The Mythical State of Jefferson: Day 05

The Mythical State of Jefferson

The Mythical State of Jefferson: Day 05

10/16/2013 | The MSOJ

“Mule trials are known to be mellow with easy inclines because as you all know mules have a hard time climbing hills so this should be a cake walk.”

The Mythical State of Jefferson: Day 05

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I Daniel Wakefield Pasley's Day Five Breakfast
Recounted in a list of individual, distinct orders/purchases made in the first meal and consumed in a single session after the conclusion of the previously described trip.

  1. COFFEE, HOT CHOCOLATE, COCA-COLA
  2. BACON EGG AND CHEESE OMELETTE
  3. TUNA MELT, SUB SLAW (FOR CHIPS)
  4. HASH BROWNS
  5. BISCUITS AND GRAVY
  6. CHOCOLATE MALT MILKSHAKE
  7. GAS STATION GUMMY BEARS
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II A Selection of Excerpts from the Pre-Trip Email Correspondence

I am IN. Mule trials are known to be mellow with easy inclines because as you all know mules have a hard time climbing hills so this should be a cake walk. I look forward to shaking hands with each and everyone of you at Interbike.”Kyle Von Hoetzendorff I have been scratching my head trying to find something unique, rustic, challenging, a little Lewis and alot Clark type trail that will be awesome. May be the dream trip, may be the death march, I guess its the company of the dudes that creates that outcomes.”David Marchi Can we meet up before the trip at least once? We can bugger off to a corner, slap hands, and draft very informal lists of what we'll each bring so we don't end up with nineteen saws, seven sticks of dynamite, two kitchen sinks and a bunch of racquet balls?”Stevil Kinevil

 

III A Catalog of Misadventures

18 Things That Happened in the MSOJ
Illustrations by Chris "Rally" McNally
#1 - Ancient Mule Trail; Just Past the Trailhead, Day One, T-Minus 101:31:03
Takeaway: Confirm beta/data collected is accurate, up to date, and relevant so that your plan, skills and equipment are relevant.
#2 - Conflicting User Groups; The First Trail, Day One, T-Minus 97:49:17
Takeaway: Diplomacy is the best course with regards to on-trail interactions.
#3 - Ill-Timed Mechanical; The First Trail, Day One, T-Minus 97:12:43
Takeaway: Be careful with your things, especially right after neglecting diplomacy.
#4 - Low Average Speed; Still Miles from the First Camp, Day One, T-Minus 90:08:41
Takeaway: Be reasonable with your itinerary.
#5 - Lost; Above the Bushwhack, Day Two, T-Minus 83:53:16
Takeaway: Good maps are better than lots of maps.
#6 - Bushwhack; In the Bushwhack, Dat Two, T-Minus 83:36:51
Takeaway: Don't lose the trail.
#7A - Giving Up; Second Camp, Day Two, T-Minus 73:27:21
Takeaway: Quitting is a team effort.
#7B - Giving In; Civilization, Day Three, T-Minus 61:51:11
Takeaway: Peer pressure is also a team effort.
#8 - Extreme Hitchiking; Civilization, Day Three, T-Minus 61:01:15
Takeaway: Don't expect a taxi cab in the middle of the MSOJ.
#9 - Breakdown; Not That Far Outside of Happy Camp, Day Three, T-Minus 60:27:45
Takeaway: Maintain a wide variety of mechanical skills.
#10 - Multiple Huckleberries; Not the Highest Point, Day Four, T-Minus 41:37:01
Takeaway: Don't believe the guy who says you're at the highest point.
#11 - Hornets; Still Not at the Highest Point, Day Four, T-Minus 40;31:03
Takeaway: Watch for nests.
#12 -Double-Overhead Buckbrush; Past the Highest Point, Day Four, T-Minus 37:12:56
Takeaway: In lieu of a machete, bicycles clear brush effectively.
#13 - Doldrumbs & Malaise; Past the Highest Point, Day Four, T-Minus 36:46:50
Takeaway: Pouting won't save you.
#14 - Ancient Mule Trail; On the Way Down, Day Four, T-Minus 34:13:09
Takeaway: Sometimes nothing will go according to plan.
#15 - Poison Oak; Almost Down, Day Four, T-Minus 29:11:03
Takeaway: A little vigilance prevents a lot of discomfort.
#16 - Nocturnal Adventuring; The Last Stretch, Day Four/Five, T-Minus ???
Takeaway: Carry-a-bike is more difficult than hike-a-bike.
#17 - All Split Up; Almost Home, Day Five, T-Minus 9:57:19
Takeaway: Don't lose entire people.
#18 - Extreme Hitchhiking, Vol. II; Some Road, Day Five, T-Minus 47:54
Takeaway: Save the phone number.
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