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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-10-2007, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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The Gap at night

As Trip stated earlier, my first ever Gap run was at 10:30 Friday night after the cookout. How did I let that happen...

I rode my zx10 about 4.5 hours to the store (Deals Gap Resort). The last 15 minutes of that ride was in the pouring rain. Got checked in. Wet clothes off at about 4:00p.m. I was beat from the ride so I took a nap while the road dried out. (My plan was to make a gap run and then hit the TWF cookout @ 7:00) Woke up at 5:30 and, guess what, it was raining again. No gap run before dinner. So I rode to the lodge for the cookout.

Had a blast at the cookout (see cookout pics thread). We played ping pong and pool afterward. (JLBusa I'll be ready for ya next year) Then Trip asks who's up for a night run. Of course I was dying to ride, so here we go.

Before we left, I told everyone that I wanted in the back AND that I had NEVER been on the gap before. There were a few, "Are you sure?" "Man you're crazy!" But I had no idea what I was in for.

The following is the internal commentary from fpzx10...

Turn one: nice lil curve, gettin warmed up, keep up

Turns 3-5: Holy f'n crap. What have I done?

One mile in: Just watch the guy in front of you

Two miles in: Don't let him leave you. His headlight is the only way you can see the exits

Three miles in: Did I pay my last life insurance premium?

Four miles in: This is the life or death version space mountain

Five miles in: This road is never going to end. KEEP UP!!!!!

Six miles: What irresponsible f*** let me do this

Mile seven: We have got to be close to the end

Mile eight: I think I'm getting the hang of this (easy section)

Almost mile nine: Hey, there's the guys. We made it. LET'S DO THAT AGAIN!!!

And here we are at the overlook. Of course I'm the one taking the pic



JLBusa has a great vid of the night run. Can't wait til he posts it.
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-10-2007, 06:27 PM
 
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I wish I could have made it to the cookout, but I didn't get back from cookeville till late. Still I it was nice meeting and riding with you across the skyway today.
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Yeah I didn't find out til later that you never rode it, I think I found out at the overlook after we made the first one.

I kinda wish we did more night runs to get a video since I don't make them that often, I didn't bring my camcorder on the first night and everyone was too tired last night. They are interesting, especially when you get stuck in the front. R1/Me had the responsibility in the first pack, was it JLBusa and NYRican in the second?

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ONE FLUCKING PIC!?!?!?!??!?!

Nice recap... Now name everyone in that pic!!!
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I wish I could have made it to the cookout, but I didn't get back from cookeville till late. Still I it was nice meeting and riding with you across the skyway today.
Same here. It was great having some locals around all weekend.
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glad y'all had a blast one day I'll have to make it up there & ride with the TWFer's.
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glad y'all had a blast one day I'll have to make it up there & ride with the TWFer's.
We are doing it again next year.

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We are doing it again next year.
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We are doing it again next year.
I'll kick my grandma in the baby-maker to get there next year.
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FP-thats got to be the funniest commentary I have ever seen!! JL and I are sitting here with tears rolling down our faces we are laughing so hard!!! You are a brave dude man, brave!! (JL said he was thinking the same thing, especially with his laser beam headlight!)
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FP-thats got to be the funniest commentary I have ever seen!! JL and I are sitting here with tears rolling down our faces we are laughing so hard!!! You are a brave dude man, brave!! (JL said he was thinking the same thing, especially with his laser beam headlight!)
Laser beam. Thank God for the HIDs (also known as The Sun) on the front of Chad's bike
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I led this pack out to the overlook.... I couldn't see jack Shiit! At least I got us all there safe.

I have pics that I will post up later this week. I only slept 4 or 5 hours a night since Tuesday, and I woke up at 5:30 AM this morning, and got home at 5:50 pm this afternoon.... I'm freakin beat and tired.

Oh and Trip.. Chad and I showed up last night for a night run at 11:00 and no one was at crossroads, so I dragged his ass up to the outlook for a night run anyway. I have it all on video. I gave both of my mini DV cam tapes to Chad so he can burn them on a dvd for me then he will send them to me hopefully this week so I can get chads, aarons, and my Dragon runs uploaded.

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I led this pack out to the overlook.... I couldn't see jack Shiit! At least I got us all there safe.

I have pics that I will post up later this week. I only slept 4 or 5 hours a night since Tuesday, and I woke up at 5:30 AM this morning, and got home at 5:50 pm this afternoon.... I'm freakin beat and tired.

Oh and Trip.. Chad and I showed up last night for a night run at 11:00 and no one was at crossroads, so I dragged his ass up to the outlook for a night run anyway. I have it all on video. I gave both of my mini DV cam tapes to Chad so he can burn them on a dvd for me then he will send them to me hopefully this week so I can get chads, aarons, and my Dragon runs uploaded.
I think everyone was beat yesterday. You da man for leading that run Friday
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I think everyone was beat yesterday. You da man for leading that run Friday
Thanks, I led last night for Chad too... I took it a little easier for his sake.
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I led this pack out to the overlook.... I couldn't see jack Shiit! At least I got us all there safe.
Yeah then somehow I got suckered into the return trip lead position. I rather follow slowly than lead in the blackness.

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Yeah then somehow I got suckered into the return trip lead position. I rather follow slowly than lead in the blackness.
That was some serious blackness. The headlights point straight into the trees while the road makes a 90* left or right.
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Yeah I didn't find out til later that you never rode it, I think I found out at the overlook after we made the first one.

I kinda wish we did more night runs to get a video since I don't make them that often, I didn't bring my camcorder on the first night and everyone was too tired last night. They are interesting, especially when you get stuck in the front. R1/Me had the responsibility in the first pack, was it JLBusa and NYRican in the second?
I had the pleasure of leading the second group on the trip back JLBusa didn't want to lead anymore with his straight laser beam of a head light. It was defenetly an experience being the lead nut.
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