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    Snow has melted; the rain has finally stopped and the sun came out. The 2010 Mountain Bike Season is officially open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo613
    Snow has melted; the rain has finally stopped and the sun came out. The 2010 Mountain Bike Season is officially open.
    Let's get it started!

    Friday I intend on attempting the summit of Three Corner Rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo613
    Snow has melted; the rain has finally stopped and the sun came out. The 2010 Mountain Bike Season is officially open.
    I thought it started 46 days ago.
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    I thought it started 46 days ago.
    Technically, it did; but we don't count the real start of the season until we can walk out the front door, hop on the bike and ride into the woods.
    We're at about 2000' here; at this time last year there was more than a foot of snow on the ground.
    Gonna try snowboarding in the morning and mountain biking in the afternoon a couple days this week; a PacNW biathlon.

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    PacNW......

    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo613
    Gonna try snowboarding in the morning and mountain biking in the afternoon a couple days this week; a PacNW biathlon.
    We've been doing those since December. Life is a little brighter the days you get to hit up a CORbiathlon. I think I'll go for a CX ride out east today....right out my back door. See you on the Wetside soon.

    Slay on boys!

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    Been riding in Tilly most all winter. Open invitation still stands ... that is, if'n ya can handle riding in a Rain Forest (and drinking serious beer after -- oh my).

    Glad the snow has melted there in God's country.
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    Thanks for the invite Lee; I'll get out there soon.

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    All the trails around here have no names. Most likely run into a bear than another mountain biker. Don't know how long most of the trails are or exactly where they end up.

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    I'm wanting to ride a bunch of new trails this later "winter" and on coming spring, and seeing these pictures is making me crazy with desire of new trails I haven't seen!

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    Yep

    Yesterday I rode Syncline in high 50's temps and enjoyed the crude out of it. The hikers were out in force but yes this should be a good season of riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo613
    All the trails around here have no names. Most likely run into a bear than another mountain biker. Don't know how long most of the trails are or exactly where they end up.
    Ah, looks like Hospital Hill trails area to me. Some trail names that come to mind up there are: Evergreen hwy trail, Triple Bypass trail, Milenium trail, Frontside trail (Hospital Hill proper) and the Saddle trail. A good place to avoid the crowds (in the parking lot at least) than over at Syncline.
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    Ah, looks like Hospital Hill trails area to me.
    Not quite; but within twenty miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo613
    Not quite; but within twenty miles.
    The Snowden area, no? Looks awefully similar to the hills up top of Burdoin Mt.
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    The Snowden area, no? Looks awefully similar to the hills up top of Burdoin Mt.
    Nope; not Burdoin Mountain; but in the same county. We call the trail the "Elk Sliding Downhill Through the Mud Trail". It's not on the map.

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    Ahah, dem' trails in ol' Klickitat county where the grass grows high and the sheep run scared.
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    I've been mountain biking a long time; this is one of the best places to ride in the continental USA; for sure.

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    I haven't been biking this week; I'll be riding this weekend; but I fell down a cliff and Don and I were in an avalanche. Kind of cross training.

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    Lmao

    You guys! I don't think it's a coincidence that crazy stuff happens to you two.

    Had a great ride in 60 degree short-sleeve weather in Gales Creek yesterday. Wish you were here.
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    You guys! I don't think it's a coincidence that crazy stuff happens to you two.
    You only go around once, Lee. If you need some adrenaline drained out of your system; come with us.
    To be fair; Don and I have been in snow avalanches before; at least this time we didn't start it.

    Anyhoo; great weekend for a bike ride or two.

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    so how much snow has melted....? I'm from Fernie, BC and even though we have had a super bad snow season we sure will not be biking fro some time.

    Two of my buddies and I are thinking about coming to Bend potentially mid to late April will all the trails be ready to rock? Or.... what are some other great places to ride in Oregon that may be ready by that time of year.?
    We wanna ride bikes and drink beer....can you help two Canadians and a kiwi out?
    Thanks!

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    We wanna ride bikes and drink beer....can you help two Canadians and a kiwi out?
    No problemo; I have relatives in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and my buddy Phil Erickson runs the NZ Snowboarder and Surfer magazines in Christchurch.
    This is an El Nino year; generally speaking; it will be a short winter season. Right now; there is snow above 4500-5000'. If I had a guess; trails above that level will be mostly free of snow by April.
    If you would like to try snowboarding or skiing; Mt. Hood Meadows will probably be open until the second week of April. Don't bring gear; you can rent cheap at the resort. I reckon Bachelor will be on a similar schedule.
    I can't speak for the Bend area; I live in the Columbia Gorge. You can ride excellent trails here, there's great people and great brew pubs. You can camp if you are prepared; lots of open space.
    Contact me if you want; please don't tell anyone else. It's so good we want to keep it to ourselves; if you get my drift.

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    I 'm liking the sounds of this........above 4500' good to go sooner than later......don't worry your secrets are okay with me, I live in the a sweet bike destination that has definitely not on the National radar yet. I just may contact you and catch up in April or so . Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeMan
    You guys! I don't think it's a coincidence that crazy stuff happens to you two.

