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    Buckwallow Cycling Centre [o]

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    Buckwallow Cycling Centre [o]

    Awesome spot, we were there 2 weeks ago. Great bike too, I ride a 2010 RMB Slayer SXC

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    Great pictures as always! Thanks for sharing.
    Heading back up there in a couple weeks.
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    That's a good dog...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    That's a good dog...
    Ya...he's a sweetheart!!

    ...always goes well off into the bushes to poop too
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyh83 View Post
    Great pictures as always! Thanks for sharing.
    Heading back up there in a couple weeks.
    Mike's trails just keep getting better & better!
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    Awesome pics BCD! i like the scenery.

    Singlesprocket rode Buckwallow a few times but I have never been there.

    Maybe one of these days
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    Nice pics and yes, good dog!
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    That is awesome...as always. Beautiful pup...he sure was grinning!!

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    How does the fat bike ride there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Awesome pics BCD! i like the scenery.

    Singlesprocket rode Buckwallow a few times but I have never been there.

    Maybe one of these days
    I suggest a nice weekend late Aug early Sep and do Buckwallow and The Torrance Barrens!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgage View Post
    How does the fat bike ride there?
    Like this...


    I know several riders who have switched totally over to fatbikes for year round riding and sold all their other bikes. I ride mine at least once a week but not necessarily always at Buck. Surprise is I can climb knarly steep stuff at Buck consistently on my 38-40lb Pugs that I don't always make with my 25lb Altitude just because the traction with the fat tire is SO good! Personally I find it's a great ride...provided I'm not trying to be fast on it. Some guys can be fast on a fatbike but I guess I'm too old
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    your posts are always spectacular
    love your dog too
    have to try torrance barrens someday also
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    Nice pics, haven't been yet, the rocks look gnarly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_o View Post
    Nice pics, haven't been yet, the rocks look gnarly.
    Thanks guys! There's all levels of riding at Buck, Mike has over 30K of trail now. Most of my pics are of 1-3 hoof trails, that's what Bonnie will comfortably ride plus all the double track (some of which is quite technical actually). I ride the 4 hoofs and occasionally some of the 5 hoofers but I haven't been on DoDropIn or Weasel for years now. That's Donnie on DoDropIn on the fatbike above. Just sayin'...lots of variety for whatever you like. Rocks do equal great traction!
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    Nice pics as usual.

    I see you've scooped up a new Subaru. How does it drive? A lot of reviewers seem to be asking for more power.
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    Hi BCD.

    Blue escorted us through the Barrens last year. I think he knows the trails better than BCD. I don't think he missed a patch of water to go into. I am really itching to get up there again. I have a cottage booked about 15-20 minutes for a week the first week of August and plan a couple of rides. The Barrens/Buck combo ride makes for an awesome day of riding and is highly recommended for all who have not been.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    Nice pics as usual.

    I see you've scooped up a new Subaru. How does it drive? A lot of reviewers seem to be asking for more power.
    Ya lesson #1 is ignore reviewers. Reality is Subaru was chasing fuel economy with this vehicle but has maintained the same performance stats as the previous 2.5L Impreza vehicles, except for WRX of course. So nothing spectacular but certainly adequate. Coming from a WRX, I certainly notice a huge difference in pedal to the metal acceleration. Like most vehicles in this class the Crosstrek makes a lot of noise under heavy acceleration but doesn't do all that much...whereas a WRX gets down and moves out. Considered getting another, but WRX calls up premium fuel which is ~$0.15/L over regular these days. Also was pulled over winter before last for being more than 50K over the speed limit, threatened with car impound for a week plus minimum $5000 fine. I was not charged ( I think because officer didn't have me on radar but was clocking me against his speedometer...which won't stand up in court. I decided then and there that since I cannot resist "playing" in a WRX that I best not buy another LOL!
    The Crosstrek drives nice, very refined compared to a 2002 WRX which was purposely rough around the edges and drove much like a sports car! I did get the manual tranny Crosstrek of course but I will always miss that old WRX
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Ya lesson #1 is ignore reviewers. Reality is Subaru was chasing fuel economy with this vehicle but has maintained the same performance stats as the previous 2.5L Impreza vehicles, except for WRX of course. So nothing spectacular but certainly adequate. Coming from a WRX, I certainly notice a huge difference in pedal to the metal acceleration. Like most vehicles in this class the Crosstrek makes a lot of noise under heavy acceleration but doesn't do all that much...whereas a WRX gets down and moves out. Considered getting another, but WRX calls up premium fuel which is ~$0.15/L over regular these days. Also was pulled over winter before last for being more than 50K over the speed limit, threatened with car impound for a week plus minimum $5000 fine. I was not charged ( I think because officer didn't have me on radar but was clocking me against his speedometer...which won't stand up in court. I decided then and there that since I cannot resist "playing" in a WRX that I best not buy another LOL!
    The Crosstrek drives nice, very refined compared to a 2002 WRX which was purposely rough around the edges and drove much like a sports car! I did get the manual tranny Crosstrek of course but I will always miss that old WRX
    Cool. I was curious. They are decent looking cars that seem to offer a good balance of efficiency and utility.

