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    On the first overlook on Gooseberry... The trail itself did not have a lot of climbing but it did have a lot of very tight turns with steep-short ups and downs which made it very technical (way more techie than Porc Rim, or Slickrock).
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    70 degrees on Christmas

    My friend-rocknroll barbie, my doggie-Lua and myself decided to get away from this crap for a couple of days riding in sun and warm weather. It was about a 9 hour drive to Hurricane, UT. Saturday was gorgeous (screwed around Gooseberry Mesa for almost 4 hours), Sunday- not as beautiful as Saturday but the sun was still out. We did Slickrock Swamp, Goulds-Jem-China Wash and Hurricane Rim (ended up riding for 4+ hours, all on singletrack except for the 15 minute fireroad climb to the trailhead)... Enjoy the pics...

    RRB at the top of Gooseberry, right at the edge of what looked like a 1000 foot sheer cliff...
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    RRB on the South Rim of Gooseberry

    This is where the fun started.... A couple of miles of the South Rim had substantial exposure . There were some steep techie drops relatively close to the edge of the rim which made it very interesting...
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    I love the signs...

    They do a good job with trail signage. This is on Hurricane Rim.
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    Lucky Dog!

    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    They do a good job with trail signage. This is on Hurricane Rim.
    Good to see some pics of warmers climes and good trails and friends.

    So, Flip, that is what you meant when you said you were "working" this week

    ahhhh

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    nice flip...i should have done what you did this weekend..

    what a boring 3-day weekend....except for christmas eve of course zebdi.

    why didn't i think of doing something like this?

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    Next year

    i think I'm moving to Tucson, AZ for a couple of months in winter. I'm so done with this weather...

    St. George and Hurricane was great. I was surprised that it was less than 9 hours away (about the same distance as Moab/Fruita) and that was with dog, gas and food stops!

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    Ahhh the life of flip...girls, mountain biking, and wintering in AZ. Jealous. Really friggin' jealous.

    Hey when are you going back home again and whereabouts are you going? Last night I figured out that we were both in Makati and Antipolo when we were over there. Not sure when I'll have enough $ and time to go there again, but I think I'm gonna take mom back to Illocos Norte where she was born and raised.

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    1 less month of winter

    I’m going home in Feb for about 3 weeks. I already bought slicks for the Slinger so it can do double duty while I’m there.
    The last time I was home was for the month of December 04. I was there for close to a month! There is a burgeoning riding and racing scene in the PI- you should really consider bringing a bike with you when you go. I did some road rides in Antipolo the last time. If you can swing between the Jeepneys and tricycles- you should be ok. It really is a lot like riding in downtown NYC and DC sometimes!
    I can hook you up with some riding buddies that I met there if you wish...

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    Hell I can barely go down Hulls without nearly crashing into someone!!! No way in hell this brotha would survive on the bike on the streets of Manila!!!

    How are you buying your plane tix? You just using one of the biggies like Travelocity or Orbitz or are you using a lesser known way of buying tix?

    Hopefully the next time we go, it won't nearly be as traumatic as it was last time . Miscommunication with relatives....mom not knowing the customs and traditions (she's been away a looong time). Ugh.

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    I still have a LOT of miles from my traveling days so everytime I go home, it's Singapore Airlines and Raffles Class baybeee! They absolutely have the best service to the PI and the HOTTEST flight attendants (not that hot flight attendants are the primary reason-but it is a close second to flight safety record....hehe)... Typically, Orbitz can get you good prices depends on what time of the year you go. For Feb, I saw $800 to $900 with United. However, I would try to pay extra to go with an Asian carrier like Asiana, Singapore or Thai since they have way better service on international segments. It makes the flights go by smoother.

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    I'm bored at work so i'm posting more photos

    RRB at the top of Gooseberry....
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    Slickrock Swamp

    RRB on Slickrock Swamp....
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    575 ready to go...

    At the parking lot at Gooseberry....
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    Dog's life

    After a few good bike rides, a few nice hikes, Lua got an awesome Christmas meal (baked chicken and white rice)... Yes, my dog gets to sleep on the bed and has her own blankies...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    RRB at the top of Gooseberry....
    Are you two dating, or just friends with benefits?
    And I agree: the employees of Asian-based airlines are worlds better than most anything else flying around.

