Ando Melkonyan

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  1. Walking down for 20 miles with a few hours of daylight left was not an option.
  2. Saving Marty and the Monster (part 2) So. After getting lost i almost started to believe that i myself might not make it out of the mountains in time, so i started praying. And it went a little like this.. "Jesus take the wheel".. " God please put me on the right track and help me get out of here. Please God i really dont want to spend the night camping with the bears. etc..." Sure enough.. my prayers got heard and after some time of carrying my 45lbs acm up the hills i finally saw a downhill route that looked like it was going in the right direction. So i hopped back on my dying wheel and started zooming dawn the hill. I knew that i had to get down quickly because i needed to get to the park rangers asap so the'll have enough daylight to go out and find Marty. After maybe an hour and a half of riding i finally came across the stupid dam that we were looking for the whole time! At this point my phone slowly started working again. I checked the maps and the park rangers station was not far away so i got back on the wheel and continued down the road until i got to the main gate where the rangers were supposed to be. Walked up to the door but unfortunately there was no one there. So i called 911. My call got transferred 3 times before someone in the right jurisdiction was able to send out some help. They asked me where i was and told me to stay there till the cops arrive. So i stayed put. Shortly after a whole gang of police cars and fire trucks and ambulances arrived at the gate. I made the 911 call at 5:45. From 6-9 i was with the cops explaining the situation, and answering all sorts of questions. Luckily i had a took a picture of Marty and Jeff from earlier that day so i gave that to the cops for description of our missing peeps. I had took a few more picture of the trail names and numbers on my way down. Those, along with a picture of Martys gps coordinates of his last known position gave the rescue team an idea of where he might be. The gps coordinates Marty had pulled up on his tracker turned out to be the nearest cellphone tower which was no good. So i had to somehow describe where my missing guy was to 6 different groups of teams (including; the police department, the fire fighers, the park rangers, the helicopter operator). They couldnt belive that we had made it all the way up the mountain and back down almost to the 2 frewway on "that thing!?!?" Anyways making the already long story short, being the "informant" i stayed with the rescue team leader answering more question and confirming new information they were getting until they tracked down our missing man. By the way the parking lot was 20 miles away from the point that i came down to on my wheel. Had a friend come pick me up and take me back to my car. End of the say i had probably done 50miles of mountain riding on my awesome ACM2.5 which saved mine and Martys life. 🙌🏼
  3. So i had to leave Marty behind to go get some help because after 20 miles of climbing a steep hill on the monster and then going downhill another few miles on a fucked up trail with landslides and trees blocking the way he was too exhausted to get back out of there on his own. This is where my mission began. With %20 battery left i turned back and started heading back up (for about 2-3 miles) to the top where i thought i would have cellphone reception. Somehow i missed the spot and/or my cell didnt pick up the signal so i kept going up hoping that i will soon get a signal. At this point my wheel was beeping at me pretty hard and i was barely moving. Came across two Y crossing. Both times made the wrong turn.. went down for about 10 min, realized that im not heading the right way( looking at a very blurry google maps image i had loaded on my phone) then pushing my wheel back up the hill on foot. So after being lost for over an hour with no map, almost no battery, no water and no cell reception i was starting to think im stuck on this damn mountain for good. To be continued. Stay tuned for part two of operation save Marty and the Monster
  4. Marty did you guys make it down?? Call me as soon as you get reception. 4246449111
  5. Guyss i just realized its a 50min drive for me. Ill be a little late. 9:20 ish. Please dont leave meeeee
  6. this project should be a piece of cake for you then. You're gonna love it! its almost like riding a 16" msuper lol. I call mine the MsuperACM1300
  7. LOL righttt? not even 2 weeks after getting my brand new wheel i go ahead and do this to the poor thing
  8. The inner tube didn't work because the valve was not bent the right way but i just used the original tube that was on the ACM and so far so good. Also, not sure how you're gonna cut out the inside plastic parts but i used my dental lab handpiece with a 1" diamond coated disk Something like this ^^^ Enjoy
  9. Here is that it looks like and some of what i had to go though.. lol
  10. Thanks Marty. I am enjoying it a lot! I fit a 2.5" tire on it. Fatter, slightly taller, so my ride is smoother, and i can lean it more. Had to cut out some of the shell to make it fit but it was worth it. Dont think anyone has done it before.
  11. Also if anyone is going from the Glendale area and is kind enough to scoop me up... otherwise im gonna have to uber there.
  12. I was wondering when this was gonna happen. Been awful quiet here lately. Im IN! Cant wait to show off my ONE of a kind ACM
  13. Yeah.. its been over 6 weeks since i placed my order. I was expecting it earlier but i wouldnt be surprised if it takes a few more weeks. I still havent gotten any shipping information from Ian 😒
  14. WOW that looks like an awesome place to ride. Ill pray to the gotway gods to send my ACM in time for this trip.
  15. 😂 I believe in you! But just in case... can i have your wheel if you break your neck? 😂 😅 Loool just kiddinnnn