ajayhawkfan wrote:That does not look like you took the proper line.
Actually, I think I was on the correct line, but I did not commit. It was of course WAY steeper than it looks in the photo. In the photo it looks like you could take any line--even running up the rut, but trust me that would not work. Bo was leading on his new 1190 with street tires. Sean was 2nd on his little Honda 500XC. On my F800GS with good off-road tires, I should have had the best advantage.
I had stopped to take some photos so those 2 were a ways ahead--out of my sight. It was a technical road--one where you needed to pick your lines quickly but carefully and stay on the power. I came around a bend and was faced with this steep, muddy bit. I puckered a little and looked for the line those 2 guys took. I did not see their tracks so started doubting whether I missed a turn or something. By this time it was GET ON THE GAS AND COMMIT or fail. Well you can see my poor choice.
Turns out those 2 guys breezed up it. They admitted their own pucker moments, but made the right choices at the right times.