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Day 2 is in the books. The route was longer but also easier. As before, the quality of the trail and the scenery were spectacular. Almost hard to describe it all. This is the travel day, so we are in a new location for the overnight stay, Voineasa. It is a communist era mountain resort town.
It is very pretty, but just a little strange. The tourist business has dried up, so it is sort of a ghost town. The little community remains, but the hotels are big empty cathedrals. The architecture was supposed to be impressive for its time, but now the buildings look more like relics.
Picture it as some sort of weird combination of Chernobyl and the hotel from “The Shining”. Everything is over grown and decaying. We have filled the hotel up today, but normally it would just seem strangely empty. Needless to say, a couple hundred vans and dirt bikes bring out the entire town, so that is cool.
The 300 Berg is awesome. Other than losing my mousse today it was great. The good folks over at the KTM/Husaberg pit hooked me up with a new mousse. I should be all ready to go in the morning.
I am still figuring out the bike rental set up here, but it seems that (as always) KTM is the way to go. Some of Canadians are using a private KTM rental group and their bikes are not that fresh. They are riding tour bikes that really got no special prep, so things like clutches were already nearly worn out. That means they are having to do lots of work in the evening and on the trail.
I had a funny story this afternoon. My bike with the totally flat mousse was parked in the KTM/Berg pit. It was so bad that it was bouncing on the rim locks going down the road. So Johnny Walker can’t figure out where his hotel is. Husaberg rider Xavi Galindo was explaining it to him, but he was still lost. Xavi says, lets hop on a bike and I will ride you down. Both of their bikes were still being serviced, so they grab my bike and take off two up on it, flat tire and all.
As expected, Jarvis is leading the field of pro riders. Chris Birch struggled today. He hit his foot on a log yesterday and it is pretty sore. To me that probably means it is broken, you know those guys always down play everything. Johnny Walker has tons of skill, just needs a little more time to figure it all out. He nearly overslept this morning, not realizing the start was 20 miles down the pavement.
So not too much news in the pro class. Husky rider Andreas Lettenbichler and Galindo are right in there too. Lone American Kendall Norman is figuring it all out. He is a fair bit back, but says the experience is going to make him a far better motorcycle rider. He wishes Quinn Cody was here, says he would love it.
Day 3 will be another relatively easy day. Then expect Day 4 to be a killer one. The weather is holding. It looked like rain a couple of hours ago, but it has cleared back off.
My plan is to ride the entire Hobby track tomorrow. I feel like a bit of a flake for not putting that many miles in, but I have other duties also. There is just so much good riding to do, I don’t want to miss out on the fun. It is cool because I can stop to take pics. I spent lots of time talking with riders on the course today and helping some over the rough spots.
I guess that is it for today, see you at the end of day 3.