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Yesterday2010-08-17 08:05:37 +0000 #1
So. A friend and I are debating making the trip down to Mud Nationals. We've never been before and have no clue whatsoever what to expect. I'm looking for first hand info from you folks. Me nogusto highlifter sitioweb. So, i figured i'd ask here. Is it worth it? Is there much riding to do other than the competitions? Is this something i'd have fun at even if i didnt compete in any of the stuff? Is there way to many people everywhere? Where to stay if not camping? Worth my time, in general? Are any of you going? etc..

Thanks.
TOT2010-08-17 08:07:57 +0000 #2
I have been the last three years and I am going again this year. There is alot of riding that you can do,besides the competition. It seems like every trail leads to another trail and so on. We camp out and have never had a problem. There are some hotels not too terribly far away but we just camp out. If you have never been you will want to go atleast once. My wife and son went last year and they are going again this year. It does get a little crowded closer to the weekend when its competition time but noone seems to mind. Everybody seems to be friendly and gets along well. Alot of excitement that goes on. We are leaving on Sunday or Monday can't decide right now.
Polaris4252010-08-17 08:29:31 +0000 #3
I dissagree %100 on the riding. Unless you get there early in the week, dont plan on "riding" plan on "sitting". B/c thats about all you get to do. By Thursday afternoon traffic will be so bad you wont be able to hardley get around. And on friday... same thing. Especially at night. I'm talking mile long lines on the highline and 3-4 hour waits just to get down the road. And this was when I was there w/ 8-10K people, not the near 13K-15K of last year and this year. So you can imagine how much worse it is w/ a few extra 1000 people.

NOW, having said that, I'm not knocking the event in anyway, its an excellent event, and if you go to see the competitions and the vendors and camp and meet people and have fun, then you will have an excellent time. I always did. But do not go and expect to be able to really ride, and have a good time. Most people there, the riding is sip... move 5ft. sip sip sip.. move 5 feet.... wait 30min for someone to move out of the way... sip some more... Now you can haul off in the swamp and ride and chances are there wont be as many people on those trails, however there are some nasty and deep holes out there that can swallow you alive if your not careful. Never a good idea to just venture off through the wilderness at Mud Creek, atleast not w/o the proper precautions.

So I guess to sum it up, again, if you go more to see the vendors and the competitions and meet people and have fun, you will love it. If you go to ride. Well, call me when you get home so I can tell you I told you so.

*edit* I will say this, if you dont care about seeing the competitions, riding during the competitions is a really good time to ride. Since %90+ of the population in the park will be at the competitions and not on the trails
jackman2010-08-17 08:29:12 +0000 #4
I agree with you both. Riding after thursday hang it up. We usually go early in the week so we pretty much have the park to ourselves, thats awesome!! Once the big crowd gets there I try too avoid the high line.

Personally, I enjoy the Mud Nats until Friday
Polaris4252010-08-17 08:35:22 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by jackman

I agree with you both. Riding after thursday hang it up. We usually go early in the week so we pretty much have the park to ourselves, thats awesome!! Once the big crowd gets there I try too avoid the high line.

Personally, I enjoy the Mud Nats until Friday

haha... agreed. We went early on wed. the first year, 06 I guess it was. We rode wed. afternoon and all day on thurdays w/o much problem. However there were only 8K people there that year total. 07 wasnt as much fun for riding. Too many people. I just rode a little and hung around and watched all the festivities.
Yesterday2010-08-17 08:47:37 +0000 #6
blah. i'll stay home or go elsewhere on my biannual out of state riding trip =/ seein all the sweet rides and such would be cool.. but i hate large crowds and waiting in line
jackman2010-08-17 09:20:58 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by xbigp

blah. i'll stay home or go elsewhere on my biannual out of state riding trip =/ seein all the sweet rides and such would be cool.. but i hate large crowds and waiting in line

come on, you got to go at least once just to say you have been there and done that
Polaris4252010-08-17 11:13:15 +0000 #8
yeah you should go, just dont go expecting to get to ride a bunch.. haha. take the camera, the camping stuff, plenty of beverages, and enjoy the festivities.
TX4PLAY2010-08-17 10:48:52 +0000 #9
I went in 2006, that was my one time 'been there done that' I don't even want to think about not only the lines on the trails but the 8000 people and 3 public showers. After attempting that highline trust me you need a shower before crawling in your tent! Like Polaris 425 said pack plenty of chilled beverages and a whole lot of patience.
Polaris4252010-08-17 08:59:27 +0000 #10
TX4PLAY what were you riding back in 06? You wernt one of the guys I met are you?
TX4PLAY2010-08-17 11:24:29 +0000 #11
No I don't think we've met, back then I was still riding my Honda Foreman.

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