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    Winter arrived locally late in November, intensifying into one of the coldest ever recorded 'round these parts. &nbsp;The snow wasn't deep but you had no choice but to acknowledge and adapt to it. &nbsp;Sub-zero temps also required adaptation, but that's just details: wear more clothes, not too many.</div>
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    We live where we do because we enjoy and embrace seasonal variety. &nbsp;130* of temperature variation and a playing field ranging from 4500' to 11,000' foster a diversity that leaves no choice but to keep <i>things</i> in perspective.</div>
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    So that we might better maintain that perspective, we stepped away from home for a few days last month. &nbsp;Drove to a land of warmth, light, rock and water to embrace what winter felt like <i>there</i>.&nbsp;</div>
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    Our first stop was Prescott, where Eric came out of semi-retirement to remind us how to ride.</div>
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    He did as requested, starting us easy on our first dirt/rock/real ride in over a month.</div>
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    Then he shocked all present by leaving the ground--entirely and on purpose. &nbsp;It was a cool move that I couldn't help but to mimic.</div>
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    Steep.</div>
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    Little Miss Manual shook off the cobwebs and dove in.</div>
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    As did I.</div>
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    While Eric powered ahead, yammering ceaselessly about the upcoming trail or move or sequence, Jeny and I exchanged non-stop "omfg!" glances. &nbsp;We were on dry rock, riding mountain bikes, with exposed skin. &nbsp;Hallelujah. &nbsp;</div>
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    Rolling the spine line.</div>
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    <i><b><span style="font-size: large;">"MOMMY!"</span></b></i></div>
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    The shot above and the one below are the same move, same line. &nbsp;Much longer, steeper, more technical and committing than any still shot can show. &nbsp;Eric smooved it.</div>
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    And then Jeny gave it a shot.</div>
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    Dan's notch from the seaward side.</div>
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    Dan's from land.</div>
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    The Dells are home to an unparalleled (and growing) trail system, catering to all levels of rider and hiker. &nbsp;Many of the trails have signs warning bikes off of them--these are the ones we've learned to enjoy the most.</div>
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    As the shadows got long the mild temps sharpened, reminding us to save something for the next few days.</div>
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    They grow 'em odd, and hungry, around here.</div>
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    One last detail to attend to before we called it an evening and went in search of food.</div>
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    Later, I was compelled to execute a three-lane-change without a turn-signal. &nbsp;That's what happens when Trader Joes appears without warning...</div>
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    Yahoo! Wish I could ride like that. Used to hike those "trails". Can't imagine riding them. Amazing as always. Thanks Mike.
    The older I get the better I was...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Stay tuned--more to come.
    Good. I am finding myself really looking forward to these. Very cool shots!

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    [QUOTE=mikesee;10980961<br /></div>
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    One last detail to attend to before we called it an evening and went in search of food.</div>
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    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    looks like chain suck to me.

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    Aloha!!! Awesome Passion Post!!

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    Awesome photos.

    Here I am bikeless... one day hoping to do stuff even half as awesome as shown here.

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    Oh man, so jealous - of your riding ability, of your photography ability, of those trails, of that scenery, but you know what? good on you for having all of that! :-)

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    Thanks for the reminder that every day will not be below zero like today was. Great story and pix, as always.

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    Ooooo... The Salt. This is going to be good.
    The older I get the better I was...

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    There.

    Great shots! Keep them coming.
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    So much beuno! 8" of new snow here, and while the xc skiing will be great, your pics and story are just what the doc ordered. Thank you!

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    How does a chick that weighs next to nothing put that much hurt on wheels?

    Answer: maybe add a little air dude.
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    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    How does a chick that weighs next to nothing put that much hurt on wheels?

    Answer: maybe add a little air dude.
    You act as though I didn't think of that.

    We've run more air. Bigger tires. Beefier tires. No combo of the above changes the basic fact that she kills rear rims, and rear tires, faster than I do or can. With less air she punches holes in the casings. With more air she dents the rims more often. Tires are expensive, rims are relatively cheap--guess which end of the compromise we've chosen...

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    Thank you, sir, for the awesome. It is quite good.

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    You're making me so jealous! Seriously ready for some dry, snow-free trails!


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    There.

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    You're making me so jealous! Seriously ready for some dry, snow-free trails!
    Road trip bro.
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    There.

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    Tires are expensive, rims are relatively cheap--guess which end of the compromise we've chosen...
    Doesn't hurt to know someone who can lace them up in a jiffy.

    I think I figured it out: she's actually a relative of Wolverine with adamantium bones and weighs 300 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    Road trip bro.
    I know...unfortunately, haven't had more than a single day off at a time in awhile. Mostly hiking for us this winter...


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    Standing and savoring the day, the place, the friends, the light, someone realized it was New Year's Eve. &nbsp;And then we gave thanks for a phenomenal last ride of 'thirteen.<br />
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    Damn good riding. A few of those pics gave me sweaty palms.

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    Inspirational.

    Excellent photos and riding... eagerly anticipating the final day.

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    Back to here.

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    Last day of vacation before the long haul home. &nbsp;Bodies sore and stiff--not just from all of the activity, but from sleeping, resting, <i>being</i>, in places that are not home.</div>
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    We unwound the climb of Mount Lemmon slowly, deliberately. &nbsp;Enjoyed the unfolding views of saguaros until they faded, then the appearance of ever thickening stands of trees. &nbsp;A diverse mountain this is, reared up into the sky.</div>
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    Near the bottom of Milagrosa we passed a misguided shuttle monkey pushing his DH pig up the trail. &nbsp;Impressed by his output but confused by his trail choice, we asked what he was up to. &nbsp;Keeping in mind that this was New Year's Day, his response, "<i>I'm just trying to get this hangover off of me</i>"...</div>
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    As the desert receded and the mountains came into focus, we agreed that we love to visit Arizona. &nbsp;Love the mild weather, the chunky trails, the funky people. &nbsp;And that we would likely hate to live there. &nbsp;Not enough seasonal variety. &nbsp;Not enough vegetal variety. &nbsp;Poor air quality, and too damn many people.</div>
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