    I think you should have got an orange one though. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    Cool. I was curious. They are decent looking cars that seem to offer a good balance of efficiency and utility.

    I think you should have got an orange one though. LOL
    I will keep a vehicle that I like 10-12yrs and I don't think I could like orange for that long. I really like this DGM colour as it matches well with the cladding and wheels. Doesn't show in the pics but close up the cladding is not flat colour but actually quite nice with a carbon fibre like pattern. Second choice was silver but I have had a few of those now so wanted a change too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    Hi BCD.

    Blue escorted us through the Barrens last year. I think he knows the trails better than BCD. I don't think he missed a patch of water to go into. I am really itching to get up there again. I have a cottage booked about 15-20 minutes for a week the first week of August and plan a couple of rides. The Barrens/Buck combo ride makes for an awesome day of riding and is highly recommended for all who have not been.
    Call or txt me when you are up and we can do some rides!
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    Back when we were minivanning it, our family had a 2004 Chev Venture with a 3.4L 185 hp engine. It had excellent fuel consumption for a family vehicle. When that lease was up, in 2008, I purchased the Venture's successor, the Uplander, assuming it would be a fuel miser. WRONG! The Uplander had a 3.9L engine with 245 hp and was a fuel economy disaster.

    Personally, I thought 185 hp plenty for a family van and have no idea why GM upsized an engine when N. America's economy was shrinking?

    I understand the attraction to hp, but at the expense of fuel economy, not so much. Now, I drive a 2.5L Golf wagon and really enjoy her fuel efficiency compared to the V6 chevy's.

    BCD, excellent post. I sound like a broken record saying it, but you post awesome stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggie View Post
    Back when we were minivanning it, our family had a 2004 Chev Venture with a 3.4L 185 hp engine. It had excellent fuel consumption for a family vehicle.
    My family has a 2004 Montana short wheel base. I like it. When it is unloaded, it accelerates like crazy if you put the pedal down, and delivers decent economy if you drive sensibly. And well, it's a van, so you can put bikes in it, sleep in it, and haul all kinds of stuff or people.

    I almost tried to make it mine (it was originally my grandpa's), but decided I was too young to own a minivan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Call or txt me when you are up and we can do some rides!
    Will do for sure. I was planning on giving you a heads up when I had my riding plans firmed up a bit. I plan on two rides for sure while up there. There was another place you mentioned that sounded quite nice. Can't remember the name, but you posted some pics once. Love to explore some new stuff. Like the new vehicle as well. You still let Blue get in there all wet? I don't think you have a choice in that.
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    I am volunteering you to put together a group ride like the Puppy Pedal for us down here. It would be an awesome way to meet some of the MTBR crowd in that setting. Something to think about.
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    Hey BCD maybe a village ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post

    I almost tried to make it mine (it was originally my grandpa's), but decided I was too young to own a minivan.
    Ya...you got lots of time in future married life for that...LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Near north View Post
    Hey BCD maybe a village ride?
    Mark, I will send those guys to you for lead ...I want to come home still in one piece!
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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    I am volunteering you to put together a group ride like the Puppy Pedal for us down here. It would be an awesome way to meet some of the MTBR crowd in that setting. Something to think about.
    I have been thinking of that, and maybe you & I already discussed it. Especially if they don't do the Puppy Pedal until mid October like last year
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggie View Post
    Personally, I thought 185 hp plenty for a family van and have no idea why GM upsized an engine when N. America's economy was shrinking?

    I understand the attraction to hp, but at the expense of fuel economy, not so much. Now, I drive a 2.5L Golf wagon and really enjoy her fuel efficiency compared to the V6 chevy's.

