Prerunning refers to everyone else, I am just goofing off.
We got in to SF Wednesday night just about dark. Dean Potts and I were able to catch up with the KTM crew for dinner at one of the local haute cuisine taco shops. It looks like all has gone well for the team with the pre-run effort. Confidence is high with everyone.
Yesterday I headed out to do a little scouting work on my own. Baja is full of tales that sound sort of like the quest for the Lost Dutchman mine. “I knew a guy once who found a trail over….”. So I was looking for just such a place, a route that a rancher told me about to get over the mountains. He said that it was new and the cattle had run it in pretty good. His exact quote was ” good trail down to the valley, no rocks”.
In retrospect I think this rancher was just part of some elaborate plan organized by my buddies to head me off onto a wild goose chase. The valley he was talking about is nothing but ROCKS! The parts that are not rocks are cactus. So, no dirt, just rocks and cactus for as far as the eye could see. I guess for now the lost trail will remain as elusive as ever.
But then again, If I could just come at it from the other side, if we could get to there, well then we could always find a way down, right? I mean that mountain can’t really be that bad coming down, we might have to bulldog it a little, maybe use some ropes…………
Back to reality, the area I was working through was near the course, so after a couple of hours walking around trying to scout trail, I gave up on that and headed out. It was shorter to just pick up the race course to get back. Just a mile or so after getting on the course I ran into Quinn Cody hanging out. He was waiting for Ivan Ramirez to catch up, they were pre-running together. So I stopped to talk with them awhile.
Quinn likes the new orange bike he has. He said he needed a little more time to work on settings. His pre-runner is basically using Kurt Caselli’s Hare and Hounds suspension and is a little stiff. He says it won’t float through the rough stuff quite as easy as the Honda.
Talking about the KTM race bike with the Dakar 450RR motor, Quinn says it feels pretty similar to the regular 450sxf, but just way more power, so much that it will pull a taller gear in many places. He thinks it will be good for SF, but might need to be tuned down for more technical races.
I got back to town about 4pm after riding since early morning. My bike was on fumes, I had to stop and stop and lay the bike over twice to make it back in. We head down for a taco and ran into the THR Kawasaki boys; Robby, Destry and David Pearson. They seemed in good spirits and were joking about things, so it looks like things are going well with them also.
This morning we will head over to the big show as everyone gets lined up for tech inspection, so I should have lots of good pics by tonight.