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    25 year of dirt

    I've lurked about on here looking at all the great pictures for a while and with my 45th birthday a month away, they've started me thinking about all of the rides I've done. So here's my last 25 years of riding in images. I just hope I've got 25 more ahead of me. Not so many pictures from the first 15 years, nor many pictures of me (I’m usually carrying the camera) but thanks to digital cameras and cell phones, there’s plenty in the last 10. So enjoy if you can and flame away if you must...

    The Big 80’s:
    My first ride was a Trek Antelope 830 like this one. I went through 3 of these in 3 years. Sold the 1st to pay rent, the 2nd was stolen off my deck in Vail, and I broke the frame of the 3rd. Lost a lot of skin in those 3 years as well.


    Late 80's:




    The 90's:
    Bought a Giant after a year without a bike and went through 1/2 dozen early forks on that thing, as well as some dislocated and separated shoulders. My fashion sense improved though...


    My first race, Winter Park





    Camping after a race in Moab


    Spent a year living in NorCal




    2 of my best friends that are no longer with us


    And moved back to the Rockies




    The 21st Century in the next post
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    25 years of dirt continued...

    The 21st century started out with a new FS frame, and my first Santa Cruz





    Gotta love my home state





    Moved back to the Best Coast for Grad School, but stopped for one last ride on Slickrock


    Living alongside Monterey Bay






    Summer road trips home...







    Last 5 years up next

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    25 years of dirt, part 3

    Missed the mountains so moved to Tahoe for a bit






    Made it back to Colorado and Monterey now and then




    A rare moment where I actually lost weight as I age...


    Treated myself to a 40th birthday trip to Europe






    The day a good friend won at Sea Otter and went Pro


    Moved back to Durango, this was the trail out my front door:





    My favorite trail -out of the 200+ I have ridden- anywhere


    Colorado singletrack in January



    My now Pro friend racing the Short Track at Sea Otter


    If you haven't fallen asleep yet, one more page left!

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    25 years of dirt; the end

    Moved back to California, again, this time for a girl that didn't bike

    Still have that same orange jersey...




    Talked the girl into trying a mountain bike. This is her second day:


    She liked it


    Then she loved it




    So I married her. This is the day before the wedding


    And this was our honeymoon:












    This was January above our house


    And these were last week



    Get out, ride, and make some great memories!

    Since you guys seem to like this thread, here is the video from our honeymoon this past summer. Some fun riding in it. Sorry about the shaky POV, still trying to refine that mounting set-up...

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    Great pics

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    Awesome!!

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    Very cool story! Looks like you've made the most out of it.

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    That was great, thanks and congrats.
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    Sofa king cool dude! I'm glad you saved the best for the ending. I think I figured out why you lost weight as you got older...you're pedaling around a Nomad every whwere!

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    great story, and pics
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    Great post, just awesome dude makes me wish it wasn't snowing so I could get out and ride.
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    What a cool story. If I were so lucky......
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    Great post!!! I love your personal pictorial on your history of mountain biking.

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    Loved it!

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    What a great story and congrats. There is hope!

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    Awesome.
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    not being corny, but that was beautiful

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    some mondays start out alright. that was nice. thanks for that huntermos!

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    How can anyone flame you for these? Pure classic pictures!
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    Really neat biking/life pictorial...... Looks like you've followed your dreams and made some of the best biking destinations your home town and ridden in a lot of really cool places (and as a bonus made the right decision when you decided to settle down)........ but you can't post a picture of your favorite trail out of all those great places and not tell us where it is!!!
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    I like these kind of posts. Thanks for sharing.

    Though I have not been riding as long, I put up a similar post in the Eastern Canada forum. Fee free to take a look.

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    Wow...

    What a great post and a great life story. I'm 48, have been riding for 24 yrs... Most of my riding has been east coast, with a few very memorable trips out west thrown in (Moab, St George, Aspen, Winter Park...). None of my S.O's have been MTB'ers. I'm about to get divorced for a second time... so there's always hope!

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    Huntermos, and others... My 44th B-Day is today, March (lucky) 7th. Your story sounds very much like mine. First ride, Summer of '85, and 26 years later there is nothing I'd rather be doing. My wife of more than 12 years has been riding since we were dating, and we've travaled all over the western U.S., and even to NZ to ride. Happy Birthday to everyone that will have one this year!
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    You have done a great job documenting all of this! Nice pictoral. I'm behind you a bit with "only" 20 years of mtbing in me. Does BMX before mtbs count? Just kidding. Nice story.

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    Aloha,

    Great post!! Thanks for sharing. What great history. Congrats to you and your wife.

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    Nicely done sir, looks like you're doing a pretty good job to me

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    Very nice. About 11yrs of mtb behind me. Hoping for many more ahead.

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    Fantastic report and well documented. You sir have Passion!!

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    Thanks all. It was fun going through all of those old shots -and many more- and reliving the memories. I think I need to replace that orange jersey though...

    Happy birthday Salt!

    KRob, you figure out where it is, I'll buy you a six-pack of Pinstripe. You figure out where all the shots on-bike are, and I'll buy you (or anyone that gets them for that matter) a case of your favorite brew!

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    Awesome tale of an awesome quarter century. I am envious of your riding locations, and glad you have shared them here.

    Being from Australia, I have little hope of guessing all your trails. But I hope to experience a few of them that I recognise later this year in my first MTB trip over there.

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    Great story - thanks for posting!

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    very awesome picture diary man!

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    Phil's World?

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    Great story and photos. Thanks for sharing.

