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Path of Totality on a KTM

Path of Totality 2017

I got swept up in the Total Eclipse Mayhem that seems to have taken over a large swath of the Country.

The last “Total Solar Eclipse” in the United States was on February 26, 1979… I was 9 and don’t remember the pilgrimage to special places or any of that. Of course there wasn’t social media and self absorbing dribble like there is these days…  People have literally planned huge trips and shelled out large sums of coin to go get a glimpse of the Eclipse –  I’m sure you have heard all the hoopla about it… It’s been on the news – there have been books written on the subject and special eye protection in circulation… even a few airlines emphasizing which of their flights will have a view of the solar spectacle… and charging appropriately…cough-cough…

“The path of Totality” (when the moon completely covers the sun) this year the width of this path is about 75 mile and will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. Once the calculations were figured out, the towns in this path seemed to really embrace the opportunity…  I just so happen to be on an east to west road trip during this time and the closer I got to this “Path of Totality” it was like some crazy wildfire was spreading… Wendy “Watch Here” “Best Spot For The View” “Don’t Miss It” “Get Your Information Here” “Limited Edition Gold Eclipse Pendants Here” “Get Your Eclipse Pizza” “Eclipse T-shirts”

The parks were really on this… Yellowstone – was actually North of the path… but that didn’t prevent them from trying to lure people in – the park was in full Eclipse mode. The Grand Teton National Park was in the path and they had booths set up at numerous turnouts as well as every visitor center. Campgrounds were at max capacity with long waiting lists miles and miles away…

I happen to be in the Path of Totality in the Grand Tetons… and in Jackson, Wyoming during this time. You could see signs everywhere and masses of people milling around the cafes and shops asking with such interest “Are you here for the Eclipse?!” People were peddling eye protection on street corners. Cars with “Totality or Bust” written on their windows… Photographers and film crews setting up camera stands days before to ensure the perfect view.

We plotted a trip on dirt bikes of course. Our plan – to get out of the madness of the crowds. Follow the path less traveled…or so we thought! Once we grabbed a bite – geared up and gassed up – we headed out of town. Our destination Shadow Mountain via pavement and gravel roads we would be in the shadow of the Grand Tetons but we had to hurry! As we traveled people were lining the streets bumper to bumper. Two way traffic streets were now only one way. Motorhomes, Cars, Trucks, Vans and Tents all you could see – ribbons of colors leading the way. Photographers set up with special foil looking filters over their lenses – everyone using their glasses to practice staring at the sun.

We rode and rode it was as if we were in Tour De France. Speed limits of 25mph made it feel like eternity as we made our way to our spot… People from everywhere – Austria, Japan, China, Poland, France… you name it!… only thing missing was cowbells and  superheros dressed with flag capes…

We found our spot in the Red Hills overlooking the Gros Ventre River among beautiful hills and valleys – so perfectly silent except for the sounds of our heated bikes beginning to cool. Looking up with my National Park Issued Eyewear I could see it happening as the moon passed in front of the sun. SunSlowly the sky darkened like a purple hue and as quickly as that happened it seemed to turn to light again. Out of nowhere a large military plane flew over us – in this Path of Totality – it was amazing as it was so low and turning right overhead flying out of sight – (seeming more exciting than the solar show I just witnessed). And just like that I could see people in the valley below packing up and heading out.

We folded up our party glasses, threw our helmets on and whipped up little dust devils in our wake. Our plan was to start this “New Moon” with our first epic single track ride deep in the hills of Wyoming… and that it was! An absolutely killer day experienced from the seat of my 2017 KTM 250 EXC-F!

Later that evening as we walked through the empting town of Jackson – those that remained were still talking about the event – I heard many telling stories of their experience of the Solar Eclipse – yet one stood out among the rest… As a woman said to a stranger… “It was so amazing that I started to cry”

WOW…

Well I hope you had an epic day doing whatever it is you did – whether it included block parties staring at the sun for a couple of minutes or ripping on your motorcycle – we can all agree that the world keeps spinning – seasons change and Life Is What You Make It so Make It Epic!Gazing

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The Ladies Showed Up!

But really, was there ever any doubt?…

The first Grand National Cross Country Series Race at Big Buck Farm in South Carolina… Everyone goes to that… Its time to test your endurance and off-road skills at the choppy and seriously dusty race awaiting the classic 10 secondsssss……trigger word!

Heres the deal – more women are diggin this sport we call off-road hare scrambles racing – heck many of them have been attending the races with their families already – for the brother…the cousin…of maybe better half. They say “Hey – I think I wanna try this!” and somewhere along the lines they do – and then they get hooked and start booking hotels making plans and paying closer attention to the competition.

Whatever the reason is – its happening…perhaps even Dirt Bike Girl Adventures helped in a tiny way – sharing some of these special stories from the girls in the sport!

