Jump the rock
Every day on my way to my little track, I pass a rock that is used to block the tweespoor to cars. I tried to ride over it once on the dirtbike and ended up in a heap two years ago.
Apparently the technique is to hit it about 2-thirds of the way up with the front wheel (1st blip) and then blip the throttle to get the bike vertical and the back wheel to hop onto the rock (with some jumping motion of the body).
Boy have I tossed and turned trying to assimilate all that in my sleep! Sadly, I know I can do it, because I have ridden up higher steps on the dirtbike - the only difference being that this rock is pointy at the top and not a step onto a flat surface.
The other day I tried to take it on the lower side at an angle - and very nearly came off after hitting the bashplate at an angle. I know that a skillful rider like Brian or Michael or almost anybody other than me would be able to blip up and over effortlessly.
Today in a rush of blood to the head I tried again. Not enough commitment I hit the bashplate, went over and with intermittent clutch and throttle-control had the bike jerking to and fro and gouging a hole into my leg with the footpeg.
The rock drew first blood, and now it was game on. The next attempt I gave it horns and managed to avoid hitting anything other than the rubber - and I made it (though I am sure it was not pretty).
What have I done? Now I will be obliged to ride that rock every time I enter and leave my riding space - I have a feeling I may have won the battle today, but that the war will be long and ugly...
All this in preparation for riding over that big log at the start of the path up to the sections on the rocks in Sunday's trial. I am more worried about that than about the sections themselves
Well done Charles, the rock is a fair size and you are getting it right. Soon you'll be looking for a bigger one. Brian.