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    I like it!

    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    After a few good bike rides, a few nice hikes, Lua got an awesome Christmas meal (baked chicken and white rice)... Yes, my dog gets to sleep on the bed and has her own blankies...
    I always thought one measure of a persons character (and of a society too)
    is how they treat pets, and animals in general.

    I love dogs so if I had one, he/she would get about the same treatment!

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    What would be a good destination to go to in mid/late April that is within reasonable driving distance? I'm guessing Moab would be at the top of the list?

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    Hey. What a good question to put in the forum for all to read! Yay for you. We're friends. Our dogs are dating though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollbarbie
    Hey. What a good question to put in the forum for all to read! Yay for you. We're friends. Our dogs are dating though.
    At least someone is doing it doggy style.

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    as the post goes into the gutter

    At least someone is doing it doggy style.
    My dog likes to be on top.

    hat would be a good destination to go to in mid/late April that is within reasonable driving distance? I'm guessing Moab would be at the top of the list?
    Fruita-Grand Junction-Moab if you have 1 week in April. Specially, if you've never been to Moab...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    My dog likes to be on top.



    Fruita-Grand Junction-Moab if you have 1 week in April. Specially, if you've never been to Moab...
    Good pics/ride report, and even better sense of humor!

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    mmm hmmm

    Quote Originally Posted by westin
    And I agree: the employees of Asian-based airlines are worlds better than most anything else flying around.
    That's because they always looking for American husband!

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    G - D said she is a go for Moab/Fruita in Mar/Apr. We will bring the big bikes. I'll have the dogs and the toilet paper. I hope you can still go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrdr98
    That's because they always looking for American husband!
    Funny that you brought this up....just over an hour ago me and colleague from Oahu were just talking about this very subject. That and arranged marriages!!!

    I told him and our executive assistant that if I ever come back from the Philippines with a bride, they have my permission to shoot me!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Funny that you brought this up....just over an hour ago me and colleague from Oahu were just talking about this very subject. That and arranged marriages!!!

    I told him and our executive assistant that if I ever come back from the Philippines with a bride, they have my permission to shoot me!!!

    No offense to Flip, but those Phillipino mailorder brides are the worse! I've seen several take fat, tired and rich American men for everything. My friend Jim had a Phillipine girl down in San Fran, and all she ever did was hold up her ring finger and say, "Jim no buy me ring. He buy me ring and make me happy. Jim, you buy?" We threw a party when Jim dumped Daisy.

    As for the airline stewardesses (or they called flight attendants?) they have their sights on much bigger prizes than a schmuck who can't get a girl the good ol' fashioned way. I was in Singapore a year ago, and seeing the Pan-Asian fly girls walk in a group of 3 or 5 through the airport is a sight to behold.

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    I think you mean any mail order bride would take a guy for his cash.....I think the term is "gold digger". There is a word for it in nearly every language.

    Did you get any wool for Xmas....

    da spackle is good here...I got a spackle gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher
    I think you mean any mail order bride would take a guy for his cash.....I think the term is "gold digger". There is a word for it in nearly every language.

    Did you get any wool for Xmas....

    da spackle is good here...I got a spackle gun.
    True, not just limited to the Flips. Again, no offense to anyone who is a Flip or mailorder bride.

    As for da wool: no. My girlfriend either couldn't or wouldn't understand the need for $25 socks that didn't go above my scrawny calves. "What is a Swobo" she'd mutter whenever I'd send a link to the much-desired prize at http://www.swobo.com/product_m.aspx?...000&p=SWB08000

    I'd break up with her but our marriage contract doesn't expire until the Phillipino New Year in 2008.

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    Its not like these guys don't know what they are getting into. What do they think? Hot girls going for old, fat, bald, american men. Seriously. They cant think that these girls are attracted to them for their personality...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollbarbie
    Its not like these guys don't know what they are getting into. What do they think? Hot girls going for old, fat, bald, american men. Seriously. They cant think that these girls are attracted to them for their personality...
    If men are giving away $200 a night to ex porn stars at Spearment Rhino for 10 minutes of attention what makes you think they won't give away their life savings to some barely legal girl with a permanent tan who promises to love them long time?

