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    Cashew shells are poisionous! G4 Summit Report. [o]

    There are many great images and posts by the other G4 delegates that can be found on the NM message board in this thread. Please give it a gander, then send in your letter to help save the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail open to mountain bikes!



    The Gila wilderness is located in south western New Mexico. When I lived in the Burque, I always wanted to get down there but time and distance, let a lone the great local riding, I never found a time to get down there. Now that I live in the valley of the sun and drink a lot of the water from said wilderness, I thought it might be a great place to escape the heat. When talk of a gathering in New Mexico surfaced, I helped plant a seed for Silver City and the Gila.

    LCdave stepped up and took on the role of planning this get together. Unfortunatly work got in is way for the first few days, but the AZ contingent and a delegate from NNM set up camp and formulated ride plans.



    Oh, and we drank some of the local finest as well.



    After cruising around on some of the local fire road, we found our first slice of single track nirvana.







    Along the ridge line single track we past many of the locals. One of my favorites was this elder statesman, the Alligator Juniper.



    The mountain sides were also home to a large variety of Yucca. These were especially interesting to me. And Durtgurl planed her attire to match.




    Since we had the place to ourselves, the trails were very pooch friendly. Too bad the same could not be said for the local wolves.




    At the end of day 2 we found a killer down hill trial, full of just the right swoops, roots, drops, and switchbacks to cap the ride in style. Even better, this 2.5 mile DH ended right at camp where cold brews waited.



    There was some crappy scenery on the way back to town.





    Silver City is a small mining town. With a population of about 10,000. and home to Mustangís of Western New Mexico University.





    This bike at the local shop would have been very useful on day threeís planed adventure.



    Day 3 the plan was to ride Tadpole Ridge. The maps and topo were deciving. We thought we were in for a mellow XC ride. A major push to the top of the ridge followed my countour trail and fire road loop back home.







    What we got was a slog though locust, minor route finding adverntures,


    and the pleasure to be on one of the most scenic and remote ridge lines Iíve ever seen. This trail has major potential to be a world class XC adventure. It just needs a little love to hack back the vegetation and remove a little deadfall. Dave posted a elevation profile of the route. But whatís not mentioned is that the ridge is 10 feet across in some spots, with view to the north, south, east and west of the Gila wilderness. Itís two tire wide buff single-track in spots and a boulder infested, rocky, ledgy goodness in others.

    All in all the weekend was a great a success. Great to see a lot of old friends and make new ones.

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    Man, wherever you go your camera captures the best of the best - spirit, scenery, content, and context. Bravo! Good to see you once again Brian - and everyone else.
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    Nice to see another rant free thread. It's summer and the latest positive vibes are from the land of Enchantment.

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    Trails look great on the Continental Divide. Thanks for the killer post. Excellent pic's.

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    What?! Cashews have *shells*?!!



    Looks like you guys had a great time. Thanks for sharing.
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    Excellent post, Brian. Beautiful photos.

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    Niiiiiiiice

    Now that was a good way to start my Thursday...

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    Very cool adventure, and great pics. Thanks for sharing.
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    Very cool, I like this....

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianc
    ...A major push to the top of the ridge followed my countour trail and fire road loop back home.
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    Doh!

    Good stuff B.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Wow B! I need to be in your company more often... I'm usually taking pictures of everyone else and never get any taken of myself . Thanks for all the great trail pics. G4 was a great time and I look forward to more trips to our neighbor state.

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    good stuff as always.
    Looks like you had a fun trip in some cooler temps.
    Keep the week of Interbike in mind. Looks like I will be heading that way with the crew. Maybe we can hook up a ripper or something.

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    Excellent post,Pictures are amazing, looks like you and dirtgurl had fun. Nice
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    Too good to just put your pix over on the NM thread with everyone else eh?

    Great pictures as always bro.

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    Wow I haven't seen repair kit canisters like that since the early eighties and I had forgotten all about them, flashback!
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    Man, wherever you go your camera captures the best of the best - spirit, scenery, content, and context. Bravo! Good to see you once again Brian - and everyone else.
    Thanks Glen.

    I'm kicking myself for not getting more of the content and scenery on Tadpole Ridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Nice to see another rant free thread. It's summer and the latest positive vibes are from the land of Enchantment.
    Too bad you couldn't make the haul from the peoples republic. we'll have to find an excuse to ride together again this summer/fall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Doh!

    Good stuff B.

    well I left out the killer DH from the ridge to the fire road. =) The "countour" trail at the top was a LOT more up than expected. (even if it were free from Locust)

    thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yogreg
    good stuff as always.
    Looks like you had a fun trip in some cooler temps.
    Keep the week of Interbike in mind. Looks like I will be heading that way with the crew. Maybe we can hook up a ripper or something.

    Greg
    thanks G. It was a great time.

    Interbike.....that sounds like a blast. I'll add it to the calender. let me know when you have some plans set. you all have a place to crash in PHX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyN
    Too good to just put your pix over on the NM thread with everyone else eh?

    Great pictures as always bro.

    you know it. Every you new messicans kicked me out I've had a vendeda against the state and forum. =)

    There is a group hitting Sunrise the last weekend of July......intrest?
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    Yucca NOT

    Those are NOT yuccas, they are the flower of the native agave. Look like Arizona's Huachuca Agave. When an agave flowers it dies producing flowers and then seed and in some varieties babies on the flower stalk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abegold / nice version
    I really liked the write-up and photo's - outstanding! One clarification though - not wanting to sound like a total azz-hat, let me just say that those are NOT yuccas, they are the flower of the native agave. Look like Arizona's Huachuca Agave. When an agave flowers it dies producing flowers and then seed and in some varieties babies on the flower stalk.










    Funny, I thought they were not Agave - but something else. Are THEY poisonous...?
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    Great photos as always, Bri! Just wish we could have been there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianc
    Too bad you couldn't make the haul from the peoples republic. we'll have to find an excuse to ride together again this summer/fall.
    I have Renee convinced to do a big road trip to Flag, Sedona, etc so maybe it will happen this fall.

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    nice. there all ready is a plan to be in Sedona camping/MTB Oct 19-21st with some of my local AZ group.
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