Several years ago I traveled down to LA to ride and eat food with Joey and Loo around Krewe du Vieux. At that time we made it all the way into NOLA and even attended the parade. This year we choose to just ride and camp and not to go all the way to the madness.
We started at Rattlesnake Bay in New Augusta, MS which is just outside of Camp Shelby. Its proximity to the artillery ranges made for some awesome sounds throughout the day and evening. The trails we swoopy, sandy and full of whoops. Some big enough to double, while others were just deep enough and spaced to really abuse the legs and wrists. The only downside was the face-slappers. The most memorable moment was provided by Loo derailing his chain which left the chain wrapped around the countershaft so baldly that required trailside repair. Of course no one brought tools so Joey and I went back to retrieve some. Once I got back to Loo it had started to sprinkle. We struggled to get the chain back on the sprockets. After a few choice words and busted knuckles we decided to just push the bike out to a road and allow me to go get a truck. Eventually we made it out and ended up having to remove the swingarm.
The camping spot was incredible. Very peaceful. Makes me wonder why I live in such a populated area. The last day we got a hookup from Steve Scaduri to ride a semi-private track called Wildwood MX in Kentwood, La. The track had some massive features. Most of the stuff had a “locals” feel to it. Tracks like Monster and Muddy Creek, which are public, race tracks the features are safe and predictable. Even if the jump is massive, ala Stairway to Heaven, its built safe and wide with long run outs. Wildwood had short landers, beat-up lips and no middle ground. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, just not a track an amateur can roll up on and dial in a day.