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    Greenlight for Lua and me also...

    Hopefully I don't find work too quickly when I get back from the PI.... Not sure if SJ can go (she may have to go to NYC)...

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    Are you kidding? Do men do this? Man, if so, then a guy would need new financial planning advice. Time to fire the little man below the belt and go to TD Waterhouse. Sheesh. Anyone, man or woman for that matter stupid enough to make that kind of choice... well I don't really feel sorry for them.

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    It's not exclusive to mail order women...

    3 words to remember... Anna Nicole Smith..

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    We had a layover in Tokyo and we are all waiting there in the terminal and there were a handful of fat, balding, old white guys on our same flight. They were either heading over to the Philippines for a sex tour or they were intent on bringing back a bride. Little do those idiots know that she's gonna be aiming to get as much of her family back to the states as soon as she can....

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    Sadly I think this is the route I'm gonna have to end up taking. 33 y.o. and still single. Whenever I speak with any of my relatives the first thing they ask is "Nick...you get a girlfriend/wife yet?".


    Hell...I've even had some of my aunties offer to "find" someone for me to bring back over.

    Hey....as long as she mountain bikes and backpacks...I'm all for it!!!

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    haha..

    Sadly I think this is the route I'm gonna have to end up taking. 33 y.o. and still single. Whenever I speak with any of my relatives the first thing they ask is "Nick...you get a girlfriend/wife yet?".
    That's the flip Roman Catholic family values for you... Your life is not considered complete unless you're married. I've resorted to telling them I'm gay... But for some reason, they don't believe it...

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    I see poss need for a *DISLCLAIMER* coming

    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Funny that you brought this up....just over an hour ago me and colleague from Oahu were just talking about this very subject. That and arranged marriages!!!

    I told him and our executive assistant that if I ever come back from the Philippines with a bride, they have my permission to shoot me!!!

    Just was a nice opportunity to fit in some humor there oh so perfectly.
    I don't really think that in general.
    But if I was in the market that way, I'd go Russian or Swedish

    I do have a few stories about a friend of mine (NOT me) and those tours and a LOT of trips to PI's, Thailand, and also Columbia I think...

    and also how I think L dog contradicts himself in some ways!
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    Quote Originally Posted by westin
    No offense to Flip, but those Phillipino mailorder brides are the worse! I've seen several take fat, tired and rich American men for everything. My friend Jim had a Phillipine girl down in San Fran, and all she ever did was hold up her ring finger and say, "Jim no buy me ring. He buy me ring and make me happy. Jim, you buy?" We threw a party when Jim dumped Daisy.

    As for the airline stewardesses (or they called flight attendants?) they have their sights on much bigger prizes than a schmuck who can't get a girl the good ol' fashioned way. I was in Singapore a year ago, and seeing the Pan-Asian fly girls walk in a group of 3 or 5 through the airport is a sight to behold.
    IT'S CONFIRMED: YOU'RE A MORONIC PIG. THANKS FOR MORE INFORMATION THAN WE NEEDED--NOT.
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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by westin
    No offense to Flip, but those Phillipino mailorder brides are the worse! I've seen several take fat, tired and rich American men for everything. My friend Jim had a Phillipine girl down in San Fran, and all she ever did was hold up her ring finger and say, "Jim no buy me ring. He buy me ring and make me happy. Jim, you buy?" We threw a party when Jim dumped Daisy.
    Dude that's my auntie Marina you are talking about!!!!!!!


    She lives in SF and is married to an American. BUT they don't live together nor do they do much as a married couple. However she takes full advantage of his $. She has a bright yellow H2 and a house in Vega$...sadly I haven't been able to use either one even though she keeps offering them to me. It's her second husband too and suprisingly not that many of her relatives have even met the guy. He's a bit of a mystery.

    I love her to death though. She's fun to be around.

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    My $.02

    No offense to Flip, but those Phillipino mailorder brides are the worse! I've seen several take fat, tired and rich American men for everything.
    All of a matter of perspective isn't it? Who is worse, the maker of the drug or the buyer? No offense taken in your statement but it is a very fat, tired, rich American men-centric point of view. Those losers need to realize that the USD won't buy you love anywhere (Philippines, Thailand, Russia, Sweden, San Francisco or Kuna).