    BCD, excellent post. I sound like a broken record saying it, but you post awesome stuff.
    Thanks Biggie! Yes, the HP fetish today is just nonsense. I drove several Volvo 240 series cars for years that probably weighed half a ton more than most cars today and had all of 114 HP and never felt underpowered. I have driven my wife's 40HP diesel smart car from Muskoka to London & return on 400 & 401 series highways and again never felt threatened or underpowered. You just have to adjust your driving according to the capabilities of the vehicle and its all good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    Like the new vehicle as well. You still let Blue get in there all wet? I don't think you have a choice in that.
    no I don't have a choice for sure and you know Blue never passes up the chance to get wet! But I did get the cargo bay protector as well as the seat back protectors. Bonus too all the side panels are now plastic so won't grab and hold dog hair like the felt cover panels in the '02 WRX did.
    As an aside...happy ending to the story on the WRX is that the fellow I sold it to is the Pro Detailer for Greavette Fox GMC/Caddilac dealership which also owns Subaru of Muskoka. So he has the skills, knowledge, and equipment to bring the car back to like new condition...he makes his living doing this every day!
    And he can get parts at cost. He is totally stoked on this project, having recently sold his Corvette. Now he has a fun and solid but also very practical and also an awesome winter driving car! I have already seen the car once since, and it already looks great and he's not even done yet! I got $4K for it uncertified, which I thought was decent for a 12 yr old vehicle that needed some money and work put into it. I know the fellow, he was first person to look at it and took it so it was nice clean deal..I wasn't trying to wring every penny out of it either.
    Although I would have liked to keep it for another yr or possibly two, I think it was a good time for me to move on. I enjoyed it immensely for a long time and now was really please to see it go to a good home rather than just have it wrung out as somebodies beater! It was my best car ever...another reason I stayed within the Subaru family
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    Im coming up to the Buck this weekend .
    Where is Torrance Barrens in relation to it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    Im coming up to the Buck this weekend .
    Where is Torrance Barrens in relation to it ?
    Firstly, fair warning the deer flies could be horrendous out there this time of year. Best riding at TB is April-mid June and late Aug-Nov. But if you want to brave it drive west from Gravenhurst towards Bala. At Torrance take Southwood Rd ( Muskoka Rd 13) and the Barrens will come up on your left. About 25' drive from Gravenhurst.

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    We did the rocks (Hahn farm trail?) last week and when we got to the open rocky area and near the lakes (like the barrens) the deer flies were swarming. Not biting but very happy to see us and fast they understand the draft technique in cycling. I think those trails are out for us for a month or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Near north View Post
    We did the rocks (Hahn farm trail?) last week and when we got to the open rocky area and near the lakes (like the barrens) the deer flies were swarming. Not biting but very happy to see us and fast they understand the draft technique in cycling. I think those trails are out for us for a month or so.
    Only upside to Deer Flies is they will vacate and leave you alone if you keep reasonably still for 5 minutes or so..they are attracted to motion. So Hahne Farm>Cornall Lake isn't as bad as Barrens since its a destination ride for us, we ride in to the point for a swim and relaxing and have a great time once the Deer Flies loose interest






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    Will be up there this week, The deer flies love my bald spot but, eh well... Thinking of bringing my cx bike with road tires for ripping around the cottage roads and use the old Nishiki 26er SS to take on Buck again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by egggman View Post
    and use the old Nishiki 26er SS to take on Buck again...
    Is that bike green??...thinking I might have met and chatted with you at Buck last summer or possibly summer before that!
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    I hear you...I like my pugsley and take it out once in a while but still prefer my full squish Norco. One thing about the pugsley is that I'm always playing with the tire pressure. In the winter I set it and its good, but in the summer I can't seem to find a good pressure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Is that bike green??...thinking I might have met and chatted with you at Buck last summer or possibly summer before that!
    Yeah that's me. That was my first time riding Buck 2 years ago at the pre-ride for the O-Cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgage View Post
    I hear you...I like my pugsley and take it out once in a while but still prefer my full squish Norco. One thing about the pugsley is that I'm always playing with the tire pressure. In the winter I set it and its good, but in the summer I can't seem to find a good pressure.
    I'm still on my original Endomorphs; - in winter I like them to feel like a rare steak, but in summer I like them "well done"
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    Buckwallow riding..

    ...is as good as it gets right now, don't miss out! Lots of trail work/upgrades happening all summer long, weather is perfect for riding, bugs are done!
    I really enjoyed presenting Mike with a Buckwallow key chain that was carved in bone by Artisan Attributes in Utah...




    Kudos to whoever made the beautiful Buckwallow Bell' it's fantastic and what great tone!!





    Chillin' in the porch post ride...





    Have a sunny Sunday!
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    Darn, at first I thought that key chain was available for purchase. I was going to make an extra trip this year to pic one up. Nice work btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenixnr View Post
    Darn, at first I thought that key chain was available for purchase. I was going to make an extra trip this year to pic one up. Nice work btw.
    Nope...handcrafted and only two in existence!
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    SWEET Key Chain!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoreskillz View Post
    SWEET Key Chain!!!
    hmmm...Fat Bike rider in Utah reading Eastern Canada Forum...uhuh!! Yes, lovely key chain...thanks!! 8-)
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    Does Buckwallow close during the week during the shoulder seasons? Hoping to head back tomorrow or Wednesday.

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    Open 7 days a week until around the end of october

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    A very gracious thank you!

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    Hey Greg_o N/P . if you are around Tuesday evening we have a group that rides there or the village around 5:30 ish

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    evening ride...

