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PostSubject: Switchback's Birthday ride   Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:51 pm

First of all this was a small ride due to the uncertainty of the weather, the road conditions and trail conditions. Specially since February finally dumped a bunch of snow on us. We didn't even know if we were going to the day of the ride. We were able to leave a couple hours later than we wanted to but we were eastbound and down on the Ohio Turnpike at 7:30 Saturday morning. cheers Well 4-1/2 hours and one gas/restroom break later we arrived at theSSRT trailhead. Only to find our friends were already there. So we put on our layers of winter riding gear and we hit the wintery trail. There was plenty of icy scenery and deep snow. I think all 4 of us ran 4WD all day long. I had to run low range in diff lock a couple of time to bust some drifts and get thru a few deep spots. Once I was thru those spots the others had no problems making it. The snow was perfect making snowballs. Since we had left the trailhead later than planned we made b-line for the lunch spot. After lunch it was back on the trail. We rode some of the trails that are narrow with pines lining each side. Boy those were some fun trails! We rode till about 5:30pm and loaded up for and headed to dinner at Casanova Nostalgia
Day 2, Sunday. We headed back to the same trailhead because the other trailhead wasn’t plowed. Sunday was more great riding. With the other trailhead being closed, it ruined our plans to go to Ludwigs Sandwich Shop since most of the trails are away from Ludwigs and the trailhead we parked at. So being at the other end of the trails around lunch time we headed to lunch, with the hungry man in the lead and with the hammer down. Well we ended up going to same place again.. While we were eating, tragedy struck, but we were able to remedy the situation. We were soon back out on the trail and we went looking for one of the trails near Coopers. Once we got out there it seemed as our trail was modified but with a little bit of GPS study we were able to find it. Some more great riding in the afternoon and the sun peaked thru the cloud cover at times. We all had a great time. We even found a way down to the river. Very peaceful, just the sound of the rapids.
We loaded up and headed back to Clearfield to meet Praire Pounder and Wifee for dinner at Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub. It finally happened Wacker met a burger he COULDN’T finish. I will say it was a lot burger WOW. I settled for a 1LB burger and was able to finish it. I will give Wacker credit he has taken on the Pounder and finished it and the fries too. But this time for him it was the agony of defeat. Everyone else had a good meal at Denny’s. Then it was back to the motel for some ice cream cake that PP and Wifee picked up and stashed at the motel. Thanks a lot for brining the cake you 2! I love you
Monday morning we all headed for the Straub Brewery in St. Mary’s, PA. Home of the eternal tap and one the best brewery tours I’ve ever been on. The beer isn’t bad either, I was out at home so I took little back with us.

It was a great time riding and visiting with friends, we were very glad we made it despite the weather. Looking back on it the weather actually made for a great ride. cheers


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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:05 pm

Great ride report and Pics.Ruger. Looks like everyone had a great time.
Finally a burger that got the best of Wacker.

Happy Birthday Marsha.
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:12 pm

Happy Birthday to MudSub... Happy Birthday to MudSub... Happy Birthday to MudSub... Happy Birthday to MudSub...

Ruger that's a really good ride report.

We loved all the details you put into it, right down to the pine trees, ice & snow and even the tragedy. Razz

Well, yes the big burger got the best of me, but I must say it's awful hard to get started on a meal that big so late in the evening around 8:30pm. pig

The meals we had at all locations were exceptionally good.

"A Good Time was had by All..." Very Happy

Click on Picture for more with captions...




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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:16 pm

Nice report guys. Looks like you all had a great ride.
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:26 pm

Looks like you guys had a good time.
Looked a little cold.
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:17 pm

Ruger, what a report! That took some time to write and spice up with so many pics. Very very nice reading.

"Tragedy" is too mild of a word for what you guys were faced with. I don't know how you kept your composure considering the circumstances. Whew!! That could have been awful!!

Buffet Wacker finally had an off day... It was like watching Clint get out-drawed by some thug...Like seeing The Duke fall off his horse...Like seeing Switchback (Birthday Girl) drive around a mud hole...It's one of those things you just thought you would never see. Ever. But, I gotta defend my buddy. That burger is insane. Wi-Fee called it a meatloaf on a bun. Don't let the photo mislead you. That burger is not for the faint of belly. Our waitress told us less than 10% of attempts end in victory. Even the one pounder is way more than most heavy eaters will want to take on. This story does has a happy ending though. After getting back to our hotel, the Daddy was recovered enough to have some DQ birthday ice cream cake. What a trooper he is.

Wi-Fee and I had a great time. Hopefully we can join in on the riding next time.
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:04 pm

Nice report and pictures! It's great to see people actually riding & reporting on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:20 pm

Thank you Waker,Giddy-up Girl,Wi-Fee, PP and to my LOVE !! I had a great time , Good food and Great BEER!! Thank you all for my new Helmet, Horn and BRA. I'm glad we made the trip Even with all that snow it was a GREAT TIME and it wasn't COLD.
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:22 pm

Excellent ride report Ruger. Can't believe Wacker met his match on a burger.
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:44 pm

I knew he was in for fight cause I seen one of those 2 pounders last time we were there. Maybe next time, I think there might be a re-match in the future.
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:04 pm

Hope I'm there to see it. I would almost buy it for him IF he put the whole meal down
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:35 pm

But you see Ed.... there is already incentive to finish...

Half Price.... T-shirt.... certificate.... & your picture on the wall.

But it just didn't go down like that... so maybe next time.

You could pay for the other half though... Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:38 pm

Your on. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:36 pm

Great friends
Great ride
Great report
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:54 am

Stay tuned, I'll have to post another picture with some of SBR's presents installed. I keep forgetting when I get home after work.
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:56 pm

Here she is sproting her new helmet and the newly installed horn for her Yamacliner.








Thanks PP & Wifee
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:27 am

Very Happy Very Happy Now I can really tear up the trails Exclamation Wink Wink Watch out here I come Exclamation
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:47 am

Cool Pics... Nice. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:39 am

I'm not sure that is a DOT approved atv helmet but the horn looks like it means business Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:37 am

The horn was a pain to install on the rack. Course the rack was the only place it would fit anyhow. I ended up taking the rack off to mount the horn.
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PostSubject: Re: Switchback's Birthday ride   Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:07 pm

Very Classy!
She'll have to wear a pink camo outfit instead of a purple camo outfit...
Ruger- why don't you work on that for her... Razz
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