    Jim no buy me ring. He buy me ring and make me happy. Jim, you buy
    Flip natives don't talk this way. It's more like... "Punk-a$$ whitey ain't showin' me no ice!" I should know, I'm a native...

    One more thing, it's spelled "Filipino".

    Stepping off soap-box now and going back to the bike talk...

    Entrance to Gould's Rim trail. You have to love a sign that says "Human Power Only". RRB almost ran over a burrowing owl on this singletrack. It scared the living crap out of her and I...
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    Gooseberry fireroad

    Gooseberry was, by far, the best Christmas ride I've been on. I think it may become a tradition...
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    Rim job

    Bad rim strip job with strapping tape = flat at a bad time. This was my second flat of the day. This happened on the second ride, the 21 miler Hurricane Rim ride on Sunday (the first flat happened on the Slickrock Swamp). We were out of tubes and only had patches left so we would've been SOL if my Stans front wheel/tire decided to burp or we get a valve leak. The 3rd flat happened 1/2 km from the truck at 6pm, right as it was getting super dark and super cold. Scary prospect to ride an unfamiliar rim trail in the dark...
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    Nick...

    She has a bright yellow H2 and a house in Vega$...sadly I haven't been able to use either one even though she keeps offering them to me
    DUDE!
    Call her up now and say... "Tita, I love you! You are the best Tita in the world! Uh, hmmm, by the way, can I borrow your house and H2 for a week?" Invite us all down and we'll ride Bootleg Canyon for a week. I'll cook the adobo, Visicypher will bring the beer and TP. EP and TC will bring the chardonnay. Westin will invite some flight attendants... RRB will drop us all on the climbs and the downhills...

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    Okay, laughing my F ass off now

    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    Flip natives don't talk this way. It's more like... "Punk-a$$ whitey ain't showin' me no ice!" I should know, I'm a native...

    One more thing, it's spelled "Filipino".

    Stepping off soap-box now and going back to the bike talk...
    Well I been studying my ass off all day to take the iNET+ exam, gotta keep getting the credentials... I can't move, feel the cobwebs growing. I need to ride, or at least a good good workout on the trainer. I hope tomorrow is DRY!

    Flip you hurt me with those pics of S. Utah!

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    Almost Moab

    I was seriously considering going to Moab and spending NYE there but my project goes live on 1/4/06 so I have to work this week and next week... Not necessarily a bad thing since the forecast for Moab looks to be the same as here anyway... Might as well make some coin if its going to be crappy outside. 2.5 more weeks then retirement again...

    Flip you hurt me with those pics of S. Utah!
    Here is some more motivation for ya.... This is on Slickrock Swamp which might as well be called Legal Riding in Zion. I really see where it can be easy to poach Zion-specially on Christmas Day when there is absolutely no one there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    I was seriously considering going to Moab and spending NYE there but my project goes live on 1/4/06 so I have to work this week and next week... Not necessarily a bad thing since the forecast for Moab looks to be the same as here anyway... Might as well make some coin if its going to be crappy outside. 2.5 more weeks then retirement again...


    Here is some more motivation for ya.... This is on Slickrock Swamp which might as well be called Legal Riding in Zion. I really see where it can be easy to poach Zion-specially on Christmas Day when there is absolutely no one there...
    What's your project?

    Here's one of me a few years back on a little drop in on Amasa Back:

    cheers man...
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    Contract work at Albertsons...

    Doing a little software implementation for the nice folks here. It is paying for the Yeti and my trips for this year and early next year...

    Nice picture. Are you sure that you and RRB are not twins. Here is a similar shot on Gooseberry... She is such a very good sport and a pretty aggressive rider for someone that just started riding in March/April of this year. This picture was taken 10 minutes after a nasty crash down a little ravine when her wheels slipped out from under her in a very off camber section. The type of fall where you have to sit down for a few minutes and go through all the major bones and joints to make sure nothing's broken. 10 minutes later, back to the regular drops on the rocks.
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    Wink Poaching Zion

    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    I was seriously considering going to Moab and spending NYE there but my project goes live on 1/4/06 so I have to work this week and next week... Not necessarily a bad thing since the forecast for Moab looks to be the same as here anyway... Might as well make some coin if its going to be crappy outside. 2.5 more weeks then retirement again...


