Leading up to the Labor Day weekend, my friend and MotoYobo founder Ryan Carman thought it would be a good idea to get me in the groove for the Fundy Adventure Rally.
Two other Rally Yobos riding mates – Bud and Mark – had mentioned that they were going to be out in the Cloyne area, and Ryan suggested that I should try to make the holiday Monday a ride day.
We headed out there on Sunday afternoon and stayed at a beautiful cottage on a small lake Sunday evening.
My three riding partners busied themselves with getting their KLR’s into ride-ready condition by changing wheel bearings and spooning tires.
As the happy owner of a Suzuki DR650, I tightened my chain . . .
Once the bearings were installed, the tires spooned, and the wheels replaced, we sat around a camp fire and enjoyed some spectacular Labor Day weekend weather.
And then . . . we got up Monday morning and had to wallow through intense humidity.
It was going to be a hot one.
And Ryan had planned the tracks.
Ryan, it should be noted, was probably referred to as a Yobo in high school and it stuck.
yobo (plural: yobos)
(slang Australia) Someone, usually a male, who is uncouth, badly behaved and obnoxious. Loud and drunk are also characteristics, but not always present.
(slang Britain) A cruel and brutal fellow.
I have learned that he can be a cruel and brutal fellow – at least, in his ride planning.
The tracks the Ryan chose to lead us on were at best interesting – and at worst, brutal.
Of course, the 33 degree, 95% humidity, sap-every-bit-of-strength-that-you-have weather that we were riding in has probably clouded my already less than fond memories of some of the day’s events – including my two ‘offs’ that left me feeling like I should probably seek another form of recreation – but I now know (hindsight being the bitch that it is) that Ryan had a goal. A plan. A reason for the evil smirk.
It had to be that he was trying to prepare me for the Fundy Adventure Rally that I was scheduled to ride the DR650 in the following weekend . . .
Ok – though I did bitch and moan like one of the bimbos that dies in the opening scenes of every Scream movie – the ride was actually pretty awesome – and pretty brutal at the same time.
There will be video of the Fundy Adventure Rally ride going up in the coming weeks.
And I need to take this opportunity to say thank you to Ryan, Bud and Mark – for trying their best to prepare me for New Brunswick.
The truth is, it would be like trying to prepare a skydiver by having him bounce on a trampoline . . .