    During the last 25 years, we probably rode right by each other on one of those trails here in Colorado, over in Utah, or during my short time in NorCal and Tahoe.

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    Awesome pictures and documentation, thanks for sharing, made my night.

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    Wow. What a thread, Huntermos. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    nice post, great pics...

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    I really enjoyed your pics you have shared! Now I need to starting making them memories again.

    I just started to crave doing another dedicated home theater project in our living room and not really biking as much as I used to, but I may need to re-adjust my priorities again!!

    This sure is motivation!! Thanks 4-sharing!!

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    Impressive story, thanks for sharing.

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    R.O.C., you are correct. I guess the beer offered as the reward is a good clue. PM me and I'll figure out a way to set you up with that sixer!

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    A little extra

    Since you guys seem to like this thread, here is the video from our honeymoon this past summer. Some fun riding in it. Sorry about the shaky POV, still trying to refine that mounting set-up...

    -edit- added the video to the original story above
    Last edited by huntermos; 03-08-2011 at 02:25 PM.

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    Good post. Lucky on the girl. Man I think more and more I may need to live in CO. While we have good riding in So Cal, it seems CO has GREAT riding.

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    Very cool thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robncircus
    Good post. Lucky on the girl. Man I think more and more I may need to live in CO. While we have good riding in So Cal, it seems CO has GREAT riding.
    Four Corners really, I love all those places, can't wait to visit them again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntermos
    KRob, you figure out where it is, I'll buy you a six-pack of Pinstripe. You figure out where all the shots on-bike are, and I'll buy you (or anyone that gets them for that matter) a case of your favorite brew!
    Oooo, a challenge. I recognize a lot of the trails you've shown and can deduce approximate locations from your text on many of the others.... but that one had me stumped a bit.

    It looks like western Colorado. Too much sage brush, pinion and juniper to be Fruita. Gunnison maybe? Near Durango? The terrain looks a lot like Eastern Nevada where I live but the texture of the dirt's different

    Looks like a fun swoopy trail in any case.
    Thanks again for sharing the pictorial.
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    Total Stoke !!

    Thank you very much for sharing your great story

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    one more

    very nice!
    definitely a pictorial of passion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Oooo, a challenge. I recognize a lot of the trails you've shown and can deduce approximate locations from your text on many of the others.... but that one had me stumped a bit.

    It looks like western Colorado. Too much sage brush, pinion and juniper to be Fruita. Gunnison maybe? Near Durango? The terrain looks a lot like Eastern Nevada where I live but the texture of the dirt's different

    Looks like a fun swoopy trail in any case.
    Thanks again for sharing the pictorial.
    A couple of others know it: Phil's World outside of Cortez. Looks like the Pine Nuts area but the dirt is much better and there are no motos on it. Ride it if you can.

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    Awesome so many accomplishments.

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    Amazing! Love it!

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    Very cool. I was pretty sure that was Phils world....fun trail.

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    Awesome my Wife and I have been married for three years and we treasure very ride we get together. Congrats and I hope in 25 yrs we get to see another one of these.

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    Thanks for the photo history...I wish, I would have taken more photos over my 25 years of MTBiking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntermos
    Happy birthday Salt!

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    True Passion.

    Thanks for taking the time to post this.

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    nice pics!!
    I like to see the progression of Toyota's too!!
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    Wonderful thread! Thanks so much!

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    Passion?

    Damn right. What a ride, literal and figurative. My hat's off to you, here's to another 25 to you.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    I'm a fan of riding with my spouse too...

    Sometimes I'm not too sure the feeling is mutual. Seriously though, she's a gamer!
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    Phenomenal! Thank you for sharing these with us.
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    A picture is indeed worth a thousand words, I can imagine the memories within this collage for you.

    Well done and cudos for having the presence of mind to actually take photos and then to keep track of them!

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    great great story - summed up in a few words with great photos. thanks for posting

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    Awesome pics and video, I like soundtrack too. Best wishes to you and your wife. Keep pedaling guys:-)
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    Very cool thread!! I like your taste in four wheel transport too!

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    I agree......the 20 years of Toyota was was cool. Thanks for posting
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    Life is Good!!!!

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    Incredible. Gives me some ideas...

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    More Dirt

    While digging up all of the old images for the original post, I came across a couple of CDs that were unreadable. After some research and more than a bit of frustration, I was able to recover them, and got to relive more great rides and trips! So I though I'd pop up a few more shots of my last 25 years of dirt. All of these are from between 2000 and 2003.








    First day on my new Bullit...



    Mud Season road trip:






    Pre-season (late fall) road trip: These trails should be very familiar to many of you...








    I almost didn't make it around the left side of that tree. Still get the chills recalling my stall and teeter on the edge before getting around it



    I've seen lots of great shots at this location on these boards. Here's my version:



    One of the trails I designed and built in my years living in Vail. This was the old 1994 World Cup Downhill course. This section used to run straight down the middle of the cat-track. This was a lot more fun. If any of you have ever ridden Magic Forest on Vail Mountain, I designed and built it as well.




    Later on this day, my crew (these two in the picture) and I went to see if we could lay out some new reroutes of this trail (in the trees in the background) and found $900 in $100 bills scattered around; enough for all of us to pay our rent for that month. A friend of mine went back a few days later and found another $100. Only in Vail...



    Last ride before the snow falls





    Heading in to have a hip replaced in 2 weeks, so these memories will get me through the next 2 months without riding. My advice to you, before age and injury slow you down, is to get out and ride every time you can!

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