    Here is some more motivation for ya.... This is on Slickrock Swamp which might as well be called Legal Riding in Zion. I really see where it can be easy to poach Zion-specially on Christmas Day when there is absolutely no one there...

    Poaching Zion. Jeez, you are starting to sound like me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrdr98
    What's your project?

    Here's one of me a few years back on a little drop in on Amasa Back:

    cheers man...
    brings back some warm memories, compadre. I spent all day on/around Amasaback about 6 yrs ago. Lotsa fun.

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    Mahal ako Tita!!!

    Then tell her you need to borrow the H2 to take a girl on a date to eat pancit & dinogan(sp) w/patis at a nice filipino restaurant. And tell her the gal is an MD. You'll have the keys in no time.

    Hmmm....all the flip gals I know are MDs, lawyers, bankers, or nurses...they don't ask anyone for money.

    I like the "punk-a$$ whitey" line there Flip. I wish I still remember how to write in tagalog. Next time I make pancit...I'll give you a ring.

    And rocknroll...I love the response...very appropriate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher
    Hmmm....all the flip gals I know are MDs, lawyers, bankers, or nurses...they don't ask anyone for money.
    I'll second that. Where I grew up had the highest concentration of filipinos outside the islands. (My grandparents lived in the Phillipines for several years too.) One of my best friends from high school was filipino and her mother was an MD. Her dad, on the other hand, loved to party and cook. We could always count on him to throw a party, cook up some great food, give all of us high school kids beer (after taking and hiding our car keys, of course) and then letting us crash on the floor of their place. Ah, memories of good times 20+ years ago...

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    Upper Porc Rim

    Quote Originally Posted by BiggerIsBetter
    Poaching Zion. Jeez, you are starting to sound like me.
    Let's do upper Porc Rim in March/April. I've been reading about it and want to try it. I think it makes Porc Rim a 40+ mile ride (if you ride from town)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    Doing a little software implementation for the nice folks here. It is paying for the Yeti and my trips for this year and early next year...

    Nice picture. Are you sure that you and RRB are not twins. Here is a similar shot on Gooseberry... She is such a very good sport and a pretty aggressive rider for someone that just started riding in March/April of this year. This picture was taken 10 minutes after a nasty crash down a little ravine when her wheels slipped out from under her in a very off camber section. The type of fall where you have to sit down for a few minutes and go through all the major bones and joints to make sure nothing's broken. 10 minutes later, back to the regular drops on the rocks.
    That's one CORE girl man. Definitely similar looking photos, cant' see the chute either, but her ass is MUCH cuter than mine. Ooops I mentioned the word "chute": Visiciypher do not respond!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    Let's do upper Porc Rim in March/April. I've been reading about it and want to try it. I think it makes Porc Rim a 40+ mile ride (if you ride from town)...
    If it's what I did with Dirt Dart on that trip from that photo. Adds more singletrack with some small tech sections, and one steep drop in before you get to the "cocktail rock"
    where everybody starts. The people at Poison Spider or Rim Cyclery I forget which kind of came down on me for mentioning that we did this becuase it was "illegal", but supposedly now is legal.

    Hey, just to throw in to what Geoff was saying, my real perception of Filipina is that most are of VERY high education level, engineers, doctors, a lot of nurses, and business people who know how to make money. They (and a lot of other cultures) know how to stick together in the family to work together and work themselves to wealth or at least comfortable economic levels. I wish my own family had that culture - cuz I'm not afraid to say I could benefit from Ivy League mentorship, doh!
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    Aww.. you guys are too nice. Keep talkin like that and my helmet will get too small...

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    don't forget...

    the balut...that's the ace up our sleeves

    mabuhay ang Pinoy!

    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher
    Then tell her you need to borrow the H2 to take a girl on a date to eat pancit & dinogan(sp) w/patis at a nice filipino restaurant. And tell her the gal is an MD. You'll have the keys in no time.

