Barrett Junction, California
Barrett Junction is a little outpost out in the middle of nowhere. Actually its about 4 miles from the Mexican border and the town of Tecate. There are a few homes and a cafe that make up the entirety of the outpost.
The course is interesting. Its an old road that has long been superceded by the current highway, as such it makes a great road to ride. The road starts off with two hairpins which leads into a straight followed by a couple of chicanes, and ends in a couple more straights. The problem is the road surface is old and cracked, full of potholes and bumps, which make it interesting to ride.
Saturday, February 22
I wasn't too sure when the festivities would start, but knowing streetluge I guess they wouldn't get started till late. I made plans to arrive at the hill around 10:00. The first run down the hill was just finishing up as I pulled into the pit area. Several more runs took place while I put my boards together. There really wasn't any organization. A few people had pickups, and when one filled up, it went to the top. Unfortunately by the time I noticed a truck was filling up, it was too late to climb on board. But that was ok, I spent the first couple of hours greeting the late arrivals, most of home I hadn't seen since my accident last year.
Chaput's Old School Bus showed up late.
Because this was the first event of the year, many people were sporting new leathers.
We had a riders meeting around noon,
We headed to Mexico
As we passed through the border station on our way back to the States, Dave discovered a vehicle, and decided to demonstrate its proper use.
A bunch of us stood outside Chaput's Old School Bus and talked for several hours. A few of us headed off to civilization, a bed and a shower, while we let the rest of the die hard crew rough it. As many of the riders were camping out.
Sunday, February 23
Barrett Junction is in the desert, plenty of weeds, lots of bushes. Rick Wilson found this out the hard way
At the bottom of the course is a large flat area where most of us pitted.
I got a couple of practice runs in before the Standup race started. I had no idea that racing was about to start so I hopped into the truck at the end of practice. I noticed that it was filling up with standup guys and was about ready to get out when Waldo hopped on. Said we'd fit a quick run in. Ahhh the glories of an outlaw race. Rick Wilson got roped into starting. He ran the start line until streetluge.
Despite what the pictures look like, the standup was actually four man. One of the closest races was between John Rogers and Chaput, in the speed suit.
I'm not really sure what they were doing, but every single Gravity Biker lined up for a race.
At last it was time for the streetluge race.
Chaput was pretty tired after a day of racing standup and buttboard. He decided that the stock Rogers Bros head rest just wasn't enough. He first tried the patented Pepsi bottle head rest.
I took a couple of pics before I had to race. The outlaw race was starting pretty much at the start of the road, while IGSA had us start down the road a bit, the white line in the pics is the IGSA start line.
I of course didn't last very long, I was still recovering from last years injury, so I got to watch the finals from the start line. Rhuman is excited about his win in the semi's.
I had a plane to catch, so I quickly broke down my equipment and repacked everything, while other people tore down there tents. I was able to make it to the awards ceremony, but missed the raffle that was held afterwards. Abec 11 provided the trophies.
Stock Gravity Bike:
3/4 Gravity Bike:
As usual the Rogers Bros teams collects most of the trophies.