Wednesday November 25th 2020

I sent this post to Walter in Spruce Grove after he had mailed me a pic of a buddy crossing a River in Alberta.

- I remember the 1973 Moose Mountain race - I was riding my Bultaco Sherpa T 325 - brilliant bike but it had a crap gas tap and mine was leaking on the line - I was fiddling around
trying to fix this with some JB weld - with Bob Sadownick holding my bike ( as
it didn’t have a side stand ) - all of a sudden the shotgun went off and Bob
dropped my bike on top of me while he started his Bultaco Alpina and raced away with
the other 170 riders !!  - What a great start to my 2nd Cross Country
event - by the time I got going I was dead last! -

However about a mile from the start was a huge slippery hill and this was covered with bikes &
bodies - so being a Trials rider, I just rode up one side over all the logs etc and likely passed 50 or so in one go.
Later I came to this river crossing, and watched in amazement as all the
guys were leaping off the bank into the deep rushing water, only to  be
either upside-down or watered out.

I decided to ride farther up the bank where I noticed a sandbar in the
center of the river - and managed to use this to my advantage riding
downstream and exited  where a bunch of guys were parked with their bikes
upside down draining the water out !!  - - I still remember that both Rudi
Zsasko and Zoli Snr - looked  astounded as I rode out of the river Feet  Up.

-that race was two 50 mile loops and some of those guys were still
there when I came around on my 2nd loop. -

The mud was so bad on one cut line not far from the finish that my front wheel with a low fender got so clogged up it wouldn’t turn, and I lost a position to a guy on a Husky because of
that. - basically within sight of the finish.
In the end I finished 6th overall & 3rd Open - As you can see by the
pic I was totally  knackered. - I can’t remember who won but probably Ken
Haybeck from the States - He used to come up early and find out where the
course went so he always cheated -  ( But a very good rider)

UPDATE :  That Hill I mentioned looked a bit like this >>>

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Thankfully, still no snow out the window today, which is good because I have to go up the Valley & pick up an Opti shipment from my friends at Backus Racing - they sell a lot of Opti Injection oil in the winter months, so I use them as a drop point for the 45 gal drums etc.


This just popped up from a year ago on this date - Shane and myself out on a rather cold but dry day up above Peachland.

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