    Hmmm....all the flip gals I know are MDs, lawyers, bankers, or nurses...they don't ask anyone for money.

    I like the "punk-a$$ whitey" line there Flip. I wish I still remember how to write in tagalog. Next time I make pancit...I'll give you a ring.

    And rocknroll...I love the response...very appropriate.

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    Balut made it onto Fear Factor!!! Muahaha
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    Awwww...I am becoming predictable....

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    So much to cover since yesterday....

    1) Earthpig -- where did you grow up? I was the only Flip from K-12. Really didn't know any flips at BSU although did have one dormmate who was a halfie. I do know now that within the past 5 years or so a flip organization was created at BSU. Also I think there is a flip organization in Boise (they had their Xmas party at Bishop Kelly several weeks ago). Being a first generation fella and living in the Zionist Theocracy of Canyon County for most of my life, I really haven't been surrounded by the culture. My mom knows a bunch of filipinos through work at Simplot.

    2) I know I've asked this before, but Moab is a 10'ish hour drive from Boise right? So is the weather pretty constant in mid/late April or is it kind of iffy?

    3) Vega$/Bootleg. I went down there earlier this year and was hell bent on hitting up a demo day down there. I even packed a seperate bag with all my gear minus my bike. Got into Vega$ pretty early, but by the time I picked up my rental car and checked into my hotel, didn't have time to drive all the way out there to get in some riding. We ended up checking out Green Valley Ranch in Henderson.

    4) Balut, pancit, adobo, etc. My mom's pancit is really, really dumbed down. Very different than the way my aunties make it. Same with my mom's adobo, but I like hers better. Balut...ummm NO! Her spaghetti is very similar to what you would find at a place like Goldilocks or Golden Coin. Dinuguan....man oh man. My mom and dad use to throw a very big shindig each summer way back in the days in Caldwell. Bunch of old filipino men would come over at the crack of dawn and butcher a pig and then cook it on a spit. Well of course they'd drain out alot of blood from the pig's neck. Next thing you know they give that blood to the women folk and several hours later they'd have bowls and bowls of what my mom called "chocolate meat". This was before any white folks would show up at our place. Well this dish would be placed at the table and it usually was one of the first to be hit for seconds and thirds. The thing is though no one mentioned what went into it. Since I knew what the process was, I've never ever tried it to this day.

    5) Where in God's name are these filipina women that are doctors, lawyers, bankers, etc.? My mom would LOVE that . Any of them in the 25-40 y.o. range and like to mountain bike and backpack??? Another bonus would be if they rockclimbed (this brotha needs a kick in the balls to get back into it after my 27th retirement from that sport earlier this spring).

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    Hmmm...Upper Rim....I want to comment soooo bad.

    I've done the full loop unsupported....I've even ridden the road that goes to the right of the water tanks...what is the Upper Porcupine Rim??? (I just love being able to say Rim...hehehe) We are goin' 'round the Rim???

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    So when you guys go to Moab...do you guys camp or get a room somewhere? I should probably start reading the Utah board more often if I am considering doing this. Since more than likely I will have to do this trip on a tight budget, I'd probably end up camping. But if rooms can be had for really, really cheap...I wouldn't mind going that route either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher
    Balut made it onto Fear Factor!!! Muahaha
    There is a simple solution to your threats of rank food!

    Speaking of Filipino candy, a couple of people from work came back from the PI with this, um, candy stuff that was kinda freaky. It had the consistancy of somewhat dry bread dough and tasted vaguely sweet. Each little, um, candy was individually wrapped in writing paper. No writing was found on the paper. I left the box outside my cube but noone ate any. I put the box out in the kitchen on donut Friday. When I went in there a couple of field techs were licking their fingers asking "What the hell was that?" I told them what it was and both of them went to the head to try and purge. There it is - like another fairy tale.
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    They say asian/pacific islanders are not considered financial minorities, and are the most successful portion of first generation immigrants.

    When my family and other flip families get together, the driveway looks like a Lexus/Mercedes dealership. They all still wonder why I own 7 bikes.....

    Anyone ridden Sovereign Trail in Moab???