    ..weather and Buck trails have been perfection all week!!! Blue loves the smart fortwo 'cause he rides up front, in the Suby he's always stuck in the hatch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    ..weather and Buck trails have been perfection all week!!! Blue loves the smart fortwo 'cause he rides up front, in the Suby he's always stuck in the hatch!
    Of course, I love all your pics, BCD, but this might be the best one of all time.
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Hmm... a lot of B's...... Bert n Blue in Bonnie's Buggy with Bike on Back go to Buck at Best not Busy or Buggy, no Bigfoot hmm.... Bonus

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Of course, I love all your pics, BCD, but this might be the best one of all time.
    Ya, must be nice to recline a bit, grab a beer and relax after a ride while your dog drives you back home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Ya, must be nice to recline a bit, grab a beer and relax after a ride while your dog drives you back home.
    LOL!!...reality is I now have to clean the seats; as per his normal... the BogDog was into every waterhole and stream along the trails!
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    I'm wondering if I could crowd fund my bills so I could ride Buckwallow ... sigh

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    Hey Everyone,

    Me and a couple friends are planning to ride in Buckwallow and Porcupine Ridge this Monday (Thanksgiving Monday) and I just wanted to be sure it was going to be open. I have not been able to find this online. If you know, it would be great to know before driving up! Thanks.

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    Buckwallow is open all weekend and is likely as good as it gets mike will have it cleaned and groomed.
    Porcupine Ridge (the village) is always open, there is no one there. but the guys in my group usually do the leaf blowing and fall clean up and we haven't. about 50% to 70% of the leaves are down. so trail navigation may harder but doable.
    We like to wait until most of the leaves fall and it would be great if we could just do it once. Buck is only open a few more weeks and in such nice condition we generally ride there until late October then start cleaning the village.

    I think doing both is very ambitious.

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    I have a work function next week at Deerhurst and was planning on hitting Buckwallow on the way up on Tuesday, it will be my first time there
    Can anyone confirm if it will be open on Tuesday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Near north View Post
    Buckwallow is open all weekend and is likely as good as it gets mike will have it cleaned and groomed.
    Porcupine Ridge (the village) is always open, there is no one there. but the guys in my group usually do the leaf blowing and fall clean up and we haven't. about 50% to 70% of the leaves are down. so trail navigation may harder but doable.
    We like to wait until most of the leaves fall and it would be great if we could just do it once. Buck is only open a few more weeks and in such nice condition we generally ride there until late October then start cleaning the village.

    I think doing both is very ambitious.
    Thanks for the info, very helpful! From what I have read, I think it is pretty ambitious as well but we will see how things go. We have the whole day and plan to be to Buck by 10 at the latest so we will see if we have enough energy to ride Porcupine after that. If we are having too much fun at Buck though, we will likely just stay there.

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    I'm pretty sure Mike is open 7 days a week until oct 31 (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Near north View Post
    I'm pretty sure Mike is open 7 days a week until oct 31 (:
    Yup...open everyday dawn to dusk. Mike & Mark have been out on the trails with the leaf blowers most of this week and as per usual for Buck, the trails are in GREAT shape... I just came in from there a little while ago
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Thanks guys! There's all levels of riding at Buck, Mike has over 30K of trail now. Most of my pics are of 1-3 hoof trails, that's what Bonnie will comfortably ride plus all the double track (some of which is quite technical actually). I ride the 4 hoofs and occasionally some of the 5 hoofers but I haven't been on DoDropIn or Weasel for years now. That's Donnie on DoDropIn on the fatbike above. Just sayin'...lots of variety for whatever you like. Rocks do equal great traction!
    Have ridden al the trails& loved them. Tons of fun for all levels of riders! And it's great to support a guy like mike who gives a lot to the sport. If you haven't gone , give it a go.
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    We had a great time this past weekend except I thought it a good idea to hurt my knee. Was still able to ride another three hours but I was in a lot of pain once we stopped. Happened on trail 7 on the log ride, I chickened out at the end and instead of dropping off the 1.5 feet I decided to take the ramp. Well since it was wet, as soon as I touched my brake the back tire went off and I feel awkwardly. I know better and the little drop was nothing to be worried about, still not sure why I chickened out as I have gone off much bigger. Oh we'll, next time I will know better. Haha.

    Either way, we rode for four hours and had a great time. We didn't make it to porcupine ridge as we were bagged by the time we were done riding Buck. Next time we will hit porcupine ridge!

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    I had an incident on that log as well the first time I rode there. I came in super fast into it and ended up dropping into the hole it spans. Landed it clean, but got a bunch of scratches from the bushes. A full suspension 29er is nice some times. Made the landing plush. Hope your knee heals quickly. I was hoping to ride up there on Sunday, but just checked the weather and they are calling for rain every day till then.
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