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    Christmas Eve Ride (dialup killer)

    We are having unseasonably warm temps here in ND these past few days, so I could not resist the temptation to hit the trails before we go back to our usual winter deep freeze.

    The ride started out pleseantly enough with patches of snow still on the trail occasionally making things a bit slicker than usual.

    I decided to try some timer shots aka KRob. I have alot of these, it was actually fun!

    In the shady areas there were some icy parts to the trail. These weren't too bad unless you wanted to turn.

    Two versions of the same shot.


    I was a bit concerned about crossing this. The water is no more than ankle deep in the summer, but I didn't want to have to finish my ride with frozen wet feet. Fortunately, the ice held up.

    Riding into the sunset. I think that this may be favorite shot from the ride.

    The shadow of the butte I was riding on

    Another KRob shot.

    It is getting darker now. The snow was pretty deep in places where it had drifted up.

    A North Dakota sunset.

    With all of the mounting and dismounting to take pictures and the subsequent banging on the pedal to get the snow/mud out of the cleats I managed to lose a screw from one of my shoes. This made getting my foot out of that pedal impossible. I was fortunate in that I did not have to dismount until I got back to the car.

    The bike was a bit of a mess, but I had a great time!
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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    Nice to see your part of ND. And I thought it wouldnt thaw like that til May there.

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    Great shots although your broken shoe bolt brought back some horrific crash memories for me.
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    Nice shots. We had a nice ride here in Western Oregon today. Sunny and warm, ~55 deg F. No photos even thought Sasquatch was along. His reason, "I've already got hundreds of shots of you all on other rides", and he's right. We were content to just ride, the six of us that mustered up for RockhoundMTB's pre-Christmas sanity ride. We cut it a little short as some of us had things to do in town, so bypassed about 1/3 of the network.
    Glad to report that the Whypass zone is in terrific shape and getting better in prep for the "Second Coming" of the All Comer's Meat. S'hhh, don't tell,.............. there are two new trails.

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    I LOVE the "riding into the sunset" photo. That is a great picture!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimc
    I LOVE the "riding into the sunset" photo. That is a great picture!!
    Me too. Nice work FS. Keep that timer going. It makes you feel kinda dorky when you're doing it, but I enjoy having the pics when I'm done.

    It's been warm here as well. Mid fifties today. I was washing my bike (KTM... ground was too soft for pedalling) and car in short sleeves after my ride.

    Oh, btw, you beat me to the punch on that signature. When I read that statement in that other thread I thought, "that would make a great sig". Great quote.
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    Nice shots!

    Like the bike too, spokes! Looks like a lot of fun to ride.

    And a post like this just can't be official without someone saying "Tatonka"

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    It's been a really warm Christmas in Vegas this year with temps near 70 everyday for the past several days (10+ degrees above normal). Okay, Vegas doesn't suck this time of year -- summer really bites though!

    Here are some shots of me and the kids out playing Christmas Eve.

    1) Me tooling around on my roadie (I road over 40 miles without extra insulating gear).
    2) My 8 year old fits her mom's bike -- sort of.
    3) My 3 year old on her little trike (she tried a two wheeler with out training wheels for the first time yesterday as well.

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    Where about is that in ND? It sort of looks like the section of the Maah Daah Hey around buffalo gap.

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    Oh, btw, you beat me to the punch on that signature. When I read that statement in that other thread I thought, "that would make a great sig". Great quote.
    That is an awesome statement. And it really summed up my state of mind when I read it. I was feeling edgy because I had been off the bike for over a week.

    Thanks for all of the positive feedback. I have been paying attention to other passion posts and trying to improve upon my own. I think that I may have to find a small tripod to carry in my pack with me. Right now I'm just using the prop it on the rock method. That's why you see some grass sticking up in many of the shots.

    Where about is that in ND? It sort of looks like the section of the Maah Daah Hey around buffalo gap.
    The trail is at Black Butte Adventures. It is located in Sawyer, ND. They are officially closed right now. I helped build the trail, so I get a few special priveledges. You can check the place out here.
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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