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The Place / Re: Milestone closing?
« on: July 16, 2018, 12:27:37 PM »
I live in the area, developers are literally buying up houses and tearing them down to build warehouses.  Wouldn't surprise me at all.

That is for sure. South Fontana has put in a bunch of warehouses, and in North Fontana is also doing the same. If you look at what surrounds Milestone, you only see warehouses all around. There is big money involved, and of course, the cities would rather have warehouses than "noisy and dusty" places.

The Place / Re: Glen Helen Main Track Saturday
« on: July 16, 2018, 07:26:39 AM »
Yeah, it was fun for the SoCal OTMX race on Sunday.

The Place / SoCal OTMX at Cahuilla this Sunday 7/22
« on: July 16, 2018, 07:25:23 AM »
SoCal OTMX will be at Cahuilla on the vet track this Sunday 7/22.

So get out there for a fun day of racing.

The Place / TWMX at Perris this Sunday 7/22
« on: July 16, 2018, 07:23:22 AM »
TWMX Rnd 2 of the Terra Firma series will be at Perris this coming Sunday 7/22 at Perris.

The Place / REM summer series Rnd 1 Sat 7/21 - Also 6d Helmet Raffle
« on: July 16, 2018, 07:19:34 AM »
REM is on this Sat 7/21 and it's the first round of the summer series. Everyone that signs up to race will also have a chance to win a 6d helmet.

Should be a great time as always. Please be sure to hydrate and come ready for the heat, as it's supposed to be hot and humid this weekend.

The Place / SoCal OTMX at GH on the Main track this Sunday 7/15
« on: July 09, 2018, 05:47:00 PM »
SoCal OTMX will be racing at GH on the National track this Sunday 7/15. Come on out and race with SoCal OTMX and have a great time this Sunday.

The Place / REM race on Sat 7/14 is CANCELLED
« on: July 01, 2018, 07:41:04 PM »
The REM race on Sat 7/14 is cancelled. The next race for REM is on Sat, July 21st. The raffle for a new 6D helmet will also be moved to the 21st and everyone that signs up to race on will have a chance to win the helmet.

The Place / REM is back on this Sat - 6/30
« on: June 24, 2018, 06:58:34 PM »
Ok, REM is on again this Sat. See you there.

The Place / Re: SoCal OTMX at Milestone Vet this Sun 6/24
« on: June 24, 2018, 06:56:44 PM »
Awesome day today. Track was great and the club did a great job with the program.

The Place / Milestone
« on: June 22, 2018, 06:23:22 PM »
I live fairly close to Milestone, so I go there often and meet up with Wags and some others and ride on the Vet track. Yes, I like riding the Vet. It has enough for me to enjoy my time there. I used to ride the main quite a bit, and would basically do most jumps, but I don't jump like I used to, plus too many fast riders on the main and I just become an obstacle.

But, the main right now (IMO) is set up with a great flow, jumps with good options, so if you want to go big, no problem, but if you don't, the same jumps have the options to jump to a middle hump and not flat land. Also, the turns develop some nice deep ruts on the inside, while the outsides are normally free of the ruts and just perfect for riders like me. Then there are some technical sections, and a couple of fast sections to tie everything together.

So I've been riding the main more lately, and as I get more comfortable, the better and faster I'm riding, and having a great time. I usually just wait until around noon or so, as most fast riders tend to leave by then, and jump on the main. Now remember, I'm old and retired, so I get to go during the week instead of the weekends, which at times like today, after 12 or so, there are not many riders left.

Thanks Milestone's crew for doing a great job on both the main and the vet, which are the tracks I can comment on since those are the ones I ride. Great times and big smiles for sure.

The Place / Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« on: June 22, 2018, 06:06:24 PM »
No Washougal. Too many other trips coming up ($$$). But I'm still thinking about Idaho.

The Place / Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:58:45 AM »
Thatís a lot to read. Did you win or not?

I think at his age they just give you a medal if you make it to the finish line.

A medal? Hell, they are waiting for you with the oxygen mask...

The Place / Re: Wet Paint!!
« on: June 21, 2018, 07:55:36 PM »
Nice job for sure!!

The Place / Re: Muddy Creek MX Links
« on: June 21, 2018, 07:51:51 PM »
Thanks Dwayne.

Looked at the weather for this weekend's race and Muddy Creek might just be muddy. Chances of scattered thunderstorms on Friday and morning thunderstorms on Sat.