    Had a great ride in 60 degree short-sleeve weather in Gales Creek yesterday. Wish you were here.
    In order to rehab my snowboarding muscles, & try something I've been fascinated by for years, my wife, granddaughter & I went curling tonight with my nephew for his birthday. It is not as easy as they make it look at the Olympics, but it is fun once you figure out how to throw the rock & take your turns sweeping without falling on your keester all the damn time.

    I've been pretty busy with life, work & a kitchen remodel, but would love to get a Gales/Browns trip together sometime soon. I know Ron would enjoy that area & I've only been a couple times. I've got a couple friends in PDX who might be able to make it too.

    Talk to you soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    Yesterday I rode Syncline in high 50's temps and enjoyed the crude out of it. The hikers were out in force but yes this should be a good season of riding.
    Has the poison oak gotten an early start this year?
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    Wink Been there, had fun, your turn ...

    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo613
    You only go around once, Lee. If you need some adrenaline drained out of your system; come with us.
    To be fair; Don and I have been in snow avalanches before; at least this time we didn't start it.

    Anyhoo; great weekend for a bike ride or two.
    Dude, I get plenty of adrenaline going. That's why I ride. I just like to take calculated (i.e. not crazy) risks.

    I would love to come ride with you guys again, but it is your turn.

    Next weekend?
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    Sweet!

    Quote Originally Posted by gorgedon
    In order to rehab my snowboarding muscles, & try something I've been fascinated by for years, my wife, granddaughter & I went curling tonight with my nephew for his birthday. It is not as easy as they make it look at the Olympics, but it is fun once you figure out how to throw the rock & take your turns sweeping without falling on your keester all the damn time.

    I've been pretty busy with life, work & a kitchen remodel, but would love to get a Gales/Browns trip together sometime soon. I know Ron would enjoy that area & I've only been a couple times. I've got a couple friends in PDX who might be able to make it too.

    Talk to you soon.
    Cool. I know how life can get in the way of biking ...
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    Yep

    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo613
    I've been mountain biking a long time; this is one of the best places to ride in the continental USA; for sure.
    It is a great place to ride. I used to work out there but am back in the crappy PDX area and not enjoying it but still keeping my still upper lip up. If I tell myself enough that riding is just entertainment eventually I might believe it. Dang this town sucks!

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    It is a great place to ride. I used to work out there but am back in the crappy PDX area and not enjoying it but still keeping my still upper lip up. If I tell myself enough that riding is just entertainment eventually I might believe it. Dang this town sucks!
    Gotta make a living.
    Trust me; I've lived in way worse places than Portland; an hour's drive gets you to paradise. Some places an hour's drive don't even get you out of town. Even on weekends you can lose yourself here; sleeping bag and your bike; it's all you need.
    Bike riding is not entertainment; it's a lifestyle; a common denominator throughout your life no matter where you live or what your situation is. When I was a kid; bike riders were paperboys; now they are professional athletes and Olympic champions.
    This is one of the worst times in recent American history; someday you'll be telling your kids and grandkids about it. Hang in there.

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    Thanks for centering me :)

    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo613
    Gotta make a living.
    Trust me; I've lived in way worse places than Portland; an hour's drive gets you to paradise. Some places an hour's drive don't even get you out of town. Even on weekends you can lose yourself here; sleeping bag and your bike; it's all you need.
    Bike riding is not entertainment; it's a lifestyle; a common denominator throughout your life no matter where you live or what your situation is. When I was a kid; bike riders were paperboys; now they are professional athletes and Olympic champions.
    This is one of the worst times in recent American history; someday you'll be telling your kids and grandkids about it. Hang in there.
    Oh, Vancouver is okay! I buzz out and do rides on weekends. I did find White Salmon a touch quiet at times when it was dark and there was no riding. Nonetheless, a great place to live. I had a good job out there but it was so stressful it became toxic. No good riding is worth that. Yes, this is a bad time, but I have been seeing some signs it may be turning around a bit with time: stocks are rising a bit and the market has stabilized. Now, if folks could find decent paying jobs again and the housing market could get going.

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    Nonetheless, a great place to live.
    I'm not going to give you the combination to the safe; but there is way more here than meets the eye. When I go for ride; I have to take my GPS so I don't get lost and I leave a sticky note on my door where I'm going so if I don't come back for a couple days my neighbors will come out and look for me.
    Riding off into the woods alone; not recommended but I do it every day I can. I love it and hope my friends will find my carcass if I F up and don't make it back.

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    I've been poking around the old logging roads and found a few trails that are not singletrack made by bikes, but game trails about the same size made by elk.
    Not venturing too far off the roads; which are pretty remote as it is. I'll need to get in better shape for long rides off into the boonies and be prepared to spend the night should there be problems. I think the bears are waking up from hibernation and I saw some cougar tracks today; so I got that going for me, which is something.

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    Sweet! Nice area, nice roads. I think dirt roads (and even little-used paved roads) are way underrated, particularly since that's all I have around my house.

    I got 2k ft, 14 miles, and 90 minutes of nice-weather and nice-view bliss last night, behind the house. It's not single track, but it certainly was nice.
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    Everyone enjoys singletrack, but riding backroads is OK as well, especially when you are out training by yourself.
    Any riding is actually pretty good.

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    Lots of roads and trails with nobody around.

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    Oh, a mushroom hunter would find ya up there in Timber valley wouldn't they?

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