Attending the first and second rounds of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro a couple weeks ago I was incredibly encouraged seeing new faces of girls lining up to rip up the courses and this weekend at the GNCC was even more encouraging.

The youth girls class had nine lined up – that’s pretty awesome considering this is clearly a boy dominated sport – a lot of girls start racing later in life…so yay! In the newly added Womens C Class there were a rockin eight ladies… and in Womens B Class a slammin seventeen!!! Womens Pro WXC class had twelve which is pretty good considering the Pro Women don’t receive any purse monies…

At Round One the niche’ racing series called Full Gas Sprint Enduro saw seven in the Womens Amateur as well as seven in the Womens Pro…this is actually pretty good especially since this series is really just starting to stride…Once the Pro Women realize they can make some good money in this off-road series I think the Pro-Ranks may start to really grow!

The racing in these classes is no less exciting than the mens classes – these ladies all want a taste of the glory – each one has their own story of the road that has led them to take on this form of racing. In many ways it can be much more interesting – as you see more and more women become interested in the sport.

Lets face it – it isn’t the norm but thats okay…norm is boring and so…well….Normal!

Here is a small collection of photos I have taken at the past couple races I attended – If you have been interested in taking your skills to the race course – why not? There is a class for everyone!

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Tayla Jones Round 1 GNCC Big Buck 2017
Mackenzie Tricker Round 1 GNCC Big Buck 2017
Brooke Cosner Round 1 GNCC Big Buck 2017
Kendall Lafollette Round 1 GNCC Big Buck 2017
Round 1 GNCC Womens B
Round 1 GNCC Girls
Round 1 GNCC Womens C
Round 1 GNCC Womens Pro

NancyFGSE 1 FGSE 1 FGSE 1 FGSE 1 FGSE 1 (Womens Pro Podium)

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Fly Racing Sector Racing Boot Review

Hello DBGA Community! 

Fly Sector Racing Boot Review YouTube play

I just recently completed my review on the Fly Racing “Sector” boots made by TCX… and I have to say they really met my expectations!

I made this review video after I had about 7 hours of trail riding on them – I found them to be of excellent quality and comfort. However I was finally able to put them to the test in race mode as I just competed in the final round of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro in Union, South Carolina… This race was a 2 day event and on the first day the conditions were insanely dry – there were wildfires in nearby communities just to give you a feel for the conditions… On the second day of racing the sky opened up and did a heavy soak on the mostly clay course… It hadn’t rained in weeks so it was a real blessing for the area. This weather scenario was actually quite perfect for 20161113_155156my review because what had prompted me to even look into the Sector boot was to find a lighter boot that wouldn’t be compromised in protection – in previous mud situations I had found my Gaerne’s far too bulky and heavy feeling.

I planned to do a real comparison of the SG12 Gaerne boots that I have owned for a little over a year now on the first day of competition and then switch to the Fly Sector boots the following day – so with the change in conditions it was a perfect way for me to get a better feel for the differences.

I wear a size 8 in women’s and with boots coming in mens sizes I run size 7. In my Gaerne’s I have a nice Sole’ insole in them that takes up the little bit of room in the boot up and down –  they are extremely comfortable wearing. I feel solid on the bike and have no issue – except for the fact that they feel like lead weights! I really would notice this on a mud ride. The Fly Sector boots however (also a size 7 in mens) are a little different, as they come with an inner booty. I found it at first a little strange to slide it into the boot but once I did my foot seeded nicely inside. The area around my calf left a tiny gap in the boot – you can see that pictured in the video…the boot still latched fine and presented no trouble – I measured my calf circumference to be 16 1/2″ however once I added my riding sock, leggings, shin pad and riding pants it was a bit more. In the Gaerne’s I encountered no such issue with the calf width.

Once on the bike I settled in nicely in the Sector boot – I thought for sure I would need to adjust because I just the day before I had ridden 6 special tests in my Gaerne’s however surprisingly I felt right at home. Once my boots packed with mud I didn’t feel like they were unbearably heavy like my SG12’s which was really awesome especially since riding in wet clay pretty much is no fun to me… I say the only good wet clay is on a potters wheel…

So overall I give the Fly Sector boots a BIG… Image result for thumbs up image

I feel they are a Premium Race Boot made with great quality components and I LOVE the fact that they are at an affordable price point at only $350!…and a pound lighter than the SG12’s!

Hopefully your local dealer has some you can try – if your in the Virginia/Maryland/D.C. area be sure to check out my dealer Ride On Moto and let them know Dirt Bike Girl Adventures sent ya!

Happy Riding & Be Safe – also…stay connected with us on Facebook!

If you have these boots or any boot recommendations you’d like to talk about be sure to comment here or on Facebook – I love to hear from you and your opinions count!

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