The Place / My first ever race outside of SoCal
« on: June 21, 2018, 05:05:12 PM »
So I have never ridden any other tracks anywhere except for So Cal. The farthest track I've been to is Zaca. Never had the desire or was adventuresome enough to go anywhere else to ride. Even back in the day when OTHG used to run races at Mammoth, and I was a club member then, did I have the urge to race there. I felt I had plenty of tracks to choose from, and then there was Gorman and the desert, so in my case, no need to go anywhere else to get my riding fix.

Well, this year, at the urging of some of my fellow friends, I was talked into/decided to go race with the Sierra Chapter of the Oldtimers club. They were holding their International race at Hangtown and since I heard so much about this top notch (sure) facility, I figured I would give it a shot. Besides, my wife was willing to make the trip and go camping in our trailer.

The races were on June 9 and 10th, with open practice on Friday. So we took off early Thursday morning pulling the travel trailer and the bike on the truck bed. Took 395 to 58, which was fine, with nice country out in the Tehachapi area, with rolling hills and clean air, plus a zillion windmills in the wind farms. Then we turned on Hwy 99 going North, as we needed to head towards Sacramento.

Ok, no offense intended, but Hwy 99 pretty much sucks. I wasn't sure that neither the truck nor the trailer were going to survive some of the areas, as the road was pretty rough. I can see why though, as it is a major truck route because of all the farms there. Oh yeah, you know the saying, "move along, nothing to see here" ok, that pretty much describes driving on 99 from Bakersfield to just before Sacramento. We finally made it to the KOA campground on Hwy 50 at Shingle Springs, which is about 20 minutes or so from Hangtown. Pretty country in that area, with rolling hills, lots of trees and actually some of that green stuff that covers the dirt.

So Friday morning I head out to meet Chuck, Corby, Tom, Steve, Thad and Bill at the track, so we can get in some practice time. Well, I guess after all the hype about this great "National Level" track, I was somewhat disappointed. But I guess I'm just spoiled by all the great tracks I have from 15 minutes to an hour and a half from me, that I was not impressed. I know many will disagree with me, of course, but it was just another hard packed track with some booter jumps and ok turns. The flow was ok, and overall the track was fine, but for me, it's not an experience that tells me "I can't wait to go back"!!

So the way the Oltimer's internationals run, is that most everyone runs 3 motos on Sat and 2 on Sunday, and the 5 motos count towards the overall for the weekend. So I get there Saturday and go check out the track before practice. Wow, the track looked awesome. It was groomed so good that it looked like a painting. During practice, the track was holding up nicely and it was fun. Then came time to race.

So, another deal with the Oldtimers international races is that the 60+ racers always have races 1 and 2, and this time I was in race one. I don't really care for race 1, since we all know that all tracks seem to water just before the racing start, but since I knew what to expect, I figured I had no choice but to deal with it. So we get ready for the gate to drop, then the gate goes down and we take off..... OH CRAP!!!! No, the track wasn't watered, I guess the crew got just somewhat overzealous and it was basically the Daytona mud bath SX track. Ok, a little exaggeration there, but it was a quagmire in many areas. Unfortunately for me, I'm having a real bad issue with my right hand going numb on me when I'm gripping the bars too tight, and that's exactly what I was doing because of fighting the bike while trying not to fall. There were 8 racers in my class, and I ended up last. This was due because I could not feel my right hand and had to get off the track to try and get feelings back in the hand so I could go back on, but I lost 1 lap in the process. Of course, that basically killed my chances for a good overall finish.

Motos 2 and 3 where fine, as I came in 2nd for both of those. Sunday I did not do as well because there was enough of a breeze for me to spook me on the jumps, so I quit doing them. Ended up with a 3 and 4 place finishes which gave me a 4th OA for the weekend. There was some other drama between the people that run the track and the hosting club and some of the riders. One rider was escorted out due to him being a D%$K. But it was all because of the way the track was watered.

So, after this experience will I go to another track far from home? It's possible, as it depends on who is going. I was with a great group and did get to meet some new friends, and we had a good time overall. Would I go if I knew no one and just wanted to check out a track that is supposed to be awesome. Hell no. At this point in my life I'm really not that interested in traveling somewhere I've never been just so I can ride my dirtbike. Yes, I might go check out a track if I'm in the area just to see it and spend 15 minutes there, but that's it. I rather go somewhere I never been so I can explore the sights and enjoy the time with my wife.

So in the end, overall I had a good time camping with the wife and traveling though areas I had not been at before, and also just hanging out and doing some great bench racing with the crew. Maybe I might go do the Idaho International..  :shock:

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