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    Nick, you would love my friend. First gen Flip MD who is into backpacking. She lives in the Midwest.

    Balut - just close your eyes and do the Balut "shot". Hahaha.
    Dinuguan - no different, theoretically, than Polish blood sausage...definitely eat it with puto. The chitlands (sp?) usually cap it off for most non-ethnic types. The Mexican community has menudo and languiza!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Earthpig -- where did you grow up?
    Hampton Roads area of SE Virginia, which includes the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, etc... Actually, I guess I was wrong about the "largest population outside the islands." Apparently, Hampton Roads has the largest filipino population on the east coast. (Big difference!) Where I went to high school, I was in the ethnic/racial minority - lots and lots of filipinos in my school!

    Here's a quote from the local Virginia Beach paper:

    Filipinos who migrated to southeast Virginia came from the same country, but they also came from vastly different backgrounds within the sprawling, Pacific-island nation that is a curious mix of Asian and Hispanic influences.

    The Philippines was occupied by Spain for 300 years before it was ceded to the United States in 1898 after the Spanish-American War.

    It is a nation of 82 million people on more than 1,000 islands, with 87 dialects, said Dr. Manuel Hipol, a physician and leader of the local Filipino-American community.

    Where you come from in the Philippines determines whom you associate with – partly because of custom, language and politics.

    Some immigrants in Hampton Roads are from the northern area of Luzon, the Philippines’ main island.

    That’s where Ferdinand Marcos, a dictator with a mixed record of development accomplishments and human-rights failures, got his political start, said Nony E. Abrajano, a Virginia Beach resident and retired Navy veteran who is state chairman of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations.

    Others came from less politically strong areas, such as the Bicol Region in the southeastern Luzon, the Visayan in the central Philippines and Mindanow in the southern Philippines.

    Most came to the United States through the U.S. Navy, which offered citizenship to Filipinos who joined and served honorably. Many stayed in Hampton Roads after being stationed here.

    Eventually, they brought relatives from the Philippines.

    The 2000 census reported 23,000 Filipinos in Hampton Roads, but Villanueva and others believe that the total is closer to 40,000.


    And, here's a link to the local FANHS chapter: http://fanhs-hr.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    So when you guys go to Moab...do you guys camp or get a room somewhere? I should probably start reading the Utah board more often if I am considering doing this. Since more than likely I will have to do this trip on a tight budget, I'd probably end up camping. But if rooms can be had for really, really cheap...I wouldn't mind going that route either.
    Moab is a 9 hour drive if you stop in Salt Lake for a meal. Sans stopping, I'm sure you can make it in 8 - 8.5 hours. I've camped in town each time I've gone - at the Canyonlands Campground, which is south on the main road through town. It has tent spots, camper spots, cabins, a general store, bathrooms with showers, and a pool. I think it costs about $5 per person per night for a tent camping spot. It was a zoo both times I went over Memorial Day weekend (1999 and 2001) but when I went in March of 2003 it was almost empty. It's riding distance from almost everything on the south side of town, including the Moab Rim, Amasa Back, Porcupine, Slickrock, and Flat Pass. Poison Spider, Sovereign, Gold Bar, and other trails to the north of town are shuttling/driving trips, unless you're a real hard@ss and you want serious pavement miles before you hit dirt.

    I'd be up for a Moab/Fruita trip in March/April - count me in! My dad went to Fruita this past fall to visit a friend who relocated there from Chesapeake (VA) and send me a bunch of trail maps for Christmas. I tried to get a small group to head over from Moab for a couple of days when I was there in '01, but couldn't get any takers.

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    Looks just like the trip I did last thanksgiving

    with owen the dog. We rode gooseberry, did the loop of gould-gem-hurrican rim, trails near church rocks and then a hike into the deep canyons above church rocks.

    Gooseberry is loads of fun, you were lucky the road was not muddy. In 2001 it had snowed and then thawed and the road was one big mud pit. At least now the trail seems to be a little better marked than the first time I rode it

    Didn't mountain bike this christmas but hit the ski slopes in central british columbia. Maybe the flip should take up skiing and skate skiing.

    oh don't forget blue diamond when you go to vegas.
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