come....


Dang it pfun....you had me damn near peeing my pants with laughter...I forgot about scuba steve...ROFLMAO....

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Wow that washout at the end of video 1 was too deep for me. lol Good thing Pfun went way left. that hole had an evil center to it.

That swamp on #4 was awesome. Im glad no one broke down severly in that mess.

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Actually vid 4 is where 89Bronco302 had the issues with the fuel pump relay...

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if you want to have the video appear in the post just put youtube inside [] at the front of the link and /youtube inside [] at the back of the link. You only need the part after the = sign in the youtube link.


That whole area looked flooded. was it like that up in the woods off the road too?

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So the pics I have are few but I believe they are not doubles of anybody elses...of course I'm an old senial fart so...

The campsite...




The trucks showing off their dirt...notice the campfire pit...covered, policed, and clean...zero impact baby!




And now a hello to BikerPepe in the only way Pepe could understand we love him...



Well, I'm done folks....time to go scrape mud of the truck...

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Heres my video. It also has all my pics in it as well.


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Yes I misspelled forest. my wife pointed it out, so did my son....... Im retarded ok. lol

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hey digger,

This is gonna be one of those things we talk about on every trip.
i saw the hardware store while when we left

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Wondering what scuba Steve does at the hardware store...I'm thinking they keep him away from the paint and solvent section....

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I just got this copy of Pepe's pic from ANGELO...I think its a better quality then mine..



...want then little devil fingers nice and clear...



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That black bronco was bad ass too. He has that thing looking good. Still working out a few bugs, but damn, hes got it goin on.

I think everyone on the ride had a fantastic rig! Lots of Bronco love goin on in Florida!

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great videos...really wish I could have been there for that last part...getting stuck and unstuck is half the fun....

Frank, where was that trail with all of the water? I want to mark that off on my map.

this is what I'm talking about...

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